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Special Exhibition


Yasuki Kanayama, Still Life O [Still Life in front of a Mirror], 1956, The Museum of Modern Art, Toyama

KANAYAMA Yasuki in Paris

Japanese Painters in the 1950s

July 18 – September 6, 2015

At the beginning of the 1950s, not long after the end of World War II, a group of Japanese painters traveled to Paris, yearning for a breath of artistic life to escape from the devastation. In the foreign capital, home to a mixture of tradition and the avant-garde, the artists developed strong bonds with each other as they struggled to survive. Yasuki Kanayama(1926-1959), who enrolled in the law department at the Sorbonne, was a unique figure among the artists. Though he distinguished himself with limpid still-life paintings, Kanayama died abruptly at the age of 33. This exhibition examines his unique art along with the work of Japanese artists such as Tsuguharu Fujita(1986-1968), Gyoji Nomiyama(1920-), Toshimitsu Imai(1928-2002), and Hisao Domoto(1928-2013), who lived in Paris during the same period.


Yasuki Kanayama, Prayer before the Meal, 1950, The Museum of Modern Art, Toyama

Yasuki Kanayama, Still Life [Still Life with a Coffee Mill and a Clock], 1954, Private Collection

Shungo Sekiguchi, White-Walled House, 1954, Hyogo Prefectural Museum of Art

Yasse Tabuchi, Budding Cliff, 1957, Shimonoseki City Art Museum

Gyoji Nomiyama, The Setting Sun, 1959, Nerima Art Museum

Kumi Sugaï, ONI(Devil), 1958, Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo

Hisao Domoto, Painture 1961-9, 1961, Setagaya Art Museum

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