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Exhibition Guide for 2016

The contents of the Exhibition are to be replaced four times a year. Those for 2018 are as follows:

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Spring Exhibition
Boundless World of the Buddha
March 20(Tue) 〜 June 17(Sun)

Many works of Munakata’s are closely related to the Buddha and Gods and Goddesses as well. They do not belong to only specified sutras such as “Kan-non-Kyo”, “Han-nya-Shin-Gyo” and “Kegon-Kyo, the Advatamuska Sutra.” Munakata’s pesonal definition is “A genuin Buddhist image is easily born if only I put a star-mark on the forehead of a naked woman.” His spacious print-world is the Buddha’s. In spring segment is litorally displayed Munakata’s “Boundless World of the Buddha.”

Summer Exhibition
An Arrowhead’s Wind---Born from the earth of hometown, then burried back to there
June 19(Tue) 〜 September 17(Mon)

Munakata was born in Aomori in 1903, went up to Tokyo in 1924 and evacuated to Toyama prefecture during the Pacific War. After the war he returned to Tokyo, built home and ended his 72 years of life there. Never did he live in Aomori after going up to Tokyo but his heart always stayed in Aomori as he yearned for his homeland in poem “Aomori is my dear land/Gently blows the wind over the arrow-heads/In waterfull paddie-field.” He now sleeps with Chiya, his wife, in the earth of Aomori. In summer exhibition Munakata’s works are displayed together with his lingering wish for his homeland.

Autumn Exhibition
“Hanakari-sho”(Flower Hunting)---Hunt flowers with Heart
September 19(Wed) 〜 December 16(Sun)

Munakata was first aware of beauty in arrowhead flower and his starting point as a paintist was triggered by the beauty of sunflowers painted by Gogh. In his late years he painted lots of sunflowers. He frequently says “I draw or paint flowers well as in print, drawings and paintings as well, because I like them.” In his variety of his artworks, flowers and scenery in nature Munakata was captured in adds colors even in india-ink expressions. His various world of expressions are introduced in all seasons in the autumn exhibit.

Winter Exhibition
“Yorokobi-no-Uta, Munakata’s Paean”
December 18(Tue) 〜 March 17(Sun), 2019

Among Munakata’s prints are named “In Praise of Destiny” and “In Praise of Exultation.” These are produced in the images of Bethoven’s tunes, and Munakata describes “My understanding is that the relation beteen music and art is inseparable world” and he is actually uttering songs while producing fine works in themes of “Tsugaru” folksongs and in motives of playing instruments. In winter exhibit are displayed Munakata’s resonated works with music.

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