1st Opening Anniversary. Saku City Museum of Modern Art Collection & “Introduction to Contemporary Japanese-Style Painting” Event
From May 3, 2018 (Thu., national holiday) to June 10, 2018 (Sun)
Title: 1st Opening Anniversary. Saku City Museum of Modern Art Collection & “Introduction to Contemporary Japanese-Style Painting”
Period: From May 3, 2018 (Thu., national holiday) to June 10, 2018 (Sun)/ 34 days
*First term (May 3 to May 20: 16 days); Second term (May 22 to June 10: 18 days)
*Chapter 2 presents works by artists other than Ikuo Hirayama and Kaiyi Higashiyama either during the first or the second term.Exhibited items remain the same for Chapter 1 and the Special Exhibition.
Venue: Ota City Art Museum and Library, Exhibition Room 1, 2, 3, and Slope
Opening hours: From 10:00 am to 6:00 pm (last entry at 5:30 pm)
Closed: Mondays (When Monday is a national holiday, closed the following day)
Admission fees: General 300 (200) yen
*Fees shown in ( ) apply to those who can present an used ticket stub for this exhibition, for groups over 20 people and for Ota City Art Museum and Library cardholders or holders of a Furatto Ryomo Tobu Free Pass. Free access for people over 65, under 18, holders of physical disability or mental disability certificate, rehabilitation certificate and one assistant.
※Free for families accompanying children under 15 on Ota Family Day (first Sunday of each month).
Organized by: Ota City, Ota City Foundation for Culture and Sports Promotion
Sponsored by: Saku City Museum of Modern Art, Takashimaya, Tobu Railway Co., Ltd.
In collaboration with: Ota City Board of Education, Ota Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Gunma TV, FM Gunma, FM Taro, NHK Maebashi Station, Jomo News, Asahi News Maebashi General Office, Sankei News Maebashi Branch, Tokyo News Maebashi Branch, Nikkei Inc. Maebashi Branch, Mainichi News Maebashi Branch, Yomiuri News Maebashi Branch
To commemorate the 1st Anniversary of its opening, Ota City Art Museum and Library brings together 23 masterpieces from the Saku City Museum of Contemporary Art collection which holds one of the most renowned Japanese art collections in Japan. The exhibition features Ikuo Hirayama’s “Bukkyo Denrai (Buddhism Arriving)” and other works created after WWII never before exhibited in Ota under the title: Saku City Museum of Modern Art Collection & “Introduction to Contemporary Japanese-Style Painting”.
Generally, when people hear the words “Japanese-style painting”, historical traditional images come to mind making no connection with the modern times. However, in the Meiji era, when politics, society and culture saw a radical transformation, the concept of “Japanese-style painting” was born in response to “Western-style painting.” Artists blended and integrated various techniques and styles of Japanese paintings from before the Edo period, seeking to express the new age and to achieve contemporaneity, thus creating a very modern style of painting.
This exhibition features a large number of works borrowed from the Ichiji Yui Memorial Hall at Saku City Museum of Modern Art in Nagano Prefecture. These are 23 works of artists including big names like Ikuo Hirayama and Kaii Higashiyama and contemporary painters who seek to explore Japanese-style expression from the Saku City Museum of Modern Art Collection of postwar to modern paintings. In addition, Yuji Ichikawa and Aguri Uchida exhibit some of their new and old works, especially for our museum, luring everyone further into the world of contemporary Japanese-style painting. Come and enjoy this special collection of Japanese-style paintings created to represent both the past and the present.
Yuji Ichikawa, Aguri Uchida, Keisaburo Okamura, Togyu Okumura, Yuki Ogura, Tamako Kataoka, Shoko Kawasaki, Kazuko Gokura, Yuji Kojima, Chuichi Konno, Tatsuo Takayama, Seihyo Tanaka, Reina Taniho, Shinsen Tokuoka, Masayoshi Nakamura, Sukei Hikasa, Kaii Higashiyama, Kazuho Hieda, Ikuo Hirayama, Toshiko Mitani, Kyujin Yamamoto, Naoaki Yamamoto, Misao Yokoyama (23 artists/ in Japanese alphabetical order)
Chapter 1: Adventurers of Contemporary Japanese-Style Painting (Exhibition Room 1)
Featuring the works of five artists representing contemporary Japanese-style painting, with a focus on their masterpieces.
Featured artists: Yuji Ichikawa, Aguri Uchida, Keisaburo Okamura, Reina Taniho, Naoaki Yamamoto (5 artists/ in Japanese alphabetical order)
Chapter 2: Pioneers of Contemporary Japanese-Style Painting (Exhibition Room 2)
Featuring mainly the works of pioneers of Japanese-style painting expression, representing postwar Japanese-style painting.
※ Some of the works on display will be rotated over two week periods (the first term and the second term), except works by Ikuo Hirayama and Kaii Higashiyama.
Featured artists: Togyu Okumura, Yuki Ogura, Tamako Kataoka, Shoko Kawasaki, Kazuko Gokura, Yuji Kojima, Chuichi Konno, Tatsuo Takayama, Seihyo Tanaka, Shinsen Tokuoka, Masayoshi Nakamura, Kazuho Hieda, Kaii Higashiyama, Sukei Hikasa, Ikuo Hirayama, Toshiko Mitani, Kyujin Yamamoto, Misao Yokoyama (18 artists/ in Japanese alphabetical order)
First term: May 3 to May 20: 16 days
Tamako Kataoka, Shoko Kawasaki, Chuichi Konno, Seihyo Tanaka, Shinsen Tokuoka, Kazuho Hieda, Kaii Higashiyama, Ikuo Hirayama, Kyujin Yamamoto, Misao Yokoyama
Second term (May 22 to June 10: 18 days)
Togyu Okumura, Yuki Ogura, Kazuko Gokura, Yuji Kojima, Tatsuo Takayama, Masayoshi Nakamura, Kaii Higashiyama, Sukei Hikasa, Ikuo Hirayama, Toshiko Mitani
Special exhibition : Yuji Ichikawa (Slope)
An artist who expands the techniques of Japanese-style painting to transform the space significantly, Yuji Ichikawa created and brought a new work for this exhibition.
Featured artist: Yuji Ichikawa
|Work: Yuji Ichikawa, “World tree I”, 2014, Artist’s collection|
Special exhibition : Aguri Uchida (Exhibition Room 3)
Aguri Uchida uses people as her main motif, and bold forms and colors. She recomposed new and recent works to be displayed at this exhibition.
Featured artist: Aguri Uchida
|Aguri Uchida, “River”, 2018, Artist’s collection|
Featured artist interview video screening
A video of interviews with the five artists featured in Exhibition Room 1 will be screened in the same room.
In their individual ateliers, they talk about their work and their career as artists.
The order of appearance and timetable are as follows. We hope you enjoy!
Order of appearance (approximately 13 min. per artist/ 65 min. total)
1. Yuji Ichikawa, 2. Aguri Uchida, 3. Keisaburo Okamura, 4. Reina Taniho, 5. Naoaki Yamamoto
1: 10:30 am～11:35 am
2: 12:00 am～13:05 pm
3: 13:30 pm～14:35 pm
4: 15:00 pm～16:05 pm
5: 16:30 pm～17:35 pm
Interviewer: Satoshi Koganezawa (Ota City Art Museum & Library)
Image & Production: Kenichi Okayasu
Available on YouTube from May 22, 2018 (Tue).
Featured artist interview 1: Yuji Ichikawa
Featured artist interview 2: Aguri Uchida
Featured artist interview 3: Keisaburo Okamura
Featured artist interview 4: Reina Taniho
Featured artist interview 5:Naoaki Yamamoto
Ichiji Yui Memorial Hall at Saku City Museum of Modern Art
The Ichiji Yui Memorial Hall at Saku City Museum of Modern Art is a public art museum housing about 3,300 works of art including Japanese-style painting, Western-style painting, sculptures, crafts, books and contemporary art located in Komaba Park. Most of the artworks are modern Japanese art collected over 50 years by Ichiji Yui (1909-1992), an art dealer born in Saku city who later established Bijutsu-Nenkansha Co., Ltd. It also features the vast Koichi Kobayashi collection of contemporary Japanese-style paintings and crafts and foreign artworks and various other items. It is especially famous for Ikuo Hirayama’s masterpiece “Buddhism Arriving” (1959) and other Japanese-style paintings. There are five exhibition rooms covering three floors, with about 100 works on rotating display, and special exhibitions held once or twice a year.
Address: 35-5 Sarukubo, Saku City, Nagano Prefecture, 385-0011 Japan