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OUTSIDE TOKYO

‘Art and literature in Japan 1926-1936′

Hyogo Prefectural Museum of Art

by Jordan Sievers

Staff Writer

Early 20th-century Japan experienced changes in both its political and sociological structures that, as the Showa Era (1926-1989) progressed, helped creative disciplines flourish. The 20th-century thus became a period of artistic and literary renaissance that paved the way for emerging trends and movements, which included proletarian art and modernism.

Through paintings and literary works, this exhibition focuses on the spirit of Showa modernism and how the cultural trends of that time now serve as commentary on the 20th-century transitionary sociological movements of Japan; Nov. 2-Dec. 29.

Hyogo Prefectural Museum of Art; 1-1-1 Wakihama Kaigandori, Chuo-ku, Kobe, Hyogo. Iwaya Stn. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. (Fri., Sat. till 8 p.m.). ¥1,200. Closed Mon. 078-262-0901; www.artm.pref.hyogo.jp/eng