CULTURE

Modern Japanese ceramics

Traditional Japanese pottery produced by contemporary Japanese artists is the subject of an exhibition on view until Wednesday at the Pierides Museum of Cypriot art which is part of the Athinais Cultural Center complex. The exhibition, which opened earlier in the month, is part of a cultural exchange program held between Greece and Japan and agreed upon during the Greek president’s visit in Japan in 2002. The exhibition was supplemented by parallel events meant to familiarize the Greek public with aspects of Japanese culture: the screening of Japanese films, Ikebama, calligraphy and Origame paper-folding presentations, and a tea ceremony were part of this cross-cultural initiative. The exhibition prompts the viewer to look into what is one of the strongest traditions in Japanese culture. A centuries-old Japanese tradition, ceramic making involves infinite variations of techniques and styles, many of them brought from China and Korea. Contemporary Japanese ceramics copy past styles or blend them with a contemporary edge. They also mix function with decoration. The exhibition is organized by the Japanese Embassy in Athens, the Japan Foundation and the Greek Japanese Chamber of Commerce. It is sponsored by JT International. Athinais Cultural Center, 34-36 Kastorias, Votanikos, tel 210.348.0000.