Shaun Tan, The Arrival (Kawade Shobo Shinsha), 2011 (Japanese version)

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The World of Shaun Tan: Welcome to Nowhere

In 1999, Australian artist and film maker Shaun Tan (1974– ) published The Lost Thing, his first picture book, and adapted the story into an Academy Award-winning animated short film in 2010. Tan’s wordless monochrome graphic novel Arrival was published in multiple countries and has garnered many ardent adult fans in Japan for its distinctive worldview and expressive style. Supported by the artist’s full cooperation, this large-scale exhibition will be the first to feature Tan’s work in Japan.

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Chihiro Iwasaki. Boy with Red Hat, 1972

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Chihiro’s Children: Shuntaro Tanikawa × Torafu Architects

Shuntaro Tanikawa’s poems and Chihiro’s illustrations—despite the differences in character between these two artists, their distinctive expressive styles, polished through long careers, coupled with their insight into the hearts of children, resonate in celebration of what it means to be a child. This exhibit, based on the theme of children, represents a collaboration between Chihiro and Tanikawa along with a special hands-on space for children created by Torafu Architects.

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Ishiuchi Miyako, Mother’s #3, 2000 ©Ishiuchi Miyako. Chihiro Iwasaki, Self-Portrait (circa age 30), late 1940s

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Tale of Two Women: Miyako and Chihiro

Photographer Miyako Ishiuchi began using her mother’s former name as her professional name at the age of 28, when she embarked on her photographic career. Upon learning about Chihiro Iwasaki’s life[…]

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Chihiro Iwasaki. Boy and a Nest of Japanese Buntings, 1971

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Japanese Children’s Literature Illustrated by Chihiro Iwasaki

In this exhibit, we focus on Japanese children’s literature that Chihiro illustrated, examining an aspect of Chihiro’s work that differs from her picture books while also shedding new light on the history of postwar Japanese children’s literature. Highlighting the period that Chihiro was most active in her career, we present works based on Japan’s unique prewar sentiments and social issues, works based on the memories of war that were rapidly fading at the time, and works depicting the loss of hometown nature.

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Errol Le Cain (U.K.). From Aladdin and the Wonderful Lamp, 1981

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Chihiro Art Museum Collection: Enjoying Picture Book Fashions

Setting our sights on fashion, we take a look at the refined children’s fashion depicted in artwork from the Chihiro Art Museum Collection, including national costumes and the cultures and climates of the lands they represent, and the outfits that symbolize the characters appearing in the stories. In this exhibit we will introduce a rich array of attire from picture book stories spanning various eras and regions.

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Chihiro Iwasaki. Girl and Roses, 1969

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Chihiro Art Museum × Bunka Fashion College Collaboration: Chihiro’s Kids’ Fashion

Chihiro’s illustrations feature children wearing clothing that is colorful, modern, and comfortable. These works provide us with a glimpse into Chihiro’s sense of design and fashion sense. In this exhibit we focus on the stylish children that appear in Chihiro’s artwork. Additionally, in collaboration with Bunka Fashion College, we will exhibit designs and related materials created in class by students specializing in accessories based on the theme of “children’s clothing that expands on the impression of Chihiro’s artwork.”

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