After studying aesthetics and psychology, the conceptual artist James Lee Byars (1932-1997) developed his own artistic beliefs while going back and forth between New York and Kyoto in the 1960s and during his later nomadic life. His works ranged from sculpture and literature to ...

Asano Takeji: Daily Life With Prints

Kyoto-born Takeji Asano (1900-1999)was a woodblock artist committed to not only designing, but also carving the blocks for and printing his own works. Having trained in nihonga (Japanese-style painting) before he moved on to shin hanga (new prints) and sōsaku hanga (creative prints), he ...

Color Magic: From the Taguchi Collection and the Ando Collection

Color and form in art are focused on in this thematic exhibition, which draws from two major collections — the Taguchi Collection and the Ando Collection — both housed at the Museum of Fine Arts, Gifu. Visitors can experience the influence of colors on emotions, ...

Taro Okamoto

As Expo 2025 in Osaka approaches, the Oita Prefectural Art Museum looks back on the career of the artist Taro Okamoto (1911-1996), who is well-known for the "Tower of the Sun" sculptural building that became the symbol of Expo '70. Consisting of three parts, "Taro ...


Sakata Kazuo: Recoup Lost Ground

In 1921, Kazuo Sakata (1889-1956) was first introduced to abstract painting during a trip to France, where he studied art under Fernand Leger, and then stayed for over a decade. After his return to Japan in 1933 he continued to create avant-garde works in ...

Hodaka Yoshida: Walls of Wonder

Hodaka Yoshida (1926-95) grew up under the influence of a creative family. His father was a Western-style painter and printmaker, and his mother and older brother were also artists. After World War II, he began producing tanka poems and oil paintings, before shifting his ...

'Kyoen: International Artists Inspired by Kyoto'

This exhibition at The Terminal Kyoto (424 Iwatoyamacho, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto) features visual art by foreign artists inspired by and living in or around Kyoto. It includes works from Sarah Brayer, Everett Kennedy Brown, John Einarsen, Jorie Johnson, Daniel Kelly, Alex Kerr, Christine Flint Sato, ...

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