Chiba City Museum of Art
saya-do hall

Exhibition schedule

2018.4 - 2019.3 EXHIBITIONS

SP Exhibition

Abundant Flowers in Bloom:
Painting in 18th and 19th Century Japan

April 6 - May 20, 2018


Sugai Baikan
“Plum in the Night”,
Edo Period.19th century,
Sendai City Museum

Research in recent years has uncovered many fascinating works that add to the number of individual-style artists known from the three cities of Edo, Kyoto and Osaka. Under current reappraisal are also works by artists associated with the regions of Ibaraki, Tochigi, Nagoya, Tottori, etc., and along with prints produced in Kamigata (Kyoto and Osaka), here we present a general view of art that blossomed in all regions of the Japanese isles during the late Edo Period.

CCMA Collection

Exhibition from the Collection
“Chiba-Born, Father of Ukiyo-e: Hishikawa Moronobu and his Era”

April 6 - May 20, 2018


Hishikawa Moronobu
“Celestial Being Gathering Lotuses”,
1688-1704,
Chiba City Museum of Art

Born in Hota in Bôshû (modern-day Chiba), Hishikawa Moronobu (?-1694) is recognized as the founder of Ukiyo-e. We will exhibit works by Moronobu from the Chiba City Museum of Art collection: paintings, prints and printed books, as well as some works by other contemporary artists.

SP Exhibition

The Age of Okamoto Shinso

May 30 - July 8, 2018


Okamoto Shinsô
“Rouge”,
1918,
University Art Museum,
Kyoto City University of Arts

The first full-scale retrospective exhibition, to be held in the metropolitan area, of the work of Nihonga (Japanese-style) artist Okamoto Shinsô (1894-1933). A member of the Kyoto art circle during the Taisho and early Showa Eras (1910s-1930s), he specialized in distinctive female figures, but an unprolific output was coupled by a premature death at the age of 38. Few in number as they are, as many of his paintings as possible have been brought together here, and with drawings, rough sketches and documents, approximately 100 works introduce Okamoto's career to us. The exhibition will also include works by rival artists of the period such as Kainoshô Tadaoto, as well as by his mentor Kikuchi Keigetsu.

CCMA Collection

Exhibition from the Collection "Developments in Ukiyo-e after its 'Golden Age'"

May 30 - July 8, 2018


Kitagawa Utamaro
“A Beauty Enjoying the Cool”,
1794-95,
Chiba City Museum of Art

It is said that Kitagawa Utamaro (?-1806) produced the well-known artwork “Nôryô bijinzu” (Beauty Enjoying the Cool) for a wealthy farmer of Niigata. This will be among a selection of popular works of Ukiyo-e on display from the proudly-held Ukiyo-e collection of the Chiba City Museum of Art.


SP Exhibition

God of the Woodblock Print:
Hiratsuka Un'ichi

July 14 - September 9, 2018


Hiratsuka Un’ichi
“Byôdôin Pondside”,
1960,
held in trust at
Chiba City Museum of Art

Leading artist of sôsaku hanga, creative prints in modern-era Japan, Hiratsuka Un’ichi (1895-1997) mastered all areas of the art of carving and printing woodblocks, and also exhibited rare talent as teacher of the techniques, which gave him the name “god of the woodblock print”. His 80-year long career in print-making will be here to evaluate through as many as 300 of his works housed in the collection combined with items held in trust. After a break of 20 years, this major retrospective exhibition is once again on display, tracing the magic of the vivid multi-colored printing that began in the Taishô Era (1912-26), to the new developments made post-war in powerful black-and-white composition.

CCMA Collection

Exhibition from the Collection
"Journey"

July 14 - September 9, 2018


Utagawa Kuniyoshi
“Kasumigaseki,
from the series Famous View of Edo”,
Chiba City Museum of Art

A display from the collection, composed around the theme of “journey”. Children and adults alike: why not make a short journey this summer holiday to our exhibition room.

SP Exhibition

1968: Art in the Turbulent Age

September 19 - November 11, 2018


Shabaruto-sha
“Illustrated Post to Jail 3”,
1970,
Chiba City Museum of Art

Held as a turning point in 20th-century history, 1968 likewise marked a pivotal year in modern art. This retrospective exhibition held today in 2018 - exactly 50 years on - shows how the state of art stood then. Modern art broadened its range to include design, architecture, theater, dance, music, film and Manga, and also with video and photography, the diversity of art of this fiery age will be displayed.

SP Exhibition

Ishii Rinkyô − Leading Nihonga Artist from Chiba, 135 Years since his Birth

November 23, 2018- January 14, 2019


Ishii Rinkyô
“Dressed as a Girl”,
1906,
Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo

Ishii Rinkyô (1884-1930) was a Nihonga (Japanese-style) artist active through the Meiji and Taishô Periods. Born in Chiba, he became a pupil of Hashimoto Gahô in Tokyo, and stood out from others at a young age. Making great developments within the styles of history painting, painting of country life, Nanga (southern-style painting of Chinese origin) etc., his fervor continued to offer inspiration and ideas to art circles. “Kansetsu in the west, Rinkyô in the east”, it was said: so much did his talent and spirit make an impression upon fellow artists and the people of the Bôsô region. This exhibition reviews the full extent of his painting activity through new material and standpoints, examines the ideal world pursued by “Yajin (Rustic) Rinkyô” in his literati painting phase, and re-introduces the charm of his art to a wide audience.

CCMA Collection

Exhibition from the Collection
"Ishii Rinkyô and Artwork of his Time"

November 23, 2018- January 14, 2019


Hashimoto Kansetsu
“Castle on the Water in Twilight Rain”,
1919,
Chiba City Museum of Art

In connection with the Ishii Rinkyô Exhibition to be held at this time, we will display Edo-Period paintings familiar and inspirational to Rinkyô, paintings by his contemporaries and artwork relating to Chiba.


SP Exhibition

Biennial of Illustrations Bratislava XXVI: Traveling Exhibition in Japan

January 20- March 3, 2019


Arai Maki
“Dandelion”,
BIB2017

In the autumn of every odd year the Biennial of Illustrations Bratislava (BIB), a competition of children’s book illustration, is held in the Slovakian capital. This exhibition has on display the prize-winning works including the overall winner, alongside Japanese entries from the 26th BIB held in 2017. Countries take part in BIB after completing a national selection process. Here we highlight in a special display the particularly striking trends seen across some of the 49 participating countries in BIB2017.

CCMA Collection

Exhibition of New Acquisitions

January 20- March 3, 2019


Yoshida Hiroshi
“Glittering Sea,
The Inland Sea Series”,
1926,
Chiba City Museum of Art

We will introduce some of the works of art newly added to the Collection.

SP Exhibition

The 50th Chiba City Art Festival

March 9 - March 29, 2019

As part of the Civic Festival of Art, approximately 1000 pieces of art, by members of the Chiba City Art Association and successful candidates of a public selection, will be displayed under the seven sections: Japanese-style painting, Western-style painting, sculpture, craftwork, calligraphy, photography, graphic design.

CCMA Collection

Exhibition from the Collection
"Artists Associated with Bôsô"

March 9 - March 31, 2019


Fukazawa Yukio
“Young Voices”,
1966,
Chiba City Museum of Art

To coincide with the “50th Chiba Citizens’ Art Exhibition”, we will introduce artists who have made a mark on the art world in Chiba, including early members of the Chiba City Art Association.

“Special Collection: Remembering Fukazawa Yukio, Copperplate Print Artist”
We remember Fukazawa Yukio (1924-2017), leader in copperplate printing in post-war Japan, by following his accomplishments including some rare early-period works that have recently entered the Collection.




SP Exhibition

The American Woman who Loved Japan:
Mary Ainsworth's Ukiyo-e Collection in the Allen Memorial Art Museum, Oberlin College

April 13 - May 26, 2019

 

Mary Ainsworth, who visited Japan during the Meiji Period (1868-1912), was captivated by the beauty of Ukiyo-e, and made a collection of works chiefly by Katsushika Hokusai and Utagawa Hiroshige. That collection is now housed in the Allen Memorial Museum of Oberlin College - Ainsworth’s own alma mater - a college founded in 1833 that made no discrimination regarding gender and race. 200 pieces have been chosen from the over 1500 Ukiyo-e prints in the collection. This exhibition marks their first return home to Japan.