Exhibitions Winter 2021

Exhibitions Winter 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 6 March 

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

Musée National des Arts Asiatiques Guimet, Paris
Mingei Bamboo Prize

>until 1 March

Galerie Mingei in Paris is holding its first Mingei Bamboo Prize competition. Eleven works have been selected and will be exhibited at the Musée National des Arts Asiatiques Guimet. Galerie Mingei has been championing the Japanese wickerwork and bamboo arts for ten years, and has established itself as the first and virtually only European gallery with this area of speciality. Promoting the continued and enduring recognition of this art and encouraging contemporary creation are Galerie Mingei’s main objectives as it sets out to award an annual prize. Read more

Simplicité Japonaise
>until 1 March

L’exposition s’inscrit dans la continuité du parcours du Mingei Bamboo Prize. L’art mingei est né d’un mouvement de rejet de l’industrialisation galopante du 20e siècle dans l’archipel nippon. Il est caractérisé par un goût prononcé pour les objets du quotidien. Si définir un objet mingei est difficile tant les contradictions sont légions, une philosophie s’en dégage : les objets sont fabriqués dans l’anonymat, pour un usage fonctionnel quotidien et populaire, par des artisans maîtrisant la technique au point d’arriver à une forme de détachement de la conscience. Read more

Gallerie Echo, Paris
The Art of Japanese Tattoo
>until 20 March

This exhibition presents the works of five artists from diverse backgrounds Achim Duchow, Irina Ionesco, Chloé Jafé, Akimitsu Takagi, Hitomi Watanabe. Through the prism of their different cultures, each artist presents a unique view on Japanese tattoos. Irezumi, widely admired in the Western world and the object of numerous fantaisies, is to this day, still very much taboo and even often rejected. Skins marked with ink patterns are indeed generally associated with the the Japanese Mafia (Yakuza), and not considered as pieces of art. Read more


Museum für Lackkunst, Münster
Breaking out of Tradition. Japanese Lacquer 1890-1950
>postponed  until spring 2021

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 6 June

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

Japanmuseum Sieboldhuis, Leiden
Ogata Gekkō and his contemporaries
3 March - 30 May

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
>dates yet to be announced

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 September

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

Museo delle Culture, Lugano
Kakemono. Five Centuries of Japanese Painting

>until 21 February 

Spanning Japanese painting from the 16th to the 19th centuries, this exhibition presents a selection of kakemonos from the Perino collection in Italy. The kakemono (literally 'hanging thing') is a Japanese painting or calligraphy, on silk, cotton or paper, contained as a scroll and intended to be hung on the wall. Unlike a hemakimono - a roll that is opened horizontally on a surface - the kakemono opens vertically and is designed as an indoor wall decoration. Read more


Nakasendo Hiroshige Museum of Art, Ena
Fifty-three Stations by Two Brushes
27 February - 28 March

Characteristic of the series Fifty-three Stations by Two Brushes by Toyokuni III and Hiroshige is placing each station of the Tokaido on the background and putting characters large in front. Hiroshige was in charge of landscapes and Toyokuni III depicted the main characters. 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

National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto
Can architecture be Art?
>until 7 March

Bunriha, the first architectural movement in Japan, made a striking impact in the Taisho era. Now 100 years later the exhibition includes related artworks, with drawings, models, photographs and videos. New light is shed on the role which the group of young architects played in the history of contemporary Japanese architecture. Read more

Shimane Art Museum, Matsue
The 67th Japan Traditional Kôgei exhibition
>until 22 March 


An exhibition of stringently selected pieces from seven fields of traditional Japanese crafts: ceramics, textiles, urushi work, metalwork, wood/bamboo work, dolls, and various works. Featuring the products of living national treasures, prize-winning pieces, and works by local artists living in the San-in Region, this exhibition features approximately 300 pieces by artisans who pursue the highest level of artistic skill and creativity. Read more


Idemitsu Museum of Art, Moji
The Esthetics of Cha no Yu
>until 21 March

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


Edo–Tokyo Museum, Tokyo
Princess Kazu goes to Edo: The objects she held and the world she saw
>until 23 February

Princess Kazu married the 14th-generation shogun Tokugawa Iemochi. She tried to reconcile her lifestyle as a lady of the inner chambers with the customs of the samurai and the Imperial court. So what did Princess Kazu see, what did she touch, and what kind of life did she live at Edo Castle? This exhibition will consist of various pieces that Princess Kazu actually saw and handled, with a focus on furniture used by Princess Kazu, which was handed down within the Tokugawa shogunate family, silver items that Princess Kazu received from Emperor Komei, and waka poems and correspondence written by Princess Kazu, in addition to items held in the collection of the Edo-Tokyo Museum in Tokyo. 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
Radiant Raden
>until 14 February

Raden refers to a decorative technique using pieces of the linings of shells that have a lustrous, the nacre or mother-of-pearl layer. Those glowing pieces are cut into the shapes of motifs and then inlayed or glued to the surface of the work. The world that these shells and the beautiful luster unique to lacquer weave has fascinated people for centuries. This exhibition traces the history of the adoption of raden technqiues and their development in Japan, mainly through works in the Nezu Museum collection, while providing an opportunity to experience the fascination of radiant raden from China, the Korean Peninsula, Japan, and the Ryukyu Kingdom (now Okinawa prefecture). Read more

Seikadō Bunko Art Museum, Tokyo
Hina Dolls of the Iwasaki Family
>until 21 March

Hina dolls that Koyata Iwasaki (1879 - 1945), 4th president of Mitsubishi, ordered for his wife, Takako from the Maruhei, Oki Doll Company. Please come and meet the child-like festival dolls, with their charming white, glossy, round faces. With daffodils and plum blossoms in bloom, we’ll also be exhibiting pictures and crafts that have an appreciation for spring. Read more

Suntory Museum of Art, Tokyo
Art revisited, beauty revealed. Six storied exchanges
>until 28 February

This exhibition takes Japanese art as its core as it presents carefully chosen selections from the Suntory Museum of Art collection to tell three centuries of stories about art revisited, beauty revealed. Ranging in date from the Edo period through the 1900 Paris World Exposition these stories include the Ko-Imari works that enchanted Europe, the Nabeshima wares refined to suit the shogunal gift presentation system, bingata textiles of the Ryūkyū Kingdom that bring together elements of East Asian culture, Japanese glass created from longings for the West, Edo and Meiji period ukiyo-e that brings together the cultures of East and West, and Gallé, who evoked foreign cultures to create his own sublime expression. We hope you will enjoy these six art stories that revisit and reveal art across national, temporal and material boundaries. Read more


Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum, Tokyo
Yoshida Hiroshi: Commemorating the 70th Anniversary of his Death
>until 21 March 

Born in the city of Kurume, Fukuoka, Yoshida Hiroshi (1876-1950) aggressively studied Western-style painting in his young days. Through travels overseas, he absorbed the world’s cultures and, amid that experience, formulated his own expressive style and technique. To mark the 70th anniversary of the artist’s death, this exhibition will gather print works representing every stage of his development—from his earliest prints to his masterpieces, together with his woodblocks and sketchbooks—to reveal the full scope of Yoshida’s print art. Read more

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

Tokyo National Museum, Tokyo
New Year’s Celebration: Year of the Ox
>until  31 January

The year 2021 is the year of the ox according to the Chinese zodiac, a system adopted in Japan along with the lunar calendar. The history of the ox is closely intertwined with that of humanity, working side-by-side to cultivate fields for thousands of years. Though perhaps best known as plough animals, oxen also held religious significance as the steeds of deities—a belief that started in India and spread throughout Asia. In Japan, nobility rode in splendid ox-drawn carriages during the Heian period (794–1192), causing later generations to look on them fondly as a symbol of a golden age. 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


Crow Museum of Asian Art, Dallas
Born of Fire: Contemporary Japanese Women Ceramic Artists
>until 30 January 2022

Women have traditionally played only a minor role in Japan’s long history in clay. This exhibition features a selection of works by living emerging and internationally established Japanese women ceramic artists. Pioneering new forms and technical and aesthetic innovations in the medium, these remarkable artists are breaking barriers and forging new ways of creating and thinking about ceramics that reflect changes occurring in contemporary Japanese art and society. The works express the influence of nature, innovations in ceramic making techniques, and a diverse array of practices. Read more

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

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
>until 21 March

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

Met Fifth Avenue, New York
Kyoto: Capital of Artistic Imagination
>until 31 January

Focusing on the main turning points in the cultural history of Kyoto from ancient to modern times, Kyoto: Capital of Artistic Imagination places special emphasis on the decorative arts. Over eighty masterworks of lacquers, ceramics, metalwork, and textiles from The Met collection, including a number of recently acquired works of contemporary art are showcased. A selection of over fifty paintings by masters of various schools are accompanied by a rare fourteenth-century suit of armor, splendid export lacquers made for the European market in the late sixteenth-century, exquisite eighteenth-century Noh robes, as well as austere tea wares with characteristic imperfections. 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
9 February - 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


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


Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide
>until 28 march

For Japan’s warriors, prowess on the battlefield was matched by an acute aesthetic sensibility. This exhibition presents the art and ethos of this warrior culture. From the austerity of lacquer and tea bowls to the opulence of golden screens and armour, this exhibition demonstrates how the ethos and tastes of the Samurai (a military elite whose name means ‘one who serves’) permeated every aspect of Japanese art and culture from the thirteenth to the nineteenth centuries. 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 10 February

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 10 February

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


Galerie Friedrich Müller, Frankfurt am Main, Germany
Three artists. Yuko Sakurai, Katsuhito Nishikawa and Masanori Toyoda
>until 13 March
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Thomsen Gallery, New York, USA
Golden Treasures. Japanese Gold Lacquer Boxes 
>until 30 January
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Joan B. Mirviss Ltd., New York, USA
Masterworks of Modern Japanese Porcelain
>until 31 January
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Ronin Gallery, New York, USA

Surimono: Art & Poetry
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18th Century Hashira-e
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