"Post-War Japanese Artists: From the Permanent Collection of Kawamura Memorial Museum of Art" Exhibition

Kawamura Memorial DIC Museum of Art

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In March 2008, Kawamura Memorial Museum of Art reopened after the completion of a two-year renovation. For the occasion of this renewal, roughly 120 artworks from our collection are to be exhibited during the summer and winter seasons of this year, while utilizing the exhibition areas of the entire building, which has expanded in size by 1.5 times. In conjunction with the original philosophy of this museum, aiming to achieve harmony between artwork, building and nature, this exhibition metaphorically conceives the museum and surrounding environment as a single forest and, in Japanese, the exhibition is titled, "Forest of Painting". During the summer season, European and American masterpieces were introduced; for the winter season, the focus is a presentation of our postwar Japanese art collection, which previously had less opportunity of being exhibited together.

Artists who were active in Japan after the war, while paralleling the art movements outside of Japan, continued to search for their own unique forms of expression. Their active thinking sought to overthrow the old view of art which had become conventional and lifeless in order to question what art is and to explore the nature of human beings. Exhibited artworks for this occasion include the artworks of Shuzo Takiguchi (1903-1979) and Yoshishige Saito (1904-2001), who both introduced new expressions; Tadaaki Kuwayama (1932-), an artist based in New York who continues to make artwork composed of monochromatic planes; Isamu Wakabayashi (1936-2003), who reflected on space and time with sculptural works using steel as a material; and Ufan Lee (1936-), who relates to the world directly by focusing on the relationships of objects, people and space rather than creating objects.

It is our hope that when viewing these expressions born in Japan, while in the same museum with European masterpieces including abstract and surrealist works and an important representative postwar American artwork, “Anna’s Light” by Barnet Newman, viewers are able to engage with a diverse forest of art derived from different cultures.

[Image: Tadaaki Kuwayama "Untitled (yellow, silver, silver, yellow)" (1972)]

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From 2008-12-12 To 2009-02-01
Closed on Mondays (except January 12th), December 25th - January 1st, January 13th.

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