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Current Exhibition

"New Vessels - Recent Additions from the Maurice Kawashima Collection of Japanese Ceramics"

Opening Reception:
Friday, October 29th 5:00-7:00

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Fashion Designer, Professor, and Collector, Maurice Kawashima made his first donation of Japanese ceramics to Hope College in 1989, a collection which has been celebrated in two exhibitions in the De Pree Gallery in 1993 and 2002.  This exhibition sets on display an entirely new gift of fine Japanese ceramics, and celebrates the continuation of this cultural partnership.

My interest in ceramics stems from my heritage, for the manner in which we Japanese live lends particular importance to this form of artistic expression.  Among the variety of art forms that make up the culture of Japan, that of ceramics is a basic expression of our mode of living.  This includes the art of flower arrangement, the ceremony of tea, and the etiquette of dining; all of which are inspired by and intimately associated with the beliefs of Buddhism.

Maurice Kawashima

This exhibit will be featured in De Pree Gallery from October 29 until November 24, 2004.

For more information, please contact the De Pree Gallery Office at (616) 395-7500. Regular Gallery hours are: Sunday & Monday 1:00 -5:00 pm, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday & Saturday 10:00 am – 5:00 pm, and Thursdays 10:00 am – 9:00 pm. The De Pree Art Center and Gallery is located at the corner of 12th Street and Columbia Avenue. The gallery is handicapped accessible. Admission is free.