Kansai Scene Magazine


Marie Laurencin Exhibition

Three Young girls

Mar 8 - May 11

Suntory Museum, Osaka

Born and raised during Paris' Belle Époque, Marie Laurencin (1883-1956) began her artistic career in the circle of Ecole de Paris artists led by Picasso. Though first known as a cubist painter, she gradually developed and established her unparalleled style of elegant feminine expression. Her lyrical composition perfectly depicting the mystique and universality of femininity stays where no male artist could ever reach. Her life, however, was filled with dramas and turbulence, such as the passionate relationship with poet, Guillaume Apollinaire, as he reminisced in his poem, 'Le Pont Mirabeau', and a marriage to a German nobleman which led to her defection. This exhibition commemorates the 125th anniversary of the artist's birth, and looks back on her lifework, with 90 masterpieces of paintings, watercolors and prints from Musée Mar.

Getting there: Subway Chuo line, Osaka-ko stn
Open: 10:30am–7:30pm. Closed Mon
Admission: ¥1,100/¥800/¥500
Tel; 06-6577-0001

3-D Images & Videos

A visual arts project by Charles-Eric Billard

Thru Apr 14

Panorama, Osaka

This exhibition regroups a series of computer-enhanced collages and videos visible through 3-D glasses. When wearing the custom-made glasses lined with lighting devices available at the exhibiton, the multiple layers of the images become distinct from each other, creating a subtle sense of depth. Viewers will also be able to enjoy 3-D enhanced video projection featuring culture icons of the East and the West, namely Ultraman and Gi Joe, fighting against each other to get the attention they both think they deserve.

Subway Honmachi stn, exit 22, Osaka-ya, New Itachibori Bldg, 2F • Admission: free
Tel; 06-6532-8484

Sano Kenjiro Exhibiton

Thru Apr 23

ddd Gallery, Osaka

After graduating from Graphic Design Course from Tama Art University, he entered Hakuhodo, one of Japan's most powerful advertising agencies and is now the art director of Hakuhodo Design. Some of his major works include product development to character design to advertising and POP such as "T Boo S!" for TBS, Laforet Harajuku, NISSAN "MURANO", Sony Computer Entertainment PSP, Nippon Professional Baseball, New Ra-Oh instant ramen for Nisshin Food Products, Kirin Beer "Hojun", Logo and Mark for the 2003 World Judo Championships and posters for the national Rugby team of Japan. He has won numerous awards including the Tokyo ADC Award, NY ADC Award, Tokyo TDC Prize, JAGDA Newcomers Prize, New York Festival, Good Design Award Japan and others. See the works of one of today's top creative designer.

Subway Yotsubashi line, Yotsubashi stn./Subway/Kintetsu Namba stn
Open: 11am–7pm. Closed Sun/Mon/Hol • Admission: free
Tel; 06-6110-4639

[ - minus ] Relation between Population and Education

VADE MECVM. Showroom #2, Osaka

[ - minus ] looks at the increasingly alarming problem of the decreasing birthrate in developed countries, focusing on Japan and Italy, through the creation of the school sphere. The visitor is invited to become part of the artwork in this hybrid space that combines gallery, shop and cafe, as the installation itself is an integral working part of the showroom - a peaceful (smoke-free) atmosphere for customers to relax and have a drink while taking in the artwork. Opening party March 8 from 7pm with live DJ and free finger food. Insta- llation in place for approximately six months.

Getting there: Subway Yotsubashi/Chuo line, Honmachi stn, Exit 28 Walk north up Yotsubashi-suji to the park. VADE MECVM. is on the north side of the tennis courts.
Open: 8:00am-7:00pm. Closed Wed • Admission: free
Tel; 06-6447-1335

Kansai Art Listings March


Stephan Vanfleteren Exhibition - Belgicum

Flanders Gallery(inside Flanders Center)
Thru Mar 8

Kintetsu line, Uehonmachi stn, 5 min, or Subway Tanimnachi 9-chome stn, 10 min walk. Inside International House Osaka 4F
Open: 10am–5pm Mon-Fri, 11am–5pm Sat. Closed Sun/Holidays
Tel; 06-6773-8850

Gassan Sadaichi and Hirase Roko Exhibition

Osaka Rekishi Hakubutsukan
Thru Mar 10

Subway Tanimachi line & Chuo Line, Tanimachi 4-chome stn, Exit 9
Open: 9:30am–4:30pm.
Closed Tue
Admission: ¥950/¥650
Tel; 06-6946-5728

20th Century Photographers Exhibition

Daimaru Museum Umeda
Thru Mar 17

JR/Hankyu/Hanshin/Subway Umeda & Osaka stn, Daimaru Dept Store 15F
Open: 10am–7:30pm
Admission: ¥600/¥400/free for kids
Tel; 06-6343-1231

Japanese ceramics and folk art paintings

Nihon Kogeikan
Thru Mar 31

JR/Nankai/Subway/Kintetsu Namba stn
Open: 10am–5pm. Closed Mon & seond Tues
Admission: ¥500/¥300/¥100
Tel; 06-6641-6309

Emily Kame Kngwarreye Exhibition

Australian aboriginal artist
Thru Apr 13

Kokuritsu Kokusai Bijutsukan Subway Yotsubashi line, Higobashi stn, exit 2
Open: 10am–4:30pm. Closed Mon
Admission: ¥1,300/¥1,000/¥600
Tel; 06-6447-4680

Face to Face - Paintings by Yoshihide, Nakajima, Sayaka Yamashita, Mustumi Sue

Dragonfly Café
Mar 3-20

Shimizu Realism - Italian Painting

Dragonfly Café
Mar 21-31

Scenes of Italy, exhibition of painting. Subway Midosuji or Yostubashi, Namba station. See KS Shinsaibashi map, B3
Admission: free
Tel; 06-6226-8217


Modern German Poster Exhibition

Kyoto Kokuritsu Kindai Bijutsukan
Thru Mar 30

Okazaki Park
Open: 10am–5pm. Closed Mon
Admission: ¥1,300/¥1,000/¥600
Tel; 075-761-4111

Modern French Paintings from the Art Collection of Hiroshima Museum

Bijutsukan "Eki" Kyoto
Thru Mar 30

JR Kyoto Isetan 7F
Open: 10am–7:30pm
Admission: ¥900/¥700/¥500
Tel; 075-352-1111

Yunoki Samiro Exhibition by leading artist of traditional Japanese textile dyeing technique (katazome)

Asahi Beer Oyamazaki Sanso Bijutsukan
Thru May 11

JR Yamazaki/Hankyu Oyamazaki stn
Open: 10am–4:30pm. Closed Mon
Tel; 075-957-3123


Retrospective: Okabe Mineo

Hyogo Togei Bijutsukan
Thru Mar 2

JR Fukuchiyama line, Aino stn, bus to museum
Open: 10am–6pm. Closed Mon
Admission: ¥800/¥600/¥400
Tel; 079-597-3961

Takayasu Itoh: From the Painting to the Infinite Space

Hyogo Prefectural Museum of Art
Thru Mar 9

Admission: ¥500/¥400/¥250

Edvard Munch Exhibition

Thru Mar 30
Admission: ¥1,200/¥900/¥500
Hanshin Iwaya stn
Open: 10am–6pm. Closed Mon
Tel; 078-262-0901

Taisho Retro–Showa Modern Poster Exhibition

Himeji City Museum of Art
Thru Mar 25

JR/Sanyo Himeji stn(near Himeji Castle)
Open: 10am–5pm Closed Mon
Admission: ¥800/¥500/¥200
Tel; 0792-22-2288


Exhibition of Abstract Paintings from the 60smuseum collection

Nara Kenritsu Bijutsukan
Thru Mar 23

Kintetsu Nara stn
Open: 9am–5pm. Closed Mon
Admission: ¥1,000/¥700/¥400 - ¥400/¥250/¥150
Tel; 0742-23-3968

Pilgrimage through Nara- Yamatoji-Ikaruga-by Irie Takichi

Nara Shashin Bijutsukan
Thru Mar 23

JR/Kintetsu Nara stn, loop bus
Open: 9:30am–4:30pm. Closed Mon
Admission: ¥500/¥250/free for kids
Tel; 0742-22-9811

Treasures of Todaiji's Omizutori Ritual

Nara National Museum
Thru Mar 16

Kintetsu Nara stn, inside Nara Park
Open: 9:30am–5pm. Closed Mon
Admission: ¥500/¥250
Tel; 0742-22-7771

Flower Motif Art Exhibition

Yamato Bunkakan
Thru Mar 30

Kintetsu Gakuenmae stn
Open: 10am–4pm. Closed Mon
Admission: ¥600/¥300
Tel; 0742-45-0544

ART section compiled by Maki Nibayashi

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