Minimal/Conceptual: Dorothee and Konrad Fischer and the Art Scenes in the 1960s and 1970sMar. 26 (Sat.) – May 29 (Sun.)
Minimal art is an artistic trend characterized by works made up of simple geometric shapes. It was followed by conceptual art, which focuses more on the product’s concept rather than the product itself. This exhibition looks back on the art scenes of the 1960s and 70s when these trends came into place, with a focus on the works formerly owned by Mr. and Mrs. Fischer, who pioneered the introduction of minimal and conceptual artworks at their own gallery.
Kansai Contemporary Art of the 1980sJun. 18 (Sat.) – Aug. 21 (Sun.)
In the 1980s, Japan turned away from the previous trend of ascetic contemporary art, and a variety of expressions blossomed against the backdrop of the economic bubble and wave of postmodernism. In particular, in the Kansai region, young artists emerged through opportunities such as a series of exhibitions at the Hyogo Prefectural Museum of Modern Art called “Art Now” and attracted attention as the “Kansai New Wave.” This exhibition introduces works that are still fresh and rooted in the reality of each creator.
The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, boasts one of the world’s finest Japanese art collections. This exhibition features some of their collections, including samurai paintings of heroes from war tales and legends, sword guards, and swords that played an essential role in their heroic deeds. In addition, to introduce the world of samurai paintings in a more comprehensible manner, swords and ukiyo-e from collections in Japan will also be specially displayed.
Lee UfanDec. 13 (Tue.), 2022 – Feb. 12 (Sun.), 2023
This is a major retrospective exhibition dedicated to Lee Ufan (1936– ), a leading artist of one of the most important art trends in postwar Japan, Mono-ha (lit. “School of Things”). It covers his early works from the late 1960s to his latest works showcasing a whole new scope of art. As Lee has mainly exhibited overseas since the beginning of the 2000s, this will be his long-awaited full-scale solo exhibition in Japan since 2005.
Dinosaur Dreams:Imagination and Creation of the Lost WorldMar. 4 (Sat.) – May 14 (Sun.), 2023
Dinosaurs have always fascinated many people from children to adults. This exhibition overviews the changes in the portrayal of dinosaurs and other ancient creatures: from bizarre reconstructions of the 19th century (when dinosaurs were said to be discovered) to vivid dynamic dinosaur paintings of the 20th century by Charles R. Knight and Zdeněk Burian to today’s paleo-art based on cutting-edge research.
As if Listening Komako SakaiJul. 9 (Sat.) – Aug. 28 (Sun.)
Venue: 3rd Floor of the Gallery Wing
This exhibition presents approximately 250 original picture book illustrations by Sakai Komako. Sakai is a picture book artist from Hyogo Prefecture, who is popular for her unique style of delicately depicting scenes and animals and her poetic writings that resonate with her illustrations, as seen in her works of “Yorukuma” and “Friday’s Sugar.”
2022 Prefectural ExhibitionAug. 6 (Sat.) – Aug. 20 (Sun.)
Venue: Main building of the Harada-no-mori Gallery (Large Exhibition Room on the 2nd Floor)
This is a series of open exhibitions that offers opportunities for artists to make their works public. Same as last year, it will be held while implementing thorough infection prevention measures against COVID-19. The guideline for applicants will be released in April. We are awaiting applications and the attendance of those associated with Hyogo.
Yoshimura MunehiroOct. 8 (Sat.) – Nov. 6 (Sun.)
Venue: Studio 1 of the museum
This series aims to introduce remarkable artists to the public. This time, on the 13th edition, we will be featuring a Kobe-based artist Yoshimura Munehiro (1961– ). After 30 years of experimenting, Yoshimura has made traditional and classical portraits and landscape paintings his style, rather than pursuing trends or novelties. We hope you will enjoy his irreplaceable expression of beauty.
TABI/TRIP/TRAVEL/JOURNEYJan. 22 (Sat.) – Jul. 3 (Sun.)
* Closed from Apr. 11 (Mon.) to 22 (Fri.) due to exhibition changes
We came up with the idea of having visitors feel like they are on a “trip” at the museum. If going on a trip means leaving your everyday life and going somewhere away from where you are now, then how you feel and how you spend your time during a trip is similar to the experiences in a museum. This exhibition will present works selected with the image of a “trip within the museum” and a “journey through the artworks” in mind. The Permanent Exhibition Gallery 5, where the sculptures are usually displayed, and part of the Koiso Ryohei and Kanayama Heizo Memorial Rooms will also be used.
MOTONAGA SADAMASA 1952-1967Jan. 22 (Sat.) – Jul. 3 (Sun.)
* Closed from Apr. 11 (Mon.) to 22 (Fri.) due to exhibition changes
Motonaga Sadamasa (1922–2011, born in Mie Prefecture) is known worldwide as a leading artist of the Gutai Art Association. This exhibition, held on the 100th anniversary of his birth, focuses on the period when he relocated from Iga to Kobe and then to New York and introduces his works from the perspective of “a relocation is like a journey.” Displays include representative works from his early years as well as other works that had been rarely introduced before.
Re:Freshers – New Acquisitions
Microcosmos of Yoshihara Jiro
Jul. 30 (Sat.) – Dec. 18 (Sun.)
Part 1: Jul. 30 (Sat.) – Sep. 25 (Sun.)
Part 2: Oct. 8 (Sat.) – Dec. 18 (Sun.)
* Closed from Sep. 26 (Mon.) to Oct. 7 (Fri.) due to exhibition changes
In the last fiscal year, the museum welcomed new “fellows” (works) that complement and expand the existing collection through donations and bequests. The “Re:Freshers – New Acquisitions” exhibition introduces these new collections. The “Microcosmos of Yoshihara Jiro” exhibition features donations from the fiscal year 2020 of sketches and other works by Yoshihara Jiro to explore the secrets of the artist’s creation 50 years after his death.
Form in Art – Perceiving with the Hand (tentative title)Jul. 30 (Sat.) – Sep. 25 (Sun.)
This annual exhibition started in 1989, allowing visitors to touch and enjoy the artwork. This time, items from the museum’s collection will be on display.
Between Fiction and Reality
Jan. 21 (Sat.) – Jul. 23 (Sun.)
* Closed from Apr. 10 (Mon.) to 28 (Fri.) due to exhibition changes
This exhibition introduces the diverse expressions of the museum’s modern and contemporary artworks which exist between fiction and reality, including artworks that seek realism while at the same time attempting to be fiction, and vice versa, artworks that are fiction but precisely representing the real world.
From Ming to Qing: Chinese painting, calligraphy and seal carving in the BAI Joteki Collection
Jan. 21 (Sat.) – Apr. 9 (Sun.)
This exhibition introduces approximately 90 masterpieces from the Ming and Qing dynasties of China in the Bai Joteki Collection. Bai Joteki (1916–2008, real name: Inada Fumikazu), a leading calligrapher and seal carving artist in postwar Japan, built his collection based on his unique, insightful research on epigraphy.