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Pierre Alechinsky

January 28 – April 9, 2017

Pierre Alechinsky was born in Belgium in 1927. After World War II he began his career as an artist after becoming involved with the avant-garde group Cobra, which was formed by a group of young artists from Belgium, Holland, and Denmark. Inspired by children's pictures, Cobra placed a strong emphasis on freedom without adhering to any given set of principles or positions, allowing each of the artists to develop his own style.
During his time with the short-lived group, Alechinsky expressed his unique character in abstract paintings based primarily on linear elements, and not long after, he discovered Asian calligraphic art in Paris. Making use of his entire body to apply sumi ink to sheets of paper stretched out on the floor, Alechinsky felt an affinity with the freewheeling, avant-garde calligraphy that was emerged from Japan at the time. On a trip to the country in 1955, Alechinsky became friends with the calligrapher Morita Shiryu and others, and made a film called Japanese Calligraphy.
Inspired by this visit, Alechinsky, who is blessed with an inherently outstanding drawing ability, moved away from the solemn oil painting of the West, and used sumi, watercolor, and acrylic paint to develop a rich style rooted in light, unrestrained lines. Alechinsky depicts a variety of forms, including the sea, trees, human beings, and monsters in paintings that were divided into frames. And while assembling a wide range of motifs inspired by things he sees and experiences in the world, Alechinsky's originality continues to assume an infinite number of guises through his masterful use of many different techniques including prints.
As he approaches his 90th birthday, the power of Alechinsky's freewheeling brush shows no signs of weakening. This exhibition presents approximately 80 works from the beginning of Alechinsky's career to his latest monumental paintings. In addition to commemorating the 150th anniversary of Japan's friendship with Belgium, the exhibition serves as the first large-scale retrospective of this Belgian artist, who has made a huge mark on postwar European painting, ever to be held in Japan.

  • Organized by The National Museum of Art, Osaka, The Mainichi Shimbun
  • With the support of Embassy of the Kingdom of Belgium in Japan
  • With the cooperation of Yamato Logistics Co., Ltd., Nippon Cargo Airlines Co., Ltd., Daikin Foundation for Contemporary Arts

An exhibition of Pierre Alechinsky in cooperation with the Musées royaux des Beaux-Arts de Belgique, Bruxelles

Works

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Pierre Alechinsky Contre la Photographie 1969
The ING BELGIUM COLLECTION © Pierre Alechinsky, 2016

Pierre Alechinsky La Nuit 1952
  Ohara Museum of Art, Kurashiki © Pierre Alechinsky, 2016

Pierre Alechinsky Forêt cardinale 1981-84
  Collection P.A. © Pierre Alechinsky, 2016

Pierre Alechinsky Votre humble serviteur 1980
  Musées royaux des Beaux-Arts de belgique,Bruxelles
© Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium, Brussels / photo: J. Geleyns - Ro scan © Pierre Alechinsky, 2016

Pierre Alechinsky Delft et sa banlieue 2008
Collection P.A. © Pierre Alechinsky, 2016

Pierre Alechinsky Réseau romain 1989
Collection P.A. © Pierre Alechinsky, 2016

Pierre Alechinsky Vocabulaire Ⅰ-Ⅷ 1986
Collection P.A. © Pierre Alechinsky, 2016

Pierre Alechinsky Profil minéral 2015
Collection P.A. © Pierre Alechinsky, 2016

Pierre Alechinsky De toutes parts 1982
Musées royaux des Beaux-Arts de belgique,Bruxelles
© Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium, Brussels / photo: J. Geleyns - Ro scan © Pierre Alechinsky, 2016

Pierre Alechinsky ©Adrien Iwanowski, 2009

Pierre Alechinsky ©Agnés Bonnot, 1986

Admission

Opening Hours

10:00-17:00 (10:00-19:00 on Fridays)
*Last entry 30 minutes before closing.

Closed

Mondays and March 21, 2017, except March 20, 2017.

Admission Fee

Adults: 900(600) yen
University students: 500(250) yen

  • *( ) admission for groups of more than 20 people.
  • *Children (up to High school students), disabled people with one attendant: Free.