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Pipilotti Rist: Your Eye Is My Island

2021.04.06 tue. - 06.20 sun.

This retrospective focuses on Pipilotti Rist (b. 1962), an internationally active contemporary artist based in Switzerland. Rist’s video installations, consisting of comforting, sensorially stimulating music, and humorous snatches of images depicting a realm of vivid color, have charmed viewers of all ages throughout the world.
The exhibition is made of some 40 works, dealing with themes such as the body, women, nature, and ecology. Functioning as a complete overview of Rist’s approximately 30-year career, the retrospective encompasses everything from the artist’s early short videos focusing on the female body and identity; a major work that was presented at the Venice Biennale; a recent large-scale video installation, which gently extols a symbiosis between nature and humans using state-of-the-art video techniques; a new work that incorporates pieces from the museum collection; and an outdoor work fashioned out of recycled materials. With playful and immersive video experiences, which enable the viewer to relax on a bed and sit around a dining table, the exhibition restructures the relationship between the viewer and the museum in the era of the coronavirus, while also gradually unraveling pressing themes in contemporary society by means of the viewer’s body.

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A Chronicle of Modern Crafts: Works from the National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto Collection

2021.07.09 fri. - 08.22 sun.

Crafts are one of the pillars of our activities at the National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto, a facility that opened in 1963. This emphasis has helped form one of Japan’s premiere collections of crafts. Moreover, we have on occasion presented exhibitions such as the International Exhibition of Contemporary Ceramic Art, Contemporary Ceramic Art: Canada, U.S.A., Mexico and Japan, Fiber Works: Europe and Japan, and Contemporary Glass: Europe and Japan, which introduced and compared crafts from other countries with Japanese works, and exerted a strong influence on the Japanese art and crafts scene. In this exhibition, we take a look back at some of these events from the past based on works from the museum collection while retracing the development of modern crafts.

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Japanese Landscapes Discovered: Views from and for the Outside World

2021.09.07 tue. - 10.31 sun.

From the end of the Edo Period (1603-1868) to the Meiji Period (1868-1912), many foreign painters visited Japan depicted the country’s beautiful landscapes and unfamiliar customs, and presented their works to their respective hometowns. Influenced by this, some Japanese artists began studying these painting techniques and made works that depicted local landscapes and customs, which they sold to foreign visitors as souvenirs. Others raised money by selling such works while they were studying abroad. These oil and watercolor paintings, depicting Japan during the Meiji era, have long been beloved abroad. This exhibition showcases a private collection of Meiji paintings, which were assembled abroad and brought back to Japan. These works, the majority of which have never been shown publicly, portray both the Japan that foreign visitors saw and the Japan that Japanese people wanted to show them. The pictures promise to shed new light on contemporary Japan.

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Felice [Lizzi] Rix-Ueno: Design Fantasy Originating in Vienna

2021.11.16 tue. - 01.16 sun.

This exhibition marks the first retrospective of work by Felice “Lizzi” Rix-Ueno (1893-1967), a designer who was based in Vienna and Kyoto. Born in Vienna during a period of flourishing artistic activity, Lizzi was active in the Vienna Workshop (Wiener Werkstätte). She later moved to Kyoto after marrying the Japanese architect Ueno Isaburo. While dividing her time between the two cities before World War II, Lizzi created a wide range of designs including everyday items such as wallpaper and textiles, and interior decorations. After the war, the couple taught at Kyoto City University of Arts before establishing the International Design Institute in Kyoto, dedicating themselves to the cultivation of young artists. In addition to works from the museum collection, this exhibition presents an overview of Lizzi’s charmingly colorful world of design based on the artist’s own works and those of related artists drawn from both Japanese and foreign collections.

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