Dinosaur Dreams: Imagination and Creation of the Lost WorldMar. 4 (Sat.) – May 14 (Sun.)
Dinosaurs have always fascinated many people from children to adults. This exhibition overviews the changes in the portrayal of dinosaurs over the 200 years: from bizarre reconstructions of the 19th century (when dinosaurs were said to be discovered) to paintings by the masters of the 20th century, such as Charles R. Knight and Zdeněk Burian, to today’s paleo-art based on recent research. It also features dinosaur books and figures from the treasured collection of Tamura Hiroshi, a well-known collector of dinosaur items.
Kanayama Heizo A RETROSPECTIVEJun. 3 (Sat.) – Jul. 23 (Sun.)
This exhibition commemorates the 140th anniversary of the birth of Kanayama Heizo (1883–1964), a Western-style painter associated with Hyogo Prefecture. It aims to create a new image of Kanayama by focusing on various perspectives, such as his friendships and mural painting project, which had not been frequently highlighted before. In addition to Kanayama’s representative works from the collection of the museum and other museums, rare paintings by artists he interacted with will also be on display.
Perfume COSTUME MUSEUMSep. 9 (Sat.) – Nov. 26 (Sun.)
This is the first large-scale exhibition showcasing approximately 150 costumes worn by the three-member unit “Perfume” for their songs and live performances. Based on the “Perfume COSTUME BOOK” (published in 2020), which explains their costumes since their major label debut, this exhibition introduces the appeal of Perfume’s costumes that express the world view of their songs and beautifully decorate their dances.
Yasui Nakaji (1903–1942) is known as an outstanding figure in the history of Japanese photography. Although he was active for only about 20 years, he examined various photographic expressions that flourished before the 1930s, and, while turning his camera at all kinds of subjects, he captured intense symbolism in the fragments of reality to create his works. Based on a survey of vintage prints and negatives that survived the war, Yasui’s activities will be presented anew.
Pierre Soulages and Morita ShiryuMar. 16 (Sat.) – May 19 (Sun.), 2024
This is an exhibition commemorating the over 20 years of the friendly relationship between Hyogo Prefecture and the Department of Aveyron in France and highlighting the painter Pierre Soulages (1919–2022) from Aveyron and the calligrapher Morita Shiryu (1912–1998) from Hyogo. They began interacting with each other through “Bokubi,” a magazine edited by Morita. The two artists’ works will provide an opportunity to consider the encounter between Western and Eastern artists.
Van Gogh AliveMar. 18 (Sat.) – Jun. 4 (Sun.)
Venue: 3rd Floor of the Gallery Wing
The world of Van Gogh is presented with state-of-the-art visuals projected on the floor and the walls of up to 7 meters high installed throughout the venue, as well as with powerful music. The hottest immersive exhibition has attracted 8.5 million visitors worldwide. Photography is allowed throughout the venue. Art fans and families alike can enjoy the feeling of being part of the artworks.
The 60th Hyogo Prefectural ExhibitionAug. 5 (Sat.) – Aug. 19 (Sat.)
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. We are awaiting many applications and attendance. *The website and application process will be updated. Please check for details on the museum’s website and the exhibition regulations to be distributed throughout the prefecture around April.
Yoshimoto NaokoOct. 28 (Sat.) – Nov. 26 (Sun.)
Venue: Studio 1 of the museum
The 14th edition of the series introducing currently active artists will be a solo exhibition by Yoshimoto Naoko (1972– ), who was born and lives in Hyogo Prefecture. The three-dimensional work composed of white shirts that retain the traces of people’s lives will remind viewers of life and death, while the work of birds facing the wind and flapping their wings in the sky will remind them of the light of hope that will never disappear in the midst of difficult circumstances.
Between Fiction and RealityJan. 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 CollectionJan. 21 (Sat.) – Apr. 9 (Sun.)
Part 1: Jan. 21 (Sat.) – Feb. 19 (Sun.)
Part 2: Feb. 28 (Tue.) – Apr. 9 (Sun.)
*Closed between the two periods due to exhibition changes
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. This exhibition introduces approximately 90 carefully-selected masterpieces from the Ming and Qing dynasties of China in his collection.
New Acquisitions (tentative title)Sep. 9 (Sat.) – Dec. 24 (Sun.)
The works of art that the museum has newly acquired in the past year will be introduced along with the existing collection in line with themes.
Form in Art―Perceiving with the Hand Kaori Endo (tentative title)Sep. 9 (Sat.) – Dec. 24 (Sun.)
Since its start in 1989, this series of exhibitions that allows visitors to appreciate works by touching them has reexamined the visually-oriented approach to art. This year’s exhibition features Kaori Endo (1989– ), who focuses on crafts and lifestyles rooted in the local area and creates her works mainly using dyeing and weaving techniques. The works that Endo weaves based on the keywords representing Kobe, such as the port, ship, hemp, and import/export, will provide an opportunity to consider the boundaries of art.
Story in ArtJan. 13 (Sat.) – Apr. 7 (Sun.), 2024
The exhibition features selected masterpieces from the museum’s collection under the themes of “art” and “story.”
Wu Changshuo: The 180th Anniversary of His Birth (tentative title)Jan. 13 (Sat.) – Apr. 7 (Sun.), 2024
To commemorate the 180th anniversary of the birth of Wu Changshuo (1844–1927), who left a significant footprint on modern Chinese calligraphy, painting, and seal carving, the exhibition will review his achievements and friendships, focusing on the Bai Joteki Collection owned by the museum.