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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Maison de la culture du Japon, Paris
Les enfants de l’Ère Meiji
>until 21 May 

Réunissant principalement des estampes de l’ère Meiji (1868-1912), cette exposition se concentre sur un sujet original et peu traité jusqu’à présent en France. Elle esquisse un portrait des enfants japonais qui ont grandi à la fin du XIXe siècle, à un moment charnière de l’histoire du Japon où la modernisation et l’ouverture à l’Occident métamorphosent le visage du pays. Read more

Musée Guimet, Paris
L’arc et le sabre–Imaginaire guerrier du Japon
>until 29 August 

Organisée autour du personnage du samouraï, l’exposition retrace les facettes multiples de ce guerrier et de son environnement culturel: la culture aristocratique, le goût pour le théâtre nô, la cérémonie du thé ou bien la poésie, ainsi que la manière dont il est perçu, voire fantasmé ou parodié. Read more

Bibliothèque nationale et universitaire, Strasbourg
Samouraïs, guerriers et esthètes
>until 13 July

Cette exposition est l'occasion d'explorer l'univers des samouraïs, au-delà des clichés et à travers ce que nous en raconte un objet décoratif qui leur est propre : la garde de sabre ou tsuba. Read more


Museum für Ostasiatische Kunst, Cologne
Shin Hanga. Der moderne Farbholzschnitt Japans 1900-1960
>until 6 June

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 Oriental Art, Venice
Japanese Tales. Costumes and Stories from Nō Theatre
>until 3 July 

As part of the Venice 1600 program, to celebrate sixteen centuries since the mythical founding of the city, the Museum of Oriental Art in Venice announces the exhibition Japanese Tales. Costumes and Stories from Nō Theatre, curated by the Museum’s director Marta Boscolo Mrchi. Read more

The Netherlands

Nihon no hanga, Amsterdam
Elegance & Excellence: Modern Women of Shin hanga
>until 29 May

The subject of women has been linked to Japanese woodblock prints since the 17th century. Over seventy iconic prints are on display in this exhibition, by, among others, Ishii Hakutei, Hashiguchi Goyō, Itō Shinsui, Kitano Tsunetomi, Yamakawa Shūhō, Torii Kotondo, Kobayakawa Kiyoshi, Hirano Hakuhō, Ishikawa Toraji, Taki Shūhō, and Shimura Tatsumi. Read more

Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam
Early Photographs of Japan 
1 July - 4 September

Anton Bauduin (1820-1885) arrived in Japan in 1862. He was a physician, and the Japanese government had invited him to teach at Nagasaki Yojosho Medica School. Just as many of us nowadays, Anton often photographed the people he knew. But as well as taking pictures of colleagues, students, friends and acquaintances, he captured scenes in and around Nagasaki. Read more

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 29 May

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


Musée d’art et d’histoire, Geneva
>until 21 August 

In its literal translation, surimono means printed work and designates luxuriously worked sheets offered at meetings, parties, or intended to mark a great occasion. Their small print runs and sumptuous printing technique make them particularly valuable objects. This exhibition entails about one hundred large-format surimono prints. It shows the complexity of Japanese culture through poetry, calligraphy but also the representation of celebrations, seasons... Among the themes addressed, that of the geishas is particularly highlighted. Read more

United Kingdom

University of Cambridge Library, Cambridge
Samurai: History and Legend
>until 28 May

Samurai: History and Legend is drawn from the world-class collections of Cambridge University Library, home to one of the pre-eminent collections of Japanese material anywhere outside of Japan. The exhibition explores the historic roots of the samurai and the literary image of the samurai in manuscripts and woodblock-printed books from Japan. Read more

Royal Academy of Arts, London
Kyōsai: The Israel Goldman Collection
>until 19 June

Kawanabe Kyōsai (1831-1889), known for his independent spirit, is one of the most exciting Japanese painters of the 19th century. Witty, energetic, and imaginative, his art continues to influence numerous artistic styles today, from manga to tattoo art. This exhibition, drawing works from the world-famous collection of our long-term SJA member, brings together highly finished paintings, woodcut prints and illustrated books, as well as impromptu paintings created at sometimes raucous calligraphy and painting parties. Read more



Kyushu National Museum, Dazaifu City
>until 12 June

While he is perhaps most well-known for his ukiyo-e woodblock prints, Hokusai was more than just a printmaker: in addition to other types of paintings, his body of work also includes the Daily Sketches for Longevity and Exorcism, which were designated as an Important Cultural Property in 2003. This exhibition presents the entire series of paintings from the Daily Sketches to the public for the very first time alongside Hokusai’s other iconic works, such as the Thirty-Six Views of Mt. Fuji woodblock print series and ceiling paintings from the Higashimachi festival float. Read more

Hagi Uragami Museum, Hagi City
Shin-hanga - The Beauty of Evolving Ukiyo-e
>until 19 June

Shin-hanga, or the new prints, is the style of prints from the Taisho (1912-1926) to early Showa (1926-1989) periods that inherit the ukiyoe style of the Edo period. The publisher Shozaburo Watanabe (1885-1962) followed the traditional divided process of printmaking but put the accent on the individuality of the artist as well. Read more

Okada Museum of Art, Hakone City
The Beauty of Nature: Japan's four Seasons in Masterpieces, from Rinpa School and Ukiyo-e to Gyoshū and Isson

>until 18 December

This exhibition, held in two parts will feature a total of approximately 100 artworks, focusing on Japanese paintings, as well as ceramics and lacquerware to show how the four seasons have been expressed throughout the ages - from works by Rinpa school artists, such as Ogata Kōrin and Sakai Hōitsu, and ukiyo-e by Kitagawa Utamaro and Katsushika Hokusai, interspersed with works by leading artists of the modern era such as Hishida Shunsō and Hayami Gyoshū, as well as works by Itō Jakuchū and Tanaka Isson, popular in recent years. Read more

Kumamoto Prefectural Museum of Art, Kumamoto City
The Beauty of Black
>until 26 June

Various colors are used in traditional Japanese paintings, but the focus of this exhibition will be the black color in artworks from the Hosokawa Collection. We will introduce the techniques with which black has been used effectively, as well as the meanings of the color. Read more

Kyoto National Museum, Kyoto
Buddhist Art of the Tendai School
>until 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

Ryukoku Museum, Kyoto
Tales of Buddhist Saints
>until 19 June

This special exhibition focuses is on the most active Buddha supporters and disciples. It introduces their historical legacies in India, Southeast Asia, and East Asia, as well as their unique historical episodes. Read more

Meito Art Museum, Nagakute City
Uemura Shoen and Ito Shoha - Handsome Women
>until 29 May

An exhibition of works of Shoen Uemura and Shoha Ito, who were active in the Kyoto art world in the early modern period. The exhibition features four newly acquired works by Shoen and three works by Shoha. In addition, it also features a variety of their works from the Meito Art Museum collection. Read more

Nara National Museum, Nara
Temple of Great Peace - The World of Daianji and Buddhist Art in Ancient Nara
>until 19 June

Daianji traces its origins back through its predecessors to the first temple to be established at the behest of an emperor on the Japanese archipelago. Its expansive grounds and extensive halls were truly a sight to behold among the institutions of the ancient capital of Heijō during the Nara period (710–794). At that time, it was counted among the Seven Great Temples of Nanto, the southern capital, along with Tōdaiji and Kōfukuji. Read more

Hokusai Museum, Obuse City
Bound by the Yomihon Historical Novel - Hokusai, Bakin and Tanehiko
>until 12 June

Throughout his career, Hokusai Katsushika (1760-1849) illustrated many books. Playwriters Bakin Kyokutei (1767-1848) and Tanehiko Ryutei (1783-1842) had a close relationship with Hokusai, as he illustrated the stories they wrote. Their collaborative works became presentative masterpieces of the "yomihon" historical novels boom that began in the early Bunka era (1844-1912). Read more

Osaka Ukiyo-e Museum, Osaka
Ukiyoe - Master Craftsmanship
>until 21 August

Ukiyo-e became popular culture around the 18th century as woodblock printing techniques improved. The painters drew pictures of the fashionable customs of the time. Engravers and printers sought the most advanced techniques. They created Ukiyo-e prints with great technical skill. The exhibition is organised according to the techniques and methods of expression of Ukiyo-e. Read more

Serizawa Keisuke Art Museum, Shizuoka City
Folding Screens and Frames
>until 19 June

Keisuke Serizawa pursues expression using traditional dyeing techniques. This exhibition features the world of Serizawa's "sohme-e (dyed picture)" works, including works on folding screens and picture frames. Read more 

Tohoku History Museum, Tagajo City
Wisdom Adventures - Masterpieces from Toyo Bunko
>until 26 June

This exhibition introduces the "East", which includes Japan, through various books, as well as how the East interacted with the West and the rest of the world. As the documents from Toyo Bunko were evacuated in Miyagi during the WW2, it also introduces Toyo Bunko's connection to Miyagi. Read more

Ota Memorial Museum of Art, Tokyo
Hokusai and His Rivals
>until 26 June

Katsushika Hokusai is a worldly famous ukiyo-e artist. He achieved great fame with his landscape pictures, including “Thirty-six views of Mt. Fuji” and works in various other genres. Naturally, however, Hokusai was not the only ukiyo-e artist active during the time. A large number of ukiyo-e artists competed with Hokusai, and influenced each other’s works. Read more

The Sumida Hokusai Museum, Tokyo
Hokusai - Floral Glory
>until 22 May

Spring has ways of bringing happy vibes and color into our lives, and people for generations have enjoyed the transition of the seasons. In Japan there is a way of enjoying the flowers at their finest through all four seasons: with ukiyo-e, or Japanese woodblock prints. Those who visit this exhibition will enjoy experiencing this culture of floral delight through the depictions of flowers. Read more 

Suntory Museum of Art, Tokyo
Hokusai from the British Museum – together with masterpieces of painting from collections in Japan
>until 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
Okuda Genso and the Nitten Masters: from Fukuda Heihachiro to Higashiyama Kaii
>until 3 July

Gensō was born in Hiroshima and moved to Tokyo at the age of nineteen to study with Kodama Kibō, a nihonga artist also from Hiroshima who was a distant relative. In 1936, his work was accepted for the first time in the Bunten (Ministry of Education Exhibition), the predecessor of the Nitten. 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

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

Benton Museum of Art at Pomona College, Claremont
Each Day Begins with the Sun Rising: Four Artists from Hiroshima
>until 25 June

Together, these artists explore the profound cultural, political, and social impacts of the United States’ World War II bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. They use social activism, historical research, performance, site-specific installation, drawing, painting, and video to address politics and resilience in the region. 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

Japan House, Los Angeles
The Art of the Ramen Bowl
>until 5 July

Originally Chinese, the Ramen bowl has evolved differently in each region of Japan, featuring diverse ingredients and seasonings. With the growth of Japan’s economy and the spread of Japanese food globally, the dish has further evolved. 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

The Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minneapolis
The Poetic Forms of Maki Haku: Prints from the Kimm-Grufferman Collection
4 June – 9 April 2023

Writing, geometric forms, and textures collide in the works of Maki Haku (1924-2000). Although he never received formal training, Maki learned about printmaking by associating with artists of sōsaku hanga (creative print movement), who valued the artist’s hand in the creation of prints. Maki made his own printing blocks by carving a motif onto a piece of plywood, filling the carved-out areas with cement paste, and passing the print several times through a press to achieve various textures. Read more

Dressed by Nature: Textiles of Japan
25 June - 11 September

The Japanese archipelago is home to extremely diverse cultures that made clothing and other textile objects in a kaleidoscope of materials and designs. This exhibition will focus on the resourcefulness of humans to create textiles from local materials like fish skin, paper, elm bark, nettle, banana leaf fiber, hemp, wisteria, deerskin, cotton, silk, and wool. It will showcase rare and exceptional examples of robes, coats, jackets, vests, banners, rugs, and mats, made between around 1750 and 1930, including the royal dress of subtropical Okinawa, ceremonial robes of the Ainu from northern Japan and the Russian Far East, and folk traditions from throughout Japan. Read more

Japan Society, New York
Kazuko Miyamoto
>until 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 

Allen Memorial Art Museum/Oberlin College, Oberlin
Strike a Pose. Kabuki Theater Prints from the Dominique H. Vasseur Collection
>until 17 July

This exhibition features more than 20 color woodblock prints by two Japanese masters of the art: Utagawa Kunisada I (later Utagawa Tokokuni III) and Toyohara Kunichika. All are promised gifts from Oberlin College alumnus Dominique H. Vasseur ’73. The prints were made in part as advertisements for kabuki plays, capturing moments of high drama and the often exaggerated poses known as mie 見ㄸ. Kabuki arose from the vibrant popular culture of the Edo period (1603–1868) and performances combined the spectacle of a grand opera with the excitement of a Hollywood blockbuster, entertaining audiences in Japan from the 1600s to today. Read more

Phoenix Art Museum, Phoenix
Farewell Photography: The Hitachi Collection of Postwar Japanese Photographs, 1961-1989
>until 26 June

In the decades following World War II numerous Japanese photographers undertook an aggressive reassessment of the photographic medium. These new non-conformists broke from photojournalism’s norms of objective description and instead adopted a radically expressive, subjective, and critical approach: are-bure-boke (literally translated to “rough, blurred, and out-of-focus”). The aesthetic responded to the realities of a rapidly changing, modernizing, and Westernizing Japan and questioned traditional associations of photography with truth, patriotism, and complacency. Read more

The Ringling Museum of Art, Sarasota
Ballroom Florida: Deco & Desire in Japan's Jazz Age
>until 25 September

Ballroom Florida was the most dazzling of Tokyo’s jazz-age dance halls. A new kind of venue in Japan in the 1920s-30s, dance halls offered a stylish space for young people to hear the latest music performed by live bands, practice dance steps with a skilled partner, and mix with like-minderd peers. Established in 1928, the Florida surpassed competitors with its capacious Art Deco interior, top-tier jazz musicians from Japan and abroad, and alluring “taxi dancers” - professional dancers employed as partners for clientele. Read more

Freer Gallery, National Museum of Asian Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC
Mind Over Matter: Zen in Medieval Japan
>until 24 July

This exhibition showcases the breadth of the museum’s medieval Zen collections, highlighting rare and striking works from Japan and China to illustrate the visual, spiritual, and philosophical power of Zen. Rooted in the culture of medieval Japan, the lessons of Zen have become an important part of contemporary American life, as applicable today as they were in premodern times. Read more

Underdogs and Antiheroes: Japanese Prints from the Moskowitz Collection
>until 29 January 2023

This exhibition focuses on the captivating stories and urban legends of individuals living on the fringes of society in early modern Japan. Key subjects in theater, literature, and visual arts reveal antiheroes and underdogs whose virtues are often embodied by their rejection of societal norms, making them misfits and moral exemplars at the same time. Read more

Other Countries


Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide

Pure Form. Japanese sculptural ceramics
21 May – 6 Nevember

A daring ceramic movement emerged in Japan in the aftermath of the Second World War. At a time when past certainties were being challenged, the avant-garde group Sōdeisha (the primordially named Crawling through Mud Association) began to create abstract sculptural forms – jettisoning the tradition of functionality and minimalism familiar in Japanese ceramic objects. The result was a world-leading shift in ceramic expression, positioning contemporary Japanese works at the forefront of international modernism. Furthermore this period fostered the emergence of female ceramicists as a creative force. Pure Form reveals the innovative richness and diversity of sculptural ceramics created in Japan from the 1950s to the present, in what is today one of the most dynamic ceramic cultures in the world. Read more


Tikotin Museum of Japanese Art, Haifa
Pulling Faces
>until 31 July

Comic drawings (in Japanese: manga or kyoga) have a long history in Japan, dating back to the religious sphere as early as the 8th century. The drawings were secularized and appeared in the Edo period, from the 17th through the mid-19th centuries, as humorous depictions without religious context. The collection of works displayed here was created by three artists from the Utagawa school, which is considered one of the leading schools of ukiyo-e. Read more

Blinking – Yasuhiro Suzuki
>until 31 July

Yasuhiro Suzuki | b. 1979 | does not meet the conventional definition of a designer because his creations are not limited only to aesthetic and useful products. His designs improve our quality of life, thanks to the encounter between them and the environment in which we live. In a scientific approach interwoven with fine humor, Suzuki expresses his inner world and the way he looks at and experiences the world and the environment. Read more


Ibasho Gallery, Antwerp, Belgium

HANAYO - Keep an Eye Shut
12 May - 12 June 
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Joan B. Mirviss Ltd., New York, USA
Branching Out 
The Kaneshige Family and the Bizen Tradition
The Miwa Family and the Hagi Tradition
19 May - 30 June
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CJP, Wilmette, USA
Tanaka Ryohei: The World in a Grain of Sand
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