two exhibitions

An exhibition of a grand collection of Meissen porcelain is taking place from April 7th to July 22nd, at The Museum of oriental ceramics, Osaka(東洋陶磁美術館).

This cozy museum is located in Nakanoshima which is a long island-like sandbar between  two rivers, Dojima river and Tosabori river.

Near the museum there is a park and there are many kinds of roses blooming .

The roses have past their prime with tiny soft thorns...

and bud stage, too...

finally they started to open up beautifully.

Kakiemon style via Wikipedia
Getting back to the exhibition, the porcelain of Meissen developed by the two great artists, Ehrenfriend Walther von Tochirnhaus and Johann Fiedrich Böttger around 1710, under strong influence mainly of Chinoiserie, a Japanese style of painting represented by Kakiemon, Art Nouveau and other European arts.

The title of exhibition is "300 Years of Meissen", and the wide variety of the installations include figures of some animals and birds, figurines of vendors and clowns, various size of vases, and many table wares.

The original Meissen products were so expensive that only noble people could buy, but eventually some became an affordable luxury for the common people.

Rose pattern called Meissen Rose is the typical one, and I found it very attractive.

image via website
The other exhibition which I saw recently was quite small one. It took place in a room rather than a gallery in Osaka.

I introduced my brother's etchings in older post( here), this time he exhibited some works of etching which he created afterwards.

His works in this exhibition were made in colour , although the ones which I saw in his previous one were  all in monocrhrome.

My brother's wife was in the room instead of him because his health condition was getting progressively worse.

His wife told me about his poor health condition, while I looked at his colourful works which showed no sign of any darkness or sadness..

His works have numbers and she explained that he decided to start  numbering  from 001, rather than from 01.
The above one's number is 043.
Thinking of him I  remembered  the following tanka poem.

としどしにわが悲しみは深くしていよよ華やぐ命なりけり 岡本かの子

Year by year

I have greater awareness

of my sorrow

letting burn with a flame

in the depth of my life

by Kanoko Okamoto (1889~ 1939)

taken in a rose garden next to Ryousen-ji temple in Nara

19 件のコメント:

Dave King さんのコメント...

Wonderful! Three posts in one, all excellent. The intro' and the useful discussion on the roses is delightful.
As are the exhibits. Your brother is most talented.

cosmos さんのコメント...


snowwhite さんのコメント...

バラ園の近くにこんな美術館があったのですね。 大阪は行くたびにきれいになっていくような気がします。

haricot さんのコメント...


Thank you so much your kind comment. I appreciate your reading this.



stardust さんのコメント...

I like the museum and its surroundings. Meissen rose riminded me of a bitter memory: a pendant top with handwritten rose by Meissen, which I bought for my souvenir when I travelled to Germany, was stolen by a thief when my home was broken into.

I’d like the rose in my heart to change into richer and deeper color, no matter what color it may be, and I’d like to live my rest of life with that awareness.

sarah さんのコメント...



haricot さんのコメント...


I'm so sorry about your pendant top, and I'm surprised that the thief found out so quickly the precious things including it...

Your phrases about inner rose are impressionable!



Jen さんのコメント...

Dear Haricot,

Your brother's art is complex and interesting, (as is the tanka that you chose) and I like it very much. I am sorry to hear that he is in poor health.

Thank you for sharing the Meissen exhibit. The roses in the garden are gorgeous--so difficult for any artist to convey their beauty!


haricot さんのコメント...


Thank you for your encouraging words. I'm assertive but my brother is quiet person and I've never heard his complaint. It makes me sad farther.

Shefi さんのコメント...

I liked your brother's numbering from 001 instead of 01. It shows optimism and hope for the future, because he plans to produce works that number in the hundreds (at least up to #999). It is a kind of defiant gesture. I admire his spirit.

haricot さんのコメント...

Thank you, Marc, for this.

In fact I don't know how he can product his works under such health condition.
He already reserved the same room for the next exhibition in autumn. I hope that he will persuade his will.

Celeste さんのコメント...

Salut Haricot,
avec un peu de retard pou commenter, mais je me devais de vous dire combien ces photos de la reine des fleurs " La ROSE" sont belles.
J'envoie un grand souffle de courage à votre frère, et je le félicite pour ses belles oeuvres.

haricot さんのコメント...


Merci beaucoup pour ce commentaire et bon retour de votre voyage.
J'imagine que vous aviez tres bons moments.
Et merci encore votre mots gentils pour mon frere.

In My Wild Eden さんのコメント...

I love seeing your brothers art on exhibit. The porcelain is wonderful too and the roses are so beautiful.

haricot さんのコメント...


I appreciate your kind words.
Have a nice weekend !

Tomoko さんのコメント...



erleichda さんのコメント...

Since we moved to the countryside, although there are a lot of beauties here, I do miss exhibitions and their excitment... I am sorry to hear about your brother 's health getting worse. His work is happy.

haricot さんのコメント...

Red Rose

Thank you for stopping by this post and having left such kind comment. You must live in great nature and it's inspiring for you, I think.

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