The Yamamura Collection: Gutai and the Japanese Avant-Garde in 1950s-1980s
August 3 (Sat.)-September 29 (Sun.), 2019
Our greatest avant-garde art collection is on display for the first time in two decades!
An exhibition so big we had to enlarge the display area specially for this occasion.
The Yamamura Collection is made up of avant-garde works of art from postwar Japan collected by Yamamura Tokutaro (1926–1986), an entrepreneur who lived in Nishinomiya, Hyogo. After his death, the 167 pieces by 68 artists were collectively obtained by the then Hyogo Prefectural Museum of Modern Art , and those works constitute an essential part of the contemporary art collection of today’s Hyogo Prefectural Museum of Art. The collection, built up with a view to creating public goods for the future, boasts both a quality and quantity that are unusual for a private collection. As such, there have been few opportunities to showcase the whole collection at one place, although individual works have often been on display in our museum as well as in other institutions in and out of Japan.>
In addition to our ordinary exhibition gallery for special exhibitions, the gallery in the annex will also be used for this event, allowing the Yamamura Collection to be presented in its entirety for the first time in two decades, at the largest scale in its history.