Museum of Modern Art Wakayama Opens Yoshihara Hideo: A Retrospective

. November 21, 2011 . 0 Comments

The Museum of Modern Art, Wakayama presents “Yoshihara Hideo: A Retrospective” on view 19 November, 2011 – 15 January, 2012, celebrating the 80th Anniversary of Yoshihara Hideo’s Birth.

Yoshihara Hideo, Play 1956, Oil on board

The exhibition is Yoshihara Hideo’s first retrospective exhibition after his death of 2007.

Yoshihara was born in Hiroshima in 1931. He was one of the artists who introduced lithograpy as a technique for contemporary art in postwar Japan, especially in Kansai district.

The Museum of Modern Art, Wakayama, has a rich collection of home-town Wakayama artists, such as Kigai Kawaguchi and Banka Nonagase.

In addition, the Museum especially features a collection and introduction of art prints. This is because many frontier artists who left important landmarks in the history of modern Japanese art print have links with Wakayama. Those printmakers include Yozo Hamaguchi (mezzotint), Kyokichi Tanaka (woodcut), Koshiro Onchi (woodcut), among others. The Museum is proud of its print collection as one of the best in Japan. It also has a couple of overseas art prints such as those of Pablo Picasso and Odilon Redon.

Other collections include those of Mark Rothko, Frank Stella, George Segal, and Japanese modern artists of the Kansai area (Western Japan).

More than 10,000 collections of the Museum include Japanese traditional paintings, oil paintings, sculptures and art prints of the Meiji Period (1868-1912) and until today. The museum display changes periodically, and various exhibitions and featured collections are organized in order to exhibit as many works as possible from its holdings for public viewing. Also there are special exhibitions from time to time.

In addition, the Museum hosts small-group gatherings, seminars with invited speakers, concerts, and workshops. –

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