Thematic Exhibition from the Collection
KITAGAWA TAMIJI and His Students in Mexico
2018.4.25(wed) – 7.1(sun)
Among the achievements of the painter Kitagawa Tamiji (1894-1989) in Mexico, one that is especially worth noting is the children he taught in Tlalpam and Taxco. He served as the principal at an open-air art school in Taxco from October 1932 to April 1936 and taught children the fun of making art by showing them the basics of oil painting, woodblock printing, and gouache (opaque watercolor) drawing. Some of his students later went on to create their own artworks and played an essential role in developing Mexico’s modern art. This exhibition demonstrates expressions of Kitagawa and his students by introducing newly acquired pieces of their work.
The 85th Anniversary of Nagoya City Hall
– A Story on the Style of Architecture in the 1930s
2018.10.6(sat) – 11.25(sun)
In December 2014, Nagoya City Hall and the neighboring Aichi Prefectural Office were named as important cultural properties (structure). The massive buildings built next to one another with their monolithic tiled roofs and central towers have been long loved by the public as landmarks of Nagoya. The design of the Nagoya City Hall built in September 1933 was selected through the Nagoya City Hall Architectural Design Competition. The result of the competition had a significant influence on Japan’s city hall architecture, and the trend of the Teikan-Yoshiki (Imperial Crown Style) based on Eastern style with Japanese tastes emerged. This exhibition introduces and examines the development of architectural styles that appeared in the 1930s through selected works from the Nagoya City Hall Architectural Design Competition as well as photographs and information on other competitions held around the time throughout Japan.
SAKATA MINORU: Toward “Post” Photo Avant-Garde
2018.12.8(sat) – 2019.2.3(sun)
The photographer Sakata Minoru pursued the development of avant-garde photography in Nagoya during the pre-Second World War days. As avant-garde art was dying down toward the end of the 1930s, Sakata—with the belief that photography should serve as a medium documenting societal changes —approached the idea of folkloristics, photographed the everyday lives of people and their traditions and, in them, found an abstract art form. In 1941, he was drafted and sent to Java as oversea publicity personnel. This exhibition introduces unexplored avant-garde development following his paths by examining remaining prints and negatives of his photographs.