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]