The Shoto Museum of Art is currently closed for renovations. It will reopen in Spring 2014. We will hold the following exhibitions of works selected from the Shoto Fine Arts Museum Collection at “Gallery Owada” located on the second floor of the Shibuya Culture Center Owada (23-21 Sakuragaoka-cho, Shibuya-ku). Admission will be free for all exhibitions below.
The Shoto Museum of Art Collection Exhibitions
I. Modern Holidays: Photographs from the 1920s
May 15 (Wed) – June 2 (Sun)
Gallery talk from 2PM on May 26 (Sun)
Cameras began to be adopted in Japan for private use approximately 90 years ago during the Taisho era. As people discovered the joys of making and looking at photographs, several groups aspiring to make “art” photographs began to appear. One such group was the “Shashin Geijutsusha” [Photographic Art Company] (1921-1924), a prolific collective, which exhibited fresh and modern photographic artworks and also published a journal. As the first public museum to exhibit the group’s works, Shoto Fine Arts Museum will present its collection of the group’s valuable vintage prints, which were very nearly lost to history.
II. Gifts of Nature: Painting and Sculpture
July 3 (Wed) – July 21 (Sun)
Gallery talk from 2PM on July 6 (Sat)
This exhibition will present works representing nature by three artists. The exhibition comprises paintings by the yoga painter Keiichi Kiyohara (1927–2008), a longtime Shibuya Ward resident best known as a painter of chickens; narrative and historical genre paintings by Kohei Morita (1916–1994); and sculptures of animals by Katsushiro Murata (1901–1989).
III. Masako Iida’s Nihonga Paintings
August 28 (Wed) – September 8 (Sun)
Gallery talk from 2PM on August 31 (Sat)
Masako Iida (b. 1919) began studying the Nanga School of Japanese painting at age 18 in 1937. She apprenticed under Rendo Ohashi, a master of modern Nanga School of painting, became a member of Nihon Nangain, and worked as a female Nanga school painter. Iida uses traditional Nanga techniques, such as dynamic lines and blots made with ink, and combines them with mineral pigments to make images that express unique imaginary worlds. As such, her paintings are unlike conventional Nihonga paintings of realistic images painted with meticulously and repeatedly applied fine line work. We sincerely hope that you will take this opportunity to experience Iida’s works.