Exhibitions - September 2019

Exhibitions - September 2019

Museum Exhibitions:


Ingenious Matabei - The Tale of Yamanaka Tokiwa

>until 24 September 2019

MOA Museum of Art, Shizuoka, Japan

Iwasa Matabei (1578-1650), known for his depiction of figures with roundish elongated faces and his style that combined Japanese and Chinese drawing methods, created several storytelling scrolls, of which The Tale of Yamanaka Tokiwa is considered to be the most vibrant and powerful piece. The story features a legendary samurai warrior... Read more



Utagawa Toyokuni – A man who surpassed Sharaku

>until 29 September 2019

Ota Memorial Museum of Art, Tokyo, Japan

Since Utagawa Toyokuni (1769-1825) published his representative series Kabuki Actors on the Stage in 1794, he stood out in the field of yakusha-e (portraits of kabuki actors) along with Tōshūsai Sharaku and Katsukawa Shun’ei. However, Toyokuni’s clear touch gained greater popularity than the others and he became a leading artist. Read more



Shiota Chiharu: The Soul Trembles

>until 27 October 2019

Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan

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

>until 27 October 2019

Yamatane Museum of Art, Tokyo, Japan

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



Colorful Japan - 226 posters from the collection

From 7 September 2019 until 2 February 2020

Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

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



Subtle Beauty - Japanese Etchings by Tanaka Ryōhei

From 20 September 2019 until 19 January 2020

SieboldHuis, Leiden, The Netherlands

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

From 20 September 2019 until 19 January 2020

SieboldHuis, Leiden, The Netherlands

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  



One Hundred Views of Tokyo: Message to the 21st Century

From 21 September until 8 December 2019

Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, USA

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



Giapponismo. East Winds in European Art

From 28 Sptember 2019 until 26 January 2020

Palazzo Roverella, Rovigo, Italy

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)

From 1 October 2019 until 2 February 2020

Mudec - Museo delle Culture, Milan, Italy

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


Seven Treasures - A Trove of Japanese Cloisonné

>until 22 September 2019

Museum Angewandte Kunst, Frankfurt, Germany

When Japan opened up to the world in the mid-nineteenth century, the West looked with amazement at a land replete with natural beauty, but also at a high culture and its refined artefacts. A new fashion phenomenon was born: Japonism. In this context, the artform of the Japanese cloisonné became all the rage. Craftsmen used a technique of melting coloured glass on a surface between fine strips of copper to produce elaborately embellished vases, plates and bowls targeting an upscale international market. For more information about this exhibition, click here.


On the road to Tokaido

>until 7 October 2019

Musée Guimet, Paris, France

The recent acquisition of an important album of Tokaido prints that belonged to Victor Segalen (1878-1919), poet, novelist and sinologist, is an opportunity to present this road-series, which include many famous prints, for the first time to the public. For more information, click here.


Dramatic Impressions - Japanese Actor Prints

>until 13 October 2019

Portland Art Museum, Portland, USA

Woodblock prints of actors on the kabuki stage began to flourish in the late seventeenth century in Japan’s great cities. A quintessential form of urban entertainment, kabuki brought to life vivid scenes from dramatic storylines, at turns hilarious, tragic, breathtaking, or bawdy. Pictures of actors, oryakusha-e, were inextricably tied to the world of theater and the fan culture it promoted. Printed portraits could highlight exciting moments of suspended action or dramatic tension. For more information about this exhibition, click here.


Nature in Monochrome - Birds and Flowers in Japanese Ink Painting

>until 27 October 2019

Minneapolis Institute of Art, Minneapolis, USA

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.


Gentleman Warrior - Art of the Samurai

>until 1 December 2019

Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, USA

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.


Hands and Earth - Contemporary Japanese Ceramics

>until 5 January 2020

Crow Museum, Dallas, USA


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.


Kyoto - Capital of Artistic Imagination

>until 2 August 2020

The Met Fifth Avenue, New York, USA

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:

September Asia Week New Yok

From 6 until 14 September 2019

New York City, USA

Several dealers such as amongst others Joan B. Mirviss Ltd., Scholten Japanese Art and Thomsen Gallery are open to the public, showcasing traditional and contemporary examples of painting, sculpture, ceramics, and more. Many shows remain open past September 14. Read more

Katsuhito Nishikawa

From 6 September until 5 October 2019

Galerie Friedrich Müller, Frankfurt, Germany

For Katsuhito Nishikawa, nature, in its regularities and its structure, is the greatest teacher of all, and humans and art need to bow down to it and blend with it. Nature sets the standards that each and every one of us has to recognize anew; it provides the point of orientation for all creative action. Nishikawa finds symbols and... Read more

Ken Kitano. Gathering Light

From 14 September until 20 October 2019

Ibasho, Antwerp, Belgium

Although there will be an emphasis on Kitano’s most recent series ‘Gathering Light’, the exhibition is also retrospective by showing works from his earlier series ‘Flow and Fusion’, ‘our face’ and ‘one day’. In the series ‘Flow and Fusion’ Kitano captured the cityscape of Tokyo by means of a slow shutter speed during the 1990s, which was a kind of apocalyptic period of such events such as... Read more


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