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Guercino: <EM>Madonna of the Sparrow, </EM>c.1615-16 Oil on canvasBologna, Pinacoteca Nazionale
Guercino: Madonna of the Sparrow, c.1615-16
Oil on canvas
Bologna, Pinacoteca Nazionale
TOKYO  •  The National Museum of Western Art,  •  3 March - 31 May 2015

Guercino (1591 - 1666) was one of the major painters of the Italian Baroque period who further developed the Baroque aesthetics begun by painters Caravaggio and Carracci. Conversely, he was also a painter whose style helped form later academic painting methods, and in the past has numbered amongst the most famous painters in the history of Italian art. Around the mid 19th century, when the art world began to express new values and views, Guercino was dismissed and forgotten, only to be the subject of rediscovery from the mid 20th century onwards. A number of major exhibitions have been held on his arts in recent years, primarily in Italy. The NMWA collection includes one oil painting by Guercino, and this exhibition will provide an overview of his entire oeuvre through the display of approximately 40 oil paintings. This is the first Guercino exhibition to be held in Japan.

The majority of the works in the exhibition were lent by the Civic Gallery (housed in the Palazzo del Monte di Pietà) in Cento. In fact, an earthquake struck Cento in May 2012 and the city suffered great damage. The Civic Gallery remains closed due to damage from the earthquake and there is no set date for its reopening. This exhibition is part of the region’s efforts to rebuild after the earthquake and a portion of the profits raised by this exhibition will be used for the rebuilding of the Civic Gallery.

The National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo Website

Contact: The National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo
7-7 Ueno-koen
Tokyo  110-0007
Tel: (81) 03 57 77 86 00

Jiro Takamatsu: Trajectory of Work
OSAKA  •  The National Museum of Art Osaka  •  7 April - 5 July 2015

This retrospective is devoted to Japanese artist Jiro Takamatsu (1938-1998) is not only structured around Takamatsu's paintings, prints, and three-dimensional works but also provides a reexamination of his drawings, book and magazine designs, illustrations, and documentary photographs. The exhibition also places special emphasis on the way in which the drawings Takamatsu made on a daily basis exerted a subtle and comprehensive effect on his practice; how the artist viewed his book designs and illustrations as opportunities to present a special type of work; and attempts to understand the actual conditions surrounding Takamatsu's creative process based on works that are only extant in documentary form.

The exhibition includes approximately 90 paintings, three-dimensional objects, and prints, 280 drawings, 40 books, magazines, and illustrations, and 40 documentary photographs. Using a timeline, the event focuses on almost annual shifts in Takamatsu's practice to shed light on the process of change and expansion in his art, which would be difficult to understand based solely on his widely known completed works.

Beginning in the mid-'60s, Takamatsu won a succession of awards in domestic exhibitions and represented Japan in foreign events such as the Venice Biennale (1968) and Documenta (1977).

The National Museum of Art Osaka Website

Contact: The National Museum of Art Osaka
4-2-55 Nakanoshima, kita-ku
Osaka, 530-0005
Tel: (81) 6 6447 46 80

<P>Carsten Nicolai: <EM>anti,</EM> 2004 PP lightweight structure, sound module, theremin module, transducer, amplifier, light-absorbent black paint 300×255×255cm Installation view: Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt/Main, 2005 Photo: Uwe WalterCourtesy: Galerie EIGEN + ART, Berlin / Leipzig and The Pace Gallery</P>

Carsten Nicolai: anti, 2004
PP lightweight structure, sound module, theremin module, transducer, amplifier, light-absorbent black paint 300×255×255cm
Installation view: Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt/Main, 2005 Photo: Uwe Walter
Courtesy: Galerie EIGEN + ART, Berlin / Leipzig and The Pace Gallery

Simple Forms: Contemplating Beauty
TOKYO  •  Mori Art Museum  •  25 April - 5 July 2015
The exhibition brings together around 130 of these "simple forms" from around the world, and across the ages, presented in nine sections. It will offer a panoramic view of a timeless, universal aesthetic, showing the geographical spread and historic links of that aesthetic from prehistoric stone implement to dynamic, cutting-edge installations by contemporary artists.

Mori Art Museum Website

Contact: Mori Art Museum
Roppongi Hills Mori Tower
6-10-1 Roppongi
Minato-Ku Tokyo 106-615
Tel: (81) 3 64 06 61

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