Egon Schiele was one of the outstanding painters of late 19th-century Vienna, a time of significant historical and cultural change. He passed away at the early age of 28 but produced numerous works and forged his distinctive style. This is the first major retrospective of Schiele’s work in Japan in 30 years and is held with the full cooperation of the Leopold Museum in Vienna. Approximately 50 oil paintings, drawings, and other works by Schiele will be on display, along with works by Klimt, Kokoschka, Gerstl, and other artists of the same era.
Nihonga painter Tadaoto Kainosho was active in Kyoto during the Taisho and early Showa Period. Although an exhibition devoted to his paintings held at the National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto, in 1997 prompted a reevaluation of Kainosho’s career, it did not sufficiently address his work in the film field. This exhibition strives to present a complete picture of the artist’s career, including his work for theater and cinema. The exhibition is scheduled to travel to Tokyo Station Gallery in July.
Care is an essential element of our society. Featuring a diverse range of works, from expressions born out of second-wave feminism to the reading of private childcare diaries, this exhibition will seek the possibilities of empowerment through works of contemporary artists and the placemaking that strengthens the connection between the public and care. Participating artists are Ryoko Aoki, AHA![Archive for Human Activities], Miyako Ishiuchi, Mako Idemitsu, Yui Usui, Ragnar Kjartansson, Kento Nito, Maria Farrar, Young-In Hong, Mei Homma, Martha Rosler, Mierle Laderman Ukeles, and Yun Suknam.
Shigeo Toya is one of Japan’s leading contemporary sculptors. His solo exhibition will travel from Nagano Prefectural Art Museum (on view until January 29) to the Museum of Modern Art, Saitama, in February. Toya has been confronting sculpture dismantled as an institution in postwar art in Japan and abroad and has attempted to reconstruct it from its essence. The exhibition features approximately 30 works displayed without being bound to a particular year of production but according to a concept.
Gyoshu Hayami was one of the leading Japanese painters active from the late Meiji period to the early Showa period. His painting style changed throughout his 30-year career, from exact, realistic depictions in the Taisho period to a return to classical painting, to works with simplification and flatness. This exhibition will explore Hayami’s path as a painter through approximately 100 paintings and drawings on display.
Masterpieces from the Louvre Museum are coming to the National Art Center, Tokyo. The exhibition features 74 carefully selected paintings from the Louvre Museum’s vast collections, including pieces by Jean Honoré Fragonard and François Gérard. Don’t miss the opportunity to explore passionate expressions of love from the 16th century to the mid-19th century by Europe’s most preeminent painters. The exhibition will travel to the Kyoto City Kyocera Museum of Art in June.
Masahisa Fukase is a contemporary of Nobuyoshi Araki and Daido Moriyama and is known for pioneering new expressions from the 1960s to the 70s - the golden age of Japanese photography. This retrospective exhibition explores Fukase’s personality and unique expression, focusing on works from the Tokyo Photographic Art Museum’s collection, including his representative photo book, “Ravens” (1986).
Tofuku-ji Temple is one of the most famous Zen temples in Kyoto. This exhibition marks the first time the temple’s treasures will be presented together in one place. The monumental “Five Hundred Rakan,” by the legendary painted Buddhist priest Myojo, will be exhibited for the first time since its restoration, along with Buddhist statues, paintings, and calligraphies. The exhibition is scheduled to travel to the Kyoto National Museum in October.
Toyama Prefectural Museum of Art and Design celebrates its fifth anniversary with a solo exhibition of internationally acclaimed printmaker Shiko Munakata. Commemorating the 120th anniversary of Munakata’s birth and held in cooperation with museums that served as his creative bases (Toyama Prefectural Museum of Art and Design, Aomori Museum of Art, and The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo), this exhibition will focus on the relationship between artist and each region, crossing various fields such as board painting, Japanese-style painting, oil painting, as well as bookbinding, illustrations, wrapping paper design, film, television, and radio appearances.
This year marks the 70th anniversary of the National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo, which opened in December 1952. To commemorate this occasion, the museum will hold a special exhibition of paintings, sculptures, and crafts going as far as the Meiji period, featuring only those works designated as Important Cultural Properties. The exhibition also explores the history of masterpieces as “problematic works” that established new expressions. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to see Cultural Properties in one place and rediscover modern Japanese art.
Brittany, a beautiful region located in the northwest corner of France, was loved and visited by painters from many countries from the late 19th to the 20th century. This exhibition features approximately 160 works from the Matsukata Collection of the National Museum of Western Art and approximately 30 museums and private collections in Japan. The exhibition aims to explore artists’ admiration for the region and, simultaneously, focus on Japanese painters who visited Brittany.
To commemorate its reopening on March 18, 2023, the Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art will hold a special exhibition, “Before/After.” Using the changes caused by the renovation work of the museum as a stepping stone, the exhibition focuses on various “before” and “after.” The participating artists are Miyako Ishiuchi, who is working on a photo project capturing the clothing of atomic bomb survivors, Sen Takahashi, Kei Takemura, Koki Tanaka, Bontaro Dokuyama, Naoya Hirata, Nami Yokoyama, Reijiro Wada, and many others.
National Crafts Museum in Kanazawa presents a special exhibition bringing together two unusual elements - Pokémon and traditional crafts. At first glance, the combination of the two may seem unexpected, but they have more than a few things in common. For example, the raw materials used in crafts and the energy used in manufacturing include earth, grass, metal, water, fire, and electricity, which could be described as Pokémon types. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to see this unique and somewhat nostalgic collaboration with leading Japanese craft artists and internationally popular series.
Commemorating the 20th anniversary of the Mori Art Museum, this exhibition introduces the activities of contemporary artists who explore the “unknowns” of the world and attempt to transcend stereotypes creatively. It aims to encounter the unknown world from various perspectives, using the subjects we learn at school as a gateway to contemporary art. Exhibiting artists are Ai Weiwei, Satoru Aoyama, Joseph Beuys, Hikaru Fujii, Naoya Hatakeyama, Susan Hiller, Yoshitomo Nara, Lee Ufan, Haegue Yang, and many others.
Henri Matisse is one of the greatest masters of the 20th century. Held with the full cooperation of the Centre Pompidou, home to one of the world’s largest Matisse collections, this is the first large-scale retrospective of artists’ work in Japan in approximately 20 years. In addition to paintings, the exhibition will feature sculptures, drawings, prints, cut-outs, and materials related to his final masterpiece, the Chapel of the Rosary of Vence. With the upcoming “Henri Matisse – Forms in Freedom” at the National Art Center, Tokyo, artists’ works will be on view two years in a row.
From the late nineteenth century to the outbreak of World War I, France enjoyed its Belle Époque, a time of peace and prosperity. This influenced the development of new painting styles such as Fauvism, Cubism, and other new art forms. This exhibition focuses on the trend of abstract expression in France before and after the war. In addition, It explores abstract art’s simultaneous emergence in Japan, such as Jikken Kobo (Experimental Workshop), Gutai, and other movements.
This exhibition explores “mingei,” or folk art, through the themes of “clothing, food, and shelter.” With an emphasis on production areas and the craftsman, the exhibition will feature approximately 130 mingei items. Another exhibition highlight is an installation by Terry Ellis and Keiko Kitamura (director of MOGI Folk Art), who have played a significant role in the current folk art boom. This exhibition is an excellent opportunity to explore the evolution of “mingei” and its present and future.
Carefully selected from the collection of Tate Modern in the UK, this exhibition features works related to “light” from the end of the 18th century to the present day. On display are approximately 120 works, including pieces by “painter of light” Joseph Mallord William Turner, landscape painter John Constable, Claude Monet, experimental works by László Moholy-Nagy, and Bauhaus photographers, and visual experiences by contemporary artists such as Bridget Riley, James Turrell, and Olafur Eliasson.
Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo presents the largest-ever solo exhibition in Asia devoted to the British artist David Hockney, one of the most innovative artists of the postwar era. This retrospective exhibition will feature approximately 100 selected works, including early works produced in California in the 1960s, a series of recent large paintings of his native Yorkshire landscape, and a 90 meters-long new work he drew in Normandy during the lockdown.
Following the sudden death of Christian Dior in 1958, Yves Saint Laurent made his brilliant debut as a designer at the House of Dior. In 1962, he launched his brand and continued to lead the world fashion scene until his retirement in 2002. Organized with the full cooperation of the Musée Yves Saint Laurent Paris, this exhibition marks the first retrospective of the designer’s works ever to be held in Japan. The exhibition features a comprehensive overview of Yves Saint Laurent’s work, from his debut at Dior and the first collection that appeared under his brand to the establishment of his style, through 110 of the designer’s looks and accessories, drawings, and photographs.
Nagoya City Art Museum presents an exhibition of Miran Fukuda, who gained recognition through exhibitions such as the “Miran Fukuda Exhibition” at the Chiba City Museum of Art and “Manet within Japan - Encounters, 120 Years of Images” at the Nerima Art Museum. In addition to representative works, the exhibition features the newest works under the theme of the pandemic, the invasion of Ukraine, and pieces inspired by the museum’s collection.
Venue: Nagoya City Art Museum
Schedule: September 23 - November 19
Under the theme of “Ecology,” this exhibition reexamines the anthropocentrism that has led to environmental crises and explores the possibilities for a new ecological system. In addition to introducing foreign artists such as Agnes Denes, the exhibition reexamines art produced and presented in Japan from the 1950s to 1970s, when pollution formed a dark downside to the country’s rapid economic growth, to reconsider today’s environmental problems from a Japanese standpoint. Furthermore, the Mori Art Museum will take on a challenge to make this an ecological show in terms of production and theme, such as reducing transportation to a minimum and reusing and recycling resources.
Yugo Asami (Editorial Intern)
Yugo Asami (Editorial Intern)