Kanda Nissho: A Retrospective

Tokyo Station Gallery

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Nissho Kanda was an independent artist who continued to paint while working on a farm on the Hokkaido plains. 2020 marks the 50th anniversary of his death. To commemorate this, Tokyo Station Gallery is holding a large-scale retrospective of his works, the first to be held in Tokyo in 42 years.
The painting “Dead Horse” is a vivid recreation of Kanda’s childhood memory of a horse lovingly reared but lost to a fatal illness. In “Alone,” he superimposes his selves as a laborer and an artist in a portrait of his own face enclosed within a stiflingly claustrophobic space. “Interiors” seems to express Kanda’s inner unease due to the constant conflict of trying to balance his desire as an artist to paint to his heart’s content and the demands of his farming work. “Horse” (last work, unfinished) shows half of a horse’s body. These and other works by Kanda overflow with the joy and sorrow, and the pride and anguish, of an artist to whom living and painting were indivisible. This exhibition includes his most important works and attempts to present the whole story of his art. It offers an opportunity to explore in detail the evolution of his art, which repeatedly underwent great transformations.



from June 01, 2020 to June 28, 2020
Open every day of the exhibition


Nissho Kanda



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