Exhibitions - December 2017

Exhibitions - December 2017

Exhibitions:

The Masked Warrior – Battle Stage of the Samurai

From 8 December 2017 until 27 May 2018
Japanmuseum SieboldHuis, Leiden, the Netherlands

The focal points in this splendid exhibition will be played by Nō-masks and the masks of the famous Japanese samurai warriors. Spectacular artefacts from international and private collections, including swords, screens, kimonos, helmets and bows, will illustrate the beauty and power of Nō-theatre and the samurai culture. For more information on this exhibition, click here.

Van Gogh & Japan

From 23 March until 24 June 2018
Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Though he was active in the 19th century, the artist Vincent van Gogh (1853–1890) remains tremendously popular throughout the world. Having become engrossed in Japanese culture after encountering ukiyo-e prints and literature about the country in Paris during the height of the Japonism boom, Van Gogh saw Japan as a source of creativity and a kind of Utopia. At the same time, in the 1920s, Japanese artists and intellectuals developed an admiration for Van Gogh and began to make pilgrimages to his grave in the French town of Auvers-sur-Oise.  For more information about this exhibition, click here.

Shio Kusaka & Jonas Wood

From 30 September 2017 until 7 January 2018
Museum Voorlinden, Wassenaar, the Netherlands

Kusaka’s work consists of elegant pots and vases in all shapes and sizes. It reflects diverse influences: traditional Japanese techniques, for instance, but also the geometrical patterns of contemporary artists such as Agnes Martin. Wood’s paintings of plants and interiors blur the lines between figurative and abstract art. The recognizable, distorted perspectives in his plant still lifes and portraits testify to influences from areas of art history as distinct as cubism, pop art, and artists such as David Hockney. For more information on this exhibition, click here.

Hard Bodies – Contemporary Japanese Lacquer Sculpture

From 7 October 2017 until 24 June 2018
Minneaplois Institute of Art, Minneapolis, U.S.A.

Since the late 1980s, this tradition has been challenged. A small but enterprising circle of lacquer artists have pushed the medium in entirely new and dynamic directions by creating large-scale sculptures, works that are both conceptually innovative and superbly exploitive of lacquer’s natural virtues. Thirty works by 16 artists comprise the first-ever comprehensive exhibition of contemporary Japanese lacquer sculpture. They have all been drawn from the Clark Collections at Mia, the only collection in the world to feature this extraordinary new form. For more information on this exhibition, click here.

Boundless Peaks – Ink Paintings by Minol Araki

From 7 October 2017 until 24 June 2018
Minneaplois Institute of Art, Minneapolis, U.S.A.

Renowned as an industrial designer, Minol Araki (1928–2010) was also a prolific painter with a firm grounding in East Asian painting traditions. Born in China to Japanese parents, and active professionally in New York and Taipei, Araki created an immense body of ink paintings that reimagined tradition and straddled East and West. For more information on this exhibition, click here.

Unexpected Smiles – Seven Types of Humor in Japanese Paintings

From 18 October 2017 until 28 January 2018
Harnett Museum of Art, University of Richmond Museums, Richmond,  U.S.A.

Featuring forty-eight paintings on hanging scrolls, the works in this exhibition illustrate how humor developed in Japan from the 1700s to the early 1900s. The seven categories of humor are: parody, satire, personification, word-play, fantasy, exaggeration, and playfulness. Together they display a great variety of styles and subjects with the single common point of humor. For more information on this exhibition, click here.

À L’Aube Du Japonisme

From 22 November 2017 until 20 January 2018
Maison de la Culture Japonaise, Paris, France

The Maison de la Culture Japonaise in Paris celebrates its 20th anniversary with an exhibition which explores the first contacts between France and Japan in the 19th century: the dawn of Japonisme. A wide variety of fascinating objects puts the admiration of French artists for Japan into perspective. For more information on this exhibition, click here.

The Printed Image – The Flowering of Japan's woodblock-print culture

From 1 March until 1 Juli 2018
Museum für Ostasiatische Kunst, Köln, Germany

To this day, the Japanese coloured woodblock print is among the art forms of the Far East which, thanks to the fashion for Japonisme, are familiar and popular in Europe, and therefore continue to be collected and traded. After more than 100 years, the Museum of East Asian Art has combed through its holdings of woodblock prints and for the first time viewed its collection of Japanese books and coloured woodblock prints in the round. The result is a selection of the most unusual and costly items, which are now being presented in a major special exhibition. For more information about this exhibition, click here.

Yayoi Kusama Museum Inaugural Exhibition

Yayoi Kusuma Museum, Tokyo, Japan
From 1 October 2017 until 25 February 2018

The inaugural exhibition at the Yayoi Kusama Museum centres on her newest painting series “My Eternal Soul”. Other new works by Yayoi Kusama will also be on display. In addition to the sixteen works from “My Eternal Soul”, the series entitled “Love Forever” will be presented, a collection of black and white drawings that formed the precursor to Kusama’s latest series. Furthermore, an installation piece Kusama has created especially for the museum's opening will be showcased, along with a new pumpkin. For more information on this exhibition, click here.

Black and White - Japanese Modern Art

From 30 September 2017 until 3 June 2018
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston Mass., USA

Centered around a newly acquired, large-scale calligraphy by Inoue Yūichi (1916–85), this exhibition showcases a selection of avant-garde works in the monochrome aesthetic shared widely in Japan and beyond during the postwar period. This sensibility is rooted in Zen Buddhism, which values simplicity and austerity, and remains influential today. The works in the exhibition are the results of transnational exchanges between Japanese artists like Inoue and their American Expressionist contemporaries, including Franz Kline and Jackson Pollock, who drew inspiration from Asian calligraphy for their gestural paintings. Among the nine works on view are prints, ceramics and sculpture, primarily drawn from the MFA’s collection. For more information on this exhibition, click here.

Takashi Murakami - Lineage of Eccentrics

From 18 October 18 2017 Until 1 April 2018
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston Mass., USA

A Collaboration with Nobuo Tsuji and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

Contemporary works by Takashi Murakami, one of the most imaginative and important artists working today, are juxtaposed with treasures from the MFA’s renowned collection of Japanese art. The exhibition reveals how Murakami’s contemporary vision is richly inflected by a dynamic conversation with the historical past, framed by a creative dialogue with the great Japanese art historian, Professor Nobuo Tsuji. Together, Murakami and Professor Tsuji have chosen the objects on view in the exhibition, including paintings and sculpture created by the artist in direct response to Japanese masterpieces from the MFA’s collection, such as Soga Shōhaku’s 35-foot-long Dragon and Clouds (1763), and the Heiji Scroll (second half of the 13th century)—one of the most famous Japanese works of art outside of Japan. For more information on this exhibition, click here.

Showdown! Kuniyoshi vs Kunisada

​From 11 August 2017 until 10 December 2017
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston Mass., USA

Rival artists Utagawa Kuniyoshi and Utagawa Kunisada were the two best-selling designers of ukiyo-ewoodblock prints in 19th-century Japan. This exhibition presents a selection of 100 outstanding works from the MFA’s Japanese collection. Viewers are invited to decide for themselves which of the two artists is their personal favorite. For more information about this exhibition, click here.

Japanese Bamboo Art: the Abbey Collection

From 13 June 2017 until 4 February 2018
Metropolitan Museum, New York, USA

An exhibition featuring works of Japanese bamboo art dating from the late 19th century to the present. The Abbey Collection is one of the finest private collections of Japanese baskets and bamboo sculpture. Most of the works have never before been presented in public. For more information about this exhibition, click here.


 

Gallery Exhibitions:

Koji Hatakeyama & Matthew Harris

From 7 December 2017 until 12 January 2018
(Closed from 23 December 2017 until 3 January 2018)

Erskine, Hall & Coe Ltd,  London, United Kingdom

Hatakeyama grew up in Takaoka, a city renowned for metal casting. He makes unpretentious cast bronze articles, particularly lidded boxes, which are not intended to necessarily be functional. He is more interested in the artistic worth of a piece, or as he has quoted ‘every article I make should live.’ Harris, a British artist working with paper and cloth, has created a number of pictures which will be shown alongside Hatakeyama’s sculptures.

For more information on this exhibition, click here.

 

Bamboo Masters – Nagakura Ken’Ichi

From 17 November until 16 December 2017
Mingei Arts Gallery, Paris, France

Nagakura Ken’ichi’s work is unique. His respect for tradition has not been a hindrance to the development of his deliberately contemporary sculptural approach. Liberated from the exacting techniques and academic weaving prescriptions elaborated by the Japanese master weavers since the middle of the 19th century, Nakagura produces organic work, on the threshold of the living. For more information on this exhibition, click here.

Yusuke Ochiai – POI: A Messenger of Love

From 2 November until 9 December 2018
Onishi Gallery, New York, USA

Working as a street artist in New York City for several years already, Ochiai has gained attention through his public installations, foremost among which is “poieverywhere,” a project in which Ochiai placed miniature anime-style figurines in hidden corners of the city—on traffic lights, in building nooks, on sidewalk crevices. The small, sweet, monochromatic creatures search for belonging in their stillness amidst the towering urban landscape.  For more information on this exhibition, click here.

Munemasa Takahashi – Laying Stones

From 26 October until 03 December 2017
IBASHO Gallery, Antwerp, Belgium

IBASHO welcomes everyone to Munemasa Takahashi's solo show where we present his project 'Laying Stones' as well as 'The Lost & Found Project'. The series 'Laying Stones' is a very personal series that Takahashi has created to overcome the grief he felt after the death of his best friend, Kazuto Hoshi. For more information about this exhibition, click here.

Takesada Matsutani – Works on Paper

From 18 November until 23 December 2017
Galerie Friedrich Müller, Frankfurt am Main, Germany

Takesada Matsutani was a member of the Gutai-Group from 1963 to 1972.
2017 he participates in the exhibition "Viva Arte Viva" at the 57th Venice Biennale.
 For more information on this exhibition, click here.

VIVO: Eikoh Hosoe, Kukuji Kawada, Ikko Narahara, Akira Sato, Akiro Tanno, Shomei Tomatsu

From 07 December 2017 until 14 January 2018
IBASHO Gallery, Antwerp, Belgium

IBASHO proudly presents the exhibition VIVO, a group show with work by the founders of the renowned Japanese photographer’s collective VIVO. Although VIVO was active only from 1959 until 1961, it culminated a movement in postwar Japanese photography called ‘the image school’ with roots dating back to the early 1950s and anticipated and profoundly influenced Japanese photographic style of the 1960s and 1970s. For more information about this exhibition, click here.

Auctions:

Lempertz – Asian Art

8 December 2017
Cologne, Germany
For more information on this auction, click here.​

Christies – Arts of the Samurai: The Dolphyn Collection

From 6 December until 13 December 2017
Online
For more information on this auction, click here.​

Sotheby's – Arts d'Asie

12 December 2017
Paris, France
For more information on this auction, click here.​

Christies – Art d'Asie

13 December 2017
Paris, France
For more information on this auction, click here.​

Bonhams – Fine Asian Works of Art

18 December 2017
San Francisco, USA
For more information on this auction, click here.​

Bonhams – Asian Decorative Works of Art

19 December 2017
San Francisco, USA
For more information on this auction, click here.​

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