Exhibitions - October 2019

Exhibitions - October 2019

Museum Exhibitions

Anno's Journey: The World of Anno Mitsumasa
Japan House, London, UK
>until 27 October 2019

This exhibition showcases the life’s work of prolific storyteller and award-winning illustrator Anno Mitsumasa, who has been producing picture books and imaginative paintings for over 50 years. The exhibition includes almost 100 artworks by Anno in a variety of media from watercolours, Japanese-style paintings (Nihonga), powder pigment (ganryō) on silk, and papercuts. 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

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

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

From 4 October 2019 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

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

From 11 October 2019 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

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

From 12 October 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

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

From 18 October 2019 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

Nature in Monochrome - Birds and Flowers in Japanese Ink Painting
Minneapolis Institute of Art, Minneapolis, USA

>until 27 October 2019

Birds and flowers are popular motifs in all types of Japanese art, but it was in the 1300s that Japanese painters began painting pictures of these subjects in ink alone. Painters took up the brush to create small vignettes of nature in shades of black on paper or silk, inspired by Chinese paintings then being imported to Japan. The expressive potential of ink has meant that the popularity of monochrome bird-and-flower paintings has never waned. For more information about this exhibition, click here.

Shiota Chiharu: The Soul Trembles
Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan

>until 27 October 2019

Berlin-based international artist Shiota Chiharu is known for performances and installations that express the intangible: memories, anxiety, dreams, silence and more. Often arising out of personal experience, her works have enthralled people all over the world and from all walks of life by questioning universal concepts such as identity... Read more 

The Pioneers of Nihonga – Taikan, Shunsō, Gyokudō and Ryūshi
Yamatane Museum of Art, Tokyo, Japan

>until 27 October 2019

Taikan, Shunsō, Gyokudō, and Ryūshi all led in the evolution of nihonga by exploring the possibilities of painting that would be based on tradition but suited the new age in which they lived. They chose, however, different settings in which to be active as artists. Taikan and Shunsō, as members of the Japan Art Institute, experimented with... 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

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  

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

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.

Gallery Exhibitions

Ken Kitano. Gathering Light
Ibasho, Antwerp, Belgium

-until 20 October 2019  more information

Yo Akiyama & Genta Ishizuka
Erskine, Hall & Coe, London, UK
>until 24 October 2019  more information

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

Motohide Takami: Fires on another Shore
Seizan Gallery, New York, USA
>until 2 November 2019  more information

Animals: An Enduring Tradition
Sato Sakura Gallery, New York, USA
From 10 October until 14 December 2019  more information

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