The Museum of Contemporary Art, Karuizawa - Past Events

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

  • Shusaku Arakawa “Transcendent Dimensions!”

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    • Media: Painting - Drawing
    • 2018-04-26 - 2018-11-25

    Coinciding with the show “Artists Abroad,” this exhibition introduces 15 rare early works by the artist and architect Shusaku Arakawa from the time soon after his arrival in America. Arakawa is known for...More »

  • Yayoi Kusama “Recent Prints”

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    • Media: Prints
    • 2018-04-26 - 2018-11-25

    Exhibiting 20 prints by Yayoi Kusama, including her early silkscreens and Ukiyo-e prints using traditional woodblock techniques and acrylics. “Seven-colored Mt. Fuji” featuring Mt. Fuji against a background...More »

  • Artists Abroad

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    • Media: Painting - Drawing
    • 2018-04-26 - 2018-11-25

    Exhibiting around 50 works by Japanese artists from the past several decades who have traveled, worked, and lived overseas. In our increasingly global age, their works speak to the joys and pains of creation,...More »

  • Artists who have crossed the seas

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    • Media: Painting - Drawing - Prints - Sculpture - Product
    • 2017-04-27 - 2017-11-23

    In this exhibition celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Museum of Contemporary Art, Karuizawa, visitors will be invited to explore the genealogy of the museum’s collection, with around 70 works presented...More »

  • poster for Anz Kanie “Looking at the world, or all things”

    Anz Kanie “Looking at the world, or all things”

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    • Media: Prints
    • 2017-04-27 - 2017-11-23

    Karuizawa in Nagano Prefecture is artist Anz Kanie’s adoptive hometown. She has spent a lot of time there since childhood, taking much inspiration from the abundant forests and animals there, as well as...More »

  • poster for Kumi Sugai “Dashing Images”

    Kumi Sugai “Dashing Images”

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    • Media: Painting
    • 2017-04-23 - 2017-11-23

    Kumi Sugai is a painter who worked between France and Japan, receiving high international acclaim during his lifetime. Even now, 20 years since Sugai’s death, his works continue to enthrall audiences with...More »

  • poster for Eyes on the World - Project/Pop

    Eyes on the World - Project/Pop

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    • Media: Painting - Architecture - Sculpture
    • 2016-04-28 - 2016-11-23

    Artists continue to take on the issues of land, culture, society and human life through a variety of expressions. This exhibition places the spotlight upon Tadashi Kawamata’s architectural projects and...More »

  • poster for Michiko Matsumoto “Portraits of Women Artists”

    Michiko Matsumoto “Portraits of Women Artists”

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    • Media: Photography
    • 2016-04-28 - 2016-09-05

    Since the 1980s Matsumoto traveled across the world to capture the portraits of major contemporary artists and dancers based in New York, Paris, Tokyo and further afield. In particular she followed the...More »

  • poster for Yayoi Kusama Exhibition

    Yayoi Kusama Exhibition

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    • Media: Painting - Drawing - Sculpture - Ceramics
    • 2016-04-28 - 2016-11-23

    This exhibition features works from Kusama’s 2012 print series, ceramics of pumpkin motifs, and high heels created with the porcelain techniques of Jingdezhen, China. Venue: 2F Special Exhibitions Gallery...More »

  • poster for Painters Across the Seas - Woman Power

    Painters Across the Seas - Woman Power

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    • Media: Painting - Sculpture
    • 2016-04-28 - 2016-11-23

    As the museum comes to enter its 9th year since its founding it takes the opportunity to reflect upon its central focus of Japanese artists who have traveled abroad. In today’s contemporary society of...More »

  • poster for Kae Higuchi “Story Days”

    Kae Higuchi “Story Days”

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    • Media: Illustration - Painting - Prints
    • 2015-09-01 - 2015-11-23

    The artist Kae Higuchi is known for her depictions of unusual children with slightly off-kilter ambiences. This exhibition focuses on her original illustrations, a new medium for Higuchi, who until now...More »

  • poster for Artists Who Crossed the Oceans

    Artists Who Crossed the Oceans

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    • Media: Painting - Drawing
    • 2015-04-25 - 2015-11-23

    Umi Gallery has been tracing the footsteps of “artists who crossed the oceans.” The epoch-making art movements in Paris and New York at the beginning of the twentieth century stimulated the Japanese art...More »

  • poster for In and Around Sadamasa Motonaga

    In and Around Sadamasa Motonaga

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    • 2015-04-25 - 2015-11-23

    Participating in the Gutai Art Association from its early days until its breakup, Sadamasa Motonaga is remembered as one of Japan’s leading postwar abstract artists. Motonaga passed away at the age of...More »

  • poster for Colorful Art Posters

    Colorful Art Posters

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    • Media: Graphics - Illustration - Painting - Drawing
    • 2015-04-25 - 2015-08-31

    An exhibition 30 rare posters designed by modern masters such as Pablo Picasso, Marc Chagall, Raoul Dufy and Wassily Kandinsky, all created in the famed Parisian printing atelier of Mourlot Studios.More »

  • poster for Kenichi Ochida “Float Line”

    Kenichi Ochida “Float Line”

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    • Media: Painting
    • 2014-09-01 - 2014-11-30

    Kenichi Ochida is an artist who gazes upon nature, captures something without shape within the everyday and brings it to form through his own unique expression. This exhibition features 10 of his most...More »

  • poster for Cities Nurturing Artists

    Cities Nurturing Artists

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    • 2014-04-17 - 2014-11-30

    The collection of the Museum of Contemporary Art, Karuizawa centers around the work of Japanese artists who have based their practice overseas and here features the likes of Yayoi Kusama, Yoshitomo Nara...More »

  • poster for Tatsuo Yamaguchi “Drawn Philosophy”

    Tatsuo Yamaguchi “Drawn Philosophy”

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    • Media: Painting
    • 2014-04-17 - 2014-08-31

    Bringing the contemplative work of Tatsuo Yamaguchi Karuizawa in his first museum exhibition in Japan, building on the acclaim gained across Germany, Australia and Taiwan and providing a eulogy to his...More »

  • poster for Kae Higuchi Exhibition

    Kae Higuchi Exhibition

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    • Media: Painting - Sculpture
    • 2013-09-01 - 2013-12-01

    Kae Higuchi’s paintings and drawings are remarkable for their simple compositions of compressed perspective, their distorted caricatures of children, and their bold white spaces and unembellished details...More »

  • poster for Miwa Nishimura “Iridescent Allegories”

    Miwa Nishimura “Iridescent Allegories”

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    • Media: Photography
    • 2013-06-27 - 2013-08-31

    Standing in front of Miwa Nishimura’s work one is first caught by the freshness of color, captured amongst which is a world of small people all engaged in some particular task. The tool photography which...More »

  • poster for Did Contemporary Art Begin with Fujita?

    Did Contemporary Art Begin with Fujita?

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    • Media: Painting
    • 2013-04-13 - 2013-12-01

    Tsuguharu Fujita, the popular member of the Paris school, had a particular connection with many pioneering Japanese artists. For example it was through Fujita’s harsh words that Jirou Yoshihara was inspired...More »

  • poster for Keiko Minami Exhibition

    Keiko Minami Exhibition

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    • Media: Painting - Drawing - Prints
    • 2013-04-13 - 2013-06-22

    A range of oil paintings, water colors, drawings and prints. Venue: 2F Special Exhibition Gallery [Image: Keiko Minami “Flowers and Two Birds” Oil Color]More »

  • poster for Yayoi Kusama Exhibition

    Yayoi Kusama Exhibition

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    • Media: Prints
    • 2012-08-01 - 2012-11-30

    This exhibition features new prints that showcase Kusama's pop colors.More »

  • poster for Shoko Kanazawa Exhibition

    Shoko Kanazawa Exhibition

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    • Media: Graphics
    • 2012-07-01 - 2012-07-29

    This exhibition showcases 4 folding screens and 4 large panels, as well as some 50 works from Kenji Miyazawa's "Ame nimo makezu".More »

  • poster for "Artists who Crossed Oceans" Exhibition

    "Artists who Crossed Oceans" Exhibition

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    • Media: Painting - Sculpture
    • 2012-04-01 - 2012-11-30

    This first curated exhibition for 2012 focuses on works by Yayoi Kusama, as well as a number of video works from the collection. [Image: Yayoi Kusama "Pumpkin" (1982) Acrylic on canvas]More »

  • poster for Zhou Tiehai + Ding Yi Exhibition

    Zhou Tiehai + Ding Yi Exhibition

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    • Media: Prints
    • 2012-04-01 - 2012-06-29

    [Image: Zhou Tiehai "FrancescoMariaDellaRovere" (2009) Etching]More »

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