Apr. 8 (Thu.) – Jun. 20 (Sun.)
HIROKO KOSHINO EX・VISION TO THE FUTURE
The designer Hiroko Koshino (born 1937 in Kishiwada, Osaka; now resides in Ashiya, Hyogo) has continued to pursue uniqueness based on unconventional ideas. Exhibits include dresses she presented in past collections and her paintings that she poured her soul into and helped her gain inspiration for her fashion design. Through these exhibits, we will take a closer look at Hiroko Koshino, who has always focused on the possibilities of the future.
AINO & ALVAR AALTO: Shared VisionsJul. 10 (Sat.) – Aug. 29 (Sun.)
Alvar Aalto (1898–1976), the architect who played an important role in 20th century modernism, and his wife, Aino Aalto (1894–1949), were good business partners. They pursued the creation of simple and functional living spaces inspired by Finnish nature to contribute to people’s lifestyles. This exhibition highlights the accomplishments of Mr. and Mrs. Aalto, produced over approximately 25 years, including products and materials that will be on display for the first time in Japan.
Harry Potter: A HISTORY OF MAGICSep. 11 (Sat.) – Nov. 7 (Sun.)
Harry Potter is one of the most popular series for fantasy novels of our time. Behind the stories lie magic, spells and fortune-telling from around the world, especially the United Kingdom. This traveling exhibition was originally organized by the British Library in 2017, displaying valuable materials on pharmacy, alchemy, astronomy, imaginary beasts and other fields in accordance with the curriculum of the school that Harry attended, Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. (Postponed from 2020)
Nov. 20 (Sat.) – Feb. 27 (Sun.). 2022
Land of Discoveries from The National Museum of Antiquities in Leiden, The Netherlands
This exhibition features over 200 items, including mummies and burial items, owned by the National Museum of Antiquities in Leiden, the Netherlands, which boasts one of the world’s largest Egyptian collections along with the British Museum and the Louvre Museum. Attractions of ancient Egyptian civilization will be introduced from various perspectives, such as excavation of antiquities that fascinated people of the modern age and mummification steps that were clarified through modern science.
Pierre Soulages and Morita ShiryuMar. 12 (Sat.) – May 8 (Sun.), 2022
Venue: 3rd Floor of the Gallery Wing
This exhibition highlights the painter Pierre Soulages (1919– ) from France and the calligrapher Morita Shiryu (1912–1998) from Hyogo. We will look at how these two artists developed their thoughts on their similarities and differences and how they established their own methods of expression. (Postponed from 2020)
Minimal/Conceptual: Dorothee and Konrad Fischer and the Art Scenes in the 1960s and 1970sMar. 26 (Sat.) – May 29 (Sun.), 2022
Minimal art and conceptual art are the two major artistic trends in the 1960s and 70s. Under these trends, many experimental works were created beyond the conventional frameworks of those such as paintings and sculptures. This exhibition looks back on the art scenes of those years, mainly through the works formerly owned by Konrad Fischer, who opened a gallery to introduce minimal and conceptual artworks that were rarely open to the public then.
This exhibition is co-organized by and based on works from the Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen.
2021 Prefectural ExhibitionAug. 7 (Sat.) – Aug. 21 (Sat.)
Venue: Main building of the Harada-no-mori Gallery (Large Exhibition Room on the 2nd Floor)
This series of open exhibitions, which offers opportunities for artists to make their works public, was cancelled last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, we are resuming the exhibition this year while implementing thorough infection prevention measures. The guideline for applicants will be released in April. We are awaiting applications and the attendance of those associated with Hyogo.
Spotlight Artist Showcase – Channel 12 –
Feb. 26 (Sat.) – Mar. 27 (Sun.), 2022
Iikawa Takehiro DECORATOR CRAB
Venue: Studio 1 and various places of the museum
This series aims to introduce remarkable young artists to the public. This time (on the 12th occasion), we will be featuring the Hyogo-born and Hyogo-based artist Iikawa Takehiro (1981– ). Iikawa’s work focuses on the uncertainty of human cognition and events that are often overlooked in society. Exhibits include his latest work, the Decorator Crab series, which challenges the viewer’s awareness and inspires their active responses.
We are Classmate! We are Alumni!Feb. 13 (Sat.) – Jul. 4 (Sun.)
Part 1: Feb. 13 (Sat.) – Apr. 18 (Sun.)
Part 2: Apr. 24 (Sat.) – Jul. 4 (Sun.)
* Closed from Apr. 19 (Sun.) to 23 (Fri.) due to exhibition changes
The Premium Exhibition series in 2021 is scheduled based on the calendar year, not the fiscal year. This is the first event in 2021, introducing our museum’s works that were displayed in government-sponsored exhibitions and group exhibitions; items from these exhibitions will be displayed in their respective areas. In addition to the items under the main theme, there will be many works, including prints by Max Ernst and Joan Miró, modern and contemporary sculptures, and items from the memorial rooms of Koiso Ryohei and Kanayama Heizo.
Commemoration of Donations from the Egawa Collection and the Bai Joteki CollectionApr. 24 (Sat.) – Jul. 4 (Sun.)
Spring exhibit: Apr. 24 (Sat.) – May 30 (Sun.)
Summer exhibit: Jun. 1 (Tue.) – Jul. 4 (Sun.)
This commemorative exhibition introduces the two collections that our museum acquired through donations in 2019. The main exhibits include a collection from the former Egawa Museum, known for masterpieces of tea ceremony utensils and Japanese paintings from the Heian period to the early modern period. Another focus of this exhibition is the works of Wu Changshuo (1844–1927) from the Chinese calligraphy and painting collection owned by the seal artist Bai Joteki. Wu is known as the “last literary person” from the Qing period, a master of poetry, calligraphy, painting, and seal engraving.
Why Are You Here? － Highlighting the Great Pieces Donated by the Ito Cultural Foundation and New CollectionsJul. 17 (Sat.) – Dec. 26 (Sun.)
Part 1: Jul. 17 (Sat.) – Sep. 26 (Sun.)
Part 2: Oct. 9 (Sat.) – Dec. 26 (Sun.)
* Closed from Sep. 27 (Mon.) to Oct. 8 (Fri.) due to exhibition changes
Why are these works here in front of you this very moment? This exhibition shows the “personal history” of each work selected from the new collection the museum acquired last year and items donated by the Ito Cultural Foundation, which celebrates its 40th anniversary of establishment this year.
FORM IN ART: TOMOHIRO HIGASHIKAGE-A TACTILE FORESTJul. 17 (Sat.) – Sep. 26 (Sun.)
This is a series of exhibitions that started in 1989, allowing visitors to touch and feel the artwork. This year’s edition features Tomohiro Higashikage (1978– ). Viewers will be greatly inspired by his works depicting animal’s heads with elaborately reproduced pores, body hair, skin damaged over time, and coal-black eyes. This exhibition provides visitors with an opportunity to feel closer to the creator’s artistic ideas and actions by directly touching the works. (Postponed from 2020)