Setagaya Art Museum - Past Events

Below is a list of all past events for Setagaya Art Museum. Current and upcoming events, as well as other details, are available on the venue's page.

  • poster for Takeyoshi Tanuma: Picturing My Tokyo 1948-1964

    Takeyoshi Tanuma: Picturing My Tokyo 1948-1964

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    • Media: Photography - Workshops - Talks
    • 2019-02-09 - 2019-04-14

    Known for his photographs of children all over the world and his photographic portraits of the era’s most important cultural figures, Takeyoshi Tanuma (b. 1929) remains at the forefront of photography...More »

  • poster for Bruno Munari “The Man Who Made the Useless Machines”

    Bruno Munari “The Man Who Made the Useless Machines”

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    • Media: Painting - Drawing - Sculpture
    • 2018-11-17 - 2019-01-27

    As a painter, designer, and a prolific writer of picture books, the Italian artist Bruno Munari (1907-1998) devoted himself to children’s art education. Munari’s works are based on a simple idea and are...More »

  • poster for Museum Collection lll - All of the African Contemporary Art Collection

    Museum Collection lll - All of the African Contemporary Art Collection

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    • Media: Sculpture - Crafts - Talks
    • 2018-11-03 - 2019-04-07

    This exhibition introduces work by artists from west and central Africa acquired by the museum following the An Inside Story: African Art of Our Time exhibition held in 1995. Works by sculptor Haruhiko...More »

  • poster for Junkichi Mukai “A Record of Exchange”

    Junkichi Mukai “A Record of Exchange”

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    • Media: Painting
    • 2018-09-08 - 2018-11-04

    Mukai Junkichi is known for his paintings of thatched folk dwellings, made over an approximately 40-year period beginning in 1945. Born in Kyoto in 1901, Mukai built a studio in the Tsurumaki area of Setagaya...More »

  • poster for Museum Collection Ⅱ - Tokyoscape: Into the City

    Museum Collection Ⅱ - Tokyoscape: Into the City

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    • Media: Photography
    • 2018-07-21 - 2018-10-21

    Depicting various views of Tokyo and people coming and going, these photographs from the museum collection provide viewers with a survey of the city and the changes it has undergone since the 1930s. Also...More »

  • poster for Shoji Hamada Exhibition

    Shoji Hamada Exhibition

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    • Media: Ceramics
    • 2018-06-30 - 2018-08-26

    Shoji Hamada (1894-1978) was the first potter to be designated a “Living National Treasure”. The Museum of Oriental Ceramics, Osaka has a collection of almost 200 of Hamada’s works donated by ardent collector...More »

  • poster for Tatsuo Takayama Retrospective

    Tatsuo Takayama Retrospective

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    • Media: Painting
    • 2018-04-14 - 2018-06-17

    The Nihonga (Japanese style) painter Takayama Tatsuo (1912-2007) depicted people in contemporary society. His works dealt with questions related to life and death on a grand scale, which included the universe,...More »

  • poster for 5th Setagaya Art Award “Flight”: Kyohei Aoki

    5th Setagaya Art Award “Flight”: Kyohei Aoki

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    • Media: Installation - Video and Film
    • 2018-01-23 - 2018-02-04

    The Setagaya Art Award “Flight” was established in 2008 to promote and support young artists of the next generation with great future potential. Two winners are chosen in the Art category. Installation...More »

  • poster for 5th Setagaya Art Award “Flight”: Kazuko Furuta

    5th Setagaya Art Award “Flight”: Kazuko Furuta

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    • Media: Painting
    • 2018-01-23 - 2018-02-04

    The Setagaya Art Award “Flight” was established in 2008 to promote and support young artists of the next generation with great future potential. Two winners are chosen in the Art category. This exhibition...More »

  • poster for La Parisienne: Portraying Women in the Capital of Culture, 1715-1965 from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

    La Parisienne: Portraying Women in the Capital of Culture, 1715-1965 from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

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    • Media: Painting - Drawing - Photography - Product - Fashion - Crafts - Ceramics - Workshops - Talks
    • 2018-01-13 - 2018-04-01

    The word “Parisienne” refers to women who live in the alluring city of Paris. This traditionally included refined hostesses who oversaw salons, women who sported novel hairstyles and trendy attire, models...More »

  • poster for Eric Carle Exhibition

    Eric Carle Exhibition

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    • Media: Painting - Drawing - Sculpture - Workshops - Talks
    • 2017-04-22 - 2017-07-02

    Eric Carle is known around the world for his colorful picture books, which most notably include “The Hungry Caterpillar.” This exhibition will present his work, addressing children’s dreams and aspirations,...More »

  • poster for Ayako Yodoi and Toshio Yodoi Exhibition

    Ayako Yodoi and Toshio Yodoi Exhibition

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    • Media: Painting - Drawing - Sculpture - Crafts
    • 2017-04-18 - 2017-07-02

    Ayako Yodoi was born in Setagaya in 1943 as the oldest daughter of the sculptor Toshio Yodoi (1911–2005). After graduating from Tokyo University of the Arts graduate school she also studied in France....More »

  • poster for The Works of Yasuji Hanamori – A Designer’s Hand, an Editor’s Eye

    The Works of Yasuji Hanamori – A Designer’s Hand, an Editor’s Eye

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    • Media: Graphics - Drawing
    • 2017-02-11 - 2017-04-09

    Kurashi no Techo (Living Handbook), a magazine for homemakers, was a conspicuous presence in the postwar Japanese publishing world. In addition to serving as editor-in-chief for 30 years, from the time...More »

  • poster for The Setagaya Art Museum’s 30th Anniversary Exhibition: Five Stories from the Collection

    The Setagaya Art Museum’s 30th Anniversary Exhibition: Five Stories from the Collection

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    • Media: Painting - Prints - Sculpture
    • 2016-11-19 - 2017-01-29

    The Setagaya Art Museum opened on March 30, 1986. Since opening, it has vigorously presented exhibitions of art ranging from the prehistoric to the most contemporary, conducted extensive research on the...More »

  • poster for The Year 1986: The Opening of the Setagaya Art Museum Museum Collection III

    The Year 1986: The Opening of the Setagaya Art Museum Museum Collection III

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    • Media: Painting - Drawing - Photography - Architecture - Sculpture
    • 2016-11-05 - 2017-04-09

    This exhibition of works from the Setagaya Art Museum’s collection of some 16,000 pieces focuses on those created in 1986, the year the museum opened. Presenting these diverse works together offers glimpses...More »

  • poster for Fukumi Shimura Exhibition

    Fukumi Shimura Exhibition

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    • Media: Product - Crafts
    • 2016-09-10 - 2016-11-06

    Shimura Fukumi (b. 1924), who was awarded the Japanese government’s Order of Culture in 2015, has been designated as an Important Intangible Cultural Property (Living National Treasure) in silk dyeing...More »

  • poster for Mythological Forest

    Mythological Forest

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    • Media: Painting
    • 2016-07-23 - 2016-10-23

    Ancient civilizations and myths from all over the world have served as a source of creative inspiration for many artists. This exhibition presents a mythological realm, including scenes from classical...More »

  • poster for Manuel Álvarez Bravo ”Mexico, Light and Time in Silence”

    Manuel Álvarez Bravo ”Mexico, Light and Time in Silence”

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    • Media: Photography
    • 2016-07-02 - 2016-08-28

    The Mexican master Manuel Álvarez Bravo (1902-2002) left an indelible mark on the history of photography. Álvarez Bravo first emerged as a prominent figure in the late 1920s after the Mexican Revolution...More »

  • poster for 400 Years of Architectural Challenges

    400 Years of Architectural Challenges

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    • Media: Architecture
    • 2016-04-23 - 2016-06-19

    The Takenaka Corperation was founded in 1610 and over a period of 400 years of large scale carpentry have maintained a quality and technique even through to our contemporary era, developing this practice...More »

  • poster for Pleasure in the History of Fashion From the Akira Ishiyama Collection

    Pleasure in the History of Fashion From the Akira Ishiyama Collection

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    • Media: Graphics - Painting - Prints - Fashion
    • 2016-02-13 - 2016-04-10

    Focusing primarily on the collection of Akira Ishiyama (1918-2011), a scholar of Western clothing, this exhibition presents fashion books and plates dating from the 16th to the beginning of the 20th century,...More »

  • poster for Mari Fukutome “Sleep There, Wake This, Be Awoken Here”

    Mari Fukutome “Sleep There, Wake This, Be Awoken Here”

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    • Media: Performance Art
    • 2015-12-22 - 2015-12-23

    The fourteenth session of “Trance / Entrance,” an experimental performance series taking place at the entrance to the Setagaya Art Museum, presents a solo by Mari Fukutome, a dancer with subtle movements...More »

  • poster for Various Pairs Series: Junsaku Koizumi and Keisei Kobayashi

    Various Pairs Series: Junsaku Koizumi and Keisei Kobayashi

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    • Media: Drawing - Prints
    • 2015-12-20 - 2016-03-27

    Introducing the drawings of Nihonga artist Junsaku Koizumi, who has worked on paintings for Todaiji Temple, and the intricate large-scale woodblock prints of Keisei Kobayashi. There is also a small corner...More »

  • poster for Julio Gonzalez - The Man Who Taught Picasso Iron Sculpture

    Julio Gonzalez - The Man Who Taught Picasso Iron Sculpture

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    • Media: Sculpture - Talks
    • 2015-11-28 - 2016-01-31

    Julio Gonzalez(1876-1942) is known as the man who taught Picasso to make iron sculpture. Born in Barcelona, he moved to Paris in 1900 to explore painting and craft and as he reached his 50th year he came...More »

  • poster for The 4th Setagaya Art Award “Hisho –  Works by Soji Shimizu”

    The 4th Setagaya Art Award “Hisho – Works by Soji Shimizu”

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    • Media: Painting - Installation - Party
    • 2015-10-06 - 2015-10-18

    Exhibition room: Citizens’ Gallery BMore »

  • poster for Atelier Pole-pole Exhibition

    Atelier Pole-pole Exhibition

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    • Media: Painting
    • 2015-09-29 - 2015-10-04

    Atelier Pole Pole was first established by Able Art Japan in 1992 as a space for people of all abilities to join together in expression, giving time and space for each individual and fostering an impressive...More »

  • poster for Hiroshi Hamaya: Photographs 1930s–1960s

    Hiroshi Hamaya: Photographs 1930s–1960s

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    • Media: Photography
    • 2015-09-19 - 2015-11-15

    Hamaya Hiroshi (1915-1999) was one of Japan’s most important photographers. Tracing the footprints of this genius, who was active both before and after World War II, this exhibition concentrates on Hamaya’s...More »

  • poster for Interesting and Diverse Shapes Museum Collection II

    Interesting and Diverse Shapes Museum Collection II

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    • Media: Graphics - Painting - Drawing - Sculpture - Installation
    • 2015-08-01 - 2015-12-06

    An exhibition focusing on the allure of abstract works, examining how their intangibility acts in concert with the viewer and seemingly allows us to grasp a certain essence. In a small corner, is also...More »

  • poster for Yasuki Kanayama in Paris: Japanese Painters in the 1950s

    Yasuki Kanayama in Paris: Japanese Painters in the 1950s

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    • Media: Painting
    • 2015-07-18 - 2015-09-06

    At the beginning of the 1950s, not long after the end of World War II, a group of Japanese painters traveled to Paris, yearning for a breath of artistic life to escape from the devastation. In the foreign...More »

  • poster for The Roots and Legacy of Gyoshu Hayami, Master of Japanese-style Painting

    The Roots and Legacy of Gyoshu Hayami, Master of Japanese-style Painting

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    • Media: Painting
    • 2015-05-02 - 2015-07-05

    The life of Japanese-style painting master Gyoshu Hayami(1894-1935) flashed by in a brief 40 years filled with storm and stress. After starting out with historical painting, Gyoshu went through a bewildering...More »

  • poster for Toyoshige Watanabe and Koga Hirano

    Toyoshige Watanabe and Koga Hirano

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    • Media: Prints
    • 2015-04-21 - 2015-07-20

    Toyoshige Watanabe’s work is defined by an abundance of humorous colors and shapes, while Koga Hirano is known for his book designs with free-flowing writing that seems to dance across the page. This exhibition...More »

  • poster for Toho Studios— Innovative Filmmakers in Setagaya

    Toho Studios— Innovative Filmmakers in Setagaya

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    • Media: Drawing - Fashion - Video and Film - Talks
    • 2015-02-21 - 2015-04-19

    The film company Toho Studios, which has a production site in Setagaya Ward’s Kinuta (currently Seijo) neighborhood, started out as Photo Chemical Laboratory (P.C.L) in 1932, around the dawn of the “talkie”...More »

  • poster for Museum Collection III - Setagaya Associates of Toho Studios

    Museum Collection III - Setagaya Associates of Toho Studios

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    • Media: Painting - Sculpture
    • 2015-01-04 - 2015-04-12

    Introducing Setagaya associated painters and sculptors who were affiliated in some way with the Toho Studios film company both before and after the war, also featuring the documents of ruined buildings...More »

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    2013 2014

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    • Media: Photography
    • 2014-12-17 - 2014-12-21

    Document of street scenes from 2013 and 2014.More »

  • The Imaginary World of Fumio Nambata

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    • Media: Painting - Drawing - Talks
    • 2014-12-06 - 2015-02-08

    Fumio Nambata (1941-1974) was active as a painter in 1960s but gained little recognition as such at the time. Before he tragically died in an accident at the age 32, however, he had painted more than 2000...More »

  • poster for Ruki Matsumoto Collection “Seeking Utopia: Russian Avant-garde and Soviet Modernism in Posters”

    Ruki Matsumoto Collection “Seeking Utopia: Russian Avant-garde and Soviet Modernism in Posters”

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    • Media: Graphics - Painting - Prints
    • 2014-09-30 - 2014-11-24

    The collection of Ruki Matsumoto (1946-2012), a designer and creator of the fashion brand Ba-tsu, includes many posters from the Russian Revolution. This exhibition showcases approximately 180 posters...More »

  • poster for  Museum Collection II— Shioda Collection: Rosanjin Kitaoji

    Museum Collection II— Shioda Collection: Rosanjin Kitaoji

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    • Media: Photography - Crafts
    • 2014-09-28 - 2014-12-21

    A presentation of 157 works of Rosanjin Kitaoji from the former collection of businessman Shioda Iwaji, who had a personal association with Rosanjin. Also on view: the art documentary photographs of Shigeo...More »

  • poster for Looking East - Western Artists and the Allure of Japan from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston -

    Looking East - Western Artists and the Allure of Japan from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston -

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    • Media: Painting - Prints
    • 2014-06-28 - 2014-09-15

    “Looking East” is the first major exhibition from the collections of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston(MFA), to survey the rich connections among Japan, Europe, and North America around 1900. The extraordinary...More »

  • Yoshihiko Yoshida “The Art of Ceramics— Museum Collection I”

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    • Media: Ceramics
    • 2014-04-29 - 2014-06-08

    An exhibition of ceramics by Yoshihiko Yoshida (b. 1936-), who studied under the Living National Treasure Toyozo Arakawa and developed his own unique forms remarkable for their tranquil beauty. Works donated...More »

  • “Kineo Kuwabara’s Photographs”

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    • Media: Photography - Video and Film - Talks
    • 2014-04-19 - 2014-06-08

    Following the 1993 exhibition “Love You Tokyo - Kineo Kuwabara and Nobuyoshi Araki” the Setagaya Art Museum has built up a significant collection of work from Kuwabara and here showcases 200 monochrome...More »

  • poster for Ginko, Ryusei and Reiko Kishida “Genealogy of Innovative Spirit”

    Ginko, Ryusei and Reiko Kishida “Genealogy of Innovative Spirit”

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    • Media: Painting
    • 2014-02-08 - 2014-04-06

    Ryusei Kishida (1891-1929) is renowned for the series of portraits he painted of his daughter Reiko, while his father, Ginko (1833-1905), was also remarkable man, a journalist and entrepreneur, with a...More »

  • poster for Multus #2 Dance on Piano

    Multus #2 Dance on Piano

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    • Media: Performance Art
    • 2014-02-01 - 2014-02-02

    Multus in Latin means ‘many’ or ‘more’. Tomoko Mukaiyama has created a series of concerts in Japan and the Netherlands that include on one hand more pianos and pianists and on the other more disciplines....More »

  • Bujinga Paintings from the Museum Collection

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    • Media: Painting - Prints
    • 2014-01-25 - 2014-04-20

    Introducing works by Chinese-style Bujinga painters including the tanzaku of Taiga Ikeno and Buncho Tani, Southern School paintings by Keigetsu Matsubayashi, Kangen Ishikawa, Shinrinjin Yokoo, Rogyu Oyama,...More »

  • poster for Experimental Workshop— Pioneers of Postwar Art

    Experimental Workshop— Pioneers of Postwar Art

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    • Media: Painting - Sculpture - Video and Film
    • 2013-11-23 - 2014-01-26

    The Experimental Workshop was a collective of young avant-garde artists working in a variety of genres. It included visual artists Shozo Kitadai, Katsuhiro Yamaguchi, and Tetsuro Komai, photographer Kiyoji...More »

  • poster for “Sight-Thinking” Joshibi University of Art and Design Graduate School Western Painting Omori Seminar

    “Sight-Thinking” Joshibi University of Art and Design Graduate School Western Painting Omori Seminar

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    • Media: Painting - Installation - Video and Film
    • 2013-10-29 - 2013-11-03

    The exhibition title is a play on the idea of “sight-seeing.” The works on display are meant to be considered as sights encountered while traveling, and the artists have freely chosen meanings and themes...More »

  • poster for Homage to Henri Rousseau the World of Naïve Painters and Outsiders

    Homage to Henri Rousseau the World of Naïve Painters and Outsiders

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    • Media: Painting - Sculpture
    • 2013-09-14 - 2013-11-10

    This exhibition introduces over 100 examples of naïve painting and outsider art from the collection of the Setagaya Art Museum, made by artists from around the world. Four works by Henri Rousseau (1844-1910)...More »

  • New Collection Exhibition of Permanent Collection 2013 - II

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    • Media: Painting - Prints
    • 2013-08-29 - 2014-01-13

    Since opening in 1986 the Setagaya Art Museum has gathered an extensive collection and in this exhibition presents the nihonga of Tekisei Abiko, the western-style painting of Takeshi Hayashi and Teiji...More »

  • poster for The World of Kenji Ekuan and GK Design Group  Soaring High in the Sky

    The World of Kenji Ekuan and GK Design Group Soaring High in the Sky

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    • Media: Installation
    • 2013-07-06 - 2013-09-01

    Kenji Ekuan is the leader of the GK Design Group, which has played an important role in modernizing Japanese lifestyle and urban space since the period of postwar recovery. GK’s design work has encompassed...More »

  • poster for Art + Living: Takashimaya

    Art + Living: Takashimaya

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    • Media: Graphics - Painting
    • 2013-04-20 - 2013-06-23

    Not long after the Takashimaya Department Store was founded in the late Edo period, it became involved in introducing Japanese culture to the world. At the end of the 19th century, the store collaborated...More »

  • poster for Edward Steichen "Modern Age Light and Shadow: 1923-1937"

    Edward Steichen "Modern Age Light and Shadow: 1923-1937"

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    • Media: Photography
    • 2013-01-26 - 2013-04-07

    Edward Steichen (1979-1973) was a giant of American photography who was also head of photography at the Museum of Modern Art in New York and oversaw what became the most popular photography exhibition...More »

  • poster for Shunsuke Matsumoto Exhibition

    Shunsuke Matsumoto Exhibition

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    • Media: Painting
    • 2012-11-23 - 2013-01-14

    The painter Shunsuke Matsumoto (1912-1948) appeared like a comet in the world of modern Western-style painting in Japan in the early Showa period with his original and thoughtful paintings. Although he...More »

  • poster for "Dialogues with Contemporary Art from the Collection of the Setagaya Art Museum" Exhibition

    "Dialogues with Contemporary Art from the Collection of the Setagaya Art Museum" Exhibition

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    • Media: Painting - Sculpture - Installation
    • 2012-09-15 - 2012-11-11

    Since the Setagaya Art Museum opened in 1986, it has explored the origins of artistic creation by energetically acquiring fine works of contemporary art from inside and outside Japan. These acquisitions...More »

  • poster for Tomoyoshi Murayama "Get All of Me Seething"

    Tomoyoshi Murayama "Get All of Me Seething"

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    • Media: Graphics - Painting
    • 2012-07-14 - 2012-09-02

    Tomoyoshi Murayama (1901-1977) was the organizer of groups like Mavo and Sanka that became the leading force in new art movements from the Taisho era (1912-1926) to early Showa (started in 1926). Inspired...More »

  • poster for "Tetsuro Komai 1920–1976 From the Fukuhara Collection" Exhibition

    "Tetsuro Komai 1920–1976 From the Fukuhara Collection" Exhibition

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    • Media: Prints
    • 2012-04-28 - 2012-07-01

    Tetsuro Komai (1920-1976) is a well-known pioneer of intaglio printmaking in postwar Japan. This exhibition features the collection of over 500 prints formed by Yoshiharu Fukuhara, honorary chairman of...More »

  • poster for Teita Iwabuchi "Sabi / Rust" Performance

    Teita Iwabuchi "Sabi / Rust" Performance

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    • Media: Performance Art
    • 2011-05-14 - 2011-05-14

    "Trance / Entrance" is an experimental performance series taking place at the entrance to the Setagaya Art Museum. The dancer this time is Teita Iwabuchi, who has chosen to look at "rust" (sabi), an unexpected...More »

  • poster for "Un sogno per guardare in una stanza italiana" Exhibition

    "Un sogno per guardare in una stanza italiana" Exhibition

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    • Media: Painting - Sculpture
    • 2011-04-20 - 2011-06-30

    This exhibition features 6 Italian artists, from the bold, geometrical figurative artists Capgrozzi, to the lauded sculptor Fazzini, and 1980s Neo-expressionism flag-bearer Sandro Chia. [Image: Sandro...More »

  • poster for "Masako Shirasu: Prayers to Nature, Leading to Shintoism and Buddhism" Exhibition

    "Masako Shirasu: Prayers to Nature, Leading to Shintoism and Buddhism" Exhibition

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    • Media: Sculpture - Crafts - Talks
    • 2011-03-19 - 2011-05-08

    This exhibition was organized to commemorate the hundredth anniversary of the birth of essayist Masako Shirasu by showing a selection of ancient works of art that she loved. In books like Kakurezato (Hidden...More »

  • poster for Churyo Sato Exhibition

    Churyo Sato Exhibition

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    • Media: Sculpture
    • 2010-12-23 - 2011-03-06

    Sato (1912- ) was born in Miyagi, raised in Hokkaido, and moved to Tokyo at age 20. He studied sculpture at the Tokyo University of the Arts and devoted himself to the production of figurative sculpture....More »

  • poster for "Heihachi Hashimoto and Katsue Kitazono" Exhibition

    "Heihachi Hashimoto and Katsue Kitazono" Exhibition

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    • Media: Sculpture
    • 2010-10-23 - 2010-12-12

    Organized in light of recent scholarly findings, this exhibition introduces viewers to the lives and careers of the two brothers Heihachi Hashimoto and Katsue Kitazono, as well as the influence they had...More »

  • poster for "The Collection of The Kunstmuseum Winterthur: Masterpieces from the Collection" Exhibition

    "The Collection of The Kunstmuseum Winterthur: Masterpieces from the Collection" Exhibition

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    • Media: Painting
    • 2010-08-07 - 2010-10-11

    The small town of Winterthur in Switzerland has been known by art lovers as a cultured town where wealthy people have collected fine works of art. Its municipal art museum has gained a reputation for its...More »

  • poster for Félix Thiollier "Turn-of-the-Century French Photographer Rediscovered"

    Félix Thiollier "Turn-of-the-Century French Photographer Rediscovered"

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    • Media: Photography
    • 2010-05-22 - 2010-07-25

    Félix Thiollier (1842-1914) was a leading 19th century exponent of pictorialism and naturalism in European photography whose work and career remained unknown for a long time - throughout his life Thiollier...More »

  • poster for "Saburo Aso and His Contemporaries in Setagaya" Permanent Collection Exhibition

    "Saburo Aso and His Contemporaries in Setagaya" Permanent Collection Exhibition

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    • Media: Painting
    • 2010-01-05 - 2010-04-09

    A display focusing on newly acquired work by Aso Saburo and artists who were closely associated with him such as Yamaguchi Kaoru, Mori Yoshio, Murai Masanari, and Yanagihara Yoshitatsu. In the small, fan-shaped...More »

  • poster for "Uchii Shozo Exhibition - His Thought and Architecture" Exhibition

    "Uchii Shozo Exhibition - His Thought and Architecture" Exhibition

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    • Media: Architecture - Talks
    • 2009-12-12 - 2010-02-28

    An overview of the work of architect Uchii Shozo, known for his designs of the Setagaya Art Museum, International Japanese Culture Research Center, the new part of Imperial Palace, and Oita City Museum...More »

  • poster for "Parisian Art Nouveau -From the Musée d'Orsay Collection-" Exhibition

    "Parisian Art Nouveau -From the Musée d'Orsay Collection-" Exhibition

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    • Media: Crafts
    • 2009-09-12 - 2009-11-29

    Art Nouveau is a decorative style that swept Europe and beyond at the turn of the 20th century. At a time when modern mass production was becoming mainstream, Art Nouveau was a tribute to beauty in everyday...More »

  • "Masterpieces of Modern Mexican Painting" Exhibition

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    • Media: Painting
    • 2009-07-04 - 2009-08-30

    In Mexico, land of sun and revolution, art was used to show the changes in society after independence from colonial rule. The mural movement, which espoused revolutionary ideals, conveyed strong social...More »

  • "Japan: Self Portrait" Exhibition

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    • Media: Photography
    • 2009-05-02 - 2009-06-21

    Japan experienced dramatic social changes, all in less than 20 years, between the end of the Pacific War and the opening of the 1964 Tokyo Olympics. During this time, the photography scene also went through...More »

  • "Figure / Mind (Human Form, Human Thought) Permanent Collection Exhibition, First half: Part 1"

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    • Media: Painting - Prints
    • 2009-05-01 - 2009-07-12

    Examples of the human figure in painting, focusing on the work of naïve painters including Henri Rousseau. Various ways of depicting the figure – naïve, realistic, and geometric – are presented for your...More »

  • "Hiraizumi - Pure Land in the Far North-east of Japan" Exhibition

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    • Media: Painting - Sculpture
    • 2009-03-14 - 2009-04-19

    Hiraizumi, the "capital of the far north", was ruled by a northern branch of the Fujiwara family for four generations over a hundred year period beginning in the late 11th century. The Fujiwara leaders...More »

  • "Twelve Travels: British Art in Sensibility and Experience" Exhibition

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    • Media: Painting - Sculpture - Installation
    • 2009-01-10 - 2009-03-01

    This exhibition shows diverse approaches to travel through the work of 12 British artists on this theme, an important element of British culture. The Japanese have been fascinated with the paintings of...More »

  • Fumio Nambata "Permanent Collection Exhibition, Part 3"

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    • Media: Painting
    • 2008-12-12 - 2009-02-27

    Fumio Nambata was the second son of painter Tatsuoki Nambata. He seemed to be on his way to a great career as a painter until his unfortunate death at age 32 in 1974. During his short lifetime, however,...More »

  • poster for "Kaoru Yamaguchi Retrospective" Exhibition

    "Kaoru Yamaguchi Retrospective" Exhibition

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    • Media: Painting - Talks
    • 2008-11-03 - 2008-12-23

    When painter Kaoru Yamaguchi (1907-1968) returned to Japan from study in Paris in 1933, he established a studio in the Kamikitazawa area of Setagaya. He continued to live there for 35 years until his death...More »

  • "Outsider Arts Permanent Collection Exhibition, Part 2"

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    • Media: Painting
    • 2008-09-19 - 2008-11-30

    After holding the "Parallel Visions: Modern Artists and Outsider Art" exhibition featuring artists with mental disabilities from Japan and other countries, the Setagaya Art Museum began to collect "outsider...More »

  • poster for Dani Karavan Exhibition

    Dani Karavan Exhibition

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    • Media: Painting - Sculpture
    • 2008-09-02 - 2008-10-21

    Dani Karavan, born in Israel in 1930, has been making large scale sculptures that harmonize and blend in with the surrounding environment for many years. He is a remarkable artist with a worldwide reputation....More »

  • poster for Kunihiko Katsumata Exhibition

    Kunihiko Katsumata Exhibition

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    • Media: Photography
    • 2008-07-21 - 2008-07-27

    Location: Setagaya Art Museum Ward Residence GalleryMore »

  • poster for Osamu Ishiyama "12 Architectural Visions"

    Osamu Ishiyama "12 Architectural Visions"

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    • Media: Architecture
    • 2008-06-28 - 2008-08-17

    Osamu Ishiyama (1944 - ) has explored new ways of constructing buildings: making a house out of a giant steel pipe, importing materials directly from overseas, adopting diverse techniques including traditional...More »

  • "Children find a lot of stories from one picture: Permanent Collection Exhibition, Part 1" Exhibition

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    • Media: Painting - Talks
    • 2008-06-27 - 2008-09-07

    The Setagaya Art Museum conducts art appreciation workshops for students of the elementary and junior high schools of Setagaya. The volunteers who have acted as guides in this program will choose artworks...More »

  • Sai Art Exhibition

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    • Media: Painting
    • 2008-04-22 - 2008-04-27

    A studio space named Sai Art opened in Kami-machi, Setagaya Ward in 1989. They aim to promote artistic activities and support artists. When they first started, it was only a gathering of amateurs, but...More »

  • poster for Tadanori Yokoo "Be Adventurous!"

    Tadanori Yokoo "Be Adventurous!"

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    • Media: Graphics - Painting
    • 2008-04-19 - 2008-06-15

    There is perhaps no more appropriate moniker for creator Tadanori Yokoo than "the king of adventure." He launched a successful career as a graphic designer in the 60s and the 70s, and later "retired" from...More »

  • "Personal Structures Time - Space - Existence" Symposium

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    • Media: Talks
    • 2008-04-02 - 2008-04-03

    This symposium "Personal Structures: Time-Space-Existence“ will take place in Amsterdam ("Time" took place June 2007), New York ("Space"), and Tokyo ("Existence"). The symposia are organized by GlobalArtAffairs...More »

  • poster for Risa Kayahara Exhibition

    Risa Kayahara Exhibition

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    • Media: Photography - Talks
    • 2008-03-18 - 2008-03-23

    "Shaseijutsu" is a series of exhibitions featuring works by emerging photographers from Setagaya. The first edition of the series features Lisa Sugahara. Her works will be also on display at Seikatsu-Kobo...More »

  • Ilya Kabakov "Orbis Pictus -Children's Book and Illustration"

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    • Media: Illustration - Talks
    • 2008-02-09 - 2008-04-06

    Ilya Kabakov (1933-) is one of the most highly acclaimed contemporary artists from Ukraine. During the Soviet era, he worked as an illustrator for children's books. His illustrated books were kept unseen...More »

  • 2007 3rd Permanent Collection Exhibition

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    • Media: Painting
    • 2007-12-11 - 2008-04-04

    Works by Nihonga painter Yasuro Ueno who passed away in August 2005 were donated to this museum by his family. In a way, his work can be seen as a anthem to mankind based on Christian humanistic spirituality....More »

  • "Palau - Parallel Life: Genius, Atsushi Nakajima & Japanese Gauguin, Hisakatsu Hijikata" Exhibition

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    • Media: Painting - Drawing - Sculpture
    • 2007-11-17 - 2008-01-27

    Hisakatsu Hijikata was born in 1900, and Atsushi Nakajima in 1909. These two creative minds met each other in July 1941, just before the Pacific War started, on the island of Palau. During that time, Micronesia...More »

  • poster for "Shinzo Fukuhara, Art & Shiseido" Exhibition

    "Shinzo Fukuhara, Art & Shiseido" Exhibition

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    • Media: Painting - Photography - Product
    • 2007-09-01 - 2007-11-04

    Shinzo Fukuhara (1883-1948) was born in Ginza as the third son of Shisedo founder Arinobu Fukuhara. He studied Japanese painting and photography, and pharmaceutics in America. Even after he took over the...More »

  • Gallery Collection Exhibition "Gifts from Dreams"

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    • Media: Prints
    • 2007-08-11 - 2007-12-12

    Taken from the Setagaya Art Museum's huge collection, this exhibition features prints by Tetsuro Komai. Also, works by Kiyoshi Hasegawa, Georges Rouault, Odilon Redon - artists who greatly inspired Komai...More »

  • "Sai (Colorful) Art" Exhibition

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    • Media: Painting - Crafts
    • 2007-07-01 - 2007-07-15

    The Kumin Gallery in Setagaya Art Museum is holding an exhibition based on a open call for Japanese painting (including watercolor and ink drawing), oil painting, and crafts. More »

  • poster for "Eyes of Jiro Aoyama" Exhibition

    "Eyes of Jiro Aoyama" Exhibition

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    • Media: Ceramics - Talks
    • 2007-06-09 - 2007-08-19

    Legendary connoisseur of antiques, Jiro Aoyama (1901-1979) grew up in a wealthy family, showing a sophisticated aesthetic sense even when he was a teenager. In his 20s, he supported the cultural movement...More »

  • poster for "Painting Talks 1945±15" Exhibition

    "Painting Talks 1945±15" Exhibition

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    • Media: Painting
    • 2007-04-17 - 2007-08-02

    This exhibition includes works created between 1930 and 1960, reflecting on the social backgrounds of each time. The chaos of wartime is expressed by the artists on show, including Kazu Wakita, Saburo...More »

  • poster for "Taro Okamoto and His Contemporaries in the Post-War Era" Exhibition

    "Taro Okamoto and His Contemporaries in the Post-War Era" Exhibition

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    • Media: Painting - Talks
    • 2007-03-24 - 2007-05-27

    Taro Okamoto (1911-1996) went to Paris at the age of eighteen, exhibiting in galleries and later serving in the military for four years. After he came back, he built his studio in Kaminoge in Setagaya...More »

  • poster for Gallery Collection Exhibition "Symphony in the Garden"

    Gallery Collection Exhibition "Symphony in the Garden"

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    • Media: Painting
    • 2007-01-04 - 2007-04-08

    Three artists and photographers capture scenes in gardens, which are a fountain of life and yet cannot easily be found these days. More »

  • poster for Kenkichi Tomitomo Exhibition

    Kenkichi Tomitomo Exhibition

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    • Media: Ceramics
    • 2007-01-04 - 2007-03-11

    This exhibition celebrates the 120th anniversary of the birth of Kenkichi Tomitomo, a master of contemporary pottery. Tomomitomo was born in Nara Prefecture and studied architecture and interior decorating...More »

  • poster for "Public Art in Japan" Exhibition

    "Public Art in Japan" Exhibition

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    • Media: Photography - Sculpture
    • 2006-11-05 - 2006-12-24

    Public art has come a long way since sculptures were placed outdoors in public spaces in an effort to revitalize cityscapes after the war. Today, it plays an important part in our society by contributing...More »

  • poster for "Rousseau's Dreams" Exhibition

    "Rousseau's Dreams" Exhibition

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    • Media: Painting - Talks
    • 2006-10-07 - 2006-12-10

    Setagaya Art Museum celebrates their 20th anniversary with an in depth exhibition of Henri Rousseau, which will introduce the world of this strange and unique artist while examining the way he has been...More »

  • poster for "Designing a lifestyle for the days to come"

    "Designing a lifestyle for the days to come"

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    • Media: Illustration - Product - Talks
    • 2006-07-15 - 2006-09-24

    As the rapid economic growth of the 1960s produced a consumer society in Japan, design and illustration emerged as important fields representative of the new age. Since then, their development has run...More »

  • poster for From the Museum Collection: The Englishness

    From the Museum Collection: The Englishness

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    • Media: Painting - Photography - Prints - Sculpture
    • 2006-07-04 - 2006-10-22
  • poster for The Graceful World of Wood Block Prints

    The Graceful World of Wood Block Prints

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    • Media: Prints
    • 2006-04-22 - 2006-06-25

    200 works spanning Bunmei Fukita's career, from his elementary school teacher days to present times. The contrast between clarity and dignity in Fukita's works provides a surprising freshness to the...More »

  • H18 Collection Exhibition - Artists Inspired by Words

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    • Media: Painting
    • 2006-04-21 - 2006-06-25

    Words often jump start the imaginations of artists. This exhibition is a collection of works by artists who were inspired by words to create their own worlds.More »

  • poster for Setagaya Art 2006 Commemorating 20th Anniversary

    Setagaya Art 2006 Commemorating 20th Anniversary

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    • Media: Painting - Sculpture - Crafts - Talks
    • 2006-02-25 - 2006-04-09

    The Setagaya Art Exhibition started even before the Setagaya Art Museum opened. It served as an occasion for exchanges and communication between painters, sculptors, and craftspeople living in Setagaya...More »

  • poster for Hisao Domoto Retrospective - Toward the Abyss of Painting

    Hisao Domoto Retrospective - Toward the Abyss of Painting

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    • Media: Painting
    • 2005-12-17 - 2006-02-12

    Domoto was born in Kyoto in 1928 and began his career as a Japanese-style painter in the early postwar years. He moved to Europe in 1952 aged 24 and switched to oil painting. Subsequently, he showed his...More »

  • poster for Palace & Mosque: Islamic Art from the Victoria and Albert Museum

    Palace & Mosque: Islamic Art from the Victoria and Albert Museum

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    • Media: Sculpture - Crafts - Ceramics
    • 2005-10-01 - 2005-12-04

    This exhibition presents highlights from the collection of the famed London museum, treasures of Islamic art from the 8th to the 19th century. It features a seven-meter-high minbar with exquisite ivory...More »

  • poster for Between Drawing and Sculpture: The Prints of Isamu Wakabayashi

    Between Drawing and Sculpture: The Prints of Isamu Wakabayashi

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    • Media: Prints - Sculpture
    • 2005-09-06 - 2005-11-13

    Until his untimely death one year ago, Wakabayashi was one of the most important contemporary sculptors in Japan. He is known for highly intelligent work, based on a deep appreciation of nature, constructed...More »

  • poster for Ghent Modernism in Belgian Art: from Neo-classicism to Surrealism

    Ghent Modernism in Belgian Art: from Neo-classicism to Surrealism

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    • Media: Painting
    • 2005-06-11 - 2005-09-04

    After Brussels and Antwerp, Ghent is Belgium's third largest city, and thanks to its history as a trading center for woolen cloth, which began in the 12th century and reached its peak in the 15th century,...More »

  • poster for Masanari Murai - frontrunner of Japan's abstract art scene

    Masanari Murai - frontrunner of Japan's abstract art scene

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    • Media: Painting - Prints - Crafts
    • 2005-04-29 - 2005-08-28

    After the artist Masanari Murai died in 1999 at the age of 93, several of his works were donated to the Setagaya Art Museum by his bequest. When talking about Murai, people tend to think of big panels...More »

  • poster for Afterimages of Tokyo 1935-1992

    Afterimages of Tokyo 1935-1992

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    • Media: Photography
    • 2005-04-23 - 2005-05-29

    Since opening, the museum has made a special effort to acquire works of photography for its collection. This exhibition is made up of photographs from the collection related to the city of Tokyo. Organized...More »

  • poster for Shuzo Takiguchi Collection: Drifting Objects on Dreams

    Shuzo Takiguchi Collection: Drifting Objects on Dreams

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    • Media: Painting - Drawing - Photography
    • 2005-02-04 - 2005-04-22

    Shuzo Takiguchi (1903-1979), known for introducing Surrealism to Japan, was a remarkable poet and art critic who continually promoted the true spirit of the avant-garde. He was surrounded by large numbers...More »

  • poster for World Heritage: Sacred Sites and Pilgrimage Routes in the Kii Mountain Range -Treasures from Yoshino, Kumano, Koya.

    World Heritage: Sacred Sites and Pilgrimage Routes in the Kii Mountain Range -Treasures from Yoshino, Kumano, Koya.

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    • Media: Crafts - Sculpture
    • 2004-11-20 - 2005-01-23

    This exhibition presents about 250 treasures (including about 80 National Treasures and Important Cultural Properties ) from temples and shrines in the Kii Mountain Range.More »

  • poster for The Ancient History and Culture of Jordan

    The Ancient History and Culture of Jordan

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    • Media: Crafts - Ceramics - Sculpture
    • 2004-09-18 - 2004-11-07

    The Jordan valley is the site of the first human experiments in agriculture around 8000 B.C. It lies in the center of the Middle East at the intersection of major trade routes and is unique as a place...More »

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