Painters of Passion: Adventures in Color by Kandinsky, Rouault, and Their Contemporaries

Shiodome Museum | Rouault Gallery

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This exhibition marks a first attempt to visually link the works of German Expressionists - primarily Wassily Kandinsky (1866-1944), considered one of the founders of abstract art - with those of Georges Rouault (1871-1958), the greatest religious artist of 20th-century France. For a period of time in the early 20th century, Kandinsky displayed his works at the Salon d’Automne - an annual art exhibition in Paris that Rouault co-founded - while Rouault presented his works at exhibitions hosted by Kandinsky’s Munich New Artists’ Association. The two events gave birth, respectively, to Fauvism and German expressionism. The fact that the two men participated in both exhibitions suggests they had a mutual interest in each other’s artistic movements. Similarities in colors and motifs used by Rouault and the German Expressionists further indicate that they shared a common aesthetic. Driven by what he called “inner necessity,” Kandinsky eventually arrived at abstract art, as did his good friend Paul Klee (1879–1940). Rouault, too, followed his “inner necessity” towards a unique style defined by his Christianity.
The exhibition will consist mainly of works on loan from the Miyagi Museum of Art, which owns one of Japan’s largest collections of paintings by Kandinsky, Klee, and other German Expressionists. Oil paintings, watercolors, prints, sketches, books, and other materials on loan from the Rouault Foundation in Paris and other organizations will make up the rest of the 130 items on display.

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Talk Event: Live Colors - The Battle of Kandinsky, Rouault, and Klee
Event Date: Nov. 3 (Fri) 14:00-15:30
Speaker: Ayako Goto (Lecturer at Keio University)
Capacity: 150 (booking required)
Admission: Free (exhibition admission ticket required)
Venue: 5F Hall, Panasonic Tokyo Shiodome Building
*Not suitable for young children.

Goro Yamada Art Talk
Event Date: Nov. 10 (Fri) 13:30-14:30
Speaker: Goro Yamada (art critic)
Capacity: 250 (booking required)
Admission: Free (exhibition admission ticket required)
Venue: 5F Hall, Panasonic Tokyo Shiodome Building
*Not suitable for young children.

Gallery Talk by the Curator
Please note that if the gallery is crowded the talk will take place as a slide show.
Event Dates: Oct. 22 (Sun), 28 (Sat), 31 (Tue), Nov. 8 (Thu), 24 (Fri) 14:00-
Admission: Free (no booking required, exhibition admission ticket required)

*Events in Japanese.
*For further details on events please see the official website.

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Schedule

from October 17, 2017 to December 20, 2017
Closed on Wednesdays.

Fee

Adults: ¥1000, Seniors 65 and Over: ¥900, University Students: ¥700, High School and Junior High School Students: ¥500, Elementary School Students and Under, Persons with a Disability Certificate + 1 Companion: Free

Venue Hours

From 10:00 To 18:00
Closed on Wednesdays
Note:On a National Holiday Monday, the museum is open.

Access

Address: Panasonic Tokyo Shiodome Bldg. 4F, 1-5-1 Higashi-Shimbashi, Minato-ku, Tokyo 105-8301
Phone: 03-5777-8600

5 minutes walk from Shimbashi Station, 1 minute walk from Shiodome Station on the Oedo Line.

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