Upcomming / Current Exhibition

Upcomming / Current Exhibition

A Face is A Universe

July 14(Wed.)2021-November 14(Sun.)2021

A face is a universe.
A face is self, it is other, it is all.
The eyes are placed in the exact center. They are holes, one with the universe, allowing us to interact with it.
Every possible layer of beauty in the world possesses various faces and also eyes.
Round eyes, sharp eyes, sunken eyes…all types of eye glare, challenge, and confirm absolutes in each other.
The universe of a single face contains countless other faces, all with gleaming eyes.
They possess an indescribable feeling of reality .

Now is Everything! A Challenge from Calligrapher Koji Kakinuma part II

November 18(thu.)2021-March 13(sun.)2022

The special exhibition, “Garbled Characters ― A Challenge from Calligrapher Koji Kakinuma,” was held in 2010. In this exhibition, Koji Kakinuma presented an open studio featuring what he describes as the ‘trance work’ technique, repeatedly writing the two Japanese characters, “ま” and “え,” to fill a whole wall in a performance the like of which has never been seen before.
The following year, 2011, as part of the celebrations to mark the centenary of Taro Okamoto’s birth, Kakinuma carried out a project using calligraphy to turn Taro’s words into art. This resulted in the publication of the book, “Trance-mission.”
Ten years have passed since then but once again, the stage has been set at the Taro Okamoto Memorial Museum for Koji Kakinuma to create to a unique form of expression.

Past Exhibition

Taro Okamoto’s ‘Eyes’

Exhibition Period: July 2 - September 28 , 2014

‘The Face is the universe.Eyes are the holes through which existence and the universe unite.’
Taro Okamoto did not paint still lifes or Mt. Fuji.
What he depicted was ‘life’ itself.


‘The Cradle of Creativity―Taro Okamoto’s Studio’

Exhibition Period: March 15 - June 30, 2014

In 1954 Taro Okamoto finally realized his wish to open a studio on the site of the family home in Minami Aoyama where he had passed his childhood with his parents.
His objective was to create a base for a new art movement and so he named it the ‘Gendai Geijutsu Kenkyujo’ (Institute of Esthetic Research).
He tried to transmit the ‘spirit of 20th century art’ that he had experienced in Paris to Japan.


‘Kayo (Flower Sprites) ― Taro Okamoto’s Literary Illustrations’

Exhibition Period: July 31, 2013 - December 27, 2013

When people hear the name Taro Okamoto, they tend to think of his large-scale works, such as the Tower of the Sun or Myth of Tomorrow, but in actual fact, he also produced numerous cover designs and illustrations for novels. This was particularly true of the years immediately following the Second World War when his work was used in a wide range of media, including books, newspapers and magazines.


『P A V I L I O N』

Exhibition Period: March 30, 2013 - July 28, 2013

We have never seen Taro or Toshiko,
In order to travel between these facts
We continue back and forth between
The house of memories and the scent of life
And the cemetery
Where death is buried like rubbish and put to rest.


‘Excavating Taro’

Exhibition Period : October 31, 2012 - March 24, 2013

There are many paintings by Taro Okamoto that have long been lost. Photographs of them exist, but not the works. Records exist of them being entered into exhibitions, but not the actual works. They appear to have disappeared without a trace, as if spirited away.


‘Taro Okamoto―Playing with Textiles’

Exhibition Period: June 27, 2012 - October 28, 2012

In 1951 Taro coated one hand in bright red paint then pressed it on the left breast of a beautiful fashion model. In this way, a white evening dress became decorated with successive handprints, one after the other. The dress was transformed from a practical object into art. It was the moment when Okamoto art met design.


‘Fifty Years of Taro Okamoto’

Exhibition Period: February 29, 2012 - June 24, 2012

Returning from prisoner-of-war camp in China in June 1946, Taro Okamoto set up a studio in the Kaminoge district of Tokyo in November of the same year and prepared to resume his career. For the next fifty years, until his death in 1996, he never paused in his creative activities.


‘Kenji Yanobe: Sun Child―Taro’s Child’

Exhibition Period: October 28, 2011 - February 26, 2012

For this, the final exhibition at the Taro Okamoto Memorial Museum to celebrate Taro’s 100th birthday, we have invited the artist, Kenji Yanobe, a leader of the Japanese contemporary art scene, to participate.


‘Another Taro’

Exhibition Period: June 29, 2011 - October 23, 2011

The general image of Taro Okamoto’s work can be summed up as being: highly abstract forms with intense coloring employing primary colors. No nudes and no still-lifes. Most people believe that Taro Okamoto did not produce any realistic paintings.

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