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'Keith Haring Multiplexism'

Mar 26, 2015

'Keith Haring Multiplexism'

by Daisuke Kikuchi

March 21-Jan. 4, 2016 “Keith Haring Multiplexism” explores diverse expressions involving modern Internet technology visible in Haring’s works using six key phrases: future primitive, art and fashion, HIV/AIDS: arts and activism, children, Japanese culture and art history. Haring’s work is also being displayed in ...

'Billowing Light: Ishida Takashi'

Mar 26, 2015

'Billowing Light: Ishida Takashi'

by Natsumi Toida

March 28-May 31 This is the first major solo exhibition of Takashi Ishida, winner of the 2007 “Most Promising Young Talent Prize” at the Goto Commemorative Culture Awards. Ishida has gained acclaim for his work in experimental film and contemporary art, with well-known film ...

'Art Brut of Shiga'

Feb 26, 2015

'Art Brut of Shiga'

by Daisuke Kikuchi

March 3-15 During the postwar era, many social welfare establishments were created in Shiga Prefecture, including the child welfare facility Omi Gakuen, which was founded by Kazuo Itoga, Ichiji Tamura and Taro Ikeda in 1946. One of the then-unique activities of Omi Gaukuen was ...

'Hina Matsuri and Japanese Dolls'

Feb 12, 2015

'Hina Matsuri and Japanese Dolls'

by Daisuke Kikuchi

Feb. 21-April 7 To celebrate the upcoming Hinamatsuri (Girls Day Festival) on March 3, the Kyoto National Museum is holding an exhibition of historical Hinamatsuri dolls, which are traditionally given to newborn girls. Due to the construction of the museum’s new wing, it’s been ...

'Seiho Takeuchi'

Feb 5, 2015

'Seiho Takeuchi'

by Daisuke Kikuchi

Last year marked the 150th anniversary of the birth of Seiho Takeuchi (1864-1942), a pioneer of nihonga (Japanese-style painting), whose influence on the genre helped it develop even further from its traditional restraints. Having traveled around Europe for seven months when he was 36, ...

'Kunsthaus Zurich'

Jan 29, 2015

'Kunsthaus Zurich'

by Daisuke Kikuchi

This is the first time that paintings have been brought to Japan from Switzerland’s Kunsthaus Zurich, which boasts the largest collection of modern art in Zurich and includes numerous works by the country’s finest artists, such as Ferdinand Hodler and Alberto Giacometti. Seventy-four masterpieces ...

'Yokoo Tadanori: Great Nirvana'

Jan 22, 2015

'Yokoo Tadanori: Great Nirvana'

by Daisuke Kikuchi

This collection of more than 300 nehanzo (nirvana statues) was originally accumulated by the artist Tadanori Yokoo. Such statues usually depict Buddha reclining as he awaits death to enter parinirvana, a realm also known as nirvana-after-death. This exhibition, however, includes all kinds of figures ...