Genichiro Inokuma-Landscapes, Faces

Date: Sat. 14 July 2018 - Sun. 30 September 2018
Hours: 10:00 - 18:00 (Admission until 30 minutes before closing time) Open Everyday
◎Admission
Adults ¥950, Students (college, university) ¥650, Children (0 years to highschool) free
*Ticket valid for admission to the permanent collection.
*Admission is free on 18th and 19th August due to Marugame Basara Festival.
Among the diverse works created by Genichiro Inokuma (1902-1993) during a 70-year career, his abstract “Landscape” paintings produced mainly in the early 1970s and his simply depicted, late-period “Faces” are well known. His “Landscape” paintings—works that define his unique style of abstract expression—emerged from the “city” theme paintings he created during some 20 years living and working in New York in the USA, where he moved in 1955 and freed himself from figurative painting. “Faces,” on the other hand—which he began to paint after the death of his beloved wife, Fumiko, at the age of 85—are works by which he reached a territory beyond distinctions of figurative and abstract, at the end of his career.
This exhibition features works of “Landscape” and “Face” motif painted at intervals by Genichiro Inokuma since his twenties. Inokuma steadily eliminated everything unnecessary from his works, seeking to achieve what he always valued most—a painting that had “beauty as a picture.” We invite you to travel with the artist on his aesthetic journey, through two of his most important motifs.
* Inokuma Genichiro no Sekai Ten (“Genichiro Inokuma’s World” exhibition; MITSUKOSHI, 1990)

Genichiro Inokuma, Faces 80, 1989 ©The MIMOCA Foundation

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An Art Museum is a Hospital for the Heart—Genichiro Inokuma and MIMOCA
Date: Sat. 14 July 2018 - Sun. 30 September 2018
Hours: 10:00 - 18:00 (Admission until 30 minutes before closing time) Open Everyday
Admission: Adults ¥300, Students (college, university) ¥200, Children (0 year to highschool) free
*Admission is free on 18th and 19th August due to Marugame Basara Festival.
Marugame Genichiro-Inokuma Museum of Contemporary Art (MIMOCA) was founded in 1991 with the full cooperation of artist Genichiro Inokuma (1902-93). In an interview at the time of the founding ceremony, Inokuma remarked: “An art museum is a hospital for the heart.” To spend time in the pleasant space of an art museum and see quality artworks, he explained, provides opportunities for fresh stimulation, good for the heart, and gives one energy and motivation for living. In our busy modern society, Inokuma felt, the art museum was indispensable in its role as “a hospital for the heart.” To realize such a museum, he worked closely with the city of Marugame on every aspect of the museum’s development—building site, concept, design, and furnishings—and MIMOCA took form as a result.
Until now, we have not had occasion to roundly introduce Inokuma’s thoughts on MIMOCA or its philosophy as a museum. This exhibition places a spotlight on MIMOCA, itself, as “a hospital for the heart.” While tracing the museum’s varied activities through years, it looks intimately at the ideals Inokuma entrusted to it. Through this exhibition, we hope to take a close look at MIMOCA, one time, before it does so.
Genichiro Inokuma, Happy Family, 1989 ©The MIMOCA Foundation

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Events

Inokuma's Day

DD MM 201X - DD MM 201X
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Curator's Talk

5 August, 2 September 2018
15:00-
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Curator's Talk

5 August, 2 September 2018
14:00-
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Get to Know MIMOCA in Your Place

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It's MIMOCA

14 April 2018 - 31 March 2019
10:30-12:00、13:00-16:30
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Workshop

Face Face Sketch

15 Sept. 2018 - 16 Sept. 2018 10:00-11:30/13:30-15:00
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Let's play with watercolor and clay!

20 October 2018 - 21 October 2018
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Let's Play in MIMOCA, Play with Art

17 Nov. 2018 - 18 Nov. 2018 10:00-11:30/13:30-15:00
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