Walls & Bridges ― Touching the World, Living the World
July 22 (Thu-holiday) – October 9 (Sat), 2021
Please note that there may be restrictions on admission to reduce crowd congestion.
Featuring five artists—Katsukichi Higashi (1908-2007), Tazuko Masuyama (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.
1. Five creators of highly varied background A look at art as “a means of living life,” through works by an extraordinary lineup of artists—Katsukichi Higashi (painting), Tazuko Masuyama (photography), Silvia Minio-Paluello Yasuda (sculpture, painting), Zbyněk Sekal (sculpture, material paintings), and Jonas Mekas (photography, film).
2. Numerous artworks in their first appearance Featuring—Katsukichi Higashi’s first exhibit in Tokyo, as well as some 400 original photographic prints made in Tazuko Masuyama’s lifetime and works by Sekal, mainly from private collections in Vienna and Praha, nearly all of which are visiting Japan for the first time.
3. A unique exhibit design approach, taking “memory” as its keyword An exhibition designed to evoke a mysterious affinity—the importance that each artist assigns to “memory.” Exhibits are designed to reflect the character of the artworks, such as with altar-shaped displays (Silvia Minio-Paluello Yasuda) and boxed displays (Tazuko Masuyama).
Jonas Mekas, Oona practices violin as her cat Sunshine watches, Soho, New York, 1977. (Paradise not yet lost). Private Collection
Katsukichi Higashi, Mt. Yufu Seen from Kawanishi, 1990s (?) Coll. Yufuin Artstock
Zbyněk Sekal, Spectre, 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
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 are admitted free
*Seniors 80 and older admitted free in honor of Katsukichi Higashi, who painted actively until age 83
*People of foreign nationality admitted free
*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
*On October 1 (Fri) everyone receives free admission.
*During special exhibitions, receive a ¥300 discount by showing your exhibition ticket stub
*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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