Human Images in the Arts of the 20th Century
23 October - 12 December 2004
Hours: 9:30a.m.- 5:00 p.m.
Since we came to draw pictures and to make sculptures, the centre of the subjects of art works has been human being, that is to say, ourselves. Human figures have been expressed in different ways such as paintings, sculptures, photographs and so on. They were specialized into certain genres including portrait and self-portrait, which have peculiar meanings.
Even nowadays, human figures are familiar to us. When we make plastic arts, we are involved in various and complicated human relations without knowing them. They are, for, example, those between the subject to make works, the object to be looked and represented and the beholders to look.
It is possible that we regard from the late half of the 19th century to the 20th century as the time when people created new human figures corresponded to the radical movements of the plastic expression. That resulted from the fundamental problems, with which modern society and modern people faced.
The works displayed in this exhibition were selected from the collection the Aichi Prefectural Museum of Art, the Museum of Fine Arts, Gifu and the Mie Prefctural Art Museum. Their subjects are human being both in western arts and Japanese arts. We survey different aspects of modern and contemporary arts and reconsider the meanings in which we express ourselves in the 21st century through about one hundred works including paintings and sculptures.
This exhibition is realized by the collaboration between the three prefectural art museums in Aichi, Gifu and Mie prefecture. We hope that this exhibition will enable us to make more use of our collection and to install it more attractively.