Result of "Competition of Modern Ceramic Art"

Total number of application and Prize-winning works

■Total number of application

192 artworks. (168 entrants from 32 prefectures)

■Prize-Winning works

38 artworks.

Kobe Biennale Grand Prize a trophy, diploma and cash award of \2,000,000
Second Prize diploma and cash award of \500,000
Special Prize & The Museum of Ceramic Art, Hyogo Prize(1) diploma
Encouragement Prize(4) diploma
Selected(31) diploma

Exhibition period/Exhibition site

■Prior to the Main Exhibition

All 38 prize-winning and selected works will be exhibited.

《Exhibition period》
July 18(Saturday) through August 30 (Sunday), 2015 (38 days)

《Exhibition site》
The Museum of Ceramic Art, Hyogo (4, Kamitachikui, Konda-cho, Sasayama City, Hyogo Pref.)

■Main Exhibition

The seven prize-winning works including Grand Prize will be exhibited.

《Exhibition period》
September 19(Saturday) through November 23 (holiday Monday), 2015 (66 days)

《Exhibition site》
BB Plaza Museum of Art (BB-Plaza 2F, 4-2-7 Iwaya-naka-machi, Nada-ku, Kobe City)
* Co-located Exhibition: "Exhibition of Artists from Kobe, Hyogo" in KOBE Biennale 2015

Screenings/Jury members/Comments from jury members


July 10 2015, Friday

■Judge members

INUI Yoshiaki Emeritus Professor, Kyoto University/Honorary Director, the Museum of Ceramic Art, Hyogo
ENOMOTO Toru Director, the Museum of Modern Ceramic Art, Gifu
NAKANODOU Kazunobu Visiting Professor, Kyoto University of Art & Design
HIHARA Sekiho Adviser to Japan Ikebana Association
SAKAMOTO Martel Makiko Curator, the Museum of Ceramic Art, Hyogo
MIKI Tetsuo Director, the Museum of Ceramic Art, Hyogo
YOSHIDA Hiromi General Producer, KOBE Biennale 2015

■Comments from jury members

  • The works submitted to the competition were rich in variety. We successfully selected in a balanced manner, incorporating both works showing traditional Japanese skills, and works emphasizing the modern sense of the moment.
  • The works that we selected represent distinct aspects of what we call KOBE Biennale style, which indicates that this competition has been developing its uniqueness.
  • Our overall impression is that although the artists are technically skillful, their expressions are rather weak and uniform. In addition to skillfulness, we seek works that move our hearts.