Hiroko Nakajima – CONTINUUM|The constitutive elements of the world

September 18 sat, 2021 – March 30 (Wed), 2022

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.’ We are pleased to present Hiroko Nakajima – CONTINUUM|The constitutive elements of the world – as the 12th exhibition in our HIRAKU Project.

Hiroko Nakajima - CONTINUUM|The constitutive elements of the world

Hilbert curve, 2021 2021 Acrylic gouache on wood panels(8) 70 x 70cm(each), 140 x 280cm(overall)
©Hiroko NAKAJIMA Photo:Ken KATO


September 11 (Sat), 2021 – March 30 (Wed), 2022
Exhibition room 5

Since ancient times, artists have depicted scenes related to water, which is a source of life and a powerful force of nature. When Claude Monet presented his Water Lilies series, he used the word “waterscapes” in the title of his solo exhibition. In addition to aptly describing the series, in which almost all of the works are dominated by the water’s surface, “waterscapes” are closely connected to Monet himself, an artist who continually painted scenes of water, including the Seine and his pond in Giverny, throughout his life.

Their works took a diverse range of expressions from close observations of waterscapes near a sea, river, or lake, and depictions of mystical landscapes, which were not actually real but inspired by the endlessly changing scenes, to studies of stories dealing with water.

In this exhibition, we introduce works related to water that were specially selected from the Pola Museum of Art Collection, including Western paintings, Japanese Western-style paintings, Japanese-style paintings and Glass works.

Monet was not the only artist who was attracted to water as a motif. The aspect of water as a fluid entity, which never maintains a single shape and assumes a variety of different expressions while reflecting natural light, served as a source of inspiration for many artists all over the world.

Claude Monet, The Pink Skiff

Nakamura Tsune, By a Fountain

Emile Gallé, Bowl with Water Nymph Design

「中嶋 浩子 CONTINUUM|この世界を構成するもの」

場所:アトリウム ギャラリー


ポーラ美術館は、開館15周年にあたる2017年に、現代美術作家の活動を紹介する「アトリウム ギャラリー」を新設し、芸術表現と美術館の可能性を「ひらく」という趣旨の展示「HIRAKU PROJECT」にて、公益財団法人ポーラ美術振興財団の助成を受けた作家を紹介しています。


中嶋浩子《Hilbert curve》2021


「CONTINUUM | この世界を構成するもの」という今回の展覧会のタイトルは、中嶋自身が幼少期から漠然と抱いてきた、「この世界を構成しているものとはなんだろう?」という問いに由来します。そしてこの問いを制作のコンセプトとしてきた中嶋は、「見えないけれど、確かに在る連続する世界(空間)」を証明するものの一つとして、数学の空間充填曲線を空間に展開した作品にたどり着きました。



中嶋 浩子(なかじま ひろこ)
東京都生まれ。武蔵野美術大学造形学部工芸工業デザイン学科テキスタイルデザイン専攻卒業。幾何学的形態や文字をシンボル化し、「連続する形(模様)」を中心に制作。2014年より公益財団法人ポーラ美術振興財団若手芸術家在外研修員として、ゲッティンゲン大学数理科学研究科(ドイツ)、フィンランド自然史博物館(フィンランド)にて研修。以降、公益財団法人野村財団在外研修員(美術)での研究滞在を経て、東京を拠点に活動を展開している。国内外での展示、テキスタイルデザインシリーズ、 日本語オノマトペを図形化し連続模様にした〈ONOMATOPÉE〉 、建築家とのプロジェクト「建築現場をオノマトペで覆う |Cover the construction wall with the onomatopoeia patterns」等を通じ、アート、デザイン、建築など、領域を横断して「連続する世界」をテーマとしている。ドイツでの数学研修において、「見えない部分を構成するもの」を概念数学の世界に見たことで、近年では、模様の工学的研究の他、様々なメディウムでの作品制作に取り組み独自の世界を展開している。


Roni Horn: When You See Your Reflection in Water, Do You Recognize the Water in You?

Dates: Sat., September 18, 2021 – Wed., March 30, 2022
Venue: Pola Museum of Art, Galleries 1 and 2

The Pola Museum of Art is pleased to present a solo exhibition of the work of Roni Horn, one of the most prominent American artists working today. This will be her first solo exhibition at a museum in Japan.

The exhibition will be an in-depth survey of the artist’s practice spanning over 40 years , from the 1980s to the present, including the glass sculptures which are among her most prominent works of recent years, exploring a multifaceted body of work that can be as sharp and solid as ice, as humorous and ever-changing as clouds, and as fluid and open to interpretation as water.

Profile of Roni Horn

Roni Horn (b. 1955) lives and works in New York City. She is known for conceptual works in a variety of media including photography, sculpture, drawing, and books. Since 1975 she has traveled frequently and extensively in Iceland, seeking out rugged scenery in remote outlying areas. The solitude Horn experiences during these journeys has had a significant influence on her life and work.

She has had many major solo exhibitions, at venues including the Centre Pompidou (Paris, 2003), Tate Modern (London, 2009), the Whitney Museum of American Art (New York, 2009-2010), Fondation Beyeler (Riehen, Switzerland, 2016 and 2020), and Glenstone Museum (Potomac, USA, 2021).

Well and Truly, 2009-2010 Cast glass, set of 10 Private collection Installation view: Well and Truly, Kunsthaus Bregenz (Austria), 2010 Photo by Stefan Altenburger © Roni Horn

Well and Truly, 2009-2010 Cast glass, set of 10 Private collection
Installation view: Well and Truly, Kunsthaus Bregenz (Austria), 2010
Photo by Stefan Altenburger   © Roni Horn


会 期:2021年9月18日(土)~2022年3月30日(水)
会 場:展示室1,2




《Well and Truly》2009-2010年 10点組、鋳造ガラス 個人蔵 展示風景:「Well and Truly」ブレゲンツ美術館(オーストリア)2010年 Photo: Stefan Altenburger © Roni Horn

《Well and Truly》2009-2010年 10点組、鋳造ガラス 個人蔵
展示風景:「Well and Truly」ブレゲンツ美術館(オーストリア)2010年 Photo: Stefan Altenburger © Roni Horn


ロニ・ホーン(Roni Horn)


Masterpieces of the Pola Museum of Art

Apr. 17(Sat), 2021 - Sep. 5(Sun), 2021
Exhibition room 4

French paintings from the late 19th and early 20th centuries form the core of the Pola Museum of Art collection. The Museum also holds a formidable collection of oil paintings by Japanese artists spanning from the Meiji (1868-1912) through the Showa period (1926 – 1989).

Held in tandem with Foujita: Explorations in Color, this exhibition presents paintings by avant-garde artists such as Modigliani and Picasso who were contemporaries of Foujita and greatly influenced him in early 20th century Paris. Featuring as well paintings by Japanese artists such as Oka Shikanosuke and Ebihara Kinosuke, the exhibition also explores artistic expression by Japanese painters who admired Foujita and were active in Paris after him.

This exhibition also introduces a selection of masterpiece modern French paintings from the collection by artists such as Cézanne and Matisse.

Oka Shikanosuke Canal

Amedeo Modigliani
Portrait of Lunia Czechowska

Henri Matisse The Lute

Raphaël Collin and Kuroda Seiki: 120 Year Reunion

Apr. 17(Sat), 2021 - Mar. 30(Wed), 2022
Exhibition room 2

Kuroda Seiki (1866-1924) is considered the doyen of Japanese Western-style painting. He acquired his oil painting skills in France as a student of Academic painter Raphaël Collin (1850-1916). It is assumed that Kuroda, on a second visit to France in 1900, saw his former teacher’s painting The Sleeping and was powerfully impressed by its nude image. The composition of Kuroda’s The Fields, painted after his return to Japan, is very similar to that of The Sleeping.

The Sleeping was regarded an important influence on Kuroda’s painting, but it had not been seen for many years because its location was unknown. Recently discovered in Paris, Collin’s painting will be shown for the first time in 120 years. Moreover, the placement of Kuroda’s The Fields side by side with Collin’s The Sleeping, the painting that inspired it, reveals Kuroda’s originality in creating his groundbreaking work of Japanese nude expression.

Raphael Collin The Sleeping (Le Sommeil)
1892 Fondation des Artistes © Fondation des Artistes / Raphaële Kriegel

Kuroda Seiki The Fields

Okada Saburosuke
Nude Woman Standing at the Water's Edge


会 期:2021年4月17日(土)~ 2021年9月5日(日)
会 場:展示室2




岡鹿之助 《掘割》


アンリ・マティス 《リュート》


会 期:2021年4月17日(土)~2022年3月30日(水)
会 場:展示室4



ラファエル・コラン 《眠り》1892年 芸術家財団、パリ          ©Fondation des Artistes / Raphaële Kriegel

黒田清輝 《野辺》


岡田杏里「Soñar dentro de la tierra / 土の中で夢をみる」展

場所:アトリウム ギャラリー


ポーラ美術館は、開館15周年にあたる2017年に公益財団法人ポーラ美術振興財団の助成を受けた現代美術作家の活動を紹介する「アトリウム ギャラリー」を新設し、芸術表現と美術館の可能性を「ひらく」という趣旨の「HIRAKU PROJECT」をおこなっております。

本展の目玉となるのは、縦75.0×横75.0 cm のカンヴァスを33点ほど組み合わて実現される、壁画のインスタレーションです。およそ縦3.0×横10.0 mもの大きさに及ぶこの壁画では、メキシコの地で培われた想像上の森を舞台として、植物や生物、そして人間の形象が交錯します。

風土や環境、すなわち自然と生命との関係をめぐるテーマは、岡田がこれまで主たる関心のもとに追求してきたものです。「土の中で夢をみる(= Soñar dentro de la tierra)」という展覧会のタイトルは、先史時代から育まれた豊かな文化の残るメキシコでの滞在を通じて、作家自身のテーマが迎えた新たな展開を示しています。


《Soñar dentro de la tierra》 2021年、アクリル/カンヴァス、45cm x 106.7cm、作家蔵

《Soñar dentro de la tierra》 2021年、アクリル/カンヴァス、45cm x 106.7cm、作家蔵 ©Anri Okada


岡田 杏里(おかだ・あんり)


Anri Okada-Soñar dentro de la tierra

Apr. 17(Sun), 2021 - Sep 5(Sun), 2021

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.’ We are pleased to present Anri Okada -Soñar dentro de la tierra- as the 11th exhibition in our HIRAKU Project.

《Soñar dentro de la tierra》 2021 acrylic/canvas 45cm x 106.7cm Collection of the artist ©Anri Okada

《Soñar dentro de la tierra》 2021 acrylic/canvas 45cm x 106.7cm Collection of the artist ©Anri Okada

Foujita: Explorations in color

Date: Apr. 17(Sat), 2021 - Sept. 5(Sun), 2021

Léonard Foujita (Fujita Tsuguharu, 1886-1968) traveled to France in 1913 at the age of 26 with the intention of becoming a world-class painter. He sought inspiration in the scenery and people, history and customs of a foreign land. Painting French models in the 1920s, he established his signature ‘milky white skin' painting and became the darling of the Paris art scene at the time. Traveling later, he would develop new motifs and compositions marked by a rich color palette.

After a brief return to Japan in 1929, Foujita sojourned in South, Central, and North America before again crossing the Pacific Ocean to come back once to Japan where he traveled the length of the country from Tohoku to Okinawa. He then spent time in China and Southeast Asia. In 1949, he moved to New York. The world of his travels was his studio.

This exhibition focuses on Foujita's travel and use of color, and the development of his painting as his life journey.

Photo by Léonard Foujita, 1931, Maison-Atelier Foujita

Photo by  Madeleine Lequeux, Portrait of Foujita, 1931, Maison-Atelier Foujita

Léonard Foujita, Madeleine in Mexico, 1934

Léonard Foujita, Madeleine in Mexico, 1934,
The National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto

Léonard Foujita, Homage to La Fontaine, 1949, Pola Museum of Art

Léonard Foujita, Homage to La Fontaine, 1949, Pola Museum of Art
©Fondation Foujita / ADAGP, Paris & JASPAR, Tokyo, 2020 B0500

Monet: In The Light (Exhibition Design: Hideyuki Nakayama)

Date: Sat., April 17, 2021 to Wed., March 30 2022

Support: Maruhachi Tent Co., Ltd., ENDO Lighting Corp., ARTERIOR Co., Ltd.

In association with: Embassy of France / Institut français du Japon

Exhibition cooperation: Hideyuki Nakayama Architecture, Izumi Okayasu Lighting Design Office

Claude Monet was one of the preeminent Impressionist painters. The Pola Museum of Art houses 19 of the artist's works, more than any other institution in Japan. In the late 19th century, after moving from place to place along the Seine River basin, Monet arrived at what would be his final abode, located in Giverny on the outskirts of Paris. He continually painted landscapes all over France as well as travel destinations such as London and Venice. Throughout his career, Monet pursued the changing light, which conveys a wide variety of expressions depending on the season and time.
In this exhibition, we present a wealth of masterpieces from the museum collection, including Rouen Cathedral (1892) and Water Lily Pond (1899). The innovative display space, designed by the up-and-coming architect Hideyuki Nakayama, attempts to discover new allure in Monet's works.

Hideyuki Nakayama Architect

Born in Fukuoka Prefecture in 1972. Graduated from the Department of Architecture at Tokyo University of the Arts in 1998 before completing a master's course at the same school in 2000. After working at Toyo Ito & Associates, Architects, Nakayama established his own firm, Hideyuki Nakayama Architecture, in 2007. Since 2014, he has served as an associate professor at Tokyo University of the Arts. Major works include 2004, O House, Y Building, Y House, House and Road, Stone Island's Stone, Curves and Chords, mitosaya botanical distillery, and Printmaking Studio / Frans Masereel Centrum (collaboration with LIST). Major awards include the SD Review 2004 Kajima Prize (2004), 23th Yoshioka Award (2007), Red Dot Design Award (2014), and the Japan Institute of Architects (JIA) Newcomer's Award (2019).

Claude Monet, Rouen Cathedral

Claude Monet, Rouen Cathedral,, 1892

Claude Monet, Water Lily Pond

Claude Monet, Water Lily Pond, 1899

モネ-光のなかに 会場構成:中山英之

会 期:2021年4月17日(土)~2022年3月30日(水)

協 力:協力:株式会社丸八テント商会、株式会社 遠藤照明、(株)アーテリア

後 援:在日フランス大使館/アンスティチュ・フランセ日本



中山 英之(なかやま ひでゆき) 建築家

1972年福岡県生まれ。1998年東京藝術大学建築学科卒業。2000年同大学院修士課程修了。伊東豊雄建築設計事務所勤務を経て、2007年に中山英之建築設計事務所を設立。2014年より東京藝術大学准教授。主な作品に「2004」、「O 邸」、「Yビル」、「Y邸」、「家と道」、「石の島の石」、「弦と弧」、「mitosaya薬草園蒸留所」、「Printmaking Studio/ Frans Masereel Centrum」(LISTと協働)。主な受賞にSD Review 2004 鹿島賞(2004年)、第23回吉岡賞(2007年)、Red Dot Design Award(2014年)、JIA新人賞(2019年)。

クロード・モネ 《ルーアン大聖堂》

クロード・モネ 《ルーアン大聖堂》 1892年

クロード・モネ 《睡蓮の池》

クロード・モネ 《睡蓮の池》 1899年


会 期:2021年4月17日(土)~ 2021年9月5日(日)



レオナール・フジタ(藤田嗣治) 撮影 1931年

レオナール・フジタ(藤田嗣治) 《メキシコに於けるマドレーヌ》

レオナール・フジタ(藤田嗣治) 《メキシコに於けるマドレーヌ》 1934年 京都国立近代美術館

レオナール・フジタ(藤田嗣治) 《ラ・フォンテーヌ頌》

レオナール・フジタ(藤田嗣治) 《ラ・フォンテーヌ頌》 1949年 ポーラ美術館
©Fondation Foujita / ADAGP, Paris & JASPAR, Tokyo, 2020 B0500

Masterpieces of Painting from the Pola Museum of Art

Nov. 14(Sat), 2020 - Apr. 4(Sun), 2021

The Pola Museum of Art's collection of paintings enables the viewer to trace the evolution of art through a wealth of high-quality works stretching from 19th-century Impressionism to 20th-century abstract art. In this permanent exhibition, we examine some intriguing characteristics of these masterpieces by focusing on two aspects: form and color. In Section I, by comparing painting to the three-dimensional medium of sculpture, we shed light on features of paintings that are related to form. As we compare these two genres, we are also reminded that the use of color is one of painting's unique expressive techniques. Enchanted by color, painters closely observe its effects as they polish their skills day after day, eventually arriving at their own singular means of expression. In Section II, we look at some of the most prominent artists who are known for their original approach to color from a variety of perspectives.

Auguste Rodin, Bust of Mme Nathalie de Goloubeff

Auguste Rodin,
Bust of Mme Nathalie de Goloubeff, ca. 1905, Marble

Edgar Degas, Spanish Dance

Edgar Degas, Spanish Dance,
ca. 1885-1890, Bronze

Pierre Auguste Renoir, Girl in a Lace Hat

Pierre Auguste Renoir,
Girl in a Lace Hat, 1891, Oil on canvas

Edgar Degas, Dancers

Edgar Degas, Dancers,
ca. 1900-1905, Pastel on paper mounted on cardboard

Color and Phenomenon

Color has the power to affect us on an emotional level. The human perception of color is a wholly physical phenomenon based on different wavelength characteristics that emerge when light is reflected by an object. However, like a natural landscape that changes with the seasons or an abundant fruit harvest, bright colors in a painting bring us joy, and dark colors convey a sense of loneliness and profound spirituality. By creating pictures through the ingenious use of color (contrasting and mixing colors, etc.), painters express fantastic subjects, lyrical scenes, robust compositions, and an abundance of dynamism. The colors in a painting are much more than a simple physical phenomenon – they might even be seen as a message from the artist. In this display, we spotlight the exploration of color as seen in paintings from the Pola Museum of Art collection. We hope that you will enjoy the artists' inquiries and challenging approaches to color expression.

Odilon Redon, Flowers in a Japanese Vase

Odilon Redon,
Flowers in a Japanese Vase, 1908, Oil on canvas

Georges Seurat, Low Tide at Grandcamp

Georges Seurat,
Low Tide at Grandcamp, 1885, Oil on canvas

Classical Revival and Modern Japanese Ceramics

Nov. 14(Sat), 2020 - Apr. 4(Sun), 2021 Exhibition room 5
The re-creation in modern times of historically venerated ceramic traditions is known as classical revival. Song Dynasty celadon and Ming Dynasty red overglaze ceramics that had been highly admired by Chinese aristocrats and literati, and Shino, Oribe, and Bizen wares favored by Japanese tea masters during the Momoyama Period inspired new expression among modern Japanese potters. Their interaction with traditional ceramics opened new possibilities for expression, resulting in new works of beauty that surpassed models from the past. Much more than an achievement of highly skilled technique, classical revival works reflect the transmission of aesthetics that have resonated with the Japanese people through the ages to the 21st century. The exhibition introduces approximately 60 ceramic works from the collection, crafted by Kitaoji Rosanjin, Kato Hajime, Okabe Mineo, Arakawa Toyozo, Kaneshige Toyo and others.

Okabe Mineo: Tea bowl, celadon

Okabe Mineo, Tea bowl, celadon, ca. 1966, Photo by Omi Shigeharu

Kato Hajime: Ornamental pot in peacock and rose-and-peony design, gold leaves on overglaze yellowish-green enamel

Kato Hajime,Ornamental pot in peacock and rose-and-peony design, gold leaves on overglaze yellowish-green enamel,1968


Kuwata Takuro, Tea bowl, 2017
© Kuwata Takuro, Photo by Kioku Keizo


会 期:2020年11月14日(土)~2021年4月4日(日)




クロード・モネ《ヴァランジュヴィルの風景》 1882年


山口晃《新東都名所 「芝の大塔」》 2014年(平成26)
©YAMAGUCHI Akira,Courtesy of Mizuma Art Gallery


黒田清輝《野辺》 1907年(明治40)


1985年(昭和60) 高松市美術館


1888年 ポーラ美術館


ポール・セザンヌ《砂糖壺、梨とテーブルクロス》 1893-1894年

近代陶芸 陶芸家たちの古典復興

会 期:2020年11月14日(土)~2021年9月5日(日) *展示替えのため臨時休館あり
会 場:展示室5


岡部嶺男 《粉青瓷盌》

岡部嶺男 《粉青瓷盌》 1966年頃 Photo by Omi Shigeharu

加藤土師萌 《萌葱金襴手孔雀牡丹文飾壺》

加藤土師萌 《萌葱金襴手孔雀牡丹文飾壺》 1968年

桑田卓郎 《茶垸》

桑田卓郎 《茶垸》 2017年 個人蔵(特別出品)
© Kuwata Takuro, Photo by Kioku Keizo



会 期:2020年11月14日(土)~2021年4月4日(日)*臨時休館あり
会 場:展示室2



オーギュスト・ロダン 《ナタリー・ド・ゴルベフの肖像》 1905年頃 大理石

《ナタリー・ド・ゴルベフの肖像》 1905年頃 大理石

エドガー・ドガ 《スパニッシュ・ダンス》 1885-1890年頃 ブロンズ

《スパニッシュ・ダンス》 1885-1890年頃 ブロンズ

ピエール・オーギュスト・ルノワール 《レースの帽子の少女》 1891年 油彩/カンヴァス

《レースの帽子の少女》 1891年 油彩/カンヴァス

エドガー・ドガ 《踊り子たち》 1900-1905年頃 パステル/紙(厚紙に貼付)

《踊り子たち》 1900-1905年頃 パステル/紙(厚紙に貼付)



オディロン・ルドン 《日本風の花瓶》 1908年 油彩/カンヴァス

《日本風の花瓶》 1908年 油彩/カンヴァス

ジョルジュ・スーラ 《グランカンの干潮》 1885年 油彩/カンヴァス

《グランカンの干潮》 1885年 油彩/カンヴァス