Exhibition

Seeking Dreams and Nature
- From 19th Century Fantasy and Surrealism to Contemporary Japanese Art

  • Karl BLOSSFELDT, Dryopteris filix-mas, 1920s (print: 2001)
    Karl BLOSSFELDT, Dryopteris filix-mas, 1920s (print: 2001)
  • TSURUOKA Masao, Silent Night (Mountains, Moon and Lake), 1955
    TSURUOKA Masao, Silent Night (Mountains, Moon and Lake), 1955

Dreams and fantasies or the forces of nature and wildness produce a variety of artistic expressions. Introduced in this exhibition are works to do with human unconsciousness and intuition, from late-nineteenth century fantasy prints and Surrealism to works by contemporary Japanese artists, from the collections of Gunma Museum of Art, Tatebayashi; the Museum of Modern Art, Gunma; the Asakawa Collection in Ashikaga Museum of Art; and other private individuals. Light is also shed on local artists including Stan Anderson, who worked in the mountains in northwestern Gunma, and Kameyama Tomohide, who has been producing bricolages of scrap wood in recent years.

Period
April 22th – June 25th, 2023

Kenji Sato
Wonder / Microcosm

  • Suoi Tien Park,Vietnam, 2009 (c)KENJI SATO
    Suoi Tien Park,Vietnam, 2009 ©KENJI SATO
  • Garcon,India, 2017 (c)KENJI SATO
    Garcon,India, 2017 ©KENJI SATO

The photographer Kenji Sato (b. 1978) has traveled around more than 120 countries and has continued to photograph any and all “peculiar things” from a naturalistic, aesthetic point of view. Works from Kikai isan (The wonderland’s heritage), a term coined by Sato which became the title of his well-known publication; Sekai Microcosm, a collection of photographs capturing his journeys over the past twenty years from a simple viewpoint; and pictures newly taken in Gunma are displayed to close up on the charm of his photographs.

Period
July 15th – September 18th, 2023
Admission
Adults: 830 yen (660 yen) / University & College students, High school students: 410 yen (320 yen) / Free to junior high school students and younger children, holders of handicap certification and one caretaker *(Charge for a group of 20 or more)

Horiuchi Seiichi
Pictures and Artworks

  • Groompa’s Kindergarten, 1965, Stop, Taro!, 1963, The Sparrow Who Flew Too Far, 1977(All details) (c)Seiichi Horiuchi
    Groompa’s Kindergarten, 1965, Stop, Taro!, 1963, The Sparrow Who Flew Too Far, 1977
    (All details) ©Seiichi Horiuchi

Horiuchi Seiichi (1932–1987), a pioneering art director and designer, was a popular children’s book illustrator known for the versatile styles he demonstrated in picture books such as Groompa’s Kindergarten and Stop, Taro! Through oil paintings painted in his teens, original pictures for his books, design drawings, and illustrations for magazines, this retrospective looks back on the entirety of Horiuchi’s artistic career in an attempt to study the origin of his creativity, “drawing.”

Period
October 7th – December 17th, 2023
Admission
Adults: 830 yen (660 yen) / University & College students, High school students: 410 yen (320 yen) / Free to junior high school students and younger children, holders of handicap certification and one caretaker *(Charge for a group of 20 or more)

Human Beings
- From Fujino Tenko and Kitamura Seibo to Touchable Sculptures by Miwa Michiyo

  • MIWA Michiyo,Buddhist Woman like Mud Ball, 2021 photo:Ryoichi Suzuki
    MIWA Michiyo,Buddhist Woman like Mud Ball, 2021 photo:Ryoichi Suzuki
  • FUJINO Tenko,Beret, 1926, Tatebayashi City
    FUJINO Tenko,Beret, 1926, Tatebayashi City

In line with the theme of our museum, “Nature and Human Beings,” this exhibition focuses on “human beings,” which can be considered a treasure trove of expressions. In particular, there are two displays featuring sculptures, for which the biggest theme is the “human body.” One is a corner to commemorate the 120th anniversary of the birth of the Tatebayashi-born sculptor Fujino Tenko (1903–1974). Sculptures by Fujino are exhibited together with those by his teacher Kitamura Seibo (1884–1987). The other is a corner featuring sculptures the Shimonita-machi-born sculptor Miwa Michiyo made after she lost her eyesight due to a disease, which visitors can touch and enjoy.

Period
January 27th – April 7th , 2024
Admission
Adults: 620 yen (490 yen) / University & College students, High school students: 310 yen (240 yen) / Free to junior high school students and younger children, holders of handicap certification and one caretaker *(Charge for a group of 20 or more)

Pompon Documents

  • From the François Pompon Archives —French Townscapes in Picture Postcards—
Period
April 22th – June 25th, 2023
  • From the François Pompon Archives —Horses—
Period
July 15th – September 18th, 2023
  • From the François Pompon Archives —Pompon and the Salon d’Automne—
Period
October 7th – December 17th, 2023
  • From the François Pompon Archives —Pompon as a Gravestone Carver—
Period
January 27th – April 7th , 2024

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