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KAMAKURA ANNEX Current & Upcoming Exhibitions


KAMAKURA ANNEX October 12, 2019 – January 19, 2020

Grand Reopening of the Kamakura AnnexModern Art Revisited

The newly refurbished Kamakura Annex will be carrying on the history and tradition of the former Kamakura building that closed in 2016, inheriting its ambition of regarding art from around the world with new eyes, while also making a fresh start. This exhibition introduces the works of modern art for which the place is known as Kishida Ryusei's A Little Girl (Reiko Standing), Koga Harue's Make-up Outside the Window and Matsumoto Shunsuke's Standing Figure, also presenting a range of works from early-modern to contemporary. We will be holding events and displaying archive material to commemorate the Annex's new Beginning.

Image: Matsumoto Shunsuke, Standing Figure, 1942, Museum collection


KAMAKURA ANNEX February 1, 2020 – March 22, 2020

SEKINE Shoji: A Retrospective

Sekine Shoji (1899-1919) lived through much of the turbulent period of Japanese history that was the Taisho era, before passing away at the age of just twenty. For the first time in twenty years, we present a retrospective of his work. Having taught himself to paint, Sekine became intoxicated by the culture of decadence before the influence of Renaissance painting saw his own unique sense of coloration come into flower. His dreamlike paintings have a timeless quality to them. Here we present a section of rare oil paintings by the artist, as well as sketches and hitherto unseen letters, to gain a glimpse into Sekine's world.

Image: Sekine Shoji, An Infant and His Sister, 1918, Fukushima Prefectural Museum of Art