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Current Special Exhibition

“Masterpieces from the Shiseido Art House Collection”
Celebrating 40 Years of the Shiseido Art House
— Part 2: Western Paintings, Contemporary Art, Ceramics, Metalwork & Glass —

Period: January 16 (Tue) through April 1 (Sun), 2018
Admission is free.

The Shiseido Art House opened in November 1978 in Kakegawa City, Shizuoka Prefecture, and ever since it has served as a regional art museum through well over 100 exhibitions.
The current exhibition, “Masterpieces from the Shiseido Art House — Part 2” continues the celebration of our 40th anniversary. It includes approximately 80 works from genres including Western paintings, ceramics, glass, metalwork and contemporary art, many of which originated with Shiseido’s “Tsubakikai Art Exhibitions,” held intermittently since 1947, or its “Exhibition of Modern Industrial Arts,” a series that ran between 1975 and 1995.

Considering the question of what a corporation might do to cultivate good relations with its customers, one answer can be found in Shiseido’s four decades of operating an art museum with a collection offered “admission free” for public appreciation.
Shiseido’s products and Shiseido’s corporate culture are inseparable, and understanding and appreciation toward art is an important pillar supporting both. The Art House embodies this Shiseido spirit, and the Shiseido corporate philosophy of “creating beautiful life culture,” in the form of an active art museum.
Forty years is a long enough time for many of those who witnessed the birth of the Art House and came to visit it over the years to have now brought up a whole new generation. We must reflect upon what we have done during that time, and ask ourselves, what do we hope to achieve in the future?
Hopefully, this modest museum and its activities will have left some presence in those who’ve encountered it, and this presence will continue to blossom in their minds and bodies, illuminating a path leading to nobility and happiness.

■Related Events

Gallery Curator Discussion
  • Dates:
  • January 26 (Fri), February 23 (Fri), and March 23 (Fri)
  • Times:
  • 2:00–2:30PM
  • Venue:
  • The Shiseido Art House

Participation is free and no reservations are required.

Please contact the Shiseido Art House for details:
Tel: 0537-23-6122; Fax:0537-23-6315

■Selected Works for Reference

  • 1.Ryuzaburo Umehara, Roses, 1979


  • 2.Noriyuki Ushijima, Barley, 1978


  • 3.Katsura Funakoshi, Abrupt Mountain, 1995


  • 4.Kazuo Yagi, Gap, 1975


  • 5.Shiro Naito, Letter Box with Key Motif, Silver, 1985


  • 6.Hisatoshi Iwata, Large Glass Bowl with Peony Pattern, 1982


  • Western Paintings
    • 1.Ryuzaburo Umehara, Roses, 1979
    • 2.Noriyuki Ushijima, Barley, 1978
  • Contemporary Art
    • 3.Katsura Funakoshi, Abrupt Mountain, 1995
  • Crafts
    • 4.Kazuo Yagi, Gap, 1975
    • 5.Shiro Naito, Letter Box with Key Motif, Silver, 1985
    • 6.Hisatoshi Iwata, Large Glass Bowl with Peony Pattern, 1982