Collection of Meguro Museum of Art, Tokyo

Meguro Museum of Art

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Meguro Museum of Art, Tokyo has been collecting excellent works of art based on its policy to command systematic collection to better understand the flow of modern and contemporary art as well as their characteristics. Since 1981 during the preparatory period for the MMAT Project, the museum has focused on the works of Japanese artists who studied or worked in the West. After the official opening in 1987, MMAT has been organizing various exhibitions shedding light on different works in different frameworks and from different perspectives, as well as introducing the works collected under the title of “MMAT Collection” every year.

The exhibition we are pleased to present this time is entitled “Beyond the Borders” introducing the works by the artists who tried for a new artistic expression reaching out beyond various borders of categories, materials, and techniques.

Chapter I of the Exhibition is entitled “SUWA Naoki vs. KAWAMURA Kiyoo”, and confronts the works by SUWA Naoki, who aimed at the space expression extending infinitely beyond the picture frames, with the works by KAWAMURA Kiyoo, who challenged the newly introduced Western expression of oil painting from the early years of Meiji Era and broke up the new horizon for the modern Japanese paintings.

Chapter II is entitled “Challenges of Pan Real” and exhibits the works by artists who formed the “Pan Real Art Association”: HOSHINO Shingo, MIKAMI Makoto, SHIMOMURA Ryonosuke, FUDO Shigeya, NOMURA Ko, and KIMURA Yoshiko. “Pan Real Art Association” performed innovation after WWII in realizing the radical expression such as abstract paintings in “Japanese Style Painting” by glue-pigment techniques.

The final Chapter is dedicated to the simultaneous exhibition featuring “The Family Portrait of YAMASHITA Shintaro.” YAMASHITA Shintaro studied in France before WWII, and is one of the artists whose works are exclusive to MMAT. In 2018, Ms. WATANABE Mineko, the third daughter of YAMASHITA, donated to MMAT 20 works of YAMASHITA, and one work by MATSUDA Fumio, many of which are portraits of the people close to him including Ms. WATANABE. We see the gentle gaze of YAMASHITA expressed in these works.


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from February 15, 2020 to March 22, 2020


Naoki Suwa, Kiyoo Kawamura et al.



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