Variation and Autonomy in Montreal


Variation and Autonomy: The Prints of Contemporary Japanese Painters

 December 1 – 20, 2017

Galerie de l’Atelier Circulaire

5445 Avenue de Gaspé

Montréal, QC, H2TCanada

December 1st to 20, 2017
At Atelier Circulaire Gallery (#105)
Opening reception Friday December 1st starting at 5 pm
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Atelier Circulaire is pleased to present “Variation and Autonomy: The Prints of Contemporary Japanese Painters” organized in collaboration with the Japan Foundation and the Consulate General of Japan in Montreal. The opening reception will be complemented by a sake and green tea tasting. Join us for this event on Friday, December 1st starting at 5 pm. The exhibition will continue until December 20st, 2017.

This exhibition is designed to shed light on a new artistic field that developed in the 70’s through prints made by contemporary Japanese painters. Notable as both a variation on painting and an autonomous form, these works helped establish the genre of contemporary Japanese prints while imbuing it with a new breadth.

The exhibition, composed of artworks by 10 renowned painters, is intended to encourage viewers to reconsider the existing history of contemporary Japanese prints. Today, 70 years after World War II, at a time when printed art is renewing itself to assert its relevance in contemporary art, there is a need to reconsider history from a variety of critical perspectives.

Featured Artists:
Masanari Murai, Toshinobu Onosato, Yasukazu Tabuchi, Yayoi Kusama, Natsuyuki Nakanishi, Hitoshi Nakazato, Tomoharu Murakami, Naoyoshi Hikosaka, Kosai Hori, Toeko Tatsuno.

The Japan Foundation was established in 1972 in order to promote international mutual understanding through cultural exchange. The Foundation oversees programs in three major fields: arts and cultural exchange, Japanese-language education overseas, and Japanese studies and intellectual exchange. In the area of visual arts, the Foundation, both independently and in cooperation with other organizations, organizes and supports exhibitions of Japanese art held abroad, and facilitates personal exchanges with artists and art professionals.

The Consul General Hideaki KURAMITSU will do us the great honor to be present. A selection of sake and green tea will be offered free of charge by the Consulate General of Japan in Montreal (an exclusive diplomatic importation sake!) and by the Oasis Tearoom.

Opening of the Gallery: Tuesday to Saturday, from noon to 5 pm (nocturne on Thursdays until 7 pm).
Underground parking: $5 Saturday all day and on weekdays after 6 pm.

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