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

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

ChihiroIwasaki , Girl with White Muffler , 1970

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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 , 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, 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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