HIRAKU PROJECT VOL.1
©Sai HASHIZUME

GIRLS START THE RIOT

SAI HASHIZUME
The “Hiraku Project” is conceived as a series of exhibitions introducing contemporary artworks by Pola Art Foundation Grant recipients. The exhibitions are to be held at the Atrium Gallery, recently established to celebrate the 15th anniversary of the Pola Museum of Art. “Hiraku” translates as ‘open,’ in the sense of ‘responsive to new possibilities.’ The Hiraku Project’s inaugural exhibition, “Girls Start the Riot”, features artist Sai Hashizume.

SAI HASHIZUME

Sai Hashizume’s paintings are characterized by precision and meticulously depicted themes concerning contemporary women and intimate items of clothing and shoes. She began her After Image series, her versions of paintings by traditional Western masters such as Botticelli and Caravaggio, when she returned to Japan after about five years in Europe. This exhibition takes its name from Hashizume’s Girls Start the Riot (2010-2011), a central painting in this series. In this work, three girls, whose faces are unseen, have unabashedly entered a Cézanne still-life scene. Hashizume selects the word ‘riot’ to describe their audacity and her intention is clearly to resist the traditions and authority of Western painting, while at the same time breathing new life and a contemporary sensibility into them. The exhibition introduces Hashizume’s painting Girls Start the Riot, a kind of declaration of her purpose, and works from the After Image series it launched.

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List of Works

1. Girls Start the Riot
2010-2011 Oil on wood panel 130.3×194.0cm TAKAHASHI COLLECTION
2. Toilette des filles
2011-2012 Oil on wood panel 112.0×162.0cm Private Collection
3. Esther
2012 Oil on wood panel 100.3×72.8cm Private Collection
4. Two Sisters
2013-2014 Oil on wood emulsionground 162.0✕130.3cm The National Museum of Art, Osaka
5. RED SESSION
2014 Oil on wood emulsionground 162.0✕130.3cm POLA INC.
6. La fille de l'homme
2015-2016 Oil on wood emulsionground 100.0×72.8cm Private Collection
7. Les amies
2016 Oil on wood emulsionground 100.0×130.0cm Takamatsu Art Museum
8. This isn't Happiness
2017 Oil on wood emulsionground 80.4×60.7cm Private Collection
9. Princess at Work
2017 Oil on wood emulsionground 60.7×45.6cm

Exhibition

Sai HASHIZUME"Girls Start the Riot"

Organized by Pola Art Foudation
Venue: Atrium Gallery, Pola Museum of Art
In cooperation with imura art gallery