Exhibitions 2021

Exhibitions 2021

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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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Musée d’Art Moderne, Paris
The Flames. The Age of Ceramics

>until 6 February 2022

The Age of Ceramics offers an immersion in the medium of ceramics and associates more than 350 pieces ranging from the Neolithic to the present day, creating an unprecedented and fruitful dialogue between typologies of objects from various eras and contexts, seeking to detect influences as much as coincidences. Galerie Mingei in Paris lends ceramics from its collection on this occasion. Read more


Museum für Ostasiatische Kunst, Cologne
One Hundred Aspects of the Moon

>until  9 January 2022

Yoshitoshi was the last great woodblock print master of the Ukiyo-e tradition, and 100 Aspects of the Moon is regarded as his greatest achievement. The series brings to life the history and mythology of ancient Japan. In all 100 prints the moon figures prominently. Sometimes clearly visible in the design and sometimes referred to in the beautiful poems in the text cartouche. Yoshitoshi's 100 Aspects of the Moon is very popular among collectors. However, it rarely happens that a complete set in an excellent condition is brought together. This exhibition shows one of the finest known sets in the world, which is currently housed in the renowned collection of Japanese print Museum Nihon no Hanga in Amsterdam. Read more

Museum für Lackkunst, Münster
Breaking out of Tradition. Japanese Lacquer 1890-1950
>until 12 December

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


Chester Beatty, Dublin
Edo in Colour: Prints from Japan’s Metropolis
>until 5 December

This exhibition explores how woodblock prints shaped fashion, fame and identity in the city now known as Tokyo. Featuring one hundred prints and printed books from the museum’s permanent collection, the exhibition is presented in two parts to echo the seasonality within these works. For those not able to travel to Dublin, the exhibition can also be viewed online. Read more


Museum of Palazzo Poggi, Bologna
La Tradizione Rinnovata. Arte Giapponese dell’era Meiji (1868-1912)
>until 30 January 2022

L'era Meiji (1868-1912) è uno dei periodi più movimentati e spettacolari della storia giapponese. In quei 44 anni infatti il Giappone fu protagonista di una trasformazione radicale dei suoi assetti politici, amministrativi, economici e culturali che ha pochi confronti nella storia mondiale e raggiunse in tempi brevissimi il livello economico dei maggiori paesi industrializzati dell’Occidente. Read more

The Netherlands

Nihon no hanga, Amsterdam
Snow Country. Japanese Winter Landscapes

5 – 28 November

This exhibition focusses on wintery landscape prints of the 20th century. In Japan snow has been a source of inspiration in art and literature for centuries. Poetic scenes of snowy cityscapes and serene winter beauties have been a well-known part of the Japanese woodblock print tradition but were also a beloved theme in modern shin and sōsaku hanga. Read more

Japanmuseum Sieboldhuis, Leiden
Splendour in detail. 20th century Japanese Lacquerware

>until 5 December

The ancient art of Japanese lacquerware (urushi) has a lengthy and labour-intensive production process. Japanese lacquerware was exported to Europe as early as the 16th century and was extremely popular thanks to its superior quality and durability. 70 lacquerware objects will be on display varying from tableware and serving trays to tea ceremony and writing utensils, incense burners and vases. Read more

Centre Céramique, Maastricht
Maastricht|Japan: Maastrichts aardewerk, Japanse prenten, Geisha fotografie–Paul van der Veer
>until 23 April 2022

Centre Céramique pakt uit met 3 deel-tentoonstellingen over Japan, verspreid over verschillende verdiepingen in het splinternieuw ingerichte gebouw. Je vindt er Maastrichts aardewerk met Japanse motieven, Japanse prenten, foto’s van Japanse geisha’s gemaakt door de Maastrichtse fotograaf Paul van der Veer en foto’s van het 18de eeuws op het Verre Oosten geïnspireerd goudleerbehang. Het origineel bevindt zich in de burgemeesterskamer van Maastricht. Je gaat terug naar de tijd van het Japonisme en wordt geconfronteerd met het hedendaagse Japan door de foto’s van geisha’s, die een typisch Japanse traditie vormen. Read more


Monastery of Pedralbes Museum, Barcelona
The Lotus Moon: Art and poetry of a Buddhist nun Otagaki Rengetsu (1791-1875)
19 November - 18 April 2022

This exhibition is curated by John Stevens and Ricard Bru. More than 80 pieces will be in display, equally divided into brushwork and ceramics by Rengetsu. There will be an exhibition booklet available in Catalan, Spanish, and English, and a formal catalog in English. Read more


The Museum of World Culture, Göteborg
Kimono - Kyoto to catwalk
>until 30 January 2022

This exhibition presents 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


Ariana Museum, Geneva
Chrysanthemums, Dragons and Samurai, Japanese Ceramics at the Musee Ariana
>until 9 January 2022

With more than 780 items, dating from the mid-17th to the early 20th century, the Ariana museum has one of the largest Swiss collections of Japanese ceramics. This ensemble is remarkable for the great richness of its omnipresent painted decoration. On show for the first time in its entirety, this outstanding body of work traces the compelling history of developments in techniques and styles in the Land of the Rising Sun. Read more

The Baur Foundation, Geneva
Pierre Soulages & Tanabe Chikuunsai IV      
17 November – 17 March 2022

Japanese artist Tanabe Chikuunsai IV threads strips of bamboo together into monumental works that appear to grow from walls and ceilings. His hollow, circular creations utilize a style of rough weaving that his family has practiced for generations—Tanabe’s father, grandfather, and great-grandfather all worked with traditional craft techniques and shared the name Chikuunsai, which translates to “bamboo cloud”—and result in installations that are massive in scale as they coil across rooms, stretch dozens of feet into the air, and loop around support beams. Read more

Museum Rietberg, Zurich, Switzerland
Love, Fight, Feast, The World of Japanese Narrative Art
>until 5 December 

Japanese narrative art combines artistic enjoyment and everyday life in a special way. It found expression in a variety of materialities ranging from miniature album leaves, illuminated handscrolls to large folding screens, from exquisite porcelain vases to elaborately crafted gold-lacquer boxes and elegant silk robes. Read more

United Kingdom

The British Museum, London
Hokusai. The Great Picture Book of Everything

>until 30 January 2022

In a global first, this exhibition will display 103 recently acquired drawings by Hokusai, produced in the 1820s–1840s for an illustrated encyclopedia called The Great Picture Book of Everything. For reasons unknown, the book was never published, presenting the opportunity to see these exceptional works which would otherwise have been destroyed as part of the woodblock printing process. Read mote

Ashmolean Museum, Oxford
Tokyo: Art & Photography
>until 3 January 2022

This major exhibition will explore Tokyo through the varied and vibrant arts it has generated over 400 years, from its beginnings as the headquarters of the Tokugawa shoguns in the early 1600s to the sprawling modern metropolis and dynamic centre of art, photography and design it is today. Read more


Hakodate Museum of Art, Hakodate
Noboru Kunimatsu: A Retrospective
>until 5 December

Born in Hakodate city, Kunimatsu Noboru (1907-94), one of the important artists from the Donan area, worked with subjects concerning Hokkaido’s climate and nature, such as snow fields and icebergs. He painted the Fish without the eyes and Men on the ice series in his dreamy and tranquil style. This exhibition looks at his life and career through his masterpieces. Read more

Taro Okamoto Museum of Art, Kawasaki City
Origins of the Postwar Design Movement – The Design Committee
>until 16 January 2022

This exhibition focuses on the activities and exchanges between the founding members of the Design Committee (now the Japan Design Committee), a postwar group affiliated with leading Japanese architects, designers, and artists that included Sori Yanagi, Masahiro Mori, and others. Read more

Kumamoto Prefectural Museum of Art, Kumamoto City
Hosokawa Collection - Kougei
>until 24 December

Many people may have the impression that crafts are more difficult to understand than paintings or sculptures. This exhibition focuses on armor, furnishings, and Noh masks from the Hosokawa family’s collection of artifacts, and presents them in an easy-to-understand manner. Read more

Fukuda Art Museum, Kyoto
Okoku Konoshima – Captivating Dedication
>until 10 January 2022

Konoshima Ōkoku (1877–1938) was a leading master of modern Japanese painting. In recent years, Ōkoku’s popularity has grown beyond the borders of Japanese-style painting fans, particularly for his animal paintings. This exhibition, co-organized by the Fukuda Museum of Art and the Saga Arashiyama Museum of Arts & Culture, features over 100 works, including 52 newly discovered works, as well as works exhibited at the Bunten and Teiten exhibitions. Please enjoy a complete overview of Ōkoku’s art. Read more

Sen-oku Hakukokan Museum, Kyoto
Inherited Tea Ceremony Utensils: Priceless Sumitomo Collection
>until 12 December

Objects used in the Japanese tea ceremony contain stories of connections between people. These masterpieces from the Sumitomo Collection include treasures such as bowls, incense burners, and tea caddies owned by multiple generations of collectors in the Sumitomo family, going back to the 1700s. Read more

Idemitsu Museum of Art, Moji
Idemitsu Sazo and His Collection

Idemitsu Sazo is known to be a distinguished art collector. Beginning with “Hotei (Budai) Pointing at the Moon”, the very first item acquired by Sazo, he collected antique art items such as Japanese bunjin-ga and Chinese and Japanese ceramics, proceeding to more contemporary items created by Kosugi Hōan, Itaya Hazan and Georges Rouault. They formed the nucleus of one of the best art collections in Japan, in terms of both quality and quantity. Read more

Sunritz Hattori Museum of Arts, Suwa City
Edo Ceramics
>until 5 December

The Edo period, which lasted for around 260 years, was a time of economic abundance when culture became the domain of common people as well as the upper classes. This exhibition presents around 40 examples of Edo-period ceramics from the Sunritz Hattori Museum of Arts Collection. Read more

Idemitsu Museum of Arts, Tokyo
The Brilliance of Japanese Art. Byōbu-e and Hand-painted Ukiyo-e


The broad brilliant painting surface of byōbu-e (folding painting screens) enables the painter to vividly depict beautiful natural scenery and life of the people. In hand-painted ukiyo-e, artists themselves directly transmit glaring colors and energetic movements through their own paintbrushes. The history of Japanese painting is characterized by brilliant colors and radiance. This exhibition will introduce a world filled with brilliance, with masterpieces including the newly acquired Chōjū Kaboku-zu Byōbu (Mosaic Screens of Birds, Animals and Flowering Plants), formerly in the Etsuko and Joe Price collection (Price Foundation). Read more 

The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo
100 Years of Mingei: The Folk Crafts Movement
>until 13 February 2022

Why is Mingei, the Folk Crafts Movement that originated in the early 20th century, the focus of so much attention nowadays? Is it because people are concerned with design for more fulfilling lifestyles? Or because of interest in the local color and handcrafting traditions that endure in various regions of Japan? Whatever the reason, the new aesthetic vision conceived by Yanagi Muneyoshi (Soetsu), Hamada Shoji and Kawai Kanjiro nearly a hundred years ago remarkably continues to inspire people today. Read more

Nezu Museum, Tokyo
Suzuki Kiitsu's Mountain Streams in Summer and Autumn

3 November-19 December

Kiitsu (1796-1858) had been the leading pupil of Sakai Hōitsu (1761-1828), an Edo-based artist who venerated Ogata Kōrin (1658-1716), who was active in Kyoto a century earlier, and founded the Edo Rimpa school. Not content merely to carry on his master’s style, Kiitsu expressed his individuality by adding a thoroughly realistic mode of expression, a sharp sense of design, and at times fantastic images. Read more

The Museum of Modern Art, Wakayama
From Modern to Contemporary: The Quintessence of Art in Wakayama
>until 19 December

A survey of important modern and contemporary artworks from Wakayama in honor of the prefecture’s 150th anniversary. Read more



Georgia Museum of Art, Athens
Contemporary Japanese Ceramics from the Horvitz Collection
>until 26 June 2022

Japan has had a thriving ceramic culture for over 15,000 years, often focused on utilitarian (or practical) objects. In 1948, the avant-garde ceramic group Sodeisha ('Crawling through Mud Association') challenged the tradition of functional pottery. Instead, its members advocated for the creation of sculptural ceramic objects. They preferred form over function. The Sodeisha artists were not well known outside the country until the 1980s. Nonetheless, their vision of creative explorations using clay determined the future. Today, Japan boasts one of the most robust contemporary ceramic scenes in the world. This exhibition presents Japanese pottery and porcelain created by three generations of master ceramic artists. Read more

Art Institute Chicago, Chicago
Onchi Kōshirō: Affection for Shapeless Things
>until 10 January 2022

Onchi Kōshirō is emblematic of the midcentury sōsaku hanga, or creative print, movement in Japan as one of its major artists and its main advocate. Artists of this self-defined group proudly conceived, carved, and printed their own works. They did not feel that the traditional ukiyo-e method, in which the tasks of designing, carving, and printing were separated among specialists, allowed for true creative expression. Onchi, who often cited Kandinsky and Munch as his major influences, was decidedly Western-oriented in terms of style. Read more

Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, Eugene 
Fit to Print: The Dawn of Journalism in Japanese Woodblock Prints from the Lavenberg and Michels Collections
>until 3 July 2022 

In the mid-nineteenth century, Japan’s Tokugawa military regime was in decline. News about political and social events that would previously have been censored began to flood the publication industry during the twilight of the Edo period (1615-1868). With the establishment of the Meiji period (1868-1912), one of the new imperial government’s major modernization efforts was to encourage Western-style journalists to cover, comment, and even critique and satirize, domestic and international events. Read more

Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles
Yoshitomo Nara
>until 2 January 2022

Yoshitomo Nara is among the most beloved Japanese artists of his generation. His widely recognizable portraits of menacing figures reflect the artist’s raw encounters with his inner self. A peripatetic traveler, Nara’s oeuvre takes inspiration from a wide range of resources—memories of his childhood, music, literature, studying and living in Germany (1988–2000), exploring his roots in Japan, Sakhalin, and Asia, and modern art from Europe and Japan. Read more

Sam Francis and Japan: Emptiness Overflowing
>dates yet to be announced (Spring 2023)

In the work of American artist Sam Francis (1923–1994), Western and Eastern aesthetics engage in a profound intercultural dialogue. Francis first traveled to Japan in 1957, developing a lifelong affinity for Japanese art and culture that influenced his work. His expressive handling of negative space shared pictorial and philosophical affinities with aspects of East Asian aesthetics, particularly the Japanese concept of ma, the dynamic between form and non-form. With over 60 works from LACMA’s collection and key lenders, this is the first exhibition to explore the artist’s work in relation to ma and other aspects of Japanese aesthetics. Read more

Southern Vermont Arts Center, Manchester
Hiroshige and the Changing Japanese Landscape
20 November - 27 February 2022

A presentation of Japanese woodblock prints depicting how the political climate during 19th century Japan influenced its art and how the art influenced that climate. Hiroshige (1797-1858) is perhaps the most beloved ukiyo-e artist of Japan’s Edo period (1603-1867). Featured in this exhibition is Hiroshige’s full series of the Hoeido Tokaido that elevated him to the country’s most esteemed woodblock print masters through his treatment of the landscape as the main subject. Read more

The Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minneapolis
20 Dances: Japanese Calligraphy Then and Now
1 August - 2 January 2022

In East Asia, calligraphy has been hailed as the highest of all art forms for more than 15 centuries. It’s not hard to understand why: With more than 80,000 Chinese characters and infinite graphic variations, the expressive potential is unlimited. The results, as seen in this exhibition, speak for themselves. Each work is a unique expression of the artist’s personality, offering a glimpse into the culture that held calligraphy in such high esteem. Read more

The Met Fifth Avenue, New York
Japan: A History of Style
>until 24 April 2022

This exhibition celebrates how gifts and acquisitions of the last decade have transformed The Met’s ability to narrate the story of Japanese art by both expanding and deepening the range of remarkable artworks that can meaningfully elucidate the past. Each of the ten rooms that make up the Arts of Japan Galleries features a distinct genre, school, or style, representing an array of works in nearly every medium, from ancient times to the present. Highlights include the debut of a spectacular group of contemporary metalwork by Living National Treasures and emerging artists, and, in the first rotation, a selection of woodblock prints from the Lee E. Dirks Collection. Read more

Allen Memorial Art Museum/Oberlin College, Oberlin
Green Japan: Images of Sustainable Living in Ukiyo-e Prints
>until 23 December

Japan faced its own environmental crisis at the close of the 16th century, after years of civil war and social upheaval. The practice of clearcutting forests for building material had led to massive erosion and watershed damage. Agricultural land was limited in this mountainous country—unable to expand, it was becoming difficult to support rapid population growth. The crisis prompted government regulation and enforcement, but other solutions evolved over time—ones that reflect Japan’s traditional ethics of community cooperation, conservation, use of renewables, and waste reduction. Read more

Portland Japanese Garden, Portland
Ukiyo-e to Shin Hanga: Changing Tastes in Japanese Woodblock Prints
20 November – 30 January 2022

This exhibition illuminates the dramatic social, political, and economic shifts in Japanese culture between the mid-19th and early 20th centuries through a close look at two artists: Toyohara Kunichika (1835-1900) and Kawase Hasui (1883-1957). Commercially produced woodblock ukiyo-e, “pictures of the floating world,” were immensely popular during the Edo period (1615-1868) through the first half of the Meiji period (1868-1912). In Kunichika’s prints, we see a celebration of vivid Japanese storytelling. He is one of the last great  ukiyo-e masters and his career spanned the heyday of ukiyo-e until its demise towards the end of the 19th century.  Read more

The Ringling Museum, Saratosa
Prints, Ceramics, and Glass from Japan
>until 16  January 2022

Since the first piece of clay was baked in a fire over 12,000 years ago, pottery has become one of the pinnacles of Japan’s artistic achievements. Over its long history, Japanese pottery has drawn stylistic and technical know-how from its neighbors, especially China and Korea. The artists represented here, working between the mid-20th century and the present, demonstrate different approaches to the legacy of the past and the ever-expanding possibilities of this medium. Read more


Thomsen Gallery, New York, USA
Golden Treasures: Japanese Gold Lacquer Boxes
>until 17 December
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Ibasho, Antwerp, Belgium
The Books as Object
>until 9 January 2022
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Joan B. Mirviss Ltd., New York, USA
Kawase Shinobu: Mastery of Celadon
>until 20 December
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Joan B. Mirviss at The Winter Show, Park Avenue Armory, New York
Transcendent Kyoto
20 - 30 January 2022
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Seizan Gallery New York, USA
Asako Tabata: New Works

6 January - 27 February 2022
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