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Encounter – The Beginning of the Story


The spread of the new coronavirus restricted us from going out and we were unable to meet others in person, making it impossible for us to meet people. Recently, there have finally been signs of improvement and the city has begun to come back to life.
In this context, we are pleased to present an exhibition on the theme of encounters.

A work of art is formed by the people, various things, and ideas that an artist encounters.
This exhibition will be centered on works from the collection, and will revolve around the artist’s encounters and the stories that begin with them.
May it be a wonderful “encounter” opportunity for the viewers through various genres of works.
Please take your time and enjoy the exhibition.

Encounters: The Beginning of a Story Exhibition Highlights

I’m curious about the background behind the creation of artwork.
The story of how each piece came to be.
And the story depicted in it.

For this exhibition, as many as 17 artists were selected under the theme of “Encounters,
Please take note of the following highlights.

(Exhibition Hall 1)
Duchamp and Yuko Nasaka of the Gutai Art Association: What is “Guru”? Shuji Mukai’s Marilyn Monroe full of symbols and the bathroom!
Art that imitates no one

(Exhibition Hall 2)
Momohong’s encounter with New York City/the secret of her name

(Exhibition Room 3)
Portraits of Hanada-san ‘s family and the landscapes he encountered

(Exhibition Hall 4)
The Meeting of the Souls of Geniuses and Geniuses Yayoi Kusama and Joseph Cornell
  The encounter between genius and genius, the communion of souls.

(Exhibition Hall 5)
Art born from cross-cultural exchange: Emile Gallé and Takashima Hokkai to the multi-ethnic group Fluxus
Paul Delvaux’ s friend, author Claude Spark, “The Land of Mirrors” [The Last Beautiful Days] weaves a story of love and death: love so much that you stuff your partner!

(Exhibition Room 6)
Hikaru Kawai: Diversity? What is it that defines you?
Hikaru Kawai “After the FLOOD” 2020

Click here to see the exhibition view.


Date & Time Sep 16, 2023 - Mar 31, 2024
July - September 10:00-18:00
October - June 10:00-17:00
Location Karuizawa New Art Museum
Exhibition Rooms 1-6 (2F)
Charge Adults: 2,000 yen, High school and college students: 1,000 yen, Elementary and junior high school students: 500 yen
*Groups of 20 or more receive a 200 yen discount off the above admission fees.
*Free for preschool children, free for disabled persons (one accompanying person is half price)
Contact us Karuizawa New Art Museum
arts and sciences division
Tel. 0267-46-8691
Remarks Admission until 30 minutes before closing

closed day
Every Monday (or the following day if Monday is a national holiday)

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