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Current Exhibition

Bridget Riley
Paintings from the 1960s to the Present

Bridget Riley <em>From Here</em>

From Here,1994, oil on linen, 156.2 x 227.3cm,
private collection

All works by Bridget Riley on this website:
© Bridget Riley 2018, all rights reserved.
Courtesy David Zwirner, New York/ London.

Dates:
April 14 - August 26, 2018
Hours:
9:30 - 17:00 (last admission 16:30)
Closed:
Mondays (except Apr. 30, Jul. 16), May. 1, Jul. 17
Organizer:
DIC Corporation
Patrons:
Chiba Prefecture, Chiba Prefectural Board of Education, Sakura City, Sakura City Board of Education
In Collaboration with:
Bridget Riley Studio / David Zwirner

British artist Bridget Riley (born 1931) gained recognition beginning in the 1960s for her abstract paintings that employ geometric patterns in order to produce optical sensations. Riley began her career painting landscapes in the style of Georges Seurat following early artistic studies that were largely informed by Old Masters painting, Impressionism, and Pointillism which led to a dramatic change in her style. Entering the 1960s, her work became fully abstract and she utilized a reduced palette of only black and white. In 1967, Riley introduced color into her work, generating what would become a signature series of paintings that juxtapose undulating bands of color to create a strong visual sensation of movement within the picture plane. This unique style would secure her a place of recognition in the art world. Since then, Riley has continued to innovate and to create works that privilege the interaction of color and form to produce strong optical sensations that appeal to so many viewers.

In an attempt to highlight the sustained brilliance of Riley’s art, this exhibition presents more than 30 paintings that span her career—including key examples of her black-and-white works of the 1960s, stripe paintings of the 1970s, curve paintings of the 1990s, in addition to her more recent wall paintings. As such, this is the first full-scale exhibition of Riley’s work in Japan in 38 years.

Lectures and Talks

(All will be conducted in Japanese)

Lecture 1.

Yukiko Kato (Critic, Associate Prof. Saitama University)
Riley and Seurat – Hints for Thinking About the 21st Century

Saturday, April 21
13:30-15:00

- Reservations required. See Japanese page for details.
- Free with Museum admission

Lecture 2.

Michio Hayashi (Art historian, Critic, Prof. Sophia University)
Sensation and Freedom: On the Art of Bridget Riley

Saturday, July 21
13:30-15:00

- Reservations required. See Japanese page for details.
- Free with Museum admission

Gallery Talks by the Curator

Saturday, April 14
Saturday, May 26
Saturday, June 9
Saturday, July 7
Saturday, August 11
All 14:00-15:00

- No reservations required
- Free with Museum admission
- Gather at the Entrance Hall 14:00

Guided Tours

Daily (except on days of lectures and curator gallery talks)

- No reservations required
- Free with Museum admission
- Gather at the Entrance Hall 14:00

Yasuyuki Shuto & Megumi Nakamura in “Yuragi

Two leading Japanese dancers who are active internationally will perform in the gallery.

Saturday, May 12 *Sold Out
18:00-18:30

- Reservations required. See Japanese page for details.
- Limited to 70 people
- Admission: ¥5,000 / ¥4,500 for Museum Friends (includes Museum admission on
  performance day, plus light meal at the restaurant before performance)

Gamelan music by Paraguna Group and Mamoru Fujieda’s “plant music” “Patterns of Nature, Tremor of Life

Tokyo-based gamelan musicians will play the Indonesia’s classical gamelan music and contemporary music composed with data-patterns from plant cells.

Saturday, August 4
18:15-20:00

- Reservations required. See Japanese page for details.
- Limited to 120 people
- Admission: ¥4,000 / ¥3,500 for Museum Friends (includes Museum admission on
  performance day)

At the restaurant “Belvedere” a special lunch course menu is prepared during the exhibition’s run created in the image of Bridget Riley’s paintings (limited to 20 servings per day).

Riley Exhibition Special Lunch Course (¥2,300, tax excluded)

Special Menu
・ Appetizer
Marinated salmon and seasonal vegetable salad with vinaigrette dressing
・ Hand-made pasta
Vegetable colored tagliatelle with cream sauce and prosciutto cotto.
・ Bread
Slowly leavened dough baked to a moist, hearty bread in our ovens
・ Dessert
Tiramisù, sherbet made with seasonal fruits
・ Beverages
Coffee or tea
Adults
¥1,300
Students & Seniors over 65 with ID
¥1,100
Elementary, middle and high school students
¥600

[Group rate over 20 persons (following price is for one person)]

Adults
¥1,100
Students & Seniors over 65 with ID
¥900
Elementary, middle and high school students
¥500

To Group Visitors

[Persons with disability pass (+ one attendant each)]

Adults
¥1,000
Students & Seniors over 65 with ID
¥800
Elementary, middle and high school students
¥400

Handicap Accessibility

  • *Admission also includes entrance to the permanent collection galleries.
  • *Museum Admission includes Grounds Admission.
  • *On May 5 (Sat./ Children's Festival holiday) admission is free for high school students and younger.
  • - For students and seniors over 65, discounts require identification such as a Student ID, passport or driver's license.
  • - Students=college, vocational and preparatory school students
  • - Art Education Support Program is available for teachers so they can provide an interactive gallery talk with their students. (¥3500 per class / in Japanese only)

Future Exhibitions

Collection Display
August 31 - October 5, 2018

Kawamura Memorial DIC Museum of Art × Takashi Hiraide
Infinite Dialogue (working title)

October 6, 2018 – January 14, 2019

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