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Performance: Niwa Gekidan Penino: The Room, Nobody Knows / New York, NY, Minneapolis, MN, Columbus, OH, Philadelphia, PA, Seattle, WA

01/08/2014 - 01/12/2014, 01/16/2014 - 01/18/2014, 01/23/2014 - 01/26/2014, 01/30/2014 - 02/01/2014, 02/06/2014 - 02/09/2014

Founded and led by playwright/director and former practicing psychiatrist Kuro Tanino, Niwa Gekidan Penino has garnered much acclaim for its psychological works, and surreal and unconventional stage designs. The Room, Nobody Knows is a dreamlike, enigmatic tale of two brothers and their secret desires, staged within a set divided into upper and lower platforms and filled with a variety of elaborate sculptural furniture.

Jan 8 -12: Japan Society (New York, NY)
Jan 16 - 18: Walker Arts Center (Minneapolis, MN)
Jan 23 - 26: Wexner Center for the Arts (Columbus, OH)
Jan 30 - Feb 1: Philadelphia Live Arts Festival (Philadelphia, PA)
Feb 6 - 8: On The Boards (Seattle, WA)

This performance is supported by The Japan Foundation through its Performing Arts JAPAN program.

Exhibition: Timeless Beauty: World Heritage Sites of Japan at Dublin Arts Council / Dublin, OH

01/07/2014 - 02/21/2014

The Japan Foundation is pleased to announce the loan of Japanese World Heritage photo works by photographer Kazuyoshi Miyoshi to the Dublin Arts Council.
For details regarding the Japanese World Heritage photo panels and their loans please click here.

Rokuon-ji (Kinkaku-ji) Temple, Kyoto
© Kazuyoshi Miyoshi / PPS

Performance: Little Raindrop Songs / Atlanta, GA

12/27/2013 - 01/18/2014

Puppeteer Michael Haverty and the Japanese "pajama-pop" duo Lullatone collaboratively create a whimsically theatrical and imaginative journey through an anything-but-normal day, especially for preschool age children and their caregivers that nurture creative thinking and imagination. This fully interactive theatrical performance will connect with the very young and invite them into the wonder of this artistic experience.

This performance is supported by The Japan Foundation through its Performing Arts JAPAN program.


Exhibition: TOHOKU through the Eyes of Japanese Photographers at Japan Information Center in Chicago / Chicago, IL

12/16/2013 - 02/07/2014

This traveling exhibition on loan from The Japan Foundation features over 120 photographs from Tohoku. Curated by Japanese photography critic Kotaro Iizawa to mark the second anniversary of the great earthquake, the show does not attempt to document the damage or recovery but instead uses photography to show the natural and cultural environment of Tohoku along with its people and their ways of life.

Image: Statue of Osawabutsu, Ourani Sanpou Koujin, Dewa Sanzan, Masatoshi Naito 1981-82

Exhibition: Karatsu Ceramist Takashi Nakazato at STARworks Ceramics / Star, NC

12/05/2013 - 01/05/2014

Noted Japanese Karatsu ceramist Takashi Nakazato, the fifth son of the late Living National Treasure Nakazato Taroemon Muan, will be conducting his month-long residency at STARworks. During his residency, there will be an exhibition of his work as well as workshops and demonstrations. For details please go to http://www.starworksnc.org/starworks-ceramics.html.
This event is supported by JFNY Grant for Arts and Culture.

Exhibition: Damage Control: Art and Destruction since 1950 at the Hirshhorn Museum / Washington, DC

10/24/2013 - 05/26/2014

This is the first in-depth exploration of the theme of destruction in international contemporary visual culture. In all areas of art production since the mid-twentieth century, the notion of destruction has played an important role, whether as spectacle, as catharsis, as a reaction to world-weariness, as a means of depersonalizing emotional or cultural angst, as a form of rebellion against institutions, or as an essential component of re-creation. This ground-breaking exhibition includes works by a diverse range of international artists working in painting, sculpture, photography, film, installation, and performance.

This exhibition is supported through Exhibitions Abroad Support Program.

Film: A Tribute to Donald Richie (1924-2013), Part 1 Richie's Fantastic Five: Kurosawa, Mizoguchi, Ozu, Yanagimachi, & Kore-eda / New York, NY

10/18/2013 - 02/19/2014

Donald Richie (April 17, 1924 - February 19, 2013), was instrumental in introducing Japanese arts and culture to the world. To honor his life and works, the Japan Foundation and Japan Society are pleased to co-present a film series A Tribute to Donald Richie commencing October 18, 2013 at Japan Society. The first series will feature five Japanese directors, one each month, who became prominent outside of Japan as a result of Richie's efforts. A second series will follow in March 2014.

The upcoming screening schedule is as follows:

Oct 18: High and Low (Akira Kurosawa, 1963)
Nov 16: The Life of Oharu (Kenji Mizoguchi, 1952)
Dec 12: Equinix Flower (Yasujiro Ozu, 1958)
Jan 24: Himatsuri (Mitsuo Yanagimachi, 1985)
Feb 19: After Life (Hirokazu Kore-eda, 1998)

Exhibition: Rebirth: Recent Work by Mariko Mori at Japan Society / New York, NY

10/11/2013 - 01/12/2014

This exhibition showcases 35 immersive installations, sculptures, drawings, photographs and videos produced by the artist between 2001 and 2013. Mori's first major museum show in the U.S. in 10 years, this exhibition presents her artistic evolution during the last decade, her statement of rebirth in an age of endangered environment and a lost connection between man and nature.

This exhibition is supported through Exhibitions Abroad Support Program.

Image: Mariko Mori (b. 1967), Transcircle 1.1 (detail), 2004. Stone, Corian, LED, Real-time control system; 132 3/8 inches diam.; each stone 433/8 × 221/4 × 131/2 inches. Courtesy of The Mori Art Museum, Tokyo. Photo by Richard Learoyd.

Exhibition: Yasumasa Morimura: Theater of the Self at The Andy Warhol Museum / Pittsburgh, PA

10/06/2013 - 01/11/2014

Yasumasa Morimura, renowned for his photographic reprisals of iconic images from art history and popular culture in which he replaces the subjects with his own self-image, will be surveyed at this exhibition. The exhibition will focus on three important bodies of work: "Requiem" in which Morimura recreates iconic photographs relating to political and cultural life; the "Actors" series in which he assumes the persona of Hollywood luminaries such as Marilyn Monroe and Elizabeth Taylor; and his "Art History" photographs in which he painstakingly restages well known European paintings.

This exhibition is supported through Exhibitions Abroad Support Program.

Image: Yasumasa Morimura, Self Portrait (B/W) - After Marilyn Monroe, 1996, Courtesy of the artist and Luhring Augustine, New York

Exhibition: Carnegie International / Pittsburgh, PA

10/05/2013 - 03/15/2014

The 2013 Carnegie International presents new voices rooted in history, a sense of place, and play. The exhibition is guided by a shared passion for the individual and the exceptional; for art that celebrates dissonance and beauty; and for artworks that stay in touch with the everyday. The exhibition will include 35 artists from 19 countries, including Ei Arakawa and Tezuka Architects of Japan.

This exhibition is supported through Exhibitions Abroad Support Program.

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