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Current Special Exhibition

“Masterpieces from the Shiseido Art House Collection”
Celebrating 40 Years of the Shiseido Art House
— Part 1: Japanese Painting & Lacquer Art

Duration: October 3 (Tue) through December 17 (Sun), 2017 <Entrance is free of charge>

The Shiseido Art House opened in November 1978 in Kakegawa-shi, Shizuoka prefecture, and in the four decades since it has served as a regional art museum through well over 100 exhibitions.
The current exhibition, “Masterpieces from the Shiseido Art House,” is a thank-you exhibition offered to all of the people who have supported us over these many years. This two-part* exhibition of about 120 pieces shows many of the museum’s most popular items, spanning genres from Japanese- and Western–style paining to contemporary art to traditional crafts. Many were originally part of Shiseido’s “Tsubaki-kai Art Exhibitions,” held intermittently since 1947, and its “Exhibition of Modern Industrial Arts” series held between 1975 and 1995.

Responding to the question of what a company might do to cultivate good relationships with its customers, one answer is to be found in Shiseido’s efforts, over the past forty years, to operate an art museum and freely open the collections within to public appreciation. It is sometimes said in the art world that “the collection tells of the collector,” and similarly, a corporate collection represents the face of the company that holds it. Shiseido’s collection of beautiful art well and truly embodies the company’s aesthetic sense, but in a form different from the cosmetics it sells.
In this way, we hope this exhibition will help people understand Shiseido more fully, becoming a place to share the pleasures brought by art and to deepen happy, fruitful relationships between the company and its customers.

Part 2 of “Masterpieces from the Shiseido Art House Collection,” focusing on Western-style painting, contemporary art and art of ceramics, is currently slated to be held January through March, 2018.

■Related Events

Gallery Curator Discussion
  • Dates:
  • October 27 (Fri) and 28 (Sat), November 24 (Fri) and 25 (Sat), and December 8 (Fri) and 9 (Sat)

2:00–2:30PM <Participation is free and no reservations are required.>

  • Venue:
  • The Shiseido Art House

■Selected Works for Reference

  • ➀Yoshikuni Taguchi, “Floral Fragrance”— Red-gold burnished makie decorative box, 1995

  • ➁Masami Isoi, Kinma-style lacquered Japanese confectionary box, 1983

  • ➂Shosai Kitamura, Knot-patterned box with mother-of-pearl camellia inlays, 2013

  • ➃Norihiko Ogura, Dry lacquer split-shell makie decorative box with red and white plum blossom pattern, 2003

  • ➄Shōkō Uemura, Daughter of the Mountain, 1974

  • ➅Gensō Okuda,Waterfall in Autumnal Tints,1989

  • ➆Eien Iwahashi, Moon, 1983

  • ➇髙山辰雄 「灯」 1980年

  • Lacquer Art
    • ➀Yoshikuni Taguchi, “Floral Fragrance”— Red-gold burnished makie decorative box, 1995
    • ➁Masami Isoi, Kinma-style lacquered Japanese confectionary box, 1983
    • ➂Shosai Kitamura, Knot-patterned box with mother-of-pearl camellia inlays, 2013
    • ➃Norihiko Ogura, Dry lacquer split-shell makie decorative box with red and white plum blossom pattern, 2003
  • Japanese-style Paintings
    • ➄Shōkō Uemura, Daughter of the Mountain, 1974
    • ➅Gensō Okuda,Waterfall in Autumnal Tints,1989
    • ➆Eien Iwahashi, Moon, 1983
    • ➇Tatsuo Takayama, Lamplight, 1980