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April 11(Tue.) - June 11(Sun.), 2006

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1. Modern Art from Europe and the U.S.
The first half of the 20th century was a period of great experimentation and creativity that rewrote art history. In this exhibit, we showcase some of the most well-known works of European and American modern art. Among these are pieces by Paul Cézanne, who got his start with the Impressionist of the 19th century and went on to lay the foundation for modern painting; Pablo Picasso, who, beginning with Cubism, took bold steps to develop new expressions in painting; Wassily Kandinsky, the foremost pioneer in abstract painting; Max Ernst, one of the most representative painters of Surrealism; and the sculpture of Henry Moore and Hans Arp.

2. Post-war Art from Europe and the U.S.
In the second half of the 20th century, artistic expression expanded in a variety of new directions. While art attempted to express something, it also grew to be increasingly subjective as the work itself came to be seen as a material. Among the more significant trends were American Abstract Expressionism, which placed a strong emphasis on the materiality of paint; minimal art, which sought to eliminate the individuality of the artist; and the work of Italian painters such as Lucio Fontana and Piero Manzoni. In this exhibit, we focus on post-war art from Europe and the U.S. with an emphasis on painting.

3. Contemporary German Painting
To accompany the Sigmar Polke exhibition, we feature the work of three artists who represent contemporary German painting. Born in the former East Germany, Gerhard Richter has explored new forms of expression in abstract painting by applying and removing thick layers of paint from the canvas. Georg Baselitz is known for portraying the human form upside-down. The recent works of Anselm Kiefer, previously associated with paintings that expressed the dark experience of World War II, are imbued with a calm air and depict a male figure lying a across a starry sky.

4. Shusaku Arakawa
In this exhibit, we present the early paintings of Shusaku Arakawa, who is still active in New York where he has been based since the early 60s. In the 60s and 70s, Arakawa began showing his "diagram painting" and "mechanism of meaning" series, which expressed the artist's own thought process thought the use of lines, diagrams, symbols and works, and keenly explored the issues of perception and consciousness. Here we introduce some of Arakawa's work from that period, including three pieces which the museum acquired during the last fiscal year.

5. Yasumasa Morimura / Miwa Yanagi
In this section, we present photographic works by two Kansai-based artists. In the late 80's, Yasumasa Morimura created self-portraits in which he transformed himself into well-known figures from art masterpieces and famous actresses. On display will be a range of the artist's work from "Portrait (Van Gogh)" to Vermeer's "The Artist's Studio," which was produced in collaboration with the National Museum of Art, to his most recent works. Since the 90s, Miwa Yanagi has been producing computer-manipulated work that deals with theme of women. Here we present two works from the artist's early series, "Elevator Girl."

6. Contemporary Sculpture
In this exhibit, we focus on the diverse range of expressions in contemporary sculpture. Among these are a work by Toshikatsu Endo, which consists of a burned wooden coffin filled with water, and one by Shigeo Toya, which is a large block of wood that was roughly chipped away with a chainsaw. Stephan Balkenhol and Katsura Funakoshi have both explored new possibilities by rendering the human form in wood. In addition, we present sculptures which incorporate video by Nam June Paik and Tony Oursler as examples of new forms of three-dimensional expression.

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