Exhibitions Summer 2020

Exhibitions Summer 2020

Due to the restrictions imposed by the covid19 pandemic, exhibitions have been postponed or cancelled. Visit the Museum websites for more information. 

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MAS | Museum aan de Stroom
Cool Japan
>until 10 August 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 from its own collection and loans, the MAS presents this long tradition from which contemporary Japanese pop culture has grown out. Read more


Museet Holmen, Løgumkloster
Troens Rejse (The Journey of Faith)
15 August - 15 November 2020

Prints by the Japanese artist Watanabe Sadao (1913-1996) are combined with reliefs by the Danish sculptor Laila Westergaard (b.1964). Watanabe visualizes in his prints how he perceives the action of God in human life. He expresses that art should be for the people and therefore he also chose to convey the Christian faith through the traditional Japanese folk art (mingei). He depicts Christ in a kimono, sitting at the communion table, where the fish is served as sushi. In this way, Watanabe speaks to the people through a pictorial language they can understand and relate to. In the same way, the Danish sculptor Laila Westergaard conveys the notion of faith, or at least hope, through her reliefs. Read more


Musée Guimet, Paris
Fuji, pays de neige
15 July - 12 October 2020

Inspirant de nombreux artistes, le mont Fuji domine le paysage de l’archipel japonais. Cette figure suscite les premières transcriptions de variations atmosphériques par Hokusai, près d’un demi-siècle avant les effets de lumière de Monet et de Sisley. Pur triangle, le Fuji est un élément fort de l’estampe japonaise puis de la jeune photographie. Éternelle sur ses pans, la neige met au défi les artistes d’user du papier laissé en réserve pour transcrire l’étouffement de la nature et de ses bruits, comme le feront aussi, des décennies plus tard, les impressionnistes inspirés par ‘le pays de neige’. Read more


Aedes Architecture Forum, Berlin
Water Garden.Junya Ishigami & Associates
>until 25 June 2020

The first project to receive the Obel Award - a new international architecture award - is the Art Biotop Water Garden by Junya Ishigami & Associates. Situated at the foot of the Nasu mountain range in Tochigi, Japan, the carefully crafted, man-made landscape appears as a dreamlike flooded forest. It resets the boundaries between architecture, landscape architecture, art and environment. The exhibition shows drawings, photos and videos (in safe surroundings). Read more

Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe, Hamburg
Copy & Paste. Repetition in Japanese Imagery
>until 30 August 2020

In Japanese culture, repetition and copying are regarded as the basis for artistic creation. These acts are understood as paying homage to early masters and are openly practiced as age-old pictorial traditions. In the exhibition about 100 sketches, color woodcuts, hanging scrolls, books and folding screens from the East Asian Collection of the museum provide insights into the foundations of Japanese visual culture in the late Edo and Meiji periods. Read more

Museum Fünf Kontinente, Munich
Collecting Japan. Philipp Franz von Siebold’s Vision of the Far East
>until 13 September 2020

As a staff surgeon in Dutch military service, Philipp Franz von Siebold was one of the first Europeans to visit the ‘land of the rising sun’, where relations with the outside world had been severely restricted since the 1630s. In the two periods he spent in Japan, from 1823 to 1830 and 1859 to 1862, he immersed himself in scientific and academic work. Japanese patients and doctors profited from Siebold’s practical and theoretical knowledge of western medicine. However, in 1828 he was then accused of spying through being in unlawful possession of geographical maps of Japan and was finally banished for life. Read more

Museum für Lackkunst, Münster
Breaking out of Tradition. Japanese Lacquer 1890-1950
>until 14 June 2020

This exhibition traces the developments in lacquer art in the first half of the 20th century in Japan. The lacquer artists of that time adopted a critical and creative approach to the centuries-old traditions, experimenting with innovative techniques and new materials, thereby also providing new stimuli for Western art. Read more

The Netherlands

SieboldHuis, Leiden
Neko. The Cat in Japanese Art 
>until 13 September 2020

In traditional and contemporary Japanese prints, rare drawings, artefacts, spectacular scrolls and modern-day photographs, the role of the cat in Japanese art throughout the ages is exhibited for all to enjoy. This is a ‘must see’ exhibition for cat-lovers of all-ages! Read more


Manggha Centre, Krakow
Like a Dream! Emil Orlik in Japan
>until 15 October 2020

Emil Orlik visited Japan twice, in 1900/1901 and 1911/1912. His first journey, which lasted ten months, proved crucial and deeply inspiring. During his tour, Orlik made sketches in pencil and crayon, and created watercolours, woodcuts and lithographs. Orlik’s works can be found in several Polish museums, the greatest assembly in the University of Warsaw Library. This exhibition shows primarily works relevant to Japan. Read more


Museo delle Culture, Lugano
Kakemono. Five Centuries of Japanese Painting

>until 21 February 2021

Spanning Japanese painting from the 16th to the 19th centuries, this exhibition presents a selection of kakemonos from the Perino collection in Italy. The kakemono (literally 'hanging thing') is a Japanese painting or calligraphy, on silk, cotton or paper, contained as a scroll and intended to be hung on the wall. Unlike a hemakimono - a roll that is opened horizontally on a surface - the kakemono opens vertically and is designed as an indoor wall decoration. Read more

United Kingdom

Victoria & Albert Museum, London
Kimono: Kyoto to Catwalk
27 August - 25 October 2020

This exhibition will present the kimono as a dynamic and constantly evolving icon of fashion, revealing the sartorial, aesthetic and social significance of the garment from the 1660s to the present day, both in Japan and the rest of the world. Read more


Nakasendo Hiroshige Museum of Art, Ena     
From Edo to Tokyo
>until 14 June 2020

Tokyo is the center of politics, economy, and culture in the Edo period. Many places in Edo have been the subject matter of ukiyo-e and have been drawn a lot by various ukiyo-e artists. This exhibition shows One Hundred Famous Views of Edo by Hiroshige and also modern Japanese woodblock prints themed ‘Tokyo’. Read more

Kyoto National Museum, Kyoto
Kannon Worship: The Thirty-three Pilgrimage Sites of Western Japan
23 July - 13 September 2020

On the occasion of 1300 years since the founding of the thirty-three pilgrimage sites of western Japan this exhibition celebrates the pilgrimage in Kyoto. The overall distance of the pilgrimage route extends approximately 1000 kilometers, encompassing the Kinki region from Wakayama, Osaka, Hyogo, Kyoto, Nara, Shiga, and Gifu prefectures. The concentration of a third of the pilgrimage sites in Kyoto led to the spread of belief in Kannon and the culture of pilgrimages throughout Japan. Read more

National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto
Kyoto Life - Arts in Seasonal Delight
23 July - 22 September 2020

In Japan, nature has been seamlessly incorporated into works of art that bring joy to daily life. Kyoto in particular continues to enchant people as a city where life, nature and art are closely interlinked. Traditionally, people kept track of the changing seasons by dividing the year into 24 terms. This exhibition introduces natural phenomena, flowers, animals, festivals, and events woven into the tapestry of life in Kyoto, Read more

Shimane Art Museum, Matsue
Ishimoto Sho: A Centennial Retrospective
3 July - 23 August 2020

On July 3rd 1920, Ishimoto Sho (1920-2015) was born in what is now Misumi Town (Hamada City, Shimane Prefecture). In 2020, to celebrate 100 years since his birth, this exhibition reviews all of his works in one place, which has never been done before. About 100 paintings will be on display, along with additional sketches and documents. Read more

Japan Ukiyo-e Museum, Matsumoto
The Sixty-Nine Stations of the Kisokaidō Road
>until 28 June 2020

The Sixty-Nine Stations of the Kisokaidō Road is the most important series of landscape prints depicting the Nakasendō Highway (also known as the Kisokaidō Road), which is made up of 70 prints by Keisai Eisen and Utagawa Hiroshige. In this exhibition, all 70 prints are exhibited. In addition, other series with the same title produced after the success of the above series are exhibited. Read more

Idemitsu Museum of Art, Moji
Matsuo Bashō and the Art of the Genroku Era
11 September - 25 October 2020

Matsuo Bashō (1644-1694) is a haiku poet active in the first half of the Edo period, born in Ueno, Iga province. Through travels to the areas traced in Oku no Hosomichi (Narrow Road to the Deep North) and other later trips in life, Bashō searched for a high literary quality in haiku. This exhibition will display calligraphy and paintings by Bashō, together with artworks by those who admired him, showing the representative arts and crafts of the Genroku era. Read more

Idemitsu Museum of Arts, Tokyo
Extreme Beauty of Jakuchū and Edo Paintings 
19 September - 20 December 2020

About eighty masterpieces from the newly acquired Price Collection are exhibited. The epoch-making Chōjū Kaboku Zu Byōbu (Mosaic Screens of Birds, Animals and Flowering Plants) by Itō Jakuchū is shown, as well as the masterpieces of hand-painted ukiyo-e and genre paintings that show detailed depiction and rich expression. Read more

Japan Folk Crafts Museum, Tokyo
Western-Style Painting in the Edo Period 
>until 14 June 2020

During the Edo period, Dejima in present Nagasaki prefecture was the only window to modern foreign cultures, which introduced new expressions to Japanese paintings. This exhibition introduces Western style paintings and Doro-e of the second half of the Edo period which Soetsu Yanagi, founder of the Museum, called 'crafted paintings' and regarded as folk paintings. Read more

National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo
Kitawaki Noboru: To See the Universe in a Seed
>until 14 June 2020

The avant-garde painter Kitawaki Noboru (1901-1951) was active in Kyoto in the 1930s and 1940s. Thus far, his work has generally been discussed in terms of Surrealist influence. This exhibition aims to examine what Kitawaki was actually seeking to accomplish in referencing the ideas and techniques of Surrealism: to decode the invisible laws behind the world around us, and visually reveal a model of his worldview. Read more

Seikado Bunko Art Museum, Tokyo     
Pageant in Art. Masterpieces of Seikado Bunko Art Museum
27 June  - 22 September 2020

A wide variety of important cultural property and important art objects and other items representative of famous treasures will be introduced. From Buddhist paintings and ink paintings being shown for the first time post-restoration, to famous works from the Rimpa school of painting, calligraphies, precious tea ceremony utensils, ceramics and lacquerware and old rare books. Read more

The Sumida Hokusai Museum, Tokyo
The Great Edo Almanac
30 June - 30 August 2020

Back in the Edo period people experienced the course of the year through participating in annual events. Those events included festivals and seasonal celebrations. This exhibition focusses on annual events in introducing the customs of the Edo period as Hokusai and his students depicted them. All these events were carried out with prayers of many sorts, for a peaceful year or the healthy growth of children, embedded in their performance. Read more

Yamatane Museum, Tokyo  
Takeichi Seishō’s Tabby Cat and Animal’s Paradise 
>until 12 July 2020

Takeuchi Seihō (1864-1942) created ‘Tabby Cat’ in 1924. Fascinated by a cat he encountered in Numazu, Shizuoka Prefecture, Seihō observed it carefully in detail and sketched it before completing this work. The exhibition also introduces animal paintings created by other artists, such as Nishimura Goun and Nishiyama Suishō, who studied under Seihō, from Kyoto painting circle Uemura Shōkō and Takeuchi Kōichi, who are known for outstanding animal depictions, and Okumura Togyū from Tokyo. Read more


Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge
Painting Edo: Japanese Art from the Feinberg Collection
>until 26 july 2020

Selected from the unparalleled collection of Robert S. and Betsy G. Feinberg, the more than 120 works in the exhibition connect visitors with a seminal moment in the history of Japan, as the country settled into an era of peace under the warrior government of the shoguns and opened its doors to greater engagement with the outside world. Read more 

Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago
Noda Tetsuya: My Life in Print
>extended through summer 2020

In the late 1960s, Japanese artist Noda Tetsuya began a series of prints that continues to this day, over 50 years later. The prints, each titled Diary followed by a date, capture the large and small moments of the artist’s life, from the intimate and personal to the public and far-reaching. Read more

Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indianapolis
Vibrant Line: Works on Paper by Tanaka, Shinoda, and Tawara
31 July - 28 November 2020

Three very different, modern Japanese artists express what’s possible with ink on paper - from photo realistic etchings of old rural Japan to calligraphy influenced by abstract expressionism: Ryōhei Tanaka (1933-2019), Tawara Yūsaku (1932-2004) and Tokō Shinoda (b.1913). Read more

The Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minneapolis
Abstract Prints by Hagiwara Hideo
>until 6 December 2020

Originally a painter trained in oil, Hagiwara Hideo (1913-2007) became ill with tuberculosis and turned to printmaking in 1954. From the start his prints were of an abstract nature, and for 50 years he was a constant innovator in his choice of motifs, style, and technique. This first major U.S. retrospective exhibition of Hagiwara’s work showcases his enormous versatility. Read more

Met Fifth Avenue, New York
Kyoto - Capital of Artistic Imagination
>until 2 August 2020

Focusing on the main turning points in the cultural history of Kyoto from ancient to modern times, this exhibition places special emphasis on the decorative arts. Over eighty masterworks of lacquers, ceramics, metalwork, and textiles from The Met collection, including a number of recently acquired works of contemporary art are showcased. Read more

Allen Memorial Art Museum/Oberlin College, Oberlin
Ukiyo-e Prints from the Mary Ainsworth Collection
>until 14 June 2020

More than 100 Japanese woodblock prints from the legacy of a celebrated Oberlin alumna (1867–1950) span the history of the medium. The works feature actors, courtesans, and landscapes favored by denizens of the Floating World of 17th- to 19th-century Japan. Read more

Philadelphia Museum, Philadelphia  
Kōgei: Art Craft Japan
>until Fall 2020

This installation celebrates Japanese kōgei, one-of-a-kind, handcrafted objects made with traditional techniques and natural materials. The works on display highlight the specialized skills of contemporary kōgei artists working in clay, glass, and fabric. Read more

Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Washington
Hokusai: Mad about Painting
>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. Read more

Meeting Tessai: Modern Japanese Art from the Cowles Collection
>until 2 August 2020

Tomioka Tessai (1836–1924) is a prime example of a modern Japanese painter. Contemporaries praised his works as being exceptionally modern, and they recognized parallels between Tessai’s work and European postimpressionism. The way Tessai arrived at these nonconformist paintings, however, was traditional. He concocted his idiosyncratic style on the basis of his voracious study of ancient Japanese art as well as Chinese paintings. Read more


Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide, Australia
Chiharu Shiota: Absence embodied
>reopening 8 June 2020

In her conceptually driven practice Shiota attempts to represent what it means to be human. Beginning as autobiographical excavations, her installations draw on personal experiences, emotions and memories to create universally resonant works. Read more


Micheko Galerie, Munich, Germany

Group Exhibition. Spring is in the Air
>until 13 June 2020
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Joan B. Mirviss Ltd., New York, USA
Fathers & Sons. Suzuki Osamu and Suzuki Tetsu, Wakao Toshisada and Wakao Kei
September 2020
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Thomsen Gallery, New York, USA 
Minol Araki. Nature in ink 
>until  9 September 2020 (online viewing room)
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Galerie Mingei, Paris, France

Iizuka. Chefs-d’oeuvre de l’art du bambou
>until 13 September 2020
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Galerie Friedrich Müller, Frankfurt am Main, Germany 
Yuko Sakurai. New Works

4 September – 3 October 2020
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Ibasho Gallery, Antwerp, Belgium
Mikiko Hara. The Wind Cannot Be Named
10 September - 18 October 2020
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Scholten Japanese Art, New York, USA
Kitagawa Utamaro. A Golden Age Ukiyo-e Master
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