Chihiro Iwasaki , Girl Sitting at Her Desk at Sunset , 1973

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Exhibition Series:Life—The 100th Anniversary of Chihiro Iwasaki’s Birth

Children’s Room Torafu Architects

While the children of today are really no different from the children at the time that Chihiro Iwasaki was creating illustrations of them, society and the environment in which children now grow up have undergone major changes. What if there was a room where children could feel safe and relaxed? What kind of room would it be? In this exhibition, Torafu Architects, an architectural firm active in such diverse fields such as architecture, interior design and furniture, incorporated ideas from Chihiro Iwasaki’s artwork to propose a room for children that offers visitors a chance to experience the world of Chihiro Iwasaki. Children’s Room / Torafu Architects » Detail Exhibition Series: […]

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Chihiro Iwasaki, Snow Fantasy, 1971

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Exhibition Series:Life—The 100th Anniversary of Chihiro Iwasaki’s Birth

Everyone’s Alive Shuntaro Tanikawa

Poet Shuntaro Tanikawa has been composing poems for over half a century, during which time he has mastered the ability to deftly convey the essence of the subjects he presents in his works. The vast collection of poetry he has composed to date seems infinite in its scope, incorporating all things in the universe. The children, the flowers, and the birds depicted in Chihiro Iwasaki’s artwork speak of the dearness and preciousness of small lives. In this exhibition we combine Tanikawa’s poetry and Chihiro’s illustrations, juxtaposing works that are completely different in nature to create an opportunity to hear the lives that dwell all around us and the sound of […]

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Chihiro Iwasaki, The Girl Gazing Ahead from Watashi ga Chiisakatta Toki ni (When I was a child)(Doshinsha), 1967

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Exhibition Series:Life—The 100th Anniversary of Chihiro Iwasaki’s Birth

ひろしま / hiroshima Ishiuchi Miyako

Ishiuchi Miyako continues to photograph selected relics of victims of the 1945 atomic bombing that are preserved in the Peace Memorial Museum in Hiroshima, particularly items that were in direct contact with the victims’ bodies. The dresses, shoes and blouses featured in the photographs, shot in natural light, almost appear as though they are floating, enabling viewers to almost sense the breath of life of those who wore them. Chihiro Iwasaki created three picture books based on the theme of war, the first of which was Watashi ga Chiisakatta Toki Ni (When I was a Child) (1967), which combined illustrations with poetry and essays written by children survivors of the […]

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Chihiro Iwasaki, Children Peeping Through a Hedge, from Tonari ni Kita Ko (Will You Be My Friend?), Shikosha, 1970

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Exhibition Series:Life—The 100th Anniversary of Chihiro Iwasaki’s Birth

Play plaplax

plaplax employs assorted media, such as video and space, to create interactive art focusing on children’s play. For this exhibition, the group gives form to an exhibit with a focus on the keyword “play” that explores new frontiers in picture book-making while enjoying Chihiro Iwasaki’s watercolor techniques and other innovative methods. Play / plaplax » Detail Exhibition Series: Life In 2018, Chihiro Art Museum (Tokyo, Azumino), in commemoration of the 100th anniversary of Chihiro Iwasaki’s birth, will explore a new type of exhibition in collaboration with artists active in various fields, all of whom are engaged in activities that focus on the theme of “life.” These artists are all producing […]

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Chihiro Iwasaki, Girl Putting Wood in a Stove, 1973

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Travelling Shinshu with Chihiro

Shinshu, known today as Nagano Prefecture, was Chihiro’s spiritual home. It was her parents’ hometown and where she was when the war ended. In this exhibition we will focus on Chihiro’s close relationship with Shinshu through works featuring the nature and natural features of Shinshu, including sketches of Matsukawa-village, Azumino and the Otari hot springs, as well as the picture book she created at a mountain villa in Kurohime plateau, presented along with various related reference materials.

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Hussein Gamaan, from The Magic Bead, 1997

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The Chihiro Art Museum Collection: A Rich Variety of Birds of the World

Birds, animals that are very familiar to humans, have fascinated people from ancient times through their beautiful shapes and colors and have been featured in many works of art. Each and every depiction of a bird reveals something of the local characteristic of its region as well as the personality of the artist who created it. In this exhibition we will present a number of works featuring birds from the Chihiro Art Museum Collection. We hope that you will enjoy viewing these birds from around the world.

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Ib Spang Olsen, The Boy in the Moon, 1975 (Fukuinkan Shoten Publishers)© Ib Spang Olsen by Medialynx Japan

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Celebrating the 150th Anniversary of Japan-Denmark Diplomatic Relations Ib Spang Olsen

Ib Spang Olsen was a Danish illustrator and was recognized with the prestigious Hans Christian Andersen Award for illustration. In this exhibition we will show around 150 original pieces that were featured in a retrospective exhibit of Olsen’s work held last year in Copenhagen, including original artwork from such picture books as The Boy in the Moon and The Fairy Tales of Andersen, as well as posters and animated works.

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Chihiro Iwasaki, Girl in Fresh Green Wind, 1972

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The Path of Chihiro Iwasaki

Throughout her life, Chihiro Iwasaki never tired of creating illustrations of children. In this exhibition we will focus on Chihiro’s 55-year life and artistic career, presenting works that she produced for picture-story shows, textbooks, illustrated magazines, and picture books, along with reference materials and photographs. We hope you will enjoy this full view of Chihiro, who lived during the turbulent times spanning Japan’s Taisho (1912 – 1926) and Showa (1926 – 1989) periods, wished for the peace and happiness of children, and was active as an artist.

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Yoshio Shimizu, Ouma no Kazari (Horse Ornaments), 1918

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The 100-Year History of Japanese Picture Books

In the 1910s, several Japanese magazines for children, such as as Kodomo no Tomo (The Children’s Companion) and Akai Tori (Red Bird), were launched one after the other. Against the backdrop of the prosperity that arrived to Japan after World War I, a period known as the Taisho Democracy, highly artistic illustrated magazines and picture books emerged from the movement at the time promoting fairy tales, nursery songs and pictures for children. Following World War II, picture books enjoyed a resurgence thanks to the contributions of Chihiro Iwasaki and other unique artists. In this exhibition we will follow the progression of the uniquely rich expressiveness of Japanese picture books over the past 100 years.

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Eric Carle, Image of The Very Hungry Caterpillar, 1999

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The Chihiro Art Museum Collection: Paste! Picture Books Featuring Collage

Collage, an artistic technique in which various materials are pasted on a surface to create a composition, is one method of expression that is sometimes employed in picture books. Different artists make use of different materials. Eric Carle uses thin hand-colored paper, while Claudia Legnazzi uses various items, such as grains, leaves and packing materials. We hope that you will enjoy the varied artistic expressions made possible through collage’s interweaving of diverse textures.

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Chihiro Iwasaki, Boy on Roller Skates, 1971

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Run! Jump! Chihiro’s Varied Poses of Children

Chihiro once said, “The charm of children’s arms and legs is infinite.” She would draw sketches of her son and other children daily and could depict a child in most any conceivable pose without the need for a model. In this exhibition we will explore how Chihiro was able to capture and express the dynamism of children.

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Claudia Legnazzi, from I Have a Home, 2001

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Chihiro Art Museum Collection: The World of Children and Children of the World

In this exhibition we will showcase numerous works depicting children from the Chihiro Art Museum Collection based on the themes “The Hearts and Minds of Children,” “Children in Society,” and “Children’s Dreams.” We explore the various ways in which artists from regions with different histories and culture, nature and social conditions approach the portrayal of children.

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Chihiro Iwasaki, Onita Wearing a Straw Hat, Onita no Boshi (Poplar Publishing Co., Ltd.), 1969

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Welcome to the Inside of a Chihiro Illustration! A Chihiro Exhibition by Isao Takahata

Film director and screenwriter Isao Takahata, well versed in art and literature spanning all ages and cultures, has been active at the forefront of animation creation. He described Chihiro as “a rare artist who captures the dignity of children” and acknowledged deriving creative inspiration from her work. Through Takahata’s keen eye for beauty, this exhibition will allow guests to rediscover the appeal of Chihiro’s artwork, providing a means of experiencing the world of Chihiro’s illustrations in an all-new light.

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Takeshi Motai, from The Picture Book of Dreams, 1948

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Takeshi Motai the Dream Traveler, by Yoshitomo Nara

“Residing in day-to-day life, Takeshi Motai’s aesthetic sense is paradoxically sublime. His artwork makes no distinctions between East and West; it is pure spirit.” So says Yoshitomo Nara, the artist behind this exhibition. We hope that you will enjoy viewing works that transcend time and touched Nara’s heart, including The Debris of Paris, Motai’s sketchbook from his journeys in Paris, and his illustrated tale The Picture Book of Dreams.

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Alice and Martin Provensen, from The Voyage of the Ludgate Hill, circa 1987

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The Chihiro Art Museum Collection: Traveling Picture Books

Among picture books we can find many titles that are based on the theme of travel. In this exhibition we will present a number of works from the Chihiro Art Museum Collection related to travel, including works conveying a longing for unknown lands and foreign countries, adventures to fantasy worlds, and encounters with scenery that stirs travelers’ emotions.

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Yosuke Inoue, from Densha ehon (Billiken-shokai) 2000

Yosuke Inoue’s Oddball, Delightful, Suspicious and Agreeable Picture Books

Chihiro Iwasaki, Girl and Bindweeds, in the mid 1950s

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The 100th anniversary of birth , I am Chihiro Iwasaki, a painter

Children and flowers bathing in an abundance of bright light and revitalizing color…Chiro Iwasaki (1918~1974) was an artist and picture book artist who established the image of doga (pictures for children) and is still widely endeared by Japanese people. In commemoration of the 100th anniversary of her birth, a retrospective exhibition will be held as a remembrance of Chihiro Iwasaki as an “artist.” A space to peer into the appeal of Chihiro’s original works will be developed. At the same time, an attempt will be made to analyze Chihiro Iwasaki’s elaborate techniques by examining the formation and exploratory periods of her sensitivity, the completion of her style and the process […]

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Chihiro Iwasaki , The Girl Wearing a Red Woolen Cap , 1972

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Exhibition Chihiro Iwasaki

Chihiro Iwasaki (1918-1974) was a female master painter and illustrator of Japan. In her youth, she began to learn sketching and oil painting. When she was eighteen, she began to learn calligraphy. The work I Can Do it All by Myself of 1956 was her first picture book. The Pretty Bird won the Graphic Prize Fiera di Bologna in 1971 while Children in the Flames of War won the bronze medal of the Leipzig International Book Fair in 1974. Chihiro passed away at the age of 55 in 1974. The year 2018 marks the centennial of Chihiro Iwasaki’s birth. To celebrate this occasion, we will present 100 pieces of her […]

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