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This year marks the 100th since the birth of Surrealist artist Jiro Oyamada, who is known for his dark, socially conscious and despairing themes that were likely influenced by his life experiences.

Oyamada was diagnosed with Sturge-Weber syndrome at age 2, which left him with a sense of hopelessness that was later exacerbated by the banning of Surrealism during World War II. During the 1960s he lived in Fuchu, but in 1971 he mysteriously left his home and completely withdrew from society until his death in 1991.

This exhibition brings together 168 watercolor and oil paintings that reveal the depths of Oyamada’s peculiar imagination; Nov. 8-Feb. 22.

Fuchu Art Museum; 1-3 Sengen-cho, Fuchu, Tokyo. Higashi Fuchu Stn. 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. ¥700. Closed Mon. 042-336-3371; www.city.fuchu.tokyo.jp/art

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