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Scheduled Exhibit
【Ukiyo-e Artists and Kyoka Poets –Gift Prints from the Collection of Chiba City Museum of Art 】

Exhibit Period January 15 (Fri) - February 21 (Sun), 2010
Organized by The Nakagawa-machi Bato Hiroshige Museum of Art
Exhibit Times 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Last admissions at 4:30 p.m.
Museum closed January 18 (Mon), 25 (Mon), February 1 (Mon), 8 (Mon), 12 (Fri), 15 (Mon)
Admission Fee
Adults 500 (450) yen; High School, College Students: 300 (270) yen; Elementary, Junior High School Students: 100 (90) yen

* Fees in parentheses are group rates for 20 or more visitors
* Free admission for visitors aged over 70 years and preschoolers
* Half price for visitors with a physical disability certificate, and half price for one accompanying caregiver


Utagawa Kunisada,'Segawa Kikunojo V' Chiba City Museum of Arts Collection
Utagawa Kunisada
'Segawa Kikunojo V'
Chiba City Museum of Arts Collection

Overview


In the world of ukiyo-e prints, in addition to one-sheet prints for sale there are surimono, prints created as not-for-sale gifts. They are usually luxuriously made using sophisticated colors and deliberate printing techniques. Since they are privately issued, they have a different character than other ukiyo-e prints for sale.

There are various kinds of gift prints such as haikai poem prints, calendar prints, and memorial prints; many kyoka poem prints were produced especially in the first half of the 19th century with the increase of the popularity of kyoka poetry. Ukiyo-e artists were often involved in the production of such gift prints.

This exhibition introduces gift prints made in the first half of the 19th century, on loan from the collection of the Chiba City Museum of Art. Surimono are of particular value because comparatively so few were produced that we have few chances to see them. We hope you will appreciate the sensibility of the connoisseurs in the Edo period and learn the charm of such elegant prints.

Museum Talk
(in Japanese)

Presented by a museum curator on January 16 (Sat), 2010.

Starts at 1:30 p.m.

Payment of museum admission fee is required.

Scheduled Exhibit
The Aoki Collection -Western Paintings and Japanese Paintings in the Meiji Period
Exhibit Period February 25 (Thu)-April 11 (Sat), 2010
Organized by The Nakagawa-machi Bato Hiroshige Museum of Art
Exhibit Times 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Last admissions at 4:30 p.m.
Museum closed March 1 (Mon), 8 (Mon), 15 (Mon), 23 (Tue), 29 (Mon), April 5 (Mon)
Admission Fee
Adults 500 (450) yen; High School, College Students: 300 (270) yen; Elementary, Junior High School Students: 100 (90) yen

* Fees in parentheses are group rates for 20 or more visitors
* Free admission for visitors aged over 70 years and preschoolers
* Half price for visitors with a physical disability certificate, and half price for one accompanying caregiver


Kawamura Kiyoo,'Sparrow on a Plum Branch' Nakagawa-machi Bato Hiroshige Museum of Art's possession
Kawamura Kiyoo
'Sparrow on a Plum Branch'
Nakagawa-machi Bato Hiroshige Museum of Art's possession
Overview


The Aoki Collection was collected from the Taisho period through the early Showa period by Aoki Tosaku, a businessman born in the Hazamada district of Niita Village (now Sakura City) in Tochigi Prefecture. This private collection remained unknown to others for nearly 50 years following his death, until it was donated to Bato-machi (now Nakagawa-machi) in February 1997.

The Aoki Collection contains many paintings in the Modern ages while it is well-known that it owns precious Hiroshige’s paintings. After Meiji period, paintings began to be divided into ‘Western-style painting’ and ‘Japanese-style painting’ in Japan. Tosaku collected both Western-style and Japanese-style paintings. He loved paintings by Kiyoo Kawamura who was one of the pioneers of Western-style paintings and by Kubota Beisen who belonged to Kyoto Japanese-style painting school while he worked at ‘Kokumin Shinbun’.

This exhibits shows Western-style and Japanese-style paintings from Aoki Collection and aims to through comparing them.

Museum Talk
(in Japanese)

Presented by a museum curator on February 27 (Sat), 2010.

Starts at 1:30 p.m.

Payment of museum admission fee is required.

10th Anniversary of the Nakagawa-machi Bato Hiroshige Museum of Art
5th Anniversary of Municipal Consolidation

Spring Special Exhibition
MARC CHAGALL -MESSAGES OF LOVE-
Exhibit Period Part 1: April 17 (Sat)- May 16 (Sun), 2010
Part 2: May 21(Fri)- June 20 (Sun), 2010
Organized by The Nakagawa-machi Bato Hiroshige Museum of Art
Exhibit Times 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Last admissions at 4:30 p.m.
Museum closed April 19 (Mon), 26 (Mon), May 6 (Thu), 10 (Mon), 17 (Mon)-20 (Thu),
24 (Mon), 31 (Mon), June 7 (Mon), 14 (Mon)
Admission Fee
Adults: 700 (630) yen
High School, College Students: 400 (360) yen

* Fees in parentheses are group rates for 20 or more visitors
* Free admission for visitors aged over 70 years, elementary and junior high school students, and preschoolers
* Half price for visitors with a physical disability certificate, and half price for one accompanying caregiver


MARC CHAGALL -MESSAGES OF LOVE-

Overview


Marc Chagall (1887-1985), one of the leading artists of the 20th century, was born into a Jewish family in Vitebsk, a small city in Russia. He stayed in Paris for 5 years after he studied European modern art in Petersburg. During his stay in Paris, he lived in “La Ruche”, and he developed personal relationships with avant-garde poets such as Blaise Cendrars and Guillaume Apollinaire, learning free color expression and acquiring new art styles like cubism.

After that, he returned to his hometown and married Bella Rosenfeld. He loved her throughout his lifetime, and it is said that the love inspired his art.

Chagall lived through two World Wars. He defected to the United States to escape Nazi persecution when World War II broke out in 1941. However, he never gave into the hardship, and remained proud to be a Jew. His works represent his feelings towards his hometown, and his adoration for Jewish tradition.

This exhibition shows mainly the original illustrations for picture books in the collection of the Museum of Art, Kochi. From these works you will discover Chagall’s sincere search for the essence of humanity, including love and sorrow, as well as fantastic beauty.

Museum Talk
(in Japanese)

Presented by Koji Ariki, curator of the Utsunomiya Museum of Art

Part 1: May 1 (Sat), 2010
Part 2: June 5 (Sat), 2010
Start at 1:30 p.m.

Payment of museum admission fee is required.

10th Anniversary of the Nakagawa-machi Bato Hiroshige Museum of Art
5th Anniversary of Municipal Consolidation

Regularly Scheduled Exhibit
The Beginnings of the Modern Woodblock Print
Exhibit Period June 25 (Fri)- July 25 (Sun), 2010
Organized by The Nakagawa-machi Bato Hiroshige Museum of Art
Exhibit Times 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Last admissions at 4:30 p.m.
Museum closed June 28 (Mon), July 5 (Mon), 12 (Mon), 20 (Tues)
Admission Fee
Adults: 500 (450) yen; High School, College Students: 300 (270) yen;

* Fees in parentheses are group rates for 20 or more visitors
* Free admission for visitors aged over 70 years, elementary and junior high school students, and preschoolers
* Half price for visitors with a physical disability certificate, and half price for one accompanying caregiver




Overview


When ukiyo-e flowered in the Edo Period, it became widely popular, producing many new ukiyo-e artists. However, with the coming of the Meiji Era, printing and photography equipment was imported from western Europe, and ukiyo-e printing began its decline. In the same time period in western Europe, Japonism was taking the continent by storm, impacting art and culture; at the center of this was ukiyo-e. Large quantities of ukiyo-e works were exported to western Europe, leading to development of many new collectors. However, by the Taisho period in Japan ukiyo-e artists all but vanished, and the printers and engravers only tenuously carried on their work. Having received the high praise of western Europe, in order to bring ukiyo-e back to life once again the publisher Watanabe Shozaburo brought together engravers, printers and artists-the same triad that was involved in the ukiyo-e woodblock print production process-to produce works, establishing the Taisho era New Print Movement. Kawase Hasui depicted the beauty of the Japanese landscape with rich lyricism, Ito Shinsui was a master of the figure print, for actor prints it was Natori Shunsen, while Yamamura Koka used a distinctive touch to create his works.

In this exhibit we present the works of Kawase Hasui, Ito Shunsui, Natori Shunsen, Yamamura Koka and others who were active in the formative period of the New Print. We hope you will find satisfaction in the world of the New Print as it continued the ukiyo-e tradition.

Museum Talk
(in Japanese)

Presented by a Nakagawa-machi Bato Hiroshige Museum of Art curator.

June 26 (Sat), 2010
Start at 1:30 p.m.

Payment of museum admission fee is required.

10th Anniversary of the Nakagawa-machi Bato Hiroshige Museum of Art
5th Anniversary of Municipal Consolidation

Summer Special Exhibition
250th Anniversary of the Birth of Katsushika Hokusai
-Thirty-six Views of Mt. Fuji and Landscape Prints-
Exhibit Period July 30 (Fri)- August 29 (Sun), 2010
Organized by The Nakagawa-machi Bato Hiroshige Museum of Art
Exhibit Times 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Last admissions at 4:30 p.m.
Museum closed August 2 (Mon), 9 (Mon), 16 (Mon), 23 (Mon)
Admission Fee
Adults: 700 (630) yen
High School, College Students: 400 (360) yen

* Fees in parentheses are group rates for 20 or more visitors
* Free admission for visitors aged over 70 years, elementary and junior high school students, and preschoolers
* Half price for visitors with a physical disability certificate, and half price for one accompanying caregiver


'Beneath the Wave off Kanagawa, from Thirty-six Views of Mt. Fuji' Katsushika Hokusai, Kuboso Memorial Museum of Arts, Izumi

Overview


Southern Breeze, Clear Dawn, which is known as the 'Red Fuji'; Beneath the Wave off Kanagawa, where a giant wave roars; and Thunderstorm Beneath the Summit, in which a jet black Mount Fuji towers over the scene-it would not be an overstatement to say that these three prints are the most famous ukiyo-e in the world. The "Thirty-six Views of Mt. Fuji" series, which includes all three prints, was drawn by ukiyo-e artist Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849) around the beginning of the Tempo era (1830-44).

Before Hokusai produced the "Thirty-six Views of Mt. Fuji", he learned perspective and shadow methods from Western prints and paintings, and made woodblock landscape prints which resembled Western copper prints. But in the "Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji," we can see Hokusai weave the passing of the seasons and time into his pictures, and establish a landscape print style based on his own mental imagery.

This exhibition presents the entire Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji print series-the representative example of Hokusai's landscape work-together with the three-volume "One Hundred Views of Mount Fuji," illustrated books dealing with Mount Fuji, and the works Hokusai made in the first half of the Tempo era when he concentrated on landscape prints. We hope you will discover new charms in Hokusai through his many landscape prints featuring Mount Fuji and Japan's great scenery.

Museum Talk
(in Japanese)

Presented by Hiroko Nagai, curator of the Nakagawa-machi Bato Hiroshige Museum of Art.

July 31 (Sat), 2010
Start at 1:30 p.m.

Payment of museum admission fee is required.

10th Anniversary of the Nakagawa-machi Bato Hiroshige Museum of Art
5th Anniversary of Municipal Consolidation
-The Two Great Highways: Travelling the Tokaido and Kisokaido-
Exhibit Period Part 1: September 4 (Sat)- October 3(Sun), 2010
Part 2: October 8 (Fri)- November 14 (Sun), 2010
Organized by Nakagawa-machi Bato Hiroshige Museum of Artt
Exhibit Times 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
(last admission at 4:30 p.m.)
Museum closed September6(Mon),13(Mon),21(Tue),27(Mon)
October12(Tue),18(Mon),25(Tue),November1(Mon),8(Mon)
Admission Fee

Adults: 700 (630) yen
High School, College Students: 400 (360) yen

* Fees in parentheses are group rates for 20 or more visitors.
* Free admission for visitors 70 years old and older, and children junior high school aged and younger.
* Half price for visitors with a disability certificate, and half price for one accompanying caregiver.


-From the Fifty-three Stages of the Tokaido - Nihonbashi - Utagawa Hiroshige@Nakagawa-machi Bato Hiroshige Museum of Art

-From the Fifty-three Stages of the Tokaido - Nihonbashi-
Utagawa Hiroshige
Nakagawa-machi Bato Hiroshige Museum of Art
Overview


Utagawa Hiroshige (1797-1858) created "From the Fifty-three Stages of the Tokaido Highway" at the beginning of the Tempo Period, and with it made a name for himself as an ukiyo-e landscape print artist. The prints in this series feature the overnight rest stops on the highway in various seasons, times of day, and weather. By incorporating the workings of nature into the composition, Hiroshige invites the viewer into each print, giving the sense of actually being a traveler. Following publication of this work, Hiroshige was approached with projects by various publishing houses. Several years after his Tokaido series with the publisher Hoeido gained acclaim, he produced "From Sixty-nine Stages of the Kiso Highway." He originally planned to produce it all himself, but this didn't fit into his schedule. Keisai Eisen (1791-1848) took up his brush and drew 24 of the scenes, then Hiroshige drew 47 scenes to complete the work.

In this exhibition, we introduce both "From Fifty-three Stages of the Tokaido Highway" and "From Sixty-nine Stages of the Kiso Highway." By exhibiting both series in one exhibit area, you will be able to follow the transition in Hiroshige's artistic style, and be satiated with Hiroshige's inspiration.

* Major works exhibited include -From Fifty-three Stages of the Tokaido Highway - Shono- (Utagawa Hiroshige), -Kiso Highway - Nakatsugawa-(Utagawa Hiroshige) and others.

Museum Talk
(commentary on the exhibited works)

Shinya Ichikawa, Hiroshige Museum Curator

September 4, 2010
1:30 p.m. (requires payment of admission fee)

Nakagawa-machi 5th Anniversary of Municipal Consolidation & Museum Opening 10th Anniversary Exhibit

-Michio Hoshino's Alaskan Journey-
Exhibit Period Friday, November 19, 2010 - Monday, January 10, 2011 (a national holiday)
Organized by Nakagawa-machi Bato Hiroshige Museum of Artt
Exhibit Times 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
(last admission at 4:30 p.m.)
Museum closed November 24, 29; December 6, 13, 20, 24, 27-31;
January 1-3, 2011.
Admission Fee

Adults: 500 (450) yen
High School, College Students: 300 (270) yen

* Fees in parentheses are group rates for 20 or more visitors.
* Free admission for visitors 70 years old and older, and children junior high school aged and younger.
* Half price for visitors with a disability certificate, and half price for one accompanying caregiver.

Overview


Photographer Michio Hoshino (1952-1996) lived in Alaska for more than twenty years, and is known for photographing the expansive landscapes and diverse biology of this harsh, natural environment. He introduced an Alaska heretofore unknown to the Japanese-the lifestyles, traditions and customs of the native peoples of Alaska; the polar bear, standing at the pinnacle of the food chain; the seasonal migration of herds of caribou; the snowy owl, the fox, the seal, the salmon and other living creatures; the aurora, the radiance of the stars, and flowers that bloom in the grasslands during the all-too-brief summer-and his works overflow with a vitality unimaginable in the big city. Enchanted by this harsh world, Hoshino lived in Alaska, continuing his photography.
In Japan, we are sadly no longer able to see the workings of nature-the face of nature, overflowing with vitality, which Hoshino photographed in Alaska. We hope you will enjoy viewing Alaska's natural bounty.

Museum Talk
(commentary on the exhibited works)

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Starts at 1:30 p.m.
Presented by Naoko Hoshino, Michio Hoshino Office

10th Anniversary of the Nakagawa-machi Bato Hiroshige Museum of Art
5th Anniversary of Municipal Consolidation
uThe Aoki Collectionv
Exhibit Period First Half: January 15 (Sat.) - February 27 (Sun.) 2011
Second Half: March 4 (Fri.) - April 17 (Sun.), 2011
Organized by Nakagawa-machi Bato Hiroshige Museum of Artt
Exhibit Times 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
(last admission at 4:30 p.m.)
Museum closed January 17, 24, 31
February 7, 14, 21, 28
March 1-3, 7, 14, 22, 28; April 4, 11
Admission Fee

Adults: 500 (450) yen
High School, College Students: 300 (270) yen

* Fees in parentheses are group rates for 20 or more visitors.
* Free admission for visitors 70 years old and older, and children junior high school aged and younger.
* Half price for visitors with a disability certificate, and half price for one accompanying caregiver.


Kawamura Kiyoo, Ceremonial Prayers to the God of Water

Kawamura Kiyoo
Ceremonial Prayers to the God of Water
Overview


The Aoki Collection is comprised of the works collected by the Atsuta Town (now Sakura City, Tochigi Prefecture) businessman Aoki Tosaku (1870-1946) over the course of the Taisho and early Showa eras, and donated to Bato Town (now Nakagawa Town) by surviving family members in February 1997.

Aoki Tosaku took a fancy to art appreciation from his earliest childhood. Over his lifetime, influenced in part by the friendship he struck up with Tokutomi Soho, he collected the works of artists and cultural figures of his day, with ukiyo-e artwork at the core. The 4200 or so donated works can be divided into eight categories: (1) hand-painted art by Utagawa Hiroshige, (2) ukiyo-e woodblock prints, (3) modern Meiji Era woodblock prints focusing on those by Kobayashi Kiyochika, (4) western-style art and other source materials related to Kawamura Kiyoo, (5) Japanese art and other source materials related to Kubota Beisen, (6) source materials, calligraphy boxes, calligraphy and photographs related to Tokutomi Soho, (7) Edo-era printed books, and (8) lacquerware and swords.

In this exhibition, we celebrate the tenth year of the museum's opening by introducing the entire range of the Aoki Collection. Come and see the works that were the focus of Aoki Tosaku's passion.

Museum Talk
(commentary on the exhibited works)

Presented by a Hiroshige Museum Curator

First Half: January 15, 2011
Second Half: March 5, 2011
1:30 p.m. (requires payment of admission fee)


For further information, please contact the Nakagawa-machi Bato Hirohsige Museum of Art
116-9 Bato, Bato-machi, Nasu-gun, Tochigi-ken
Phone: 0287-92-1199 (Japanese language inquiries)
Fax: 0287-92-7177 (English & Japanese language inquiries)