Layered Forms - Selections from the Hara Museum Collection

Hara Museum Arc (Gunma)

poster for Layered Forms - Selections from the Hara Museum Collection
[Image: Christian Boltanski, "Fete de Pourim" (1990)]

Ends in 76 days

The keyword behind the works from the Hara Museum Collection featured in this exhibition is “layer,” a reference not only to a work’s structural aspect, but also to the idea of “layers of meaning.” In his assemblage of stacked portraits, Christian Boltanski has created an altar with each young girl’s face a metaphor for a memory of life and death. Lee Ufan’s work is comprised of a repeating pattern of dark, fading lines against white negative space. In Yoshitomo Nara’s work, we sense both hope and despair in the eyes of a girl standing in a war zone, eyes that seem to trace the lyrics of an anti-war song. In Kohei Nawa’s work, a stuffed doe is covered with transparent spheres that transform its existence into a “PixCell” (i.e., “picture” + “cell”). Explore the layered meanings in these and other works.

[Featured Artists]
Arman, Koji Enokura, Shinro Ohtake, Gilbert & George, Yayoi Kusama, Christian Boltanski, Jae-Eun Choi,Tokihiro Sato, Tabaimo, Yoshitomo Nara, Kosai Hori, Tomio Miki, Tadanori Yokoo, Katsuro Yoshida, Lee Ufan, Louise Nevelson, Robert Rauschenberg and others



from September 16, 2017 to January 08, 2018

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Adults ¥1100, University and High School Students ¥700, Junior High and Elementary School Students ¥500. Please see the museum website for more information.

Venue Hours

From 9:30 To 16:30
Note:Closed on Thursdays (except national holidays and in August), and during exhibit changeovers and the New Year holidays. May close in case of bad weather.


Address: Ikaho Green Bokujo, 2855-1 Kanai, Shibukawa-shi, Gunma-ken 377-0027
Phone: 0279-24-6585 Fax: 0279-24-0449

By train: Take the Joetsu Shinkansen to Takasaki, change to the Joetsu Line, and disembark at Shibukawa. From Shibukawa, ARC is 10 minutes by taxi or 15 minutes by bus (Ikaho Onsen bus to Green Bokujo Mae)

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