Jun Kaneko Sculpture Exhibit at Desert Botanical Garden Opens October 12

May 16, 2017


Dana Terrazas – Director of Marketing 
Phone: 480 481.8101
E-Mail: dterrazas@dbg.org

Jun Kaneko Sculpture Exhibit at Desert Botanical Garden Opens October 12

Bold, colorful and monumental are all words that describe the work of ceramic artist Jun Kaneko, and visitors of Desert Botanical Garden will see his work on display Oct. 12 through April 30. Kaneko’s exhibition at the Garden will include approximately 20 large-scale ceramic and bronze sculptures placed along the Garden’s trails.

Kaneko is an internationally renowned ceramic artist specializing in large-scale, hand-built sculptures. His work has been collected by major museums and appeared in high-profile exhibitions and public art installations and around the world.  

“Kaneko’s sculptures challenge the physical limitations of the ceramic firing process and are meant to spark interaction with the natural environments,” says Director of Planning and Exhibits Elaine McGinn. “His bold forms and dynamic colors will be stunning juxtaposed among our desert landscape.” 

The attraction of Kaneko’s ceramic art is that it can be viewed without much contemplation. The gently shaped forms are glazed with colorful stripes, dots, spirals and squares. Kaneko uses the surface of the large shapes as a canvas for painting. Included in the exhibition will be artwork of his most recognizable Dango, (Japanese for “rounded form”) and Head sculptures, which range as high as 11 feet tall. 

WHEN: Oct. 12-May 6 open during Garden hours

WHERE: Desert Botanical Garden, 1201 N. Galvin Parkway, Phoenix, AZ 85008

COST: Included with Membership or paid Garden Admission
Garden Admission Rates:

  • Adult: $24.95
  • Children: $12.95 (3-17)
  • Garden members and children 3 years and younger are admitted free.

INFO: For more information call 480 941.1225 or visit www.dbg.org

About Jun Kaneko:
Jun Kaneko, born in Nagoya, Japan in 1942 is known for pioneering the field of monumental ceramic sculpture. He came to the United States in 1963 to study at Chouinard Art Institute in Los Angeles. He started his career as a painter but was attracted to the world of ceramics and became a part of what later came to be the American Contemporary Ceramics Movement. His technical skills and tendency for pushing artistic boundaries led him to extraordinary accomplishments in public art, set design and architectural projects. He has taught at universities across the United States, and his work is featured in more than 70 museum collections. He has designed three operas since 2003 – including Mozart’s The Magic Flute, Puccini’s Madama Butterfly and Beethoven’s sole opera, Fidelio – which have been part of an artistic rethinking of classic operas. 

About Desert Botanical Garden:
A “Phoenix Point of Pride,” Desert Botanical Garden is one of only a few botanical gardens accredited by the American Association of Museums. It is a privately funded, non-profit organization and depends on revenues from admissions and gift shop sales, as well as contributions from individuals and businesses to fund its programs of environmental education, plant conservation and research.