Timeless Conversations 2020: Voices from Japanese Art of the Past and Present

The Circle

Sengai Gibon, The Circle, Edo Period (19th century), Fukuoka Art Museum (Ishimura Collection)


This exhibition unites works by contemporary artists working at the forefront of art, photography, design, and architecture with masterpieces of classic Japanese art. Along with pieces by legendary Edo Period figures such as Enku, Kenzan, Shohaku, Sengai, Hokusai, and outstanding examples of flower-and-bird paintings, swords and Buddhist statuary, the exhibition presents works by eight important contemporary Japanese artists: Rinko Kawauchi, Tomoko Konoike, Shiriagari Kotobuki, Kishio Suga, Koji Tanada, Tsuyoshi Tane, Akira Minagawa, and Tadanori Yokoo. This integrated approach promises to shed light on artistic and spiritual similarities and affinities concealed within creative work of the ancient and modern era.

Date March 11 (Wed.) – June 1 (Mon.), 2020
Closed on Tuesdays
Opening Hours 10:00-18:00
*10:00-20:00 on Fridays and Saturdays
(Last admission 30 minutes before closing)
Venue The National Art Center, Tokyo,
Special Exhibition Gallery 2E
7-22-2 Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo 106-8558
Organized by The National Art Center, Tokyo; Kokka-sha; The Asahi Shimbun; Agency for Cultural Affairs, Government of Japan; Japan Arts Council
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Composition of the exhibition

Flower-and-Bird Paintings × Rinko Kawauchi

Swords × Tomoko Konoike

Hokusai × Shiriagari Kotobuki

Sengai × Kishio Suga

Enku × Koji Tanada

Buddhist Statuary × Tsuyoshi Tane

Kenzan × Akira Minagawa

Shohaku × Tadanori Yokoo

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