Exhibitions - May 2018

Exhibitions - May 2018

Museum Exhibitions:

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.

Mesdag & Japan

From 7 March until 17 June 2018
The Mesdag Collection, The Hague, the Netherlands

The painter, art collector and businessman Hendrik Willem Mesdag assembled a collection of Japanese decorative art, ranging from Samurai swords to Satsuma vases, around the opening of his Mesdag Museum in 1887. The exhibition Mesdag & Japan: Collecting the Far Eastwill show how Mesdag came into contact with Japanese art in the 19th century, where and how he collected it and how japonisme influenced art in The Hague.For more information about this exhibition, click here.

Hiroshige’s Tokaido Road

From 31 March until 22 July 2018
Gallery One, Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, U.S.A.

Master printmaker Utagawa (Andō) Hiroshige’s Fifty-three Stations of the Tôkaidô is among the most celebrated works of Japanese art. For the first time in 25 years, CMOA presents prints from our first Hōeidō edition; 55 in total, created between 1831 and 1834. The series depicts the spectacular landscapes and interesting characters encountered along the journey from Edo (now Tokyo) to the imperial capital Kyoto. For more information about this exhibition, click here.

Excavating the Future City - Photographs by Naoya Hatakeyama

From 4 March until 22 July 2018
Minneapolis Institute of Art, Minneapolis, U.S.A

Naoya Hatakeyama’s photographic explorations have consistently traced the ways that human intervention alters nature and transforms it into the built environment. Each keenly composed image captures phases of creation, change, and destruction over time in Japan’s contemporary topographies. By documenting the lifecycles of these built and natural environments, Hatakeyama (Japanese, b. 1958) creates not just records of their past and present, but provides the possibility of imagining and projecting their future. For more information about this exhibition, click here.

Daimyo - War Lords of Japan

From 15 February until 13 May 2018
Musée Guimet, Paris, France

This spring the Musée Guimets presents a powerful exhibition featuring a spectacular array of armour and accessories highlighting the role and image of the Japanese war lords. An exceptional ensemble, bringing together rare items from both public and private collections. For more information about this exhibition, click here.


New Forms, New Voices – Japanese Ceramics from the Gitter-Yelen Collection

From 4 November 2017 until 13 May 2018
New Orleans Museum of Art, New Orleans, U.S.A.

Ceramics have been made in Japan for over 15,000 years. For the first time in over twenty years, NOMA presents an exhibition devoted to modern and contemporary ceramics.  For more information about this exhibition, click here.

From Folk to Elevated

From 5 February until 4 May 2018
Sociëteit Arti et Amicitae, Amsterdam, the Netherlands

In their Society, Arti shows around one third of the extensive paper rolls from the collection of Peter Poldervaart. Peter Poldervaart was the head restorer of paper at the Rijksmuseum. He traveled to Japan regularly for his work. There he met the best paper makers of the exclusive kozo-paper and got inspired to collect Japanese scroll paintings. For more information about this exhibition, click here.

The Beauty of Silence – The Artwork of Makoto Fujimura

From 24 February until 27 May 2018
Tikotin Museum of Japanese Art, Haifa, Israel

Makoto Fujimura is a contemporary artist. Thanks to the exhibitions, writings, lectures and symposia he conducts throughout the world, he is valued for his impact on culture as well as for his inspiration to both artists and art lovers. The fusion between cultures, between traditional, Japanese art and the fresh contemporary abstract-expressionism is at the heart of Fujimura’s artistic approach. For more information about this exhibition, click here.

Shin-hanga – The New Prints

From 24 February until 27 May 2018
Tikotin Museum of Japanese Art, Haifa, Israel

Most of the Japanese artists in the latter half of the 19th century were pupils of Utagawa Kuniyoshi, Utagawa Kunisada, and Utagawa Hiroshige.  However, in contrast to their masters of traditional print, who used lyrical colours,, the younger artists preferred brighter colours and dominant shades such as red or purple. This new and heightened use of colour was seen by their contemporaries as resulting from Western influence. For more information about this exhibition, click here.

Small IS BEAUTIFUL

From 24 February until 27 May 2018
Tikotin Museum of Japanese Art, Haifa, Israel

Traditional Japanese art demonstrates the desire to embellish every tiny object, thus transforming it into an artistic work of aesthetic perfection. Moreover, the great, technical skill and accuracy of detail displayed by the Japanese artists do not interfere with individual expression or the interpretation of legends and folk or religious traditions. 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.

Mizusashi – Japanese Water Jars from the Carol and Jeffrey Horvitz Collection

From 23 December 2017 until 13 May 2018
Galleries 238 and 239, Minneapolis Institute of Art, Minneapolis, U.S.A.

This selection of 20th- and 21st-century mizusashi highlights two important trends—the perpetuation of longstanding tea traditions alongside the artistry and technical excellence that define modern Japanese ceramics. This exhibition is complemented by a selection of Japanese tea utensils from the turn of the 17th century, on view in Gallery 224. 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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:

SHO - Modern Japanese Art of Writing

From 2 until 28 June 2018
JAPAN ART – Galerie Friedrich Müller, Frankfurt am Main, Germany

With works by: Inoue Yûichi, Shiryû Morita, Uno Sesson, Andô Kisan, Hayashi Shisui, Inamura Undô, Takashima Kei’un and Takeuchi Fûsei. For more information about this exhibition, click here.

IBASHO Gallery at the photography fair Photo London

From 17 until 20 May 2018
Somerset House, London, United Kingdom

We are very much looking forward to presenting iconic images by both well-known masters of Japanese photography and young Japanese talent. We will exhibit works by: Nobuyoshi Araki, Mika Horie, Hideyuki Ishibashi, Miho Kajioka, Hiromi Kakimoto, Daido Moriyama, Tokyo Rumando, Toshio Shibata, and Motohiro Takeda. For more information about this exhibition, click here.

Vincent in Japan - Admired, Worshiped and Copied

Friday, Saturday and Sunday in May 2018
Nihon no Hanga, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Japanese artists  became aware of Vincent van Gogh at a time when their art world was experiencing turbulent change during the first decades of the 20th century.  Not only his art, but also his personal life sparked the imagination of many artists. This exhibition shows the printed works of artists who were moved by Van Gogh, paintings by the first Japanese biographer of Van Gogh, and culminates in the project of one artist in particular, Okuyama Gihachirō. For more information about this exhibition, click here.

 

Printing Styles - Techniques of Japanese Printmaking

Friday, Saturday and Sunday in May 2018
Nihon no Hanga, Amsterdam, Netherlands

This mini exhibition will be on view on the top floor. It answers the most asked question in our museum: how are these prints made? For more information about this exhibition, click here.

 

 

Light on Silk - Painting with Needle and Thread in the Meiji Period

From 19 March until 3 June 2018
Gallery Talking Pieces, Eindhoven, the Netherlands

In the collection Light on silk we show ‘'paintings' with a beautiful vibrancy, where only on closer inspection is seen  that it is an embroidery. Also cut-velvet Yuzen paintings impressed. The fabric is made up of silk-wrapped wires that were cut locally with sharp blades to create velvet, for an effect of depth. For more information about this exhibition, click here.

Other Exhibitions:

CULTURES - The World Arts Fair

From 6 until 10 June 2018
Sablon, Brussels, Belgium

On June 6th, “CULTURES, the world arts fair” throws open the doors to about 60 exhibiting galleries at the Sablon in Brussels. The 3 associations AAB (Asian Art), BAAF (Ancient Art) and BRUNEAF (Tribal Art) joined forces again. Our aim is to build opportunities for both the participants and the visitors of the fair. With a wide variety of art objects from diverse cultures we are also hoping to entice a younger generation of art collectors. Note that a large part of exhibited items would fit in modernist / contemporary interior design.For more information about this exhibition, click here.

Samurai Art Expo
From 15 until 17 June 2018
Jaarbeursplein, Utrecht, Netherlands

Dealers from Europe and Japan will be present and eager to share their knowledge and appreciation of Japanese antiques and modern art. The Expo also focuses on their educational program which is the product of a unique collaboration of industry experts- whose aim is to share information with visitors ranging in all levels of knowledge. For more information about this exhibition, click here.

The Asia Principle - China, Japan and India & contemporary art in Spain (1957-2017)

From 8 March until 24 June 2018
Juan March Foundation, Madrid, Spain

The exhibition The Asia Principle. China, Japan, India and Contemporary Art in Spain (1957-2017) aims to draw attention to the influence of these three cultures on art in the second half of the 20th century in Spain, an influence notably visible in the work of numerous artists of the time but equally little explored. The exhibition's title makes use of the concept of a chemical "principle", according to which an active element, either alone or with others, "reacts" when it is mixed or made. For more information about this exhibition, click here.

 

Auctions:

Bonhams – Asian Art

9 May 2018
Sydney, Australia
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Galerie Zacke- Asian Art

12 May 2018
Vienna, Austria
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Bonhams – Asian Art

14 and 15 May 2018
London, United Kingdom
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Lyon & Turnbull – Fine Asian Works of Art

17 May 2018
London, United Kingdom
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Bonhams – Fine Japanese Art

17 May 2018
London, United Kingdom
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Christie's – Asian 20th Century

27 May 2018
Hong Kong
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Veilinghuis Peerdeman / Utrecht Auctions – Japanese Art

27 May 2018
Utrecht, the Netherlands
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Galerie Zacke- Asian Art

2 June 2018
Vienna, Austria
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Galerie Zacke- Fine Netsuke, Sagemono and Okimono

2 June 2018
Vienna, Austria
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Sotheby's – Art d'Asie

12 June 2018
Paris, France
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Christie's – Art d'Asie

13 June 2018
Paris, France
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Van Ham - Asian Art

14 June 2018
Cologne, Germany
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Lempertz – Asian Art

15/16 June 2018
Cologne, Germany
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Nagel Auction – Fine Asian Art

21 June 2018
London, United Kingdom
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Bonhams – Fine Asian Art

26 June 2018
San Fransisco, U.S.A.
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Bonhams – Asian Decorative Works of Art

27 June 2018
San Fransisco, U.S.A.
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Bonhams – Asian Art

11 July 2018
Edinburgh, Schotland
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Bonhams – Asian Art

5 December 2018
Edinburgh, Schotland
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