Black Raku Yakinuki type tea bowl
Raku Kichizaemon XV b.1949
Raku Kichizaemon , born in Kyoto, has assumed the 15th headship of the Raku family since 1981. After studying sculpture at Tokyo University of the Arts, he went to Italy for further study. He is known for an unprecedented innovative , avant-garde style . Raku Kichizaemon Pavilion (Sagawa Art Museum) of his design opened in 2007 won various architectural prizes, where he exhibits annually. Exhibitions : National Museum of Modern Art , Tokyo and Kyoto (2016), Los Angeles County Museum of Art (2015), Hermitage Museum , Saint Petersburg (2015) , Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts , Moscow (2015) , Palazzo Fortuny , Venice (2013 and 2011), International Museum of Ceramics in Faenza (1997), Maison de la Culture du Japon à Paris (1997), Princessehof Ceramics Museum, Leeuwarden (1997) and the Victoria and Albert Museum, London (1995). Collections : Victoria and Albert Museum, London, Maison de la Culture du Japon à Paris, National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo and Kyoto, and Sagawa Art Museum.