Exhibitions Winter 2020

Exhibitions Winter 2020

To stop the further spread of the coronavirus, many Museums around the world are closed till further notice. Visit Museum websites for more information.       

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MAK - Österreichisches Museum für angewandte Kunst, Vienna
>until 16 February 2020

Utagawa Kuniyoshi (1797–1861) is renowned as one of Japan’s great artists of the nineteenth century. Manga and Anime are practically inconceivable without his visual imagery. He produced artistic and technically ground-breaking prints that were very popular with the general public. To celebrate the 150th anniversary of Austrian-Japanese friendship, the MAK is holding an exhibition on Kuniyoshi and his artistic and cultural milieu. Read more

>until 16 February 2020

The significance given today to the fascinating world of the woodblock print (ukiyo-e) is impressively showcased in the works of Masumi Ishikawa and Megumi Ōishi and the graphic designer Andrew Archer. All of them resort to the typical visual elements and techniques of the Japanese woodblock print. Nevertheless, the dominant subjects of their works include such contemporary themes as music and sport. The exhibition shows contemporary approaches to... Read more

Weltmuseum Wien, Vienna
Japan in the Meiji era. The collection Heinrich von Siebold
13 February - 10 May 2020

The Meiji era (1868-1912) was a time when the feudal state was developing into a modern super power, when Japanese society was changing and opening up to the world. This still-unknown country aroused great interest in Europe. Heinrich von Siebold, son of the doctor and famous researcher on Japan Philipp Franz von Siebold, came to Japan as a teenager and spent most of his life there. Heinrich von Siebold donated his collection of Japanese objects to... Read more


MAS | Museum aan de Stroom, Antwerp
Cool Japan
>until 19 april 2020

Zelda, Sailor Moon and Hello Kitty: all world famous icons from Japanese visual culture you may already know. But did you know that contemporary Japanese visual culture also has a rich history? For instance, the style of contemporary Japanese cartoonists or mangaka is heavily influenced by Japan's historical print art and techniques pioneered by old masters. Through unique historical works from its own collection and loans, the MAS presents... Read more


Hôtel de Caumont Art Centre, Aix-en-Provence
Hokusai, Hiroshige, Utamaro... The Great Masters of Japan. The Georges Leskowicz Collection
>until 22 March 2020

An exhibition of Japanese costumes and culture dating from the Edo era (1600-1867); including 150 ukiyo-e prints and other remarkable objects that will be presented to the French public for the very first time. Most of the works are from the Georges Leskowicz Collection, which is one of the largest of its kind in the world. Read more


Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe, Hamburg
Among Friends. Japanese Tea Ceramics
>until 1 March 2020

In this exhibition the museum presents over 150 outstanding objects connected with the tea ceremony, including tea bowls (chawan), water jars (mizusashi), vases (hanaire) and tea containers (chaire) representing the foremost Japanese ceramics centres and spanning a timeframe from the sixteenth century to today. Read more

Museum Fünf Kontinente, Munich
Collecting Japan. Philipp Franz von Siebold’s Vision of the Far East
>until 26 April 2020

As a staff surgeon in Dutch military service, Philipp Franz von Siebold was one of the first Europeans to visit the ‘land of the rising sun’, where relations with the outside world had been severely restricted since the 1630s. In the two periods he spent in Japan, from 1823 to 1830 and 1859 to 1862, he immersed himself in scientific and academic work. Japanese patients and doctors profited from Siebold’s practical and theoretical knowledge of western medicine. Read more

Museum für Lackkunst, Münster  
Männer machen Mode. Inrō aus der Sammlung des Museums für Lackkunst
>until 2 February 2020

Thematisch gruppiert präsentiert das Museum für Lackkunst in der Sonderausstellung Männer machen Mode über 100 Objekte aus eigenem Bestand. Das inrō – ein Stapelkästchen, das der Mann der gehobenen Gesellschaft am Gürtel seines Kimonos trug – war im Japan des 16. bis 19. Jahrhunderts weit mehr als ein nützliches Accessoire. Ursprünglich als praktisches Behältnis zum Aufbewahren von Siegelzubehör eingeführt, später auch für... Read more


Palazzo Poggi Museum, Bologna
Kamigate-e. The Osaka’s colorful prints
>until 1 March 2020

A selection of 29 woodcuts from the collections of the Centro Studi d'Arte Estremo-Orientale and the Fondazione del Monte di Bologna e Ravenna. Osaka's theatrical print production is a significant chapter of the long and glorious history of ukiyo-e. Neglected for a long time by scholars and by the general public, at the end of the last century these prints became the subject of in-depth research and important exhibitions. This allowed to shed light on... Read more

Mudec – Museo delle Culture, Milan
Impressions of East. Art and collecting between Europe and Japan

>until 2 February 2020

This exhibition illustrates, through a wide and diversified selection of works coming from Italy and from abroad, the development of the taste directed towards Japan which pervaded the western artistic culture between the end of the 19th century and the beginning of the 20th century, particularly in France and in Italy. Read more

When Japan discovered Italy. Stories of Encounters (1585-1890)
>until 2 February 2020

This exhibition develops around some emblematic cases that illustrate the first relationships between Italy and Japan and explores the imagery that began taking shape in both countries in a very important period when Europe opened its gates to the outside world; a phase that many scholars identify as the dawn of globalization. Read more

Scuderie del Castello Visconteo, Pavia
Hokusai, Hiroshige, Utamaro: Masterpieces of Japanese Art
>until 9 February 2020

This exhibition juxtaposes the fascinating woodblock prints by the Japanese artists Katsushika Hokusai (1760‐1849), Utagawa Hiroshige (1797‐1858), and Kitagawa Utamaro (1753‐1806) with the works of the Western artists Edouard Manet, Henri Toulouse Lautrec, Pierre Bonnard, Paul Gauguin, Camille Pissarro and others. Curated by Tara Weber, registrar of the Johannesburg Art Gallery, Laura Aldovini, conservator at the Civic Museums of Pavia, and... Read more

Palazzo Roverella, Rovigo
Giapponismo. East Winds in European Art
>until 26 January 2020

This exhibition is staging a fascinating and elegant review of the works of great European artists such as Van Gogh, Gauguin, De Nittis, Degas and Bonnard, taking visitors on a voyage of discovery of the new art form inspired by the masterpieces, influences and innovations bestowed by Japan on western culture. Read more

Radiant. Oriental vibes in a European manga
>until 26 January 2020

Contemporary forms of Japonism are heavily influenced by manga and anime. Demonstrating the impact of Japanese aesthetics on the visual culture of 21st Century Europe, in recent years one comic book has emerged as a leading vehicle of Japanese styles and models: Radiant. Read more

Museo d’Arte Orientale, Turin
Warrior women from the Land of the Rising Sun
>until 1 March 2020

The history of Japan spans a period lasting eight centuries characterized by many battles and disputes, in which women, especially from the military class, were taught to perform any task, from managing family finances to engaging in combat. The female warrior, or onna-bugeisha, was prepared to defend her own home and trained to use weapons of all kinds, to engage in battle, and ultimately to sacrifice her own life. Some of them have... Read more

Pinacoteca Agnelli, Turin
Hokusai, Hiroshige, Hasui: Journey through a changing Japan

>until 16 February 2020

Through a selection of more than 100 extraordinary woodblock colour prints the exhibition will take visitors on a journey through the most evocative places in Japan, both real and imaginary. It will illustrate the art of a country that underwent a huge transformation because of the influence of the West between the end of the 19th century and the beginning of the 20th century. The Floating World of Hokusai and Hiroshige will be revealed along with... Read more


Nihon no hanga, Amsterdam
Echizen: A New Era of Lacquerware Design

18 - 22 March 2020

Japanese lacquer (urushi) is one of Japan’s oldest crafts. Excavations have revealed lacquered items that are more than 9000 years old. Despite this incredibly long history, little has changed in the way natural lacquerware is produced. Urushi is still 100% handmade, using a natural resin that is tapped from lacquer trees from sustainable plantations. In the battle against plastics, this ancient tradition may actually mark the beginning of a new future for lacquer in the modern world. Read more

Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam  
Colorful Japan - 226 posters from the collection
<until 2 February 2020

The exhibition showcases a cross-section of Japan’s unique graphic design with work by designers such as amongst others Hiroshi Ochi, Kazumasa Nagai, Ikko Tanaka, Yusaku Kamekura, Mitsuo Katsui, Shigeo Fukuda, U.G. Sato, Ken Miki and Eiko Ishioka. The oldest poster dates from 1937, the most recent from 2018. Read more

SieboldHuis, Leiden
Subtle Beauty - Japanese Etchings by Tanaka Ryōhei
>until 19 January 2020

As a graphic artist Tanaka Ryōhei (1933-2019) has dedicated his life to the artistic interpretation of rural Japan. His detailed etchings in both black and white and colour portray a Japan of farmsteads, temples and landscapes. Inspired by Kyoto and surrounding areas, Tanaka’s works are meticulous depictions of both beauty and decay. Thousands of… Read more

The Four Seasons
>until 19 January 2020

Japanese prints from the collection of the museum illustrate the seasonal beauty of Japan. Prints by such famous artists as Kunisada, Yoshitoshi and Koson depict spring, summer, autumn and winter and reveal Japanese tales, legends and traditions. Read more

Neko. The Cat in Japanese Art
31 January - 5 July 2020

Japan, famous for its love of cats (neko) has produced such icons as ‘Hello Kitty’, the you tube sensation ‘Maru the Cat’ and even boasts cat cafés, cat shrines, and a number of cat islands! Long before television or the internet, the Japanese embraced the cat. But where did this love of the feline come from? Come and discover the cat in Japanese art as presented in such themes as: ‘Cat Lives’, ‘Cat & Man’ and ‘Mischievous & Malevolent Cats’. Read more


Museo Vincenzo Vela, Ligornetto
Crafted Japan. Aspects of Mingei in the Jeffrey Montgomery Collection

>until 8 March 2020

This collection, based in Ticino, is the fruit of over 50 years of intensive research and collecting activities. Besides showing a great display of beautiful and rarely seen artefacts, ranging from the Yayoi period (1st century B.C.) until the 20th century, the exhibition highlights important aspects of the influential Japanese Mingei (folk art) movement, which developed in Japan through vital political and cultural influences during the 1920s. Read more

Museum Rietberg, Zürich
Surimono. Poetry Prints of the Shijō School

>until 9 February 2020

The presented Shijō-Surimono - illustrated woodblock printed poetry sheets - from the Gisela Müller and Erich Gross Donation bring together haiku poems with lyrical and humorous designs by artists of the naturalist-decorative Shijō painting tradition. Produced for amateur literary circles, Shijō-Surimono impress with their imaginative motifs and rich colour palettes. Read more


Derby Museum and Art Gallery, Derby
Japanese Ghosts and Demons: Woodblock Prints from the Ashmolean Museum
>until 26 January 2020

Giant spiders, dancing skeletons, winged goblins and hordes of ghostly warriors are among the subjects depicted in this display of striking 19th century woodblock prints, drawn from the Ashmolean Museum’s rich collection of Japanese art. The exhibition includes 24 colourful ukiyo-e prints, including a number of dramatic multiple sheet images that have rarely been on public display before. It focuses on works by...Read more

Powerful Nature: Inspiring Japanese Art and Culture
>until 26 January 2020

An exhibition of Japanese watercolours and prints from Derby Museums’ own collection, including works made by two of Japan’s most famous artists, Katsushika HokusaI and Utagawa Hiroshige. Alongside these beautiful works on paper will be displayed objects influenced by Japanese art and culture from across Derby Museums’ collections including examples of Derby Porcelain and a rare suit of Samurai armour, which has recently been the focus of... Read more

World Museum, Liverpool
Taki Katei – Drawing on Nature
>until 13 April 2020

Once a celebrated artist in Tokyo, the paintings of Taki Katei (1830-1901) were displayed in the Imperial court. His impressive works also travelled to international exhibitions. After his death the demand for delicate paintings of flowers and birds fell out of fashion and his work was slowly forgotten. World Museum will display the first-ever exhibition of Taki Katei’s work outside Japan. Read more

Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation, London
Cosmogenesis by Hiroe Saeki
>until 31 January 2020

Hiroe Saeki’s work inhabits a liminal zone on the edges of the perceivable: monochromatic explorations of the subject of beauty in nature, delicate drawings with a weightless quality, sparse compositions evoking traditional aesthetics. As in a photograph, the totality of the artwork and the detail are valued equally. In this exhibition, she presents a new body of work with graphite and water. Read more

Victoria and Albert Museum, London  
Kimono: Kyoto to Catwalk
29 February - 21 June 2020

This exhibition will present the kimono as a dynamic and constantly evolving icon of fashion, revealing the sartorial, aesthetic and social significance of the garment from the 1660s to the present day, both in Japan and the rest of the world. Read more 


Museum Exhibitions - Japan

MOA Museum of Art, Atami
The savor of Rinpa artists. Koetsu, Sotatsu, Korin, Kenzan and Hoitsu
>until 21 January 2020

The Rinpa is a unique school of art that was perpetuated by artists who had an affinity with its style, starting in the early Edo period with Hon’ami Kōetsu and Tawaraya Sōtatsu being forerunners. Ogata brothers, Kōrin and Kenzan, elevated the school to a higher plane, and Sakai Hōitsu and Suzuki Kiitsu endeavored to revive the tradition toward the end of the eighteenth century. The Rinpa artists encompassed a wide range of art forms... Read more 

National Treasure Collection. Red and White Plum Blossoms
24 January – 17 March 2020

One of the most outstanding items in the museum’s collection is the Red and White Blossoms by Ogata Kōrin -a pair of folding screens acclaimed as the greatest masterpiece of the artist. Two plum trees - red and white - draw a contrast against the gold background. Three National Treasures housed in the Museum are on display, including the Tea-leaf Jar with a design of Wisteria (Nonomura Ninsei) and the calligraphy album Tekagami Kanboku-jō. Read more

Kyushu National Museum, Dazaifu                      
Hatsune Maki-e Lacquer Trousseau
>until 26 January 2020

The Hatsune trousseau is an example of a set of furnishings created especially for a princess in the Edo period on the occasion of her marriage. It was produced in 1639 for Edo-period princess Chiyohime’s marriage, and followed her to her new home. The Hatsune Trousseau is decorated with motifs from the 'Hatsune' (The First Warbler) chapter of the Heian-period narrative The Tale of Genji. This chapter features the protagonist Prince Genji celebrating... Read more

Kyoto National Museum, Kyoto
The Many Hats of Rats!
>until 2 February 2020

2020 is the Year of the Rat according to the Chinese zodiac. In fact, the rat is the first animal in the twelve-year cycle. Why are rats and mice, which are more commonly thought of as pesky varmints portrayed so positively on works of art? In Japan, the mouse (rat) has been regarded as a divine messenger making it an auspicious animal. Originally, the mouse was associated with the deity Ōkuninushi, since Japanese myths tell that a mouse saved this deity's life. Read more

Paintings from the Kyoto Imperial Palace: The Shishinden
>until 2 February 2020

The Ceremonial Hall (Shishinden) is considered the most important building on the imperial palace grounds, which came to serve as official building for enthronement and state ceremonies sometime after the mid-Heian period (794–1185). The panels from the Shishinden in this exhibit, depict thirty-two Chinese Sages and are installed behind the platform of the emperor's throne (takamikura). The paintings portray thirty-two sages that are said to have lived between... Read more

Shimane Art Museum, Matsue       
Yanagi Sori Design. Facing to True Beauty
24 January – 23 March 2020

Sōri Yanagi (1915-2011) is known as the leading product designer of postwar Japan. Yanagi, who was raised in a family which led the folk arts movement, began his professional career after the war ended and established the Yanagi Design Office. This exhibition provides a full view into the work of Sōri Yanagi, who created various designs throughout his life, and had a deep connection to folk art in the San’in region. Read more

Japan Ukiyo-e Museum, Matsumoto                    
Auspicious Ukiyo-e Bringing Happiness
4 January – 29 March 2020

The seven deities of good fortune, familiar even today as an auspicious motif, were often depicted in Ukiyo-e, woodblock prints. The pictures depict the deities not only as images bringing good luck but also as caricatures and beautiful women or children likened to them, and are often filled with expressions infusing laughter. Works with the seven deities of good fortune are mainly introduced in this exhibition. Read more

Idemitsu Museum of Art, Moji     
The Appeal of Ko-Imari and Nabeshima
10 January - 29 March 2020

Ko-Imari and Nabeshima are two ceramics cherished by powerful rulers. As represented by kinrande, gorgeously decorated style, Ko-Imari was perfected in the Genroku era (1688–1704), which instantly swept over the country. Its unstoppable popularity even reached the royalty and aristocracy of Europe. On the other hand, Nabeshima ware produced under the auspices of the Nabeshima domain assembled the essences of Hizen porcelain, and items were... Read more

Edo-Tokyo Museum, Tokyo                        
Five Ukiyo-e Favorites Utamaro, Sharaku, Hokusai, Hiroshige and Kuniyoshi

>until 19 January 2020

A major special exhibition of ukiyo-e prints held in commemoration of the 20th anniversary of the opening of the museum, presenting some outstanding pieces in the history of ukiyo-e prints. Read more

The Tradition of Edo Creativity. The Skill and Soul of Craftsmen Give Birth to Japanese Beauty
8 February – 5 April 2020

This exhibition presents the creative notion of monozukuri, for which Japan is renowned worldwide, by shedding light on the work and life of craftsmen active in Edo-Tokyo, and includes the first public exhibition in Japan of works from the Japanese collection of European nobleman the Count of Bardi (at the Museo d’Arte Orientale di Venezia), who visited Japan in the early Meiji period. Read more

A Reign of Peace: The Shoguns and the Birth of New Culture
>until 16 February 2020

This exhibition introduces the role played in Edo culture by successive Tokugawa shoguns through paintings and calligraphic works personally created by the shoguns, as well as artworks by shogunate craftsmen, passed down by the heads of the Tokugawa family. Read more

National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo             
20 passions for Crafting Crafts
>until 8 March 2020

The word 'craft' (kogei) became the name of a genre, as we use it today, in Japan, in the Meiji period (1868-1912), when Western standards for the arts were imported and their adoption seen as carrying the flag for modernization. In the interpretation of the term 'art' (bijutsu), 'craft' was the general term for things that did not make the cut when viewed in the light of those imported standards.  The term kogei, 'craft', taken from classic texts, was applied to... Read more 

Nezu Museum, Tokyo
Paintings Created as Sets

9 January – 11 February 2020

Paintings created in the form of sets are common in East Asian painting. Examples include sets of hanging scrolls, most commonly diptychs or triptychs, and pairs of folding screens, made of left- and right-hand screens. With sets of hanging scrolls, the group can be appreciated as a whole, the individual scrolls can be enjoyed separately, and they can be recombined in a differed order for yet another effect. That is why, in the course of handing down these works... Read more

Idemitsu Museum of Arts, Tokyo   
Introduction to Ceramics - Enjoying Color, Design and Form
>until 2 February 2020

Ceramic production in Japan began in the Jōmon period, going back some 16,000 years. Starting from this primitive pottery, Japanese ceramics developed by learning kiln production and glazing techniques introduced from China and Korea, continuing to receive strong influences in design and form. On the other hand, one can see a new stylistic esthetic created within the original Japanese culture, in vessels for tea ceremony, flower arrangement, and festivities in the later periods. Read more

Kanō School. The Eyes and Hands that Controlled the Painting World
11 February - 22 March 2020

Sometimes extravagant, but sometimes refined. It was the Kanō school artists that always played a leading role in the Muromachi to Edo period painting world, while responding to the commissions and the trend of the times. Learning from tradition of past artistic expressions, they were not only prominent artists, but also intellectuals well read in Japanese and Chinese painting history. This exhibition will show their gracious pieces together with works old and... Read more

Mori Art Museum, Tokyo
Yokomizo Shizuka + Matsukawa Tomona. The Personal Time We Are Living
>until 29 March 2020

This exhibition showcases work by two female artists depicting private everyday moments in the lives of different women. Yokomizo Shizuka’s video Forever (and again) (2003) shows four retired British pianists playing Chopin’s Waltz No. 10 in their own homes, evoking thoughts of their lives over the years. Meanwhile, Matsukawa Tomona’s paintings portray fragments of everyday reality, based on interviews with women of around the same age as herself working in... Read more

Ota Memorial Museum of Art, Tokyo
Masterpieces of Ukiyo-e paintings from the Memorial Museum of Art
11 January – 9 February 2020

The Ota Memorial Museum of Art specializes in ukiyo-e, with a collection of over 14,000 pieces. In celebration of its 40th year, the museum has selected some of its best work for the exhibition. On display will be original works from artists such as early period pioneer Moronobu Hishikawa to Edo period masters such as Kiyonaga Torii, Utamaro Kitagawa, Katsushika Hokusai, Hiroshige Utagawa to Meiji period greats such as Kiyochika Kobayashi and Yoshitoshi Tsukioka. Read more

The Sumida Hokusai Museum, Tokyo
Visual Magic: Masterpieces from Hokusai Museum, Obuse
>until 19 January 2020

To commemorate the 170th anniversary of Katsushika Hokusai’s death, the Sumida Hokusai Museum and Hokusai Museum, Obuse have joined together to organize a pair of exchange exhibitions. This exhibition is a rare opportunity to see nearly 120 works from Hokusai Museum, Obuse. The works on display include brush-drawing paintings from Hokusai’s early to his late periods as well as his iconic Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji and other polychrome prints. Read more

Hokusai. The Teacher-Student Showdown!  
4 February - 5 April 2020

Hokusai is a big name, of course, famed as the iconic Edo-period ukiyo-e artist. Less well known, however, is that he had some 200 students and students of students. Hokusai does not seem to have been the type to coach his students in great detail, but he did draw out their abilities and train many masterly artists. This exhibition presents a selection from the collection to pair works in which Hokusai and his students depicted the same theme. Comparing them, we can... Read more

Yamatane Museum, Tokyo
Uemura Shōen and World of Bijinga, paitings of Beatiful Women
3 January – 1 March 2020

Uemura Shōen (1875-1949) painted bijinga, paintings of beautiful women, throughout her life. Born and raised in Kyoto, Shōen attended the Kyoto Prefectural Art School, where she was taught by Suzuki Shōnen, then studied with Kōno Bairei and Takeuchi Seihō, working to master painting techniques. She quickly distinguished herself and showed her paintings of women with themes taken from Edo- and Meiji-period manners and customs and the Chinese and... Read more



Berkeley Art Museum & Pacific Film Archive, Berkeley
Hinges: Sakaki Hyakusen and the Birth of Nanga Painting
>until 2 February 2020

The first US exhibition to focus on the art of Sakaki Hyakusen (1697–1752), the founding father of the Nanga school of painting in Japan. A pivotal figure in the history of Japanese art, Hyakusen served as a hinge between two artistic traditions: working from close observation of Chinese painting, he played a key role in the transformation of painting in eighteenth-century Japan. Read more

Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge 
Painting Edo: Japanese Art from the Feinberg Collection

14 February – 26 July 2020

This exhibition offers a window onto the supremely rich visual culture of Japan’s early modern era. Selected from the unparalleled collection of Robert S. and Betsy G. Feinberg, the more than 120 works in the exhibition connect visitors with a seminal moment in the history of Japan, as the country settled into an era of peace under the warrior government of the shoguns and opened its doors to greater engagement with the outside world. Read more 

Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago

Egoyomi: Picture Calendars for the New Year
>until 23 February 2020

Until 1873, the Japanese calendar was based on a lunar system. Months were divided into dai no tsuki (long months) of 30 days and sho no tsuki (short months) of 29 days. Because the order of long and short months changed annually, artists subtly and skillfully incorporated the year’s sequence into the lush prints known as egoyomi. Egoyomi flourished during the Meiwa era (1764–71), when the laws of the ruling shogunate dictated that only a handful of publishers were officially allowed... Read more

Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens, Delray Beach
Anime Architecture
>until 3 April 2020

Anime Architecture traces the architectural world-building process of Japan’s most influential animated science fiction films. In order to highlight the artists, designers, and directors of the meticulous backdrops that bring to life the futuristic urban environments of anime, curator Stefan Riekeles of Berlin spent years compiling these works. Among the beautiful hand-illustrations are works by famous animators: Ogura Hiromasa, Watabe Takashi, Higami Haruhiko, Oshii Mamoru and Takeuchi Atsushi. Read more

Fairfield University Art Museum, Fairfield
Gifts of Gold: The Art of Japanese Lacquer Boxes
17 January – 15 May 2020

The exhibition introduces viewers to the medium, functions, decorative techniques, and symbolic associations of Japanese lacquer by presenting approximately twenty exquisite works ranging from the 15th through the 21st centuries, complemented by a few select paintings. In Japan, true lacquerware is created through a time-consuming process wherein the sap of the lacquer tree is harvested, refined, and pigmented before being applied in successive layers to a substrate, often of wood. Each layer of lacquer cures and hardens, rendering the vessel waterproof and durable. Read more


Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indianapolis
A Brush with Beauty
>until 26 January 2020

The Indianapolis Museum of Art has one of the best collections of Edo period (1600-1868) Japanese paintings in the United States. This exhibition will feature the best of the Edo collection, as well as masterpieces across 700 years of Japanese painting. The rich collection features signature paintings by important artists from all the major schools of Japanese painting and is the centerpiece of a year of exhibitions and programs (indoors and out) inspired by Japan. Read more

The Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minneapolis
Living Clay: Artists Respond to Nature
>until 26 April 2020

From the golden age of Japanese ceramics at the turn of the 17th century to the avant-garde movements in the postwar era and up to the present day, Japanese ceramicists have sought inspiration in the natural world. This exhibition highlights the work of more than a dozen living Japanese women clay artists whose primarily nonfunctional works represent diverse evocations of or responses to the natural world. Organized in thematic groupings, such as micronature, aquatics, and flora... Read more

Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven 
Japanese Surimono Prints
>until 20 May 2020

The current installation in the Asian art galleries highlights the gift and promised gift of a large collection of exquisite Japanese surimono prints from Virginia  Shawan Drosten and Patrick Kenadjian (B.A.1970). Luxuriously produced in the late Edo period, primarily for the New Year, surimono combine playful poetry with striking images and were privately commissioned by poetry circles, Kabuki enthusiasts, and leading connoisseurs. Read more

Met Fifth Avenue, New York
Kyoto. Capital of Artistic Imagination
>until 2 August 2020

Focusing on the main turning points in the cultural history of Kyoto from ancient to modern times, Kyoto: Capital of Artistic Imagination places special emphasis on the decorative arts. Read more

Allen Memorial Art Museum / Oberlin College, Oberlin
Ukiyo-e Prints from the Mary Ainsworth Collection
14 January – 14 June 2020

More than 100 Japanese woodblock prints from the legacy of a celebrated Oberlin alumna (1867–1950) span the history of the medium. The works - selected from the 200 works that recently toured three major venues in Japan - feature actors, courtesans, and landscapes favored by denizens of the Floating World of 17th- to 19th-century Japan. Read more

Portland Art Museum, Portland
Curator’s Choice. Japanese Print Acquisitions of the Past Decade
>until 12 April 2020

Retiring Curator of Asian Art Maribeth Graybill presents her personal favorites from among nearly 350 Japanese prints acquired during her tenure at the Museum. The exhibition includes works by leading masters of the 18th and 19th centuries, chosen for their exceptional condition; warrior prints, a genre previously neglected in the collection; and prints by women artists. Read more

Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia
Kōgei: Art Craft Japan
>until Summer 2020

This installation celebrates Japanese kōgei, one-of-a-kind, handcrafted objects made with traditional techniques and natural materials. The works on display highlight the specialized skills of contemporary kōgei artists working in clay, glass, and fabric... Read more

Saint Louis Art Museum, Saint Louis
Japanese Art of the Rinpa School
>until 26 April 2020

This installation of hanging scrolls, woodblock printed books, and a six-panel folding screen celebrates the art of the Rinpa school, one of Japan’s major historic art movements. Active from the 17th century onward, the style is known for its bright colors, generous use of gold, and emphasis on pattern and design. Artists associated with the Rinpa school often worked in a variety of different media, as exemplified by the diversity of objects on display in this installation. Read more

San Antonio Museum of Art, San Antonio  
The Magic of Clay and Fire 
>until 19 April 2020

This ongoing focus installation of contemporary Japanese ceramics is now in its second rotation, featuring sixteen new works that showcase unique shapes, techniques, and glazes. They include many traditional forms, such as utensils for the Tea Ceremony - water jars, tea bowls, sake cups, and flower vases - as well as innovative clay sculptures. Read more

Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara
Tatsuo Miyajima
>until 19 april 2020

The first solo U.S. museum exhibition of Japanese artist Tatsuo Miyajima’s art in over two decades, this captivating immersive presentation of four light-based works embodies this internationally renowned artist’s career-long philosophy: Keep Changing, Connect with Everything, Continue Forever. Reflecting millennia-old precepts found in his Buddhist practice, Miyajima ingeniously creates silent, vividly glowing objects and installations from today’s industrially-produced LED numbers and... Read more 

Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Washington
Hokusai: Mad about Painting
>until November 2020 

Charles Lang Freer assembled the world’s largest collection of paintings, sketches, and drawings by Hokusai. Works large and small are on view, from six-panel folding screens and hanging scrolls to paintings and drawings. Also included are rare hanshita-e, drawings for woodblock prints that were adhered to the wood and frequently destroyed in the process of carving the block prior to printing. Among the many featured works are Hokusai’s manga,.. Read more

Meeting Tessai: Modern Japanese Art from the Cowles Collection
28 March – 2 August 2020

Tomioka Tessai is a prime example of a modern Japanese painter. Contemporaries praised his works as being exceptionally modern, and they recognized parallels between Tessai’s work and European postimpressionism. Paintings by Tomioka Tessai (1836–1924) were so esteemed that he was one of the first Japanese artists to have his works shown in the United States - in an exhibition organized by the Smithsonian - following World War II. Decades before that...Read more

Worcester Art Museum, Worcester
Archaic Avant-Garde: Contemporary Japanese Ceramics from the Horvitz Collection
>until 1 March 2020

While modern and contemporary artists are known to have looked outside their immediate cultural realm to expand their sources for modern inspiration, many of them at the same time were also looking at their own culture's ancient techniques and forms. Archaic Avant-Garde focuses on contemporary Japan's leading ceramicists who have explored and experimented with ancient Japanese pottery techniques and forms to invigorate their own modern creations. Read more



National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, Canada
Hanran: 20th-Century Japanese Photography
>until 22 March 2020

Witness a period of socio-political upheaval in 20th-century Japan, through photographs from the Yokohama Museum of Art. More than 200 works invites visitors to learn more about a most expressive and innovative photographic culture. Read more

The Japan Foundation, Toronto, Canada
Fans Onstage. Handheld Splendours of the Japanese Traditional Performing Arts
>until 11 January 2020

Japan’s association with fans can be traced back to the Nara period (8th century) with the cypress fans made of wooden hinged strips, followed by the invention of paper folded fans in the Heian period (9th century). As early as the late 10th century the paper folded fans, which differed from flat unfoldable fans, were exported from Japan to the Korean peninsula and China as luxury imports. In the West, in ancient Egypt and Greece, there were records of folded fans, but the tradition of using fans... Read more


Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia   
Japan supernatural: 1700s to now 

>until 8 March 2020

Step into the shadows and come face-to-face with an astonishing array of phenomenal beings in Japan supernatural, where ghosts, goblins and mischievous shapeshifters inhabit a spirit realm. See Japan’s folklore brought to life in magnificent paintings, large-scale installations, miniature carvings and humorous illustrations, and explore the vibrant ukiyo-e woodblock prints that define the tradition of the supernatural in Japanese art. Read more

Tikotin Museum of Japanese Art, Haifa, Israel          
Origami Installation: Tomoko Fuse

>until 18 April 2020

Tomoko Fuse (b.1951) first came to international prominence as an origami artist in the 1980's, when her many books about modular (unit) origami popularized the genre around the world. More recently, she has returned to one-sheet folding, creating a long series of spiral forms and textile-like tessellated surfaces. Her most recent works are large-scale installations, reminiscent of Japanese gardens made of gravel and rocks. Her artworks were exhibited... Read more



Hatsuyuki. A group exibition on 'first snow'
Ibasho Gallery, Antwerp, Belgium

>until 12 January 2020
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for the Ibasho 2020 programme, until September, click here

ŌITA. Japanese bamboo art from ŌITA area
Galerie Mingei, Paris, France

>until 15 February 2020
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Sato Sakura Gallery, New York, USA
Curious Beasts. Animal Portraiture-Yuji Musashihara and Fumika Koda
9 January - 28 March 2020
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Ronin Gallery, New York, USA

New Perspectives: Shin Hanga Beauties
6 March – 25 April 2020
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Joan B. Mirviss Ltd., New York, USA
Restraint and Flamboyance, Masterworks of Mino
11 March – 24 April 2020
Ukiyo-e Highlights from the George Crawford Collection
11 March – 24 April 2020
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Asia Week New York
12-19 March, 2020 
The annual celebration of Asian art throughout metropolitan New York, with non-stop exhibitions by leading international Asian art dealers.
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Scholten Japanese Art, New York, USA
The Baron J. Bachofen von Echt Collection of Golden Age Ukiyo-e

12-21 March 2020
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Thomsen Gallery, New York, USA

Japanese Modern and Post-War Art
12 March - 2 May 2020
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