Kaoru Ueda Exhibition

Museum of Modern Art, Saitama

poster for Kaoru Ueda Exhibition

This event has ended.

*Museum of Modern Art, Saitama is temporarily closed from December 24 to January 18.
*The exhibition period has been shortened. (Originally 2020/11/14–2021/1/11).

Kaoru Ueda (1928-) uses photography to create elaborate depictions of his subjects. Many have probably seen his realistic depiction of a raw egg trickling out of its shell in art textbooks.
After studying oil painting at the Tokyo University of the Arts, Ueda, who mainly worked on abstract paintings, entered the world of graphic design in 1956 when he won the international grand prize in an international film poster competition. After that, he took a break from painting for a while, but in 1970, he discovered an expression that depicts only the subject itself in a realistic way―“damn realism,” as he calls it, to empty his mind when he has a creative block.
Since then, Ueda created a series of works that appear more real than reality, at times using what he learned from the world of design. Many of the motifs in his works, such as a raw egg at the moment its shell breaks, jam that is about to drop from a spoon, flowing water, and the sky, change their appearance in an instant. His vivid depictions of time and space are highly acclaimed and hold a unique place in realist painting. This exhibition introduces Kaoru Ueda’s career, which has rarely been presented in a coherent manner, along with about 80 works from post-graduation to the present. We hope visitors will enjoy the flow of time and the vastness of space, and the world of Ueda’s “damn realism” that transforms the ordinary day-to-day into a wonder.



from November 14, 2020 to December 23, 2020
Open on November 23 and January 11. Closed from December 28 to January 5.


Kaoru Ueda



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