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Around the nature

Shozo Michikawa at Museo Zauli

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Around the nature

Shozo Michikawa at Museo Zauli

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Exhibition Details

Around the nature

Shozo Michikawa at Museo Zauli

Artists Shozo Michikawa

From 2 September 2016 to 2 October 2016


On occasion of Argillà Italia, Officine Saffi presents from September 2 to October 2, 2016 in collaboration with Museo Carlo Zauli in Faenza, the solo exhibition Around the Nature, Shozo Michikawa at Museo Zauli.

On show there will be a selection of artwork from Officine Saffi collection and some unreleased pieces realized just for the exhibition. The Japanese artist from Seto, one of the Nihon Rokkoyo, namely the six oldest pottery centers of Japan, is one of the most important exponents of the great Japanese artistic tradition. His are essential and dense works of art that are inspired by nature.

"The energy of nature is truly immense. No matter how much our sciences and civilisation might evolve, the power of human beings is inconsequential in the face of natural threats such as typhoons, earthquakes, tsunamis, and erupting volcanoes… My own creative activities have been inspired by various phenomena in the natural world; even those that can be seen in everyday life."*

His works originate from the utilitarian form of vases or bowls and are elevated to plastic art pieces. Masses of clay shaped by the sacredness of the artist's gesture, presenting multiple cuts and facets made without Shozo never touches with his hands the work until the moment of firing.

During Argillà Festival Shozo Michikawa will hold a workshop at Museo Zauli venue demonstrating his unique process of cutting and facetting work.

*Shozo Michikawa, essay from the Forbidden City Exhibition Catalogue.

Shozo Michikawa

Shozo Michikawa was born in Hokkaido in 1953. He studied at Aoyama Gakuin University, graduating in 1975. He began working in business, but took evening classes in art, and a few years later he decided to dedicate all of his time to ceramics. He currently lives and works in Seto, in the prefecture of Aichi. He has exhibited principally in Japan, but also in the Philippines, Mongolia, France, New York and London. In 2005 he became the first Japanese artist to have the honour of an exhibition at the Forbidden City in Peking.

Museo Carlo Zauli
The Museo Carlo Zauli is a container which, since 2002, through its collections, and different activities, explores and disseminates contemporary art in all its languages, with a focus on ceramics, traditional local materials. It is located in Faenza, right in the city center, within the premises which belonged since 1949 to Carlo Zauli, one of the most representative sculptors of 900, of which the museum promotes the work and history, through the Archive management, traveling exhibitions, publications, conferences. The museum was created by the transformation of Carlo Zauli's studio in a container dedicated to contemporary languages based on two keywords that have characterized its existence since its inception: meeting and experimentation. With the opening of the museum it was re-designed the space so that would tell with current tools, the vibrancy and the meeting of artists who had characterized the atmosphere since 1949.

Officine Saffi
Officine Saffi is an organization based in Milan, an experimental hub dedicated to contemporary ceramics. Its audience comprises artists, designers, architects, ceramists and everyone interested in ceramics and art.
The project consists of the Art gallery, for exhibitions with works by international artists, the Workshop for courses, also used for for artists’ residencies and production by artists and designers, and the Publishing Company that produces art catalogues and the quarterly magazine La Ceramica in Italia e nel mondo ( Part of Officine Saffi’s mission is the Open to Art International Competition, dedicated to Art Ceramics and Design Ceramics. Through its operations, Officine Saffi represents a point of reference for international ceramics, with a mission to enhancing the significance of ceramics in the areas of art, design and architecture.

Faenza, Museo Carlo Zauli (Via Della Croce, 6)
AROUND THE NATURE, Shozo Michikawa at Museo Zauli - solo exhibition
2 September – 2 October 2016

Opening ceremony: September 1st, 7.30 pm

Opening times: from Tuesday to Saturday from 10.00 am to 1.00 pm, and till September 4th,
from 3.00 to 6.00 pm.
Admission free