Six Golden Week Getaways

Art around beaches, lakes, and highlands for short GW excursions.

poster for Carsten Nicolai “Parallax”

Carsten Nicolai “Parallax”

at Ichihara Lakeside Museum
in the Kanto: others area
This event has ended - (2017-03-18 - 2017-05-14)

poster for Kengo Kito “Multiple Star I”

Kengo Kito “Multiple Star I”

at Hara Museum Arc (Gunma)
in the Kanto: others area
This event has ended - (2017-03-11 - 2017-06-25)

poster for Terri Weifenbach “The May Sun”

Terri Weifenbach “The May Sun”

at Izu Photo Museum
in the Kanto: others area
Ends in 34 days

poster for Rieko Hidaka “Sky and Trees”

Rieko Hidaka “Sky and Trees”

at The Vangi Sculpture Garden Museum
in the Kanto: others area
Ends in 127 days

poster for Wols: From the Street to the Cosmos

Wols: From the Street to the Cosmos

at Kawamura Memorial DIC Museum of Art
in the Kanto: others area
This event has ended - (2017-04-01 - 2017-07-02)

poster for Bikky Sunazawa: Sculpted Spirits in Wood

Bikky Sunazawa: Sculpted Spirits in Wood

at Museum of Modern Art, Hayama
in the Yokohama, Kanagawa area
This event has ended - (2017-04-08 - 2017-06-18)

poster for The Beauty of Rimpa and Korin Tea Ceremonies

The Beauty of Rimpa and Korin Tea Ceremonies

at MOA Museum of Art
in the Kanto: others area
This event has ended - (2017-04-28 - 2017-06-06)

In Features by Jennifer Pastore 2017-04-27

Ichihara Art x Mix 2017

Sunny weather’s on the forecast for most of the Golden Week holidays! Even if you can’t take the entire week off, there’s still plenty of art to enjoy in scenic spots not far from the city. We suggest the following outings as single-day or overnight trips from the Tokyo area. Even better, most are eligible for MuPon discounts!

Ichihara Art x Mix
Ichihara Art x Mix in Chiba offers rolling hills of yellow flowers, a steam locomotive, and contemporary art spread out across the idyllic Boso countryside. Don’t miss the constellation-like works of Hiraku Suzuki, Acconci Studio’s towering Museum Stairs/ Roof of Needles and Pins, or a dirt restaurant curated by “soil sommeliers.” The lineup also includes workshops and outdoor performances centered around the Ichihara Lakeside Museum (now showing Carsten Nicolai’s Parallax). This site has handy information on getting to Ichihara.

Kengo Kito at the Hara Museum Arc
Always a fun getaway with a hot spring and ranch/petting zoo nearby, the Hara Museum Arc in Gunma is currently featuring the whimsical sculptures of Kengo Kito. The inventive artist has chosen hula hoops as the central motif for his spring installations, continuing his practice of building delicately balanced structures from household items like rubber bands, umbrellas, and soccer balls.

Kengo Kito

Terri Weifenbach and Rieko Hidaka at Clematis no Oka
Clematis no Oka is the picturesque home to a flower park, an outdoor sculpture garden, a pizzeria, and multiple museums, with a free shuttle running from Shizuoka’s Mishima Station. The May Sun at the Izu Photo Museum, one of the onsite venues, presents American photographer Terri Weifenbach’s elegiacally serene series ‘The Politics of Flowers.’ Also at Clematis no Oka, The Vangi Sculpture Garden Museum displays the work of painter Rieko Hidaka. Her tree branches in black and white are depicted from low vantage points peering up into the sky – the perfect way to set the mood for a cloud-gazing Golden Week.

Wols at the Kawamura Memorial DIC Museum of Art
Before passing away at the tender age of 38, self-taught artist Wols evolved from a realist photographer to a lyrical expressionist painter and established himself as a frontrunner of Art Informel. See the extensive scope of his work at Kawamura Memorial DIC Museum of Art in Sakura, Chiba. If you haven’t yet been to this oasis boasting lush strolling grounds and a spectacular Rothko room, now is your chance.

Bikky Sunazawa, 'Tree Bird' Private Collection

Bikky Sunazawa at Museum of Modern, Hayama
Head out to the Museum of Modern Art, Hayama near the Zushi coast for Bikky Sunazawa: Sculpted Spirits in Wood. On show are stately masks and totem pole-like statues by a long-underappreciated artist from Hokkaido. Sunazawa worked with wood as a medium expressing the sacred power of nature in works with a distinctively postwar vibe.

Korin’s Residence at MOA Museum of Art
MOA Museum of Art reopened this winter in the resort town of Atami, which entices with the trifecta of classical Japanese art, ocean views, and hot spring soaks. A special Golden Week showing of the reconstructed residence, tea room, and atelier of Korin Ogata coincides with The Beauty of Rimpa and Korin Tea Ceremonies. The 17th century Rimpa School artist is best known for his folding screens painted with flowers set against dazzling gold backgrounds. Korin’s Residence will be on rare view free to museum goers from May 2 through May 6.

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Jennifer Pastore

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