Overlapping Circles

5 Artists Collaborate with the Collection

March 20 - July 26, 2020

9:30-17:00 (last admission 16:30)
Mondays (except Apr. 4), May 7
DIC Corporation

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  • Adults ¥1,300
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In celebration of the 30th anniversary of the founding of the Kawamura Memorial DIC Museum of Art, this exhibition has been planned as an opportunity to show works from our collection in collaboration with contemporary artists.

As seen in the ceiling lighting and stained glass of the Museum’s Entrance Hall, the building adopts a design motif of “overlapping circles” in a number of places. Included in the meaning of this motif is symbolism of the bond of friendship between the Museum’s founder Katsumi Kawamura and the architect Ichiro Ebihara, as well as the encounters between museum visitors and the works of art.

As suggested by its title ‘s reference to this motif, the exhibition offers overlapping experiences of five front-line artists through their encounters with works from the Museum’s collection.

The interpretations of works from our collection by these contemporary artists inspire new works displayed in installations along with collection pieces.

We hope you will enjoy the reverberations born of these collaborations that reach across time to join art of different decades.


Artists displayed:

Hiraki Sawa × Cy Twombly
Hiroshi Sugito × Larry Bell
Noguchi Rika × Joan Miró
Naoyo Fukuda × Joseph Cornell
Nobuko Watanabe × Ellsworth Kelly

Hiraki Sawa (1977- ) × Cy Twombly (1928-2011)

Hiraki Sawa, Souvenir IV, 2012
Cy Twombly, Untitled, 1968
Kawamura Memorial DIC Museum of Art
© Cy Twombly Foundation


Hiroshi Sugito (1970- ) × Larry Bell (1939- )

Hiroshi Sugito, Untitled, 2019, Collection of the artist
Larry Bell, Untitled, 1969
Kawamura Memorial DIC Museum of Art
© 2019 Larry Bell / ARS, New York / JASPAR, Tokyo G2098


Noguchi Rika (1971- ) × Joan Miró (1893-1983)


Noguchi Rika「Bumble Bee #1」, 2019
Commissioned by Reborn-Art Festival 2019
© Noguchi Rika, Courtesy of Taka Ishii Gallery

Joan Miró, Composition, 1924
Kawamura Memorial DIC Museum of Art
© Successió Miró / ADAGP, Paris & JASPAR, Tokyo, 2019 G2098


Naoyo Fukuda (1967- ) × Joseph Cornell (1903-1972)


Naoyo Fukuda, A Letter to La Chatte Emaillore
2009-2019, Collection of the artist

© Naoyo Fukuda, courtesy Yukiko Koide Presents

Joseph Cornell, La Chatte Emaillore, 1964
Kawamura Memorial DIC Museum of Art
© The Joseph and Robert Cornell Memorial Foundation / VAGA at ARS, NY / JASPAR, Tokyo 2019 G2098


Nobuko Watanabe (1948- ) × Ellsworth Kelly (1923-2015)


Nobuko Watanabe, White and Red, 2017, Arario Gallery

Dark olive green and White -Corner piece, 2017, Cllection of the artist

photo credit: Arario Gallery, Courtesy of Arario Gallery, Seoul


Ellsworth Kelly, Black Curve, 1994
Kawamura Memorial DIC Museum of Art

© Ellsworth Kelly Foundation