Mr. Ise Hikonobu is an art collector gaining worldwide attention and some of the works from his collection have already been shown to the public in the past. The Museum of Oriental Ceramics is now showing the Ise Collection, particularly focusing on Chinese ceramics, which are the quintessence of Mr. Ise’s collection. The exhibition is going to be held in two countries, beginning at the Guimet Museum of Asian Art in Paris, France and traveling to The Museum of Oriental Ceramics, Osaka, Japan.
In the Guimet Museum, the Ise Collection’s Chinese ceramics are introduced as “carefully selected artworks that meet the aesthetic sense of the Japanese people”. The Japanese have two kinds of aesthetic sensibilities: the traditional sensibility in which they highly value artworks from China, calling them karamono or “Chinese objects”, and also appreciate their functional beauty as they were used in tea ceremonies; and the modern perception of beauty in which they simply appreciate ceramics as works of art. In addition to these artistic senses, Mr. Ise’s deep knowledge and understanding on Chinese culture add luster to his valuable collection.
The 74 works displayed at the exhibition “Porcelain, chefs-d’œuvre de la collection Ise”, began on June 21st in the Guimet Museum, will return to Japan and also be on view at this exhibition to be held in Osaka. Adding several more works to a total of 88 works, including 2 works designated as Important Cultural Property in Japan, this Osaka exhibition introduces the Chinese ceramics covering from the Warring States period to the Qing dynasty, demonstrating the discerning eyes of the collector.