Exhibition Catalogues

Contains catalogues of exhibits and other events the Japan Foundation has hosted or co-hosted.

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Fiscal Year 2017-2018

Cover of “Yōga: Modern Western Paintings of Japan” Exhibition Catalog

The Japan Foundation co-organized the exhibition “Yōga: Modern Western Paintings of Japan” in Taipei City, Taiwan with the Museum of National Taipei University of Education, The University Art Museum, Tokyo University of the Arts, and the Japan Art Dealers Association. This exhibition catalog features color plates of the exhibits and essays to explore the history of exchange among Japanese and Taiwanese artists in the Meiji, Taisho, and Showa eras and the development of modern art in the region.

Fiscal Year 2015-2016

Cover of sotasu catalogue

The Japan Foundation, in cooperation with the Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, the Asian art museums at the Smithsonian Institution, organizes the Sōtatsu: Making Waves exhibition focusing on the works by this Japanese artist of the early Edo period.
This exhibition catalogue includes various works by Sōtatsu and his circle of painters, along with modern era paintings from the 1910s onwards (Taishō and later eras) that were influenced by Sōtatsu.

Fiscal Year 2014-2015

Cover of Report on Japan's official participation to the Asian Art Biennale Bangladesh 2014

Report on Japan's official participation to the Asian Art Biennale Bangladesh 2014, held in Dhaka in December 2014. The participation of the curator and the artists was organized by the Japan Foundation.

Cover of RUN & LEARN Projects & Art Guide

RUN & LEARN: New Curatorial Constellations was a curatorial development program that the Japan Foundation organized in four Southeast Asian countries as part of the cultural cooperation program in visual arts during the fiscal years 2013 and 2014. This set of four books reports individual art projects carried out in respective countries as a result of this program, and also introduces the current art scene in Southeast Asia, which is in the midst of rapid change.

Fiscal Year 2011-2012

The Japan Foundation Traveling Exhibitions : cover

The Japan Foundation has assembled traveling exhibitions from its own collection of artworks and actively sends them to foreign countries. Traveling exhibitions may consist of works in areas such as ceramics, photographs, paintings, crafts, and Japanese dolls. Approximately twenty permanent traveling exhibitions are on the road throughout the year, appearing in over 100 museums and cultural facilities and, as introductions to the breath of Japanese culture and art, have been received with rave reviews everywhere.These traveling exhibitions are co-organized by the Japan Foundation and diplomatic missions abroad, with the cooperation of the art galleries, museums and cultural organizations in each country.

Fiscal Year 2009-2010

Twist and Shout: Contemporary art from Japan : cover

This is a catalog of the first large-scale exhibition of contemporary art from Japan held in Thailand. Exhibited pop art works of 17 artists representing Japan in the 2000s are printed in full color.

Winter Garden: The Exploration of the Micropop Imagination in Contemporary Japanese art : cover

This book is the catalogue of the exhibition entitled "Winter Garden: The Exploration of the Micropop Imagination in Contemporary Japanese art." The exhibition was planned by the Japan Foundation and curated by art critic Midori Matsui to introduce a new generation of contemporary Japanese artists to the world.

Fiscal Year 2008-2009

Cover of exhibition catalogue: WA: l'harmonie au quotidien - Design japonais d'aujourd'hui

This book is a valuable document that contains four essays by curators and commentary on all of the 161 design items exhibited, in English and French.

Cover of Contemporary Architect's Concept Series 2

This book introduces the concepts presented by an architect Junya Ishigami, one of exhibitors at 11th International architecture Exhibition, Venice Biennale. It contains many pictures, drawings, and drafts of Ishigami's works.


This book contains a list of all artworks exhibited in the Yokohama Triennale 2008, texts by the team of curators, and photographs and texts by artists.

YOKOHaMa TRIENNaLE 2008 Guide Book

This is the official guidebook of the Yokohama Triennale 2008, summing up the information of all artists participated in the Triennale and all venues deployed around the main venue Shinko Pier Exhibition Hall.

Fiscal Year 2007-2008

Cover of exhibtion catalogue: Vanishing Points:Contemporary Japanese art

a catalog of the exhibit held in India as an event commemorating Japan - India Friendship Year 2007 and introduced Japanese contemporary art.

Cover of exhibition catalogue: Beautiful New World

Catalogue of the exhibition "Beautiful New World: Contemporary Visual Culture from Japan”, an exhibition Commemorating the thirty-fifth anniversary of the normalization of Japan-China relations. It gives an overview of 34 creative people of a variety of fields, from media art, architecture, and fashion to manga and anime, as well as contemporary art.

Cover of exhibition catalogue: Parallel Nippon: Contemporary Japanese architecture 1996-2006

a traveling exhibition’s catalogue, published by Shinkenchiku-sha. Price: ¥2,381 (tax excluded)

Cover of catalogue: Japanese Pavilion, the 52nd Venice Biennale 2007

Works of Masao Okabe, artist that represent Japan at the 52nd Venice Biennale.

Cover of exhibition catalogue: Cubism in asia

a catalog of exhibit of works from Japan, China, India, Indonesia, Korea, Singapore, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, the Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam to review asian modern art and to show show how cubism, European art trend started in early 20th century in Paris, was accepted and changed in asian countries.

Fiscal Year 2006-2007

The catalogue of the Japan Pavilion at the 10th International Architecture Exhibition – Venice Biennale, which took place from September to November 2006.

Catalogue of the exhibition"Katagami and Japonisme” held at the Maison de la culture du Japon à Paris.

Countries from asia, africa, South america and Pacific regions participated the 12th Biennale. Participants from Japan were Mr. Hiroshi Fuji and Yuken Teruya.

Works from the asian Cartoon Exhibition featuring 77 new works by 10 leading
cartoonists from 10 countries depicting youth culture in the respective nations

Catalogue of "Rapt!-20 contemporary artists from Japan-,” an ambitious program of exhibitions, residencies and public events showcasing contemporary Japanese art in australia.

Fiscal Year 2005-2006

Cover of exhibition catalogue: Visions of the Body 2005

Catalogue of the exhibition "Visions of the Body 2005” at Seoul Museum of art, text in both Japanese and Korean.

Cover of catalogue: Japanese Pavilion, the 51st Venice Biennale 2005

Features works of Miyako Ishiuchi who exhibited her works at the Japanese Pavilion at the 51st International art Exhibition of Venice Biennale.

Cover of exhibition catalogue: YOKaI-- Bestiary of the Japanese Fantastic

Catalogue of the exhibition "YÔKaÏ - Bestiaire du fantastique japonais” at the Maison de la culture du Japon à Paris.

Cover of exhibition catalogue: Positioning - In the New Reality of Europe: art from Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary

Catalogue of the exhibition "Positioning - In the New Reality of Europe: art from Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary," organized jointly by the Japan Foundation, The National Museum of art, Osaka, Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary art and Museum Of Contemporary art Tokyo.

Cover of YOKOHaMa2005 Documents

In addition to information of all the artists in International Triennale of Contemporary art YOKOHaMa 2005 , a document of this triennale with photos by Shigeo anzai is also listed.

Fiscal Year 2004-2005

Cover of exhibition catalogue: Imari: Porcelains for Shoguns and European Kings, 1610-1760

This is a catalog in French of "Imari: Porcelains for Shoguns and European Kings, 1610-1760,” an exhibition traveled in Europe from 2005 to 2006.

Cover of catalogue: 26 Bienal Internacional de Sao Paulo

This is a country-by-country catalog in English and Portuguese of the 26th Sao Paulo Biennale, one of the biggest international exhibits of modern art since 1951.Works of Susumu Miyazaki, an exhibited artist, are listed.

Cover of exhibition catalogue: Living Together is Easy

a catalog of Living Together is Easy exhibited at Contemporary art Gallery, art Tower Mito from January 24 to March 28, 2004.

Exhibition catalog of the 11th Triennale INDIa in which artists from 40 countries in the world as well as India participated.

Report on an international symposium held in relation to the exhibit Cubism in asia in which 77 works of 53 artists from 11 asian countries including Japan were exhibited and artists and their activities during a period when cubism was accepted in asian countries and areas were introduced.

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