Exhibitions 2022

Exhibitions 2022

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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 

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
Shin Hanga. Der moderne Farbholzschnitt Japans 1900-1960
11 March - 6 juni

Die Ausstellung zeigt mit einer einzigartigen Auswahl an japanischen Farbholzschnitten aus der ersten Hälfte des 20. Jahrhunderts die Entwicklung des Shin hanga, der sogenannten Neuen Drucke. Dem japanischen Holzschnitt des zwanzigsten Jahrhunderts wurde zunächst wenig Aufmerksamkeit geschenkt. Doch seit den 1990er-Jahren steigt das Interesse der Museen und Privatsammler an Shin hanga stetig an. Die ästhetisch und qualitativ herausragenden Bilder sind das Ergebnis der erfolgreichen Zusammenarbeit zwischen Künstler, Herausgeber, Blockschneider und Drucker. Read more


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

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

Museo d’Arte Orientale, Turin
Kakemono. Five centuries of Japanese painting. The Perino Collection
>until 25 April

A scroll of precious fabric - or paper - painted or calligraphed, designed to be hung on special occasions or used as decoration according to the seasons of the year: the kakemono or kakejiku is a painted work extremely common in Japan and East Asia in general, where it takes on different names. The exhibition presents 125 kakemono as well as painted fans and decorated lacquers belonging to the Claudio Perino Collection. Read more 

The Netherlands

Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam
Modern Japanese lacquer
1 July - 4 September

There’s something magical about Japanese lacquer art. The decorations are made with exceptional care and skill using dozens of layers of lacquer in a process that takes months if not years. The exhibition is made in collaboration with Jan Dees. With work on loan from the collection of Jan Dees and René van der Star, and from Japan and the United States. Read more

Japanmuseum Sieboldhuis, Leiden
Sōsaku hanga. Creative print art from Japan

>until 13 March

Japan has been printing woodblocks since the 17th century. Originally several craftsmen would work together commissioned by a publisher. The publisher chose the subject or theme, the artist created the design, the woodblock cutter carved the design and the printer pressed the design onto paper. This traditional view of print making changed in the 20th century when Yamamoto Kanae (1882-1946) made a print solely on his own, drawing, carving and printing the image. Kanae saw the art of print making as more than reproduction. His new interpretation of the Japanese woodblock print: creative print art, gave way to a movement we have now come to know as sōsaku hanga. Read more

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

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)
>until  18 April 

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

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


The Baur Foundation, Geneva
Pierre Soulages & Tanabe Chikuunsai IV      
>until 17 March 

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

United Kingdom

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

>until 30 January 

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



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

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

Kyoto National Museum, Kyoto
Buddhist Art of the Tendai School
12 April – 22 May

Dengyō Daishi Saichō (767–822), founder of Japan's Tendai school of Buddhism, was moved by the Lotus Sutra's egalitarian teaching that "the path to enlightenment is open for anybody," a doctrine that formed the basis of Tendai Buddhism's propagation across Japan. Saichō established Enryaku-ji Temple on Mount Hiei, an area overlooking Lake Biwa to the east and Kyoto to the west. The temple produced many eminent priests whose diverse teachings would have a major impact on Japanese culture. The exhibition traces the history of the Tendai school in Japan, from its founding at Enryaku-ji Temple to the construction of Tōeizan Kan'ei-ji Temple and the establishment of strong ties with the shogunal government during the Edo period (1603–1868). Read more

Edo-Tokyo Museum, Tokyo
The Tokugawa Clansmen: The People Who Supported the Shogunal Family
>until 6 March

Closing out a long period of warfare, Ieyasu Tokugawa established the Edo shogunate in 1603. The Edo period, an era of continuous peace that lasted more than 260 years, was brought into being by the rule of the Tokugawa Shogunate, founded by Ieyasu Tokugawa. But how did the Tokugawa Shogunate come to be formed? The Edo shogunate comprised 15 generations of ruling shoguns. However, the line of direct descent from Ieyasu ended with Ietsuna, the fourth Tokugawa shogun, and the Tokugawa head family’s lineage died out with Ietsugu the seventh. Read more

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

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

Kaburaki Kiyokata. A retrospective
18 March - 8 May

The National Museum of Modern Art in Tokyo has acquired one of the masterpieces by Kaburaki Kiyokata (1878–1972), Tsukiji Akashi-cho Town (1927) that had been missing for many years, along with Shintomi-cho Town and Hama-cho Gashi Zone (both 1930), a trilogy rediscovered in 2018. This is a major retrospective of the painter that presents 110 Japanese-style paintings including the trilogy. Read more

Nezu Museum, Tokyo
The Power of Pattern: Hand in Hand with Technique

>until 13 February

The designs and motifs found in craft objects harmonize with their forms to generate an indescribable fascination. In creating one of these works, the artisan devises and chooses the most appropriate techniques for realizing the designs and then produces the designs, making effective use of those techniques’ characteristics. Technique and design have a mutual relationship of creating and being created yet, united, they create a world in which design is hand in hand with technique. Read more

The Sumida Hokusai Museum, Tokyo
Hokusai’s Historiographics: Japan Through the Ages ‐ How Did He Depict Them?‐
>until 27 February

Japan’s history is the focus of this exhibition, explored through works depicting historical figures and events by Katsushika Hokusai, his students, and others. The main body of work concerns people and events taught, in Japan, in Japanese history class in high school, presented from the points of view that prevailed in those artists’ lifetimes. Read more 

Suntory Museum of Art, Tokyo
Hokusai from the British Museum – together with masterpieces of painting from collections in Japan
16 April - 12 June

Katsushika Hokusai, the archetypical late-Edo master of ukiyo-e, is one of Japan’s most famous artists. This exhibition includes primarily works from the British Museum collection, to which brush-drawn paintings from collections in Japan have been added with the aim of illustrating changes over time in Hokusai’s work. It also focuses on the collectors who assembled the works in the British Museum Collection, to highlight aspects of their love of Japanese art. Read more

Landscapes of the Heart – Utamakura
29 June – 28 August

From ancient times, Japanese have inscribed their feelings in beautiful landscapes expressed in waka poems. By linking emotions to specific places, it was possible to share the feelings in waka with others with no knowledge of the actual landscapes. That rhetorical form became known as utamakura, “poetry pillow words”. These “lyrical pillows” added depth to paintings and crafts. Today, however, those waka are no longer common knowledge, making it difficult to share the feelings conveyed by the utamakura. This exhibition is an experiment in attempting to reawaken and share these feelings through a diverse group of works of art. Read more

Yamatane Museum, Tokyo
Uemura Shōen and Shōkō    
5 February - 17 April

Uemura Shōen (1875-1949) painted bijinga, paintings of beautiful women, throughout her life. Born and raised in Kyoto, Shōen attended the Kyoto Prefectural Art School, where she was taught by Suzuki Shōnen, then studied with Kōno Bairei and Takeuchi Seihō, working to master painting techniques. Highly regarded for her bijinga, she became, in 1948, the first woman to be awarded the Order of Culture. Read more


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

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

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Tattoos in Japanese Prints
>until 20 February 

Some of the world’s most popular tattoo motifs trace back to early 19th-century Edo (modern Tokyo), where tattoo artists took inspiration from color woodblock prints known as ukiyo-e. Today, the global popularity of tattoos has brought renewed attention to the centuries-old Japanese tradition. Drawn from the MFA’s renowned collection of Japanese art, “Tattoos in Japanese Prints” looks closely at the social background, iconography, and visual splendor of tattoos through the printed media that helped carry them from the streets of Edo-period Japan to 21st-century tattoo shops all over the world. Read more 

The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago
The Golden Age of Kabuki Prints
>until 26 June

The Kabuki theater district of 18th-century Edo (modern-day Tokyo) was one of the centers of urban life. At the theater, people could escape the rigid confines of a society controlled by the shogunal government and watch their favorite actors perform in dramas that were often based on ancient historical events and myths. These were tales of murder, revenge, infamy, jealousy, and, sometimes even, redemption. 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  

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
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
>until 27 February

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
>until 10 April

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

Japan Society, New York
Shikō Munakata: A Way of Seeing
>until 20 March

This new presentation of nearly 100 path-breaking works by celebrated artist Shikō Munakata (1903-1975) is organized from Japan Society’s rare collection—the largest Munakata collection in the United States. Primarily known for his powerfully expressive woodblock prints, this exhibition reveals the breadth of Munakata’s oeuvre, which spanned from prints to calligraphy, sumi ink paintings, watercolors, lithography, and ceramics. Read more 

Kazuko Miyamoto
28 April – 10 July

This exhibition will be the first institutional survey of Kazuko Miyamoto (b.1942, Tokyo), a relatively little-known but significant artist, and will provide a long overdue examination of this singular artist’s career. This exhibition reclaims Miyamoto’s contributions to the development of Minimalism, challenging its general understanding as male dominated, and embraces her highly individual artistic pursuit to reveal a sustained interest in the body through evocative conceptual experiments and investigations in performance and textiles. Read more 

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

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

Portland Japanese Garden, Portland
Ukiyo-e to Shin Hanga: Changing Tastes in Japanese Woodblock Prints
>until 30 January 

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 

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

Williams College Museum of Art, Williamstown
Repro Japan: Technologies of Popular Visual Culture
>until 19 March

In Japan’s Edo period (1603–1868), the growth of urban audiences and new popular entertainments from kabuki theater to travel tourism developed in tandem with new printing technologies. This resulted in the rise of new forms of visual culture—including color woodblock prints and printed textiles—that could be mass produced, transformed, and consumed. Read more


Ibasho, Antwerp, Belgium
Mika Horie. Trees, Water & Light
29 January - 13 March
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Moonlit Sea Prints, Easthampton, USA
Shin-hanga Expressions of Landscapes
4 – 27 February 
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Seizan Gallery New York, USA
Asako Tabata: New Works

>until 27 February 
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Joan B. Mirviss Ltd., New York, USA
Transcendent Kyoto
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CJP, Wilmette, USA
Tanaka Ryohei: The World in a Grain of Sand
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