Kansai Scene Magazine


The Origami Dream #2

Oct 1 - 27

Café Absinthe, Osaka

For a foreigner visiting or living in Japan, there is one element in this culture that seems to permeate almost everything - the idea of kawaii. The impact this can have on an artist is apparent when you look at the recent works by American painter Daas. In his latest exhibition entitled The Origami Dream #2, Daas presents us with a peek into his imaginary world of origami rabbits, panda, owls and dinosaurs. By using images of brightly colored fruit falling from trees, spheres floating in space and heavy black borders, he is able to link each painting together, while hinting at a story laying just below the surface. Lighthearted and cute, these paintings reflect the influence living in Japan has had on the artist.

Getting there: Subway Sinsaibashi stn, exit 4 towards Americamura
Open: 11:30am–1am Mon-Sat; 3-1am Sun/Hol closed Tue
Admission: Free
078-331-8121 (Japanese only)

Graphic Design of Kansai

Oct 11 - Nov 24

Otani Memorial Art Museum Nishinomiya City, Hyogo

Graphic design is deeply rooted in both the fine arts world and the world of industrial design. Since this form of art is used in the world of politics, finances and media, many graphic artists are presently based in Tokyo. However, before the second world war, Osaka had shown an increasing population that surpassed Tokyo in the census and prospered as a commercial city. Many designers were based in the Kansai area and were influenced by this growing surge of commercials and had active roles in the art world at that time. These designers led the way as top graphic designers in Japan after the war and paved the road for future designers for Japan.

Getting there: Hanshin Koroen, south exit
Open: 10am–5pm • Closed Wed • Admission: ¥800/¥600/¥400

Yuzo Saeki: Un Peintre de Genie Qui a Acheve Ses Jours a Paris

Thru Oct 19

Osaka Municipal Museum of Art

Yuzo Saeki (1898-1928) studied under Rinsaku Akamatsu (1878-1953), a western-style painter, in Osaka. After moving to Tokyo to study at the Tokyo School of Fine Arts under Takeji Fujishima, Saeki visited Paris in 1924 where he met painter and art critic Maurice de Vlaminckh who gave him new visions in the form of expressions. He made a short trip back to Japan in 1926 but returned to Paris, churning prolific amounts of artwork, may be because he sensed his end was near. His works at the end of his life is filled with a distinct and haunting tension because of the fast pace in which he finished his work. He died a premature death at the age of 30 in Paris.

Getting there: JR Tennoji stn/Kintetsu Abeno stn
Open: 9:30am–5pm • Closed Mon
Admission: ¥1,200

Travel in various regions to show- place - Traveler in Edo period

Thru Nov 16

Ashiya City Museum of
Art & History

The Edo period was time when even the common folks began to go out for leisure. Along with upgrading the ports, roads and other infrastructure, this period saw its first 'travel clubs' where people in the town got together and took a leisurely day trip. From these events, travel goods such as the travel pillow and scales went on sale and a guidebook appropriately titled, Sightseeing Map became extremely popular. The way we travel has changed much since those days but the Ashiya Art Museum has many materials and events preserved in time. This exhibition will display many of these travel items from the Edo Period.

Getting there: Hanshin Ashiya stn, walk south towards the sea
Open: 10am–5pm • Closed Mon
Admission: ¥300/¥200 0797-38-5432

Kansai Art Listings October


2008 ADC Exhibition

ddd Gallery
Thru Oct 8

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

Flanders Gallery

Thru Oct 11
Subway Tanimachi line, Tanimachi 9-chome stn or Kintetsu Uehonmach stn (Inside International House Osaka)
Open: Mon–Fri 10am–5pm, Sat 12–6pm • Closed Sun, hol
Admission: free

Springtime of Russian Avant-Garde from the Collection of the Moscow Museum

Suntory Museum
Thru Nov 3

Subway Chuo line, Osaka-ko stn
Open: 10:30am–7:30pm • Closed Mon
Admission: ¥1,000/¥700/¥500

Japan-France 150 Year Anniversary Exhibition: Featuring 400 year tradition of Satsuma-yaki

Sakai-shi Hakubutsukan
Thru Nov 9

JR Hanwa Mozu stn
Open: 9:30–4:30pm • Closed Mon
Admission: ¥700/¥500

Portraits of Asia and Europe: Self and Other

Kokuritsu Koskuai Bijutsukan
(National Museum of Art Osaka)
Thru Nov 24

Subway Yotsubashi line, Higobashi stn, exit 3
Open: 10am–4:30pm • Closed Mon
Admission: ¥830/¥450

Self and Other Portraits: (with the National Museum of Art Osaka)

Thru Nov 25
Kokuritsu Minzokugaku Hakubutsukan (National Museum of Ethnology)

Kinen Koen stn Inside Expo 70 Park
Open: 10am–4:30pm • Closed Wed
Admission: ¥830/¥450

Women Artists in Osaka: 20th Century Art from Japanese-style Bijinga

Osaka Shiritsu Kindai Bijutsukan Shinsaibashi Exhibition Hall
Thru Dec 7

Subway Shinsaibashi Bldg. Idemitsu Nagahori Bldg; 13F
Open: 11am–6:30pm • Closed Wed and Oct 19 (some displays will change after Oct 29)
Admission: ¥500/¥300/free for children and senior citizens

Earthquake Exhibition

Osaka Shiritsu Shizenshi Hakubutsukan
Oct 25–Dec 7

Subway Midosuji line, Nagai stn, exit 3, 800m east
Open: 9:30am–4:30pm • Closed Mon
Admission: ¥400/¥300

Asian and European china loved by Chajin (tea ceremony hosts)

Fujita Bijutsukan
Thru Dec 14

Subway Kyobashi, Keihan/JR Osaka-jo Kitazume stn
Open: 10am–4pm • Closed Mon
Admission: ¥800/ ¥500/ ¥300

Ceramicist Hamada Shoji Exhibition 

Osaka Nihon Mingeikan
Thru Dec 21

Osaka Monorail Banpaku Kinen Koen stn, inside Expo 70
Open: 11am–7pm • Closed Wed
Admission: ¥700/¥450/¥100


Exhibition of Mathieu Mercier, "Circumnavigator's Paradox"

Super Window Project & Gallery
Thru Oct 13

Subway Kitayama stn
Open: 2–6pm • Closed Sun, Mon
Admission: free

Manga from around the globe: part of the International Manga Summit

Kyoto Kokusai Manga Museum
Thru Oct 13

Subway Karasuma Oike stn
Open: 10am–7:30pm (open every day during exhibition)
Admission: ¥1,000/¥500/¥200

One Hundred Years of Painting in Paris: City of Renoir, Cezanne and Utrillo

Kyoto-shi Bijutsukan
Thru Nov 3

JR Kyoto/Hankyu Shijo Kawaramachi/Keihan Sanjo stn
Open: 9am–4:30pm • Closed Mon
Admission: ¥1,300/¥900/¥500

Exhibition featuring Kyoto as the capital and Edo as the new city: folding screens

Hosomi Bijutsukan
Thru Nov 3

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

Arts & Crafts from Morris to Mingei (Victoria & Albert Museum)

The National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto
Thru Nov 9

JR/Kintetsu Kyoto stn or Hankyu/Keihan Karasuma stn, take Kyoto city bus 35 to Kyoto Kaikan Bijutsukan-mae.
Open: 9:30am–5pm • Closed Mon
Admission: ¥1,300/¥1,000/¥50

The World of Hikaru Genji

The Museum of Kyoto (Kyoto Bunka Hakubutsukan)
Thru Nov 16

Subway Karasuma Line, Karasuma-Oike stn
Open: 9am–4:30pm • Closed Mon
Admission: ¥1,300/¥1,000

Blue - Exhibition. 120th Anniversary: Paintings by Picasso, Monet, Rouault

Asahi Beer Oyamazaki Sanso Bijusukan
Thru Dec 7

JR Yamazaki/Hankyu Oyamazakis tn
Open: 10am–4:30pm • Closed Mon
Admission: ¥700/500/free for children


China x China x China: The History of China Dresses

Kobe Fashion Museum
Thru Oct 7

Rokko Liner, Island Center stn
Open: 10am–5:30pm • Closed Wed
Admission: ¥500/¥250
Tel: 078-858-0050

Ethnic Musical Instruments Exhibition

Nihon Gangu Hakubutsukan
Thru Oct 14

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

Chagall, A Poet of Colors

Hyogo Prefectural Museum of Art
Thru Oct 15

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

Kawase Hasui Exhibition

Thru Nov 3
Himeji City Museum of Art

Getting there: JR/Sanyo Himeji stn, near Himeji Castle park
Open: 10am–5pm • Closed Mon
Admission: ¥800/¥500/free

The Collection Part 3 - Witness: Modern art works and museum collection of photos of the Gutai bijutsu Kyokai

Ashiya Shiritsu Bijutsu Hakubutsukan
Thru Nov 16

Hanshin Ashiya stn
Open: 10am–17pm • Closed Mon
Admission: ¥300/200

Kansai Graphic Art Exhibition: 1920-1940

Otani Memorial Art Museum Nishinomiya city
Oct 11–Nov 24

Hanshin Koroen stn, southwest, 6 min walk
Open: 10am–4:30pm Closed Mon
Admission: ¥800/¥600/¥400

Museum's Collection Exhibition

Kobe Yukari no Bijutsukan
Thru Nov 30

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

Camille Corot Exhibition

Kobe Shiritsu Hakubutsukan
Thru Dec 7

JR/Hankyu/Hanshin Sannomiya stn
Open: 9:30am–4:30pm Closed Mon
Admission: ¥1,500/¥1,100/¥600


Buddhist and Shinto Woodblock Prints

Nara Kenritsu Bijutsukan
Thru Oct 13

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

The 60th Annual Exhibition of Shoso-in Treasures

Nara National Museum
Oct 25–Nov 10

Kintetsu Nara stn, inside Nara Park
Open: 9:30am–5pm • Closed Mon
Admission: ¥1,200/¥800/¥500

ART section compiled by Maki Nibayashi

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