Okinawa Prefectural Museum & Art Museum

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Art Museum Collection Exhibits

Title: Okinawa Reversion 45th Anniversary Special Exhibition – “Okinawa: Through the Eyes of a Photographer 1972-2017”
Dates: Tuesday, April 25, 2017 – Sunday, May 21
Location: Museum Collection Gallery 1, Kenmin Gallery 1, 2, 3
Description: In collaboration with NHK’s Okinawa studio, this exhibition is directed by Ryuichi Ishikawa, who welcomes us to look at Okinawa through the eyes of several different photographers. The exhibit covers the period after Okinawa was reverted to Japan, from 1972 to 2017.

Title: Ashitomi Choushou – “Longing for the Light, Wind, and Earth”
Dates: Tuesday, April 25, 2017 – Sunday, October 15
Location: Museum Collection Gallery 2, Foyer
Description: Ashitomi Choushou was a member of the University of the Ryukyus’ inaugural class. By being commissioned to design the university’s special issue stamp as well as its emblem, his skills made him stand out even during his university days. Ashitomi also helped found the Sohto exhibit alongside painters from Nishimui. From his roots in the field of design to his exploits as a painter, Ashitomi was one of the leading figures in the world of Okinawan fine arts. This exhibit traces the path of Ashitomi’s career.

Title: The Rise and Fall of Nakijin Castle – The Unknown Works of Kinjou Yasutarou
Dates: Tuesday, May 23, 2017 – Sunday, June 25
Location: Museum Collection Gallery 1
Description: Kinjou Yasutarou (1911-1999) was a Japanese artist known as an illustrator of serialized newspaper novels and magazine covers. This exhibit introduces 11 recently discovered original pictures from his “The Rise and Fall of Nakijin Castle,” drawn 40 years ago.

Title: Vietnamese Paintings Collection
Dates: Thursday, July 6, 2017 – Sunday, October 15
Location: Museum Collection Gallery 1
Description: Vietnam has a history similar to that of Okinawa, having been influenced by China to develop its own unique culture. In this collection, mainly folk and lacquer paintings were selected out of our gallery’s 250 or so Vietnamese pieces as an introduction into Vietnamese fine art.

Title: The Flow of Okinawan Art
Dates: Tuesday, April 25, 2017 – Sunday, October 15
Location: Museum Collection Gallery 3
Description: Okinawa has a distinct culture born from its unique cultural climate and past; its art has also been greatly influenced by its position and role at various times in its tumultuous history. This exhibit introduces artwork related to Okinawa from both Japan and overseas, with an emphasis on Okinawan artists.

Title: Prefectural Museum 10th Anniversary Special Exhibition – “The Wandering Sea – TheTraveling Painter Choukou Haebaru and Taiwan, Okinawa”
Dates: Wednesday, November 1, 2017 – Sunday, February 4, 2018
Location: Museum Collection Gallery 1, 2, 3
Description: In celebration of the Okinawa Prefectural Museum and Art Museum’s 10th anniversary, this exhibit is a collection of paintings from artists active during the tumultuous period from the 1930s to World War II, with a focus on Choukou Haebaru (1904-1961), an Okinawan-born painter who traveled between Okinawa and Taiwan to continue his works.

Title: Daiwa Collection VIII
Dates: Friday, February 23, 2018 – Sunday, June 24
Location: Museum Collection Gallery 1, 2
Description: The “Daiwa Collection” consists of pieces gathered by prominent Japanese art collectors, currently lent to our Museum. This exhibit is a selection of its exemplary modern art.

Art Museum Project Exhibits

Title: The Beauty of the Yambaru Forest, a photographic exhibit.
Dates: Saturday, May 6, 2017 – Sunday, June 25
Location: Museum Project Gallery
Description: The Yambaru Forest, a candidate for registration as a World Natural Heritage site, is full of precious wildlife. This exhibit shines a spotlight on the nurturing forests and rivers that allow that wildlife to thrive. Come learn about the beauty of life and nature.
Organizers: The Okinawa Churashima Foundation.

Title: Prefectural Museum 10th Anniversary Special Exhibition “teamLab Island – Learn and Play! Future Park in Okinawa”
Dates: Tuesday, July 15, 2017 – Monday, September 18
Location: Museum Project Gallery
Description: teamLab, known for its unique and immersive digital art pieces, has finally landed in Okinawa with one of its most popular technological exhibitions! Children can freely move about and interact with one another, while also experiencing the wonderful world of collaborative art.
Organizers: “teamLab Island – Learn and Play! Future Park in Okinawa” Executive Committee

Title: Prefectural Museum 10th Anniversary Special Exhibition “The Sea of Encounters – the Evolution of Okinawan Art from 1980 Onwards”
Dates: TBA
Location: Museum Project Gallery
Description: There have been several exciting milestones up until the opening of the Okinawa Prefectural Art Museum. This exhibit will showcase the Okinawan art scene from the 1980s to the present, including several global artists of Okinawan ancestry.

Independent Exhibits

Title: Theo Jansen Okinawa Exhibit 2017
Dates: Tuesday, October 3, 2017 – Saturday, November 11
Location: Museum Project Gallery
Description: Known as the modern-day Leonardo da Vinci, Theo Jansen and his wind-fed “Strandbeests” have landed in Okinawa for the first time. From both an artistic and scientific standpoint, this is sure to be an unprecedented, innovative exhibit.
Organizers: Theo Jansen Okinawa Exhibit Executive Committee

Title: 46th Okinawan Art and Culture Festival
Dates: Saturday, November 18, 2017 – Sunday, November 26
Location: Museum Project Gallery
Description: This exhibit will showcase pieces by Okinawa citizens in the mediums of photography, calligraphy, and other artworks as an opportunity to display their works to the public and encourage their continued advancement of the prefecture’s cultural arts scene. In addition to holding workshops, a “mini-ennale”, based off of the Italian biennale exhibits, will be held in conjunction with events around Okinawa.
Organizers: Okinawa Prefecture, Okinawa Arts and Culture Council

Title: 9th Okinawa Nenrin-pic Kariyushi Arts Exhibit
Dates: Early December
Location: Museum Project Gallery
Description: This exhibit will showcase the works of elderly citizens to promote and show appreciation for their participation in the arts culture. Delicate, vibrant, and powerful, all of the pieces convey the passion of the artists themselves. There will be over 300 pieces in the collection, spanning the mediums of Japanese-style paintings, Western-style paintings, sculpture, crafting, calligraphy, and photography.
Organizers: Okinawa Prefecture, Okinawa Prefecture Social Welfare Council

Title: 29th Okinawa Prefectural University of Arts Faculty of Arts and Crafts, Graduate School of Formative Arts Graduation Exhibition
Dates: Wednesday, February 14, 2018 – Sunday, February 18
Location: Museum Project Gallery
Description: This exhibit will showcase the works of the graduating classes of both the undergraduate and graduate programs as a testament to their years of research. It I the hope of the school that this exhibit becomes a starting point of the graduates’ new journeys to lead the vanguard of cultural arts in different fields
Organizers: Okinawa Prefectural University of Arts

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