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Current Exhibition

Adoration of Bamboo

Special Feature of Oita Bamboo Art and History

Oita Prefectural Art Museum (OPAM) has a collection of more than 5000 items, mainly by artists from, or connected to, Oita Prefecture. Throughout the year, we present these works through collection exhibitions and special exhibitions. In particular, our collection of about 300 bamboo art works, from both within Oita Prefecture and other parts of the country, is known as one of the largest and highest-quality collections in Japan. The centerpiece of the collection is 76 items (20 deposits) by Oita Prefecture’s own SHONO Shounsai (1904-74) who was the first person in the field of bamboo art to be designated as a Living National Treasure.
At OPAM, we view bamboo art works as being important, local, cultural assets which reflect Oita Prefecture’s culture, climate and nature. Presently, within the collection exhibition, we are presenting a series of special exhibitions titled “Adoration of Bamboo: Special Features of Oita’s Bamboo Art and History”.
“Shikun (此君)”, used in the Japanese title for this special exhibition, is another name for bamboo. It alludes to a phrase of Wang Zixou, a literary man of Jin dynasty (266–420) China who deeply adored bamboo; “It’s unbearable to spend one day without this lord (Shikun 此君).”
This special exhibition (Vol.4 and 5 being held in 2022) introduces the history and characteristics of bamboo art from a variety of angles, with each volume following a different theme. Please enjoy the various charms of bamboo art.

Period
vol.4: Jul. 15 -Sep. 12/ vol.5: Sep. 16-Nov. 13
Venue
Collection Gallery (3rd floor)

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Collection ExhibitionⅡ Challenges in Art

- Color, form, and material -

SHIRONO Fumitoshi
《Pastoral B》1959

Coinciding with the Special Exhibition: “The Collection of The National Museum of Art, Osaka: 100 Years of Contemporary Art,” this exhibition introduces the flow of post-war art in Oita mainly from the 1950s to the 1980s. During this period, many different artistic movements were introduced from overseas, while daily life of people changed dramatically. You may encounter challenges in the use of color, form, and material by the artists, and their endless curiosity.

Period
Jul.15 – Sep. 12
Venue
Collection Gallery (3rd floor)

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The Collection of The National Museum of Art, Osaka: 100 Years of Contemporary Art

Wassily Kandinsky
Bild im Bild (Picture within Picture),1929

Since 1977, The National Museum of Art, Osaka has been collecting, preserving and exhibiting contemporary art from Japan and abroad. Once every four years, the museum lends its collection to the other venues. This year it will tour Hiroshima Prefectural Art Museum and Oita Prefectural Art Museum. The exhibition introduces development in contemporary art over the past 100 years from the beginning of abstract art such as Kandinsky to diverse expression in post-2000 era. I hope you will encounter enchanting world of contemporary art which will stimulate you and give you a sense of wonder.

Period
June 11– August 21
Venue
Gallery A (1st floor)

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