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2016 (from January 1, 2016~)

Jun. 27, 2016


The Yoshikuni Iida Exhibit: On the Way to Versatile Lifetime Works has been held since June. A highlight is seven nude paintings shown for the first time since being restored.
Included in the exhibit are works from Iida’s youth when he was just getting into painting, sketches from the battlefront in China where he was sent along with other students, and the nude paintings made when he had returned home and was seeking to make it as an artist. There are also woodblock prints from Europe, where he had gone ostensibly to study painting.

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2015 (from January 1, 2015 to December. 31, 2015)

2014 (from January 1, 2014 to December. 31, 2014)

Mar. 31, 2014


On exhibit from March are Piano, Orchestra Series, photo collage, and Nightscape Series.
There are many ways to enjoy an art exhibit, from trying to learn about the artist as a person, or imagining the thoughts that went into a work, to studying techniques such as composition, methods, and use of colors. But even those who rarely go near an art museum will be able to relax and enjoy these works. From each of them, you can almost hear a melody playing.

2013 (from January 1, 2013 to December. 31, 2013)

Oct. 1, 2013


From September, Yoshikuni Iida Modern Art Exhibit: Awakening to Sculpture, Concepts, and Departures has been held. This is a collection of modern art works, quite different from the image of Yoshikuni Iida paintings. Shown are photos of outdoor sculptures, polyhedron and hemp-rope constructions, as well as rough sketches for sculptures.

Apr. 1, 2013


Under way from March 22 is Yoshikuni Iida Portrait Exhibit: Young Girls, Nudes, Self; the World beyond the Gaze.
Yoshikuni Iida, while known as an original sculptor representative of post-war Japan, started out with paintings. He flourished as a painter for a mere ten years, from his days at Tokyo University of the Arts to his time in Vienna. The Yoshikuni Iida Portrait Exhibit shows a collection of his works during that time mostly featuring human subjects.

2012 (from January 1, 2012 to December. 31, 2012)

Nov. 28, 2012

From November 23, IIDA KAN works were shown at the Azumino Art Line Exhibit held by the Alps Azumino National Government Park. During the same period, the Azumino evening sky was lit up by "Twin Illuminations" consisting of 600,000 lights.
Locations:
Alps Azumino National Government Park (Horigane-Hotaka area) "Azumino Gakko" multipurpose hall,
Alps Azumino National Government Park (Omachi-Matsukawa area) Information Center Exhibit Hall A
Dates: Friday, Nov. 23, 2012 to Sunday, Jan. 6, 2013

Sep. 5, 2012


The Yoshikuni Iida Fantasia Art Exhibition opened August 30. While Iida is best known as a sculptor, he got his start in paintings.
Shown in this exhibit are watercolor paintings from his youth, which can be considered the prelude to his later career, his panel paintings giving form to novels and dreams, and nude figures from his Tokyo University of the Arts days.
As a fantasia art exhibition, there are fanciful illustrations evoking mythology and fairy tales, romantic drawings of couples, and soft, relaxed pictures from his youth. Seeing the warm and soft humanity in these works, one has a hard time imagining his more widely known sculptures using materials such as stainless steel and lead.
Be sure to come and see the world of Iida's art works from his youthful days.

Apr. 1, 2012


Special exhibition of Orchestra Series and Words as Colors
The first series of works from Iida's Tokyo University of the Arts era, the Orchestra Series evokes the soaring sense of joyful brightness of that era. Enjoy also his Words Not Lost and Chromatopoiema (a collaboration of graphics and poetry with Junzaburo Nishiwaki), using a method of expression that links color and words.

Junzaburo Nishiwaki profile
Born in 1894 in Ojiya, Niigata Prefecture. After graduating from Keio University with a degree in economics, he studied at Oxford University. Upon returning to Japan, he became a professor in the Keio University Faculty of Letters. He developed a unique poetic style blending Western intellectualism with Japanese sensitivities.

2011 (from January 1, 2011 to December. 31, 2011)

Oct. 14, 2011

Start of a special exhibition TRIAD Part 3: Yoshikuni Iida and Fumihiko Maki Joint Exhibit

Apr. 11, 2011

Yoshikuni Iida Oil Painting
Young Girl (1950)

Start of a special exhibition TRIAD Part 2: Yoshikuni Iida and Fumihiko Maki Joint Exhibit

Mar. 29, 2011

Yoshikuni Iida Wood Sculpture
HITO (1961)

Creation and exhibit of plaster and bronze actual-size replica of Yoshikuni Iida's wood sculpture HITO created in 1961

2010 (from January 1, 2010 to December. 31, 2010)

Nov. 3, 2010

Start of a special exhibition TRIAD Part 1: Yoshikuni Iida and Fumihiko Maki Joint Exhibit commemorating the 40th anniversary of HDSI founding