MURAYAMA Tomoyoshi: Get All of Me Seething

Sadistic Space
MURAYAMA Tomoyoshi
 Sadistic Space 1922-23,
The National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto

  We have a collection of representative works of MURAYAMA Tomoyoshi (1901 - 1977) including "Sadistic Space (1922 - 23),"precious woodblock prints and his edited magazine entitled "MAVO," and has so far exhibited them at our collection gallery.
  This first retrospective exhibition of MURAYAMA Tomoyoshi features various activities of this talented artist who is known as the forbearer of the avant-garde movement in Japan.
  During his one-year stay in Berlin, MURAYAMA was influenced by the avant-garde movement in Europe. Upon his return to Japan, he introduced this innovative mode of expression to the Japanese art world in the 1920s. The scope of his artistic activities encompassed not only formative arts, but also performing arts such as dance and theatrical activities, as well as illustrations for children's books. In short, MURAYAMA had a great impact on the overall culture in Japan.
  This exhibition focuses on MURAYAMA's works in the 1920s, aiming to draw attention to his seething creative energy. Over 700 works and reference materials have been gathered for this exhibition to recreate the "Universe of MURAYAMA Tomoyoshi," and have been organized as follows:

I. Prologue:1920
II. Berlin:1922
III. Seething:1923 - 31
IV. For the Sake of Children

Exhibition dates
Saturday, April 7 - Sunday, May 13, 2012
Closed on Mondays
   Exception: Open on April 30 (Mon./Holiday)

Regular hours
9:30AM–5:00PM (admission until 4:30PM)

Evening hours (every Friday)
9:30AM-8:00PM (admission until 7:30PM)

The National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto
Yomiuri Shimbun
Japan Association of Art Museums

Lion Corporation
Shimizu Corporation
Dai Nippon Printing Co., Ltd.
Sompo Japan Insurance Inc.

  Day of admission Advance Group (20 or more)
Adult 850 700 600
University students 450 350 250
High school students
and younger
Free Free Free

*Collection gallery is available with this ticket.
* Visitors with disability and one person accompanying them are
 admitted free of charge.(Please present certificate at the admission.)
*Advance tickets:
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 *Advance tickets are available for a limited period only. (2/13-4/6)


Related events
Lecture: "Phenomenon: Get All of Me Seething"
Date & Time: April 29 (Sun.), 2012 2:00-3:30PM
         (numbered tickets distributed 11:00AM-)
Place: 1F lecture hall
Fee: Free admission, maximum capacity 100
Lecturer: Tsutomu MIZUSAWA
        (Director, the Museum of Modern Art, Kamakura & Hayama)
in Japanese only

Lecture: "Being Avant-Garde Truly Made You Happy?
       ―in Case of Murayama Tomoyoshi"

Date & Time: May 3 (Thu./Holiday), 2012 2:00-3:30PM
         (numbered tickets distributed 11:00AM-)
Place: 1F lecture hall
Fee: Free admission, maximum capacity 100
Lecturer: Masato OZAKI (Chief Curator, Kyoto Municipal Museum of Art)
in Japanese only

Special Program for Children: "Tom and His World of Children's Books"
Create your own story based on numerous colorful illustrations drawn by TOM (MURAYAMA Tomoyoshi)
Date & Time: May 3 (Sat.), 2012 9:30AM-12:00PM
          May 12 (Sat.), 2012 9:30AM-12:00PM
Place: 1F Lecture hall
Participants: Elementary school students
Maximum capacity 10, reservation required
Navigators: Young-Ja PARK (Curatorial Assistant)
         Yuuki KAWAI (Curatorial Assistant)

Yanagi Miwa Theater Project
The Third Part of the Trilogy "1924 Machine Man"

Date & Time: April 13th (Fri.) - 15th (Sun.), 2012
Place: The National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto 1F Lobby
     for further information click here

Publicity materials
Flyer  PDF(550KB)


Other Museum
The Museum of Modern Art, Kamakura & Hayama 2012/2/11 (Sat.) – 3/25 (Sun.)
Takamatsu City Museum of Art   2012/5/25 (Fri.) – 7/1 (Sun.)
Setagaya Art Museum         2012/7/14 (Sat.) – 9/2 (Sun.)

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