Temporary Exhibition (Temporary Exhibition Gallery 1 & 2)

The Development of Japanese Modern Photography in MANCHOUKUO

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Hakuyo Fuchigami “Rushing Train” 1930

2017/4/29 – 2017/6/25

The Treaty of Portsmouth in 1905 gave Japan control of the southern portion of the Chinese Eastern Railway and mining rights. The following year, Japan established the South Manchoukuo Railway Company and embarked upon an immense colonization program. Photographs of Manchoukuo were used and developed in a unique way to publicize the land of China to the people in Japan. It began with an encyclopedia-like expression of Chinese tribes and their cultures, and developed into romantic visuals depicting Japanese admiration for the west. In the late 1930s, these images transformed further into sophisticated symbols with the emergence of the Graphism era. This exhibition features rare vintage prints and numerous documents of the time to portray how the photographic expression of Manchoukuo developed over a quarter of a century, which parallels Japanese Modernism reaching its luxuriant expression.

Masterpieces from the Collection of the Museum of Fine Arts, Reims

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David “The Death of Marat” 1793

Masterpieces from the Collection of the Museum of Fine Arts, Reims

2017/10/7 – 2017/12/3

Reims, a city located in northwestern France’s Champagne region, is known as the site for the crowning of French monarchs. The museum in Reims, built over 200 years ago in the early 19th century, has a collection of more than 50,000 works. This exhibition features about 70 pieces of artwork from the Reims’ collection covering a wide range of eras and artists from the Renaissance to the contemporary. Please enjoy masterpieces from French modern artists such as Delacroix, Courbet, Corot, and Gauguin. Reims recently received a donation of Leonard Foujita’s works from his family. This exhibition proudly presents this rare collection.

Marc Chagall: The Third Dimension

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Marc Chagall “Birthday” 1923, a collection of AOKI Holdings

Marc Chagall: The Third Dimension

12/14 – 2018/2/18

The world of Chagall is created with rich figurative images and an abundant use of colors. Most people know Chagall as a painter, but he also created a number of three-dimensional works including sculpture and ceramics, mostly created in his last days after the 1950s. These works went beyond the painter’s casual pastime activity and created a unique world of their own. His strong awareness toward a three-dimensional world can also be seen in his previous two-dimensional works. This exhibition deepens the understanding of Chagall’s three-dimensional world by comparing 170 pieces of his two- and three-dimensional works. Please enjoy the fruitful artistic world of one of the greatest artists of the 20th century.

Majima Naoko

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Naoko Majima “In the Dense Forest” 2009, a collection of Nagoya City Art Museum

Majima Naoko

2018/3/3 – 4/15

Naoko Majima, born in Nagoya in 1944, creates paintings, drawings and three-dimensional works comprised of objects and installations. A series of her works titled “Jigokuraku Hell/Paradise” was widely acclaimed. The world she depicts captures human existence in a primordial state, including birth, development, and death. Her black-and-white drawings drawn solely in pencil, together with colorful objects represent one world—a world that urges us to face our inner selves. This exhibition features her newest works as well as her well-known works to portray her creative journey.