“Ryo Date and the collection of Sato Sakura Museum” Exhibition

Sato Sakura Museum

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[Image: Ryo Date "Sakura River" (2013) Mineral Pigments, Gelatin, Japanese Paper 56.4 x 37.7 in.]

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Sato Sakura presents an exhibition featuring the work of Nihonga artist Ryo Date, renowned for her emotionally moving renderings of the mountains, sea, and countryside of Japan’s landscape.

Ryo Date was born in 1962 in the Shouzu district of Kagawa prefecture. After completing her graduate studies at Tokyo University of the Arts in 1987, she exhibited her work in numerous solo, group, and juried exhibitions. In 1989, as part of the restoration of Nara prefecture’s Yakushiji temple, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, she was responsible for reviving the color of two Deva King figures. Her work at the 1993 group exhibition Yuga no Kai was acquired by the Ministry of Justice.

Known for her landscape paintings, Date depicts a range of subjects including her hometown, villages or towns for which she has a close affinity, plants that color the four seasons, animals, and more. Each of her works is rendered with a sense of nostalgia and intimacy, bringing a tranquility to the heart of the viewer. She is especially recognized for her sensibility with water and light.

In recent years, she has broadened her vision beyond Japan, creating landscapes that portray the sakura trees of Washington D.C. We can continue to look forward to her work as an artist in the years to come.

In this exhibition, we have included Ryo Date’s contemporary Nihonga landscape paintings in combination with a selection of pieces from the Sato Sakura Museum’s collection.

In the midst of New York’s sakura season, please enjoy the beauty of contemporary Nihonga.

2015 Solo Exhibition(SOGO Yokohama in Japan)[ ’04, ’08, ’13]
2014 Solo Exhibition(Takanawa kai )[’06, ’10]
2009 Solo Exhibition (Nihonbashi in Japan)
2008 Group Exhibition「星砂会 Seisha kai」(Art Forum at SEIBU Ikebukuro) 2003 Solo Exhibition(Takamatsu Tenmanya in Kagawa Prefecture in Japan) 2006 Group Exhibition「采采会 Saisai kai」
(Art Forum at SEIBU Ikebukuro)[’98 ~ ,Biennial]
1997 Group Exhibition「有芽の会 Yuga no kai」[’87 ~ ]
1993 Group Exhibition「有芽の会 Yuga no kai」Purchase by Ministry of Justice 1987 Publicly Sponsored Exhibitions
The 72nd Inten competition(The Japan Art Institute / Nihon Bijutuin)
Public Collection
Sato Sakura Museum, Tokyo University of the Arts, Hiroshima City University, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan, Ministry of Justice of Japan

About Contemporary Nihonga
This museum collects contemporary Nihonga works from Japanese painters born since the start of the Showa era (1926). Nihonga is a term and concept that was created in response to Western painting (or “seiyoga”), which made its way to Japan in the Meiji era (beginning 1868) and after. Prior to that, the concept of Nihonga did not exist, and the styles of Japanese painting were divided into schools (the Kano school, the Maruyama-Shijo school, Yamato-e, and others). Since the arrival in Japan of Western painting in the Meiji era, the schools have been blended and fused, while elements of Western painting have also been adopted, in the development of Nihonga. Today, the term “Nihonga” can refer to both traditional Japanese painting, and new styles of painting that incorporate Western painting methods while carrying on the traditional techniques of Japanese painting. Although there is no set style of painting called Nihonga, the concept is widely known for paintings on base materials including wood, hemp, silk, and paper, with coloring materials such as mineral pigments and other natural colorants that are bound with glue.



from April 05, 2018 to June 16, 2018

Opening Reception on 2018-04-05 from 18:00 to 20:00

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