Discover Japanese contemporary art through a 16th century ritual: the Chadō

The AREThé festival aspires to make people experience contemporary art through the Japanese chadō ritual tradition (the Way of Tea, tea ceremony) a tradition born during the 16th century.

The chadō, often translated as “the way of tea”, is known in the West for its practice of tea ceremony.

At first impression, chadō and contemporary art may seem unrelated. Far from being antinomic, they are the essence of Japanese culture that combines tradition and modernity.

Yet, Originally, the Way of Tea and it’s tea ceremony practice had represented a very forward- thinking approach to appreciate art, which is omnipresent within the tea ceremony practice, which is moreover a total and independent form of art itself.

During a tea ceremony, utensils, often themselves art objects and essential elements of the ritual, are taken out of the showcases of the collections. Participants are invited to examine them carefully, in a suitable gesture, to take them in their hands in order to appreciate the quality.

The tea ceremony is organized by a host for its guests. It takes place in a small assembly in a tea pavilion (or tea room), equipped with specific accessories, to create a staging representing the theme of each meeting. The guests discover various objects that are both functional and aesthetic, chosen with great care by the host of the ceremony. Whatever work is a unique element, thus indispensable for the whole coherence and harmony between the location, the theme of the meeting, and nature. Each participant is invited to enjoy the beauty and the subtle meanings of the host’s selection.

Thus, each ceremony is a kind of ephemeral exhibition, carefully set for the guest of the day; it is a unique moment to share the pleasure and communion of art. For this reason, the chadō ritual gives rise to calmness as well as creativity in oneself.

The chadōgu (instruments for the Way of Tea) chosen for the ARETHE festival 2017 are created by contemporary artists who are advised as capable of transmitting the chadō spirit of avant-garde and dynamism.

Since the 16th century, the Way of tea has always been largely fascinating, enchanting our senses…

 

Mika OBATA ( MIZEN Fine Art )

Arethe is a coined word (art and tea in French), which echoes the ancient Greek term ἀρετή (arete), meaning “vertue” in the most fundamental sense.

EVENEMENTS ARETHE 2017

Make your reservations by e-mail or phone indicated under each event

From 21th September, exhibitions, tea cérémonies, conferences will be held in different cultural establishments in the center of Paris in France and this year, the festival also extend to Oxford in England!

17 Sept.2017

Musée Cernuschi, Musée des Arts de l’Asie de la Ville de Paris

Événement surprise pour les journées européennes du patrimoine, sur réservation, Les informations seront disponibles sur le site du musée à partir du 1er septembre.

Information (à partir du 1er septembre 2017) : http://www.cernuschi.paris.

21 Sept. 2017 18h30 – 21h  Inauguration du Festival ARETHE

Mairie du Paris 7ème arrondissement 116, rue de Grenelle 75007 Paris, France.
Réservation : arethe@mizenfineart.com

21 – 27 Sept. 2017 Exposition ARETHE

Mairie du Paris 7ème arrondissement 116, rue de Grenelle 75007 Paris, France

Entrée Libre

25 Sept. 2017 Cérémonie du thé par Gilles Soki MAUCOUT avec le concours du Groupe Tsubaki no Kai

Mairie du Paris 7ème arrondissement 116, rue de Grenelle 75007 Paris, France

2 séances : 14h, 16h Réservation : tel 01 53 58 75 07/ arethe@mizenfineart.com

28 sept. 2017

Cérémonie du thé par Rumi Tsuchiya avec le concours du Groupe Tsubaki no kai

The Ashmolean museum  Beaumont St, Oxford, OX1 2PH, England.

2 séances : 13h, 15h Informations :www.ashmolean.org

1 – 21 Oct. 2017 Exposition ARETHE

MIZEN Japanese Art Gallery 29, rue de l’exposition 75007 Paris

Entrée sur RDV : contactparis@mizenfineart.com

3 oct. 2017 ‒ jan. 2018 Exposition ARETHE

The Ashmolean museum/ Gallery 36 Beaumont St, Oxford, OX1 2PH, England

Opens: 10am–5pm Tues–Sun & Bank Holiday Mon Entrée libre

3 – 8 oct. 2017 Exposition ARETHE

Maison de la Culture du Japon à Paris / Hall de l’entrée ( 5F ) 101 Bis, Quai Branly 75015 Paris
Du mardi au samedi de 12h à 20h Fermeture de la caisse à 19h30

Entrée libre

6 et 7 oct.2017  Cérémonie du thé ARETHE par Sousei ISHIKAWA

Maison de la culture du Japon à Paris  :  pavillon du thé ( 5F ) 101 Bis, Quai Branly 75015 Paris.

3 séances : 13h30, 15h, 17h Durée : 1h30 ( maximum 12 personnes/ séance)

Tarif : 15euros ( thé et gâteaux compris)

Réservation( à partir du Septembre) : http://www.mcjp.fr/

28 oct. 2017 Cérémonie du thé ARETHE et Sumidémaé par Akemi ( Soumi) TAKAMATSU avec le concours de Suishô kai

Espace Bertin Poiree / B1 8- 12, rue Bertin Poiree, 75001 Paris.

2 séances : 14h, 16h30 ( maximum 25 personnes/ séance) Tarif : 10euros

Réservation : Tél : 01 44 76 06 06

21 oct. – 11 nov. 2017 Exposition ARETHE

MIZEN Fine Art International 57, quai des Grands Augustins 75006 Paris

Ouvertures : du Lundi au Samedi de 10h30 à 20h

Entrée Libre

21 oct. 2017 Cérémonie du thé ARETHE par Akemi ( Soumi) TAKAMATSU avec le concours de Suishô kai

MIZEN Fine Art International 57, quai des Grands Augustins 75006 Paris.

3 séances : 13h30, 15h 17h30 ( maximum 20 personnes/ séance) Tarif : 15euros ( thé et gâteaux compris)

Réservation : arethe@mizenfineart.com

5 Nov. 2017,   10am 5pm
One-Day-Event for ARETHE Festival: CLAY LIVE

conference, talk, tour, demonstration…around the Japanese ceramic and the Way of Tea.

The Ashmolean Museum Beaumont St, Oxford, OX1 2PH, England

Lecture Theatre, Gallery 36 and Wytham Woods (The Oxford University)

Information : http://www.ashmolean.org/