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Yokohama Museum of Art Collection March 25-June 25, 2017: Reflections of Nature


MARUYAMA Banka,  "Title Unknown (Mountains in Summer) " (detail),  n.d., donated by KOJIMA Yutaka (former collection of KOJIMA Usui)



"Mont Saint-Victoire Seen from Gardanne," 1892-95

Reflections of Nature
Special Exhibit: Photography and Painting – The Rise of Pictorialism

This edition of the exhibition, titled "Reflections of Nature," in honor of the 33rd National Urban Greenery Fair Yokohama, uses works from the collection to examine how artists have captured and expressed nature. In conjunction with "The Elegant Other: Cross-cultural Encounters in Fashion and Art," a special event currently underway in the museum, the exhibition also features a section on exchange between the East and West.

The collection exhibition begins with a section focusing on how people deal with nature, as seen in works depicting familiar motifs such as cut flowers and landscapes. This is followed by a display of works by Eastern and Western artists that centers on gardens and parks. Next, viewers will enjoy a section devoted to Hasegawa Kiyoshi and Komai Tetsuro, who expressed a profound sense of spirituality through ordinary plant motifs, and the allure of Maruyama Banka’s watercolor landscapes, vividly portraying flowers in full bloom and verdant mountains.


SUGA Kishio
"San-Kyo (Scattered Boundaries)," 1999
donated by the artist

Then, we shift our attention to contemporary artists, the way in which they confront nature, and the new types of expression they have developed as a result. This is followed by one of the exhibition’s highlights: a work by Suga Kishio, a prominent figure in the "Mono-ha" (School of Things) movement, who makes use of wooden boards and other largely unprocessed materials and creates works based on the reciprocal relationship between the overall space and “things.” Currently in the midst of a succession of solo exhibitions in the U.S. and Europe, Suga remains active on the front lines of the international art world. For this exhibition, he has reorganized a work from the museum collection in accordance with the gallery space.     


"Cherry Blossoms," n.d.

Along with important bird-and-flower paintings from our "Nihon-ga" (Japanese-style painting) collection, in the photography gallery, we present a special feature on Pictorialism, which focuses on Japanese and foreign photographers such as Umesaka Ori.

In closing, we would like to express our sincere gratitude to all of those who have consistently helped make the museum collection substantial and supported the exhibition of these works.

List of works [628KB]    


"Pompon Dahlias," 1922


"Rose and Times," 1961


"Title Unknown (Mountains in Summer)," n.d.
donated by KOJIMA Yutaka (former collection of KOJIMA Usui)



YASUDA Yukihiko
"Window," 1951


Helen HYDE
"Moon Bridge at Kameido," 1914


Henry Peach ROBINSON
"Portrait Study," 1873



Suga Kishio: Activation

DateMay 21 (Sun.), 2017
VenueGrand Gallery, Yokohama Museum of Art

Yokohama Museum of Art welcomes you at lecturing about YMA.

The volunteer staff will lecture to you about YMA’s architecture and collection in English.
Please feel free to join us before appreciating exhibition.

 March 26(Sun.)
Grand Gallery, Yokohama Museum of Art
Volunteer staff, Education Project of the Museum


Dates March 25 (Sat.) - June 25 (Sun.), 2017      
Open Hours      10:00-18:00
*Open until 20:30 on May 17 (Wed.), 2017
*Admission until 30 minutes before closing.
ClosedThursdays (except May 4), April 14(Fri.), May 8 (Mon.), 2017
Organized byYokohama Museum of Art [Yokohama Arts Foundation]
Cooperation with33rd National Urban Greenery Fair Yokohama Executive Committee  


University students
High school students
Junior high school students100(80)                    
Children under 12Free

*( )= Group of 20 or more (pre-booking required)
*Free Admission on April 1(Sat.) and June 2(Fri.), 2017
*Free Admission for high school and younger student with valid ID on every Saturday.
*Visitors with disability and one person accompanying them are admitted free of charge. (Please present a  certificate at the entrance.)
*Collection gallery is available with a ticket of Special Exhibition.

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