Special ExhibitionRyuzaburo Shikiba: Mirrors of Cerebral Ventricles

Ryuzaburo Shikiba (1898-1965) was born in the presentday city of Gosen in Niigata Prefecture and studied psychiatry at the Niigata College of Medicine (now the Niigata University School of Medicine). In addition to his psychiatric practice, Shikiba was an amazingly prolific writer, publishing a total of some 200 books throughout his life on subjects that ranged from the Mingei folk art movement and Van Gogh to introductory psychopathology and sex education. He was also involved in organizing exhibitions, including shows of Van Gogh reproductions Yamashita Kiyoshi’s works, and stood at the forefront of various public interests and tastes. Shikiba’s far-reaching and enlightening activities helped shape current views of art (for example, associative concepts such as genius and madness, creation and destiny, and art and life). As both an avid follower and guide of the era, Shikiba developed an important context for modern and contemporary Japanese cultural history. Mirrors of Cerebral Ventricles is derived from the subtitle of a 1939 book in which Shikiba examines the highly individualistic trait of shifting back and forth between the polar extremes of the visible (science) and invisible (art). The exhibition retraces Shikiba’s myriad pursuits through a collection of approximately 200 works and documents.

Exhibition flyer(PDF:2.94MB)

Date March 14–July 26, 2020
Hours 10:00-17:00 (Last admission 16:30)
Closed Mondays (except May. 4), May. 7
Admission Adults 1,000 (800) yen, University students 700 (600) yen, High school students and seniors [65 and over] 500 (400) yen
*Junior high school students and younger: Free admission
*Foreign student (Please show a student ID or courtesy card for facilities in Hiroshima Prefecture) *Figures in parentheses: Advance purchase and groups of 30 or more
*May 5 (Children’s Day): Free for children through high school
Organized by Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art, The Yomiuri Shimbun, The Japan Association of Art Museums
Supported by The Japan Folk Craft Association,
Niigata University School of Medicine (yujin society),
Hiroshima Prefecture, Hiroshima Municipal Board of Education,
Hiroshima FM Broadcasting Co., Ltd.,
Onomichi FM Broadcasting Co., Ltd.
In cooperation with Lion Corporation, Dai Nippon Printing Co., Ltd.,
Sompo Japan Nipponkoa Insurance Inc.
Special assisted by Medical Corporation Shikiba Hospital
With the support of Pola Art Foundation

Ryuzaburo Shikiba with Nishoutei from Nishoutei-kitan, 1939