Nobuyoshi ARAKI Kumamoto Lullaby

 Exhibition Information

Term :
Saturday, November 1, 2008 - Sunday, February 15, 2009
Closed :
Every Tuesday (open on holidays, closed on the next day instead) December 29, 2008 - January 3, 2009
Museum hours :
10 a.m. – 8 p.m. (No admission after 7:30 p.m.)
Entrance fees :
Adults 1000yen(800yen)
University/high school students: 500yen(400yen)
Junior high/elementary school students: 300yen(200yen)
Junior high/elementary school students in Kumamoto city: Free(With current ID)
Parentheses indicate reduced price for groups which in more than 20 people,
advance-ticket (Only for adults and university/high school students.),
For those who are physically or mentally disabled and for those over 70 years of age in Kumamoto city.
Place :
Contemporary Art Museum, Kumamoto Gallery I, II
Organizer by :
Kumamoto City, Kumamoto Art and Culture Promotion Foundation, Kumamoto Nichinichi Press Co., TKU (TV Kumamoto Co. Ltd.)
Cooperated by :
Kumamoto Ken Bunka Kyokai (Cultural Association of Kumamoto), Kumamoto Ken Bizyutuka Renmei (Artists’ Union of Kumamoto), NHK Kumamoto, Kumamoto International Convention and Tourism Bureau, FM-Kumamoto Broadcasting Co. Ltd., FM791 (KUMAMOTO CITY FM), Kumamoto Cable Network Co.
Subsidied by:
Asahi Shimbun Foundation
Sponsored by:
FUJIFILM Imaging Co., Ltd.
Supported by:
Newco One Co. Ltd. (TSUTAYA AV CLUB), Denkikan
Contemporary Art Museum, Kumamoto
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Nobuyoshi ARAKI Kumamoto Lullaby
Kumamoto Contemporary Art Museum (CAMK) presents an exhibition by one of the world’s most famous Japanese photographer, Nobuyoshi ARAKI. This is the first significant and large scale exhibition of his work to be held in Kyusyu. For this exhibition, ARAKI took new series Mother and Child in Kumamoto, which is composed by 40 groups of Mother and child who was born after 2007 in the nuddy. ARAKI also dedicated new painted flower series, Colored Sensual Flower, to Mother and Child.
«Mother and Child» 2008
  The exhibition will also focus on other work in series, such as Satchin and His Brother Mabo(1962), Sentimental Journey/Winter Journey(1971-1991), Food(1993,2001), Life by Leica(1999), Woman from Toyama(2000),Family from ‘Japanese Faces’ project(2002-2004), Tokyo Summer Story(2003), and selection of Dairy, Flower, Polaroids, Arakinema. Kumamoto Lullaby is the must-see exhibition of the year. We look forward to see you at CAMK!

From Exhibited Works

«Colored Sensual Flower» 2008
«Diary» 2008
«Satchin and His Brother Mabo» 1962
«Food» 1989
«Flower Rondo» 1997
«Life by Leica» 1991
«Sentimental Journey/Winter Journey»

Related Events

Artists Talk
Nobuyoshi Araki talks about his own works.
Date: Saturday, November 1, 2008
Time: 14:00-15:30
Place: Home Gallery
Admission: Free

Araki’s Child-rearing consultation
Araki, Sumi-chan, and Ms. Shiotani counsel the mothers, who are models of “Mother and Child” series, on how to raise the children.
Guest: Nobuyoshi Araki,
Sumi Sakamoto (Singer/Director, Seibohoikuenyouchien/Registered artist, Japan Lullaby Association),
Yoshiko Shiotani (Guest professor, Prefectural University of Kumamoto/Former governor of Kumamoto Prefecture),
mothers and children (The models of “Mother and Child” series).
Moderator: Hiroshi Minamishima (Professor, Joshibi University of Art and Design/Former Director, Contemporary Art Museum Kumamoto)
Date: Sunday, December 21, 2008
Time: 14:00-15:30
Place: Home Gallery
Admission : Free

Commemorative Lecture
“The Nude in Japanese Art History–from Syun-ga to Araki”
Kikuro Miyashita (Associate Professor, Kobe University)
Kikuro Miyashita, who pursues wide-ranging studies, from Italian baroque art to tattoos, to nudes, gives us his perspectives on Araki’s Works.
Date: Sunday, November 2, 2008
Time: 14:00-15:30
Place: Home Gallery
Admission: Free

International Adviser's Lecture
“Art in the Nuclear Age: The Response of American and European Artists to the Atom Bomb”
Simon Martin (Assistant Curator, Pallant House Gallery)
The lecture and article will explore the way artists have responded to the nuclear age, focusing mainly on the 1950s and 1960s - in particular the American Abstract Expressionists and the Pop Artists in Britain and the U.S.A.
Date: Sunday, November 16, 2008
Time: 14:00-15:30
Place: Home Gallery
Admission: Free

CAMK Lecture College “Araki: Hymne à L'Amour”
Aki Ashida (Assistant curator, Contemporary Art Museum Kumamoto)
Exhibition curator, Aki Ashida talks about this exhibition.
Date: Sunday, November 9, 2008
Time: 13:00-14:30
Venue: Home Gallery
Admission: Free

Photography Work Shop
“Try the traditional method of Photography — let’s make a Tenugui by Blueprint”
Blueprint is an old photographic printing method, developed more than 160 years ago. In this Workshop, we make a Tenugui, a thin Japanese hand towel, by Blueprint.
Date: Saturday, February 14, 2008
Time: 10:30-16:30
Place: Kids Factory
Instructor: Mitsuhashi Sumiyo (Associate Professor, the Hokkaido University of Education/Former curator, Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography)
Capacity: 15 (bookings required)
Fee: 1000 yen

Expectant Mother's Tour + Family Tour
Let’s enjoy the exhibition with family. While enjoying art, we will show you convenient facilities for future mothers such as nursing room. This offer is for family consists of 0-6 year’s old child and adult. Exhibition ticket for adult is required.
Date: Sunday, January 25, 2008
Time: 10:30-11:30
Place: Exhibition Space
Capacity: 10 groups (bookings required)
Guide : Curator, Contemporary Art Museum Kumamoto

Gallery Talk
Museum Curators present Gallery Talks that focus on the exhibition’s highlights.
Date: On Saturdays, Sundays and holidays.
There are no Talks on November 1, 9, 15, and December 21.
Time: 15:00-15:30 (16:00-, if lectures are given.)
Place: Exhibition Space
Admission: Exhibition ticket is required.

Concert / Film Screenings

Monday Movies
Date&Time: Twice on Monday, 14:00~, 18:00~
Place: Art Loft
Admission: Free
November 3 Scavengers: Forgotten Children (1995, Japan, 100min)
November 10 The Blue Bird (1976, U.S.A., Soviet Union, 95 min)
November 17 Shall We Dance (1937, U.S.A, 109 min)
November 24 L'Ami de mon Amie (1964, France, 98 min)
December 1 Touch the Sound (2004, German, 103 min)
December 8 Water Flower (2005, Japan, 92 min)
December 15 THE WOMAN ON THE BEACH (1946, U.S.A, 71 min)
December 22 NOEL (2004, U.S.A, 96 min)
January 5 THE GENERAL (1926, U.S.A., 75 min)
January 12 Hatsukoi [First Love] (2006, Japan, 114 min) *Japanese Subtitles
January 19 TEOREMA (1968, Italy, 94 min)
January 26 UP AT THE VILLA (2000, U.K., U.S.A., 115 min)
February 2 Lost in Time (2006, Hong Kong, 108min)
February 9 Aurore (2006, France, 95 min)
*CAMK and Kamitori Fan Club co-host on December 8 and 15.

Music Wave
Why don't we enjoy music in the space filled with art works?
We will give concerts related to the exhibition or seasons.
Place:Home Gallery (except “Araki Special Concert”)
Admission:Free (except “Araki Special Concert”)
November 22(Sat.) Emiri Nakagawa (Soprano, Luther Senior High School)
December 23(Holiday) “CAMK Christmas Concert” Chiharu Harada (Musical)
January 17(Sat.) Masahiro Tanaka (Piano, Avant-garde Music)
February 7(Sat.) “ Araki Special Concert” Transcontinental Duo (Seven string Russian guitar, Guitar, Flute)
*Only “Araki Special Concert” is held in the Exhibition Space. Exhibition Ticket is required.

Home Gallery Concert
Concerts daily in the home gallery at 7 p.m. 
Admission: Free
Piano Concerts by volunteer staffs of CAMK