Exhibitions - November 2019

Exhibitions - November 2019

Museum Exhibitions

Great Tokyo: One Hundred Views by Koizumi Kishio
Nihon no hanga, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
>on Friday, Saturday and Sunday in November (not on Friday 29 and Saturday 30 November)

Nihon no hanga will be the first museum to showcase a complete set of the series One hundred pictures of Great Tokyo in the Shōwa era released by the artist himself in 1940. Koizumi Kishio (1893-1945) was a creative print (sōsaku hanga) artist who was dedicated to the complete self-production of his prints. He was inspired by great woodblock print artists such as Hokusai and Hiroshige, who both devoted series to the city - then known as Edo. Read more

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

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

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

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

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

Legendary Kyoto Painting from Maruyama Okyo to the Modern Era
National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto, Japan
From 2 November 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
From 2 November 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

Cosmogenesis by Hiroe Saeki
Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation, London, UK
From 7 November 2019 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
From 7 November 2019 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 

Anime Architecture
Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens, Delray Beach, USA
From 9 November 2019 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

Visual Magic: Masterpieces from Hokusai Museum, Obuse
The Sumida Hokusai Museum, Tokyo, Japan
From 19 November 2019 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

Hokusai: Mad about Painting
Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Washington DC, USA
From 23 November 2019 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

Origami Installation: Tomoko Fuse
Tikotin Museum of Japanese Art, Haifa, Israel
From 30 November 2019 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

Mono Tea Wares: Kiseto, Setoguro, Shino and Oribe
Suntory Museum of Art, Tokyo, Japan
>until 10 November 2019

The Momoyama period Mino wares that are the stars of this exhibition were created in the area centering on the present-day cities of Kani, Tajimi, Toki and Mizunami in Gifu prefecture. The long history of ceramic klins in this area dates to Sue ware production in the 7th century. Klin operations have continued ever since, with many still active today. The four different Mino ware types... Read more

Steel and Concrete: The Modernization of Tokyo Architecture
Honolulu Museum of Art, Honolulu, Hawaii, USA

>until 17 November 2019

Perhaps no city has been more meticulously documented in Japanese woodblock prints than its capital. From 1868, when it was renamed Tokyo, the city’s architecture quickly evolved. After a devastating fire destroyed most of Ginza District in 1872, the Meiji government renovated the area with Georgian brick buildings and a Western-style shopping promenade, all illuminated with gas lamps. Read more

The Thirty-Six Immortal Poets: Elegant Arts of the Classical Japanese Court
Kyoto National Museum, Kyoto, Japan

>until 24 November 2019

Exactly one hundred years ago, in 1919, Japan's newspapers were abuzz with extraordinary news. A group of industrialist connoisseurs had acquired one of the country's most precious art treasures: a set of thirteenth-century handscrolls known as the Satake Version, Thirty-Six Immortal Poets. Even more surprising was the fact that these wealthy financiers were going to separate the handscrolls into individual fragments to be divided amongst themselves and remounted... Read more

Gentleman Warrior - Art of the Samurai
Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, USA

>until 1 December 2019

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.

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

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.

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  

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

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  

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

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

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

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.

Asian Art Week in London

From 31 October until 9 November 2019

Asian Art in London, founded in 1998, is an annual event held over ten days in early November, which takes place within participating galleries and auction houses. It has a global reputation uniting leading Asian art dealers, auction houses, museums and societies in a series of gallery selling exhibitions, auctions, receptions and lectures. Together they celebrate the expertise and excellence of Asian art on view in London each November, with a wide range of Asian art from the antique to contemporary and in a price range designed to suit all pockets. Participant events are complemented by exhibitions and seminars at satellite events around London and at leading London academic institutions. Read more

Gallery Exhibitions

Naoki Fuku | Studies of the Human Mind
SinArts Gallery, The Hague, The Netherlands
>until 2 November 2019   more information

Important Eighteenth Century Japanese Prints
Sebastian Izzard Asian Art, New York, USA
>until 5 November 2019 at TEFAF New York  more information

Masanori Toyoda. Works on Paper
Galerie Friedrich Müller, Frankfurt, Germany
>until 9 November 2019  more information

Iconic: Images of the Floating World
Ronin Gallery, New York, USA
>until 9 November 2019  more information

Animals in Japanese Art
Thomsen Gallery, New York, USA
>until 15 November 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
From 5 November until 20 december 2019  more information

Yayoi Kusama. Everyday I pray for love
David Zwirner Gallery, New York, USA
From 9 November until 14 December 2019  more information

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


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