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12th Exhibition at the Museum of Osaka University: "Lines and the Power of Expression," The Development of the Art Styles of SUDA Kunitaro

2010-10-27 (Wed) - 2011-1-8 (Sat)

The Museum of Osaka University will hold its 12th exhibition, "Lines and the Power of Expression," The Development of the Art Styles of SUDA Kunitaro from Wednesday, October 27, 2010 through Saturday, January 8, 2011. A workshop and lectures will also be held in connection with this exhibition.

Humans have used lines as means of communication since the age of primitive rock paintings. Lines combined to become letters to convey words, became a means for capturing the world, and developed into paintings. In Japan and China lines are considered important as shown by the fact that drawing objects with firm lines ranks second among the six basic rules of drawing. In Western drawings, it goes without saying that lines play an important role. In the modern art world, there have been a variety of styles using lines.

In this exhibition, in addition to Noh and Kyogen drawings by SUDA Kunitaro (1891-1961), the Western-style artist whose work were donated to the Osaka University Library, various ways of expression using lines by Japanese painters and artists in the modern age will be on display. They include: FUJITA Tsuguharu, MURAKAMI Kagaku, MATSUMOTO Shunsuke, YOSHIHARA Jiro, MATSUTANI Takesada, MIKAMI Makoto, SATO Churyo, NAKAMURA Sadao, and HAMADA Hiroaki.

Introducing realistic lines reproducing an object's shape on a screen, lines claiming their own beauty, and differences between Japanese and Western line drawings, the exhibition will display Mr. Suda's drawing of Noh and Kyogen stage performances, a topic that fascinated him. These drawings will demonstrate the process through which realistic lines accelerated along with the performer's movements, transforming the sketches into images of movement.

They will also show the process through which such lines, freed from reproduced objects became moving objects, and finally transformed into a new art expression, into abstract paintings.

  • Date & time: Wednesday, October 27, 2010 - Saturday, January 8, 2011, 10:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  • Closed on: Saturdays, Sundays, and from Wednesday, December 29, 2010 through Monday, January 3, 2011 (Note: Although the museum is normally closed on Sundays, it is open on Sunday, November 7.)
  • There is NO entrance fee.

Exhibition-related events


November 6 (Sat.), 1:30 - 3:00 p.m.

"Enjoying Lines -- Draw with a Single Stroke of the Brush"

NAKAMURA Sadao, painter, lecturer at Takarazuka University

Enjoy drawing without lifting your brush from the paper, a style which Pablo Picasso was good at. Lines you draw will become installation art in the lobby on the first floor.

The organizers will provide you with drawing paper and pencils. However, if you have a sketch book, brush, or pencil, you are welcome to bring them with you.

The first 40 persons making application will be accepted for participation in the workshop.

Museum lectures

  • Lecture No. 28 -- Sunday, November 7, 1:30 - 3:00 p.m.
  • "Tracks of Line Drawing," NAKAMURA Sadao, painter, Lecturer at Takarazuka University
  • Lecture No. 29 -- Saturday, November 27, 1:30 - 3:00 p.m.
  • "Earthy Music -- John Cage's Musical Graphic Notation," UENO Masaaki, Joint researcher, Research Centre for Japanese Traditional Music, Kyoto City University of Arts
  • Lecture No. 30 -- Saturday, December 4, 1:30 -3:00 p.m.,
  • "Noh and Drawings meet -- SUDA Kunitaro -- Reexamining Noh and Kyogen Drawings," AMANO Fumio, Professor emeritus, Osaka University
  • Lecture No. 31 -- Saturday, December 4, 3:15 - 4:30 p.m.
  • "Noh and my father, SUDA Kunitaro," SUDA Hiroshi, Advisor, Central Japan Railway Company
  • His lecture will be followed by Talks by AMANO and SUDA.
  • Lecture No. 32 -- Saturday, December 11, 1:30 - 3:00 p.m.
  • "Vestiges of the act -- group work in the 1950s," KATO Mizuho, Ashiya City Museum of Art and History
  • Venue: Lectures will be held in the seminar room on the 3rd floor. No registration is required. Registration will be accepted from 30 minutes before each lecture starts.
    Quota: 60 for each lecture

    Sponsored by: Museum of Osaka University, Osaka University Libraries

    Jointly sponsored by: Graduate School of Letters
    In cooperation with
    : Ashiya City Museum of Art and History, Kaitokudo for the 21st Century

Date: 2010-10-27 (Wed) - 2011-1-8 (Sat)
Venue: Machikaneyama Shugaku-kan, Museum of Osaka University
Registration: Not necessary.
Contact: Machikaneyama Shugaku-kan, Museum of Osaka University

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