Katsura Funakoshi “Exploring My Inner Fountain”

The Shoto Museum of Art

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[Image: Funakoshi Katsura "A Lunar Eclipse on the Water" (2003) Collection of the artist, Photo: Tomoki Imai]

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Funakoshi Katsura (b. 1951) is one of contemporary Japan’s preeminent sculptors. While enrolled in a graduate course at Tokyo University of the Arts, he began carving human forms out of wood after receiving a commission to create a depiction of the Madonna and Child from a Trappist monastery in Hakodate. In the 1980s, Funakoshi turned his hand to painted busts made out of camphor before experimenting with deformed figures around the ’90s in an attempt to develop new fields of expression.

In this exhibition, we refer to this state of mind as Funakoshi’s “inner fountain.” Along with some of the artist’s most important works, dating from the ’80s to the present, we explore the creative wellspring that has given rise to Funakoshi’s art by taking a close look at his drawings, prints, memos (a means of recording his every thought), and handmade toys and small items. The center of the museum contains a fountain and an atrium, which leads to the outside world.

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1. Special Discussion and Screening
Date and Time: 1/23 (Sat) 14:00
Venue: Basement 2nd floor Hall
Fee: Free (Venue fee not included)
Capacity: 40 (by appointment)
*Reservation required

2. Special Interview and Screening
Date and Time: 12/20 (Sun) (1) 11:00 (2) 14:00
Venue: Basement 2nd floor Hall
Fee: Free
Capacity: 40 (by appointment)
*Reservation required
*Please visit official website for more information.

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from December 05, 2020 to January 31, 2021
Open on 1/11. Closed on 12/29 to 1/3 and 1/12.

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