Pola Museum of Art - Past Events

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

  • poster for Shimurabros – Film Without Film

    Shimurabros – Film Without Film

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    • Media: Sculpture - Installation - Video and Film - Media Arts
    • 2018-12-08 - 2019-03-17

    The “Hiraku Project” is conceived as a series of exhibitions introducing contemporary artworks by Pola Art Foundation Grant recipients. Shimurabros is the sister and brother artist team of Yuka and Kentaro...More »

  • poster for Japan’s Modern Beauty – Okada Saburosuke and his Contemporaries in the Era of Japanese Modern Style

    Japan’s Modern Beauty – Okada Saburosuke and his Contemporaries in the Era of Japanese Modern Style

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    • Media: Painting - Nihonga - Fashion - Crafts
    • 2018-12-08 - 2019-03-17

    Oil painter Saburosuke Okada (1869–1939) played a central role in the creation of fashion icons and images of “ideal beauty.” Having been engaged from the late Meiji period in department store work, he...More »

  • poster for Youki Hirakawa “Nitrate Dreams”

    Youki Hirakawa “Nitrate Dreams”

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    • Media: Video and Film
    • 2018-09-30 - 2018-12-02

    The Hiraku Project is conceived as a series of exhibitions introducing contemporary artworks by Pola Art Foundation Grant recipients. The exhibitions are held at the Atrium Gallery, recently established...More »

  • poster for Foujita’s Paintings and Drawings for his Lovers, Wives, and Friends

    Foujita’s Paintings and Drawings for his Lovers, Wives, and Friends

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    • Media: Painting - Drawing - Sculpture
    • 2018-07-22 - 2018-12-02

    Foujita became the darling of 1920s Paris, nicknamed ‘Fou-Fou’ and engaging in sensational activity and close friendships thereafter in Paris, Tokyo, and other cities. Living to be almost 80 years old,...More »

  • poster for Redon and His World: Beyond Imagination

    Redon and His World: Beyond Imagination

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    • Media: Painting - Drawing - Prints - Talks
    • 2018-07-22 - 2018-12-02

    Odilon Redon was a French painter from the 19th and 20th centuries. Even though Redon was active during the same period as the impressionist painters, his style was completely different. This exhibition...More »

  • poster for Sebastian Masuda “Point-Rhythm World 2018 — Monet’s Microcosm”

    Sebastian Masuda “Point-Rhythm World 2018 — Monet’s Microcosm”

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    • Media: Painting - Sculpture - Installation - Media Arts
    • 2018-07-22 - 2018-12-02

    Artist Sebastian Masuda presents a giant installation forming a colorful world inspired by Claude Monet’s “Water Lilly Pond.” Interactive projection mapping by media artist Teruaki Tsubokura responds and...More »

  • poster for Kaoru Hirano “Memory and History”

    Kaoru Hirano “Memory and History”

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    • Media: Installation
    • 2018-07-22 - 2018-09-24

    Hirano’s installation crafted from three umbrellas related to three cities (Nagasaki, Hiroshima, and Berlin) is closely connected to her personal history. She unravels the umbrella cloth into individual...More »

  • poster for Tamami Iinuma “Momentary Architecture”

    Tamami Iinuma “Momentary Architecture”

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    • Media: Photography - Talks
    • 2018-05-19 - 2018-07-16

    Tamami Iinuma’s photographs capture architecture and the surrounding space. For Iinuma, architecture is not merely a lifeless structure but a warm existence comprised of the architect, those involved in...More »

  • poster for “Emile Gallé: Collecting Nature”

    “Emile Gallé: Collecting Nature”

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    • Media: Sculpture - Product - Crafts
    • 2018-03-17 - 2018-07-16

    New Art or Art Nouveau came into vogue in 19th century France. Glass artist Emile Gallé was one of the leaders of this movement that emphasized curved lines inspired by the shapes and forms of plants....More »

  • poster for Manika Nagare “Tracing the Colors”

    Manika Nagare “Tracing the Colors”

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    • Media: Painting
    • 2018-03-17 - 2018-05-13

    Manika Nagare’s paintings are composed of layers of vivid color. While fluidly abstract, her images are based on actual human figures and landscapes that have caught her interest. Nagare pursued a commonality...More »

  • poster for Kei Takemura “Which moment is the most exciting?”

    Kei Takemura “Which moment is the most exciting?”

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    • Media: Painting - Product - Crafts - Performance Art - Talks
    • 2018-01-13 - 2018-03-11

    Kei Takemura is an artist who attributes new aesthetic value to forgotten objects, past memories, and personal stories through his works such as those comprising the “Restored” series. Here he combined...More »

  • poster for Sai Hashizume “Girls start the riot”

    Sai Hashizume “Girls start the riot”

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    • Media: Painting
    • 2017-10-01 - 2018-01-08

    In celebration of its 15th anniversary, Pola Museum of Art established a brand new space dedicated to introducing contemporary artists looking to explore new possibilities in art. The inaugural exhibition...More »

  • poster for A Century of Art - Journey through 100 Masterpieces

    A Century of Art - Journey through 100 Masterpieces

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    • Media: Painting
    • 2017-10-01 - 2018-03-11

    This exhibition marking the Pola Museum of Art’s 15th anniversary presents works from the museum’s collection of important 19th and 20th century art, from Impressionist and Ecole de Paris works to modern...More »

  • poster for Picasso and Chagall: Imaginary Dialogues

    Picasso and Chagall: Imaginary Dialogues

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    • Media: Painting - Crafts - Workshops - Talks
    • 2017-03-18 - 2017-09-24

    This exhibition presenting the work of Pablo Picasso (1881-1973) and Marc Chagall (1887-1985) commemorates the museum’s 15th anniversary. Picasso and Chagall developed their distinctive styles in Paris...More »

  • poster for Artists on the Edges of Paris: Le Douanier Rousseau, Foujita, and Atget

    Artists on the Edges of Paris: Le Douanier Rousseau, Foujita, and Atget

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    • Media: Painting - Photography
    • 2016-09-10 - 2017-03-03

    The Pola Museum of Art is pleased to present the exhibition Artists on the Edges of Paris: Le Douanier Rousseau, Foujita, and Atget. Paris was once a fortified city, surrounded by walls and embankments....More »

  • poster for Modern Beauty – Art and Fashion in France

    Modern Beauty – Art and Fashion in France

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    • Media: Painting - Prints - Fashion - Product - Talks
    • 2016-03-19 - 2016-09-04

    This exhibition commemorating the 20th anniversary of The Pola Art Foundation spotlights “feminine beauty,” a special focus of the museum’s collection. The Industrial Revolution had a profound effect on...More »

  • poster for Artists on the Edges of Paris: Le Douanier Rousseau, Foujita, and Atget

    Artists on the Edges of Paris: Le Douanier Rousseau, Foujita, and Atget

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    • Media: Painting
    • 2015-10-03 - 2016-03-13

    Transformations in aesthetic values occurring along with modernization in the second half of the 19th century also brought about new relationships with nature. Artists projected their ideals onto their...More »

  • poster for Cézanne Exhibition

    Cézanne Exhibition

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    • Media: Painting
    • 2015-04-04 - 2015-09-27

    Picasso is the one who claimed that Cézanne “is the father of us all”, and it is certain that he was a pioneer who influenced firstly the likes of Braque and Matisse and came to spread his impact upon...More »

  • poster for Art Books by 20th Century Masters

    Art Books by 20th Century Masters

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    • Media: Prints
    • 2014-09-21 - 2015-03-29

    Pioneers of 20th century art such as Chagall, Matisse, Miro, and Dali used printmaking techniques to create gorgeous art books. Based mainly in Paris, where they brought the art book culture to full fruition,...More »

  • poster for Pola Museum of Art - Japanese Lacquer Cosmetic Accessories

    Pola Museum of Art - Japanese Lacquer Cosmetic Accessories

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    • Media: Crafts
    • 2014-09-18 - 2015-03-29

    In Japan the use of lacquer, or urushi, stretches back to prehistoric times. A lacquered comb, for example, was excavated from remains of around 4,000 BC in the Jomon period. Since ancient times it has...More »

  • poster for ”Jikkuri”

    ”Jikkuri”

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    • Media: Painting
    • 2014-09-18 - 2015-03-15

    “Is it difficult to understand a painting?” No special knowledge is necessary to view a painting. A painting has infinite possibilities, and each person may freely approach a painting in their own way....More »

  • poster for Western Painting from Japan and the West

    Western Painting from Japan and the West

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    • Media: Painting
    • 2014-09-18 - 2015-03-29

    A selection of Western style paintings produced in Japan and the West are presented from the Pola Museum of Art collection.More »

  • poster for Pola Museum of Art - Glasswork Selections - Emile Galle and the Art Nouveau Artists

    Pola Museum of Art - Glasswork Selections - Emile Galle and the Art Nouveau Artists

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    • Media: Crafts
    • 2014-09-18 - 2015-03-29

    Art Nouveau, characterized by its curving lines and motifs of plants and other natural forms, saw the introduction of novel and unique designs that captivated the world of art in the late 19th century. In...More »

  • poster for In Search of Modigliani— From the Avant-Garde to Classicalism

    In Search of Modigliani— From the Avant-Garde to Classicalism

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    • Media: Painting - Talks
    • 2014-04-12 - 2014-09-15

    Born in Livorno, Italy, the painter and sculptor Amedeo Modigliani (1884–1920) lived a short but storied life, producing art in a unique style that continues to strike viewers with its vividness. While...More »

  • poster for ”Jikkuri”

    ”Jikkuri”

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    • Media: Painting
    • 2014-04-09 - 2014-09-15

    No special knowledge is necessary to view a painting. A painting has infinite possibilities, and each person may freely approach a painting in their own way. But what if someone would like guidance on...More »

  • poster for Western Paintings, Japanese Western-style Paintings and Japanese-style Paintings

    Western Paintings, Japanese Western-style Paintings and Japanese-style Paintings

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    • Media: Painting
    • 2014-04-09 - 2014-09-15

    Western paintings, Japanese Western-style paintings and nihonga from the Pola Museum of Art collection.More »

  • poster for Pola Museum of Art - Glasswork Selections

    Pola Museum of Art - Glasswork Selections

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    • Media: Crafts
    • 2014-04-09 - 2014-09-15

    Following the developments of art nouveau and art deco through glass works from the museum collection, with the curving lines and organic motifs of the former, and bold human forms of the latter, drawing...More »

  • poster for “Homage to Renoir - Renoir and Painters of the Twentieth Century”

    “Homage to Renoir - Renoir and Painters of the Twentieth Century”

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    • Media: Painting
    • 2013-12-01 - 2014-04-06

    Renoir is known as a forefather of the early impressionist movement, however his female portraits and flower motifs from the late 1890’s, imbued with a delicate sense of feeling and executed with the precision...More »

  • poster for “Color, Line, Form: Matisse, Degas, Chagall”

    “Color, Line, Form: Matisse, Degas, Chagall”

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    • Media: Painting
    • 2013-12-01 - 2014-04-06

    Examining the possibilities of material this exhibition highlights the wealth of techniques and epression afforded through the use of not only oil paints but also pastel as used by Manet and Degas and...More »

  • poster for “Japanese-Style Paintings and Japanese Western-Style Paintings”

    “Japanese-Style Paintings and Japanese Western-Style Paintings”

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    • Media: Painting
    • 2013-12-01 - 2014-04-06

    A selection of nihonga, Japanese oil painting and work from Leonard Fujita from the Pola Museum of Art collection. [Image: Saburosuke Okada “Iris Gown” 1927]More »

  • poster for Monet, An Eye for Landscapes- Innovation in 19th Century French Landscape Paintings

    Monet, An Eye for Landscapes- Innovation in 19th Century French Landscape Paintings

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    • Media: Painting
    • 2013-07-13 - 2013-11-24

    Cezanne once said that Monet was “only an eye- yet what an eye,” a fitting description for Monet’s life-long pursuit of portraying outdoor light. Yet Monet did more than simply depict momentary impressions...More »

  • poster for Léonard Foujita New to the Collection

    Léonard Foujita New to the Collection

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    • Media: Painting
    • 2013-07-13 - 2013-11-24

    The Pola Museum of Art presents three new acquisitions of work by Léonard Foujita(Tsuguharu Fujita, 1886-1968), including an example of his early period, as well as benchmarks in Fouhjita’s post war career. Active...More »

  • poster for Pola Museum of Art - Glasswork Selections

    Pola Museum of Art - Glasswork Selections

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    • Media: Painting - Product - Crafts
    • 2013-07-13 - 2014-04-06

    Presenting a range of glassware from the Art Nouveau period which so enthralled Europe from the late 19th century to early 20th century, a movement characterized by curving lines and motifs of plants and...More »

  • poster for Looking for Beauty: Yasushi Sugiyama

    Looking for Beauty: Yasushi Sugiyama

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    • Media: Painting - Ceramics - Talks
    • 2013-03-01 - 2013-07-07

    This series of exhibitions introduces the collection of Tsuneshi Suzuki, the son of the founder of Pola and who built up the Pola Museum of Art's massive collection after the war. This time the focus is...More »

  • poster for "Looking for Beauty: Tsuneshi Suzuki" Exhibition

    "Looking for Beauty: Tsuneshi Suzuki" Exhibition

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    • Media: Painting
    • 2012-10-05 - 2013-02-26

    Tsuneshi Suzuki (1930 - 2000), son of the founder of Pola Orbis Group, assembled the works in the Pola Museum of Art collection over a period of 40 years. In all, there are around 9500 works, representing...More »

  • poster for "Collector Tsuneshi Suzuki – Part One: Picasso and Paintings from the Pola Museum of Art" Exhibition

    "Collector Tsuneshi Suzuki – Part One: Picasso and Paintings from the Pola Museum of Art" Exhibition

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    • Media: Painting - Talks
    • 2012-07-14 - 2012-10-02

    After devoting four decades to his activities as an art collector, Tsuneshi Suzuki built up a systematic and comprehensive collection for the Pola Museum of Art. Highlights of the first part of this exhibition,...More »

  • poster for "The Development of Impression: Monet, Renoir and the Next Generations" Exhibition

    "The Development of Impression: Monet, Renoir and the Next Generations" Exhibition

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    • Media: Painting
    • 2012-01-21 - 2012-07-08

    The activities of the French Impressionists were over after roughly the decade of 1870 to 1880. But Monet and Renoir kept producing work for a long time after that. It is little known that their work and...More »

  • poster for "Foujita: Mon Paris, Mon Atelier" Exhibition

    "Foujita: Mon Paris, Mon Atelier" Exhibition

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    • Media: Illustration - Painting
    • 2011-03-19 - 2012-01-15

    Foujita (Léonard Foujita / Foujita Tsuguharu, 1886-1968) attracted notice as an artist with the distinctive smooth "milky-white skin" that he was able to achieve in his graceful paintings of nudes. The...More »

  • Henri Rousseau "Under Paris Skies"

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    • Media: Painting
    • 2010-09-11 - 2011-03-13

    Rousseau is a unique artist whose works, with their unusual charm, have endless appeal. Commemorating 100 years since Rousseau's death, this exhibition consists of the artists' works in the permanent collection...More »

  • poster for "Mineral Colors, Myriad Images: Nihonga from the Collection" Exhibition

    "Mineral Colors, Myriad Images: Nihonga from the Collection" Exhibition

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    • Media: Painting
    • 2010-03-13 - 2010-09-05

    "Mineral Colors, Myriad Images: Nihonga from the Collection" is the Pola Museum's first exhibition of Nihonga paintings. The Museum has until now concentrated on the presentation of European, mainly French,...More »

  • poster for "Garden and Interior: Visions of Intimate World by Bonnard and Matisse" Exhibition

    "Garden and Interior: Visions of Intimate World by Bonnard and Matisse" Exhibition

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    • Media: Painting
    • 2009-09-12 - 2010-03-07

    Gardens and interiors are spaces closely related to our everyday lives. Both enjoy a long tradition as subjects for painting. With the rise of bourgeois society in nineteenth-century France, the painters...More »

  • poster for "A Century of Portraiture: Renoir, Modigliani, Picasso and Other Artists from the Collection" Exhibition

    "A Century of Portraiture: Renoir, Modigliani, Picasso and Other Artists from the Collection" Exhibition

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    • Media: Painting
    • 2009-03-14 - 2009-09-06

    Portraiture has been a key subject of painting and sculpture since ancient times. Figures of authority have long sought to project their power by imprinting their images on monuments and coins. Carved...More »

  • poster for "Yuzo Saeki and France" Exhibition

    "Yuzo Saeki and France" Exhibition

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    • Media: Painting
    • 2008-09-13 - 2009-03-08

    Arriving in Paris in January 1924, Yuzo Saeki visited Auvers sur Oise early that summer, the town in which Vincent van Gogh lived during his last days. Here, Saeki encountered the Fauvist painter Maurice...More »

  • poster for "Chagall - My Stories" Exhibition

    "Chagall - My Stories" Exhibition

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    • Media: Painting
    • 2008-03-29 - 2008-09-07

    Throughout his career, Marc Chagall not only depicted fantastical imagery in rich colors, but also gave expression to his childhood memories with a sense of rustic poetry. Chagall never ceased to project...More »

  • poster for "Monet and the French Landscape - Traveling with Artists in France" Exhibition

    "Monet and the French Landscape - Traveling with Artists in France" Exhibition

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    • Media: Painting
    • 2007-09-22 - 2008-03-23

    This exhibition is held in commemoration of the fifth anniversary of the Pola Museum of Art. In the latter half of the 19th century, the Impressionists turned to landscapes in their quest to express...More »

  • poster for "Flowers in Painting - From Monet and Renoir to Ryuzaburo Umehara and Taikan Yokoyama" Exhibition

    "Flowers in Painting - From Monet and Renoir to Ryuzaburo Umehara and Taikan Yokoyama" Exhibition

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    • Media: Painting
    • 2007-03-24 - 2007-09-17

    Flowers have made people happy throughout the ages, whether found in nature, or in people's daily lives. This exhibition presents 90 works or Western and Japanese painting from the museum collection that...More »

  • poster for "Emile Gallé and Glass Works of the Art Nouveau" Exhibition

    "Emile Gallé and Glass Works of the Art Nouveau" Exhibition

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    • Media: Painting
    • 2007-03-24 - 2007-09-17

    Born in Nancy, in the Lorraine area of France, Emile Gallé (1846-1904) is known as one of the major artists of Art Nouveau. This exhibition presents famous works from both the collection of the Pola Museum...More »

  • poster for "Ballet by Degas, Dali and Chagall - Physical Expression in Art" Exhibition

    "Ballet by Degas, Dali and Chagall - Physical Expression in Art" Exhibition

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    • Media: Painting - Sculpture - Crafts - Talks
    • 2006-09-23 - 2007-03-18

    Ballet is the art of human physical expression. From its classical to contemporary styles, ballet continues to enthrall people all over the world. Over time, many artists have been impressed by ballet...More »

  • poster for Picasso: Five Themes

    Picasso: Five Themes

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    • Media: Painting - Talks
    • 2006-03-18 - 2006-09-17

    Picasso painted people, objects, and our ever changing appearances; he cultivated all the possibilities of painting. With his work "Woman and Child on the Seashore" from the blue period and "Nude" from...More »

  • poster for The Age of Kuroda Seiki and Kishida Ryusei

    The Age of Kuroda Seiki and Kishida Ryusei

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    • Media: Painting - Sculpture
    • 2005-09-03 - 2006-03-12

    Returning from France in 1893, Seiki Kuroda altered the direction of Western painting in Japan. He formed a group called "Hakuba-kai" with other artists such as Takeji Fujishima and Saburosuke Okada. Their...More »

  • poster for Great Masters of Impressionism

    Great Masters of Impressionism

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    • Media: Painting - Prints - Sculpture
    • 2005-01-16 - 2005-08-28

    The First Impressionist Exhibition was held in 1874 at the studio of photographer Nadar at 35 boulevard des Capucines, Paris. It was a completely new type of group exhibition by cutting-edge artists. More...More »

  • poster for The World of Children

    The World of Children

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    • Media: Painting
    • 2004-06-05 - 2005-01-10

    Many images of children can be found in European paintings from antiquity onward. Religious works depict the Mother and Child, or children as angels, a symbol of salvation. Members of the royal and aristocratic...More »

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