Yasuo Segawa From “Kiyomori - Vol.5 of Emaki Heikemonogatari”(Holp Shuppan), 1987

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Yasuo Segawa Exhibition: The Story of Life

Artist Yasuo Segawa (1932–2010) depicted the origins of life in all things in nature. He incorporated art from different times and regions and made use of his exceptional technical skills in the creation of his work. Starting in 1977, he dedicated himself to portraying plant life. Upon setting his sights on shapes created by nature as his subject matter, Segawa went on to create a unique world through his distinctive mode of expression comprising densely constructed forms of lines and dots. In this exhibit, in addition to original artwork and tableaux, we will display sketches of plants and materials used in the picture book production process as we explore what […]

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Shigeo Nishimura. From Gata-Goto Gata-Goto (Click-Clack Click-Clack), 1999

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Chihiro Art Museum Collection Exhibit: Let’s Go by Train!

Illustrations and picture books featuring trains by picture book artists attest to the appeal of railway transportation across time and countries. From realistic representations to the world of the fantastic, different artists employ different approaches to create expressive effects. In this exhibit we introduce works depicting a range of trains, from steam locomotives to subways. And don’t worry; we haven’t forgotten the train that is nearest to our museum: the train parked in Totto-chan Square.

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Chihiro Iwasaki. Girl with Sweet Peas and Freesias, 1963

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Celebrating the Shinshu Flower Festival 2019—Chihiro: A Flowered Life

Chihiro, known as an artist of flowers and children, could always be found in the vicinity of flowers. She adored them and the bond she established with flowers supported her creativity. In this exhibit, divided into such chapters as “Chihiro’s Garden,” “Chihiro’s Atelier” and “Chihiro’s Kurohime Mountain Villa,” we present a variety of Chihiro’s work featuring flowers, exploring the affection she had for her floral companions.

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Yoshio Shimizu. Boy Jumping Rope, 1972

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Pioneers of the Land of Art for Children: The Seven Members of the Japan Doga Artists Association

Between Japan’s Taisho (1912–1926) and Showa (1926–1989) periods, numerous high-quality picture magazines for children were published, including Kodomo no Tomo (Children’s Companion), Akai Tori (Red Bird) and Kodomo no Kuni (Children’s Land). Supporting this golden age of art publications for children was a group of artists who went beyond simply making illustrations for children’s literature to create a unique artistic genre, called Doga (art for children). To this end, they established the Japan Doga Artists Association and competed with one another in producing artistic illustrations for children. In this exhibition we will introduce the artwork of these Japan Doga Artists Association members—Kiichi Okamoto, Shiro Kawakami, Yoshio Shimizu, Takeo Takei, Shigeru […]

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Chihiro Iwasaki. Tyltyl and Mytyl Capturing the Blue Bird in the Country of Night, from The Blue Bird (Kodansha), 1969

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Chihiro: The World of Andersen

During her career, Chihiro illustrated numerous familiar classic fairy tales that have long been loved in Japan. In particular, she was strongly attracted to the stories of Hans Christian Andersen, stories that portray the beauty, the sadness and the reality of the human world, Chihiro repeatedly produced illustrations based these tales and, in the process, created a body of work that represents a significant portion of her lifework. In this exhibit we display illustrations from Andersen stories that are still read and enjoyed today. We will track the ingenuity that Chihiro employed to create these works based on beloved fairy tales that other artists have also embraced as inspiration for […]

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Chihiro Iwasaki. Cleaning Children, 1956

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Chihiro: A Fulfilling Life

Although she lived an active life as a picture book artist, Chihiro also supported her household as a housewife. Despite her busy schedule, she enjoyed being stylish while also cooking and ensuring that her home was always comfortable for her family. Through Chihiro’s artwork and the way she lived, we will examine what it is to live a fulfilling life in today’s modern society.

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Jozef Wilkon (Poland). From [Please insert official English title], 1991

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Chihiro Art Museum Collection Exhibition: 100 years of Diplomatic Relations—Picture Books of Poland and Finland

2019 marks Japan’s 100th year of diplomatic relations with Poland, and more than 100 years of diplomatic relations with Finland. In celebration of these milestones, we will present works by Wilkon, Gaudasinska, Grabianski and Stasys of Poland, and Vuori, Taina and Kaila of Finland.

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Tatyana Mavrina. From Prince Ivan Flying on a Wolf, 1950

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Chihiro Art Museum Collection Exhibition: Stories of the World

Age-old folk tales, legends, and the fairy tales of Andersen and Grimm are still loved around the world after more than 100 years. Stories such as these have enthralled picture book artists in every corner of the globe. And even when these artists portray the same story, because each employs his or her own different technique and expressive style, they are able to produce works that are distinctively rich in character. In this exhibition we present the world of stories as depicted by artists from the Museum Collection and hope that you will enjoy revisiting these tales through the pictures that were created to tell them.

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Tai Yasu. From Suiccho Neko (The Cat Who Swallowed a Cricket) (Froebel-Kan), 1975

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The Standard Bearer of the Art for Children Movement: Tai Yasu, the Cat Artist

Tai Yasu (1903–1979) began producing artwork for the illustrated children’s magazine Kodomo no Kuni (Children’s Land) in the latter half of the 1920s and became a central figure among his colleagues, who came to be known as the second generation of children’s artists. After the war, he promptly dedicated himself to the revival of art for children and continued to produce illustrations of endearing animals rooted in realism for children’s books. In this exhibit we showcase numerous examples of Yasu’s picture book illustrations and artwork for children with a focus on his specialty of cats. Additionally, we will present assorted materials reflecting trends in the world of art for children […]

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Janusz Grabianski. From Poems for Kaji, 1969

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Chihiro Art Museum Collection: Cats! Cats! Cats!

Cats have been a familiar presence to humans since ancient times. They also make frequent appearances in picture books and paintings. In this exhibit we showcase selected works from the Chihiro Art Museum Collection featuring cats, displaying depictions of felines through diverse techniques and design approaches. Featured artwork includes illustrations from Jozef Wilkon’s Mr. Brown’s Cat and Makoto Wada’s Shijimi the Cat.

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