Exhibitions - August 2019

Exhibitions - August 2019

Museum Exhibitions:

Kyoto - Capital of Artistic Imagination

From 24 July 2019 until 2 August 2020
The Met Fifth Avenue, New York, U.S.A.

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. For more information about this exhibition, click here.

Nature in Monochrome - Birds and Flowers in Japanese Ink Painting

From 9 February until 27 October 2019
Minneapolis Institute of Art, Minneapolis, U.S.A

Birds and flowers are popular motifs in all types of Japanese art, but it was in the 1300s that Japanese painters began painting pictures of these subjects in ink alone. Painters took up the brush to create small vignettes of nature in shades of black on paper or silk, inspired by Chinese paintings then being imported to Japan. The expressive potential of ink has meant that the popularity of monochrome bird-and-flower paintings has never waned. For more information about this exhibition, click here.

Dramatic Impressions - Japanese Actor Prints

From 30 March until 13 October 2019
Portland Art Museum, Portland, U.S.A.

Woodblock prints of actors on the kabuki stage began to flourish in the late seventeenth century in Japan’s great cities. A quintessential form of urban entertainment, kabuki brought to life vivid scenes from dramatic storylines, at turns hilarious, tragic, breathtaking, or bawdy. Pictures of actors, oryakusha-e, were inextricably tied to the world of theater and the fan culture it promoted. Printed portraits could highlight exciting moments of suspended action or dramatic tension. For more information about this exhibition, click here.

Yayoi Kusama

From 22 March until 1 September 2019
Museum Voorlinden, Wassenaar, the Netherlands

On Friday 22 March 2019, one of the most important and most talked-about contemporary artists Yayoi Kusama turned 90 years old! Voorlinden is showing some iconic works from our own collection in the garden room, including the reflective Infinity Room to her world-famous dotted pumpkin and monumental Infinity Nets. This small presentation is supplemented with several loans from private collections and museums. For more information about this exhibition, click here.

Seven Treasures - A Trove of Japanese Cloisonné

From 23 May until 22 September 2019
Museum Angewandte Kunst, Frankfurt, Germany

When Japan opened up to the world in the mid-nineteenth century, the West looked with amazement at a land replete with natural beauty, but also at a high culture and its refined artefacts. A new fashion phenomenon was born: Japonism. In this context, the artform of the Japanese cloisonné became all the rage. Craftsmen used a technique of melting coloured glass on a surface between fine strips of copper to produce elaborately embellished vases, plates and bowls targeting an upscale international market. For more information about this exhibition, click here.


From 23 May until 26 August 2019
The British Museum, London, U.K.

Enter a graphic world where art and storytelling collide in the largest exhibition of manga ever to take place outside of Japan. For more information about this exhibition, click here.

On the Road to Tokaido

From 10 July until 10 October 2019
Musée Guimet, Paris, France

The recent acquisition of an important album of Tokaido prints that belonged to Victor Segalen (1878-1919), poet, novelist and sinologist, is an opportunity to present this road-series, which include many famous prints, for the first time to the public. For more information, click here.

Gentleman Warrior – Art of the Samurai

From 16 March until 1 December 2019
Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, U.S.A.

In popular conception, samurai are often portrayed as those who have martial might, while their engagements in cultural activities are not as well represented. Gentleman Warrior: Art of the Samurai offers a multifaceted view of the samurai culture. More than 20 works from the museum’s collection and two sets of samurai armor on loan will demonstrate the important roles samurai played in the tea ceremony, Noh theater, and Buddhist practices, as well as the art of armor and battles. For more information, click here.

Hands and Earth - Contemporary Japanese Ceramics

From 9 March 2019 until 5 January 2020
Crow Museum, Dallas, U.S.A.

Featuring an in-depth selection of important works by master Japanese ceramic artists of the last eighty years, this exhibition offers a rare opportunity to see significant examples of avant-garde approaches to clay. For more information, click here.

The Life of Animals in Japanese Art

From 2 June until 18 August 2019
East Building, National Gallery of Art, Washington, U.S.A.

Artworks representing animals—real or imaginary, religious or secular—span the full breadth and splendor of Japanese artistic production. As the first exhibition devoted to the subject, The Life of Animals in Japanese Art covers 17 centuries (from the fifth century to the present day) and a wide variety of media—sculpture, painting, lacquerwork, ceramics, metalwork, textile, and the woodblock print. For more information, click here.

Japanese Nudes

From 15 March until 8 September 2019
Japanmuseum SieboldHuis, Leiden, the Netherlands

This exhibition illustrates the development in Japanese nude photography from the 19th century to the present. The works of over 30 top photographers, including Araki Nobuyoshi, Moriyama Daido, Hosoe Eikoh, Izu Kenro and Honjo Koro reveal their artistic vision of nudity. Foreign influence and changing perceptions in Japanese society on gender, nudity and sexuality are on display in over 120 photographs. For more information, click here.

Women of Japan

From 24 February until 1 September 2019
Museum No Hero, Delden, the Netherlands

A look at Japan through the eyes of five Japanese women, who speak about career, motherhood, sex, spirituality and beauty. Their personal stories are combined with the historical context of the objects on show: photographs, kimono, woodblock prints, jewellery. The result is a fascinating insight into the lives of Japanese women, then and and now. For more information, click here.

Yoshitoshi – Spirit and Spectacle

From 16 April until 18 August 2019
Philadelphia Museum, Philadelphia, U.S.A.

Discover the brilliant colors and spirited lines of Yoshitoshi, the last great master of the traditional Japanese woodblock print. Ever inventive in his art, he responded to Japan’s rapid modernization of the late 1800s with greater expressiveness than seen before. His vivid, dynamic imagery served as inspiration for modern-day manga and anime. For more information about this exhibition, click here.

Cool Japan - Worldwide Fascination in Focus

From 28 september 2018 until 1 september 2019
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.

Gallery Exhibitions:

Parcours des Mondes

From 10 until 15 September 2019
Mingei Arts Gallery, Paris, France

For more information about this exhibition, click here.

Summer Clay - Textures of the Shoreline

From 1 July until 29 August 2019
Joan B Mirviss LTD, New York, U.S.A.

For more information about this exhibition, click here.

Summer Gems

From 11 July until 28 September 2019
Sato Sakura Gallery, New York, U.S.A.

For this curation,we bring together masterpiece Nihonga  paintings - a refined artistic tradition from Japan famed for its use of  natural mineral pigments - alongside world-class mineral specimens - themselves works of art and the base of the pigments used by Nihonga artists.   In doing so, we seek to explore the relationship of rare gems and the transcendent beauty they lend to Nihonga Japanese paintings. For more information about this exhibition, click here.

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