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“Art Tunes!” Presents: Becoming Art at Oita Prefectural Art Museum

Be the art to enjoy art more! The world of NHK Educational TV “Art Tunes!” comes to Oita Prefectural Art Museum (OPAM)! Masterpieces like Beauty Looking Back, Portrait of Reiko and The Great Wave off Kanagawa have been turned into songs by “Art Tunes!” This exhibition offers interactive media art involving replicas and videos derived from these works. The theme is ‘Becoming Art’, so come along and become characters and figures in the artworks, and have fun with art! Other artworks related to “Art Tunes!” will be on display as well.

Period
February 19 - May 9, 2021
Venue
Atrium(1st floor), Gallery B(3rd floor), Collection Gallery(3rd floor)

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Sato Masaharu Trace-Absence of Presence / Presence of Absence

Sato Masaharu was born in Usuki City located in the south part of the Oita Prefecture in 1973. He creates animation and two-dimensional works with the "rotoscope" technique. The technique is to finely trace common life sceneries in a computer after shooting them with video camera. These works make the audience feel the presence and the fragility of things at the same time. He died at the age of 45 in 2019. In this exhibition, we will show his works including his major works such as "Calling", "Tokyo Trace" and "Fukushima Trace".

Period
May 15 - June 27, 2021
Venue
Gallery A(1st floor)

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WHO ARE WE And What Can We Learn From Observation?

Collection of the National Museum of Nature and Science, Tokyo | Vol.01 Mammals

Stand eye-to-eye, nose-to-nose with savannah dwellers. Take a close look at your hundred million year-old relative. Compare Southern and Northern Hemisphere animals. Examine mammals separated by distance, time, and species. Inside the display unit drawers are specimens that help you see our world from a new angle. Each time you open a drawer brings a new perspective, gradually fueling your curiosity. Looking at these mounted specimens a second or third time brings a different image into view.

You begin to notice mysteries that you didn’t spot before, and realize that things may be deeper than you thought. New questions begin to seep into your mind. What does it mean to be a mammal? Or a human? Who exactly are we? You commenced by looking at taxidermy, but suddenly you begin to see the world. And begin to see yourself. The events you see are fitting in with events in the outside world. It’s biology that only speechless specimens can communicate.

Period
July 22-September 12
Venue
Collection Gallery(3rd floor)

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110th anniversary Wasaburo Itozono : Soul Prayer, Silent Message

Sky, Water, Earth and People, 1970, Deposit

 The Western-style painter Wasaburo Itozono was born in Nakatsu City, Oita Prefecture. At 11 years of age, he contracted a serious disease, which crushed his hopes of advancing to secondary and higher education. He moved to Tokyo at the age of 16 and studied oil painting at the Institute (Shajitsu Kenkyusho) run by Kanji Maeta. The Shunyo Art Exhibition in 1930 was the first collective exhibition for which his work was selected. Thereafter, he began to attract special attention as a promising emerging surrealist in the Japanese art world. In 1943, he participated in founding a group named “Shinjinga-kai” in response to a call from Chozaburo Inoue. Even during wartime, he was loyal to his conscience as a painter despite restricted freedom of expression. After the end of WWII, he returned to Nakatsu and continued his artistic creation there. From 1947, he made his works public mainly at exhibitions of Jiyu Bijutsu-ka Kyokai. Poetically depicting the anxiety and loneliness of modern people, his works enjoyed a high reputation and widespread popularity both in Japan and abroad.
 Celebrating the 110th anniversary of Itozono’s birth, this exhibition traces his entire painting career through his representative works, ranging from early and postwar works with strong social messages to poetic and humanistic works in his later years. In addition, the exhibition also displays related materials, including his sketchbooks, in which he developed ideas for his works, and the painting tools he actually used.
 The exhibition will share with you the timeless sincere messages of Itozono, who continued to paint while always watching quietly over society and people.

Period
September 18 - October 31, 2021
Venue
Collection Gallery(3rd floor)

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