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Exhibition “Encounter- Story begins”

About the Exhibition

The spread of the pandemic coronavirus has restricted our outings, making it impossible for us to meet others in person, and we have lost the opportunity to meet people. Recently, there have finally been signs of improvement and the city has begun to regain its liveliness.
It is against this backdrop that we are pleased to present an exhibition based on the theme of encounters. A work of art is formed by the people, various things, and ideas that the artist encounters. This exhibition will be centered on works from the museum collection, and will revolve around the stories that begin with the encounters the artists have had with each other.

We hope that this exhibition will be an opportunity for viewers to have wonderful “encounters” through works of various genres.
Please take your time and enjoy the exhibition.

Period: 2023.09.16 – 2024.03.31
Open Hours: 10:00~17:00 (Except for July to September until 18:00)
* Enter by 30 minutes before close
Closed Mondays
Ticket: General admission: ¥2000,
High school and university students: ¥1000,
Primary and secondary students: ¥500
Karuizawa New Art Museum official website: https://knam.jp/en/

“Encounter: Story begins” – Exhibition Highlights

We are interested in the background of the artworks.
The story behind the creation of each work of art.
And the stories they tell.

This exhibition presents 17 artists, under the theme of “Encounters”. Please note the following highlights.

(Room 1)
●Duchamp and Yuko Nasaka from the “Gutai Art Association: What is “Rotation” really like? Shuji Mukai’s Marilyn Monroe covered with symbols and the Bathroom!
Art that does not imitate others

Tsuyoshi Maekawa, Untitled, 2014

(Room 2)
●Toko Shinoda’s Encounter with New York /The Secret of Her Name
(Room 3)
●Mr. Hanada’s Landscapes and Family Portraits
(Room 4)
●Genius Meets Genius: Yayoi Kusama and Joseph Cornell
The Encounter of geniuses and the exchange of souls

Joseph Cornell, The Midnight Party (video), 1938

(Room 5)
●Art born of intercultural exchange: From Emile Gallé and Takashima Hokkai to the multi-ethnic group Fluxus
●Paul Delvaux’s friend, the writer Claude Spark, weaves a tale of love and death in “The Land of Mirrors” (The Last Beautiful Days): a man stuffs his partner because he loves her!

Paul Delvaux, The Land of Mirrors “The Last Beautiful Days” , 1978-79

(Room 6)
●Hikaru Kawai: Diversity? What is it that defines you?
Hikaru Kawai After the FLOOD2020

Period: 2023.09.16 – 2024.03.31
Open Hours: 10:00~17:00 (Except for July to September until 18:00)
* Enter by 30 minutes before close
Closed Mondays
Ticket: General admission: ¥2000,
High school and university students: ¥1000,
Primary and secondary students: ¥500
Karuizawa New Art Museum official website: https://knam.jp/en/

KARUIZAWA NEW ART MUSEUM

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The Karuizawa New Art Museum’s mission is focused on reframing Japanese artwork into a global conversation on artistic innovation. The museum works to spread knowledge domestically and internationally regarding superb Japanese art, in particular work made during Japan’s post-war period. In addition to celebrated Japanese artists, museum exhibitions include both historical and cutting-edge new art from around the world, rising to meet the expectations of an increasingly global audience. The museum is very active in acquiring innovative artwork for its collection, including for example the Gutai Art Collective, which has been the subject of great international acclaim in recent years.

Restaurant interior view

Museum shop

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Nakanishi Kazuharu

Editor, Writer / Graduated from the Faculty of Literature and Arts at Kinki University. After working for a publishing company, became a freelance writer.

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