[ 2018 Schedule ]

2018.04 - 2019.03

Special Exhibitions

Yayoi Kusama, Summer (1), 1985

June 2–August 26, 2018

Modern Art Revisited: from the collection of Fukuoka Art Museum

Opened in 1979, the Fukuoka Art Museum is a major institution known for its extensive collection of some 16,000 items, centering on two main pillars: modern and contemporary art, and antiques. As the museum is currently in the midst of a major renovation project in preparation for its reopening in 2019, this exhibition features approximately 70 masterpieces of American, European, and Japanese art from the museum collection. From Dalí and Warhol to Yayoi Kusama, the exhibition provides a valuable opportunity to retrace the course of modern art, marked by the rise and fall of a variety of movements in the 20th century, at this moment in time.

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Iri and Toshi Maruki, The Hiroshima PanelsⅡ “FIRE" (the second version, detail), c1950, Collection of Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art

September 8–November 25, 2018

Iri and Toshi Maruki: Understanding The Hiroshima Panels 

With his wife, the Western-style painter Toshi Maruki (née Toshiko Akamatsu; 1912-2000), the Nihonga (Japanese-style) painter Iri Maruki (1912-2000) collaborated to depict some of the calamities that have befallen people such as war and environmental pollution. The Hiroshima Panels, an important early trilogy by the Marukis, traveled all over Japan in the early 1950s at a time when press restrictions were still in effect. An early attempt to convey the horrific conditions that existed in Hiroshima following the atomic bomb, the series came to be a symbol of anti-nuclear and anti-war sentiment. Along with The Hiroshima Panels and related materials, this exhibition presents works by each artist from before and after the war, and considers how the pictorial endeavors and ideas expressed in the trilogy fit into the Marukis’ oeuvre.

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Taiji Matsue, JP-34 04, 2015, Collection of the artist, Courtesy of TARO NASU, ©TAIJI MATSUE

December 8, 2018–February 24, 2019

Taiji Matsue

Taiji Matsue (b. 1963) made his debut as a photographer after graduating from the geography department at the University of Tokyo. Strongly fixated on compositions without horizon lines and two-dimensionality, Matsue has captured images throughout the world with a consistent style defined by shooting in direct light to avoid producing shadows. Thoroughly eliminating of any sense of centrality, periphery, depth or contrast, Matsue’s works are displayed as flat pictures, which treat every element equally. This exhibition, Matsue’s first solo show at a public museum, spans the artist’s career, including some new pieces, and reexamines at his challenging approach to the ever-changing techniques that arise out of technological advances.

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March 9–May 26, 2019

30th Anniversary Exhibition: Seven Lamps of Art Museum

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Collection Exhibitions

June 30–October 21, 2018

2018-2 Collection Highlights & Special Feature: The Century with Mushroom Clouds

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November 3, 2018–February 3, 2019

2018-3 Collection Highlights & Special Feature: Like a Face

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Open Programs

[top] NEW ANTIQUE members, 2015, Photo: Marika Sekoguchi
[bottom] NEW ANTIQUE shop, 2016, Photo: Motoyuki Shitamichi

July 14–September 17, 2018

Summer Open Lab: New Antique

New Antique is an experimental group made up of Motoyuki Shitamichi (artist; b. 1978), Hiraku Yamashita (director of the Tochudeyameru fashion brand; b. 1977), and Yuki Kageyama (editor; b. 1982). Actively searching for and utilizing things that might be described as “new antiques,” found in abundance on the street and the Internet, the group explores new values and new beauty. This program promises to showcases group’s (overly) freewheeling research.
For more information on the group, see: http://atarashiikotto.com
Introducing various approaches to a diverse range of expressive forms, the Summer Open Lab functions as a proving site at the museum and explores the potential for artistic creation.

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November 10–25, 2018

Open Call for Art Project Ideas 2018

Open Call for Art Project Ideas is an open program in which artists are invited to show their work in a free public space at the Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art (Hiroshima MOCA). The program accepts proposals from both Japan – and foreign-based artists that are designed for a space outside the galleries in the museum (designed by Kisho Kurokawa) and that make the most of the space’s special characteristics. An important point in judging the works will be how well the space and work draw out each other’s attractive qualities. Any type of work is acceptable – painting, sculpture, installation, performance, etc. Winning works, selected by a panel of judges, will be shown in an exhibition in October 2018. For details, please visit the official competition website (only in Japanese).

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February 16–March 3, 2019

Open Call for Design Ideas of “Hiroshima Brand” 2018

The museum’s 2018 Hiroshima Brand competition is an open program in which the public is invited to submit Hiroshima-related design proposals – the best works will be shown in an exhibition. The competition focuses on ideas for new Hiroshima brands that deal with local specialties, natural features, and culture from the perspective of design. Along with an outstanding idea, proposals should include a plan to effectively convey the allure of the design in a display. Winning works, selected by a panel of judges, will be shown in an exhibition in February 2019. For details, please visit the official competition website (only in Japanese).

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Video Art Programs