Seeking Dreams and Nature
- From 19th Century Fantasy and Surrealism to Contemporary Japanese Art
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.
Wonder / Microcosm
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.
Pictures and Artworks
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.”
- From Fujino Tenko and Kitamura Seibo to Touchable Sculptures by Miwa Michiyo
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.
- From the François Pompon Archives —French Townscapes in Picture Postcards—
- From the François Pompon Archives —Horses—
- From the François Pompon Archives —Pompon and the Salon d’Automne—
- From the François Pompon Archives —Pompon as a Gravestone Carver—