Exhibitions - December 2019

Exhibitions - December 2019

Museum Exhibitions

Ninsei Silver and Gold
MOA Museum of Art, Shizuoka, Japan
>until 8 December 2019

Nonomura Ninsei opened his kiln in 1647, in front of the Ninnaji temple in Kyoto, and named it Omurogama. He made his name through excellent throwing skills, elegant designs in glazing and graceful forms, favored by many nobles and samurais of the time. Revisiting the historical development of his work styles at the Omurogama, this exhibition explores a diverse collection of Ninsei’s overglazed ceramics, focusing on the use of silver and gold colors. Read more

One Hundred Views of Tokyo: Message to the 21st Century
Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, USA

>until 8 December 2019

Created between 1989 and 1999, most of the prints in this series depict actual locations in the city such as the Shinjuku area, Tokyo Tower, Haneda airport, and sites such as Tokyo Bay, though a large number of works show completely imaginary places or abstract imagery. The array of methods used reads like an encyclopedia of printing... Read more

Every Living Thing: Animals in Japanese Art
Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, USA

>until 8 December 2019

This exhibition celebrates one of the most distinctive and compelling aspects of Japanese art: the depiction of animals. Underpinned by Japan’s unique spiritual heritage of Shinto and Buddhism, the Japanese reverence for nature – and the place of animals withint hat realm – is expressed in sculpture, painting, lacquer-work, ceramics, metalwork, cloisonné, and woodblock prints. Read more

Changing and Unchanging Things: Noguchi and Hasegawa in Postwar Japan
Asian Art Museum, San Francisco, USA

>until 8 December 2019

The exhibition traces the work, ideas and mutual influence of Isamu Noguchi (1904–1988) and Saburo Hasegawa (1906–1957). Focusing on work made in the decade following their meeting in 1950, the exhibition is organized around a series of themes that bring out the resonances between Noguchi’s sculptures and design work and Hasegawa’s explorations in painting, printmaking and photography. Read more

Legendary Kyoto Painting from Maruyama Okyo to the Modern Era
National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto, Japan
>until 15 December 2019

In 18th-century Kyoto, Maruyama Ōkyo carved out a new genre of realistic painting based on sketching from life. Maruyama's minutely depicted works enjoyed tremendous popularity, leading to the formation of the Maruyama school. Meanwhile, Goshun, who had studied both with Yosa Buson and Maruyama after the former's death, founded the Shijo school by infusing Maruyama's realism with Buson's elegant charm. Maruyama and Goshun in turn... Read more 

Reading Nihonga Through Color - Kaii’s Blue and Gensō’s Red
Yamatane Museum, Tokyo, Japan
>until 22 December 2019

An exhibition of works of modern and contemporary Nihonga with a striking use of color, to explore the close relationship between the painter and color. Kaii and Gensō are joined by about fifty other Nihonga artists, including Takeuchi Seihō and Okumura Togyū. How did they make use of color in their work as they established their own art? This exhibition introduces the artists’ own words and examines their social contexts to follow the paths they took, as revealed through color. Read more

Hands and Earth - Contemporary Japanese Ceramics
Crow Museum, Dallas, USA

>until 5 January 2020

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.

Japan 47 Artisans
Japan House, Los Angeles, USA

>until 5 January 2020

Exhibition that explores the diversity of Japanese craft traditions through the eyes of young contemporary designers, to bring a fresh twist to the traditional crafts. 
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Beyond Zen: Japanese Buddhism Revealed
The Newark Museum of Art, Newark, USA
>until 5 January 2020

Featuring more than fifty pieces, many never on view before.Rare treasures of the Heian (794-1185), Kamakura (1185-1333) and Muromachi (1392-1573) periods. Read more

Subtle Beauty - Japanese Etchings by Tanaka Ryōhei
SieboldHuis, Leiden, The Netherlands

>until 19 January 2020

As a graphic artist Tanaka Ryōhei (1933) 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
SieboldHuis, Leiden, The Netherlands

>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  

Five Ukiyo-e Favorites Utamaro, Sharaku, Hokusai, Hiroshige and Kuniyoshi
Edo-Tokyo Museum, Tokyo, Japan
>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. 
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Visual Magic: Masterpieces from Hokusai Museum, Obuse
The Sumida Hokusai Museum, Tokyo, Japan
>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

Giapponismo. East Winds in European Art
Palazzo Roverella, Rovigo, Italy

>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  

A Brush with Beauty
Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indianapolis, USA
>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

Made in Tokyo: Architecture and Living, 1964/2020
Japan Society Gallery, New York, USA

>until 26 January 2020

Tokyo, the transforming metropolis, has experienced a variety of social, economic and political shifts. The 1964 Summer Games, hosted by Tokyo, was the trigger to facilitate the rapid improvement of infrastructure. And the city is still changing - in advance of the 2020 Tokyo Summer Games. Following a period of strong economic growth up to the 1970s, Japan's bubble economy of the 1980s... Read more

Cosmogenesis by Hiroe Saeki
Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation, London, UK
>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. The powdered graphite travels through capillaries of water: settling... Read more

Männer machen Mode. Inrō aus der Sammlung des Museums für Lackkunst
Museum fürLackkunst, Münster, Germany
>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 Medizin und anderes verwendet, wurde... Read more 

Impressions of East. Art and collecting between Europe and Japan
Mudec - Museo delle Culture, Milan, Italy
>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)
Mudec - Museo delle Culture, Milan, Italy

>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

Colorful Japan - 226 posters from the collection
Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

>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

Hinges: Sakaki Hyakusen and the Birth of Nanga Painting
Berkeley Art Museum & Pacific Film Archive, Berkeley, USA

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

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

>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 its transformation into the tastes of a society that increasingly aspired to Europeancanons, to which Hasui serves as a testament. 
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Kamigate-e. The Osaka’s colorful prints
Palazzo Poggi Museum, Bologna, Italy
>until 1 March 2020

A selection of 29 woodcuts from the collections of the Centro Studi d'Arte Estremo-Orientale e della 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

Warrior women from the Land of the Rising Sun
Museo d’Arte Orientale, Turin, Italy

>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 gone down in history and their legendary exploits are narrated in theatrical works, paintings, and movies. Read more

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

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

Hanran: 20th-Century Japanese Photography
National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, Canada
>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. 
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Hokusai, Hiroshige, Utamaro... Les grands maîtres du Japon
La collection Georges Leskowicz, Hôtel de Caumont, Aix-en-Provence, France
>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. 
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Anime Architecture
Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens, Delray Beach, USA
>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

Taki Katei - Drawing on Nature
World Museum, Liverpool, UK

>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

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

Cool Japan
MAS | Museum aan de Stroom, Antwerp, Belgium

>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... Read more

Japanese Art of the Rinpa School
Saint Louis Art Museum, Saint Louis, USA
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 

Conservation in Action: Japanese Buddhist Sculpture in a new light
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, USA
>until 30 June 2020

Visitors are invited to watch as objects conservators study and treat seven Japanese Buddhist sculptures in a public conservation studio. The wooden figures—images of worship depicting Buddhas, Guardian Kings, and a Wisdom King—are decorated with polychromy or gilding and date from the 9th to the 12th centuries. 
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Kōgei: Art Craft Japan
Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, USA
>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. 
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Kyoto - Capital of Artistic Imagination
The Met Fifth Avenue, New York, USA

>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. For more information about this exhibition, click here.

Hokusai: Mad about Painting
Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Washington DC, USA
>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

Gallery Exhibitions

Japanese bamboo baskets

Thomsen Gallery at Design Miami, Miami Beach, USA
>until 8 December 2019  more information

Kohyama & Tanaka, ceramics and textiles
Galerie Friedrich Müller, Frankfurt, Germany
>until 14 December 2019  more information

Yayoi Kusama. Everyday I pray for love
David Zwirner Gallery, New York, USA
>until 14 December 2019  more information

Animals: An Enduring Tradition
Sato Sakura Gallery, New York, USA
>until 14 December 2019  more information

Surpassing Tradition. Redefining Hagi: Kaneta Masanao 
Redefining Tamba: Nishihata Tadashi

Joan B. Mirviss Ltd., New York, USA
>until 20 december 2019  more information

Japanese Gold-Lacquer Boxes
Thomsen Gallery, New York, USA
>until 20 December 2019  more information

Oita - Japanese bamboo art from Oita area
Galerie Mingei, Paris, France
>until 21 December 2019  more information

An artist and his city, Hiroshige’s One hundred famous views of Edo
Ronin Gallery, New York, USA
>until 21 December 2019  more information

Hatsuyuki - a group exibition on 'first snow'
Ibasho Gallery, Antwerp, Belgium
From 7 December 2019 until 12 January 2020  more information


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