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Naojiro Harada, Landscape, 1886, Oil on canvas, Okayama Prefectural Museum of Art

Naojiro Harada, Landscape, 1886, Oil on canvas, Okayama Prefectural Museum of Art

The Museum of Modern Art, Hayama

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Naojiro Harada Retrospective

April 8 - May 15, 2016



Naojiro HARADA(1863-1899) was born in Edo (now Tokyo) in the closing days of the Tokugawa shogunate. Growing up in an environment open to Western culture, he studied Western-style painting under Yuichi Takahashi, and went to Munich, Germany in 1884 for study.
Harada attended the Academy of Fine Arts as the first Japanese student and privately studied under painter Gabriel von Max. Harada met in Munich his lifelong friend, Ogai MORI, who wrote the novel "Utakata no Ki" with a character modeled after the painter.
Harada returned home in 1887 when the movement for the preservation of traditional Japanese art and the rejection of Western counterpart was gaining momentum in Japan. While in the face of adversity, Harada advocated and promoted Western-style painting, energetically presenting his works at exhibitions. In 1890 Harada sent his challenging Kannon Bodhisattva Riding the Dragon (now Important Cultural Property) to the third Domestic Industrial Exposition. Showing a religious Japanese motif painted using Western techniques freely, this monumental piece has caused a lot of controversy even to this day. In 1889 Harada opened his private art school Shobi-kan in his home in Hongo, Tokyo, that raised the next generation of painters. Unfortunately, Harada got ill shortly thereafter, and died at the age of 36.
Although his career as a painter was prematurely cut short, Harada's masterly skills and ideas for the promotion of Western-style painting left a noteworthy achievement in the history of modern Japanese art. This retrospective presents the painter's works spanning his entire career and related materials, along with pieces by his teachers, students, and friends, to trace Naojiro Harada's footsteps.


[Opening Talk]
"Naojiro and Ogai - Their Youthful Time in Munich"
Lecturer: HAGA Toru, Director of Shizuoka Prefectural Museum of Art
Venue: HAYAMA, Auditorium
Date & Time: Saturday, April 9, 13:00-14:30
No bookings needed, free, first 70 comers
*Only available in Japanese

[Slide Lecture]
Lecturer: YASUMATSU Miyuki, professor of Beppu University
Venue: HAYAMA, Auditorium
Date & Time : Sunday, May 1, 14:00-15:00
No bookings needed, free, first 70 comers
*Only available in Japanese

[Symposium]
Art of the 19th Century: in Germany and Japan

Speakers (in schedule): MIZUSAWA Tsutomu, Birgit Jooss, INAGA Shigemi, TANAKA Atsushi, Wolfgang Shamoni
Venue: HAYAMA, Auditorium
Date & Time : Sunday, May 8, 13:00-16:00
Language: Japanese (German simultaneous interpretation provided)
No bookings needed, free, first 50 comers
Grants from: YOSHINO GYPSUM ART FOUNDATION

[Guest Talk]
KAWAI Tetsuo, Art critic, will talk about Harada's teacher Gabriel von Max in the gallery.
Date & Time : Saturday, May 14, 14:00-15:00
No bookings needed, free with exhibition ticket
*Only available in Japanese

[Director's Talk]
Tsutomu MIZUSAWA, director of the museum, will talk about the exhibition in the gallery.
Date & Time : Sunday, April 24, 14:00-15:00
No bookings needed, free with exhibition ticket
*Only available in Japanese

[Curator's Talk]
Curator will talk about this exhibition in the gallery.
Sunday, April 10
Tuesday, May 3
14:00-15:00
No bookings needed, free with exhibition ticket
*Only available in Japanese


Two exhibitions will be held simultaneously. "Museum Collection 1" at Gallery 1, "Naojiro Harada Retrospective" at Gallery 2, 3, and 4.


Closed

Mondays

Opening hours

9:30-17:00 (The last admission is at 16:30.)

Admissions

Adults: 1,200 yen (1,100 yen)
Under 20 or Students: 1,050 yen (950 yen)
65 and over: 600 yen
High School Students: 100 yen

  • Prices in ( ) indicate group (more than 20 persons) discount tickets.
  • Students under junior-highschool age or disabled visitors are free of charge.
  • The exhibition ticket of "Naojiro Harada Retrospective" also entitles entry to "Museum Collection 1" for the day of purchase.
  • "Family Communication Day" - reduced entry for all family members (except for 65 and over) accompanied by a child under 18 on the first Sunday of every month (May 1).

Organizers

The Museum of Modern Art, Kamakura & Hayama
The Yomiuri Shimbun
The Japan Association of Art Museums

Sponsors

Lion Corporation
Dai Nippon Printing Co., Ltd
Sompo Japan Nipponkoa Insurance Inc.
Nippon Television Network Corporation

With the grant of:

Pola Art Foundation
YOSHINO GYPSUM ART FOUNDATION

With the Cooperation of:

JAPAN AIRLINES
NIPPON EXPRESS

With the patronage of:

Goethe-Institut Tokyo

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