AJF Priority Area: Society and Culture
Country location: Australia
Grantee: Art Gallery of NSW
A world-first exhibition curated and presented by the Art Gallery of NSW, Japan supernatural will feature over 180 wildly imaginative works of art by Japanese artists past and present from 1700s to now.
Through extraordinary images from collections worldwide and the Gallery's own rich holdings, Japan supernatural introduces an astonishing visual array of phenomenal beings from fiendish goblins through to mischievous shapeshifters. The AGNSW invites visitors to come face to face with these mysterious creatures in an immersive environment featuring large-scale installations alongside miniature carvings, humorous paintings and the vibrant ukiyo-e woodblock prints that define the tradition of the supernatural in Japanese art.
Centred on a monumental installation of painting and sculpture by Takashi Murakami, the exhibition features some of the greatest Japanese artists of the past including Katsushika Hokusai, Utagawa Kuniyoshi, Tsukioka Yoshitoshi and Kawanabe Kyosai, alongside contemporary artists Chiho Aoshima, Fuyuko Matsui and Miwa Yanagi who update the tradition for our times.
Exclusive to AGNSW, the Japan supernatural exhibition will be supported by a rich and vibrant public programs schedule and a new publication of original scholarship.
Book (catalogue) launch AGNSW, Sydney, 01/11/2019
Opening Event of Exhibition, AGNSW, Sydney, 01/11/2019
Public talk: Takashi Murakami, AGNSW, Sydney, 01/11/2019
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Australia-Japan Foundation grant: $20,000