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Exhibition Guide for 2019

The contents of the Exhibition are to be replaced four times a year. Those for 2019 are as follows:

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Spring Exhibition
Bear, Soak and Resonate; Munakata’s Words
March 19(Tue) 〜 June 16(Sun)

Many of Munakata’s artworks are with words written in. They are his own poems and words deeply impressed by other poets such as Kenji Miyazawa and Shinpei Kusano. Munakata learned much and developed his own world through the socialization with thinker Muneyoshi Yanagi and many men of letters, though with only the grade school education. His favorite Zen words and Chinese poems often appear to strengthen his works, so please enjoy the world of myriads of Munakata’s favorite words engraved.

Summer Exhibition
Sacred falcons---Breathing life
June 18(Tue) 〜 September 23(Mon)

In the Munakata artworks, falcons, owls, carp, water-imps and even dragons are drawn with other living things. They are all vivid with life, though some of them are simplified in design but others are drawn, ready to jump out of his works. Among falcons, in particular, Munakata tends to feel and find divinity, so he prefer drawing his own “sacred falcons” and in fact he drew them even while staying in the States. In this exhibit, lively, breathing aspects of life is displayed through Munakata’s brushes.

Autumn Exhibition
Munakata Shiko and his wife “Chiya”
September 25(Wed) 〜 December 8(Sun)

On April 9, 5th of the Showa Imperial reign, Munakata took his marriage vow with Chiya Akagi at the Utoh shrine. Since their early days of marriage, Chiya sincerely devoted herself to support Munakata until their late years of his recipience of the Order of Cultural Merit, including from daily chores to his artist’s activities, so as for him to do his best. In fact, Chiya’s devotion is expressed in Munakata’s artworks through his heartfelt appreciation to her. In this exhibit are introduced their closely-knitted connubial bondage and the orbit of Munakata’s artist life.

Winter Exhibition
Godlike, Prehistoric-Ancstoral Existents
December 10(Tue) 〜 March 8(Sun), 2020

In relation to the name of the “Kadomai-Sho” Print-work in 1941, Munakata refers to ‘those as the very first existents in Japan, who just appeared in front of the gate, not inside of it, like “Yamato-Takeru-no Mikoto” warrior’ and started to change his themes from Buddhist texts to “Japanese gods” in the domestic mythology. He, who is strongly attracted to the mythical world, often takes as his art themes the “Kojiki” Japanese chronicle. In winter exhibit, the worlds of various themes are introduced such as the overseas gods and goddesses as well as the existents derived from various domestic myths.

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