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KS Cover no. 71 2006 April

APR 2006 :: 071


Niki de Saint Phalle Exhibition

Thru Apr 9

Niki de Saint Phalle (Neuilly sur Seine, 1930 — San Diego 2002) started out as a fashion model. During a severe breakdown in 1953, she started painting as a therapy. Meeting the artist Jean Tinguely in 1955 meant a great change in both her private and artistic life. After moving in with Tinguely in 1960, he introduced her to the influential museum director Pontus Hulten, who admitted her work to several major exhibitions. In 1961 the exhibition 'Bewogen beweging' at the Amsterdam Stedelijk Museum together with 'The art of assemblage' at the New York MoMa and a solo exhibition at the already famous Leo Castelli Gallery made her final breakthrough. Together with her husband Jean Tinguely she produced various sculptures, including the famous fountain at the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris. Her most ambitious project is the sculpture garden in Tuscany, the Tarot Garden, where she created a series of 22 monumental sculptures over the period 1979 to 1996.

Daimaru Umeda 15F
JR/Hankyu/Hanshin/Subways Umeda/Osaka stn.
Open: 10am-7:30pm • Admission: ¥900/¥700/free
Tel: 06-6343-1231

Kumagai Morikazu Exhibition

Apr 8 - May 28

Kumagai Morikazu (1880-1977) is mostly recognized as a representa-tive painter of the Japanese modern age. Kimura Teizo (1913-2003), a Nagoya art collector, first discovered Kumagai's talents and assisted him in various ways throughout his life. When they first met, Kumagai was 25 and Kimura, 59 but they formed a bond that lasted a lifetime. Many of Kumagai's works are simple and offer the viewer a calm and nostalgic feeling. Although Kumagai is known generally as a western-style painter, he left behind various styles of artwork, including Japan-ese paintings and calligraphies. Kimura bought more than 100 pieces of his work and his ability to identify authentic talent was amazing. Even after Kumagai's death, Kimura's collection of Kumagai's paint-ings grew year by year. Kimura and his wife donated the collection to the Aichi Prefectural Museum of Art. This collection consists of about 50 oil paintings, 100 Japanese-style paintings, 40 calligraphies, and 20 sculptures and paintings on pottery, which gives the entire picture of Kumagai's artistic output, offering an interesting insight into the diversity of Kumagai's world.

Himeji Shiritsu Bijutsukan
JR/Sanyo Himeji Stn.
Open: 10am-4:30pm, closed Mon
Admission: ¥800/¥500/¥200
Tel: 0792-22-2288

Remainders of the Ideal: The Vision and Practices of Hundertwasser

Apr 11-May 21

Friedensreich Hundertwasser (1928-2000), an Austrian painter whose works are full of rich colors and an ecologist who advocated peaceful living with nature, is a very familiar figure to Japanese public. The exhibition particularly focuses on “architecture” which Hundertwasser pursued throughout his career in order to realize an ideal relation-ship between man and nature. The exhibition introduces Hundertwasser's achievement as a philosopher as well as a practitioner, who continued his challenge to realize an ideal through art, with 100 works, which include large architectural maquettes, paintings, prints and posters.

Kyoto Modern Museum of Art
Getting there: JR/Kintentsu Kyoto Stn. From A1 platform take city bus #5 for Iwakura, get off at “Kyoto Kaikan Bijutsukan Mae. Or, Subway Tozai line, Higashiyama stn.
Open: 9:30am-4:30pm, closed Mon • Admission: ¥830/¥450
Tel: 075-761-9900

Nishimura Isao: A Retrospective

Apr 15 - May 21

Like many other Japanese artists of his time, Nishimura Isao (1923-2003) was also fascinated by Paris. He first visited Paris in 1970 and left many extravagant paintings dedicated to the city of art. Born in 1923 in Osaka, he lost his hearing at the age of 3 due to tympanitis (inflammation of the middle ear). He attended the Nakanoshima Oil Painting School during his junior high school days and from there, atte-nded many other art schools in the Kansai area. His painting first received acclaim in 1950 when he was award-ed a prize for his paintings. After that, he received from a friend, a red beret which later became his trademark because he always wore it when he painted, and began painting self portraits. From the red beret, came the station series, which to him meant both the beginning and an ending. This exhibition will feature over 100 oil and water paintings from 1940 to 1990.

Nishinomiya-shi Otani Kinen Bijutsukan
Hanshin Koroen Stn.
Open: 10am-4pm. Closed Wed
Admission: ¥500/¥300
Tel: 0798 33 0164

Kansai Art Listings February


Thru Apr 9

Daimaru Museum Umeda
Niki de Saint Phalle retrospective exhibition
JR/Hankyu/Hanshin/Subways Umeda /Osaka stn. Daimaru Umeda 15F
Open: 10am-7:30pm
Admission: ¥900/¥700/free
Tel: 06-6343-1231

Thru Apr 14

DDD Gallery
Nagi Noda Exhibition — Hanpanda Contemporary Art
Nishi-Umeda stn or Higobashi stn.
Open: 10am-6pm. Closed Sat/Sun/ National Holidays
Admission: Free
Tel: 06-6347-8780

Thru Apr 16

Kirin Plaza Osaka
“Enochu” Chu Enoki Exhibition
Midosuji line, Shinsaibashi stn.
Open: 11am-9pm
Admission: Free
Tel: 06-6212-6578

Thru Apr 16

Suntory Museum Tenpozan
Henri Cartier-Bresson
Subway chuo, Technoport line, Osaka-ko stn, exit 1
Open: 10:30am-7pm, closed Mon.
Admission: ¥1,000/¥700/¥500
Tel: 06-6577-0001

Apr 18-Jun 11

The National Museum of Art Osaka
Sigmar Polke: Alice in Wonderland
Subway Yotsubashi line,
Higobashi stn, exit 3.
Open: 10am-4pm closed Mon
Admission: ¥830/¥450/¥250
Tel: 06-6447-4680

Thru Jul 23

Museum of Oriental Ceramics Osaka
King of Flowers — Peony Design in East Ceramics
Subway Midosuji line,
Yodoyabashi Stn
Open: 9:30am-4:30pm. Closed Mon
Admission: ¥500/¥300/free
Tel: 06-6223-0055

Thru Aug 27

Gram Media GM
Tenants — More than 30 artists and creators giving lectures, work-shops, live performances, etc.
Subway Yotsubashi line, Higobashi stn.
Open: 12-8pm. Closed Mon.
Admission: free
Tel: 06-6459-2082


Thru Apr 2

The National Museum of Modern Art Kyoto
Ernst Barlac Retrospektive
From JR/Kintetsu Kyoto stn, take bus #5, get off at Kyoto-Kaikan-Bijyutsukan-mae.
Open: 9:30am-4:30pm, closed Mon
Admission: ¥830/¥450/¥250
Tel: 075-561-4111

Thru Apr 16

The Museum of Kyoto
(Kyoto Bunka Hakubutsukan)
Traditional Food Culture in Kyoto: The history and charm of Kyoto cuisine and vegetables
Kyoto subway Karasuma line, Karasuma-Oike stn.
Open: 10am-4:30pm, closed Mon
Admission: ¥1,000/¥700/¥400
Tel: 075-494-2238

Thru May 14

Asahi Beer Oyamazaki Villa Bijutsukan
Private collection of ex-presi-dent of Asahi beer, the late Yamamoto Tamesaburo to commeroate the 10th anniver-sary of the museum. Monet, Modigliani and 150 other works.
JR Yamazaki/Hankyu Oyamazaki stn.
Open: 10am-4pm closed Mon
Admission: ¥700/¥500/free
Tel: 075-957-3123

Thru May 22

Hosomi Bijutsukan
Japanese Laquerware Exhibition
Okazaki Saishoji-cho
Open: 10am-5:30pm. Closed Mon
Admission: ¥700/¥500
Tel: 075-752-5555

Apr 22 - Jun 4

Kyoto National Museum
Emaki Unrolled: Masterworks of Illustrated Narrative
Keihan Shichijo Stn.
Open: 9:30am-5pm. Closed Mon
Admission: ¥1,300/¥900/¥400
Tel: 075-541-1151


Thru Apr 11

Kobe Fashion Museum
Lacework Exhibition
From European antiques to contemporary Japanese artists.
Rokko Liner, Island Center stn
Open: 10am-5pm closed Wed
Admission: ¥500/¥250
Tel: 078-858-0050

Apr 8-May 28

Himeji Shiritsu Bijutsukan
Kumagai Morikazu Exhibition
JR/Sanyo Himeji Stn.
Open: 10am-4:30pm. Closed Mon
Admission: ¥800/¥500/¥200
Tel: 0792-22-2288

Apr 13-18

Daimaru Museum Kobe
Kobe Ikebana Exhibition
JR Motomachi stn
Open: 10am-7:30pm
Admission: ¥500
Tel: 078-331-8121

Apr 15 - May 21

Nishinomiya-shi Otani Kinen Bijutsukan
Isao Nishimura:
A Retrospective
Hanshin Koroen Stn.
Open: 10am-4pm. Closed Wed
Admission: ¥500/¥300
Tel: 0798-33-0164

Apr 15 - May 28

Kobe Shiritsu Hakubutsukan
The Alllure of Edo: Collection from the Museum of Fine Arts Boston
JR/Hankyu/Hanshin Sannomiya stn.
Open: 10am-4pm. Closed Mon
Admission: ¥600/¥400/¥250
Tel: 078-391-0035


Thru May 7

Nara Kenritsu Bijutsukan
Masterpieces from the Nati-onal Galleries of Scotland
Kintetsu Nara stn.
Open: 9am-4pm. Closed Mon
Admission: ¥1200/¥900/¥600
Tel: 0742-23-3968

Apr 15-May 28

Nara National Museum
Priest Chogen and the Rebuild- ing of Todaiji: The Kamakura era, An Age of Artistic Revival and Innovation
Kintetsu Nara stn. inside Nara Park
Open: 9:30am-5pm. Closed Mon
Admission: ¥1,000/¥700/¥400
Tel: 0742-22-7771

ART section compiled by Maki Nibayashi

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