■This is the 5th exhibition of ﾒGlass in Japanﾓ series which have been held triennially. As you know, our Association has been making a dramatic growth every time we hold this exhibition. It goes without saying that the Association is the only comprehensive group for the glass art in Japan with its membership represented by personalities from all of the contemporary Japanese glass circles, both industry and art. As a lot of glass exhibitions are held here in this country in recent years, and an increased number of glass schools have been set up by local governments as one of their educational programs, people have become more interested in such activities. I am very happy to see many of our members take active in them to lead to a great success, and take pride in making a great contribution to the development of ﾒglass cultureﾓ in Japan. I cannot but feel that this exhibition, organized by the Japan Glass Artcrafts Association in such a rapid growth of glass art, bears a significance socially, as well as it assumes an important responsibility. In this exhibition, subtitled ﾒGlass Time, Now, Glass Languageﾓ, our expressions are taken as a language to communicate through our love and our creative works of glass. We expect the audience to find a lot of unique works presented here. This year entries were not open for overseas artists and the exhibits are composed of the works of one hundred and twenty-two artists in total, including nine invited form abroad and twenty domestic entries, strictly selected. And this time we have for the first time decided to include a jury from overseas. The attempt to invite Susanne K. Frantz from The Corning Museum of Glass for this purpose was without doubt significant as lot of opinions were expressed from different point of view. We believe this will also be significant to the glass worldwide, as well as it provides an opportunity for many people to see contemporary glass works and promote the visibility of ﾒthe glass cultureﾓ in Japan. This exhibition is also going to Fukuoka after its session in Tokyo and in next spring parts of its exhibits a are being circulated to New York. In organizing ﾒGlass ﾕ90 in Japanﾓ we are most thankful to Agency for Cultural Affairs, Asahi Shinbun-sha, Japan Glass-ware Products Industry Association, Suntory Museum, Bridgestone Museum and many others for their generous understanding and co-operation in various ways. We are also indebted to Odakyu Department Store in Tokyo and Iwataya Department Store in Fukuoka for offering their space for the events.
President, Japan Glass Artcrafts Association
Member of Japan Art Academy
○1990 exhibition committee
|■award works: Japan Glass Artcrafts Association Prize / Asahi Shimbun Prize / Bridgestone Museum Prize / Suntory Museum Prize|
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Tessei Okumura "a Planet 3"/ Toshio Sugasawa "Transfer 3"/ Shinichi Muro "Stage"