Layered Forms – Selections from the Hara Museum Collection

Dates : September 16 (Saturday), 2017 – January 8 (Monday, national holiday), 2018
Contemporary Art Galleries B&C

The keyword behind the works from the Hara Museum Collection featured in this exhibition is “layer,” a reference not only to a work’s structural aspect, but also to the idea of “layers of meaning.” In his assemblage of stacked portraits, Christian Boltanski has created an altar with each young girl’s face a metaphor for a memory of life and death. Lee Ufan’s work is comprised of a repeating pattern of dark, fading lines against white negative space. In Yoshitomo Nara’s work, we sense both hope and despair in the eyes of a girl standing in a war zone, eyes that seem to trace the lyrics of an anti-war song. In Kohei Nawa’s work, a stuffed doe is covered with transparent spheres that transform its existence into a “PixCell” (i.e., “picture” + “cell”). We invite you to explore the layered meanings in these and other works.

Featured Artists:
Arman / Koji Enokura / Shinro Ohtake / Gilbert and George / Yayoi Kusama / Christian Boltanski / Jae-Eun Choi / Tokihiro Sato / Tabaimo / Yoshitomo Nara / Kosai Hori / Tomio Miki / Tadanori Yokoo / Katsuro Yoshida / Lee Ufan / Louise Nevelson / Robert Rauschenberg and others


9:30 am – 4:30 pm (last entry at 4:00 pm)


Thursdays (open on November 23), January 1st and during change in exhibition items. *Subject to temporary closure in the event of severe weather.


General 1,100 yen, Students 700 yen (high school and university) or 500 yen (elementary and junior high), Free for Hara Museum members, 10% discount for a group of 20 or more, Combination ticket for Hara Museum ARC and Ikaho Green Bokujo (except during Golden Week): General 1,800 yen; Students 1,500 yen (high school and university) or 1,400 yen (junior high), 800 yen (elementary), half price for those over 70, discount for groups of 20 or more
*Visitors to the Kankai Pavilion can view the on-going exhibition in the contemporary art galleries as well.
*Children must be accompanied by an adult.
*For residents of Gunma Prefecture: Free admission for elementary and junior high school children every Saturday during the school term/200-yen-discount on admission for up to five persons upon presentation of the Guchoki Passport.
*Visitors to the contemporary art galleries can view the on-going exhibition in the Kankai Pavilion as well.