Kansai Scene Magazine


Tamamura Hokuto: Revolutionary of the Japanese-Style Painting

Jan 8-Feb 17

The National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto

Avant-garde Japanese painter of the Taisho and Showa epoch, Tamamura Hokuto (Zennosuke) (1893-1951) first came to notice when he submitted his work for the Nihon Bijitsuin (The Japan Art Institute). In order to pursue fresher expression in his Japanese style painting, he withdrew from the Nihon Bijutsuin and associated himself with avant-garde movements such as DSD, Association of Sanka-Zokei Artists and Tani Sanka (Exhibition of Unit Sanka). At the time, most of the avant-garde movements were led by artists who painted in a Western style and Tamamura Hokuto was one of the only artists to develop an avantgarde world of a Japanese style. He developed a brand new style of painting which was original, grotesque and humorous. In order to advocate a new style in Japanese painting, he created the Hokuto Society with his comrades to create a place of expression. On the other hand, he also painted scenes from everyday life such as Holiday (1931) where he portrays parent and child playing baseball. Through approximately 110 works, the entire scope of this original and individual painter will be introduced.

Getting there: JR/Kintetsu Kyoto stn, take Kyoto City bus 5 or 57. Get off at Kyoto Kaikan Bijutsukan-mae.
Open: 9:30am–5pm. Closed Mon
Admission: ¥830/¥450/¥250

Atelier Incurve Exhibition

Feb 3

Suntory Museum,Osaka

Atelier Incurve was established in Osaka in 2002. It is the first welfare facility in Japan that supports talented artists who are developmentally and mentally challenged. These artists, who have had no academic education or experience in art, are now internationally acclaimed by world famous artists and collectors since their debut in one of the best Outsider Art galleries in New York. This exhibition will feature approximately 50 works from five artists who received acclaim and recognition in New York.

Getting there: Subway Chuo line, Osaka-ko stn
Open: 10:30am–7:30pm. Closed Mon
Admission: ¥500/¥300/free for HS students and under

The 30th Anniversary: Collection of the National Museum of Art, Osaka

Thru Feb 11

The National Museum of Art, Osaka

The National Museum of Art, Osaka opened its doors in 1977 as a national museum specializing in contemporary art after inheriting the Expo Museum of Fine Arts facility, which had been built for Expo 70 in Osaka.

Twenty-seven years later, due in part to the aging of the building and in an effort to provide a better environment for the appreciation of art, the museum relocated to a new site in Nakanoshima, in the heart of Osaka in November of 2004.

The Museum has presented a wide variety of special exhibitions, but more than anything else, a full collection has been built up. The museum now proudly owns approximately 5,700 paintings, prints, sculptures, and photographs. This exhibition will feature some 400 works chosen from the museum's collection, including both noted 20th century foreign artists such as Paul Cézanne, Pablo Picasso, Marcel Duchamp, Lucio Fontana, Andy Warhol, Sigmar Polke, Tony Cragg, and Kiki Smith, and artists who represent the trends and breadth of Japanese contemporary art, including Tsuguharu Fujita, Yozo Hamaguchi, Yayoi Kusama, Jiro Takamatsu, Tadanori Yokoo, Yasumasa Morimura, Takanobu Kobayashi, and Yoshihiro Suda. This is the first time since the museum's opening that the entire facility will be used to present a collection.

Getting there: Subway Yotsubashi line, Higobashi stn, exit 2
Open: 10am–5pm, Fridays 10am–7pm. Closed Mon and national holidays
Admission: ¥1,000/¥500/free for HS students and younger

European Porcelain Exhibition

Thru Mar 9

Kyoto National Museum

The history of European porcelain in Japan dates back as early as before the Edo Period and has a history of over four hundred years. Back then, British designer Christopher Dresser who was popular during Queen Victoria's reign, chose which European porcelain would be sent to Japan. Soon after, German porcelain such as Meissen and other European designs streamed into this country. Over 170 pieces will be displayed in this exhibition and it will be interesting to see that some of these early European styles of porcelain were inspired by Asian forms.

Getting there: JR/Kintetsu Kyoto stn, take 206 or 208 bus, get off at Hakubutsukan, Sanjyu-san kando mae
Open: 9:30am–6pm. Closed Mon
Admission: ¥1,000/¥900/¥800

Kansai Art Listings January


Masterpieces of The State Russian Museum from Late 18th Century to Early 20th Century

Suntory Museum
Thru Jan 14

Subway Chuo line, Osaka-ko stn
Open: 10:30am–7:30pm. Closed Mon
Admission: ¥1,200/¥900/¥500

Misawa Atsuhiko Exhibition Animals in Graf

Graf Media GM
Thru Jan 20

Subway Yotsubashi line, Higobashi stn
Open: 12–8pm. Closed Mon, thru Jan 5
Admission: free

Best of World Heritage

Daimaru Museum, Umeda
Thru Jan 20

JR/Osaka, Hankyu/Hanshin Umeda stn
Open: 10am–8pm
Admission: ¥600/¥400

Mysteries of the Human Body

Shin-Umeda City Museum
Thru Feb 3

JR/subway Osaka/ Hankyu/Hanshin/subway Umeda stn
Open: 10am–5:30pm
Admission: ¥1,500/¥800/¥500


Heart of Iron Mind of Tea - Classic Kettles from Ashiya

Hosomi Bijutsukan
Thru Feb 11

Okazaki, Saishoji-cho
Open: 10am–6pm. Closed Mon
Admission: ¥1,000/¥800

Tamamura Hokuto: Revolutionary of Japanese Painting

The National Museum of Modern Art Kyoto
Thru Feb 17

City Bus 5, Kyotokaikan Bijutsukanmae stop
Open: 9:30am–5pm. Closed Mon
Admission: ¥830/¥450/¥200/free under junior high

Sumida Keiko Juilliard Lace Exhibition

Asahi Beer Oyamazaki Sanso Bijutsukan
Thru Feb 17

JR Yamazaki/Hankyu Oyamazaki stn
Open: 10am–4:30pm. Closed Mon
Admission: ¥700/¥500/free

Yasunari Kawabata & Kaii Higashiyama Exhibition

Kyoto Bunka Hakubutsukan (The Museum of Kyoto)
Jan 16–Feb 24

Subway Karasuma-Oike stn, exit 5, Hankyu Karasuma stn, exit 16
Open: 10am–6pm. Closed Mon
Admission: ¥1,000/¥700/¥400

Shokokuji's Zenrin Culture: From Muromachi Period to the Early Modern Period

Jotenkaku Art Museum
Thru Mar 23

Subway Karasuma line, Imadegawa stn
Open: 10am–5pm. Closed Dec 27-Jan 5
Admission: ¥800/¥600/¥300/¥200

Fine Arts and Crafts from Korea

Koryo Museum of Art
Thru Apr 6

JR Kyoto station, 9 bus to Kamogawa Chugakkou-mae stop
Open: 10am–5pm. Closed Mon
Admission: ¥500/¥400/¥300


Exhibition on thin-cloth dresses, from the Indian sari to 19th century European dresses

Kobe Fashion Museum
Thru Jan 15

Rokko Liner, Island Center stn
Open: 10am–5:30pm. Closed Wed (Dec 29–Jan 3)
Admission: ¥500/¥250

Kitten Postcard Collection

Postcard Museum
Thru Jan 31

Sanyo Kasumigaoka stn, north, 7min walk
Open: 11am–5:30pm, Thu/Fri/Sat
Admission: ¥300/¥200

Miyatake Gaikotsu Exhibition

Itami Shiritsu Museum
Thru Feb 17

JR Itami stn
Open: 10am–5:30pm. Closed Mon
Admission: ¥700/¥350/¥100

Tadanori Yokoo Hot Bath Unfinished Chain Exhibition

Okanoyama Museum of Art Nishiwaki
Thru Feb 24

JR Kakogawa stn, transfer to JR Kakogawa line, NihonHeso Koen stn
Open: 10am–5pm. Closed Mon
Admission: ¥310/¥210/¥110

Takayasu Itoh: From Painting to Environment

Hyogo Kenritsu Bijutsukan
Thru Mar 3

Hanshin Iwaya stn
Open: 10am–5:30pm. Closed Mon
Admission: ¥500/¥400


On-Matsuri and the Sacred Art of Kasuga

Nara National Museum
Thru Jan 29

Kintetsu Nara stn inside Nara Park
Open: 9:30am–5pm. Closed Mon
Admission: ¥1,000/¥700/¥400

ART section compiled by Maki Nibayashi

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