Ueno Artist Project 2021: "Everyday Life I am Reborn"

November 17 (Wed), 2021 – January 6 (Thu), 2022

The “Ueno Artist Project” is an exhibition series launched in 2017 by the Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum in an aim to inherit and build on its history as “the home of the Public Entry Exhibition (“Koboten”). The exhibition showcases a selection of artists who are active in art groups, under a fixed theme each time.
The fifth installment of the Ueno Artist Project concerns the theme “Everyday Life”, and features six female artists spanning from the prewar period to the present.
From scenes and things encountered within everyday life to the recollections and memories tied to them, artists have produced a rich variety of expressions through turning their gaze to observe and study their surroundings. Presented on this occasion are three deceased artists who were active in pre-war and post-war art groups and had reflected upon themselves and society through engaging with personal matters. Also introduced are three currently active artists who seemingly pick up and hold onto fragments of “life” that are embedded within their surroundings, and further attempt to regenerate them within the context of their artistic practice. Both the works and way of life of these artists no doubt create an opportunity for us to reconsider what it means to “live the everyday.”

KATSURA Yuki (NIKA Association, Women Artists Association)
KAWAMURA Sayaka (Japan Print Association)
KIDA Yoko (Nitten, Contemporary Arts and Crafts Association)
TOKIWA Toyoko(Japan Professional Photographers Society etc.)
MARUKI Suma (Women Artists Association, Nihonbijutsuin)

  1. 1. Female Artists Active in Art Groups
    The exhibition reflects upon the activities of female artists in prewar and postwar art groups by bringing focus to the works of three deceased artists: KATSURA Yuki, who participated in the Nika-ten before World War II, and formed affiliations with the Women Artists Association in the postwar period; TOKIWA Toyoko who, continued to photograph Yokohama and later became a leading figure in the professional photographer’s society that was established there; and MARUKI Suma, who began pursuing her artistic practice from the 1950s over the age of 75, and presented work in the Women Artists Association Exhibition as well as the Inten Exhibition. Works such as Katsura Yuki’s Afternoon with Blooming Sunflowers and Maruki Suma’s Kanzashi, which were previously presented in the Nika-ten and Inten Exhibition, return to the Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum to be exhibited once again on this occasion.
  2. 2. Inaugural Museum Showcasing of Selected Works
    This marks the first opportunity to introduce a comprehensive selection of both new and never before exhibited works by three practicing artists, including the woodblock prints of KAWAMURA Sayaka who is currently active in art groups, the Tsugaru Kogin-zashi (a technique of traditional Japanese decorative stitching) works of KIDA Yoko, and the glassworks of KOSOGAWA Runa.
  3. 3. The Pursuit of Expressions Through Various Materials and Techniques
    This exhibition features a wide variety of works made using different materials and techniques such as Tsugaru Kogin-zashi, collage, photography, glass, woodblock print, crayon, watercolor, ink, etc. We invite viewers to bring attention to the artists’ thoughts surrounding materials and techniques, as well as the way in which they utilize their characteristics in pursuing a distinct manner of expression.


Major works

Major works
  • KATSURA Yuki, Gombe and Crows, 1966, The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo

  • KAWAMURA Sayaka, mundanedays , 2017, Collection of Artist

  • KIDA Yoko, Homeland: Dancing to the Memories, 2018, Collection of Artist

  • KOSOGAWA Runa, Spin the Thread of Life, 2019, Collection of Artist

  • TOKIWA Toyoko, Hostess, 1956, Museum of Yokohama Urban History

  • MARUKI Suma, Kanzashi, 1955, Maruki Gallery For The Hiroshima Panels


Introductory videos

Introductory videos




Gallery Tour




November 17 (Wed), 2021 – January 6 (Thu), 2022
Gallery A, C
December 6, 20 – January 3, 2022
9:30 – 17:30 (Last admission 17:00)

Tickets at the door |
General ¥500 / Seniors 65+ ¥300

  • ※Admission free for visitors College students and High school students or younger
  • ※Admission free for visitors (and one accompanying person) with a Physical Disability Certificate, Intellectual Disability Certificate, Rehabilitation Certificate, Mental Disability Certificate or Atomic Bomb Survivor’s Certificate
  • ※In each case, please show identification
Organized by
Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum operated by Tokyo Metropolitan Foundation for History and Culture


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