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Chihiro Art Museum Azumino: Event Schedule 2008

Chihiro Art Museum Azumino Appreciation Day
March 20th (Thu., a Japanese national holiday): Free admission to all visitors to convey our appreciation. Each visitor will also be entitled to one free drink at our café and will be able to enjoy a musical concert.
Lecture and Slideshow: Shigeru Hatsuyama—Poet of Lines and Color, Eternal Modernist
March 16th (Sun.), April 20th (Sun.), and May 11th (Sun.)
Lectures will begin at 2:00 p.m. in the Multipurpose Gallery
The lectures, held in conjunction with the exhibition "Celebrating the 110th Anniversary of the Birth of Shigeru Hatsuyama," will be presented by the Museum's deputy director, Yuko Takesako, author of Hatsuyama Shigeru Eien no Modanisuto (Shigeru Hatsuyama, Eternal Modernist; published by Kawade Shobou, 2007), who will discuss the life and work of Shigeru Hatsuyama. (Free of charge. No reservations required.)
Anniversary of Museum Opening
In commemoration of the anniversary of the Museum's opening, each visitor on April 19th will receive a free original Chihiro Iwasaki bookmark. A film screening will also be held on the same day.
chihiro cinema
April 19th (Sat.), June 21st (Sat.), November 15th (Sat.) Starting at 2:00 p.m.
We will show classic European or Japanese films that were favorites of Chihiro's. Screenings will also include a discussion with film director Yoshisuke Kawasaki. In cooperation with NPO Cinema Net Japan (DVD or VHS screenings. Free of charge. Reservations required.)
Summer Workshop: Experimenting with Chihiro's watercolor techniques!
During the summer holiday period, you can try your hand at Chihiro's watercolor techniques in the Museum's Multipurpose Gallery. Student volunteers from Matsukawa Junior High School will provide support for this workshop.
Azumino Art Line Summer School
A workshop has been tentatively scheduled for the summer holiday period.
Azumino Autumn Evening of Traditional Japanese Comic Storytelling
October 19th (Sun.) Starting at 6:00 p.m.
Featuring: Yukyotei Fukushima, Sanyutei Tokimatsu and others
Enjoy Yose (Japanese Comic Storytelling) at Chihiro Art Museum Azumino on a cool autumn evening, when the Museum offers visitors an atmosphere that differs from the daytime operating hours. (Free of charge. Reservations required.)
Story Club: Held on every second and fourth Saturday of the month from 11:00 a.m.
Children and parents are invited to take part in this picture-book reading and story-telling circle. The event is free of charge and requires no reservation. We are also happy to provide answers and advice regarding inquiries about picture books.
Gallery Talk Held every second and fourth Saturday of the month
1:00 p.m.—Exhibition of picture book artists of the world or special exhibition
2:00 p.m.—Chihiro Iwasaki exhibition
Museum staff will provide commentary while viewing artwork on display in each exhibition room. The talks are provided free of charge and no reservations are required.
Azumino Sketching Set
Enjoy sketching under the skies of Azumino with a sketching set available for rent (includes watercolors, drawing board, pencil, etc.). To rent a set, please ask at the reception desk. (\200 per set, including one sheet of drawing paper)

Chihiro Art Museum Azumino: Exhibition Schedule 2008

From May 16th (Fri.) to July 8th (Tue.)

Exhibition Room 1

Children running cheerfully … a girl absorbed in drawing a picture … Chihiro created many illustrations depicting children happily playing. Through this exhibit, we will take a renewed look at that most precious time of the day for children—playtime—presenting works showing children playing games from the past along with illustrations from the picture book Tonari ni Kitako (Will You be My Friend?).

Children Playing with Finger Puppets, 1966

Children Playing with Finger Puppets, 1966


Exhibition Rooms 3 & 4

Chihiro Art Museum Collection: Exhibition of International Picture Book Illustrators

In each exhibition, we will introduce about 100 works from the Museum’s International Collection, which comprises approximately 26,000 pieces by 173 artists from 29 countries (as of January 2008). Artwork displayed will be changed for each exhibition.

Cat, Kveta Pacovska (Czech Republic), 1979–1985

Cat, Kveta Pacovska (Czech Republic), 1979–1985

From July 11th (Fri.) to September 23rd (Tue.)

Exhibition Room 1

Chihiro—Summer Palette

A boy bathing in the dazzling sunlight. A girl running along the seashore. Chihiro depicted children in various scenes of summer employing not only the colors she saw, but also the colors she felt at the time. This exhibition focuses on Chihiro’s enchanting use of color, featuring works brimming with the feel of summer along with the picture book Niji no Mizuumi (The Rainbow Lake).

Seashells and Boy with Red Hat, 1970

Seashells and Boy with Red Hat, 1970


Exhibition Rooms 3 & 4

Chihiro Art Museum Collection: Exhibition of International Picture Book Illustrators

Arnold Robel (U.S.A), Frog and Toad, from Frog and Toad Together, 1981

Arnold Robel (U.S.A), Frog and Toad, from Frog and Toad Together, 1981

September 26th (Fri.) to November 30th (Sun.)

Exhibition Room 1

Chihiro—Stories of Love

In the love stories she created, Chihiro would employ great sympathy in expressing the swaying emotions and lives of her characters. In this exhibition, we will introduce picture books presenting love in various forms, including Little Mermaid and Takekurabe, while at the same time tracing love in Chihiro’s life.

Children Linking Their Little Fingers, 1966

Children Linking Their Little Fingers, 1966


Exhibition Rooms 3 & 4

Chihiro Art Museum Collection: Exhibition of International Picture Book Illustrators

Taro Yashima (U.S.A.), Momo with Umbrella, Image of Umbrella, 1965

Taro Yashima (U.S.A.), Momo with Umbrella, Image of Umbrella, 1965