Exhibitions - August 2018

Exhibitions - August 2018

Museum Exhibitions:

Japanese Prints - The Psychedelic Seventies

From 2 February until 12 August 2018
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston Mass., U.S.A.

The brilliant colors, strong design sense, and exuberant vitality typical of the 1970s also appear in prints. During this time, the range of media employed by Japanese print artists expanded to include not only the woodblock and stencil prints that had been dominant in the previous decade, but also silkscreen, etching, and lithography.  For more information about this exhibition, click here.

Love Affairs - The Tale of Genji in Japanese Art

Part 1: From 18 August until 25 November 2018
Part 2: From 1 December 2018 until 10 March 2019
Minneapolis Institute of Art, Minneapolis, U.S.A

The Tale of Genji is celebrated as Japan’s greatest literary work. Written in the early 1000s by Murasaki Shikibu, a lady-in-waiting at the imperial court, the tale traces the life and romantic pursuits of an imperial prince called “Shining Genji.” Rich in poetry and offering an intimate look at the court, it has inspired countless Japanese artists over the centuries, and illustrations of or allusions to the tale appear on everything from paintings, prints, and decorative artworks to clothing and manga (comic books). This exhibition will focus on Genji-related art created over the past 500 years. Shown in two parts. For more information about this exhibition, click here.

Touring Japan through Landscape Prints by Kawase Hasui

From 19 May until 5 August 2018
G239, Minneapolis Institute of Art, Minneapolis, U.S.A

Kawase Hasui was the most prolific print artist of his time, making more than 600 woodblock prints. His success was based on his ability to capture Japan’s beautiful scenery in compositions that could transform an ordinary village to an appealing vista. Hasui traveled through the country, where he deliberately chose unusual spots along with idiosyncratic viewpoints of famous sights. This exhibition presents a kaleidoscope of his landscapes over a span of 30 years, starting with an example from his first set, published in 1918. It includes many examples of snow and rain scenes, for which Hasui is especially famous. For more information about this exhibition, click here.

Kimono! - The Artistry of Itchiku Kubota

From 10 June until 16 September 2018
Munson Williams Proctor Arts Institute, New York, U.S.A.

Kubota’s immeasurable creative spirit transformed traditional Japanese garments into works of art. Each of the kimono in the exhibition is nearly seven feet in height and embellished with intricate detailing created through complex dyeing techniques and embroidery, accented by gold and silver leaf and hand painting. Many of the kimono were conceived as a series and are installed together to create panoramic vistas manifesting Kubota’s reverence for terrestrial and cosmic landscapes. For more information about this exhibition, click here.

Cool Japan - Worldwide Fascination in Focus

From 28 september 2018
Tropenmuseum, Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

Japan is known for its ancient traditions, but it is also hip and happening, with occasional extravagant visual excesses. This exhibition highlights the popularity of contemporary Japan, and places it in a historical context. For more information on this exhibition, click here.

Takashi Murakami - The Octopus Eats its own Leg

From 10 June until 16 September 2018
Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Fort Worth, U.S.A.

Known for his collaborations with pop icons and fashion house Louis Vuitton, and for vibrant anime-inspired characters, Japanese artist Takashi Murakami (b. 1962) has blurred the boundaries throughout his career between high and low culture, ancient and modern, East and West. For more information about this exhibition, click here.

A Beautiful Moment - Japanese photography by Naoya Hatakeyama, Syoin Kajii, Rinko Kawauchi, Toshiko Okanoue, Yuki Onodera, Chino Otsuka and Nao Tsuda

From 9 June until 2 September 2018
Huis Marseille, Museum for Photography, A,sterdam, the Netherlands

Does a common thread run through the work of the seven photographers who have been brought together for the exhibition A Beautiful Moment? This is not a very easy question to answer. Although the exhibition focuses on a select number of photographers whose origins are all in Japan, the work of each of these photographers is marked by a very personal choice of subject and specific working methods. There does, however, seem to be a certain commonality: namely, the focused and respectful way in which they all approach the medium of photography itself. For more information about this exhibition, click here.

Japanese Woodcuts from the Ernst Grosse Collection

From 1 Juli until 30 September 2018
The Haus der Graphischen Sammlung, Freiburg, Germany

Among the approximately 60 works on display are prints by Hokusai und Hiroshige, and also rare pieces from the series of beautiful women from the 18th century. The works found their way into the Freiburg collections via the ethnologist Ernst Grosse, who taught at the university and worked at times as a curator of the municipal collections. For more information about this exhibition, click here.

Yayoi Kusama - Infinity Mirrors

From 7 July until 30 September 2018
The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, U.S.A.

Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors celebrates the legendary Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama’s 65-year career. The exhibition spans the range of Kusama’s work, from her groundbreaking paintings and performances of the 1960s, when she staged polka-dot “Happenings” in the streets of New York, to her widely admired immersive installations and the US debut of her recent series of paintings, My Eternal Soul. For more information about this exhibition, click here.

The Poetry of Nature - Edo Paintings from the Fishbein-Bender Collection

From 27 February until 21 January 2019
Galleries 225-232, The Met Fifth Avenue, New York, U.S.A.

Painting blossomed in Japan during the Edo period (1615–1868) as artists daringly experimented with conventional styles. In this exhibition, more than 40 examples of Edo-period paintings from the collection of Estelle P. Bender and her late husband T. Richard Fishbein—mostly gifts and promised gifts to The Met—help trace the development of the major schools and movements of this fascinating era. For more information about this exhibition, click here.

Japanese Arms and Armor from the Collection of Etsuko and John Morris

From 25 January until 6 January 2019
Gallery 380, The Met Fifth Avenue, New York, U.S.A.

Presenting a wide array of samurai armor, blades, and accoutrements dating from the fifteenth to the nineteenth century, this exhibition celebrates the promised gift of thirty-seven objects from the collection of Etsuko and John Morris, as well as other important gifts made by Mr. and Mrs. Morris to The Met's Department of Arms and Armor over the past seventeen years. For more information about this exhibition, click here.

In Focus – Contemporary Japan

From 23 December 2017 until 12 August 2018
Galleries 369, Minneapolis Institute of Art, Minneapolis, U.S.A.

Since the early 1990s, Japan has endured an ongoing economic recession and a series of natural disasters. Artists have responded by co-opting or critiquing rampant consumerism and exploring identity and memory. All the while, they maintain a deep skepticism as to what the future may hold. For more information about this exhibition, click here.

Lustrous Surfaces

Until 16 September 2019
Victoria and Albert Museum, London, U.K.

Featuring 110 objects located throughout the Museum, including shrines, chests and rare Latin American examples, this display highlights the varied manufacturing techniques, surface treatments, decorative styles and application around the world. For more information on this exhibition, click here.

When Pictures Speak – The Written Word in Japanese Art

Until 19 August 2018
Asian Art Museum, San Fransisco, U.S.A.

Words and pictures are often combined in Japanese art, to celebrate poems and stories, express religious teachings, and comment on current events. Though not unique to Japan, the marriage of text and image has flourished there, finding relevance within each new generation of artists, writers, and patrons. For more information on this exhibition, click here.

Gallery Exhibitions:

Japanese Folding Screens

From 23 May until 31 August 2018
Erik Thomsen Gallery, New York, U.S.A.
For more information about this exhibition, click here.

Reflections of a Summer Scape - Japanese Clay, Prints and Paintings

From 20 June until 17 August 2018
JAPAN ART – Galerie Friedrich Müller, Frankfurt am Main, Germany

For more information about this exhibition, click here.

Auctions:

Bonhams – Fine Japanese and Korean Art

11 September 2018
New York, U.S.A.
For more information on this auction, click here.​

Bonhams – Asian Art

5 November 2018
Knightsbridge, London, U.K.
For more information on this auction, click here.​

Bonhams – Asian Art

15 November 2018
Edinburgh, Schotland
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Christie's – Japonisme

15 November 2018
Paris, France
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Van Ham - Asian Art

6 December 2018
Cologne, Germany
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Lempertz – India, South East Asia, Japan

8 December 2018
Cologne, Germany
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Bonhams – Fine Asian Works of Art

17 December 2018
San Fransisco, U.S.A.
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Bonhams – Asian Decorative Works of Art

18 December 2018
San Fransisco, U.S.A.
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