Friday, May 23, 2014

THE DISASTERS OF WAR / Louvre-Lens, France / Chimei HAMADA / 2014.5.28 – 10.6

From 28 May, an exhibition “THE DISASTERS OF WAR” is held at Louvre-Lens, a well-known museum for its architecture by SANAA, a Japanese architects unit. Some copperplate prints by Chimei Hamada that were collected by MoMA for the past exhibition “TOKYO 1955 - 1970” from 2012 to 2013 are lent and exhibited in Louvre-Lens for this coming exhibition.


Louvre-Lens opened in December 2012 as an annex of Louvre Museum in Paris, and gets a great attention from all over the world. This museum is located in Lens, a small city north of France once flourished as a coal-mining town, and designed by SANAA, a unit of Japanese architects Kazuyo SEJIMA and Ryue NISHIZAWA. Designed by great architects, who are well known for awarding the Pritzker Architecture Prize [the Novel Prize of Architecture], its surroundings-fitting, beautiful and innovative architecture is getting massive attention. They are also famous for designing the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa in Japan, and a lot of other important architectures.

21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa

Having 12 sections for major wars from the beginning of the 19th century to our age, “THE DISASTERS OF WAR” shows how artists contributed to a growing disenchantment with war. Chimei HAMADA’s war-related copperplate prints are going to be exhibited.

Chimei Hamada "Elegy for a New Conscript: Under the Shadow of a Rifle Stand"

The permanent collection room in this museum exhibits mainly the works that are the possessions of Louvre in Paris but hadn’t had a chance to be exhibited for a long time. They extend to ancient Greek arts, Oriental arts and a lot of sculptures. “Liberty Leading the People” by Delacroix is exhibited as a main attraction, and you could enjoy the permanent collection for free until the end of this year. The special exhibition “THE DISASTERS OF WAR” is held until October, so please appreciate this interesting event and museum.

Address:Rue Paul Bert, 62300 Lens, France
Term:28 May - 6 October 2014 [closed on Tuesdays]
Hours Open:10:00 - 18:00 [last admission 17:15]
Admission Charges:EUR 9

Details → Exhibition Official Website

Monday, April 14, 2014

- KWAIDAN - The Open Mind of Lafcadio Hearn and Masaaki Noda / The 22nd Izukogen Art Festival

In the annual Izukogen Art Festival, at our Hiro Gallery Izukogen, we are proud to present an exhibition of Lafcadio Hearn and Masaaki Noda. Born in Greece, Lafcadio Hearn [1850-1904] lived in Japan and authored a lot of great stories from Japanese forklores. We are going to exhibit the precious materials and overseas movie posters for “KWAIDAN,” a movie made from his works, and sculptures by Masaaki Noda [1949- ], an artist who are mainly active in NY and have made works paying homage to Hearn. The movie is also shown in the venue.

Lafcadio Hearn, Masaaki Noda "Lafcadio Hearn, Odyssey of an Open Mind"

With precious materials from overseas, you could find out his international appreciation and high evaluation. And we also hope you could feel his influence to the contemporary artists from the sculptures by Masaaki Noda.

The 22nd Izukogen Art Festival
- KWAIDAN - The Open Mind of Lafcadio Hearn and Masaaki Noda

Address: Yawatano 1081, Ito City, Shizuoka, 413-0232, Japan Map ※8-minute walk from Izukogen Station
TEL: +81-557-54-4581
Term: May 1 [Thu.] - May 31, 2014 ※Closed on Wednesday
Hours Open: 11:00 - 17:00

Supported by Lafcadio Hearn Memorial Museum [Matsue, Shimane]

Monday, April 1, 2013

Miyazaki Prefectural Art Museum / Collection Exhibition Cecco Bonanotte “Sequence”

The collection exhibition is going to be held at the Miyazaki Prefectural Art Museum from April. “Sequence,” a representative work by Cecco Bonanotte, will be displayed at one of the exhibition rooms.

Sequence / 2000 - 01 / 20 modules, 51×37cm each

7 tanka were written by Machi Tawara for this work in 2001, and a catalogue for this collaboration was also produced.

Bonanotte’s work will be exhibited until June 22. Please enjoy the exhibition.

Miyazaki Prefectural Art Museum

Friday, March 15, 2013

Ballots for Conclave(Election for New Pontiff) / Cecco Bonanotte

Conclave, the election for New Pontiff, was held at Sistine Chapel in Vatican City from March 12, 2012. The pontiff is the Chief of Catholic, which has 1 billion and 2 hundred million believers, and this election got great attention from all over the world.

An Italian Sculptor Cecco Bonanotte made urns(ballot boxes)for the ex-Conclave held in 2005, and these urns were also used for the election this time.

Urns to cast ballots for Conclave

Movie introducing the Urns

After the announcement for resigning by Benedict XVI, who became the first pope in 600 years to resign from the role before his death, the Papal Conclave was taken place. On the second day of Conclave, at the 5th election, Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio from Argentina was elected. The papal name is Francesco, named after Francis of Assisi.

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Winter Vacation 2012-2013

We are going to be closed during the period below.

December 29 [sat.] - January 6 [sun.]

We will be open from January 7.

Cecco Bonanotte was awarded The 24th Praemium Imperiale in the sculpture field this year. The awards ceremony was held at Meiji Kinenkan, Tokyo in October. The commemorative catalogue is now on sale from Kyuryudo Art-Publishing Co., Ltd. We would like to express our deepest gratitude to everyone who have supported the artist and us for decades. Thank you very much.

Cecco Bonanotte: Second from right

Article of Praemium Inperiale

And some copperplate prints by Chimei Hamada is being exhibited at an exhibition, “Tokyo 1955-1970: A New Avant-Garde” of the Museum of Modern Art in New York. This exhibition is held from this November to February 25, 2013. When you have chance to visit, please enjoy the exhibition.

Chimei Hamada / Elegy for a New Conscript: Landscape

Article of the exhibition of MoMA

Thank you again for your kind support during this year.
We wish you have a wonderful Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Summer Vacation 2012

We wish you will have a wonderful summer vacation!

Yasuhiko Kida “Konjiki-do [golden hall]”
48.0cm×31.0cm / woodcut / 1988

We are going to be closed from August 11 [Sat] to 19 [Sun] for summer vacation this year. During the vacation, we are going to stay in Izukogen. Near the sea, it is a popular and beautiful spot.

HIRO GALLERY IZUKOGEN is holding “Yasuhiko Kida representative woodcut prints exhibition,” commemorating a one-man show in IKEDA MUSEUM of 20th CENTURY ART. We are open everyday during this vacation, so please contact us when you visit near there.

[HIRO GALLERY IZUKOGEN / TEL: +81-557-54-4581]
Address: 1081 Yawatano Ito City Shizuoka, 413-0232 Japan [Link to Google Map]

Kimihiro Fujii
Kazuhiro Fujii

Detail of Exhibition

Monday, June 25, 2012

Yasuhiko Kida representative woodcut prints exhibition / HIRO GALLERY IZUKOGEN

Ikeda 20 seiki bijutsukan(IKEDA MUSEUM of 20th CENTURY ART)in Ito City Shizuoka, is holding an exhibition, “KIDA YASUHIKO – INORINOMICHI -(KIDA YASUHIKO – Way of Prayer - ).” Commemorating this exhibition, also located in Ito City Shizuoka, HIRO GALLERY IZUKOGEN is holding “Yasuhiko Kida representative woodcut prints exhibition.”

Ikeda 20th century museum

Yasuhiko Kida has potently depicted famous sceneries and temples in archetypal image of Japan. He has made his works in various techniques such as glass painting, board painting, ink painting and so on. The woodcut prints are especially evaluated among them, and British Museum has collected his woodcut prints as a permanent collection. Also, His works are widely known for the package illustrations of a well-known bath agent series, “Tabinoyado.”

Sanjusangen-do [thirty-three ken (length) hall] / 15.5cm×88.5cm / woodcut / 1978

HIRO GALLERY IZUKOGEN held “Yasuhiko Kida Woodcut prints Exhibition” featuring spa towns throughout Japan in May 2010. In this exhibition, related to “Way of Prayer,” we are displaying the representative woodcut prints that are difficult to acquire currently, including the very precious Sanjusangen-do [thirty-three ken (length) hall].

※ Open only on Saturdays, Sundays and Holidays. Open every day during summer vacation(8/11-19)

Address: Yawatano 1081, Ito City, Shizuoka, 413-0232, Japan Map ※8-minute walk from Izukogen Station
TEL: +81-557-54-4581
Term: July 1 [Sun.] – Oct. 8 [Mon./Holiday]
   ※ Open only on Saturdays, Sundays and Holidays. Open every day during summer vacation(8/11-19)
Hours Open: 11:00 - 17:00