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OUTSIDE TOKYO

‘Matsuda Shohei: A Centennial Retrospective’

THE MUSEUM OF MODERN ART, KAMAKURA

by Alisa Yamasaki

Staff Writer

Shohei Matsuda (1913-2004), the 2002 winner of the Commissioner for Cultural Affairs Award, was a late bloomer when it came to critical acclaim. It was not until he was in his 50s that people truly began to appreciate his artistic skills. This exhibition not only celebrates 100 years since Matsuda’s birth, but it is also the first retrospective of his work to be shown in the Kanto region.

Known for portraying everyday subjects such as dogs, fish and flowers, Matsuda often used soft colors and simple lines. Tracing his stylistic development from early years of classical training to more dynamic postwar techniques, the exhibition ends on the delicate and poetic style that Matsuda is best-loved and remembered for; till Sept. 1.

The Museum of Modern Art, Kamakura; (0467) 22-5000; 2-1-53 Yukinoshita, Kamakura, Kanagawa; Kamakura Station, JR Yokosuka, Enoden Lines. 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. ¥900. Closed Mon. (except July 15). www.moma.pref.kanagawa.jp