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2020.02.08 - 04.05

A Playful World of the Imagination : The Studio of Murai Masanari

Overview

The Western-style painter Murai Masanari (1905-1999) explored a unique form of abstract expression distinguished by its open-hearted and warm qualities. After coming into contact with the latest artistic trends in France, Murai helped form the Jiyu Bijutsuka Kyokai (Free Artists’ Association) and the Modern Art Association. In 1938, he built a studio in the Nakamachi neighborhood of Setagaya and continued his work there. Although Murai is best known as a pioneer of abstract painting, he was also an educator who stressed the importance of teaching art to children as well as the creator of numerous three-dimensional works. While revisiting Murai’s entire career, this exhibition sheds light on the artist’s overall creative philosophy and also examines his role as a teacher and his non-painted works.

Information

Dates:
Saturday, February 8 - Sunday, April 5, 2020
Hours:
10:00AM - 6:00PM (last entry:30 min.before closing time)
Closed:
Mondays except February 24, and Tuesday, February 25.
Place:
1st floor galleries
Organized by:
Setagaya Art Museum (Setagaya Arts Foundation)

Admission

Adults 1,000yen / Seniors(over 65) 800yen / University and high school students 800yen / Junior high and elementary school students 500yen
Group Discount
Adults 800yen / Seniors(over 65) 600yen / University and high school students 600yen / Junior high and elementary school students 300yen
*Discount applies to groups of 20 or more.
*Admission for visitors with disabilities is 500yen. Students with disabilities, and one attendant per visitor with disabilities are admitted free of charge.

Overview

The Western-style painter Murai Masanari (1905-1999) explored a unique form of abstract expression distinguished by its open-hearted and warm qualities. After coming into contact with the latest artistic trends in France, Murai helped form the Jiyu Bijutsuka Kyokai (Free Artists’ Association) and the Modern Art Association. In 1938, he built a studio in the Nakamachi neighborhood of Setagaya and continued his work there. Although Murai is best known as a pioneer of abstract painting, he was also an educator who stressed the importance of teaching art to children as well as the creator of numerous three-dimensional works. While revisiting Murai’s entire career, this exhibition sheds light on the artist’s overall creative philosophy and also examines his role as a teacher and his non-painted works.

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