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Permanent Collection 1st term 2021


April 6(Tue.),2021-June 20(Sun.),2021

Gallery 1: Contemporary Portraits

Portraits—the art of capturing a specific individual in painting or sculpture—have been a primary genre of art in both east and west, past and present, and have given rise to all sorts of forms of expression. Whether the portrait seeks to capture the individual exactly as they are, or perhaps seeks to idolize them, these pieces show not only an individual but also something of the times in which they are living. Clothing, possessions, and furniture can all reflect a specific time period, as can the techniques and materials used in the creation of the art itself.
This exhibit uses modern portraits, prints, photos, and sculptures (13 pieces from 11 artists) to introduce the ways in which our modern age has been depicted in portraits. Kwak Duck-Jun’s photography piece, taking the American presidents who have adorned the cover of Time magazine and mixing them with his own face, promotes considerations of the relationship between the American president, a symbol of our modern times, and the individual. This use of modern celebrities that everyone is aware of is a feature shared by the portrait work of Andy Warhol, who created works featuring such models as Jacqueline Kennedy and Joseph Beuys, another highly charismatic modern artist. The extremely cool repetition that accompanies use of a silkscreen in Warhol’s work accurately captures that aspect of modern society that allows images to be quickly reproduced and spread around. Noda Tetsuya, meanwhile, has created a collection of prints that place his focus on home and everyday life, such as the growth of his beloved daughter. The daydream-like images with the scenery cropped off give the impression of time having stopped still, but there are still minor details such as clothing and gifts in the image that represent the time of their production.
Please enjoy this tour through the varied forms of expression used in modern art.

Noda Tetsuya《Diary: Feb. 10th '78》1978

Gallery 2: The Tracks of Isoi Joshin

Isoi Joshin (1883 - 1964) was born in Miyawaki Village, Kagawa County (now Kameoka-cho, Takamatsu City). After graduating from the Lacquered Utensil Department of the Kagawa Prefectural Arts School in 1903, he found employment at Yamanaka Shokai in Osaka, repairing and adjusting works of Chinese art, and learning varied artistic techniques in the process. After returning to his hometown, he conducted his own personal research into the works left by lacquer master Tamakahi Zokoku, and taking hints from relief printing in 1913 he had the idea for dot-carved kinma pieces (kinma is one of the techniques of lacquer carving). These created a feeling of depth and dimensionality that traditional line carving did not have, allowing for the creation of a new form of expression within the kinma art. After a section for artwork was added to the Imperial Exhibit in 1927, Joshin proceeded to have success at both the Imperial Exhibit and New Bunten Exhibition with his incredible designs and creativity. Alongside the three main Sanuki lacquer techniques (kinma, choshitsu, and zonsei), Joshin was also highly skilled in a variety of decorative arts, and his creative techniques and sense of shape depict the true excellence of Sanuki lacquer art. In 1956 he was designated the holder of important intangible culture property (a living national treasure) for his kinma work.
This new exhibit is to commemorate our acquisition last year of his seminal work from 1933, "Kuyo no Zu Tsuitate" (Screen of Mourning). In order to show the large footprint left by Sanuki lacquer, it comprises a total of 44 pieces from Joshin Isoi, from this early work through to his later years.

Isoi Joshin 《Writing-brush Box, 'Silver-Leaf Acacia', Kinma》1957


April 6(Tue.),2021-June 20(Sun.),2021
Permanent Collection Gallery
Monday(the following weekday if Monday is a holiday)
Monday - Saturday & Holidays: 9:30 - 17:00 (Entry until 16:30)
*Until 19:00 during special exhibitions on Friday and Saturday .
*Last entry is 30 minutes prior to closing.
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【University students】150yen (120yen)
【High school age or younger/ Seniors 65+】Admission free
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※Free admission for those with a physical disability certificate, rehabilitation certificate, or mental disability certificate.
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