Opened by HRH The Prince of Wales
At the same time that the lacquer, enamel and metalwork of the Khalili Collection of Japanese Art was being exhibited at the British Museum in 1994-5, the ceramic part of this collection was exhibited at the National Museum of Wales in Cardiff, and was opened by His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales.
The National Museum of Wales has large holdings of European ceramics, however the Far East is only represented by a small number of comparative pieces, most of them Chinese. The Khalili Collection is unrivalled in scale and scope, and the exhibition was a unique opportunity to see and appreciate the work of the greatest ceramic artists of this period, Makuzu Kozan and Yabu Meizan.
The asymmetry, colour and exuberance of Japanese art delighted William Burges, the architect of Cardiff Castle. A pupil of Burges, Josiah Conder, became the father of Western architecture in Japan, and it is the cross-fertilisation of Japanese and British culture during the Meiji period which gave this exhibition a special appeal.
This exhibition which consisted of 98 pieces is reproduced in full colour in the catalogue written by Oliver Impey and Malcolm Fairley.