Okinawa Prefectural Museum & Art Museum


“Cultural Medal Recipient Memorial, Fukumi Shimura”
From 12th April 2016 to 29th May 2016
Weaving textiles from cloth that has been colored using plant-based dyes, Fukumi Shimura has fashioned her own unique world in the field of modern dyeing and weaving. In 1990, she was designated a national living treasure in the world of spun silk textiles. This exhibit introduces her most representative works, from her first pieces to her latest creations, and traces the steps of her 60 year journey of creation.

“van Gogh, Monet, and Cezanne: The Maestros’ Miracles”
From 15th June 2016 to 14th August 2016
This exhibition focuses on the works of impressionists (Monet and Renoir), artists who greatly influenced impressionism (Corot and Courbet), Neo impressionists (Pissarro, Signac), and Post-impressionists (van Gogh, Cézanne). It shows how Impressionism was born, how it evolved, and how it developed. The exhibit consists of 67 magnificent pieces from the Wallaf-Richartz-Museum’s collection in Germany. Hosted by: Ryukyu Broadcasting Corp

“The Museum of Dreams ~Meeting of the Masterworks~”
From 20th December 2016 to 5th February 2017
Famous masterworks on display in Okinawa for the first time, courtesy of the Fukuoka Art Museum and Kitakyushu Municipal Museum of Art collections. The exhibit ranges Western painters such as Salvador Dali, Marc Chagall, and Joan Miro, to Japanese artists such as Kaii Higashiyama. Also includes Japanese pioneers of Western style paintings such as Ryusei Kishida, Seiki Kuroda, and Leonard Fujita, and works by contemporary artists including Yayoi Kusama and Miwa Yanagi.

Okinawa Art Series VI:“Keiichi Yamamoto ~Le fragment du reve~ (Remnants of a Dream)”
From 3rd March 2017 to 23th April 2017
Surrealist painter Keiichi Yamamoto (1913-77) is known as one of the driving forces behind the Okinawan Nishimui Artists’ Village in the postwar period. In addition to his postwar works, this exhibit also features works from the student group “Bou,” founded during Yamamoto’s college days at the Tokyo School of Arts’ Faculty of Oil Painting, and highlights the appeal of his work.

“Okinawa Art & Culture Festival 2016”
From 12th November 2016 to 20th November 2016
The 45th Okinawa Art & Culture Festival displays publicly submitted works selected by our calligraphy, photography, and fine arts divisions. During this period, there will also be live experience workshops. Entrance is free of charge. Once the exhibition has finished, there will also be an exhibit of selected photographs in the northern part of the Okinawan mainland. Hosted by: Okinawa Prefecture・Okinawa Prefectural Foundation for Cultural Promotion

“The 8th Okinawa Nenlimpic Kariyushi Art Exhibition”
From 2nd December 2016 to 7th December 2016
The Kariyushi Art Exhibition is put on to give elderly participants a chance to engage in artistic endeavors. This exhibit will display the pieces that these seniors create from day to day, and contribute to having an active elderly community. In order to submit a piece, participants must be prefectural residents over the age of 60, and all submissions must be from one of the following six categories: Japanese painting, Western painting, sculpture, crafts, calligraphy, or photograph. Hosted by: Okinawa Prefectural Government, Okinawa Prefectural Council of Social Welfare

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“The History of Okinawa’s Art”
From 26th April 2016 to 2nd April 2017 (temporarily closed from October 17th ~ 31th to switch out the selection of pieces)
Okinawa, with its subtropical climate and unique culture, reached the present day after being tossed around by the winds of change for most of its history. This exhibit introduces those changes through a number of works from the pre- and post-war periods. Learn how the artists of these periods took in their world and expressed it. This exhibit also displays works by artists of Okinawa origin working in the Japanese mainland and overseas.

New Collection Series: “Eiko Miyara ~Life~”
From 26th April 2016 to 16th October 2016
Introducing our New Collection Series, which displays newly acquired pieces. This inaugural exhibit follows the works of Eiko Miyara, a woman artist living in Okinawa. Combining paintings and sculptures, Miyara’s wishes for peace are reflected in her art.

New Collection Series: Solo exhibition Tsutomu Makishi “Ambivalent”
From 1st November 2016 to 2nd April 2017
Tsutomu Makishi (1941-2015) was one of the pioneers of postwar Okinawan art. This exhibit includes pieces from Makishi’s 1970’s Naha City painting class “Penthouse,” as well as works made on a flat plane using materials such as mortar, lacquer, and skillets. Also included is his “Airplane Series,” which shows Okinawa’s military base issues through his own eyes, and the “Osprey Series,” created during his final years, among others.

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