|DUJAT’s Kampai Meets & Drinks at the Arita House
Thursday, May 19 2016, from 17.30 – 19.30
On the occasion of Arita Ceramics 400th Anniversary (1616 – 2016)
|Venue: Arita House (Ruysdaelkade 2-4 1072 AG Amsterdam).
17.30: Doors open
18.00: Welcome by Geert Jan Mantel, Chairman of DUJAT
18.05: Speech by our guest of honour: Ms. Setsuko Kawahara, Minister, The Embassy of Japan in The Netherlands
18.10: Presentation by ARITA house / Scholten & Baijings
18.40: Closing remarks by Radboud Molijn, Managing Director of DUJAT
Approximately 19.30: End of the program
Registration: email to email@example.com
Arita 400 years anniversary
Arita Porcelain originated in the southern Japanese town of Arita in the early 17th century when porcelain stone was found in the mountains around Arita. The porcelain industry that began around 1616 still exists to this day. The Dutch East India Company (VOC) was the first exporter of Arita porcelain to the west, from around 1658.
Scholten & Baijings and Teruhiro Yanagihara are the creative directors of the2016/project. They have been asked by Saga prefecture, the province where Arita is situated, to reshape the future of Arita porcelain in order to commemorate the cooperation and exchange between the creative industries of The Netherlands and Japan. Sixteen designers from Europe, America and Japan worked with ten porcelain companies to develop contemporary collections of the finest Japanese porcelain using ancient knowhow and traditional practices. The special exhibition ‘Arita Porcelain Today’ will also be held at the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam (April 22 – October 9, 2016).
The Arita House Amsterdam is located in a historic building dating from 1925, practically adjacent to the Rijksmuseum, at Ruysdaelkade 2-4. The premises consist of several buildings and cover an area of 645 m2. The gardens were designed by Piet Oudolf, Holland’s most renowned landscape architect, who has gained fame, among others, with the High Line in New York, see www.oudolf.com.
The Arita House’s aim is to connect and promote contemporary Japanese and Dutch culture, in order to revitalize and energize the unique historical exchange between Japan and the Netherlands.
During our Meets & Drinks we will receive a round tour in the Arita House and a presentation of the long standing Dutch – Arita relationship and its history, the unique recent cooperation and beyond.