ジャポニスム2018|Japonismes 2018

Main image of Tsuguharu Fujita exhibition
(Left) Léonard Foujita, Autoportrait, 1929, The National Modern Art Museum, Kyoto © Fondation Foujita / Adagp, Paris, 2018 (Right) Léonard Foujita, Bataille de chats, 1940, The National Modern Art Museum, Kyoto © Fondation Foujita / Adagp E3048, Paris, 2018

  • Exhibitions
  • January 16 - March 16, 2019

Foujita, Works of a life (1886–1968)

Tsuguharu Foujita shone and then completed his oeuvre in Paris. This show focuses on works from periods that are less-known in France—including his journey from Latin America to Asia, Japan, and his wartime experiences.

Foujita arrived in Paris at a young age and achieved great acclaim as an artist at the Ecole de Paris. During three stays in Paris (1913-1931, 1939-1940 and 1950-1968), Foujita experienced key milestones, including successful solo exhibitions, becoming a naturalized citizen of France and converting to Catholicism.
The exhibition will feature Foujita’s work from three different periods—from 1913 when he first arrived in France until he left Paris in 1931; the 1930s to 1940s when he traveled in Latin America and then returned to Tokyo, Japan, from where he embarked on journeys to numerous places in Japan, China and Southeast Asia; and after the war when he created pieces paying homage to France, where he chose to spend the last years of his life. In France, Foujita is most famous for his work during his first stay in Paris, but his rarely-seen pieces from the 1930s and 1940s are virtually unknown. This exhibition offers a rare opportunity in Paris, Foujita’s second home, to view works from six decades of artistic activity, gathered from around the world, particularly Japan.

・Period:
 January 16 – March 16, 2019
・Venue:
 Maison de la culture du Japon à Paris
・Organized by:
 The Japan Foundation, The National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto
・Curators:
 Yoko Hayashi, Art Historian , Senior Researcher(Visual Arts), Arts and Culture Department at Agency for Cultural Affairs of Japan
 Sophie Krebs, Chief Curator at Musée d’art moderne de la Ville de Paris
・Executive Committee Members:
 Shuji Takashina, Director, Ohara Museum of Art
 Masaaki Ozaki, Director, Museum of Modern Art, Ibaraki and others
・With Special Support of:
 The Asahi Shimbun, NHK
・In cooperation with:
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(Updated: 1/11/2019)