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Exhibitions

The Beauty of Jades—Stone Artwork to Capture People’s Heart

Jade bi disc with grain pattern, Western Han Dynasty of China

40th Anniversary Exhibition
Special Exhibition

The Beauty of Jades—Stone Artwork to Capture People’s Heart

September 18 (Sun.), 2022 – November 13 (Sun.)

This is a special exhibition to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the museum, which is known to house one of the most extensive collections of Chinese jades in existence. Hardstone carving using precious stones, such as jadeite, is an important genre of art in China, and although not as well known to Japan as the paintings and ceramics outside of the country, it is regarded very highly in China. This exhibition will highlight a number of jades from ancient and modern China, including ornaments, ritual implements and tableware, made using meticulous polishing and carving techniques to accentuate the stone’s natural tone, texture and beauty. It also features Japanese stone artworks from the ancient tumulus period, on loan from the collections of other Japanese museums, to offer visitors an opportunity to enjoy the beauty of stone artwork from both countries.

Jade necklace, Neolithic of China
Jade gui with oblique-line pattern, Shang Dynasty of China
Jade bi disc with grain pattern, Western Han Dynasty of China
Eggplant-shaped agate snuff bottle, Qing Dynasty of China

Dialogue—Power of Shapes—From the Collection of Otani Memorial Art Museum, Nishinomiya City

Children Time, Taro Okamoto (1975)

40th Anniversary Partner Museum Exhibition
Special Project

Dialogue—Power of Shapes—From the Collection of Otani Memorial Art Museum, Nishinomiya City

September 18 (Sun.), 2022 – November 13 (Sun.)

This exhibition will be held as an exchange project between Otani Memorial Art Museum, Nishinomiya City, celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2022, and our museum, celebrating its own 40th anniversary this year. The aim of this collaboration is to allow each institution to reflect on the other’s history by showcasing some of their collection in their own museum. In our museum, we will endeavor, for the first time, to exhibit mainly modern art pieces. These artworks, mostly by artists related to the Kansai region, have been collected throughout the history of the Otani Memorial Art Museum, Nishinomiya City.
The exhibition will attempt to showcase a wide variety of compositions that feature different colors and shapes, and some truly dynamic and unique styles, such as three-dimensional images and unusual materials. We hope this will be an opportunity to create a broader dialogue, first among the pieces themselves, the artists and viewers, and then with those outside the museum.

Children Time, Taro Okamoto (1975)
Work, Kazuo Shiraga (1963)
Work 66 Life, Takesada Matsutani (1966)
Red Q 001, Sadamasa Motonaga (1974)
Stewartia Pseudocamellia, Yasuyoshi Sugiura (2006)

Calendar

Opening Hours 10:00 am-5:00 pm (Last admission: 4:30 pm)

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