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Nakanoshima Museum of Art, Osaka Opening Exhibition

Hello! Super Collection—99 Untold Stories

2022-02-02 – 2022-03-21

Summary

Close to forty years after the announcement of the concept for a new museum in 1983, the Nakanoshima Museum of Art, Osaka has finally become a reality. Its inaugural exhibition showcases around 400 major works selected from the collection of over 6000 pieces already acquired. The exhibition comprises three chapters that introduce the features of the museum's acquisitions policy, providing an opportunity to explore and appreciate an inaugural collection of a quality unsurpassed in Japan.

To make the collection more familiar, the exhibition associates stories with ninety-nine of the works. The number ninety-nine implies that one more step is required, encouraging visitors to provide their own story as the hundredth story to complete the exhibition. We hope that your encounter with the museum through this exhibition will lead to a long and enjoyable relationship with our collection.

Information about the Exhibition

DatesFeb 2–Mar 21, 2022
Closed on Mondays (except March 21)
Opening hours10:00–17:00 (last entry 16:30)
OrganizerNakanoshima Museum of Art, Osaka
NHK Osaka Station
NHK Enterprises, INC. Kinki Branch Office
The Yomiuri Shimbun
VenueNakanoshima Museum of Art, Osaka 4F,5F Gallery
SponsorshipNISSHA
Admission feeAdvance reservations (date/time) have priority admission
Adults: 1,500 yen
University/High school students: 1,100 yen
* The museum may close without notice in the event of disasters or other circumstances beyond our control.
* Prices include tax.
* A limited number of same-day tickets (no reservation) are available from the museum's reception counter and ticket machines.
* Reservations for specific dates and times are available up to the day before admission.
* Junior high school students and younger children are admitted free of charge
* Persons holding an official Disability Certificate are admitted for half the price of a same-day ticket (including one attendant).
* Certification of eligibility for special rates must be presented before admission for all except regular adult rates.
* For this exhibition, regular adult rates apply to Osaka residents aged 65 or older.
* Tickets can be purchased from the Museum's ticket site. (Date/time reservations can be changed once.)
* Tickets can also be purchased from e+. (Date/time reservations cannot be changed.)
* Tickets are also available from convenience stores (Only FamilyMart stores, using a FamilyPort terminal)
* Special tickets (sets including tickets and merchandise) are also available.

Highlights

The starting point for a super collection—the suite of works assembled by extraordinary collector Yamamoto HatsujiroThe donation in 1983 of Yamamoto Hatsujiro’s personal collection included the Buddhist calligraphy, paintings by Saeki Yuzo and Hara Katsushiro, and Indonesian textiles exhibited here. Yamamoto was an Osaka entrepreneur with highly distinctive tastes that informed the rigorous selection of works for his unique collection. He prized characteristics such as intense individuality and tasteful lines like those found in calligraphic works and Saeki's oil paintings. The presentation of so many works from his collection together is a rare opportunity to experience art through the lens of his inimitable aesthetic sense.

2. Stars—from Modigliani to BasquiatExhibits include works of Western art that are internationally acclaimed and in frequent demand for loans from the collection to major art museums worldwide, such as the Museum of Modern Art in New York and the Pompidou Centre in Paris. Now back in Osaka, these masterpieces provide a feast of twentieth century art, including examples of Fauvism, Surrealism, Futurism, Abstract Impressionism, and Minimalism.

3. Graphic poster and furniture collectionsThe exhibition incorporates a selection of exhibits from the Suntory Poster Collection on deposit at the museum. There are also late nineteenth century drawings, graphic posters by Mucha and others, and rare furniture that Osaka City began to collect in 1992. That early start was key to being able to acquire a large number of must-see items such as original Alvar Aalto furniture and Kuramata Shiro's Miss Blanche.

99 Untold Stories

Each of the works on display has a history of encounters and stories associated with the period before it was acquired for the collection and with subsequent exhibitions. To make the collection more familiar, we tell ninety-nine of those stories, and invite visitors to contribute their own story, the hundredth story, to complete the exhibition. We hope that this exhibition will be remembered by each visitor as the beginning of a long and enjoyable relationship with the Nakanoshima Museum of Art, Osaka collection.

Chapters

Chapter 1: Hello! Super Collectors

The history of the collection held by the Nakanoshima Museum of Art, Osaka started in 1983. This chapter commences by introducing Yamamoto Hatsujiro’s collection, which prompted the creation of a concept for the art museum, as well as the Tanaka Tokumatsu Collection and the Takahata Art Collection, which were donated early in that history. Earnest efforts at collecting that reflected the museum’s collection policy began once the museum’s Planning Office was established in 1990. The second half of this chapter presents works by artists such as Koide Narashige, Kitano Tsunetomi, Maeda Toshiro, and Yoshihara Jiro, acquired as modern and contemporary artworks related to Osaka, one of the features of the collection.

Main artists
Saeki Yuzo, Hakuin Ekaku, Marie Laurencin, Kisling, Oguiss Takanori, Uemura Shoen, Akamatsu Rinsaku, Koide Narashige, Nabei Katsuyuki, Koiso Ryohei, Kitano Tsunetomi, Shima Seien, Takeuchi Seiho, Ikeda Yoson, Yamazawa Eiko, Maeda Toshiro, Yoshihara Jiro, Imai Toshimitsu, etc.  
  • SAEKI Yuzo,
    Postman,1928

  • Marie LAURENCIN,
    Les Princesses (The Princesses) ,1928

  • IKEDA yoson
    Osaka in the Snow, 1928

Chapter 2: Hello! Super Stars

The museum is proud to have a substantial collection of significant works that represent major art movements from the modern era to the present day. This chapter includes Amedeo Modigliani's Nu Couché aux Cheveux Dénoués and a number of works by major Surrealist artists such as Max Ernst, Salvador Dalí, and René Magritte. Other highlights of the museum's collection are masterpieces from the New York art scene by Mark Rothko, Frank Stella, Jean-Michel Basquiat, and others. The values of artworks like these have risen sharply, making the current acquisition of such works difficult. The extent of the museum's collection is due to the policy of prioritizing the building of a substantial collection before constructing an art museum. Many of the works selected for this exhibition have been shown in previous collection exhibitions or lent to other art museums. With the opening of the museum, the collection is finally being showcased at home in Osaka.

Main artists
Amedeo Modigliani, Giorgio de Chirico, Max Ernst, Salvador Dalí, René Magritte, Alberto Giacometti, Mark Rothko, Frank Stella, Gerhard Richter, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Kusama Yayoi, Morimura Yasumasa, Yanagi Miwa, Sugimoto Hiroshi, etc.  
  • Amedeo MODIGLIANI
    Nu Couché aux Cheveux Dénoués (Reclining Nude with Loose Hair),1917

  • Alberto GIACOMETTI
    Le Nez (The Nose),1947

  • René MAGRITTE
    Le Bouquet Tout Fait (The Ready-made Bouquet),1957

Chapter 3: Hello! Super Visions

This chapter includes about 200 exhibits including graphic works, furniture, and other design-related times, all presented together. It follows the history of design from the second half of the nineteenth century to the 1980s, ranging from an 1859 Michael Thonet chair to examples of Art Nouveau, Vienna Secession, Futurism, De Stijl, Bauhaus, Russian Constructivism, Art Deco, Scandinavian design, Swiss design, Italian design, Olympic posters, and Postmodern design. Avant-garde was a movement that spread throughout the arts. Consequently, to follow the course of avant-garde design movements, the exhibits in this chapter include paintings and photographs from the museum's collection in addition to furniture, posters, and product designs. When the museum embarked on collecting examples of design, its initial acquisition was a group of items by designers from the Vienna Secession, including the rare original pieces by Josef Hoffman, Koloman Moser, and others exhibited here. Also exhibited are a large number of highly attractive graphic poster works by designers such as Toulouse-Lautrec and Bonard, part of the Suntory Poster Collection that has been entrusted to the museum. Scandinavian design is represented by Alvar Aalto furniture, Swiss design by Josef Müller-Brockmann posters, and Italian design by a Joe Colombo chair. Finally, be sure to examine the six pieces of furniture by world-renowned designer Kuramata Shiro, especially Miss Blanche, his chair embedded with red roses.

Main artists
Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Pierre Bonnard, Alphonse Mucha, Josef Hoffmann, Koloman Moser, Alvar Aalto, Kamekura Yusaku, Tanaka Ikko, Hayakawa Yoshio, Umberto Boccioni, Gustav Klimt, Joe Colombo, Kenmochi Isamu, Kuramata Shiro, Raymond Savignac, El Lissitzky, László Moholy-Nagy, A. M. Cassandre, etc.  
  • Henri de TOULOUSE-LAUTREC
    Moulin Rouge: La Goulue,1891
    Suntory Poster Collection (deposited in Nakanoshima Museum of Art, Osaka)

  • KURAMATA Shiro
    Miss Blanche,designed: 1988, manufactured: 1989

  • Koloman MOSER
    Armchair,designed: 1903, manufactured: 1903-1904