Temporary Exhibition

Spring Journey – Take Me to Art Adventure!

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Coshun Yamada “Birth of Stars” (1967) Owned by Nagoya City Art Museum

Mar. 25 (Thu) – Jun. 6 (Sun), 2021

This exhibition provides an opportunity to enjoy art as if you were traveling to an unknown destination. Experiencing art is similar to traveling in a way, in that it invites us to forget daily life. Through art, you can experience how it feels to travel to the bottom of the ocean, to the past, and even to the ends of the universe. We invite you to spend a bright, serene spring day in the museum. This exhibition features large installations and hidden masterpieces from the museum’s permanent collection that are rarely exhibited. We hope you will experience our collection from a new perspective. (Held in Permanent Collection Galleries 1, 2, and 3)

En route to Impressionism
French paintings from the Fine Art Museum, Reims

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Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot “Dance in Italy” (1865-70) Owned by the Museum of Fine Arts, Reims. © MBA Reims 2019 / Photo: C. Devleeschauwer

Apr. 10 (Sat) – Jun. 6 (Sun), 2021

Reims, a historical city in the Champagne region of France, has been a sister city of Nagoya City since 2017. This exhibition introduces to the world selected masterpieces from the landscape painting collection that the Museum of Fine Arts, Reims, boasts. The featured artist is Camille Corot, the master of landscape painting from 19th-century France. This display offers an extremely rare chance to be able to see 16 masterpieces of his oil paintings in one exhibition. Additionally, pieces by Eugène Boudin, the so-called King of the Skies from the Barbizon School, and by Impressionist artists, such as Monet and Renoir, are on exhibit, leased from overseas. We hope you will enjoy seeing the development of landscape paintings by artists who left their studios to go out and capture the changes in lighting and air in nature.

Celebrating the 160th Anniversary of Her Birth
Grandma Moses: A Retrospective Exhibition

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Anna Mary Robertson ”Grandma” Moses “Moving Day on the Farm” (1951) © 2021, Grandma Moses Properties Co., NY

Jul. 10 (Sat) – Sep. 5 (Sun), 2021

Anna Mary Robertson Moses (1860-1961), known by her nickname “Grandma” Moses, is one of the most famous and beloved artists of modern America. She began painting in earnest in her 70s as an unknown housewife on a farm, and her first solo exhibition was held at the age of 80 in New York. Her paintings depict farm work and life in each season, showing people living their lives simply yet vibrantly in harmony with nature. This exhibition features approximately 130 pieces in total, consisting of her paintings along with her belongings, to introduce the fantastic life and world of Grandma Moses who led a vigorous and earnest life until the age of 101.

François Pompon, the Retrospective
Exhibition in Japan

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François Pompon “Polar Bear” (1923-1933) Made of marble. Owned by Gunma Museum of Art, Tatebayashi

Sep. 18 (Sat) – Nov. 14 (Sun), 2021

This is Japan’s first retrospective exhibition of François Pompon (1855-1933), a French sculptor who produced masterpieces of animal sculptures. Pompon used his observation of animal shapes and movements to express their essence in a simple form, which gained him great acclaim. His animal sculptures—with lovely appearances molded by their smooth surfaces and round shapes—fill viewers with fun and joy, and feature a wide diversity of species, including familiar animals such as doves, chickens, dogs, and more exotic animals such as polar bears, leopards, and hippopotami. This exhibition consists of approximately 90 pieces to provide you with the chance to get closer to Pompon’s life and the allure of his art. These pieces are supplied by the Gunma Museum of Art, Tatebayashi, which owns many of his sculptures and related documents, and overseas institutions, such as the François Pompon Museum in his hometown of Saulieu in France.

POSITION 2021-2022
Nagoya Contemporary Art Exhibition

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Reference photo: KAAT Atrium Video Project, Masaru Mizuno. Kanagawa Arts Theatre [KAAT] Atrium / Kanagawa, Exhibition record (2019)
Dec. 11, 2021 (Sat) – Feb. 6, 2022 (Sun)

The “Position” began in 1994 as an exhibition to feature artists active in and around Nagoya and introduce local contemporary art to the rest of Japan. This exhibition, marking its sixth installment, features mid-level artists with achievements in private or group exhibitions and young artists who are expected to grow in the future and here introduce their representative and passionate new works. They are chosen from among artists who are either from the surrounding three prefectures of Tokai or have learned art locally. It provides a rare opportunity to learn what kinds of talent gather in this area—enriched with art universities—and how each artist discovers, enhances, and develops their own expression. Please look forward to it.

Collecting Van Gogh: Helene Kröller-Müller’s Passion for Vincent’s Art

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Vincent van Gogh “Country Road in Provence by Night” (1890). Oil on canvas, Owned by the Kröller-Müller Museum.  © Kröller-Müller Museum, Otterlo, the Netherlands

Feb. 23 (Wed / public holiday) – Apr. 10 (Sun), 2022

In the early 20th century, Helene Kröller-Müller became the world’s most prominent private collector of works by Vincent van Gogh. Helene discovered profound spirituality in van Gogh’s art and collected his paintings with passion and with a philosophy. Later, she established the Kröller-Müller Museum to realize her dream of exhibiting his works to a broad audience. This exhibition introduces the allure of Vincent van Gogh, while shedding light on the deep bond between the artist and the collector—who can be said to have communicated with their souls through works of art. Special exhibition of “Country Road in Provence by Night,” owned by the Kröller-Müller Museum, on display in Japan for the first time in 16 years, and “The Yellow House,” owned by the Van Gogh Museum. Please do not miss this rare opportunity.