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Shadow of Sodeisha Exhibition Review

With the recent conclusion of the Shadow of Sodeisha Exhibition at the Museum of Decorative Arts & History, take a look back at the exhibition.

Do you know where the title Shadow of Sodeisha comes from? It comes from the Japanese post-war avant-garde ceramic movement, founded in 1948 by Kazuo Yagi (1918-1979), Hikaru Yamada (1924-2001) and Osamu Suzuki (1926-2001).

From March 2017 to January 2018, the National Museum of Ireland staged the show Shadow of Sodeisha: Japanese and Irish Art In Clay to mark the 60th anniversary of the official commencement of diplomatic relations between Ireland and Japan. This outstanding show encompassed the work of twelve leading contemporary artists from both countries.

Kazuo Takiguchi ceramic piece

The Sodeisha or ‘Crawling through Mud Association’ aimed to reject traditional historical precedents. They favoured instead work rooted in the international modes and idealism of modernist art through the use of clay in abstract sculpture. Paying homage to this, one of Japan’s greatest contributions to 20th century world art, twelve artists were invited to participate in the show. Irish artists included Isobel Egan, Frances Lambe, Deirdre McLoughlin, Michael Moore, Nuala O’Donovan and Katharine West. Artists from Japan included some of the best-known early-21st century followers of the innovative approach of the original Sodeisha artists: Satoru Hoshino, Jia-Haur Liang (based in Taiwan), Akito Morino, Mitsuo Shoji (based in Australia), Kazuo Takiguchi and Hidemi Tokutake.

From 31st March 2017 to 7th January 2018, 180,553 people saw this exhibition, outlining the popularity such a staging of the best of contemporary art from two of the world’s leading island nations can elicit.     

Further info about this now-closed exhibition.