Exhibitions Summer 2021

Exhibitions Summer 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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MUSEUM EXHIBITIONS - EUROPE

France

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 Cernuschi, Paris
Voyage on the Kisokaidō Road. From Hiroshige to Kuniyoshi  
>until 8 August


The exhibition allows visitors to walk through one of the most spectacular roads in Japan in pictures: the Kisokaidō , which was one of the five lanes of the road network created in Japan during the Tokugawa period (1603-1868). It linked Edo (present-day Tokyo), where the shogun had his residence, to Kyōto, seat of the emperor. Unlike the Tōkaidō road, which joined the ancient capital in fifty-three stints along the coast, the Kisokaidō, marked out with sixty-nine stages , crossed the mountainous interior. It followed a longer route, sometimes more scenic and arduous due to the presence of nine steep passes. Read more

Musée Guimet, Paris
Carte blanche à Toshimasa Kikuchi 
>until 4 October


Utilisant les techniques classiques de la laque japonaise, l’artiste s’est inspiré des Équations Shakespeariennes de Man Ray et des maquettes mathématiques conservées à l’Institut Henri Poincaré à Paris, pour créer des sculptures abstraites et atemporelles, défiant la pesanteur, pratiquant  l’art de la laque dans ce qu’il a de plus novateur. Read more


Germany

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
 

Ireland

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


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


Italy

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

Weaving Museum, Geldrop
Japan, briefly intertwined with Geldrop
>until 2 September


The Weaving Museum has had the unique opportunity to make a selection of various kimonos and accessories from the rich collection of private collectors Adri van Hoegee and G. van der Linden of the former Silk Museum in Meliskerke. The kimono is one of the most evocative pieces of clothing. The cultural icon of Japan has a long history, which grew from the loose court dress to the elegant and timeless national costume of Japan. 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

Centre Céramique, Maastricht
Maastricht|Japan
Maastrichts aardewerk, Japanse prenten
Geisha fotografie–Paul van der Veer

>until 23 April 2022


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

Sweden

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


Switzerland

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
 

United Kingdom

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

30 September - 30 January 2022


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


Ashmolean Museum, Oxford
Tokyo: Art & Photography
29 July - 3 January 2022


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



MUSEUM EXHIBITIONS - JAPAN


MOA Museum of Art, Atami
Takeuchi Seihō. The vibrant life of nature
>until 27 July


The art scenes in the mid-nineteenth-to-early-twentieth century Japan underwent a dramatic transformation, strongly influenced by the incoming European philosophy of art and new techniques in conflict with the mood for preserving traditional arts. This was the context in which Kyoto-based artist Takeuchi Seihō (1864–1942) developed his successful career. His quest for new expressions culminated into his unique style, which stirred a revolution in the Kyoto painting circle. Animals were Seihō’s forte, based on his minute observations. Read more 



The Pola Museum of Art, Hakone
Foujita. Explorations in color
>until 5 September


Léonard Foujita (1886-1968) traveled to France in 1913 at the age of 26 with the intention of becoming a world-class painter. Painting French models in the 1920s, he established his signature ‘milky white skin' painting and became the darling of the Paris art scene at the time. After a brief return to Japan in 1929, Foujita sojourned in South, Central, and North America before again crossing the Pacific Ocean to come back once to Japan where he traveled the length of the country from Tohoku to Okinawa. Read more



Kyoto National Museum, Kyoto
National Treasures of Kyoto: Preserving the Cultural Heritage of Japan's Ancient Capital
24 July - 12 September


Kyoto, the ancient capital of "purple mountains and clear waters," is home to many of the nation's most important cultural properties, preserved and passed on for centuries. This special exhibition features some of the most consequential of the National Treasures sustained by the nature and culture of Kyoto, together with masterworks owned by the imperial family and other cherished objects closely associated with the ancient capital. It examines the aesthetic sensibilities and history of past generations while deciphering essential connections between society and its treasured works of art. Read more 


Idemitsu Museum of Art, Moji
Idemitsu Sazo and His Collection
1 October - 12 December


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



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

>until 22 August


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


Machida City Museum of Graphic Arts, Tokyo
Ukiyo-e landscapes: Hiroshige, Kiyochika and Hasui – Eyes of three generations 

>until 12 September


Utagawa Hiroshige (1797-1858), Kobayashi Kiyochika (1847-1915) and Kawase Hasui (1883-1957) are well-known landscape print artists in three different periods, Edo, Meiji and
Taisho to Showa. This exhibition will introduce their representative landscape prints. Read more

Mitsubishi Ichigokan Museum, Tokyo
The Treasures of Mitsubishi Collection: The Mitsubishi 150th Anniversary Exhibition 

>until 12 September


This exhibition shows collections at the Seikado Foundation and Toyo Bunko, including twelve National Treasures, which were collected by four generations of presidents of Mitsubishi to support research and development of arts and culture in Japan. Read more  


The National Art Center, Tokyo
Fashion in Japan 1945-2020
>until 6 September


After Japan began modernizing, dressmaking and tailoring were introduced in the Meiji Era (1868-1912) and became widely popular after World War II, and Japan developed its own unique sartorial culture. This exhibition follows the unique trajectory of Japanese clothing, especially in post-World War Japan, as seen from both sides: that of designers who transmit culture by creating clothes and ideas, and that of users who receive it by wearing the clothes and at times create era-defining grassroots fashion movements. Read more


National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo
Masterpieces of Japanese Art from the end of the nineteenth century to the present

>until 26 September


A special exhibition in conjunction with the Olympic and Paralympic Games, which traces the course of modern and contemporary Japanese art through works from the museum’s collection. After centuries of isolation during the Edo Period (1603-1868), Japan opened its doors to the world, and aspects of Western culture were introduced to the nation with incredible rapidity, art being among them. From then to now, Japanese artists have explored their own identities, moving back and forth between admiration for the West and alignment with the nation’s own traditions. Read more 


Nezu Museum, Tokyo
Cherishing Flowers, Yearning for the Moon. Nature and Beauty in Japan

22 July - 22 August


The people of Japan have long felt close to nature and have keenly sensed the changing seasons. Beauty is discovered in the changing seasons. That careful attention is sensitively conveyed in many waka poems and works of art that depict the flora and natural scenes specific to each season. This exhibition is composed of paintings and craft works whose motifs are taken from nature as well as detached segments of calligraphy recording waka on those subjects. Read more


The Sumida Hokusai Museum, Tokyo  
The Hokusai
20 July - 26 September


This exhibition will focus on two masterpieces, Hokusai’s Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji series and the long-lost Scenery on Both Banks of the Sumida River picture scroll. They are part of about a hundred widely admired works by Hokusai on display. This exhibition will also include, for the first time, two different versions of Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji: Rainstorm Beneath the Summit displayed side by side. With several other works on exhibit for the first time as well, this exhibition offers a wealth of delights. It introduces Japan’s beauty throughout the four seasons and famous places along the Sumida River, famed as sightseeing destinations since the Edo period. Read more

 
Suntory Museum of Art, Tokyo
Unsettling Japanese Art
14 July - 29 August



In this exhibition, displays that stir and unsettle the heart will engage the eye, mind, and heart and boost the feeling of “I want to see this work!” For everyone standing on the starting line of the art appreciation experience, this exhibition offers a preliminary workout towards actively perceiving and understanding works, from famous works in the Suntory Museum of Art’s collection to rarities and hidden treasures. 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
Selected masterpieces of Ukiyo-e and Edo painting from the Yamatane Collection. From Sharaku and Hokusai to Rimpa School
3 July - 29 August


Approximately 100 works are on display. Highlights are works by Suzuki Harunobu, Torii Kiyonaga, Kitagawa Utamaro, Tōshūsai Sharaku, Katsushika Hokusai end Utagawa Hiroshige. Read more

 

MUSEUM EXHIBITIONS - USA 


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


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


The Gibbes Museum of Art, Charleston
Lasting Impressions: Japanese Prints from the Read-Simms Collection
>until 3 October


The Gibbes Museum of Art is home to one of the most significant collections of Japanese woodblock prints in the Southeast. This exhibition will present 60 exceptional and rare prints amassed by Charleston collector, Motte Alston Read, and his sister, Mary Read Hume Simms of New Orleans, during the first decades of the 20th century. The Read-Simms Collection reflects the full range of popular print subjects by master Ukiyo-e artists of the Edo period, from famous Kabuki theater actors portrayed by Suzuki Harunobu and Tōshūsai Sharaku in the 18th century, to vibrant landscapes by Utagawa Hiroshige and Katsushika Hokusai in the 19th century. Read more


Art Institute Chicago, Chicago
Fantastic landscapes: Hokusai and Hiroshige
17 July – 11 October


In the 19th century, Japanese printmaking saw two concurrent trends: an intensification of color and a rise in the popularity of landscape images. Capitalizing on these two trends were the most successful print designers of their time, Katsushika Hokusai (1760­–1849) and Utagawa Hiroshige (1797–1858). Their daring color schemes formed fantastic landscapes that fueled worldwide demand for Japanese prints. Read more

Ruth Chandler Williamson Gallery at Scripps College, Claremont
Shiki: The Four Seasons in Japanese Art
>until 30 August


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


Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, Eugene, Oregon 
Fit to Print: The Dawn of Journalism in Japanese Woodblock Prints from the Lavenberg and Michels Collections
>0pens 31 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, 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


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


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

Sam Francis and Japan: Emptiness Overflowing
>dates yet to be announced


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 
>until 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 Japanese Garden, Portland
Painting Paradise: Art of Daisuke Nakano
>until 18 July


Daisuke Nakano is an avant-garde visual artist who uses the centuries-old Nihonga-style painting technique to capture the elusiveness of light and vivacious spirit of wildlife through his screen paintings of imaginary botanical landscapes. Nihonga, a traditional style of Japanese painting, is created using solely organic materials — such as pigments from vegetables, minerals, animals, silk, wood, and gold. Read more


The Ringling Museum, Saratosa
Saitō Kiyoshi. Graphic Awakening
>until 15 August


Saitō 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. Read more



MUSEUM EXHIBITIONS - AUSTRALIA


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



GALLERY EXHIBITIONS





Japan Art Galerie Friedrich Müller, Frankfurt

Shozo Michikawa. Neue Werke / New Works
>until 17 July 
more information


Seizan Gallery New York, USA
Ghosts of Summer – Yukiko Hata, Emi Katsuta, Shunsuke Ochi, Asako Tabata

>until 7 August
more information


Ibasho, Antwerp, Belgium
Mizu – Summer Group exhibition on the theme of Water
>until 22 August
more information


Joan B. Mirviss Ltd., New York, USA
Summer Sculptures
>until 31 August
more information

Galerie Mingei, Paris, France
Toshimasa Kikuchi
>until  4 October
more information

 
Ronin Gallery, New York, USA

Surimono: Art & Poetry
(online)
more information
18th Century Hashira-e
(online)
more information


Scholten Japanese Art, New York, USA
On The Vanguard: Meiji Period Woodblock Prints
(online)

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