Art / Openings Outside Tokyo

OUTSIDE TOKYO

'Signs of Life: The Works Originated in Shiga'

THE MUSEUM OF MODERN ART, SHIGA

by Daisuke Kikuchi

Staff Writer

Oct. 3-Nov. 23

Shiga Prefecture is known for supporting a number of talented art brut artists — those who have not received formal artistic education. The term “art brut” was originally coined by the French painter Jean Dubuffet (1901-1985) as a term to describe art usually created by children and psychiatric patients. In Japan the genre has developed in its own unique way, especially in Shiga.

Shiga began focusing on such art in 1946 when the Omi Gakuen child welfare facility held children’s classes using clay. This exhibition presents works from Shiga, but also explores how featured artists have become influential both in Japan and worldwide.

The Museum of Modern Art, Shiga; 1740-1 Seta-Minamiogaya-cho, Otsu, Shiga. Seta Stn. 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. ¥1,000. Closed Mon. 077-543-2111; www.shiga-kinbi.jp