Art in the Nag this month

Art handArtists and War: How Did They Survive?

This exhibition takes a unique look at the transition of art affected by war. It puts the spotlight on a number of prominent Japanese artists who lived, worked and created their impressions of one of the most turbulent times in modern history.

The exhibition displays nine works by each artist: three pre-war pieces (pre-1936), three during the war (1937 to 1945) and three from the post-war period (post-1945). It allows you to see the significant transitions in their artwork and the effects of war on these artists.

Until September 23
Nagoya City Art Museum
17-25, Sakae 2 Chome, Naka-ku, Nagoya 460-0008
Tel: (052) 212-0001
www.art-museum.city.nagoya.jp/index.shtml

Secret Witches Exhibition

Have you ever met someone who you thought could be a witch? I know I’ve definitely met some, and may be related to a couple… Well fear not – you don’t have to follow the ruthless system of questioning, torturing and burning said-witch like they did back in the good ol’ days. This latest exhibition at the Nagoya City Art Museum will help you identify the witches in your life with an extensive display of demonic-themed paintings and displays. You might also get some inspiration for your Halloween costume.

Until 27/09
Nagoya City Museum
1-27-1 Mizuhotori, Mizuho-ku, Nagoya 467-0806
Tel: (052) 853-2655
www.museum.city.nagoya.jp/

Miffy’s Flower Garden – Dick Bruna’s World of Flowers and Picture Story Books

Miffy turns 60 – does this make you feel old? Take a trip down memory lane at Kiyosu City Haruhi Art Museum and check out this exhibition that celebrates the plants and flowers depicted in Dick Bruna’s children’s books revered around the globe. Three of her famous books will be exhibited and Flower Book is definitely one to see as it was not published in Japan and consists of drawings of flowers and their botanical names. But be aware of Dick Bruna’s instructions to kids: “if you want to know more, where they bloom, how they smell, your father and mother will tell you.” You better get learned and have some answers ready.

Until 9/30
Kiyosu City Haruhi Art Museum
Yumenomori-1 Haruhi, Kiyosu, Aichi Prefecture 452-0961
Tel: (052) 408-3881
www.museum-kiyosu.jp/

In Between of Botany and Art

How much difference is there between botanic art and still life works? Obviously each has their place, but you could argue that botanical illustrations can sit alongside paintings, drawings and sculpture and appreciated as aesthetically equal. This exhibition unravels this relationship between art and botany with a number of ancient and contemporary pieces.

It features stunningly illustrated encyclopaedias of plants from the Edo Period, ancient botanical patters, bird-and-flower paintings, bizarre modern photos of plants and contemporary, artificial flower displays. You’ll also find old herb charts and a greenhouse. Explore this ecosystem of artists who have spent their life classifying plants and those who have created their own spaces of flora.

Until October 4
Aichi Prefectural Museum of Art
1-13-2 Higashisakura, Higashi-ku, Nagoya 461-8525
Tel: (052) 971-5511
www-art.aac.pref.aichi.jp/

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