Thematic Exhibitions

Walls & Bridges ― Touching the World, Living the World

July 18 (Sat) – October 9 (Fri), 2020
July 22 (Thu-holiday) – October 9 (Sat), 2021

This exhibition has been rescheduled to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus.

Featuring five artists—HIGASHI Katsukichi (1908-2007), MASUYAMA Tazuko (1917-2006), Silvia Minio-Paluello YASUDA (1934-2000), Zbyněk SEKAL (1923-1998), and Jonas Mekas (1922-2019). All were creators who, by the very passion they put into expression, transformed the barriers surrounding them into a “bridge” to new possibilities. For them, expression through art was a necessary action for living better and the energy source indispensable to their lives.
The five artists’ works—an ensemble of paintings, sculptures, photographs, and films—arise from entirely different backgrounds, yet share an unusual affinity: the importance each assigns to “memory.” In our encounter with five creators who never met, we will feel moved to imaginatively enter each creator’s unexpected world. From this chain of experiences, we will derive a deep sense of the beauty and strength of art created as a means of living.

Major works

Major works

  • Jonas Mekas, Oona practices violin as her cat Sunshine watches, Soho, New York, 1977. (Paradise not yet lost).
    Private Collection

  • HIGASHI Katsukichi, Mt. Yufu Seen from Kawanishi, 1990s (?)
    Coll. Yufuin Artstock

  • Zbyněk Sekal, Ghost, 1987
    Private Collection
    photo: Oto Palán

  • Silvia Minio-Paluello Yasuda, St. Catharine of Siena and Relief of Her Life, 1980-84, Coll. St. Catharine University, Matsuyama, Ehime
    photo: SAITO Sadamu




July 18 (Sat) – October 9 (Fri), 2020
July 22 (Thu-holiday) – October 9 (Sat), 2021
Gallery A, B, C
Mondays, September 21 (Open the Mondays of July 26, August 2, 9, 30, September 20)
9:30 – 17:30 (Last admission 17:00)

Tickets at the door |
General ¥800 / Seniors 65+ ¥500

  • *Students and younger as well as seniors 80 and older admitted free (with identification)
  • *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


  • *Students are admitted free
  • *Seniors 80 and older admitted free in honor of HIGASHI Katsukichi, who painted actively until age 83
  • *People of foreign nationality admitted free
    ※In each case, please show identification
  • *During special exhibitions, receive a \300 discount by showing your exhibition ticket stub
  • *Seniors 80 and older admitted free in honor of HIGASHI Katsukichi, who painted actively until age 83
  • *Elem/JH/HS students (and their equivalent) and their teachers admitted free when visiting the museum as a school education activity (prior application necessary)
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