Kansai Scene Magazine


Paul Klee: Art in the Making 1883-1940

Mar 12-May 15

The National Museum of Modern ART, KYOTO

There are certain painters Japan seems particularly endeared to — Monet, Chagall, and Modigliani to name a few. The Swiss painter Paul Klee (1879-1940) is another. Famous for his whimsical semi-abstract works, his paintings recall picture book illustrations with their bright colours and playful, rhythmical lines. This is the first exhibition in Japan, however, to focus on Klee’s creative process. Consisting of about 170 pieces mainly from the Zentrum Paul Klee in Bern, the exhibition is divided into six detailed ‘chapters’ based on various techniques and media Klee employed. Guaranteed to satisfy the most fervent of Klee fans, the show examines Klee’s paintings and prints based on sketches, how he combined cut paintings, and his experimentation in painting of both sides of the canvas. The exhibition will travel to the National Museum of Modern Art Tokyo from May 31st.

• Open 9:30am-5pm, (until 8:30pm on Fri), closed Mon (Tue if Mon is a holiday. Open May 2nd) • Entry: ¥1,500 for adult • 10 min walk from Higashiyama stn on subway Tozai line • Tel: 075-761-4111 • www.momak.go.jp/English/

Rina Okumura — tracing

Mar 7–19

Port Gallery T, Osaka

The March installment of Port Gallery T’s Student Project features Rina Okumura, a fourth year student at the Kyoto City University of Arts. A con­cep­tual art and media art major, Okumura’s work explores methods of com­mu­nication or dis-communication. At times strikingly personal, the instal­lations reflect a trait increasing common in young Japanese artists — a workman-like labour, intricate details, an exploration of the self and an urge to connect to others. As Okumura writes of the exhibition: “Signs are sent to space but reach no one. Signs are written but are understood by no one on earth. There is some­thing wonderful about this process that never ends.”

• Open: noon-7pm (6pm on Sat), closed on Sun and national holidays • Free admission • 5 min walk from Higobashi sta (Yotsubashi line), exit 7 • Tel: 06-6185-3412 • www.portgalleryt.com

New Acquisitions

Until Mar 21

Otani Memorial Art Museum Nishinomiya

The Otani Memorial Art Museum is exhibiting recent acquisitions, mainly works by 20th century abstract painters from the Hanshin region. Most notably is the work of Zero Group and Gutai Art Association member Kazuo Shiraga who passed away in 2008. His work has been described as “action painting”, and throughout his career he employed eccentric techniques, at times cele­- brated and at times labeled as gimmickry. For example, in 1957, dressed in a red Pinocchio suit, Shiraga famously kicked oil paint onto a paper on the floor while suspended from the ceiling. The works here are from later in his career but they show the same Pollock-like dynamism. Other featured artists include Waichi Tsutaka, Kiseki Kosaka, and Kosen Kato.

• Open 10am-5pm, closed Wed • Admission: ¥300 for adults • Hanshin Koroen stn • Tel: 079-833-0164 • www9.ocn.ne.jp/~otanimus

Kansai Art Listings


Mark Gross

SoHo Art Gallery. Mar 15-20. Pop art
• Open: noon–7pm, (–5pm on Sun), closed Mon • Admission: free • Subway Tanimachi 9–chome stn, exit 3 • Tel: 06-4394-7456

phono / graph — sound, letters, graphics

ddd Gallery. Until Mar 9. text and sound
• Open: 11am–7pm (–6pm on Sat), closed Mon, Sun, hols • Admission: free • Subway Namba stn (Yotsubashi line) • Tel: 06-6110-4635

Naoko Hazama

2 kw Gallery. Mar 7-1. Painting
• Open: noon–7pm, (–5pm on Sat), closed Sun • Admission: free • Subway Hommachi stn (Yotsu­bashi line) • Tel: 06–6447–7886

Cameras and Exhibitions

Nadar. Until Mar 6. Photography
• Open: 11am–7pm, (–5pm on Sat), closed Mon • Admission: free • Subway Shinsaibashi (Mido­suji line) • Tel: 06–06-6251-8108

Takashi Sasaoka — Reflex2011-3D

CAS. Until Mar 12. Contemporary art
• Open: 1pm–7pm, closed Mon–Wed • Admission: free • JR Namba stn • tel: 06-6647-5088

Osaka University of Arts Graduation Exhibition

Art Court Gallery. Until Mar 12. Various genres
• Open: 11am–6pm, closed Sun, Mon and holidays • Admission: free • JR Kanjo line Minami-Morimachi stn • Tel: 06-6254-5444

Group exhibition — 50mm

Gallery Maggot. Mar 8-20. Photography
• Open: noon–8pm, closed Mon • Admission: free • Subway Yotsubashi (Yotsubashi line) stn, exit 2 • Tel: 06-6949-7257

New Conceptual Art from Asia

The National Museum of Art, Osaka. Mar 5-Jun 5. Contemporary art
• Open: 10am–5pm (–7pm on Fri), closed Mon • Admission: ¥1,400 • Keihan Watanabebashi stn • Tel:06–6447–4680

Tsuyoshi Kawasaki – from the Satoko Fukushima Collection

The Museum of Oriental Ceramics Osaka. Until Mar 27. Ceramics
• Open: 9:30am–5pm, closed Mon • Admission: ¥900 • Subway/Keihan Yodoyabashi stn • Tel: 06–6223–0055

Ippo Mori – Late Edo Osaka Painter

Osaka Museum of History. Until April 4. Ink painting
• Open: 9:30am–5pm (–8pm on Fri), closed Tue • Admission: ¥600 • Subway Tanimachi 4-chome stn, exit 9 • Tel: 06-6946-5728


Stephan Balkenhol

Tomio Koyama Gallery Kyoto, TKG Editions. Until Mar 19. Sculpture
• Open: 11am-7pm, closed Sun and Mon • Admission: free • Subway Gojo stn • Tel: 075-353-9992

Kohei Kajihara — Wildfire

Kodama Gallery. Until April 2. Painting
• Open: 11am-7pm, closed Sun and Mon • Admission: free • Sub­way Jujo stn • Tel: 075-693-4075

Harmony Analysis — Noriyuki Nakayama, Kaori Watanabe

Imura Art Gallery. Mar 2-27. Painting
• Open: 11am–7pm, closed Sun, Mon • Admission: free • Keihan Jingu-Marutamachi stn • Tel: 075-761-7372

Ihei Kimura: Active Showa Period

Kaihitsukan — Kyoto Museum of Contemporary Art. Until Mar 6. Photography
• Open: 10am–6pm, closed Mon • Admission: ¥1,000 • Keihan Gion-Shijo • Tel: 075-525-1311

Shinran – Founder of Jodo Shinshu Pure Land Sect of Buddhism

Kyoto Municipal Museum of Art. Mar 17-May 29. Historical artefacts
• Open: 9am–5pm, closed Mon • Admission: ¥1300 • #5 or 100 bus from JR Kyoto, Kyoto Kaikan Bijutsukan–mae stop • Tel: 075-771-4107

Fantastic Journey: Wata-nabe Masako & Kai Yukiko

Kyoto International Manga Museum. Until May 15. Manga
• 10am–6pm (everyday until Aug 31st) • Admission: ¥500 • Subway Karasuma Oike stn (Karasuma and Tozai lines), north exit 2 • Tel: 075-254-7414

The Elegant Beauty of Japan

Hosomi Museum. Until April 17. Various Arts
• Open: 10am–6pm, closed Mon • Admission: ¥1,000 • SubwayHiga­shiyama stn • Tel: 075-752-5555

10 Symbols of Longevity

Koryo Museum of Art. Until Mar 28. Korean arts and crafts
• Open: 10am–5pm, closed Mon • Admission: ¥800 • Subway Kitaoji stn or Kamogawa Chu­gakko­-mae bus stop • Tel: 075-491-1192


The 5th Anniversary: PAXREX Collection vol.1 “Flowers”

Paxrex. Mar 12-April 10. Photography
• Open: 11am–7pm, closed Wed • Admission: free • JR or Hanshin Motomachi stn, west exit • Tel: 078-392-8909

Yoshihiro Hagiwara — SNOWY III

Tanto Tempo. Until Mar 20. Photography
• Open: 11:30am–7pm, closed Wed • Admission: free • JR Motomachi stn, east exit • Tel: 078-393-0810

Ashiya Art Education Exhibition

Ashiya City Museum of Art and History. Until Mar 7. Oil painting
• Open: 10am–5pm, closed Mon • Admission: ¥300 • Hanshin Ashiya stn • Tel: 0797-38-5432

Koiso Ryohei V

Kobe City Koiso Memorial Museum of Art. Until Apr 17. Oil painting
• Open: 10am–5pm (–6pm on Fri), closed Mon • Admission: ¥800 • Rokko liner Island Kitaguchi stn • 078-857-5880

Ancient Greek Art from the British Museum

Kobe City Museum. Mar 12-June 12. Prints
• Open: 9:30am–5pm (–7pm on Fri, Sat), closed Mon • Admission: ¥500 • JR Sannomiya stn • Tel: 078-391-0035

Oh, Such Modern Girls!

Kobe Fashion Museum. Until Apr 3. Fashion
• Open: 10am–6pm, closed Wed • Admission: ¥500 • Rokko liner Island center stn • Tel: 078-858-0050

Discovering Hyogo Pottery — A Story

The Museum of Ceramic Art. Until Mar 2. Local pottery
• Open: 10am–7pm, closed Mon • Admission: ¥1,000 • JR Aino stn • Tel: 079-597-3961


Treasures of Todaiji’s Omizutori Ritual

Nara National Museum. Until Mar 14. Historical artefacts
• Open: 9:30am–6pm(–7pm on Fri), closed Mon • Admission: ¥500 • Kintetsu Nara stn • Tel: 050-5542-8600


Fusuma and Byobu: The Large-Scale Screen Painting in Japan

The Museum of Modern Art. Until Apr 10. Mixed media
• Open: 9:30am–5pm, closed Mon, July 20 • Admission: ¥750 • JR Seta stn • Tel: 077-543-2111

Kichizaemon Raku XV en France avec mon ami Andoche Praudel

Sagawa Art Museum. Until Mar 21. Pottery
• Open: 9:30am–5pm, closed Mon • Admission: ¥1,000 • JR Katada stn • Tel: 077-585-7800


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