Exhibitions Spring 2021

Exhibitions Spring 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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Maison de la Culture du Japon à Paris, Paris
Secrets de Beauté
>until 10 July 

Cette exposition inédite, réunissant près de 150 estampes et 60 objets (miroirs, peignes, épingles à cheveux, perruques…), est une plongée dans l’intimité et les rituels de beauté des femmes de l’époque Edo (1603-1868). Elle permet de découvrir à travers quatre sections thématiques l’évolution du maquillage et de la coiffure qui répondait au respect de règles sociales strictes et à la recherche de l’élégance. Read more


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

17 September – 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
>dates yet to be announced

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


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

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 | Japanese Print Collection
Memories of Shōwa: Impressions of Working Life by Wada Sanzō

>until 4 July

This exhibition consists of the impressive series ‘Japanese vocations of the Shōwa era in pictures’by Wada Sanzō (1883-1967) and will feature all three volumes. These prints offer nostalgis and modern images of everyday life in Japan during the late 1930s through to the early 1950s. Together with Wada’s written observations, this exhibition provides a deeply personal account of the continuously changing professions during this complex era of modern Japanese history. Read more

Japanmuseum Sieboldhuis, Leiden
Ogata Gekkō and his contemporaries
>until 5 September

Private loans, consisting of prints, books, albums and precious paintings, have made this exhibition possible. In addition to more than one hundred works by Ogata Gekkō (1859 - 1920), forty works of art by his contemporaries are on display. This exhibition offers a new perspective on printmaking during the Meiji period (1868-1912) and is a must see for lovers of Japanese art. Read more


The Museum of World Culture, Göteborg
Kimono - Kyoto to catwalk
>opens 5 August

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


MOA Museum of Art, Atami
The Dapper, The Seductive – top stars of Edo glamour
23 April – 8 june

The Edo period flourished with cultural proliferation in major cities, where townspeople enjoyed themselves, notably in theaters and red light districts among other leisurely preoccupations. Some theatrical troupes rose to fame, producing their star actors who became known widely. Meanwhile, houses of courtesans boasted mistresses who were intelligent and sophisticated on top of being beautiful. The heightened interest in these amusement opportunities drew attention of seasoned painters, such as Tōshūsai Sharaku, Kitagawa Utamaro, and Katsushika Hokusai, who abundantly produced ukiyoes of popular figures such as kabuki actors, talked-about courtesans, and well-reputed waitresses at tea houses. Read more 

The Pola Museum of Art, Hakone
Connections: 150 years of Modern Art in Japan and France
>until 4 April

Japanese craft art and ukiyo-e prints became an important source of inspiration for European artists such as Claude Monet and Vincent van Gogh in the late 19th and early 20th century. At the same time, under Japan’s policy of Westernization, Kuroda Seiki (1866-1924) and a number of Japanese art students who studied in France provided the foundation of modern art in Japan in the manner of French academic practices. Read more

Kyoto National Museum, Kyoto
The Buddhist Legacy of Jianzhen (Ganjin) and His Successors
>until 16 May

This exhibition honors the memory of Ganjin, venerated as one of the true founders of Japanese Buddhism, with a selection of treasures preserved through the centuries at Tōshōdai-ji. These objects, together with masterworks from other temples associated with the vinaya and its revival over the ages, trace the Buddhist legacy of Ganjin and the various luminaries who emerged as his spiritual successors in Japan. Read more

Idemitsu Museum of Art, Moji
The Esthetics of Cha no Yu
>until 6 June

It was from the late Heian to the early Kamakura period that the practice of drinking tea was introduced to Japan from China. As time passed by, the practice gained popularity among warlords as well as townspeople regardless of social class, establishing a distinctive culture of cha no yu. Numerous utensils were used and appreciated in cha no yu, becoming a form of 'comprehensive art' which developed and crystallized in Japan. This exhibition displays masterpieces of tea ceramics from the Idemitsu collection. Other related ceramics from Kyūshū will be displayed as well. Read more

Tanomura Chikuden and the Bunjin-ga of Kyūshū
16 April – 6 June 

Bunjin-ga (literati painting) was introduced to Japan from China during the Edo period, and it was developed by the intellectuals who admired the literati culture. Bunjin-ga flourished in the Bungo province (present day Oita prefecture), and the representative painter is Tanomura Chikuden (1777–1835). Through the masterpieces of Chikuden as well as the works of his successor Bungo painters, this exhibition will introduce the profound world of bunjin-ga, which also captured the heart of Idemitsu Sazo. Read more

Idemitsu Museum of Arts, Tokyo
270th Anniversary of the Birth of Matsudaira Fumai – The Esthetics of Cha no Yu
13 April – 30 May

The practice of drinking tea was introduced from China with Zen Buddhism. It reflected the esthetics of wabi and sabi, as it formed a distinctive Japanese tea culture during the course of its development over time. As cha no yu or the art of tea ceremony developed, many art pieces were appreciated and used for the practice. This year marks the 370th year of the birth of Matsudaira Fumai (Harusato, 1751–1818). This exhibition will select and showcase masterpieces of cha no yu from the Idemitsu collection, including Unshū Kurachō (Inventory of the Unshū Storehouse). Read more


Mitsui Memorial Museum, Tokyo, Japan
Settai Style. From Edo Chic to Tokyo Modern

>until 18 April

Settei studied at the Tokyo School of Fine Arts under Shimomura Kanzan, and after graduation he joined Kokkasha, a publisher which specialized in Japanese and East Asian art, and engaged in replication of old paintings.  In 1914 (Taishō 3), at the age of 28, Settei was in charge of the book design for Nihonbashi written by Izumi Kyōka, and afterwords, their collaboration produced numerous masterpieces.  While being active as a popular book designer, Settei presented his nihonga paintings and joined the artistic circle, and also worked in a newly founded cosmetic company Shiseido’s designing division on its advertisement and product designs. Read more

The National Art Center, Tokyo
Kashiwa Sato
>until 10 May

Since opening in 2007, the National Art Center in Tokyo has regularly organized exhibitions on design and architecture in line with its active policy to present a large variety of artistic expression and offer a fresh perspective on creativity in the arts. Kashiwa Sato (b.1965) is best known as the creative director for many major industrial and non-industrial design projects. After having engaged in innovative advertising projects as an art director at Hakuhodo Inc. in the 1990s, he started his own independent business in 2000. Read more

National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo
Ayashii : Decadent and Grotesque Images of Beauty in Modern Japanese Art

23 March – 16 May 

Japan in the Meiji period (1868–1912) received Western knowledge and technology in every field. Inspired by the Western counterpart, Japanese art also adapted itself to the new era. Many works produced under the circumstances contain expressions other than 'simple beauty', such as decadence, sensuousness, grotesqueness, and eroticism. Stirring controversy in the art world, this tendency reached the populace through art and illustrations for literature as the reflections of people’s desire and anxiety in a turbulent age. illustrations for literature. This exhibition illustrates the trend with paintings, prints, and illustrations from magazines and books produced in the period from the mid-19th century until around 1930. Read more

Nezu Museum, Tokyo
The National Treasure Irises Screens - The Allure of Color

17 April – 16 May

This exhibition attempts to shed new light on the Irises screens. It also includes a sutra copied in gold pigment on indigo-dyed dark blue paper, Buddhist paintings from the middle ages to which gold has been added to a design with blue and green as the dominant colors, and a kinpeki sansui (Chinese: jinbi shanshui) or landscape in gold and blue-green, a genre that dates back to the Tang period (618-907). They are joined by ceramics from the Momoyama through the Edo periods in which these three colors play key roles, including innovative ko-kutani and ki-seto wares. Read more 

Suntory Museum of Art, Tokyo
Masterpieces from the Japanese painting collection of the Minneapolis Institute of Art
14 April – 27 June

In this exhibition, the focus is on paintings from the Edo period, including the Kano and Rimpa schools, and the Eccentrics, as well as ukiyo-e. This large-scale “coming home” exhibition presents changes in Japanese painting from the middle ages to the modern period. The exhibition introduces a selection of masterpieces to offer a complete picture of the Japanese paintings of which the Minneapolis Institute is justly proud. It also presents the brilliant rivalries of popular artists. Read more

Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum, Tokyo
Isamu Noguchi: Ways of Discovery
24 April – 29 August

Isamu Noguchi (1904-1988) was one of the foremost artists of the 20th century. The son of a Japanese father and American mother, Noguchi constructed a unique sculptural philosophy while grappling with his identity as an artist caught between two cultures, East and West. Deeply influenced by the aesthetic vision of Constantin Brancusi, a sculptor whom he encountered in his twenties, Noguchi devoted his life to pursuing a world enabling the creation of abstract form fundamentally resonant with nature. Due to war, Noguchi also knew the pain of belonging to nations that were bitter enemies, and he produced artworks imbued with an earnest desire for peace. Read more

Yamatane Museum, Tokyo
A Profusion of Flowers
10 April – 27 June

Among the highlights of the Exhibition are Tanomura Chokunyū’s A Hundred Flowers, Yokoyama Taikan’s Spring Morning and Araki Jippo’s Birds and Flowers of the Four Seasons. Approximately 60 works in total will be displayed. Read more



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

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

Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge
Painting Edo: Japanese Art from the Feinberg Collection

>until 18 July

This exhibition offers a window onto the supremely rich visual culture of Japan’s early modern era. Selected from the unparalleled collection of Robert S. and Betsy G. Feinberg, the more than 120 works in the exhibition connect visitors with a seminal moment in the history of Japan, as the country settled into an era of peace under the warrior government of the shoguns and opened its doors to greater engagement with the outside world. The dizzying array of artistic lineages and studios active during the Edo period (1615–1868) fueled an immense expansion of Japanese pictorial culture that reverberated not only at home, but subsequently in the history of painting in the West. Read more

The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago
Modernity and Nostalgia: The Prints of Ito Shinsui
>until 13 June

The prints designed by Japanese artist Itō Shinsui (1898–1972) feature traditional subjects, bold colors, and realism that went beyond 19th-century norms, a combination that achieved remarkable commercial success. In his homeland his reputation rested upon his paintings, but Shinsui’s technically accomplished prints were more popular overseas, which encouraged him to design works specifically for foreign audiences. Read more

Ruth Chandler Williamson Gallery at Scripps College, Claremont
Shiki: The Four Seasons in Japanese Art
>until 11 April

This exhibition from the Scripps College collection gathers together works featuring the most common seasonal motifs. Traditionally, these works would have been displayed in the home, used to serve food and drink or worn on the person as a way of deepening the connection between the owner and the particular season. From bamboo in the snow on a gilded folding screen to chrysanthemums on a lacquered hair comb, these seasonal references play an integral role in the cultural and emotional lives of the Japanese people. Read more

Crow Museum of Asian Art, Dallas
Divine Spark: Kana Harada
>until 5 September 

The Crow Museum is pleased to present a focused multi-year exhibition series dedicated to making visible the work of emerging and established Texas-based contemporary Asian women artists. The artists presented in this program focus on contemporary issues both in Texas and abroad, giving voice to complex, humanized stories of identity, place, tradition and modernity. Dallas-based artist Kana Harada has forged her own path with artworks that blend messages of hope and positivity with visual innovations that create an imaginative universe of awe, wonder, and intimacy. Read more

Honolulu Museum of Art, Honolulu, Hawaii
Hokusai's Mount Fuji
>until September 

An in-depth exploration of one of the most famous ukiyo-e series in the museum’s collection: Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji (c.1830–1832) by Katsushika Hokusai (1760–1849). Seventeen masterpieces will be displayed one at a time for two-week intervals, including the renowned Great Wave Off Kanagawa and Thunderstorm Beneath the Summit. Other sections of the gallery will include text panels that discuss Hokusai’s artistic career, the mythological significance of Mount Fuji, and the importance of Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji within the history of Japanese landscape prints. Read more

Japan House, Los Angeles
Nature/Supernature: Visions of This World and Beyond in Japanese Prints
>until 31 May

A virtual exhibition featuring over sixty Japanese prints from the Scripps College collection in Claremont, CA, including works by some of Japan’s finest artists. The prints introduce some of Japan’s most beautiful and beloved landscapes and some of the supernatural beings who are believed to inhabit them. Read more

Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles
Sam Francis and Japan: Emptiness Overflowing
>dates yet to be announced

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
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

The New York Botanical Garden (NYBG), New York
Kusama: Cosmic Nature 
10 April - 30 October

This Kusama show in the Bronx features four distinct experiences installed throughout the indoor and outdoor spaces of the 250-acre NYBG garden. It includes Infinity Mirrored Room-Illusion Inside the Heart (2020). A newly commissioned iteration of Yayoi Kusama’s series of immersive installations, this one comprises a cube-like glass structure with a reflective surface pierced by small holes. The show will also include previously unseen archival materials and three other new commissions, including monolithic biomorphic figures and the artist’s signature polka-dotted designs on whimsical sculpted plants and flowers. Read more

Allen Memorial Art Museum/Oberlin College, Oberlin
Interrogating Beauties
>until 13 August

In the genre of Japanese art known today as 'pictures of beauties', or bijinga, the subject seems self-evident: images of beautiful women. The 25 works in this exhibition call that assumption into question, interrogating the origins, reception, and evolution of these pictures from the 18th to the early 20th centuries. Read more

Portland Art Museum, Portland
Joryū Hanga Kyōkai, 1956–1965. Japan’s Women Printmakers
>until 11 April 

In October 1956, a vibrant group of contemporary etchings, relief prints, and lithographs went on display in a Tokyo gallery. This was the debut exhibition of Japan’s first printmaking society for women artists, the Joryū Hanga Kyōkai, or the Women’s Print Association. It provided a crucial vehicle for talented female printmakers working in a crowded field of male maestros. This exhibition presents a timely look at the careers of the group’s founding members and others who joined in successive years. Read more

Portland Japanese Garden, Portland
Ishimoto Yasuhiro: Architecture + Nature + Culture
>until 11 April

An exhibition of photographs of the Katsura Imperial Villa and gardens in Kyoto by one of Japan’s most celebrated photographers, Ishimoto Yasuhiro. The Villa served as architectural inspiration for the Garden’s Cultural Village, which was completed in 2017. Read more

Ringling Museum of Art, Saratosa
Kabuki Modern
>until 27 June

This exhibition presents superb recent acquisitions of kabuki imagery created between 1868 and the 1950s. Visitors will see works by Toyohara Kunichika (1835–1900), Yamamura Kōka (Toyonari, 1885–1942), and Natori Shunsen (1886–1960) — the foremost print artists of their time. Also on view is a stunning painting by Murakami Michiho (1899–1938) that recently returned to the Museum following conservation treatment. These works of art capture the dynamic poses, elaborate stage make-up, and sumptuous costumes that have enthralled audiences for over 400 years. Read more

Saito Kiyoshi: Graphic Awakening
14 March - 15 August

Saito Kiyoshi’s (1907-1997) keen sense of design, superb technique and engagement with an appealing variety of themes made him one of the best known and most popular Japanese print artists of the twentieth century. In the wake of the Second World War, he emerged as a seminal figure of the modernist creative print movement, in which artists claimed complete authorship of their work by carving and printing their own designs. Read more


Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Washington
Meeting Tessai: Modern Japanese Art from the Cowles Collection
>Dates yet to be announced

Tomioka Tessai (1836–1924) is a prime example of a modern Japanese painter. Contemporaries praised his works as being exceptionally modern, and they recognized parallels between Tessai’s work and European postimpressionism. Paintings by Tomioka Tessai were so esteemed that he was one of the first Japanese artists to have his works shown in the United States. The way Tessai arrived at these nonconformist paintings, however, was traditional. He concocted his idiosyncratic style on the basis of his voracious study of ancient Japanese art as well as Chinese paintings of the Ming and Qing dynasties, which were being imported in unprecedented quantities into the Japan during the early twentieth century. Read more

Worcester Art Museum, Worcester
The Kimono in Print: 300 Years of Japanese Design
>until 2 May 

The first show devoted to examining the kimono as a major source of inspiration and experimentation in Japanese print culture, from the Edo period (1603–1868) to the Meiji period (1868–1912). This dialogue between print and kimono design is illustrated by approximately 70 Japanese prints, as well as a selection of illustrated woodblock printed books and paintings, primarily drawn from the Museum’s 3,000 Japanese ukiyo-e woodblock prints from John Chandler Bancroft (1835–1901) gifted in 1901. Read more


National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Japanese Design, Neolithic to now
>until 1 August

Throughout the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, Japan has been admired globally for unique artistic traditions and sophisticated visual design. These distinctive qualities can be attributed to Japan’s isolated island status and associations with nature worship, known as Shinto, from ancient times. Shinto – literally ‘Way of the Gods’ – is a form of animism where gods pervade all aspects of life and natural phenomena, including the wind, sun, moon, water, mountains and trees. Shinto underlies the deep appreciation of beauty in nature and the changing of seasons at the heart of Japanese customs and lifestyle. Read more


Tikotin Museum of Japanese Art, Haifa          
Treasures of the Tikotin Museum of Japanese Art
>until 30 May

On the celebrated occasion of the 60th anniversary of the Tikotin Museum of Japanese Art, a wide variety of artworks from the Museum’s collection will be displayed. It is one of the most important and fascinating collections outside Japan. The collection comprises mostly of Japanese artworks from the Felix Tikotin Collection, to which donations of private collections were added, among them, the collections of Lewis B. Gutman and Daniel and Hilda Lebow of New York, the collection of Abraham Horodisch of Amsterdam, the collections of Shulamith and David Rubinfien and Sandra and Kenneth Bleifer of California, the collection of Michael Rukin of Boston and many others. Read more

60 Contemporary Japanese Prints
>until 30 May

This exhibition is the outcome of a joint initiative between the Yoseido Gallery, Tokyo, and the Tikotin Museum. On this festive occasion works by sixty of the finest contemporary Japanese print artists are exhibited. Read more


Joan B. Mirviss Ltd., New York, USA
Forming a Voice. New Sculptures by Fujino Sachiko
opening 4 May
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Ibasho, Antwerp, Belgium
Issei Suda (1940 -2019). Hibi: fragments of daily life

13 May – 6 June
Mizu – Summer Group exhibition on the theme of Water
17 June – 22 August
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Japan Art Galerie Friedrich Müller, Frankfurt

Shozo Michikawa. Neue Werke / New Works
12 June -10 July 
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Seizan Gallery New York, USA
Ghosts of Summer – Yukiko Hata, Emi Katsuta, Shunsuke Ochi, Asako Tabata

1 July – 7 August
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Galerie Mingei, Paris, France
Toshimasa Kikuchi
7 July – 4 October
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Ronin Gallery, New York, USA

Surimono: Art & Poetry
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18th Century Hashira-e
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Scholten Japanese Art, New York, USA
On The Vanguard: Meiji Period Woodblock Prints

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