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7th Emerging Artists Exhibition: Second Presentation

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7th Emerging Artists Exhibition: Second Presentation
at Atelier, Kawaguchi Art Gallery
1-76 Namiki-motomachi, Kawaguchi-shi, Saitama 332-0033
Media: Painting - Drawing - Photography - Sculpture - Installation
(2017-09-09 - 2017-09-24)

This competition promotes the cultural arts by discovering and cultivating the talent of emerging artists. Following on from the 6th event in the series, which called for the participation of artists looking to express new values ​​and perspectives by relating to people and places, this exhibition will offer a second presentation of works by those who passed the first round of judging.




Chiharu Sakazaki “On the Job”

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Chiharu Sakazaki “On the Job”
at Yoshizawa Garden Gallery
5-1-18, Mama, Ichikawa, Chiba 272-0826
Media: Illustration
(2017-07-01 - 2017-09-24)

150 works by illustrator and character designer Chiharu Sakazaki.




Kigi “Work & Free”

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Kigi “Work & Free”
at Utsunomiya Museum of Art
1077 Nagaoka-cho, Utsunomiya-shi, Tochigi-ken 320-0004
Media: Graphics - Product
(2017-07-16 - 2017-09-24)

A major exhibition for Kigi, the creative project of product and graphic designers Ryosuke Uehara and Yoshie Watanabe.




Railroad Siding 2017

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Railroad Siding 2017
at Former Tokorozawa-shi Dai-ni Gakko Kyusyoku Center
1862-1 Nakatomi, Tokorozawa-shi, Saitama 359-0002
Media: Painting - Sculpture - Installation - Video and Film - Sound - Performance Art - Party - Workshops - Talks
(2017-08-26 - 2017-09-24)

Tokorozawa City in Saitama Prefecture has a history of hosting experimental and independent exhibitions by contemporary artists. This event is the sixth edition of Railroad Siding, a bi-annual art festival that was initiated by local artists in 2008. Unlike with most large-scale art exhibitions, there is no unified theme or direction determining this event. Instead, artists and critics active in various fields will come together to face each other on the site of a former school dinner center, creating their expressions from scratch. This event has three strands: ① Exhibition taking place in an alternative non-gallery/museum setting, namely a former school dinner center (closed in 2009, used as emergency supply store since 2011). ② “Another Place for Expression” book to be published following the exhibition (including various essays and photographs documenting the event). ③ Talk events with various artists and writers scheduled throughout the exhibition period. *Please see the official website for further details on related events.




Rap Museum

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Rap Museum
at Ichihara Lakeside Museum
75-1 Funyu, Ichihara-shi, Chiba 290-0554
Media: Graphics - Illustration - Photography - Sound - Performance Art - Talks
(2017-08-11 - 2017-09-24)

The first exhibition in Japan to look at rap music as an art form, analyzing its structures and spotlighting the cultural practices that emerge from it.




Tadanori Shibamiya Exhibition

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Tadanori Shibamiya Exhibition
at Sakura City Museum of Art
210 Shinmachi, Sakura-shi, Chiba-ken 285-0023
Media: Painting - Talks
(2017-08-05 - 2017-09-24)

Introducing the works of Tadanori Shibamiya (b. 1938), an oil painter from Nagano Prefecture who lived in Sakura, Chiba for 25 years until his death in 2007. Shibamiya also produced illustrations for Pen and children’s magazines. This exhibition surveys his career, presenting his oil paintings, watercolors, and other works featuring vibrant colors, landscapes, and recurring tree motifs.




Trax Selection 2017 Vol. 2

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Trax Selection 2017 Vol. 2
at Gallery Trax
1245 Gochoda Takanecho, Hokuto-shi, Yamanashi 408-0017
Media: Painting - Sculpture - Ceramics - Party
(2017-09-01 - 2017-09-25)

[Event] Violin concert by Takanori Niimura Date: Sep. 17 (Sun) 15:00




Exhibition focusing on new acquisitions in the Arts Maebashi collection

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Exhibition focusing on new acquisitions in the Arts Maebashi collection
at Arts Maebashi
5-1-16 Chiyodamachi, Maebashi-shi, Gunma 371-0022
Media: Painting - Drawing - Sculpture - Workshops - Talks
(2017-06-15 - 2017-09-26)

Arts Maebashi’s acquisitions policy focuses on collecting works by artists connected to the area or associated with the organization and their activities, such as exhibitions. New works purchased in 2016 include those by sculptor Kaoru Ikeda and painter Tokio Ida, as well as Shinya Kogure, Satoshi Hirose and Seihyo Tanaka. A number of these works will be presented here alongside other pieces already a part of the Arts Maebashi collection. [Related Events] Children’s Art Expedition Date: June 26 (Sun) 14:00- Venue: Meet in front of the General Information desk located on the 1st floor of Arts Maebashi Admission: Free *Suitable for elementary school students and under. *Event in Japanese




Secrets of Art – Five Approaches to Encountering Me

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Secrets of Art – Five Approaches to Encountering Me
at Arts Maebashi
5-1-16 Chiyodamachi, Maebashi-shi, Gunma 371-0022
Media: Painting - Nihonga - Sculpture - Installation - Performance Art - Workshops - Talks
(2017-07-21 - 2017-09-26)

This Collection+ exhibition features works by young artists along with pieces from Arts Maebashi’s collection. It invites visitors to rediscover parts of themselves by letting the artworks remind them of their own origins, memories, and past experiences. The secrets of art lie not within the artworks themselves but in the messages the viewer receives from them.




The Story of Bonsai

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The Story of Bonsai
at The Omiya Bonsai Art Museum, Saitama
2-24-3, Toro-cho, Kita-ku, Saitama-shi, Saitama 331-0804
Media: Drawing
(2017-09-09 - 2017-09-27)

This exhibition looks back on the history of bonsai from ancient times to the present with murals from ancient China, Medieval Japanese picture scrolls, modern paintings of famous gardens, woodblock prints, and other works depicting bonsai with easy-to-understand explanations. Bonsai loved by Meiji-era politicians and the opening of The Omiya Bonsai Art Museum, Saitama in the early Showa period are also introduced.




Kunie Komori Exhibition

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Kunie Komori Exhibition
at Itamuro Onsen Daikokuya
856 Itamuro, Nasushiobara-shi, Tochigi 325-0111
Media: Crafts
(2017-09-01 - 2017-09-29)

Three years have passed since the last solo exhibition of works by Kunie Komori, a lacquer artist who is acknowledged as a holder of important intangible cultural property in Japan. Each of the steps that contribute to the art of lacquer painting are carried out by hand, a high level of skill necessary to achieve the deep yet smooth beauty for which this art form is known. A variety of delicate works such as trays and boxes will be presented here, in addition to 100 bowls. Venue: Diakokuya Salon




MOMAS Collection Part 2

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MOMAS Collection Part 2
at Museum of Modern Art, Saitama
9-30-1 Tokiwa, Urawa-ku, Saitama-shi, Saitama 330-0061
Media: Painting - Drawing - Talks
(2017-07-22 - 2017-10-01)

Exhibition introducing modern Western works of art as well as works of Japanese modern art, including pieces by painters such as Marc Chagall, who is known for his fantastical compositions, and Yasushi Tanaka, a painter linked to Saitama Prefecture who was also active in France during his career. Furthermore, you can learn about the “sacrificial” theory behind the burning process employed by international sculptor Toshikatsu Endo in his work. This exhibition will be hosted alongside the “Toshikatsu Endo: The Archeology of the Sacred” special exhibition now on at Museum of Modern Art, Saitama. [Related Events] Guide to the artworks led by museum volunteers Event Date: At 14:00- everyday throughout the exhibition period, excluding July 22 (sat), 23 (Sun). Duration: approx. 30 mins. Venue: 1F exhibition room Admission: Free (an admission ticket to the MOMAS collection is required) *Event in Japanese




Nakajo Biennale 2017

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Nakajo Biennale 2017
at Tsu-un Bldg.
806-4 Isemachi, Nakanojomachi, Azuma-gun, Gunma 377-0423
Media: Painting - Drawing - Photography - Sculpture - Installation - Performance Art - Workshops
(2017-09-09 - 2017-10-09)

Nakanojo in Gunma Prefecture is a beautiful town not far from the city that is surrounded by magnificent nature. Picture a rural landscape covered with morning dew, historic and highly atmospheric onsen (hot springs), wooden school buildings of the past, and traditional farm houses. It is as if the scenery in this mountain village has been left behind by the modern world. With the advent of Nakanojo Biennale, however, artists have begun living and creating in this town, making their own platforms and establishing many new human connections. The 6th edition of this large-scale art event will present works by artists and local residents alike. [Related Events] Artist Talk Event Date: Sep. 16 (Sat) - 18 (Mon), 23 (Sat), 24 (Sun), 14:00-17:00 *Speakers and venues will vary each day. *Events in Japanese.




Pursuing “Movement”

Pursuing “Movement”
at Shizuoka Prefectural Museum of Art
53-2 Yada, Shizuoka-shi, Shizuoka-ken 422-8002

(2017-09-05 - 2017-10-09)

This exhibition, the first in the series celebrating 100 years since the passing of Auguste Rodin, will present works by the artist alongside those of Eadweard Muybridge and Yuki Onodera. Ahead of the birth of film, Muybridge used multiple cameras to create a form of motion photography that captured the continuous movements of animals and people. Meanwhile, Rodin explored the expression of movement through sculpture, and contemporary photographer Onodera pays homage to the work of Muybridge in her current photographic practice. Discover how these three artists pursue movement through stationary art forms, and see how their practice relates to each others’.




Tetsuro Komai “A Flâneur in the Dream”

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Tetsuro Komai “A Flâneur in the Dream”
at Museum of Modern Art, Saitama
9-30-1 Tokiwa, Urawa-ku, Saitama-shi, Saitama 330-0061
Media: Prints
(2017-09-12 - 2017-10-09)

An exhibition for the leading postwar printmaker Tetsuro Komai.




Katsutoshi Ito “Love from the Ocean”

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Katsutoshi Ito “Love from the Ocean”
at Ikeda Museum of 20th Century Art
614 Totari, Ito-shi, Shizuoka-ken 414-0052
Media: Photography - Talks
(2017-07-29 - 2017-10-10)

Life-forms in the ocean often appear to be splendid examples of naturally occurring art created by the sea. There is a sense of divinity in how individual creatures can survive such a harsh environment. In the waters surrounding Izu Peninsula south of Tokyo, the underwater environment feels like some kind of geopark, where lava from erupting volcanoes once flowed and the creatures living there, which have existed since the Earth formed, are replete with mysterious shapes and colors. Below the water’s surface there is a world of excitement and mystery that cannot be glimpsed from the land. See how this is explored in Katsutoshi Ito’s works. [Related Events] Katsutoshi Ito Gallery Talk Event Date: July 22 (Sat) 13:30-14:30 (within the exhibition space) *Event in Japanese




Sengoku! From Naotora to Naomasa Ii

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Sengoku! From Naotora to Naomasa Ii
at Shizuoka Prefectural Museum of Art
53-2 Yada, Shizuoka-shi, Shizuoka-ken 422-8002
Media: Drawing - Product - Crafts - Workshops - Talks
(2017-08-14 - 2017-10-12)

This special exhibition for the 2017 NHK drama Onna Joshu Naotora (Naotora: The Lady Warlord) looks at the life and times of historical figure Naotora Ii, who fought to protect her clan during the Sengoku Warring States period. Swords, armor, rare documents, paintings, and more tell the story of Naotora’s chapter in Shizuoka history.




A Story Begins in a Meeting of Pictures and Words – Into the Forests of Imagination

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A Story Begins in a Meeting of Pictures and Words – Into the Forests of Imagination
at Art Museum & Library, Ota
15-16-30 Higashi Honcho, Ota-shi, Gumma 373-0026
Media: Illustration - Painting - Drawing - Workshops
(2017-08-04 - 2017-10-22)

Art Museum & Library, Ota places special focus on illustrated stories and children’s books. Its first show in a series about books and art explores the imaginative and creative power of combinations of pictures and words. Original illustrations by picture books artists and authors including Mizumaru Anzai, Haruki Murakami, Komako Sakai, Hatsue Nakawaki, Yu Nagashima, Shin Fukunaga, and Aru Sunaga are accompanied by a forest-themed installation by contemporary artist Takashi Nakajima and a mural by Maki Okojima.




Maurice de Vlaminck Exhibition

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Maurice de Vlaminck Exhibition
at Yamanashi Prefectural Museum of Art
1-4-27 Kugawa, Kofu-shi, Yamanashi-ken 400-0065
Media: Painting
(2017-09-02 - 2017-10-22)

Maurice de Vlaminck (1876–1958) was a musician, writer, car racer, and painter in the Fauvist movement. He was later involved in Cubism and influenced Japanese painters such as Yuzo Saeki and Katsuzo Satomi. He is known for his still lifes and depictions of villages, homes, and snowy landscapes removed from the hustle and bustle of Paris. This exhibition presents some 80 works from collections in France and Switzerland, tracing the lineage of both his painting and writing careers.




The Roots of Life

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The Roots of Life
at Ashikaga Museum of Art
2-14-7 Tori, Ashikaga-shi, Tochigi-ken 326-0814
Media: Painting
(2017-08-05 - 2017-10-22)

Works by four artists.




Harunobu Suzuki: Ukiyo-e masterpieces from Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Harunobu Suzuki: Ukiyo-e masterpieces from Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
at Chiba City Museum of Art
3-10-8 Chuo, Chuo-ku, Chiba City, Chiba 260-8733
Media: Prints
(2017-09-06 - 2017-10-23)

Harunobu Suzuki (born c.1725-1770) was a leading Ukiyoe artist who is recognized as being the first person to produce polychrome nishiki-e (brocade pictures), achieved through multi-color woodblock printing. Suzuki created works that express poetic and refined subjects, depicting young lovers, mothers and children, scenes of everyday life, and classical themes inspired by other mitate-e and yatsushi-e works. He is also known for incorporating images of contemporary beauties and famous sights of Edo into his pictures, contributing to the popularization of nishiki-e. Visitors are sure to enjoy such subjects depicted in the warm textures of his layered woodcut works printed on fine paper. This exhibition will also feature around 150 works by Suzuki’s contemporaries - who likewise conveyed the spirit of this era in their prints - loaned from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, which boasts a world-class collection of ukiyo-e works both in terms of quality and quantity. More than eighty percent of Suzuki’s rare works are held in collections overseas, meaning that opportunities to see his ukiyo-e in Japan are very limited. This exhibition is the first show for 15 years to introduce his work in Japan, the last one held at Chiba City Museum of Art in 2002. Don’t miss this chance to see his works up close.




Forest - the shape of life

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Forest - the shape of life
at Bernard Buffet Museum
Higashino Clematis no Oka, 515-57 Sunto-gun, Nagaizumi-cho, Shizuoka 411-0931
Media: Painting - Drawing - Video and Film - Sound - Party - Talks
(2017-04-22 - 2017-10-31)

The Bernard Buffet Museum is surrounded by trees and has hosted various tree themed exhibitions in the past, such as “The Story of Trees” in 2013. In addressing this topic, the relationship between trees and people is explored, and the life of the forest grows. In this exhibition you can see the work of three artists who express the form that the life of trees, and our living together with trees, takes. These works will encourage you to contemplate how you live. [Related Events] Hikaru Sato Cello Concert Cellos are made from wood, so it could be said that the sound they make is the voice of the forest. Date: Sep. 3 (Sun) 14:30-16:00 (Doors open: 14:00) Venue: Clematis no Oka Hall Capacity: 200 (booking required) Admission: ¥3500 (¥2000 for students and under, includes admission to the museum) *Booking can made by calling the museum: 055-986-1300 *Please see website for further details and other events




Insects in Art

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Insects in Art
at Sano Art Museum
1-43 Nakatacho, Mishima-shi, Shizuoka 411-0838
Media: Nihonga
(2017-09-09 - 2017-11-05)

The Japanese often get a sense of seasonal changes from the appearance of different insects, whether it is butterflies dancing among flowers, the shrill sound of cicadas resting in the shade, or dragonflies darting across rice fields. In China, the mysterious presence of insects has long been honored as the sign of a good omen. Adopting Western-style sketching methods and combining these with Chinese thought, the Japanese developed a vivid way of expressing insects, creating stunningly beautiful works with much variety. For this exhibition the Sano Art Museum has brought together traditional and modern works that feature insect motifs. “Tonbokiri,” one of three legendary Japanese spears created by famed swordsmith Masazane Fujiwara during the Muromachi period (1336-1573), will also be included in the exhibition. *The works on show will change in the first and second half of the exhibition period. By presenting the stub of your exhibition admission ticket, you can receive a 20% deduction on your admission fee when visiting this exhibition for a second time.




Hiroshi Takizawa “Avalanche / Sheet / Dual”

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Hiroshi Takizawa “Avalanche / Sheet / Dual”
at Rin Art Association
MACRO Building, 5-24 Iwaoshimachi, Takasaki-shi, Gunma 370-0044
Media: Photography
(2017-09-02 - 2017-11-12)

Photography by Hiroshi Takizawa.




The Art Show – Art of the New Millennium in the Taguchi Art Collection

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The Art Show – Art of the New Millennium in the Taguchi Art Collection
at Museum of Modern Art, Gunma
Gunmanomori Park, 992-1 Watanuki-machi, Takasaki-shi, Gunma-ken 370-1293
Media: Illustration - Painting - Drawing - Photography - Sculpture - Workshops - Talks
(2017-09-16 - 2017-11-12)

Exhibiting 65 works of contemporary art by 53 artists, with a focus on pieces from the year 2000 onward. In addition to Japanese artists including Keiichi Tanaami, Yoko Ono, Yoshitomo Nara, Takashi Murakami, Hiroshi Sugimoto, Chiharu Shiota, Tomoko Sawada, and Teppei Kaneuji, international stars such as Damien Hirst, Rob Pruitt, and Vik Muniz are displayed. Boasting more than 400 works, the Taguchi Art Collection has been one of Japan’s preeminent collections of contemporary art since the 1980s.




Patricia Field “Art Collection: The world of Patricia Field”

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Patricia Field “Art Collection: The world of Patricia Field”
at Nakamura Keith-Haring Collection
10249-7 Kobuchizawamachi, Kitamori-shi, Yamanashi 408-0044
Media: Graphics - Illustration - Painting
(2017-07-01 - 2017-11-19)

The Patricia Field boutique, where Madonna, Debbie Harry, and Jean-Michel Basquiat were regulars, existed as a melting pot of cultures where musicians, their fans, artists, celebrities, downtown personalities, and fashionistas from around the world met and mingled. In 1983, Patricia Field’s East Village shop sold T-shirts created by Keith Haring – a perfect collaboration between Field’s philosophy of “fashion as wearable art” and Haring’s philosophy of “art is for everyone.” Another alluring factor about the boutique, which neighbored the now defunct CBGB’s and the legendary Bowery Poetry Club, was its expansive art collection. Artworks ranging from paintings to photography, posters, sculptures, and prints adorned the walls of the shop. Most of the works were created by unknown and undiscovered artists, all of which exhibited immense artistry and technique, interacting and displayed with the same revere as the glamorous garments of the boutique. Including the works in her boutique, office, home, and storage, Field was a proud owner of over 300 pieces of art that she collected herself. The collection also includes pieces created by artists, designers, and fans who were inspired by Patricia Field and the House of Field. Each artwork has significance and a special story, and, as Field explains, “…the art collection is my memories of 50 years of my career. They’re treasures of the House of Field.” As the boutique closed its doors in the spring of 2016 after marking its mark in New York City for over half a century, the Nakamura Keith Haring Collection continues its legacy by preserving 190 of the main pieces in its collection. The Patricia Field Art Collection reflects the styles of the East Village underground culture, which include the downtown club, music, and street art scene. The exhibition will not only focus on Patricia Field’s unique vision and the origin of her immense influence on the fashion world, but will also focus on her art collection. The works were created outside of the boundaries, mode, and style of that time, and were created with unconventional approach, without aspirations of fame, evoking the art brut movement.




Anz Kanie “Looking at the world, or all things”

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Anz Kanie “Looking at the world, or all things”
at The Museum of Contemporary Art, Karuizawa
2052-2 Nagakura, Karuizawa-machi, Kitasaku-gun, Nagano-ken 389-0111
Media: Prints
(2017-04-27 - 2017-11-23)

Karuizawa in Nagano Prefecture is artist Anz Kanie’s adoptive hometown. She has spent a lot of time there since childhood, taking much inspiration from the abundant forests and animals there, as well as the meandering rivers, and the gentle breeze. This influence is evident in her artworks, a range of which will be presented here. In this exhibition centering on some of her best known pieces, you can get a sense of Kanie’s supple lines, and the distinctive hues that feature in her works.




Artists who have crossed the seas

Artists who have crossed the seas
at The Museum of Contemporary Art, Karuizawa
2052-2 Nagakura, Karuizawa-machi, Kitasaku-gun, Nagano-ken 389-0111
Media: Painting - Drawing - Prints - Sculpture - Product
(2017-04-27 - 2017-11-23)

In this exhibition celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Museum of Contemporary Art, Karuizawa, visitors will be invited to explore the genealogy of the museum’s collection, with around 70 works presented on the theme, “artists who have crossed the seas.” These works are by artists who left their home country of Japan in order to base their art practice overseas, not for short-term sojourns, but to spend most of their lives working hard to establish themselves abroad. One such artist is Tsuguharu Foujita, who relocated to France at the beginning of the 20th century and became the darling of Ecole de Paris. On the other hand, Isamu Noguchi and Genichiro Inokuma set up their studios in the United States. They became known in Japan for their accomplishments in continuing the work of the Gutai group and the Mono-ha (school of things) movement that were both prominent in postwar avant-garde art of Japan. Currently it is Yayoi Kusama, Yoshitomo Nara, and Takashi Murakami who are taking on the art world both in Japan and overseas. Venue: 1F Permanent Exhibition Gallery




Kumi Sugai “Dashing Images”

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Kumi Sugai “Dashing Images”
at The Museum of Contemporary Art, Karuizawa
2052-2 Nagakura, Karuizawa-machi, Kitasaku-gun, Nagano-ken 389-0111
Media: Painting
(2017-04-23 - 2017-11-23)

Kumi Sugai is a painter who worked between France and Japan, receiving high international acclaim during his lifetime. Even now, 20 years since Sugai’s death, his works continue to enthrall audiences with their unfading colors. Producing paintings over a period spanning near on six decades, his style underwent major transformations a number of times. Eastern motifs he painted with fine brushes early on in his career gradually became simple voluminous forms in the latter half of the 1950s. The geometric forms seen in works such as those in his “Autoroute” series emerged after 1962, expressing a standardization of color, materials and shaping, and demonstrating a flat and signature style reminiscent of road signs. From the 1980s, Sumai’s compositions began to feature more limited colors, applied with visible brush strokes. This exhibition will introduce a range of his works demonstrating various styles. Venue: 2F Special Exhibitions gallery




Physiology of art, or meditation of transcendental taste

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Physiology of art, or meditation of transcendental taste
at Sezon Museum of Modern Art
2140 Nagakura Serigasawa, Karuizawa-machi, Kitasaku-gun, Nagano-ken 389-0111
Media: Painting - Nihonga - Sculpture
(2017-07-15 - 2017-11-23)

Sezon Museum of Modern Art is known for prizing quality over quantity; rather than building a comprehensive collection that spans the history of art, the focus is on collecting individual works based on their distinctive qualities. The beauty that is revealed in each of these works and the art that they convey can be considered as unique, and something that cannot be subtituted by another object or work of art. It is understood that both beauty and art are diverse. It may, in fact, be said that it is because of this diversity that new works continue to be created. However old the oldest antiquities may appear, at the time they were produced they would have been accepted as contemporary works of art. This exhibition will introduce works from both the current collection and the collection of Takanawa Art Museum, Sezon Museum of Modern Art’s predecessor. Experience how beauty and art transcend time.




Graphic Designer Koichi Sato

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Graphic Designer Koichi Sato
at Takasaki Museum of Art
110-27 Yashima-cho, Takasaki-shi, Gunma-ken 370-0849
Media: Graphics - Painting - Talks
(2017-09-16 - 2017-11-26)

Exhibiting major works, high school posters and sketch books, and early theater posters and fliers by Koichi Sato, an important Japanese graphic designer from Takasaki.




Nihon Minkaen 50th Anniversary Exhibition: ‘Past and Present’ Story

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Nihon Minkaen 50th Anniversary Exhibition: ‘Past and Present’ Story
at Nihon Minkaen
7-1-1 Masugata, Tama-ku, Kawasaki-shi, Kanagawa 214-0032
Media: Photography - Architecture
(2017-04-29 - 2017-11-26)

Minkaen (Japan Open-Air Folk House Museum) opened in April of 1967. This year, 2017, marks the 50th anniversary. To celebrate this major milestone, it will hold a special exhibition which will include items that are usually not for display, such as documents showing the process of Minkaen’s foundation, its original plans, its guidebook and brochure from the first period, and more. Visitors can also get to know the Minkaen’s 50-year history through enjoying sugoroku (a traditional Japanese board game) at the play-corner.




Yuichiro Tamura “Essay: Glory and the End, or that Weekend / Week End”

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Yuichiro Tamura “Essay: Glory and the End, or that Weekend / Week End”
at Oyama City Kurumaya Museum of Art
3-10-34 Otome, Oyama-shi, Tochigi 329-0214
Media: Photography - Video and Film - Party
(2017-09-23 - 2017-11-26)

Yuichiro Tamura and Hiroyuki Hattori have been traveling to Oyama City regularly for the last year, making observations and developing dialogs. During this process, Hattori took an interest in the Oyama City Kurumaya Museum of Art’s unique sense of scale, as well as it’s potential as a public facility, where the boundary between the public and the private are eroded. Meanwhile, Tamura singled out the Nissan Gloria vehicle used by the museum. This car was once a symbol of abundance in the period of high economic growth following the war, but now it seems that it cuts through the present and future of this regional art museum. This exhibition is a chance to think about how we can live better in the years to come. [Related Event] Opening Ceremony: Gallery Tour by the Curator and Artists Event Date: Sep. 23 (Sat) 14:00- Venue: Oyama City Kurumaya Museum of Art *Event in Japanese




15th Anniversary Exhibition: The Tree of Life

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15th Anniversary Exhibition: The Tree of Life
at The Vangi Sculpture Garden Museum
Higashino Clematis no Oka, 347-1 Sunto-gun, Nagaizumi-cho, Shizuoka 411-0931
Media: Painting - Drawing - Nihonga - Sculpture - Installation - Performance Art - Talks
(2017-04-22 - 2017-11-30)

Trees remain a source of fascination to people even in contemporary times. For its 15th anniversary, the Vangi Sculpture Garden Museum presents an exhibition focused on works from its collection on the theme of “the tree of life.” Trees have been depicted in culture throughout the ages. The Bible speaks of the “tree of life” and the “tree of knowledge.” Today not only painters and sculptors but other artists including photographers take up trees as their subjects, creating dialogues with them. Manabu Miyazaki, for instance, spent two years photographing a single hilltop persimmon tree in Nagano Prefecture, recording the changes in its landscape as the months and seasons went by. Seiichi Motohashi has documented the baobab trees of a Senegalese village and the people who live there in photographs and film, interpreting the meanings of the carvings on the trunks of the trees. Sculptor Shigeo Toya heads into forests of Japan with a chainsaw in pursuit of his art. Similarly, Koji Tanada converses with the wood he uses in his carvings of children and youth, imbuing them with the life of their materials. Furthermore, numerous painters feature trees in their works, portraying them on enormous canvases like figures in dreams. See how 15 contemporary artists bring life to their works in dialogue with trees. [Related Event] Performance Artist Kasetsu will give a performance on the theme of “the tree of life.” Artworks created during the performance will displayed at the exhibition. Date: April 28 (Fri) 13:30–15:30 Please see the official website for details and information on more related events.




Rieko Hidaka “Sky and Trees”

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Rieko Hidaka “Sky and Trees”
at The Vangi Sculpture Garden Museum
Higashino Clematis no Oka, 347-1 Sunto-gun, Nagaizumi-cho, Shizuoka 411-0931
Media: Painting - Nihonga
(2017-04-22 - 2017-11-30)

Rieko Hidaka is a painter active in the field of contemporary art who uses traditional materials common to Japanese-style painting, but avoids taking a conventional approach. Her paintings characteristically feature trees, depicting them from a very low vantage point. From her careful outdoor observation and sketches, Hidaka paints trees throughout the seasons in a large format, detailing countless tree trunks, branches, leaves, buds, nooks and crannies. Hidaka creates delicate and highly tonal monochromatic works by establishing layers of mineral pigment on the canvas. Though she has been painting trees since the 1980s, Hidaka’s work has evolved gradually over the years. For this event, her first solo exhibition at a museum in Japan since 2004, Hidaka will present her latest works in the “Distance from the Sky” series. In recent years the artist has paid attention to the display of her works, using methods to expand the space that is produced by the paintings. This is a chance to experience the unique feeling of being immersed in the space created both inside and outside of Hidaka’s works. [Related Events] Rieko Hidaka: Sky and Trees Opening Talk Event Event Date: Apr. 22 (Sat) 15:00-16:30 Venue: The Vangi Sculpture Garden Museum, Clematis no Oka Speakers: Rieko Hidaka, Keisuke Mori (Curator, The Vangi Sculpture Garden Museum) Capacity: 100 (booking required) Admission: Free (exhibition admission ticket required) Bookings can be made by telephone. *Event in Japanese *Please see official website for further details.




Felice Beato photographs: people, landscapes, and Japanese Western-style paintings

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Felice Beato photographs: people, landscapes, and Japanese Western-style paintings
at Kawamura Memorial DIC Museum of Art
631 Sakado, Sakura-shi, Chiba-ken 285-8505
Media: Photography
(2017-09-09 - 2017-12-03)

Felice Beato (1834–1909) lived in Japan from the late Edo period into the Meiji era, and from his base in Yokohama he photographed widely in cities such as Edo (present day Tokyo) and Nagasaki, as well as other areas around the country, capturing images of landscapes and scenes of the daily life and customs. His photographs have great appeal for viewers today due to the glimpses they offer of day-to-day life in Japan at that time. Photography has played an important role in modern Japanese visual arts and modes of expression. The techniques of oil painting and photography were introduced to Japan from the late Edo Period into the Meiji era, and Japanese Western-style oil painters were known to use photographs for reference when visualizing landscapes, learning about composition and perspective, and executing oil paintings of high aesthetic and artistic quality. This exhibition will present roughly 180 photographs - with a focus on people and landscapes - that are taken from three albums in the Kawamura Memorial DIC Museum of Art collection, as well as 18 Western-style oil paintings produced in Japan around the same time as these images. This is an opportunity to consider anew the interrelationship between Eastern and Western culture, while comparing how Western eyes saw Japan and, in response to those images, how artists acquired new visions that led to the creation of a new art of their own, born in Japan.




Yutaka Nishimura “Creatures in Yatsugatake”

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Yutaka Nishimura “Creatures in Yatsugatake”
at Kiyosato Museum of Photographic Arts
3545-1222 Kiyosato, Takane-cho, Kitakoma-gun, Yamanashi-ken 407-0301
Media: Photography - Workshops - Talks
(2017-07-01 - 2017-12-03)

In his work, Yutaka Nishimura looks to capture a wild and unaltered version of the everyday in nature. For this reason, he often shots amidst adverse conditions. Nishimura communicates the delight of making a discovery and observing nature, encouraging viewers of his works to go out and try it for themselves. Around 200 pieces will be presented here, including previously unreleased works as well as key pieces such as his “Dormouse” series, which is part of the museum collection, his debut work that takes Japanese red foxes as its subject, and his recently published children’s photo book, “Quadruplet Squirrel Babies,” which is complied from a series on squirrels of Japan. Get a sense for the vibrant life that exists among the rich nature of Japan’s southern Yatsugatake volcanic region. Children visiting the exhibition can also enjoy trying out squirrel themed paper sumo, a rice farming board game, and various other activities available in the children’s area. [Related Events] Platinum Print Workshop Platinum printing is a classic photography process, the images characterized by delicate color variation. Suitable for those who have never used a darkroom, as well as for those who are looking to incorporate next techniques into their practice. Event Date: November 11 - 12 (2 days) Workshop Leader: Kenji Hosoe (photographer) Admission: ¥30,000 (inc. exhibition entry) Capacity: 8 *Please see the official website for further details *Event in Japanese




Livres d’enfance français, Collection Kashima Shigeru

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Livres d’enfance français, Collection Kashima Shigeru
at Gunma Museum of Art, Tatebayashi
2003 Hinata-cho, Tatebayashi-shi, Gunma-ken 374-0076
Media: Illustration - Drawing - Workshops - Talks
(2017-09-23 - 2017-12-24)

This is the first time for these French picture books treasured for many years in the collection of rare Western books belonging to Shigeru Kashima, a scholar of French literature, to be shown in public. They date mainly from the late nineteenth century, when fine children’s books emerged, to the early twentieth century, when subtle, modern, and lively pictures played the leading role. The entirety of this collection rich in charming, beautiful French picture books is revealed here.




Sawada Kyoichi: From Home to Battle Zone

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Sawada Kyoichi: From Home to Battle Zone
at Izu Photo Museum
347-1 Higashino Clematis no Oka, Nagaizumi-cho, Shizuoka 411-0931
Media: Photography
(2017-09-09 - 2017-12-25)

Sawada Kyoichi was born in the northern Japanese city of Aomori in 1936. He worked at the US military base in Misawa before heading to Indochina in 1965, when the war was ablaze. During the years when the Vietnam War steadily escalated, Sawada was on the front lines photographing events right up until he was shot to death in 1970 at the age of 34. In the five years he spent in the war zone, he produced numerous masterpieces and won international recognition. He was awarded a Pulitzer Prize for a group of photographs that included “Flee to Safety,” which captured Vietnamese people driven from their homes, struggling desperately to survive. The image confronted the world with the cruel reality of the battle zone. This exhibition presents roughly 300 images, including previously unreleased photographs and original wire photos Sawada sent back from the front. The photographs evoke both his homeland and the battle zones, crisscrossed by life and death. They allow us to examine the face of the Vietnam War that Sawada unflinchingly sought to convey. This is an opportunity to contemplate the “American War.”




10th Anniversary Exhibition “Keith Haring and Japan: Pop to Neo-Japonism”

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10th Anniversary Exhibition “Keith Haring and Japan: Pop to Neo-Japonism”
at Nakamura Keith-Haring Collection
10249-7 Kobuchizawamachi, Kitamori-shi, Yamanashi 408-0044
Media: Illustration - Painting - Drawing - Sculpture
(2017-02-05 - 2018-01-08)

The Nakamura Keith Haring Collection, the only museum in the world dedicated to the collection of Keith Haring’s artwork, celebrates its 10th anniversary in 2017. This exhibition focuses on the footprints Haring left in Japan, exploring his liberating and diverse point of view in works expressing Japanese aesthetics. It also features an important mural made with 500 children at Parthenon Tama, Tokyo in 1987. This work is the culmination of an art that communicates beyond language. On his first visit to Japan, Haring made drawings on mediums unique to Japan, such as folding screens, scrolls, kites and fans with Sumi ink. Haring had not only been influenced by his early introduction to Zen but also inspired by Eastern philosophy, including both cultural and literary elements. He experienced the height of Tokyo’s economic boom of the 80’s, and the dichotomy of ultra-modern and the traditional was both a source of fascination and inspiration for him. After the success of his revolutionary art project Pop Shop, which inherited the concept of his break out graffiti project Subway Drawings, Haring opened Pop Shop Tokyo in Aoyama, Tokyo in 1988. The shop was a sensation and many people waited in line just to get a glimpse of Haring’s pop-style.




A Bounty of Art

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A Bounty of Art
at Hara Museum Arc (Gunma)
Ikaho Green Bokujo, 2855-1 Kanai, Shibukawa-shi, Gunma-ken 377-0027
Media: Painting - Nihonga
(2017-09-16 - 2018-01-08)

During the long history of Japanese art, a great many painters have left behind a legacy of exquisite masterpieces. The Kano painters stand out as the largest school and one whose dominance lasted more than 400 years. One of the major centerpieces of the Hara Rokuro Collection is a series of picture scrolls originally created by Kano-school artists as fusuma-e (partition paintings) for the Nikko-in guest hall at Mi’idera (Onjoji) temple. Japanese art evolved through contact with the culture of continental China, with the influence of one Qing dynasty painter, Shen Nanping, having a particularly deep effect on many Japanese painters, such as Okyo Maruyama and Kokan Shiba. Kokan, who also researched Western-style painting and the use of oil paints, was a forerunner of modern painting in Japan. The richness of expression by this varied group of masters awaits you. Venue: Kankai Pavilion (Traditional East Asian Art) Part I: Sep. 16 (Sat), 2017 – Nov. 15 (Wed), 2017 Part II: Nov. 17 (Fri), 2017 – Jan. 8 (Mon), 2018




Kengo Kito “Multiple Star Ⅲ”

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Kengo Kito “Multiple Star Ⅲ”
at Hara Museum Arc (Gunma)
Ikaho Green Bokujo, 2855-1 Kanai, Shibukawa-shi, Gunma-ken 377-0027
Media: Installation
(2017-09-16 - 2018-01-08)

This is the third and final installment of the three part ten-month exhibition currently being held in Gallery A at Hara Museum Arc. In Part I, Kengo Kito unveiled an installation comprising 1,300 hula hoops, a favorite motif of the artist, which filled the large space with color and liveliness. For Part II, Kito captivated viewers with mostly new, energetic works that imbued the exhibition space with a special kind of tension. For the artist, who recently celebrated his 40th birthday, Part III represents a culmination of his creative activities to date in the form of a new large-scale installation. Made specifically for the venue, the installation follows Kito’s past creations in the way they changed appearance depending on the light or movement of the viewer. This aspect was manifested in such pieces as a rotating disk comprised of numerous discrete mirrors that produced an ever-changing pattern from the reflected image or scene, or numerous scarves stitched together, each with a totally different pattern. In the new installation, elements from previous explorations interact in complex ways to form a single work of art. Kito’s ambitious use of space is sure to surprise and delight. Kito produces artworks incorporating colorful materials common in everyday life using a variety of expressive methods, including large-scale installation, sculpture and painting. Featured in the exhibition title, the term “multiple star” refers to a system of three or more stars that appear to be in close proximity to each other when viewed from the earth.




Layered Forms - Selections from the Hara Museum Collection

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Layered Forms - Selections from the Hara Museum Collection
at Hara Museum Arc (Gunma)
Ikaho Green Bokujo, 2855-1 Kanai, Shibukawa-shi, Gunma-ken 377-0027
Media: Graphics - Painting - Drawing - Sculpture - Installation
(2017-09-16 - 2018-01-08)

The keyword behind the works from the Hara Museum Collection featured in this exhibition is “layer,” a reference not only to a work’s structural aspect, but also to the idea of “layers of meaning.” In his assemblage of stacked portraits, Christian Boltanski has created an altar with each young girl’s face a metaphor for a memory of life and death. Lee Ufan’s work is comprised of a repeating pattern of dark, fading lines against white negative space. In Yoshitomo Nara’s work, we sense both hope and despair in the eyes of a girl standing in a war zone, eyes that seem to trace the lyrics of an anti-war song. In Kohei Nawa’s work, a stuffed doe is covered with transparent spheres that transform its existence into a “PixCell” (i.e., “picture” + “cell”). Explore the layered meanings in these and other works. [Featured Artists] Arman, Koji Enokura, Shinro Ohtake, Gilbert & George, Yayoi Kusama, Christian Boltanski, Jae-Eun Choi,Tokihiro Sato, Tabaimo, Yoshitomo Nara, Kosai Hori, Tomio Miki, Tadanori Yokoo, Katsuro Yoshida, Lee Ufan, Louise Nevelson, Robert Rauschenberg and others




Rethinking Bernard Buffet: Half A Century of Masterpieces

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Rethinking Bernard Buffet: Half A Century of Masterpieces
at Bernard Buffet Museum
Higashino Clematis no Oka, 515-57 Sunto-gun, Nagaizumi-cho, Shizuoka 411-0931
Media: Painting - Drawing
(2017-03-18 - 2018-01-16)

Bernard Buffet made his debut as a painter at the age of 20, becoming famous for his portraits that characteristically use straight black lines and subdued hues to embody the social anxiety and void following the war. In order to prepare for solo exhibitions he held each year and expand his language of expression, in 1952 Buffet began setting himself themes to paint by, such as “passion” and “circus.” By following the various themes that Buffet painted it is possible to trace his struggle as a painter and the evolution of his much praised “Buffet style.” This exhibition will introduce the “Japan” series and the other materials that formed the basis of his 1981 exhibition, while also exploring the close relationship between Japan and Buffet. More than 100 key works from the museum collection that span half a century will be presented. [Related Events] Gallery Tours Event Dates: Every Fourth Sunday during the exhibition period. Event Time: 11:15- (Duration: approx. 30 mins.) No booking required. *Event in Japanese. *See official website for further details.




Ibaraki Museum of Modern Art Permanent Exhibition

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Ibaraki Museum of Modern Art Permanent Exhibition
at Museum of Modern Art, Ibaraki
666-1 Higashi-Kubo, Senbacho, Mito, Ibaraki 310‐0851
Media: Painting

With works from the Ibaraki area as the nucleus, objects in the museum’s permanent collection are shown systematically so that the history of modern and contemporary art can be easily understood.




Ikeda Museum of 20th Century Art Permanent Exhibition

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Ikeda Museum of 20th Century Art Permanent Exhibition
at Ikeda Museum of 20th Century Art
614 Totari, Ito-shi, Shizuoka-ken 414-0052
Media: Painting - Sculpture

The museum collection consists of 1210 pieces centering upon 20th century works depicting the . 540 are works by Renoir, Bonnard, Picasso, Matisse, Leger, Chagall, Kokoschka, Milo, Dali, and de Kooning, and 670 are by unique Japanese artists. 130-200 selections from the permanent collection are on display at any given time, and will rotate every quarter.




Metal Art Museum Hikarinotani Permanent Exhibition

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Metal Art Museum Hikarinotani Permanent Exhibition
at Metal Art Museum Hikarinotani
2465 Yoshitaka, Inba-mura, Inba-gun, Chiba-ken 270-1603
Media: Sculpture - Installation - Crafts

Our permanent exhibition, held on the first floor, features the work of metal-cast artists Hotsuma Katori and Shinobu Tsuda. Both being born in the same period, in the Hokuso area of Chiba Prefecture, the two were opposites in artistic viewpoints; Katori emphasized tradition while Tsuda called for revolution. Works on display will be rotated every three months.




Motohiro Tomii "Special Exhibition = Permanent Collection Exhibition"

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Motohiro Tomii "Special Exhibition = Permanent Collection Exhibition"
at ARCUS Studio
Moriya Manabinosato, 2418 Itatoi, Moriya-shi, Ibaraki 302-0101
Media: Installation - Party

Artist Motohiro Tomii will create sculptural works using ready-made objects. The sculptures will then become permanent collections of ARCUS Project and exhibited inside Building B. Moriya Manabi-no-sato, where ARCUS Studio is located, has a music room, cooking room, and craft shop, and the facilities are used by neighborhood residents regularly. The exhibition does not have a closing date, and all works will be exhibited until they decay naturally. Opening Reception: March 22nd (Sat), 18:30- at ARCUS Studio Please contact venue to attend by phone or fax. (0297-46-2600)




Permanent Outdoor Installation Exhibition

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Permanent Outdoor Installation Exhibition
at Hara Museum Arc (Gunma)
Ikaho Green Bokujo, 2855-1 Kanai, Shibukawa-shi, Gunma-ken 377-0027
Media: Sculpture - Installation

New permanent installations by three internationally renowned contemporary artists debut in the fall of 2016 at Hara Museum ARC: Olafur Eliasson’s “Sunspace for Shibukawa,” Lee Bul’s “A Fragmentary Anatomy of Every Setting Sun,” and Jean-Michel Othoniel’s “Kokoro.” The museum hopes visitors will enjoy these outdoor installations together with exhibitions of contemporary art and traditional art on view art ARC.




Tenshin Okakura Memorial Room Exhibition

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Tenshin Okakura Memorial Room Exhibition
at Tenshin Memorial Museum Of Art, Ibaraki
2083 Tsubaki, Otsu-cho, Kitaibaraki-shi, Ibaraki-ken 319-1702
Media: Painting

Works by artists from Izura who were tutored by Tenshin Okakura will be on display. Exhibits will rotate six times a year.