The National Museum of Art, Osaka - Past Events

Below is a list of all past events for The National Museum of Art, Osaka. Current and upcoming events, as well as other details, are available on the venue's page.

  • poster for 15th Nakanojo Film Theater: Toshio Matsumoto - Document / Fantasy / Experiment

    15th Nakanojo Film Theater: Toshio Matsumoto - Document / Fantasy / Experiment

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    • Media: Video and Film
    • 2018-03-10 - 2018-03-11

    Screening a special selection of works by film director Toshio Matsumoto, a pioneer of Japanese avant-garde and experimental film, who passed away in April last year, aged 85. Please see the official...More »

  • poster for Travelers: Stepping into the Unknown

    Travelers: Stepping into the Unknown

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    • Media: Painting - Photography - Prints - Sculpture - Installation - Video and Film - Media Arts - Performance Art
    • 2018-01-21 - 2018-05-06

    This special exhibition is designed to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the National Museum of Art, Osaka, which opened in 1977. Through the works of more than 40 Japanese and foreign artists, the exhibition...More »

  • poster for Michio Fukuoka “A Sculptor Who No Longer Sculpts”

    Michio Fukuoka “A Sculptor Who No Longer Sculpts”

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    • Media: Sculpture
    • 2017-10-28 - 2017-12-24

    Michio Fukuoka (born in 1936) is an Osaka-resident sculptor. Ignoring current trends, he has continued to quietly deal with the question of what it means to create. This exhibition follows the trajectory...More »

  • poster for When Attitude Becomes Form - Japanese Art of the 1970s through the Photography of Anzaï Shigeo

    When Attitude Becomes Form - Japanese Art of the 1970s through the Photography of Anzaï Shigeo

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    • Media: Photography - Sculpture
    • 2017-10-28 - 2017-12-24

    In 1970, Anzaï Shigeo began using a 35mm camera to record the ephemeral works that were being made by artists of his generation. Anzaï captured an art movement that would later come to be known as “Mono-ha”...More »

  • poster for 14th Nakanojo Film Theater “8mm Feature Films: Private Narrative”

    14th Nakanojo Film Theater “8mm Feature Films: Private Narrative”

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    • Media: Video and Film
    • 2017-10-14 - 2017-10-15

    The 12th Nakanojo Film Theater presents 8mm feature film works by Mikio Yamazaki and Yuri Obitani. [Screening Schedule] Oct.14 (Sat) From 13:00 Program A: Mikio Yamazaki’s “Guiding Star” (1987)...More »

  • poster for Collection of Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen Bruegel’s ” The Tower of Babel” and Great 16th Century Masters

    Collection of Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen Bruegel’s ” The Tower of Babel” and Great 16th Century Masters

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    • Media: Painting - Sculpture
    • 2017-07-18 - 2017-10-15

    This exhibition presents numerous outstanding works, primarily by 16th-century Dutch artists, from the collection of the Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, including Pieter Bruegel’s greatest masterpiece “The...More »

  • poster for Ryan Gander - These Wings Aren’t For Flying

    Ryan Gander - These Wings Aren’t For Flying

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    • Media: Painting - Sculpture - Installation - Video and Film
    • 2017-04-29 - 2017-07-02

    Ryan Gander, born in England in 1976, studied art in his homeland and the Netherlands. In addition to holding solo shows all over the world beginning in the early 2000s, he has participated in many eminent...More »

  • poster for 13th Nakanojo Film Theater: An Invitation to Extreme Private Cinema

    13th Nakanojo Film Theater: An Invitation to Extreme Private Cinema

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    • Media: Video and Film - Talks
    • 2017-03-11 - 2017-03-12

    13th Nakanojo Film Theater: An Invitation to Extreme Private Cinema presents feature-length films by three directors. If art is a form of self-expression, the experiences and thinking of the artist become...More »

  • poster for Pierre Alechinsky Exhibition

    Pierre Alechinsky Exhibition

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    • Media: Painting - Talks
    • 2017-01-28 - 2017-04-09

    Pierre Alechinsky was born in Belgium in 1927. After World War II he began his career as an artist after becoming involved with the avant-garde group Cobra, which was formed by a group of young artists...More »

  • poster for Lucas Cranach The Elder: 500 Years of the Power of Temptation

    Lucas Cranach The Elder: 500 Years of the Power of Temptation

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    • Media: Painting
    • 2017-01-28 - 2017-04-16

    Lucas Cranach the Elder (1472-1553), who rose to fame as a court painter at Wittenberg, is one of the greatest artists of the German Renaissance. Blessed with a business acumen far in advance of his time,...More »

  • poster for The Play Since 1967: Beyond Unknown Currents

    The Play Since 1967: Beyond Unknown Currents

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    • Media: Photography - Sculpture - Installation
    • 2016-10-22 - 2017-01-15

    The first museum exhibition devoted solely to the work of “The Play”, a group that has been active in the Kansai area since 1967. This one-of-a-kind band of artists has continued to perform actions without...More »

  • poster for Venetian Renaissance Paintings from the Gallerie dell’Accademia, Venice

    Venetian Renaissance Paintings from the Gallerie dell’Accademia, Venice

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    • Media: Painting
    • 2016-10-22 - 2017-01-15

    This exhibition presents a group of outstanding works from the Gallerie dell’Accademia, a museum that was founded in 1817 to showcase the collection of a Venetian art academy. Viewers are sure to enjoy...More »

  • poster for 12th Nakanojo Film Theater: The Video Art of Takahiko Iimura

    12th Nakanojo Film Theater: The Video Art of Takahiko Iimura

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    • Media: Video and Film
    • 2016-09-24 - 2016-09-25

    Screening a special selection of works by Takahiko Iimura, a pioneer in Japanese experimental film and media art who remains active in his field. Please see the official website for a schedule and other...More »

  • poster for The Great Terracotta Army of China’s First Emperor

    The Great Terracotta Army of China’s First Emperor

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    • Media: Crafts
    • 2016-07-05 - 2016-10-02

    Emperor Qin Shi Huang, who established the first unified dynasty in China in 221 BC, created his own mausoleum and filled it with a Terracotta Army consisting of some 8,000 ceramic figures. By assembling...More »

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    Collection 2

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    • Media: Painting - Product - Video and Film
    • 2016-07-05 - 2016-10-02

    Based on the theme of “Recollection,” The National Museum of Art, Osaka presents a selection of works from the museum collection related to three key concepts: “Actions / Traces,” “Memory / History,” and...More »

  • poster for The Self-Portraits of Yasumasa Morimura: My Art, My Story, My Art History

    The Self-Portraits of Yasumasa Morimura: My Art, My Story, My Art History

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    • Media: Photography - Video and Film
    • 2016-04-05 - 2016-06-19

    This marks the first large-scale solo exhibition that the preeminent Japanese contemporary artist Yasumasa Morimura (b. 1951) has ever held at a museum in his hometown of Osaka. Since showing “Portrait...More »

  • poster for The Posters of Ikko Tanaka

    The Posters of Ikko Tanaka

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    • Media: Graphics
    • 2016-04-05 - 2016-06-19

    The Nara-born graphic designer Ikko Tanaka (1930-2002) left a huge mark on postwar visual culture in Japan. This exhibition introduces the unique appeal of Tanaka’s designs through a select group of his...More »

  • poster for Yuji Takeoka: From a Pedestal into Space

    Yuji Takeoka: From a Pedestal into Space

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    • Media: Sculpture - Product
    • 2016-01-16 - 2016-03-21

    Using approaches such as “pedestal sculpture,” designed to raise the pedestal used to display sculpture to the level of an artwork, and “display space sculpture,” in which a space is presented as an artwork,...More »

  • poster for Ecce Homo: The Human Images in Contemporary Art

    Ecce Homo: The Human Images in Contemporary Art

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    • Media: Photography - Painting - Media Arts
    • 2016-01-16 - 2016-03-21

    The modern expression of the human form grew increasingly varied in the 19th century with the advent of photography and the rise of painters’ attempts to capture the inner life of their models. In the...More »

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    Collection 1

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    • Media: Photography - Painting
    • 2015-10-10 - 2015-12-27

    This exhibit features a group of works that have recently been acquired by the museum but never shown publicly, such as Strip (926-6) (2012), one of Gerhard Richter’s latest efforts. By displaying these...More »

  • poster for Cleopatra and the Queens of Egypt

    Cleopatra and the Queens of Egypt

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    • Media: Sculpture - Crafts
    • 2015-10-10 - 2015-12-27

    Splendid pyramids, tombs and palaces - the first things that come to mind when Ancient Egypt is mentioned. The ancient kings of Egypt known as pharaohs ruled their land for three millennia. And now thanks...More »

  • poster for Time of Others

    Time of Others

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    • Media: Photography - Sculpture - Installation
    • 2015-07-25 - 2015-09-23

    The Time of Others exhibition was jointly organized by the Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo, the National Museum of Art, Osaka, Singapore Art Museum, Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art, and...More »

  • poster for Wolfgang Tillmans “Your Body is Yours”

    Wolfgang Tillmans “Your Body is Yours”

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    • Media: Photography
    • 2015-07-25 - 2015-09-23

    This exhibition of work by Wolfgang Tillmans (born in Germany in 1968), who has proven to be extremely influential as a forerunner in contemporary photographic expression since the 1990s, marks the artist’s...More »

  • poster for Jiro Takamatsu: Trajectory of Work

    Jiro Takamatsu: Trajectory of Work

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    • Media: Painting - Drawing - Sculpture
    • 2015-04-07 - 2015-07-05

    Widely known as a contemporary artist who painted pictures of shadows, Jiro Takamatsu (1936-1998) also made works on paper on a daily basis. This chronologically arranged exhibition centers on approximately...More »

  • poster for Fiona Tan “Terminology”

    Fiona Tan “Terminology”

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    • Media: Photography - Video and Film
    • 2014-12-20 - 2015-03-22

    Fiona Tan (born in Indonesia in 1966) is an Amsterdam-based video artist. She made her debut with a work in which she explored her own lineage and symbolically expressed the concept of cultural pluralism....More »

  • poster for Jean Fautrier

    Jean Fautrier

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    • Media: Painting - Talks
    • 2014-09-27 - 2014-12-07

    Through his use of unique textures created with thick layers of paint and sharp lines, Jean Fautrier (1898-1964) became a groundbreaking figure in Art Informel, a movement that led to the emergence of...More »

  • Collection Ⅱ Exhibition

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    • Media: Painting
    • 2014-09-27 - 2014-12-07

    By closely combining recently acquired pieces and those that were already part of its collection, the museum reexamines important features of several works while introducing postwar art from both Japan...More »

  • poster for Nostalgia and Fantasy: Imagination and Its Origins in Contemporary Art

    Nostalgia and Fantasy: Imagination and Its Origins in Contemporary Art

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    • Media: Painting - Sculpture
    • 2014-05-27 - 2014-09-15

    With the unusual combination of nostalgia and fantasy as a theme, this exhibition introduces a wide range of works by artists (nine individuals and one group) who are acclaimed for evolving their own unique...More »

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    Collection 1 Exhibition

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    • Media: Photography - Painting - Sculpture
    • 2014-05-24 - 2014-09-15

    By combining recently acquired pieces with those that were already part of the museum collection, this exhibition reexamines important features of several works while introducing postwar art from both...More »

  • poster for Andreas Gursky Exhibition

    Andreas Gursky Exhibition

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    • Media: Photography
    • 2014-02-01 - 2014-05-11

    The work of Andreas Gursky (1955-), Germany’s leading contemporary photographer, will be shown in a solo exhibition for the first time in Japan at the National Art Center Tokyo, followed by an exhibition...More »

  • poster for “Kwak Duck-Jun: The Paintings of the 1960s”

    “Kwak Duck-Jun: The Paintings of the 1960s”

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    • Media: Painting - Talks
    • 2014-02-01 - 2014-05-11

    Born in Kyoto in 1937, Kwak, a Korean national residing in Japan, has consistently explored a variety of experimental expressions from the 1960s to the present, woring across a range of painting, photography,...More »

  • poster for “Collection 4 - 100 Years of Contemporary Art”

    “Collection 4 - 100 Years of Contemporary Art”

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    • Media: Painting
    • 2014-02-01 - 2014-05-11

    In an exhibition reflecting upon 100 years of Western art the foundations of Japanese art today may be clearly discerned within the model of Western Art which emerged in the late 19th Century, with Western...More »

  • poster for Tetsumi Kudo “Your Portrait”

    Tetsumi Kudo “Your Portrait”

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    • Media: Sculpture - Video and Film - Talks
    • 2013-11-02 - 2014-01-19

    After first receiving attention as a champion of Anti-Art, Osaka-born Tetsumi Kudo (1935-1990) established a base in Paris in 1962 and while working throughout Europe, evolved a unique world of art by...More »

  • poster for The Lady and the Unicorn from the Musée de Cluny, France

    The Lady and the Unicorn from the Musée de Cluny, France

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    • Media: Painting - Sculpture - Crafts
    • 2013-07-27 - 2013-10-20

    The treasure of France’s Musée de Cluny “The Lady and the Unicorn” is a tapestry of 6 panels produced around 1500. With references to this work by the 19th century artists Prosper Mérimée and George Sand,...More »

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    Kansai Collections

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    • Media: Painting - Sculpture
    • 2013-04-06 - 2013-07-15

    An exhibition of masterpieces of Western art from the 20th and 21st centuries, drawing on the collections of six public museums located in the Kansai region. Works on display include those of Cézanne,...More »

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    Collection 1 Exhibition

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    • Media: Painting - Sculpture - Installation
    • 2013-04-06 - 2013-07-15

    Exhibition introducing recently-accumulated collections of The National Museum of Art, Osaka, including the prints and ceramics of Picasso; and works by Mieko Shiomi and the Fluxus avant-garde movement. [Image:...More »

  • poster for "Modigliani et le Primitivisme" Exhibition

    "Modigliani et le Primitivisme" Exhibition

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    • Media: Painting - Talks
    • 2008-07-01 - 2008-09-15

    Amedeo Modigliani (1884-1920), who was born in Italy, in the region of Tuscany, studied at art schools in Florence and Venice before leaving for Paris in 1906. His encounters with Primitivism, which incorporated...More »

  • poster for Chiharu Shiota "Breath of the Spirit"

    Chiharu Shiota "Breath of the Spirit"

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    • Media: Installation - Talks
    • 2008-07-01 - 2008-09-15

    This exhibition features the installations of Chiharu Shiota (born 1972, Osaka, resides in Berlin), works which make use of shoes, windows and beds. *Exhibiting at B2 Lecture: August 31st (Sun) 18:30- Reservation...More »

  • "Collection 2" Exhibition

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    • Media: Photography
    • 2008-07-01 - 2008-09-15

    This exhibition will introduce the recently acquired work of two photographers, Ryuji Miyamoto and Miyako Ishiuchi (both born 1947).More »

  • poster for "Still/Motion: Video Paintings" Exhibition

    "Still/Motion: Video Paintings" Exhibition

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    • Media: Painting - Photography - Video and Film
    • 2008-04-29 - 2008-06-15

    In recent years, the technology in projecting images has advanced greatly. The exhibition features works by 14 artists from Japan, China, and other countries that utilize this technology in their art.More »

  • poster for Emily Kngwarreye Exhibition

    Emily Kngwarreye Exhibition

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    • Media: Painting - Talks
    • 2008-02-26 - 2008-04-13

    Emily Kame Kngwarreye, as well as being a contemporary Australian Aboriginal artist, has also been called one of the greatest abstract painters of the 20th Century. Living as she did in the desert in the...More »

  • "Collection 4" Exhibition

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    • 2008-02-26 - 2008-04-13

    The exhibition features contemporary works by artists such as Marcel Duchamp, Ad Reinhardt, Marcel Broodthaers and Lee U-Fan. The works have ben selected to observe the distinctive methods utilized in...More »

  • Art Talk: The Museum as a Wonderland of Knowledge

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    • Media: Talks
    • 2008-02-10 - 2008-02-10

    *at Lecture hall *For more information please visit the URL below.More »

  • poster for "The 30th Anniversary: Collection of the National Museum of Art, Osaka" Exhibition

    "The 30th Anniversary: Collection of the National Museum of Art, Osaka" Exhibition

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    • Media: Painting - Photography - Prints - Sculpture - Talks
    • 2007-12-18 - 2008-02-11

    The National Museum of Art, Osaka opened its door in 1977 as a national museum specialized in contemporary art after inheriting the Expo Museum of Fine Arts facility, which had been built for Expo '70,...More »

  • John Cage 100th Anniversary Countdown Event 2007-2012

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    • Media: Performance Art
    • 2007-11-10 - 2007-11-10

    This countdown event celebrates the 100th anniversary since the birth of John Cage (1912-1992), an influential artist of the 20th century. Honoring his achievements, various events such as concerts and...More »

  • The National Museum of Art Osaka 30th Anniversary Symposium "Unfinished Past, Last 30 Years of Art"

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    • Media: Talks
    • 2007-11-03 - 2007-11-04

    This year is the 30th Anniversary of The National Museum of Art Osaka. NMAO organized a symposium in 2005 titled "Reconsidering the Savage Modern: Post War Japanese Art History", which aimed to examine...More »

  • poster for "Skins of Contemporary Art" Exhibition

    "Skins of Contemporary Art" Exhibition

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    • Media: Sculpture - Installation - Talks
    • 2007-10-02 - 2007-12-02

    While “skin” is the covering that provides the body with its shape, it is also the “surface” that is cut and carved, painted and drawn on. In addition, it is through the “skin”'s function as a sensory...More »

  • "Collection 3" Exhibition

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    • Media: Painting - Video and Film
    • 2007-09-29 - 2007-12-02

    This exhibition features the museum's permanent collection including the work by Jasper Johns and Christian Boltanski that is reconfigured by the notion of a relation to the outside. *Exhibiting at...More »

  • poster for "The Greatest Treasures of Russian Tsars -Wonders of the Kremlin, A World Heritage Site-" Exhibition

    "The Greatest Treasures of Russian Tsars -Wonders of the Kremlin, A World Heritage Site-" Exhibition

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    • Media: Painting - Crafts - Talks
    • 2007-07-10 - 2007-09-17

    This exhibition is the first large-scale showing in Japan of art from the Moscow Kremlin Museums. The museum presents a selection of 230 works from the collection. Encompassing various forms, these works...More »

  • Yukio Fujimoto "Plus/Minus"

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    • Media: Installation
    • 2007-07-07 - 2007-09-17

    Yukio Fujimoto (born 1950) is an artist who creates "sound objects" that encourage the viewer to rediscover the wonders of the everyday world. In tandem with these new works by Fujimoto, the museum will...More »

  • poster for "The Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium" Exhibition

    "The Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium" Exhibition

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    • Media: Painting
    • 2007-04-07 - 2007-06-24

    From the Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium, the National Museum of Osaka presents 400 years of Belgian art. The exhibit will feature impressionist, symbolist, and surrealist art by Bruegel, Rubens,...More »

  • poster for Hiroshi Sugimoto "Various Shapes"

    Hiroshi Sugimoto "Various Shapes"

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    • Media: Photography
    • 2007-04-07 - 2007-06-24

    Hiroshi Sugimoto (1948), known for his "Theater" and "Sea Scapes" series, has curated his own show featuring 12 works from his "Architecture," "Portraits," and "Shapes of Concept" series. *Exhibiting...More »

  • "Collection 1" Exhibition

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    • Media: Painting - Drawing - Photography - Prints
    • 2007-04-07 - 2007-06-24

    The exhibition will display artwork that have not been released to the public. Works are divided into four sections: 1. Modern and contemporary prints and drawings 2. Contemporary paintings 3. Contemporary...More »

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