Exhibitions 2022

Exhibitions 2022

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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 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

Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam
Early Photographs of Japan 
>until 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
>until 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

Japan Museum SieboldHuis, Leiden
Shin hanga. New prints from Japan
>until 11 September

This exhibition presents an impressive overview of 20th century print art with top pieces from private collections. Shin hanga (new prints) can be seen as the ‘re-discovery’ of traditional print art, but in a new form. Over one hundred and thirty works in this exhibition are characterized by technical perfection and exceptional quality. 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




MOA Museum of Art, Atami City
The Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji and the Fifty-three Stations of the Tokaido from the Museum Collection
>until 18 July

This exhibition showcases the two greatest ukiyo-e series by the world-renowned artists Katsushika Hokusai and Utagawa Hiroshige. When leisurely travels entered the popular culture, landscape pictures caught people’s imagination. The series such as the Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji and the Fifty-three Stations of the Tōkaidō enjoyed an immense success as they served to stimulate people’s longings to travel. Read more

Fujisawa City Art Space, Fujisawa City
Scenes to Share. The Printmaker Kazue Yamagishi and Contemporary Artists
>until 28 August

Kazue Yamagishi was a renowned printmaker in Taisho and Showa periods. His most famous work is the "World's Hundred Famous Views" series. The exhibition will be composed of two parts and will be focusing mainly on the works that were donated to the museum in 2019. 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

Hyogo Prefectural Museum of Art, Kobe City
Contemporary Art of the 1980s in Kansai
>until 21 August

The museum’s predecessor institution used to hold a series of exhibitions called "Art Now” introducing contemporary artists that conveyed the state of the Kansai art scene. In the 1980s, artists still in their twenties participated in the exhibition, which became a stage for showcasing their most important works. The region was attracting attention with a "Kansai New Wave" of vibrant young artists, and because of the original expression unique to the area, contemporary art was said to be "high in the west and low in the east.” Read more

The Museum of Kyoto, Kyoto
Matsumoto Ichiyo Exhibition
>until 31 July

Ichiyo Matsumoto (1893-1952) was a Nihonga painter based in Kyoto. This year marks the 70th anniversary of his death, and to commemorate this we will be exhibiting mainly works and materials from the collection of Kyoto Prefecture. The museum held an exhibition dedicated to Ichiyo Matsumoto in autumn 2001. This will be the first such exhibition in 21 years. Read more

Kyoto National Museum, Kyoto
Kanshin-ji and Kongō-ji, Two Temples of Kawachinagano
30 July-11 September

The city of Kawachinagano in southern Osaka prefecture long prospered as a crossroads connecting travelers from Kyoto with roads leading to the sacred Mount Kōya. This area is home to the ancient temples Kanshin-ji and Kongō-ji, centers of Shingon Esoteric Buddhism that reflect the region’s abundant religious and cultural history. Between 2016 and 2020, the Kyoto National Museum conducted extensive surveys that inventoried the collections of these two temples. Read more

Chanoyu: Tea in the Cultural Life of Kyoto
8 October-4 December

The aesthetic and culinary culture of tea drinking was originally introduced to Japan from China, but over time tea practices changed in accordance with Japanese tastes and conventions. In medieval Japan, warriors became connoisseurs of tea wares and other cultural objects imported from China, while weary pilgrims and travelers began drinking tea served from stalls outside shrines and temples. This exhibition introduces masterworks relating to the history and customs of tea with a special focus on objects closely connected to Kyoto. Read more

Hayashibara Museum of Art, Okayama City
Ancient Fine Arts Words Dictionary Exhibition
>until 4 September

This exhibition will display a variety of works from the museum collection, including swords, costumes, calligraphy, and paintings, using "words" as a starting point. Visitors are invited to enjoy a different kind of exhibition by comparing explanatory texts from Japanese language dictionaries and seasonal calendar books with works of art, imagining battles fought over swords and feeling the seasons as they change from day to day. Read more

Nakanoshima Kosetsu Museum of Art, Osaka
The Ceramics of Kawai Kanjiro
>until 21 August

Over the years, the ceramics and lacquerware of the Mingei, or traditional japanese folk art movement have become increasingly popular as heartwarming vessels and objects for enjoying and enriching daily life. As a leading ceramic artist of this movement, Kawai Kanjirō (1890–1966) has also gained much attention. Born in Yasugi city, Shimane prefecture, Kawai attended the Tokyo Higher Technical School (now the Tokyo Institute of Technology) to study ceramics. In 1914, he moved to Kyoto and joined the Kyoto City Research Institute for Ceramics. 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

Bunka Gakuen Costume Museum, Tokyo
Katazome. Japanese Beauty
>until 4 August

stencil dyeing, the art of using paper or wood molds to decorate cloth, has long been practiced in Japan. This exhibition introduces a variety of katazome garments, ranging from delicate indigo-dyed garments to elegant colorful designs. Read more

Eisei Bunko Museum, Tokyo
World of Sengai-Humorous and Amiable Zen Paintings by Sengai-san
>until 18 July

This is the second exhibition of Zen painting collection featuring not only the best works of Sengai but also the works of the artists around him such as his fellow disciple, Seisetsu Shucho, which have not been open to the public before. Booths explaining the themes of Zen teachings have been set up and a popularity contest of the displayed objects has been set up in the hope that visitors find interest in Zen art and become familiar with the world of Sengai. Read more

Japan Folk Crafts Museum, Tokyo
The Beauty of Okinawa
>until 21 August

Okinawa, as Ryukyu Kingdom, has formed a unique culture of their own. It was in 1938 when Soetsu Yanagi visited the island for the first time. Since then he had visited Okinawa four times in total, conducted research, and collected crafts. Then he introduced its attractiveness through exhibitions in the Museum. This year marks the 50th anniversary of signing the Okinawa Reversion Agreement, and we will introduce Okinawa as a treasure chest of beauty again by their outstanding works such as bingata, weaving textiles, ceramics from the Museum collection. Read more

Mitsubishi Ichigokan Museum, Tokyo
Yoshiiku and Yoshitoshi: Ukiyo-e Masters at the Dawn of Modernization
25 February - 9 April 2023

Utagawa (Ochiai) Yoshiiku (1833-1904) and Tsukioka (Taiso) Yoshitoshi (1839-1892) both honed their skills under the tutelage of Utagawa Kuniyoshi (1798-1861), one of the greatest ukiyo-e artists from the final years of the Tokugawa shogunate. From 1866 to ’67, the two collaborated on brutal and gory images reflecting the turmoil in society as the shogunate collapsed. During those years, the two men shared popularity as friendly rivals. Read more

The Shoto Museum of Art, Tokyo
Tsuda Seifu – The Designs, The Time, And...
>until 14 August

In general, the designs were drawn mainly as draft sketches for crafts. However, the period from 1897 to 1906, known as the “Meiji 30’s” era, was a time when attempts were made to turn designs into art as a way to break away from traditional design. Later, during the Taisho Era (1912–26), designs began to be produced in a freer form, unrestricted by conventional forms.
With a focus on Tsuda Seifū (1880–1978), who published many collections of designs in Kyoto in the Meiji 30’s era and did bookbinding for Natsume Soseki during the Taisho Era, this exhibition introduces the design collections of Seifū and other artists and other works related to design. Read more

Shusui Museum of Art, Toyama City
The Charm of Folk Crafts 
>until 4 September 

Mingei is an abbreviated Japanese term meaning “folk crafts” coined by the intellectualist Muneyoshi Yanagi along with Kanjiro Kawai, and Shoji Hamada, who shared a similar aesthetic sense. They called the tools used in daily life, created by the hands of nameless craftsmen, Mingei or “folk crafts.” The functionality of these tools gives them a beauty and life of their own, comparable to that of other works of art. Believing that the folk art movement, which was born from the climate of each region and was rooted in daily life, possessed a “healthy beauty,” they presented and advocated the concepts of new “views and values of beauty.” Read more

Suntory Museum of Art, Tokyo
Utamakura. Forgotten Poetic Vistas
>until 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

Miwotsukushi: Beauty Galore
14 September – 13 November

The Osaka City Museum of Fine Arts was opened in May 1936 to offer opportunities to Osaka citizens to experience its outstanding artistic culture, to enrich everyday life, to support artists’ activities, and, more broadly speaking, to provide resources for the vitalization of culture in Osaka. The collection it has assembled in the decades since its founding numbers about 8,500 examples of Japanese and Chinese paintings and calligraphy, sculptures and crafts. Our museum has taken the opportunity presented by the Osaka City Museum of Fine Arts’ closing for major renovations in the fall of 2022 to hold, in Tokyo, an exhibition of works that embody the finest essence of the East Asian art for which that museum is famous. Read more

The Sumida Hokusai Museum, Tokyo
Hokusai Presents a Riot of Demons
>until 28 August

Japan has always been a land of folklore and magical spirits, and Japanese demons have long been a part of the cultural landscape. These days, they're found in video games and anime, and back in the day of famous artist Katsushika Hokusai, they were often depicted in ukiyo-e prints and paintings. Head to the Sumida Hokusai Museum this summer to look through the eyes of Edo-era artists, into the world of demons and mythology, and see how demons were seen as the stars of nishiki-e collections like Hyakumonogatari and other traditional art. Read more

Takehisa Yumeji Museum, Tokyo
The Secret of Yumeji-style Beautiful Girls
>until 25 September

The phrases Yumeji-style or Yumeji-style bijin (beautiful girl) were born from the unique expressions seen in Yumeji Takehisa's works, and now can even be found in dictionaries. Yet these phrases that appeared in a record of 1907 didn't indicate the works or the beautiful girs, but rather something being "unfamiliar" and "original". In this exhibition we will trace the formation of Yumeji-style bijin and will think about Yumeji's ideal of beauty which captivated the hears of many. 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

Adachi Museum of Art, Yasugi City
All Stars of Japanese Painting: Attractive Characters Depicted by Masters
>until 30 August

In Japanese paintings, various individuals are depicted, including historical figures from Japan and China, well-known celebrities of the time, major characters from traditional Japanese dramas, no or kabuki, and mythical beings such as hermits and gods. Various animals can also be seen, including real creatures like tigers, monkeys and peacocks, and mythical creatures like dragons. These characters are found in numerous works because they have unique personalities and qualities, thus inspiring painters to depict them, drawing the viewer’s attention. 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

Honolulu Museum of Art, Honolulu
Japanese Design: Rinpa
>until 9 October

This exhibition explores the profound influence that Japanese design has had on international aesthetics. Compositional features such as asymmetry, innovative color combinations, contrasting patterns and semi-abstraction can be found across artistic movements and historical periods, but arguably their most perfect expression is in the Rinpa tradition. 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
>until 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
>until 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 

Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
Kimono Style: The John C. Weber Collection
>until 20 February 2023

This exhibition will trace the transformation of the kimono from the late Edo period (1615–1868) through the early 20th century, as the T-shaped garment was adapted to suit the lifestyle of modern Japanese women. It will feature a remarkable selection of works from the renowned John C. Weber Collection of Japanese art that explore the mutual artistic exchanges between the kimono and Western fashion, as well as highlights from The Costume Institute’s collection. 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

Portland Japanese Garden, Portland
Gifts from Japan: A Horticultural Tale Told through Botanical Art
>until 4 July

A selection of Botanical Illustrations from The Huntington Library, Art Museum, and Botanical Gardens, the Botanical Artists Guild of Southern California, and Guest Botanical Artists from Japan. 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
>until 6 November

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

23 June - 28 August 
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CJP, Wilmette, USA
Tanaka Ryohei: The World in a Grain of Sand
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