Until his sudden death on January 10, 2002, the
graphic designer was one of the leaders of Japanese graphic design
for nearly half a century. His work ranged from posters, book designs,
logos, wrappers and packages.
His distinctive modern expression of the classic
Japanese sense of beauty and art was highly regarded not only in
Japan but also inter-nationally as well. Born in Nara in 1930, he
studied at the Kyoto City School of Art (currently Kyoto City University
of Arts). After mooing to Tokyo in 1957, he established his own
design studio in 1963 and participated in projects for the Tokyo
Olympics and Osaka Expo in 1970.
He then branched out to work for the Seibu Saison
Group with Issey Miyake and in collaboration with overseas businesses
like Ferragamo. This exhibition is the first full-fledged exhibition
of his works after his death, introducing approximately 500 articles
covering his art school graduate project and unreleased items for
a complete showcase of his achievement.
His close friend, world renowned architect Tadao
Ando, has personally designed the display for this special exhibition.
Getting there: Chuo subway line, Osaka-ko stn.
Special Exhibition: Reliefs of Angkor
Wat in Rubbing Impressions
in what is now Cambodia, Angkor Thom, capital of the flourishing
Khmer empire in the 11th century, once was one of the world's most
densely populated cities.
An incredible mass of dazzling pagodas grew up
around Angkor Thom, culminating in the glory of the magnificent
temple complex at Angkor Wat. With the fall of the Khmers, the temples
were slowly recaptured by the lush forest and remained a hidden
legend until 1861 when they were re-discovered and introduced to
the western world. It is home to numerous architectural and art
With the cooperation of the Cambodian Government,
the Kyoto Bunka Museum is able to exhibit 61 works of rubbing works
along with some of the 1000 stones discovered by the excavation
of the Teai Kudei temple in 2001.
Kyoto Bunka Museum
Closed: 12/15,22, 12/281/13, 1/5
Getting there: From Kyoto station, take the sub-way to Torimaruoike
stn or Hankyu Torimaru stn.
The 125th Exhibition:
Hajime Sorayama Exhibition
DDD Gallery's latest exhibition will feature the works of Hajime
Sorayama, the internationally renowned master of pin-up art. Remarkable
for their fine detail and powerful impact, his works never fail
to provoke and mesmerize the viewer.
The breathtaking novelty of Sorayama's ideas
transcends the boundaries of illustration: the AIBO robot dog, which
was created based on Sorayama's image direction, received a Good
Design Award from the Ministry of International Trade and Industry,
and is housed in the permanent collections of the Smithsonian Institution
and the New York's Museum of Modern Art.
This exhibition at the DDD Gallery includes new
works depicting "artificial beauties" and "erotic
fantasies" and traces their evolution across the centuries
to a higher stage. Also featured is an exhibition of Sorayama's
work over 20 years, including a vast array of posters, cards, and
Open: 10am-6pm (close on Sat, Sun & holidays)
Getting there: Nishi Umeda stn. 10min walk,
Higobashi stn. 7min.
Kansai Art Listings
CHINESE ART EXHIBITION FROM THE FUJITA FAMILY COLLECTION
JR Osaka-Jo Kitazume stn.
Subway Kyobashi/Keihan line.
10am-4pm, closed Mon.
Osaka Nihon Mingeikan
The Beauty of English Slipsear
10am-4:30pm, closed Wed.
Asahi Beer Oyamamazaki Sanso Museum
PRIVATE COLLECTION OF ASAHI BEER EX-PRESIDENT, TAMESABURO
YAMAMOTO OF LEACH POTTERY
JR Yamazaki/Hankyu Ohyamazaki stn.
10am-4pm, closed Mon
NAKAMURA HOCHU, RIMPA STYLE PAINTINGS
Okazaki, Saishoji 0cho
10am-6pm closed Mon.
Koryo Museum of Art
MASTERPIECES FROM KORYO MUSEUM COLLECTION
JR Kyoto stn, take bus #9 to
Kamogawa Chugakumae stop.
10am-4:40pm, closed Mon.
Kyoto Gendai Museum
Shinya Fujiwara: Memento
Shijo-stn. Exit 7
Himeji Shiritsu Bijyutsukan
FRANCISCO DE GOYA EXHIBITION
JR/Sanyo Himeji stn.
10am-4:30pm, closed Mon.
Hyogo Prefectural Museum of Art
Artists of Garou: Special Exhibition And Nakayama Iwata
Hanshin Iwaya stn. 8 min walk south.
10am5:30pm closed Mon.
Hyogo Prefectural Museum of History
20th Anniversary Special Exhibition: Ikuo Hirayam CollectionArts
from Gandhara and the Silk Road
JR/Sanyo Himeji stn. Nr. Himeji Castle.
Admission: ¥ 800/¥550/¥270
10am4:30pm Closed Mon.
Itami City Museum
Copperplate prints by Yukio Fukazawa
JR/Hankyu Itami stn.
10am5:30pm closed Mon.
Kobe City Museum
Drawn Music: Japanese Artists and Western Instruments
JR/Hankyu Sannomiya stn.
10am5pm, closed Mon
Kobe Fashion Museum
Hats, caps and headresses from around the globe
Island Center stn. Rokko Island
10am-5:30pm closed Wed.
YATATE EXHIBITION (portable brushand holder), netsuke (A
small sculptural object, made from wood or ivory, usually
worn to suspend objects hung from the sash of the kimono)
and crafts from the Edo Period.
JR Ashiya, 7min walk
10am-4:30pm, closed Mon.
Nara Kenritsu Museum
Yumeji Takehisa: a retrospective
Kintetsu Nara stn.
9am-4:30pm closed Mon.
Nara Kenritsu Manyo Bunkakan
Anno Mitsumasa Exhibition
Kintetsu Kashihara Jingu-mae or JR/Kintetsu Sakurai stn. Take
bus, get off at Asuka-mura, Asuka, Takai-chi gun
10am-5pm closed Wed.
Nara Photography Museum
The Request Exhibition II: Scenery of Yamato.
Works of Irie Taikichi and Takeuchi Toshinobu
JR/Kintetsu Nara stn.
10am-4:30pm Closed Mon.
Korean Paintings and Crafts from the museum collection
Kintentsu Gakuen-mae stn.
10am-4pm closed Mon.