Friday, 6 December 2013

Extra edition: art exhibition “Children on Canvas“

The art exhibition "Children on Canvas — The Bond Between Great Artists and Their Offspring" will open in April next year at the Mori Arts Center Gallery in Roppongi, Tokyo.

This is an updated version of the exhibition “Les Enfants Modèles” — an expression in French with the dual meaning of “children who posed as models” and “model children” — which took place at the Musée de l’Orangerie in Paris in 2009.
Mr. Emmanuel Bréon, the former director of the Musée de l’Orangerie and the curator of the original exhibition in France, and Mr. Nobuyuki Senzoku, Professor Emeritus at Seijo University, supervised the content.

The theme of this exhibition is to portray the experiences of the children who posed as models, convey the feelings of the parents or the artists who were close to the children, and interpret the messages or episodes depicted in each artwork for the audience.

Approximately ninety pieces of artwork will be exhibited, including those by great artists such as Renoir, Monet, Matisse, and Picasso.

The venue and schedule are as follows:

Tokyo: Saturday, April 19th – Sunday, June 29th, 2014
Mori Arts Center Gallery (Roppongi Hills Mori Tower 52F)

Osaka: Saturday, July 19th – Monday, October 13th (National Holiday), 2014
Osaka City Museum of Fine Arts (Tennoji Park)

*For details of the exhibition or ticket sales, please refer to the official website:

Kazimir Malevich and the Russian Avant-Garde

Kazimir Malevich,The Woodcutter (recto)/ Peasant Women
in Church (verso),

1912. Collection Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam.
Russian painter Kazimir Malevich founded the new art movement Suprematism in 1915. Suprematism aims to create abstract depictions that are in themselves pure forms of art rather than visual reproductions of worldly items. The Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, owner of the largest collection of Malevich’s works outside of Russia, offers a retrospective of the painter’s influential career through some 350 paintings and by studying Malevich’s relations with other artists of his time.

Along with his Russian colleagues, Malevich was shaped heavily by the French art movements of Impressionism and Cubism. But these avant-garde artists gradually sensed the end of the era of Western European paintings. They believed the new movement would come from the east and turned to Russian art, studying folk and religious tales, prints with folk themes and Russian icons. The artists used deep red, green and yellow in their works, and Malevich, too, contrasted striking colors in his portrayals of farm laborers.

Kazimir Malevich, Suprematism: Self-Portrait in
Two Dimensions
, 1915.
Collection Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam.
In 1915, Malevich suddenly presented new works in an exhibit titled “0.10.” They were paintings of simple geometric shapes like circles, rectangles and crosses painted in key colors of black, red, blue and yellow on white backgrounds. Malevich defied conventions of reproducing reality such as in his renderings of depth, and he asserted Suprematism as a victory of colors and shape against reality. Our current program reproduces this 1915 “0.1” exhibit. Near the ceiling where a Russian home would normally place an icon, is displayed Black Square, as a new icon of art.

Malevich’s sudden shift to pure, abstract painting remains a mystery but some believe it was caused by his involvement two years prior to “0.1” with the avant-garde opera Victory Over the Sun. Written by futurist poet Aleksei Kruchonykh with music by Mikhail Matyushin, Malevich created the stage designs and costumes. Similar to his paintings, the costumes incorporated key colors and simple forms such as cubes and cylinders. The stage that symbolized night and day was comprised of black and white simple structures as if to foreshadow the later dawn of Suprematism. A video of this opera production, Malevich’s costume designs and his stage design sketches are a key display of our exhibit.

Kazimir Malevich and the Russian Avant-Garde
19 Oct. 2013 – 2 Feb. 2014
Stedelijkmuseum Amsterdam
Museumplein 10
1071 DJ Amsterdam
The Netherlands
Opening times:
Monday to Sunday 10:00-18:00 (Thursday till 22:00)