Exhibitions to Visit in Japan This September

One of the top things to do when you travel is to visit local museums. However, searching for exhibitions and deciding which one to go to is definitely a challenge. To save you all the trouble, the Value has gathered all the information you would want to know about upcoming exhibitions. To continue with this exhibition series, we are going to introduce some exciting shows in Japan that you can visit this September.


1. Masterpieces of French Landscape Paintings from The Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts, Moscow

Location: National Museum of Art, Osaka
Date: 21 July - 14 October 2018

At the museum is 65 modern French landscape paintings from Moscow’s Pushkin Museum from the 17th to 20th centuries. Featured collectors include Sergei Shchukin and Ivan Morozov, two businessmen who built fortunes in Moscow prior to the Russian Revolution. Monet’s Luncheon on the Grass is making its debut in Japan in this exhibition.

Luncheon on the Grass by Claude Monet

Boulevard Saint-Michel by Jean-François Raffaëlli

2. Popular Impressions: Japanese Prints from the Lee E. Dirks Collection

Location: Jotenkaku Museum, Kyoto
Date: 3 July - 30 September 2018

This exhibition features 166 ukyio-e masterpieces from the Lee E. Dirks Collection for the first time in Japan. His collection consists of works by ukiyo-e artists spanning two centuries of ukiyo-e print history, from Hishikawa Moronobu, the founding father of the ukiyo-e print tradition, Kitagawa Utamaro, grand master of the bijinga depiction of beautiful women to Katsushika Hokusai and Utagawa Hiroshige.

Lovers behind the wooden screen by Hishikawa Moronobu

Pensive Love (Mono-omou koi), from the series Anthology of Poems: the Love Section (Kasen koi no bu) by Kitagawa Utamaro

3. National Library Print Collection in France, Picasso

Location: Museum "Eki" Kyoto
Date: 7 September - 8 October 2018

The exhibition focuses on the prints of the 20th century's greatest masters, Pablo Picasso (1881-1973). He produced works including woodblock prints, lithographs, linoleum, and woodcut. Around 100 works will be featured in the exhibition.

Portrait of a woman in a hat with pompoms and a printed blous by Pablo Picasso

Bullfight Matador by Pablo Picasso

4. Treasures of Buddhist Art

Location: Sen-oku Hakukokan Museum, Kyoto
Date: 8 September - 14 October 2018

The special exhibition showcases gilt-bronze Buddhas covered with gleaming gold, wooden Buddhist sculptures and sublime Buddhist craft objects in which the essence of the Buddhist teachings is condensed. It introduces the vast and varied world of Buddhist art, including sculpture and handicrafts.

Mirror, Engraved Figures of Buddhas, Heian period

Standing Maitreya, gilt bronze. Northern Wei period, dated 498.

5. Kurosawa Travels Around the World

Location: National Film Archive of Japan, Tokyo
Date: 17 April - 23 September 2018

It has been 20 years since film director Akira Kurosawa passed away in 1998. And still his name resounds in the present day.This exhibition spotlights Kurosawa’s supreme internationality by showing 84 posters of his films from 30 countries, together with other materials related to his connections abroad, selected from the collection of Toshifumi Makita, a researcher specializing in Akira Kurosawa.

Kagemusha (1981), East Germany

Drunken Angel (1960), Poland

6. Michelangelo and the Ideal Body

Location: The National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo
Date: 19 June - 24 September 2018

The approximately 70 works displayed in the exhibition will explore how artists in their respective periods, Antiquity and the Renaissance, created their own ideal human form based on Michelangelo's masterwork sculptures David-Apollo and Young St. John the Baptist.

A production of the famous statue of Laocoön and His Sons will also be featured at the exhibition

Apollo-David by Michelangelo

7. Jump Magazine 50th Anniversary

Location: Mori Art Museum, Tokyo
Date: 17 July - 30 September 2018

To celebrate 50 years since the 1968 launch of Weekly Shonen Jump, a series of three exhibitions has been organized surveying the magazine’s history from its first issue up to the present day. The third of these three exhibitions will bring together popular manga from the 2000s plus current manga series, including ONE PIECE, NARUTO, BLEACH, HUNTER×HUNTER, DEATH NOTE, ASSASSINATION CLASSROOM and HAIKYU.