Koseki Ono + Mitsumasa Kadota “The Engine – It induces us to…”

Sezon Museum of Modern Art

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Color pervades the work of Koseki Ono and Mitsumasa Kadota. It springs from the artists’ bodies but goes far beyond even what the artists themselves intended.
Koseki Ono pursues a special brand of printing using numerous layers of ink, imposed in multiple impressions. This imparts changing colors reminiscent of flowers blooming in profusion. Depths and gradations are like those of a three-dimensional tableau. The sight of an animal skull, for example, or a cicada shell proliferates with pigment and stimulates viewers’ tactile as well as visual sense.

Mitsumasa Kadota challenges existing definitions of color and pigment. He has recently also taken up the neutral range of the Japanese traditional palette, such as sekichiku (Chinese pink) and asagi (pale indigo). Picture planes have a newly-developed pearly hue, emitting a gentle radiance and giving the sense of craft objects. As an artist, he pursues uniquely Japanese expressions.

The Engine is an exhibition on the theme of driving forces in creation. It investigates what emerges from the artists themselves and which cannot be captured by existing formats and techniques. The exhibition shows work by the two artists, displayed alongside pieces from the Sezon Museum of Modern Art’s own collection. It explores ‘engines’ that ignite creative work with “color” as one of its keys.



from April 20, 2019 to September 01, 2019
Open 5/2, open everyday during August


http://www.smma.or.jp/ (Japanese) (venue's website)


Adults ¥1500, University and High School Students ¥1000, Elementary and Junior High School Students ¥500.

Venue Hours

From 10:00 To 18:00
Closed on Thursdays
Note:Closed from December to the middle of April. Open every day in August.


Address: 2140 Nagakura Serigasawa, Karuizawa-machi, Kitasaku-gun, Nagano-ken 389-0111
Phone: 0267-46-2020 Fax: 0267-46-2021

JR Karuizawa station or Naka-karuizawa station on the Shinano Railway. Then take the bus headed for "Kusatsu Onsen". 7 minutes walk from the bus stop "Karuizawa Sengataki Onsen"

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