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HAYAMA April 24, 2021 – September 5, 2021

Forms in Spacefrom Alberto Giacometti to Tadaaki Kuwayama

Admitted by Reservation from April 24. See our Timed-entry reservation page.
The schedule could be changed to prevent the further spreading of COVID-19.

 
We could see contemporary sculpture as investigating the diversity of forms in space. Since its opening in 1951, The Museum of Modern Art, Kamakura & Hayama has taken an active role in accumulating, exhibiting and preserving contemporary sculpture and three-dimensional artworks. In this exhibition, we commemorate this seventy-year long endeavour, revisiting the museum’s sculptural collection through the lens of nine different themes. We hope it will serve as the chance to feel the rich dialogue between all kinds of forms and the space surrounding us.
 
Image: Shigeo Anzaï, Alberto Giacometti's work on Eiji Usami's hand, 1981, Museum collection

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HAYAMA April 24, 2021 – September 5, 2021

[From Museum Collection]The Works of Isamu Wakabayashi: Donations from Takanori Kawai

Admitted by Reservation from April 24. See our Timed-entry reservation page.
The schedule could be changed to prevent the further spreading of COVID-19.

 
This exhibition marks the inaugural exhibition of the Kawai Collection: a selection of work by Isamu Wakabayashi donated by Takanori Kawai. Encompassing over a hundred pieces, this new addition to the museum collection comprises sculptures, drawings, paintings, hand-crafted books, and home-made new years cards. Wakabayashi, who garnered attention in the 1960s for his work in iron, went on to engage with a range of materials including copper, lead, wood, and sulphur; this collection traces the development of his creation which eventually sought to include such substances as air, water, and light into his sculpture. In encountering these works, we go on to inherit the dialogues they represent.
 
Image: Isamu Wakabayashi, A Dog Coming Toward Me II, 1997, Museum collection (The Kawai Collection). Photo by Tadasu Yamamoto.

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HAYAMA September 18, 2021 – November 14, 2021

KAZUKI Yasuo: A Retrospective

The schedule could be changed to prevent the further spreading of COVID-19. We apologize for any inconvenience caused, and seek your kind understanding and cooperation.
 
KAZUKI Yasuo (1911-1974) established an unshakeable reputation for himself in the world of post-war yōga painting with his Siberia series, depicting his experiences in the Pacific War and his internment in a Siberian POW camp. Including all 57 pieces from that series, this exhibition displays around 150 Kazuki’s works in chronological order, from work made at Tokyo School of Fine Arts through to his last years. Presenting his works from the Siberia series, often interpreted as an epic poem, alongside other works of his from the same time, provides a chance to see them in a new light; in introducing the artist’s oeuvre as a whole, we reveal a multifaceted charm that has previously been hidden behind the image of 'the Siberian painter'.
 
Image: Kazuki Yasuo, To the North, to the West, 1959, Yamaguchi Prefectural Art Museum

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HAYAMA September 18, 2021 – November 14, 2021

[From Museum Collection]Landscapes of Memory

The schedule could be changed to prevent the further spreading of COVID-19. We apologize for any inconvenience caused, and seek your kind understanding and cooperation.
 
In tandem with the KAZUKI Yasuo retrospective showing simultaneously, we introduce related works from the museum collection, starting with those by FUJISHIMA Takeji who Kazuki tutored, and NOMIYAMA Gyoji and TAKAYAMA Tatsuo with whom he was friendly. Then there is SAWADA Tetsuro and MIYAZAKI Shin, also interred in Siberian POW camps like Kazuki, who left behind poignant works drawing on their memories. Considering also the works of artists such as MATSUMOTO Shunsuke and Aimitsu, whose works confront the issue of war with powerful intensity, and those like HAMADA Chimei who pioneered complex modes of expression that transcended their own painful experiences of military service, the exhibition ties together the unforgettable memories of many artists.
 
Image: Sawada Tetsuro, Siberian Funeral, 1948, Museum collection

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HAYAMA November 27, 2021 – January 30, 2022

Kijuro YahagiNew Ways of Meeting the World

The schedule could be changed to prevent the further spreading of COVID-19. We apologize for any inconvenience caused, and seek your kind understanding and cooperation.
 
Kijuro Yahagi (b. 1952) is known for his multi-faceted, deeply contemplative approach spanning a broad range of fields, from photography, sculpture, and architecture to criticism. His reputation extended internationally, as seen from his solo exhibition "Hidden Japan" touring 103 venues across 67 countries for 11 years, and his participation in art festivals around the world. Here, through a selection of his key works, we consider his forty-year long career, based upon thinking visually, finding fresh and intelligent and fresh ways of considering the world, and passing these on to others.

Image: Kijuro Yahagi, Space of Magnetic Vision, 2014, Private collection

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HAYAMA November 27, 2021 – January 30, 2022

[From Museum Collection]Illustrated Books by Henri Matisse

The schedule could be changed to prevent the further spreading of COVID-19. We apologize for any inconvenience caused, and seek your kind understanding and cooperation.
 
Here we present two books by Henri Matisse (1869-1954): Jazz (1947) with stencilled illustrations; and his book of lithograph prints, Poèmes de Charles d'Orléans (1950). These illustrated books, wonderfully showcasing Matisse’s lucid line drawings and vivid approach to colouration, were acquired by nihon-ga artist Hōshun Yamaguchi. In this exhibition we introduce these books, introduced into the museum collection as part of the Hōshun Yamaguchi library, alongside copies of the French art review, Verve.

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HAYAMA February 12, 2022 – April 3, 2022

Hiroshi OkutaniTowards Endlessness

The schedule could be changed to prevent the further spreading of COVID-19. We apologize for any inconvenience caused, and seek your kind understanding and cooperation.
 
This exhibition showcases the work of the oil painter Hiroshi Okutani (b. 1934), a member of the Dokuritsu Bijutsu Kyokai [Independent Art Association] and the Japan Art Academy, and awarded the Order of Culture in 2017. Born in Sukumo in Kochi, Okutani studied under Takeshi Hayashi at Tokyo University of the Arts, going onto develop his own unique style of figurative painting that combines tense compositions and bold colouration with intricate brushwork and thinly layered paint. From his diverse oeuvre, whose subject matter ranges from cultural monuments to family portraits, this exhibition presents around 80 works, including those hitherto unseen, along with a selection of printed materials to give a sense of the full range of this artist of seemingly infinite possibility.
 
Image: Hiroshi Okutani, Self-Portrait in a Mirror and Bones, 1975, Museum collection

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KAMAKURA ANNEX September 21, 2021 – November 14, 2021

Toshichi, Hisatoshi and Itoko IwataThe Pioneers of Japanese Modern Glass Art

The schedule could be changed to prevent the further spreading of COVID-19. We apologize for any inconvenience caused, and seek your kind understanding and cooperation.
 
Iwata Toshichi (1893-1980) led the world of modern glass. Having free command of brightly colored glass, he pursued bold forms making use of shapes and patterns based on traditional Japanese aesthetics. In addition to works by Toshichi, presented here are those by his son Hisatoshi (1925-1994), who also became a glass artist, and Hisatoshi's wife Itoko (1922-2008). There are altogether approximately sixty works from the collection of Machida City Museum. While looking back on the exchanges among Toshichi and artists in Kamakura through works in our collection, art dating from the period is introduced.

 
Image: Toshichi Iwata, Shell, 1962, Machida City Museum

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KAMAKURA ANNEX November 23, 2021 – January 30, 2022

philia — KON Michiko

This exhibition is rescheduled from 2020 fiscal year. The schedule could be changed to prevent the further spreading of COVID-19. We apologize for any inconvenience caused, and seek your kind understanding and cooperation.
 
The photographer KON Michiko (b. 1955) creates visionary images by means of unique concepts and methods in which everyday materials such as fish, vegetables, shoes, and hats are curiously combined and printed on photographic paper. Her worldview rich in detailed composition and poetic evocation has been highly acclaimed in Japan and abroad including The 16th Kimura Ihei Photography Award (1991). This is the first solo exhibition of Kon’s works to be held in a Japanese art museum and it traces the career of this photographer who has been workng based in Kamakura for forty years.
 
Image: Kon Michiko, Sister Bambi, 2017, Collection of the artist. ©Kon Michiko, Courtesy of PGI

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KAMAKURA ANNEX January 22, 2022 – April 3, 2022

Looking at Katsuhiro YamaguchiThrough his Diaries, 1945-1955

The schedule could be changed to prevent the further spreading of COVID-19. We apologize for any inconvenience caused, and seek your kind understanding and cooperation.
 
In the period immediately after the Second World War, Katsuhiro Yamaguchi (1928–2018) was a trailblazer who pioneered a new kind of Japanese media art. This exhibition draws upon new discoveries elicited by recent research into Yamaguchi’s diaries, painting a fuller picture of his enquiries into overseas art movements, the formation of the artist group Jikken Kobo [Experimental Workshop], and their activities with APN. These are presented alongside the works of fellow artists such as Shozo Kitadai, Fukushima Hideko and Kiyoji Otsuji, and related materials. We also investigate the birth and development of Yamaguchi’s seminal early Vitrines series.
 
Image: Katsuhiro Yamaguchi/Kiyoji Otsuji, APN No. 7, 1953-54/2002, Museum collection

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