" Bronze, a material with memories of a thousand years ”.
I create contained vessels, conveying the sense that something is controlled or hidden within. I try to provoke a dynamic
sense of the spiritual world in my bronze boxes, while the exterior - the patterns and faces I create on the outside - are a direct response to the landscape, real or imagined.
Through utilizing gold or silver leaf within the interiors, I find that there is a powerful sense of enlightenment when opening the lid: A sense of being transported to an entirely different world or a different place. This place has no darkness. My conscious and the light within, are veiled in bronze.
1956 Born in Toyama Prefecture
1980 Graduated from Kanazawa College of Art with a
major in Craft metal casting
2001 Awarded the Takashimaya Art Prize by the
2007 Awarded Grand Prize at the Sano-Renaissance
Metal Art Casting
Recent Major Group Exhibitions:
2000 "Seeing the Container - Living the Life” at Tokyo Museum of Contemporary Art, Craft Hall in
2002 "Hands On" at Philadelphia Museum of Art in
2001 "Twist in Japan" at Nancy City Museum of Art in
"21 People from Europe and Asia" at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa in Ishikawa Prefecture
2006 "Collect" at Victoria and Albert Museum of Art in London, England
"Japanese Crafts" at Gallery Besson in London,
2007 "Collect" at Victoria and Albert Museum of Art in
"Japanese Suppleness" at Geeto Setto in Fredrickweiak, Denmark
2008 "A Japanese Dialogue” at Scottish Gallery in
2009 "Raising the Bar" at Middlesbrough
Museum, Middlesbrough, England
- Koji Hatakeyama
Victoria and Albert Museum of Art (London, England) Birmingham Museum of Art (Birmingham, England) Philadelphia Museum of Art (Philadelphia, USA) Scottish National Gallery (Edinburgh, UK)
Aberdeen Art Gallery and Museum (Aberdeen, UK) Danish Royal Family (Copenhagen, Denmark) Ashmolean Museum (Oxford, UK)
National Museum of Modern Art (Tokyo, Japan)
21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa (Ishikawa-ken, Japan)
The Japan Foundation (Tokyo, Japan)
Takaoka City Museum (Takaoka, Japan)
Kikuchi Kanjitsu Momorial Musee Tomo (Tokyo, Japan) Rakusuitei Museum (Toyama, Japan)
MOA Museum (Atami, Japan)
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