Saitama 150th Anniversary: Art History in Saitama 1871-1960

Museum of Modern Art, Saitama

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Saitama Prefecture was established in 1871 as a result of the abolition of the domain system and will celebrate its 150th anniversary in 2021. In commemoration of this milestone, the Museum of Modern Art, Saitama will hold an exhibition that traces the history of art nurtured in Saitama from 1871 to 1960.

The 90 years covered by this exhibition were a time of great social change, from the early Meiji period through the Great Kanto Earthquake and World War II to the period of rapid economic growth. Looking at art in Saitama, the influx of Western paintings can be seen, Western painters studying abroad during the Meiji and Taisho periods, the formation of Saitama’s first Western painting organization, the Bando Western Painting Society, the activities of artists in publishing culture such as magazine illustrations, cartoons, and book bindings, the “Urawa Atelier Village” created by artists who moved from Tokyo to Urawa after the Great Kanto Earthquake, and the development of the “Urawa Art Village” and the “Urawa Art Museum”.

The “Urawa Atelier Village” was established by painters who moved to Urawa from Tokyo after the Great Kanto Earthquake, the Saitama Prefectural Art Exhibition was held after the confusion of the postwar period, and the new developments of the postwar period were influenced by social conditions and major trends in art. Such a series of trends is deeply connected with the climate of Saitama, which is adjacent to Tokyo but blessed with peaceful nature and a quiet environment for production.

This exhibition is an attempt to unravel the 90-year history of art in the region and shed light on its appeal through the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, Saitama, and other institutions in Saitama Prefecture.

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from June 01, 2021 to June 23, 2021

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