Exhibitions - October 2017

Exhibitions - October 2017


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.

Showdown! Kuniyoshi vs Kunisada

​From 11 August 2017 until 10 December 2017.
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston Mass., USA.

Rival artists Utagawa Kuniyoshi and Utagawa Kunisada were the two best-selling designers of ukiyo-ewoodblock prints in 19th-century Japan. This exhibition presents a selection of 100 outstanding works from the MFA’s Japanese collection. Viewers are invited to decide for themselves which of the two artists is their personal favorite. For more information about this exhibition, click here.

The Art of Edo Rimpa

From 16 September 2017 until 5 November 2017.
Idemitsu Museum of Arts, Tokyo, Japan.

An exploration of the appeal of Edo Rimpa, which took the essences of the Rimpa of Kyoto, but transformed it to suit the Edo aesthetic. For more information on this exhibition, click here.

Chiharu Shiota – Between the Lines

From 24 June till 15 October 2017.
Noordbrabants Museum, ’s-Hertogenbosch, the Netherlands.

Exhibition featuring the work of Japanese artist Chiharu Shiota (Osaka, 1972) , who was the sensation of the 56th Venice Biennale in 2015. The present exhibition offers a retrospective overview of her oeuvre. The installation, Uncertain Journey, made to measure for Het Noordbrabants Museum, is the highlight of the exhibition. For more information about this exhibition, click here.

By the Light of the Moon – Nocturnal Japanese Prints

Until 8 October 2017.
Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, USA. 

This exhibition shows how Japanese print designers have, over the centuries, risen to the challenge of capturing the night in all its various moods. For more information on this exhibition, click here.

Le Paysage Japonais – de Hokusai à Hasui

From 21 June till 2 October 2017.
Musée Guimet, Paris, France.

This exhibitions features a spectacular survey of Japanese landscape prints by Hokusai and Hasui. For more information on this exhibition, click here.

Cool Japan - Worldwide Fascination in Focus

From 14 April until 29 October 2017.
National Museum of Ethnology, Leiden, 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.

Exhibition: Mapping Japan

From 16 September until 26 November 2017.
Japanmuseum SieboldHuis, Leiden, the Netherlands.

The impressive scroll painting of the Japanese coast and the personal maps belonging to Philipp Franz van Siebold (on display for the first time) are unquestionably the highlights of this exhibition.  Siebold’s hand written notes on these maps are evidence of his eager and diligent study of Japan. He was keen to document his travels in Japan, to explore unknown regions on paper and learn more about Japan. 

‘Mapping Japan’ is divided into 5 main themes. Attention will be given to the clarification of areas of mutual interest, Siebold’s assistant Johann Joseph Hoffman (the world’s first professor of Japanology) and the Siebold Incident. For more information on this exhibition, click here.

Modern Japanese Lacquerware

From 16 September until 26 November 2017.
Japanmuseum SieboldHuis, Leiden, the Netherlands.

From 16 September to 26 November eleven renowned Japanese artists will display a selection of their works depicting the adaptation of this classic lacquerware technique to contemporary art. These artists are established names in the Japanese art world and their works reflect the lacquerware culture in Japan today. Many are eminent lecturers at Japanese art academies dedicated to training the next generation of artists who will determine the future of urushi. 

The objects on display illustrate the tension between the traditional lacquerware methods and techniques and the search new ones.  Classical motifs, techniques and materials are clearly visible in the modern works. 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.

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.

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.

Netsuke and Sagemono

From 2 September until 29 October 2017.
Museum für Ostasiatische Kunst, Köln, Germany

The exhibition presents a selection of netsuke and sagemono from museum and private collections. The lenders include collectors from Germany, Belgium, France and the Netherlands, to whom the museum is extremely grateful.  For more information about 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.

Printing Styles – Techniques of Japanese Printmaking

Every Friday, Saturday and Sunday in November 2017, 12:00-16:00 hrs.
Nihon no Hanga, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

This autumn we are featuring a mini exhibition on the top floor of Nihon no hanga titled Printing Styles: Techniques of Japanese Printmaking. The most asked question in our museum has always been: how are these prints made? In the small booklet we have created especially for our November open weekends, we will give a detailed answer: highlighting woodblock printing techniques illustrated by prints from the collection.
For more information about this exhibition, click here.

Adventurous Artists – Depicting Japan and the World

Every Friday, Saturday and Sunday in November 2017, 12:00-16:00 hrs.
Nihon no Hanga, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

West studies East and East studies West. For our 2017 exhibition we delve into the beginnings of 20th century Japanese printmaking. This exhibition is dedicated to western and Japanese artists who became part of an intricate and fluid network of early 20th century printmaking, which even extended to contemporary western artists making their own Japanese style woodblock prints without ever adventuring to Japan. For more information about this exhibition, click here.

Gallery Exhibitions:

Shozo Michikawa - Forty Years, Forty Pots

From 11 October until 2 November 2017.
Erskine, Hall & Coe Ltd,  London, United Kingdom.

Shozo Michikawa’s third exhibition at Erskine, Hall & Coe will open in October. This exhibition celebrates his life as a potter, and will feature his ceramics and accompanying photographic work by Yoshinori Seguchi. Michikawa and Seguchi have occasionally collaborated together for over twenty years, and most recently exhibited in Nature into Art at the Seto Ceramics and Glass Art Center in Aichi, Japan in 2016. Seguchi’s photography focuses on the natural world, which Michikawa explains is a main source of inspiration in his work: "The number one source of inspiration for me would be my hometown Hokkaido; the volcanoes, lakes, snow, trees, stones and especially the energy of the volcanic eruptions. Ofcourse small everyday things from taking walks, going on trips and having conversations give me inspiration as well." For more information on this exhibition, click here.

Satoru Aoyama - News from Nowhere

From 20 September until 21 October 2017.
Mizuma Art Gallery. Tokyo, Japan.

For this exhibition, Aoyama presents 30 new works in which he manipulates 19th-century vintage prints from Victorian Britain, applying to them elements of collage, drawing and sewing machine-rendered embroidery. Contemporary female figures whose work traverses the fields of fashion or pop culture seem to have passed through a time-warp, their chronological context changing to the 19th century as they appear within the prints. For Aoyama, who originally studied textile arts with a partial focus upon gender studies, this theme is one that has been developing within his practice over many years. For more information on this exhibition, click here.

Yuko Sakurai

From 14 October until 11 November 2017.
JAPAN ART – Galerie Friedrich Müller, Frankfurt am Main, Germany.

The third exhibition by Yuko Sakurai in Galerie Friedrich Müller shows a combination of earlier works featuring oil on wood from 2005, 2008 and 2011, and her latest works, which were produced primarily in Japan. The various work series thus trace how Sakurai’s work has evolved. One constant element in her work is the reference in each to a place or region where the artist once lived, or has visited during her many travels. After living for many years largely in Europe, just under two years ago Yuko Sakurai relocated to Tsuyama, where she spent her childhood and youth. Her most recent works unmistakably reflect this move back to her native Japan with its specific scenic impressions and special social atmosphere. For more information on this exhibition, click here.

Munemasa Takahashi – Laying Stones

From 26 October until 03 December 2017.
IBASHO Gallery, Antwerp, Belgium.

IBASHO welcomes everyone to Munemasa Takahashi's solo show where we present his project 'Laying Stones' as well as 'The Lost & Found Project'. The series 'Laying Stones' is a very personal series that Takahashi has created to overcome the grief he felt after the death of his best friend, Kazuto Hoshi. For more information about this exhibition, click here.

Yasuhisa Kohyama & William Wilkins

From 8 November until 30 November 2017.
Erskine, Hall & Coe Ltd,  London, United Kingdom.

Kohyama, an acclaimed Japanese ceramic artist, has played a very unique and significant role in reviving the use of the traditional Japanese ‘anagama' wood firing kiln, as he was the first potter in Shigaraki to build such a kiln since the Middle Ages.  He is also a contemporary master of the ancient practice of Sueki, a method that originated in southern China and which accounts for his unglazed yet glassy surface textures. Wilkins, a British painter working in Wales and Venice, creates pictures which focus on luminosity and opacity.  Among other subjects, Wilkins has made still life painting a focus throughout his career, particularly on ceramics. Wilkins’s new paintings in this show are based on six ceramics that Kohyama lent him.  These ceramics will also be on display.

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