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SUNAZAWA Bikky, Listening to Wind, 1986, Wood (Sakhalin spruce, Katsura), Sapporo Art Museum/ Photo: Ogura Yasuyuki

8 April - 18 June 2017

Sculpted Spirits in Wood―SUNAZAWA Bikky
[Gallery 1] From Museum Collection: Energetic Individuality in Japanese Art of the Taisho Era

Born to Ainu parents in Asahikawa, Hokkaido, SUNAZAWA Bikky (1931-1989) was active as the artist from the 1950s. This exhibition features approximately 20 sculptures including the Mask series from the 1970s when the artist reached maturity. With over 40 paintings and drawings, the world of Sunazawa representing his empathy with nature is explored.

KISHIDA Ryusei, Young Girl (Reiko Standing), 1923

8 April - 18 June 2017

From Museum Collection: Energetic Individuality in Japanese Art of the Taisho Era
[Gallery 2, 3] Sculpted Spirits in Wood: SUNAZAWA Bikky

The Taisho period was a time during which, while carrying on the flow from the Meiji period, young people seeking unrestricted expressions brought innovative art into bloom. With the works by KISHIDA Ryusei, YOROZU Tetsugoro, SEKINE Shoji, MURAYAMA Kaita, MURAYAMA Tomoyoshi and others, the spirit of this period is surveyed along with an introduction of new acquisitions.

Nude Beauty, 1912, Oil on canvas, Important Cultural Property, The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo

1 July - 3 September 2017

YOROZU Tetsugoro 1885-1927

YOROZU Tetsugoro (1885-1927) stood out prominently among the artists of the Taisho era. Along with representative works such as Nude Beauty, this exhibition also focuses on his India ink paintings. The changes of his artistic expressions and the relativity of his works to other paintings of the time are considered through over 300 works.

Place, From "Glove, Opus VI", pl. 1, 1881, Etching, aquatint

16 September - 5 November 2017

Max Klinger: The 160th Anniversary of His Birth
[Gallery 3]1937: Modernism at a Branch Point

Max Klinger (1857-1920), a sculptor, painter, and print artist active in Germany, created 14 series of prints, which are regarded heralds of Surrealism marked by both detailed realism and fantasy. An exhibition of prints including "Eve and the Future, Opus III", "Intermezzos, Opus IV", "Glove, Opus VI", and "A Love, Opus X" from our collection is held to mark the 160th anniversary of his birth.

MURAI Masanari, Urban, 1937, Oil on canvas, Museum collection

16 September - 5 November 2017

From Museum Collection: 1937 - Modernism at a Branch Point
[Gallery 1 and 2] Max Kinger: The 160th Anniversary of His Birth

1937, when war intensified on the Chinese Continent and Japan rapidly became militaristic, was a turning point in avant-garde art. Together with works by ASO Saburo, MURAI Masanari, and YOSHIHARA Jiro, focusing on the "International Exhibition of Surrealism" and the graphic magazine USSR in Construction, this exhibition examines what the art scene was like eighty years ago.

Frost, 1982, Color on paper, Museum collection

18 November - 25 March 2018

HORI Fumiko
[Gallery 3b] Winter Journey, Voices of Spring

The nihonga (Japanese-style painting) artist HORI Fumiko (b.1918) continues to depict the beauty of nature and life. Traveling around Japan and overseas, what made an impression on her on such journeys were expressed in the form of works and essays. The world of Hori is introduced through representative works, drawings, and writings in an attempt to explore her art and human image.

TANINAKA Yasunori, Journey, from "Fantasies" no.8, 1933, Woodcut on paper

18 November - 25 March 2018

From Museum Collection: Winter Journey, Voices of Spring
[Gallery 1, 2, 3a] HORI Fumiko

Held in conjunction with the exhibition of HORI Fumiko, works from the museum collection conveying signs of life in nature and what the artists surrounded by such views or traveling in such views were focusing on. Enjoy a little trip in the gallery ranging from paintings, prints, and sculptures to contemporary art together with the peaceful air in Hayama heading from winter towards spring.


Kamakura Annex

Kamakura Annex, frontal view

26 December - 26 May 2017

Closed for in-house work


Le Corbusier with MAYEKAWA Kunio and the staff when he visited Mayekawa’s office on November 4, 1955 in Tokyo. OTAKA Masato is at the far right.

27 May - 3 September 2017

Architect OTAKA Masato and Kamakura Annex

The Kamakura Annex (opened in 1984) is in stark contrast to the feel of The Museum of Modern Art, Kamakura (closed in 2016) by SAKAKURA Junzo. Prior to the temporary closure of the Annex, its 33-year-long history is looked back on through the collection and materials with focus on its architect OTAKA Masato (1923-2010) from the viewpoint of his relation with MAYEKAWA Kunio, and HIJIKATA Teiichi.

Kamakura Annex (photo: UENO Norihiro)

4 September - 31 December 2018

Closed for renovations until September 2019

We apologize for the inconvenience caused by the temporary closure of the Kamakura Annex and hope you will look forward to its renewal scheduled in October 2019.

Past Exhibitions

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