The National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto The National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto The National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto


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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 is the world’s first comprehensive retrospective of Felice [Lizzi] Rix-Ueno (1893 – 1967), a designer active in Vienna and Kyoto.
Born in Vienna during the city’s golden era of culture, Rix-Ueno – known as Lizzi – graduated from the School of Applied Arts Vienna, and then went on to work for the Wiener Werkstätte (Vienna Workshops). She moved to live in Kyoto when she married Japanese architect Isaburo Ueno.
Before the Second World War Lizzi divided her time between Vienna and Kyoto, working on a wide variety of design projects including everyday items, and interior decoration like wallpaper and textiles. After the war she and her husband both taught at today’s Kyoto City University of Arts, and after retiring from the university the couple set up the International Design Institute where Lizzi made an immense contribution to nurturing future generations of designers, leaving an enduring legacy.
In addition to a large number of pieces from the collection of the National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto, this exhibition brings together around 370 works and materials by Lizzi and related artists from institutions in Japan and abroad, including the Austrian Museum of Applied Arts and Contemporary Art, Vienna, to present an overview of Lizzi's fascinating world of colourful and imaginative design.

* Before her marriage the artist’s full name was Felice Rix, nicknamed ‘Lizzi’. After her marriage she hyphenated her surnames German style, becoming Felice Ueno-Rix, and she often used her nickname, signing herself “Lizzi Ueno-Rix”. In the Romanised texts for this exhibition we use the English name order, Felice [Lizzi] Rix-Ueno, abbreviated to “Lizzi” in essays and longer passages.

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Past Exhibitions