Kansai Scene Magazine



Jul 7

Café Absinthe, Osaka

The Japanese underground party scene has been developing its unique essence as new a paradise for a new paradigm. At party where the energy of the community shines and creates new visions of life, artists express themselves without rules imposed by companies or mass-consumption. The dance floor is full of original art by musicians, DJs - VJs -painters, dancers, photographers, graphic artists, lighting technicians, decoration artists and so many others.

There has been an endless flow of dance music party since the dawn of things. Now, the creators who joined forces on the dance floor of Flower of Life comes together again for the exhibition, Clazy Market Art Auction. The works will be displayed in an auction style.

Web auction: Jul 7–14
Getting there: Subway Tsurumiryokuchi line, Nishi-Ohashi stn
Open: 11:30am–2am, Mon, Wed-Sat; 3pm–12am, Sun. Closed Tue
Admission: free • Tel:06-6534-6635

Adventures in Contemporary Art

Thru Aug 3

Otani Memorial Art Museum Nishinomiya City, Hyogo

The exhibition will feature and explain the evolution of art in Japan after World War II from the museum collection. It will feature 18 contemporary Japanese artists such as Motonaga Sadamasa, Masutani Takesada, and Shhiraga Kazuo, who is known as a member of the avant-garde art group Gutai, and also known for painting with his feet, among others with over 30 pieces on display.

Getting there: Eight-minute walk from Hanshin Koroen station
Open: 10am–4:30pm. Closed Wed • Admission:¥300/¥200/¥100

Jean Rault - Portraits Nus/ Naked Portraits

Jul 8-31

The Third Galery Aya, Osaka

This exhibition will showcase French photographer, Jean Rault's portraits, following his 2003 Madame L exhibition here in Kansai. As the title suggests, his photos capture "naked" which depicts the existence of living beings, and not "nude" which is usually the standard in art world. Although the background and the lives of the model varies in each photo, their vividness are transferred through their naked portraits.

Getting there: Subway Yotsubashi line, Higobashi stn, exit 7
Open: 12–7pm, Sat 12–5pm. Closed Mon & Sun
Admission: free • Tel:06-6445-3557

Kacper Dolatowski-Microcosmos

Thru Aug 3

Photo Gallery Ississ, Kyoto

Kacper Dolatowski is the founder of Axon Design and specializes in lighting. Born in 1976 in Poland, he has a degree in industrial design and an MA in product design. He is a contributing editor for the design quarterly 2+3D. He travels the unbeaten path where no other has yet gone and tries to capture everyday events that no one else would think of photographing. This exhibition features photographs from his travels in Bali, the Mediterranean, Turkey, Indonesia, etc.

Getting there: Subway Karasuyama line, Kitayama stn, exit 1
Open 12–7pm. Closed Mon
Admission: free • Tel:075-723-3438

Kansai Art Listings July


Yi Dynasty Pottery Exhibition

Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Bijutsukan
Thru Jul 3

Subway/Keihan Yodoyabashi stn
Open: 9:30am–4:30pm. Closed Mon
Admission: ¥500/¥300

Tsuchida Hiromi Photo Exhibition: Winner of the 27th Domon Ken Photo Prize

Osaka Nikon Salon
Thru Jul 9

JR/Hankyu/Hanshin/subways Osaka/ Umeda stn, Hilton Plaza West 13F
Open: 10am–6pm. Closed Wed
Admission: free

All Kansai Exhibition

Osaka Shiritsu Bijutsukan
Jul 8-21

JR/Subway Tennoji stn.
Open: 9:30am–4:30pm. Closed Mon
Admission: ¥700/¥500

Textiles: The Soul of India

Osaka Nihonmingeikan
Thru Jul 13

Monorail Banpaku Kinen Koen stn. Inside Expo 70 Park
Open: 10am–4:30pm. Closed Wed
Admission: ¥700/¥450

Gallé and Japonism

Suntory Museum
Thru Jul 13

Subway Chuo line, Osaka-ko stn
Open: 10:30am–7:30pm. Closed Mon
Admission: ¥1,100/¥800/¥500

08TDC Exhibition

ddd Gallery
Thru Jul 23

Subway Yotsubashi line, Yotsubashi stn./Subway/Kintetsu Namba stn
Open: 11am–7pm. Closed Sun/Mon/Public Hol
Admission: free

Modigliani el le Primitivisme Shiota Chiharu: Breath of mind

Kokuritsu Koskuai Bijutsukan
(The National Museum of Art Osaka)
Thru Sep 15

Subway Yotsubashi line, Higobashi stn, exit 3
Open: 10am–4:30pm. Closed Mon
Admission: ¥900/¥700

Viewing the World through Coins and Banknotes

Kokuritsuminzokugaku Hakubutsukan
(NationalMuseum of Ethnology)
Thru Sep 30

Exploring Latin America: A Photographic Exhibition on Early Archaeological and Anthropological Field Researches

Thru Sep 23
Monorail Banpaku Kinen Koen stn, inside Expo 70 Park
Open: 10am–4:30pm. Closed Wed
Admission: ¥420/¥250/¥110


Excursion into the beauty of Kyoto

The Museum of Kyoto
(Kyoto Bunka Hakubutsukan)
Thru Jul 21

Subway Karasuma Line, Karasuma-Oike stn
Open: 9am–4:30pm. Closed Mon
Admission: ¥1,000/¥700/¥400

Renoir + Renoir

The National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto
Thru Jul 21

JR/Kintetsu Kyoto stn or Hankyu/Keihan Karasuma stn, take Kyoto city bus 35 to Kyoto Kaikan Bijutsukanmae
Open: 9:30am–5pm. Closed Mon
Admission: ¥1,500/¥1,100/¥700

Classic Age of Buddhist art and Maki-e Exhibition

Hosomi Bijutsukan
Thru Jul 27

Subway Tozai line, Higashiyama stn, exit 2
Open: 10am–6pm. Closed Mon
Admission: ¥1,000/¥800

The Works of Miyoko Matsutani

Shinbunkaku Museum
Thru Aug 17

Keihan line, Demachiyanagi stn, exit 2
Open: 10am–5pm. Closed Mon
Admission: call for info

Masterpieces from the Permanent Collection 2: Chromatic Symphony: Mixing and Arranging Colors

Kyoto-shi Bijutsukan
Thru Aug 31

JR Kyoto/Hankyu Shijo Kawaramachi/Keihan Sanjo stn, bus to museum.
Open: 9am–4:30pm. Closed Mon
Admission: ¥400/¥200

Sakamoto Ryoma Exhibition

Kyoto Kokuritsu Hakubutsukan
Jul 23–Aug 31

Keihan Shichijo stn
Open: 9:30am–5:30pm. Closed Mon
Admission: ¥500/¥250


Kawabata Kinji Exhibition

Kobe Yukari no Bijutsukan
Thru Jul 7

Rokko Liner, Island Center Stn, Fashion Museum 1F
Open: 10am–5:30pm. Closed Wed
Admission: ¥200/¥100

A Beauty of Grasslands: Mongolian Traditional Clothes Exhibition

Japan-Mongolia Folk Museum
Thru Jul 15

JR Toyooka stn, take bus to Shogenji
Open: 9:30–5pm. Closed Wed
Admission: ¥500/¥300

Bonjour Kansai, Difrance, Exhibition commemorating the 150th anniversary between France and Japan

Hyogo Kokusai Plaza Gallery
Thru Jul 21

JR Nada/Hanshin Iwaya stn
Open: 9am–8pm. Closed Sun/hol
Admission: free

Summer Koshien Exhibition

Hyogo Prefectural Museum of History
Thru Jul 27

Getting there: JR/Sanyo Himeji stn. Behind Himeji Castle
Open: 10am–5pm. Closed Mon
Admission: ¥800/¥600

Amedeo Modigliani Exhibition

Himeji City Museum of Art
Thru Aug 3

Getting there: JR/Sanyo HImeji stn, near Himeji Castle park
Opne: 10am–5pm. Closed Mon
Admission: ¥1,200/¥800/¥450

Yokoo Tadanori Exhibition

Hyogo Prefectural Museum of Art
Thru Aug 24

Hanshin line, Iwaya stn. 8min walk
Open: 10am–6pm. Closed Mon
Admission: ¥1,200/¥900/¥500

Three Keystones, The museum collection of paintings by Koide Narashige, art by Gutai, photos by Nakayama Iwata

Ashiya City Museum of Art
Thru Aug 31

Hanshin Ashiya stn
Open: 10am–4:30pm. Closed Mon
Admission: ¥300/¥200

China x China x China: The History of China Dresses

Kobe Fashion Museum
Jul 12–Oct 7

Rokko Liner, Island Center stn.
Open: 10am–5:30pm. Closed Wed
Admission: ¥500/¥250

Ethinic Musical Instruments Exhibiton

Nihon Gangu Hakubutukan
Thru Oct 14

JR Koro stn
Open: 10am–4:30pm. Closed Wed
Admission: ¥500/¥400/¥200


Ryosestu Imai and his Followers Exhibition

Nara City Museum of Calligraphy in Honor of Kasonn Sugioka
Thru Jul 13
Kintetsu/JR Nara stn.
Open: 8am–5pm. Closed Mon
Admission: ¥300

National Treasures from the Golden Hall of Horyu-ji Temple

Nara National Museum
Thru Jul 21

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

Buddhist and Shinto Woodblock Prints

Nara Kenritsu Bijutsukan
Thru Jul 27

Kintetsu Nara stn.
Open: 9am–4:30pm. Closed Mon
Admission: ¥600/¥400/¥200

Treasures of Horyuji Exhibition

Horyuji Temple Daihozo-in
Thru Jul 30

JR Horyuji stn, 20min walk. Kintetsu line, Nara stn, bus to Horyuji-mae
Open: 8am–5pm
Admission: ¥500/¥250

ART section compiled by Maki Nibayashi

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:: ART

Best exhibitions & listings


Best events & listings


Best gigs & listings


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Best festivals & listings


New releases


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