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YUNOKI Samiro, From the “Image in the Night”, 2005,
    The Museum of Modern Art, Kamakura & Hayama.

YUNOKI Samiro, From the “Image in the Night”, 2005, The Museum of Modern Art, Kamakura & Hayama.

The Museum of Modern Art, Kamakura Annex

2-8-1 Yukinoshita, Kamakura, Kanagawa
Tel. +81 467 22 7718



7 April - 10 June 2012

This is an exhibition of dyed works including new ones by YUNOKI Samiro (b.1922), who will be 90 this year. While studying art history at university, due to the war, YUNOKI had to leave for the front. After being demobilized, he began working at Ohara Museum of Art in his ancestral hometown, Kurashiki. There, he came across the “Mingei [folk art]” advocated by YANAGI Soetsu. Through studying under SERIZAWA Keisuke, he proceeded into the field of dyeing.

While being based on “Mingei,” YUNOKI's works have a humorous airiness, which is unrestricted by fixed styles and might be described the soaring of his liberal spirit. Trough many years of work, he has reached a harmonious world of bright colors and lively forms.

In this exhibition, along with the stencil dyed textiles, we will also be showing the books which the artist has been working on vigorously. MURAYAMA Ado (1925-2002) is a children's playwright, whose father was the artist, playwright, and stage director MURAYAMA Tomoyoshi and mother the poet and children's story writer Kazuko. YUNOKI created numerous picture books and watercolors based on writings left by the late MURAYAMA Ado. In the series entitled Images in the Night, collages of small pieces of cloth interlock with the words. A requiem for the night, in which light disappears without leaving any traces, should reach us as the sound of“raindrops”.

[Artist Talk]
YUNOKI Samiro will talk about the exhibition (Only available in Japanese).
Saturday, 12 May, 15.00-16.00

No bookings needed, free with exhibition ticket

[Curator's Talk]
Exhibition curator will talk about this exhibition in the gallery (Only available in Japanese).
Saturday, 19 May, 14:00-14:30
Saturday, 9 June, 14:00-14:30

No bookings needed, free with exhibition ticket

[Free admission on 18 May: International Museum Day]
To celebrate ICOM's International Museum Day, the admission to all exhibitions of The Museum of Modern Art, Kamakura & Hayama, namely “SUDA Kunitaro: Looking Back 50 Years After His Death” at HAYAMA, “ISHIMOTO Yasuhiro Katsura Imperial Villa” at KAMAKURA, and “YUNOKI Samiro” at KAMAKURA ANNEX, is free on Friday, 18 May. This is an occasion to raise awareness on how important museums are in the development of our society.


Monday(except 30 April)

Museum hours

9:30-17:00(the last admission at 16:30)


Adults 250(150)yen
Under 20 and Students 150(100)yen
65 and over and Senior high school Students 100yen
The exhibition ticket to KAMAKURA also entitles entry to KAMAKURA ANNEX for the day of purchase.
Disabled visitors and Students under junior high school: Free
( ) is reduced fee for groups of 20 or more