Special Exhibition
Moments to Fly Up:
Ikeda Masuo and the Demokrato Artists

2024.1.20(Sat) — 3.17(Sun)

Ikeda Masuo, Sisters, 1965, Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art

Ikeda Masuo (1934ー1997) was born in Mukden, former Manchuria, and moved back to Nagano with his parents at the end of the war. After graduating from high school, he moved to Tokyo to become a painter, and through Ay-O, he met Ei-Q, who led the Democrato (Artists Association), and Kubo Sadajiro, an art critic, leader of the Souzo Biiku Movement, and a collector of prints.
The Democrato (Artists Association) was active mainly in Tokyo and Osaka, and the only condition for participation was "not to exhibit in established art circles, "which attracted many artists who sought freedom in their creations. Ikeda was one of them, and he learned copperplate engraving from Ei-Q and devoted himself to printmaking under Kubo's patronage.
In 1957, Japan, which was recovering its national strength after the war, held the first international contemporary art exhibition, the Tokyo International Print Biennale. Ikeda and other artists from the Democrato group were selected to exhibit their works at the exhibition, and it became a catalyst for their breakthrough, but Ei-Q decided to dissolve the Democrato group. However, the young artists were awakened to the possibilities of printmaking and showed vigorous creative activity, and Ikeda, in particular, won the International Grand Prize in printmaking at the Venice Biennale in 1966 and gained international acclaim.
This exhibition looks back on Japanese prints and paintings that attracted international attention at the time, featuring works from the museum's collection of lkeda's works from the 1950s to 1966, a quarter of a century after his death, as well as works by artists who influenced Ikeda and with whom he was in contact.

[fomerterm] January 20—February 18  [latter term] February 21—March 17

List of Works


Ikeda Masuo, Ay-O, Izumi Shigeru , lsobe Yukihisa, Ei-Q, Kato Tadashi, Toneyama Kojin, Funai Yutaka, Yoshihara Hideo

Ikeda Masuo, Sisters, 1965, Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art

Ikeda Masuo, My Poet, My Cat, 1965, Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art

Toneyama Kojin, Scene with Children, 1957, The Museum of Modern Art, Wakayama

Ei-Q, Bicycle, 1956, The Museum of Modern Art, Wakayama

Yoshihara Hideo, Bastard Man, 1957, Private Collection

Izumi Shigeru, A Fighting Cock, 1957, The Museum of Modern Art, Wakayama

Kato Tadashi, Poster for The 2nd Demokrato Art Exhibition, 1953, The Museum of Modern Art, Wakayama

Ay-O, Ennui, 1955, Private Collection


Exhibition Period
2024.1.20(Sat) — 3.17(Sun)
Opening Hours

※Admission until 30 minutes before closing

Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art, Gallery B-2, B-3
Mondays (except February 12), and February 13 / Exhibition Closed: February 20
Adults 1,100 (850) yen, University students 800 (600) yen, High school students and seniors (65 and over) 550 (400) yen
*Price in parentheses is that of advance ticket and a group of 30 or more
*Free for children under Junior High School age

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Organized by
Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art
Supported by
Hiroshima Prefecture, Hiroshima Municipal Board of Education, The Chugoku Shimbun, The Asahi Shimbun, The Mainichi Newspapers, THE YOMIURI SHIMBUN, Japan Broadcasting Corporation Hiroshima Station, RCC BROADCASTING CO.,LTD., TSS-TV CO.,LTD., Hiroshima Television Corporation, Hiroshima Home Television Co.,Ltd., HIROSHIMA FM BROADCASTING CO.,LTD., Onomichi FM Broadcasting Co., Ltd.
In cooperation with
The Museum of Modern Art, Wakayama



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