Exhibitions - September 2018

Exhibitions - September 2018

Museum Exhibitions:

Three Masters of Abstraction - Hagiwara Hideo, Ida Shōichi, and Takahashi Rikio

From 3 November 2018 until 24 March 2019
Portland Art Museum, Portland, U.S.A.

This exhibition presents nearly fifty prints by three Japanese artists who rose to international prominence in the decades following World War II. All of them embraced abstraction, that most quintessential of Western modernisms, as a means for expressing fundamentally Japanese themes. For more information about this exhibition, click here.

Poetic Imagination in Japanese Art - Selections from the Collection of Mary and Cheney Cowles

From 13 October 2018 until 13 January 2019
Portland Art Museum, Portland, U.S.A.
Poetry lies at the heart of Japanese culture. Since ancient times, artists in Japan have expressed the most profound emotions and the most nuanced responses to the human condition in verse. The ability to turn a phrase has been a mark of social status, a way to woo a lover, and a means to express shared heritage and values. The more than one hundred works in this exhibition illuminate how poetry—in both Japanese and Chinese—has taken visual form in Japan. For more information about this exhibition, click here.

Buddha’s Life, Path to the Present

From 16 September until 3 February 2018
De Nieuwe Kerk, Amsterdam, the Netherlands

Ancient and modern are spectacularly combined in the exhibition Buddha’s Life, Path to the Present at De Nieuwe Kerk. Admire a wealth of thousands of years old objects and contemporary art from artists including Ai Weiwei and Yoko Ono. The earliest object dates from the third century A.D. and the most recent from 2018, since some of the installations are being created especially for this exhibition. For more information about this exhibition, click here.

Rosetsu - Ferocious Brush

From 6 September until 4 November 2018
Museum Rietberg, Zürich, Switzerland

For eight weeks, Japan’s most famous tiger will reside exclusively at Museum Rietberg in Zurich. Now the entire temple’s painted walls and a number of other, awe-inspiring masterpieces by Rosetsu are being shown for the first time outside of Japan. For more information about this exhibition, click here.

Foujita: A Retrospective - Commemorating the 50th Anniversary of his Death

From 31 Juli until 8 October 2018
Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan

Léonard Tsuguharu Foujita (1886-1968)—a leading artist of the Ecole de Paris. Born in 19th-century Japan, Foujita spent about half of his 80 some years in France and eventually took French citizenship and was buried there. In 2018, on the 50th anniversary of his death, a grand retrospective surveying his entire career will be held with the cooperation of art museums in Japan, U.S.A., France, and throughout Europe. For more information about this exhibition, click here.

Junya Ishigami - Freeing Architecture

From 30 March until 9 September 2018
Fondation Cartier, Paris, France

In Freeing Architecture, Ishigami elaborates upon his most recent research into function, form, scale and the environment in architecture, thereby revealing his vision for the future of the field. Through over 40 models, as well as numerous films and drawings, the exhibition presents twenty projects from their genesis to the complex process of their realization. Far from being tools prior to construction, the models assembled in the exhibition were made specifically for the occasion. For more information about this exhibition, click here.

Love Affairs - The Tale of Genji in Japanese Art

Part 1: From 18 August until 25 November 2018
Part 2: From 1 December 2018 until 10 March 2019
Minneapolis Institute of Art, Minneapolis, U.S.A

The Tale of Genji is celebrated as Japan’s greatest literary work. Written in the early 1000s by Murasaki Shikibu, a lady-in-waiting at the imperial court, the tale traces the life and romantic pursuits of an imperial prince called “Shining Genji.” Rich in poetry and offering an intimate look at the court, it has inspired countless Japanese artists over the centuries, and illustrations of or allusions to the tale appear on everything from paintings, prints, and decorative artworks to clothing and manga (comic books). This exhibition will focus on Genji-related art created over the past 500 years. Shown in two parts. For more information about this exhibition, click here.

Kimono! - The Artistry of Itchiku Kubota

From 10 June until 16 September 2018
Munson Williams Proctor Arts Institute, New York, U.S.A.

Kubota’s immeasurable creative spirit transformed traditional Japanese garments into works of art. Each of the kimono in the exhibition is nearly seven feet in height and embellished with intricate detailing created through complex dyeing techniques and embroidery, accented by gold and silver leaf and hand painting. Many of the kimono were conceived as a series and are installed together to create panoramic vistas manifesting Kubota’s reverence for terrestrial and cosmic landscapes. For more information about this exhibition, click here.

Cool Japan - Worldwide Fascination in Focus

From 28 september 2018
Tropenmuseum, Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

Japan is known for its ancient traditions, but it is also hip and happening, with occasional extravagant visual excesses. This exhibition highlights the popularity of contemporary Japan, and places it in a historical context. For more information on this exhibition, click here.

Takashi Murakami - The Octopus Eats its own Leg

From 10 June until 16 September 2018
Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Fort Worth, U.S.A.

Known for his collaborations with pop icons and fashion house Louis Vuitton, and for vibrant anime-inspired characters, Japanese artist Takashi Murakami (b. 1962) has blurred the boundaries throughout his career between high and low culture, ancient and modern, East and West. For more information about this exhibition, click here.

A Beautiful Moment - Japanese photography by Naoya Hatakeyama, Syoin Kajii, Rinko Kawauchi, Toshiko Okanoue, Yuki Onodera, Chino Otsuka and Nao Tsuda

From 9 June until 2 September 2018
Huis Marseille, Museum for Photography, Amsterdam, the Netherlands

Does a common thread run through the work of the seven photographers who have been brought together for the exhibition A Beautiful Moment? This is not a very easy question to answer. Although the exhibition focuses on a select number of photographers whose origins are all in Japan, the work of each of these photographers is marked by a very personal choice of subject and specific working methods. There does, however, seem to be a certain commonality: namely, the focused and respectful way in which they all approach the medium of photography itself. For more information about this exhibition, click here.

Japanese Woodcuts from the Ernst Grosse Collection

From 1 Juli until 30 September 2018
The Haus der Graphischen Sammlung, Freiburg, Germany

Among the approximately 60 works on display are prints by Hokusai und Hiroshige, and also rare pieces from the series of beautiful women from the 18th century. The works found their way into the Freiburg collections via the ethnologist Ernst Grosse, who taught at the university and worked at times as a curator of the municipal collections. For more information about this exhibition, click here.

Julius Bissier and East Asia - The Realm of my Imagination

From 19 May until 23 September 2018
"Ausstellungshalle" in the Augustinermuseum,
Freiburg, Germany
Although Julius Bissier never actually visited East Asia, the art and culture of old Japan and China were a source of great inspiration for him. His idea of East Asia was made up of the things he had seen, read and heard. Meeting the ethnologist and art expert, Ernst Grosse, and the subsequent introduction to his East Asian collection provided the young artist with an important impetus for his career. The affect on his method of working was radical: oils and canvas made way for ink, paper and small-format paintings. For more information about this exhibition, click here.

Yayoi Kusama - Infinity Mirrors

From 7 July until 30 September 2018
The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, U.S.A.

Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors celebrates the legendary Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama’s 65-year career. The exhibition spans the range of Kusama’s work, from her groundbreaking paintings and performances of the 1960s, when she staged polka-dot “Happenings” in the streets of New York, to her widely admired immersive installations and the US debut of her recent series of paintings, My Eternal Soul. For more information about this exhibition, click here.

The Poetry of Nature - Edo Paintings from the Fishbein-Bender Collection

From 27 February until 21 January 2019
Galleries 225-232, The Met Fifth Avenue, New York, U.S.A.

Painting blossomed in Japan during the Edo period (1615–1868) as artists daringly experimented with conventional styles. In this exhibition, more than 40 examples of Edo-period paintings from the collection of Estelle P. Bender and her late husband T. Richard Fishbein—mostly gifts and promised gifts to The Met—help trace the development of the major schools and movements of this fascinating era. For more information about this exhibition, click here.

Japanese Arms and Armor from the Collection of Etsuko and John Morris

From 25 January until 6 January 2019
Gallery 380, The Met Fifth Avenue, New York, U.S.A.

Presenting a wide array of samurai armor, blades, and accoutrements dating from the fifteenth to the nineteenth century, this exhibition celebrates the promised gift of thirty-seven objects from the collection of Etsuko and John Morris, as well as other important gifts made by Mr. and Mrs. Morris to The Met's Department of Arms and Armor over the past seventeen years. For more information about this exhibition, click here.

Lustrous Surfaces

Until 16 September 2019
Victoria and Albert Museum, London, U.K.

Featuring 110 objects located throughout the Museum, including shrines, chests and rare Latin American examples, this display highlights the varied manufacturing techniques, surface treatments, decorative styles and application around the world. For more information on this exhibition, click here.

Gallery Exhibitions:

Shifting Rhythms – Sculpted Moments by Koike Shōko

From 11 September until 19 October 2018
Joan B Mirviss LTD, New York, U.S.A.
For more information about this exhibition, click here.

HIRUMA Kazuyo - Memories of Water and Earth

From 7 September until 21 September 2018
Dai Ichi Arts, Ltd., New York, U.S.A.
For more information about this exhibition, click here.

Between Forms - The Terracotta Cosmos by Mokichi Otsuka

From 6 September until 28 September 2018
Ippodo Gallery, New York, U.S.A.
Otsuka was encouraged to harness the power of ancient traditions through ceramic tiles. Following five years of illness, a chance encounter with the ancient Greek goddess Kore solidified his interest in the seemingly inexpressible vitality of humanity, and eternal fascination with Western heritage. For more information about this exhibition, click here.

Sueharu Fukami - Porcelain Sculptures

From 10 September until 2 November 2018
Erik Thomsen Gallery, New York, U.S.A.

For more information about this exhibition, click here.

Supranatural – Dokuro, Bakemono, Yūrei

From 11 until 29 September 2018
Mingei Arts Gallery, Paris, France

For more information on this exhibition, click here.

Hideyaki Yamanobe - Works on Canvas and Paper

From 7 September until 6 October 2018
JAPAN ART – Galerie Friedrich Müller, Frankfurt am Main, Germany
For more information about this exhibition, click here.

Miho Kajioka - So It Goes

9 September 2018
Vernissage, Antwerp, Belgium
4 November 2018

Opening, Amsterdam, the Netherlands
In the upcoming exhibition so it goes Miho Kajioka is presenting new work which relates to the concept of time, memory and location and which will take place at two galleries, in Amsterdam and Antwerp. Like in her earlier works the series consists of intuitive images of fragments of her daily life, from various periods and against changing backdrops, among others relating to the cities of Amsterdam and Antwerp. For more information, click here.

Kiyochika - On the Threshold of Modern Times

From 7 until 15 September 2018 (New York Asia Week)
Scholten Japanese Art, New York, U.S.A.

Scholten Japanese Art is pleased to announce our upcoming gallery presentation, KIYOCHIKA: On the Threshold of Modern Timesan exhibition featuring a selection of woodblock prints by the influential Meiji-period (1868-1912) self-taught artist, Kobayashi Kiyochika (1847-1915). Kiyochika blended his interpretation of the ukiyo-e school with Western-style perspective and realism.  Unhindered by formal training within any artistic lineage, Kiyochika’s innovative style helped pave the way for a new outlook on the genre which would be picked up by future print artists, particularly the artists and publishers associated with the shin hanga (‘new print’) movement. For more information, click here.

Symposium:

International Symposium: Rethinking the Life and Work of Nagasawa Rosetsu

From 20 until 21 October 2018
University of Zürich, Zürich Switzerland

The Japanese painter Nagasawa Rosetsu (1754–1799) has increasingly been a source of interest during the last years from popular and academic audiences with numerous exhibitions in Japan and in the West. Rosetsu has long been a name in Western studies of Japanese art, starting with a groundbreaking exhibition at the Denver Art Museum in 1973 and the publication by Robert Moes from the same year.  Presently he is represented at an outstanding exhibition at the Museum Rietberg, Zurich, that feature key works of the artists, seldom seen outside of Japan. For more information about this exhibition, click here.

Philadelphia and Meiji Japan

From 20 until 22 September 2018
University of Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania, U.S.A.

This symposium is part of a larger collaboration between the Penn Forum on Japan, the Meiji Jingu Intercultural Research Institute(Tokyo), the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and the Japan America Society of Greater Philadelphia to commemorate the deep ties between Philadelphia and 19th century Japan.  To take place in Philadelphia and Tokyo in September and October 2018, the larger project coincides with the 150th anniversary of the advent of Meiji Japan (1868-1912) and with Philadelphia’s recent designation as America’s first UNESCO World Heritage City. For more information, click here.

Festival:

Camera Japan Festival

From 26 until 30 September 2018
WORM and LantarenVenster, Rotterdam, the Netherlands
From 4 until 7 October 2018
Kriterion and Eye Filmmuseum, Amsterdam, the Netherlands

CAMERA JAPAN is a Japanese cultural festival organised in Rotterdam every year since 2006. The main focus is on film, but we also explore the visual arts, music, dance, fashion, architecture, food, and much more. Every autumn, we take a selection of films from the programme to Amsterdam for a weekend of screening the best, the weirdest, and the most unexpected cinema from Japan. For more information, click here.

Auctions:

Bonhams – Fine Japanese and Korean Art

11 September 2018
New York, U.S.A.
For more information on this auction, click here.​

Galerie Zacke - Fine Chinese Art Japanese and Buddhist Art September

29 September 2018
Vienna, Austria
For more information on this auction, click here.​

Bonhams – Asian Art

5 November 2018
Knightsbridge, London, U.K.
For more information on this auction, click here.​

Bonhams – Asian Art

15 November 2018
Edinburgh, Schotland
For more information on this auction, click here.​

Christie's – Japonisme

15 November 2018
Paris, France
For more information on this auction, click here.​

Van Ham - Asian Art

6 December 2018
Cologne, Germany
For more information on this auction, click here.​

Lempertz – India, South East Asia, Japan

8 December 2018
Cologne, Germany
For more information on this auction, click here.​

Bonhams – Fine Asian Works of Art

17 December 2018
San Fransisco, U.S.A.
For more information on this auction, click here.​

Bonhams – Asian Decorative Works of Art

18 December 2018
San Fransisco, U.S.A.
For more information on this auction, click here.​

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