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Léonard Foujita and His Models

September 17, 2016 - January 15, 2017

9:30-17:00 (last admission 16:30)
Mondays (except Sep. 19, Oct. 10, Jan. 9), Sep. 20, Oct. 11, Dec. 25 - Jan. 2, Jan. 10
DIC Corporation
Special cooperation:
Musée Maison Atelier Foujita, Conseil departemental de l’Essonne
Planning cooperation:
Curators Inc. Art & Architecture
Ambassade de France, Institut Français du Japon, Chiba Prefecture, Chiba Prefectural Board of Education, Sakura City, Sakura City Board of Education

Museum Admission

  • Adults ¥1,300
  • College / 65 and over ¥1,100
  • Elem / JH / HS ¥600

Groups of 20 or more:

  • Adults ¥1,100
  • College / 65 and over ¥900
  • Elem / JH / HS ¥500

Persons with a disability pass:

  • Adults ¥1,000
  • College / 65 and over ¥800
  • Elem / JH / HS ¥400

*Admission also includes entrance to the permanent collection galleries.
- For students and seniors over 65, discounts require identification such as a Student ID, passport or driver's license.
- For persons with a disability pass=the same discounted price applies for one accompanying care-giver for each disability pass holder


Léonard Foujita (1886 – 1968, born Tsuguharu Fujita) may be considered the most successful Japanese artist in the history of European modern art in the 20th century, having moved from Japan to France and quickly risen to stardom in the Paris art scene in the era between the two World Wars with his unique style of painting recognized for its “milk-white” backgrounds.

Although he would apply his artistic talent to a variety of subjects and genres, surely Foujita’s most important work is found in his paintings of the human figure and portraiture. As have other artists, Foujita used professional models to study the intricacies of pose and he received requests for portraits from prominent figures in society and its wealthy bourgeoisie, but at other times it was family members or close friends that appeared in his paintings. When we look back at the “models” appearing in Foujita’s paintings along with their profiles, the circumstances leading up to the painting and the episodes involved, we find the emergence of two underlying elements, the environment of personal relationships surrounding the artist in his life and the artistic issues involved in taking the human being as a subject for painting.

In this exhibition, we present about 90 works spanning the artist’s earliest to his latest years and some 150 items of reference concerning the models that appear in them with the hope of exploring Foujita’s artistic ideas and the ways he viewed his models. Also, with special cooperation from the French department of Essonne, we are privileged to display four murals of group of figures that can be considered a culmination of Foujita’s artistic study concerning the use of models.

Lectures and Gallery Talks

Lectures (in Japanese)

Saturday, October 15 13:30-15:00
Kumiko Harada (Curator, Masakichi Hirano Art Foundation)
“Tsuguharu Fujita and Akita – About the Museum for the repose of Madleine’s soul” 

Saturday, November 26 13:30-15:000
Yukihiro Sato (Art historian, supervisor to this exhibition)
“Foujita and Nudes – From milk-white nudes to group compositions”

For both lectures, no reservations needed | Limited to first 50 people | Held at lecture room (open 13:00) | Free of charge Museum admission stub required

Gallery Talks by the Curator (in Japanese)

Saturday September 17, Saturday November 12, Saturday December 10

The curator Yukiko Yokoyama talks about the exhibition in the galleries.
No reservations needed | Gather at the Entrance Hall 14:00 |Limited to first 60 people|Museum admission stub required

Guided Tours (in Japanese)

Daily except on days of lectures and curator gallery talks.

No reservations needed | Gather at the Entrance Hall 14:00|Limited to first 60 people|Museum admission stub required


“Rest Time” (conducted in Japanese)

Ine Izumi (Artist/Painter),
Megumi Kamimura (Choreographer/Dancer), 
Tatsuo Majima (Artist)

Reservations required | limited to first 15 applicants | participation fee: 3,000yen (for both sessions, includes Museum admission)

*Participants are requested to attend “Rest Time A” session without fail, “Rest Time B” participation is optional.

The body rests. The consciousness rests. The paintings rest. The words rest. The Museum rests. The world rests. Your self rests.
We invite people who want to spend free/rest time at the Museum. 
All of the participants will exchange ideas/opinions, think about how to be free to rest, and all will rest.

■Rest Time A [In the Museum with the lights out]

Monday, November 21 (Museum closed day) 12:00-16:00

On a Museum closed day, the lights are out in the Museum. It is a quiet interior dimly lighted with natural light from outside. Lying on the floors, you can roll around. You can walk about freely. You can talk, and sing if you want. Come join us if you would like to try resting in an environment like this.

■Rest Time B [In the Museum as usual]

Saturday, December 10 13:00-15:00

It is a day when the Museum is open. The lights are on and there are museum visitors in the galleries as usual. There are also explanations of the artworks by the curators. You can lie down on the floor by the artworks. You can walk about freely. You can talk quietly if you want. Come join us if you would like to try resting in an environment like this.

Ine Izumi / Artist, Painter

The painting of Ine Izumi is inspired by spaces and potential of decoration. Main solo exhibitions include “Kukan no Koibumi (Love letter from the space)” (CAPSULE); “Toji no Mae / Toji / Toji no Ato to Wakerareta Watashi wa taimatz no kukan (ta-garden divided into before / the winter solstice / after, I am the space of taimatz )” (taimatz); “Aru Niwa-shi – Tabun no Hitotoki (A Certain Gardener - A Moment of Plentitude - )” (Aka: Kon Izumi、Hara Museum of Art). “And Zone” with dancers and art critic (Ueno Royal Museum of Art Gallery); also numerous ongoing projects with others including “Mikanbon Shimai” (2008 -), spelled out with six book-loving women as models; and “Rest Time” (2015 -), questioning the rest periods taken by artists due to illness. In August, a Bon holiday with HAGIWARA PROJECTS and Ine Izumi (planned).

Megumi Kamimura / Choreographer, Dancer

Beginning presentation of solo dance pieces in 2004, she launched Kamimura Megumi Company in 2006. 
Activities have included performances at numerous venues in Japan and abroad. Kamimura was a finalist in the 2010 Toyota Choreography Award. Noted activities have included “14 Evenings” in September 2012 (National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo); “Guts pathos” in April 2014 (ST Spot); a collaboration with Michiko Tsuda “Tidings” in March 2016. As a choreographer and dancer, Kamimura’s methodology is to explore the body as material, the body as a medium for sensory perception and the body as something that points out things.

Tatsuo Majima / Artist

Born in Tokyo in 1970, Majima creates and performs works using a variety of media, such as video, performance and lecture. Principal recent works include “Untitled (Live Die Repeat)” (TARO NASU); “Léonard Foujita x Tatsuo Majima”(Tottori Prefectural Museum), among others. Recent lectures include “On Kawara Diagram (Clay)” (Toyota Municipal Museum of Art); “Foujita at 11 Rue Larrey” (Toyota Municipal Museum of Art), among others. Majima also makes daily updates on YouTube on the subject of “Dance of the Day”.