Exhibitions - January 2018

Exhibitions - January 2018

Exhibitions:

Living Proof – Drawing in 19th-Century Japan

From 3 November 2017 until 3 March 2018
Pulitzer Arts Foundation, St. Louis, U.S.A.

Living Proof features nearly eighty works by artists including Hokusai, Kuniyoshi, and Yoshitoshi. Best known as print designers, their compositions were mediated in the final woodblock print through the contributions of separate carvers and printers. This exhibition thus offers a rare opportunity to witness the artist’s hand directly. Frequent alterations and reworkings of an initial sketch also reveal the various stages in their creative process. For more information on this exhibition, click here.

The Printed Image – The Flowering of Japan’s woodblock-print culture

From 1 March until 1 July 2018
Museum für Ostasiatische Kunst Köln, Köln, Germany

The variety and extent of the museum’s collection graphically illustrate the high status enjoyed by the Japanese woodblock print. Its perfection was not only a technical and economic, but above all a cultural and social revolution, which is perhaps comparable to the triumphal march of the computer in the information age. The woodblock print was a brilliant vehicle for conveying a variety of knowledge and information of all kinds to a demanding public hungry for information and enjoyment. It was the medium of a new, modern information culture.For more information about 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.

Atmosphere in Japanese Painting

From 15 September 2017 until 4 February 2018
Pavilion for Japanese Art, LACMA, Los Angeles, U.S.A.

Atmosphere in Japanese Painting, presenting a span of techniques for evoking atmosphere, features the artist Ikezaki Yoshio (Japan, active United States, born 1953), who makes his own paper and sumi, which he applies with his ki (氣), energy, to reveal the natural forces within the elements of water and air impelled by the flow of ki. For more information on this exhibition, click here.

Polishes to Perfection – Japanese Cloisonné from the Collection of Donald K. Gerber and Sueann E. Sherry

From 28 May 2017 until 4 February 2018
Pavilion for Japanese Art, LACMA, Los Angeles, U.S.A.

The 1830s marked the beginning of a renaissance in Japanese cloisonné production. Though small objects incorporating enamels were produced in Japan prior to the 19th century, a new generation of artisans developed techniques that enabled the creation of three-dimensional vessels, greater flexibility in surface design, and a number of different enameling styles. During the “golden age” of Japanese cloisonné production (approximately 1880–1910), intricate decorations, sophisticated use of color, expanding varieties of form, and flawless surface finishes became the hallmarks of Japanese cloisonné wares. For more information on this exhibition, click here.

 

 

Landscape Prints by Keisai Eisen

From 21 December 2017 until 25 February 2018
Honolulu Museum of Art, Honolulu, Hawaii

While primarily remembered for his portraits of women, particularly the sumptuously dressed courtesans of the Yoshiwara brothel district, the prolific woodblock print designer Keisai Eisen (1790–1848) also produced numerous landscapes throughout his career. The works displayed here testify that, alongside both Hiroshige and Katsushika Hokusai (1760–1849), Eisen was one of the most formidable Japanese landscape artists of the 19th century. For more information on this exhibition, click here.

The Masked Warrior – Battle Stage of the Samurai

From 8 December 2017 until 27 May 2018
Japanmuseum SieboldHuis, Leiden, the Netherlands

The focal points in this splendid exhibition will be played by Nō-masks and the masks of the famous Japanese samurai warriors. Spectacular artefacts from international and private collections, including swords, screens, kimonos, helmets and bows, will illustrate the beauty and power of Nō-theatre and the samurai culture. For more information on this exhibition, click here.

Van Gogh & Japan

From 23 March until 24 June 2018
Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Though he was active in the 19th century, the artist Vincent van Gogh (1853–1890) remains tremendously popular throughout the world. Having become engrossed in Japanese culture after encountering ukiyo-e prints and literature about the country in Paris during the height of the Japonism boom, Van Gogh saw Japan as a source of creativity and a kind of Utopia. At the same time, in the 1920s, Japanese artists and intellectuals developed an admiration for Van Gogh and began to make pilgrimages to his grave in the French town of Auvers-sur-Oise.  For more information about this exhibition, click here.

Shio Kusaka & Jonas Wood

From 30 September 2017 until 7 January 2018
Museum Voorlinden, Wassenaar, the Netherlands

Kusaka’s work consists of elegant pots and vases in all shapes and sizes. It reflects diverse influences: traditional Japanese techniques, for instance, but also the geometrical patterns of contemporary artists such as Agnes Martin. Wood’s paintings of plants and interiors blur the lines between figurative and abstract art. The recognizable, distorted perspectives in his plant still lifes and portraits testify to influences from areas of art history as distinct as cubism, pop art, and artists such as David Hockney. For more information on this exhibition, click here.

Hard Bodies – Contemporary Japanese Lacquer Sculpture

From 7 October 2017 until 24 June 2018
Minneaplois Institute of Art, Minneapolis, U.S.A.

Since the late 1980s, this tradition has been challenged. A small but enterprising circle of lacquer artists have pushed the medium in entirely new and dynamic directions by creating large-scale sculptures, works that are both conceptually innovative and superbly exploitive of lacquer’s natural virtues. Thirty works by 16 artists comprise the first-ever comprehensive exhibition of contemporary Japanese lacquer sculpture. They have all been drawn from the Clark Collections at Mia, the only collection in the world to feature this extraordinary new form. For more information on this exhibition, click here.

Boundless Peaks – Ink Paintings by Minol Araki

From 7 October 2017 until 24 June 2018
Minneaplois Institute of Art, Minneapolis, U.S.A.

Renowned as an industrial designer, Minol Araki (1928–2010) was also a prolific painter with a firm grounding in East Asian painting traditions. Born in China to Japanese parents, and active professionally in New York and Taipei, Araki created an immense body of ink paintings that reimagined tradition and straddled East and West. For more information on this exhibition, click here.

Unexpected Smiles – Seven Types of Humor in Japanese Paintings

From 18 October 2017 until 28 January 2018
Harnett Museum of Art, University of Richmond Museums, Richmond,  U.S.A.

Featuring forty-eight paintings on hanging scrolls, the works in this exhibition illustrate how humor developed in Japan from the 1700s to the early 1900s. The seven categories of humor are: parody, satire, personification, word-play, fantasy, exaggeration, and playfulness. Together they display a great variety of styles and subjects with the single common point of humor. For more information on this exhibition, click here.

À L’Aube Du Japonisme

From 22 November 2017 until 20 January 2018
Maison de la Culture Japonaise, Paris, France

The Maison de la Culture Japonaise in Paris celebrates its 20th anniversary with an exhibition which explores the first contacts between France and Japan in the 19th century: the dawn of Japonisme. A wide variety of fascinating objects puts the admiration of French artists for Japan into perspective. For more information on this exhibition, click here.

The Printed Image – The Flowering of Japan's woodblock-print culture

From 1 March until 1 Juli 2018
Museum für Ostasiatische Kunst, Köln, Germany

To this day, the Japanese coloured woodblock print is among the art forms of the Far East which, thanks to the fashion for Japonisme, are familiar and popular in Europe, and therefore continue to be collected and traded. After more than 100 years, the Museum of East Asian Art has combed through its holdings of woodblock prints and for the first time viewed its collection of Japanese books and coloured woodblock prints in the round. The result is a selection of the most unusual and costly items, which are now being presented in a major special exhibition. For more information about this exhibition, click here.

Yayoi Kusama Museum Inaugural Exhibition

Yayoi Kusuma Museum, Tokyo, Japan
From 1 October 2017 until 25 February 2018

The inaugural exhibition at the Yayoi Kusama Museum centres on her newest painting series “My Eternal Soul”. Other new works by Yayoi Kusama will also be on display. In addition to the sixteen works from “My Eternal Soul”, the series entitled “Love Forever” will be presented, a collection of black and white drawings that formed the precursor to Kusama’s latest series. Furthermore, an installation piece Kusama has created especially for the museum's opening will be showcased, along with a new pumpkin. For more information on this exhibition, click here.

Black and White - Japanese Modern Art

From 30 September 2017 until 3 June 2018
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston Mass., USA

Centered around a newly acquired, large-scale calligraphy by Inoue Yūichi (1916–85), this exhibition showcases a selection of avant-garde works in the monochrome aesthetic shared widely in Japan and beyond during the postwar period. This sensibility is rooted in Zen Buddhism, which values simplicity and austerity, and remains influential today. The works in the exhibition are the results of transnational exchanges between Japanese artists like Inoue and their American Expressionist contemporaries, including Franz Kline and Jackson Pollock, who drew inspiration from Asian calligraphy for their gestural paintings. Among the nine works on view are prints, ceramics and sculpture, primarily drawn from the MFA’s collection. For more information on this exhibition, click here.

Takashi Murakami - Lineage of Eccentrics

From 18 October 18 2017 Until 1 April 2018
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston Mass., USA

A Collaboration with Nobuo Tsuji and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

Contemporary works by Takashi Murakami, one of the most imaginative and important artists working today, are juxtaposed with treasures from the MFA’s renowned collection of Japanese art. The exhibition reveals how Murakami’s contemporary vision is richly inflected by a dynamic conversation with the historical past, framed by a creative dialogue with the great Japanese art historian, Professor Nobuo Tsuji. Together, Murakami and Professor Tsuji have chosen the objects on view in the exhibition, including paintings and sculpture created by the artist in direct response to Japanese masterpieces from the MFA’s collection, such as Soga Shōhaku’s 35-foot-long Dragon and Clouds (1763), and the Heiji Scroll (second half of the 13th century)—one of the most famous Japanese works of art outside of Japan. For more information on this exhibition, click here.

Japanese Bamboo Art: the Abbey Collection

From 13 June 2017 until 4 February 2018
Metropolitan Museum, New York, USA

An exhibition featuring works of Japanese bamboo art dating from the late 19th century to the present. The Abbey Collection is one of the finest private collections of Japanese baskets and bamboo sculpture. Most of the works have never before been presented in public. For more information about this exhibition, click here.


A Painting for the Emperor – Japanese Labourers on Sugar Plantations in Hawai’i

From 8 February until 31 May 2018
Johan Jacobs Museum, Zürich, Switzerland

In 1885, the King of Hawai‘i commissioned a large oil painting as a gift for the Emperor of Japan--but the painting never reached the Imperial Household. This exhibition displays the painting for the first time outside of Japan, reconstructing its historical context and the lives of its protagonists. The painting serves as a window onto the late-nineteenth century world of the Asia-Pacific region, a world that was transformed by the emergence of Meiji Japan as an international power. For more information about this exhibition, click here.

Gallery Exhibitions:

Bridge - Toshio Shibata

From 11 Januari until 9 February 2018
IBASHO Gallery, Antwerp, Belgium

For more information on this exhibition, click here.

Saburo Murakami

From 30 November 2017 until 24 March 2018
IBASHO Gallery, Antwerp, Belgium

Axel Vervoordt Gallery is pleased to present a comprehensive solo exhibition by Saburo Murakami (1925-1996), Japanese painter and pioneer of performance art. The exhibition brings together a large selection of important paintings from the 1950s through the end of the 1960s., featuring works from the artist’s estate alongside generous loans from prominent private collections.
 For more information on this exhibition, click here.

I’m Only Happy When I’m Naked

From 25 January until 04 March 2018
IBASHO Gallery, Antwerp, Belgium

Tokyo Rumando is the artist name of a young Tokyo photographer (1980) who after a career in modelling turned the camera lens on herself. In carefully crafted scenes, she not only creates imagined characters but also delves into all the existing personas in herself. According to Rumando she “is the photographer, the bystander, the performer, the theme as well as the director. Making pictures has no meaning if I cannot present the whole of my world.” For more information on this exhibition, click here.

Metallic Sparks

From12 December 2017 until 31 January 2018
Onishi Gallery, New York, U.S.A.

Metallic Sparks, a special group show featuring metalwork, paintings, sculpture, and fine art jewelry, all uniquely enhanced with precious metals in their concept and design. This sparkling winter show highlights the work of Onishi Gallery’s represented artists, Japanese talents across art media and time periods. Among the exhibiting artists are Shun Sudo, Yusuke Ochiai, Nagai Megumi, and NAOYA, each of whom incorporates metallic sparks into the concept as well as into the material of their pieces. For more information on this exhibition, click here.

Passions and Patterns in Clay

From12 December 2017 until 31 January 2018
Onishi Gallery, New York, U.S.A.

Passions and Patterns in Clay, a stunning exhibition featuring three renowned Japanese ceramic artists: Konno Tomoko, Ohi Toshio Chozaemon XI, and Ito Sekisui V.  Depicting an astonishing range of form and function, the exhibited pieces embody abstract and earthly identities through vivid color, polished form, and raw passion. Meticulous hand-built sculptures and refined, round vessels demonstrate the reaches of human achievement in the ceramic arts. For more information on this exhibition, click here.

Koji Hatakeyama & Matthew Harris

From 7 December 2017 until 12 January 2018
(Closed from 23 December 2017 until 3 January 2018)

Erskine, Hall & Coe Ltd,  London, United Kingdom

Hatakeyama grew up in Takaoka, a city renowned for metal casting. He makes unpretentious cast bronze articles, particularly lidded boxes, which are not intended to necessarily be functional. He is more interested in the artistic worth of a piece, or as he has quoted ‘every article I make should live.’ Harris, a British artist working with paper and cloth, has created a number of pictures which will be shown alongside Hatakeyama’s sculptures.

For more information on this exhibition, click here.

VIVO: Eikoh Hosoe, Kukuji Kawada, Ikko Narahara, Akira Sato, Akiro Tanno, Shomei Tomatsu

From 07 December 2017 until 14 January 2018
IBASHO Gallery, Antwerp, Belgium

IBASHO proudly presents the exhibition VIVO, a group show with work by the founders of the renowned Japanese photographer’s collective VIVO. Although VIVO was active only from 1959 until 1961, it culminated a movement in postwar Japanese photography called ‘the image school’ with roots dating back to the early 1950s and anticipated and profoundly influenced Japanese photographic style of the 1960s and 1970s. For more information about this exhibition, click here.

Auctions:

Bonhams – Asian Art

21 March 2018
Edinburgh, Schotland
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Sotheby's – Asian Art

24 March 2018
New York, U.S.A.
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Bonhams – Asian Art

9 May 2018
Sydney, Australia
For more information on this auction, click here.​

Lempertz – India, South East Asia, Japan (Brussels)

8 June 2018
Cologne, Germany
For more information on this auction, click here.​

Bonhams – Asian Art

11 July 2018
Edinburgh, Schotland
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Bonhams – Asian Art

5 December 2018
Edinburgh, Schotland
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