Kumi Sugai “Dashing Images”

The Museum of Contemporary Art, Karuizawa

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[Image: ©Kumi Sugai "Le Poissn" (1965) oil on canvas, 99.5×80.5cm]]

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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 their unfading colors. Producing paintings over a period spanning near on six decades, his style underwent major transformations a number of times. Eastern motifs he painted with fine brushes early on in his career gradually became simple voluminous forms in the latter half of the 1950s. The geometric forms seen in works such as those in his “Autoroute” series emerged after 1962, expressing a standardization of color, materials and shaping, and demonstrating a flat and signature style reminiscent of road signs. From the 1980s, Sumai’s compositions began to feature more limited colors, applied with visible brush strokes. This exhibition will introduce a range of his works demonstrating various styles.

Venue: 2F Special Exhibitions gallery



from April 23, 2017 to November 23, 2017


Kumi Sugai


http://moca-karuizawa.jp/ (Japanese) (venue's website)


Adults ¥1000, University and High School students and Seniors over 65 ¥800, Junior High and Elementary School Students ¥500, Infants free.

Venue Hours

From 10:00 To 17:00
Closed on Tuesdays, Wednesdays
Note:Closed from December to mid-April.


Address: 2052-2 Nagakura, Karuizawa-machi, Kitasaku-gun, Nagano-ken 389-0111
Phone: 02-6731-5141

From the North exit of JR Karuizawa station, take the bus towards Naka Karuizawa and get off at Toshokan mae. The venue is 5 minute walk from there.

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