A Nexus of Rainbows: Works from the Hara Museum and the Hara Rokuro Collections

Dates : Part I: April 24 (Saturday) – September 5 (Sunday), 2021
Part II: September 11 (Saturday), 2021 – January 10 (Monday/national holiday), 2022

A Nexus of Rainbows is the first collection exhibition to be held at the newly consolidated Hara Museum ARC. The word “rainbow” is the English translation of “arc-en ciel,” the name of the foundation which operates the museum. The rainbow is a visual symbol of the foundation’s ideal role, which is to be a bridge that brings people together as equals through art. It is a symbolic link that connects the unique aspects of the two previous venues. As a phenomenon in which multiple colors become visible through the refraction of sunlight, the rainbow is a metaphor for the aspiration of art: to make visible the invisible through a shift in perspective.

Then there is the rainbow as a symbol of diversity, coexistence and peace. In line with this theme, this exhibition presents a diverse range of expression by artists of different genders, nationalities and cultures from the Hara Museum Collection and the Hara Rokuro Collection. The core of the exhibition consists of works from the My Favorites exhibition curated in 2018*1 by Toshio Hara, the director of the Hara Museum at the time, along with works originally planned to appear in the final collection show at the Hara Museum that was canceled due to the novel coronavirus pandemic. Also on view will be popular permanent installations by Yoshitomo Nara, Tatsuo Miyajima and Yasumasa Morimura from the Hara Museum in Tokyo that have been reconfigured to become a part of the new face of Hara Museum ARC*2.

In the hot season, when sudden showers are prevalent, beautiful rainbows can be seen gracefully arcing eastward in the sky above, while the works that grace the museum spaces speak of another kind of rainbow, one born of the imaginations and passions of the artists. In the years ahead, Hara Museum ARC will strive to make the most of its unique location and resources, to be a museum where such rainbows shine with a special light. We invite you to come enjoy the view!

* One change of e xhibits will take place at the Kankai Pavilion during Part I and Part II of the exhibition.
* The exhibition period is subject to change due to the situation with the novel coronavirus and other factors. Please check the museum website for the latest information.

1. My Favorites: Toshio Hara Selects from the Permanent Collection was held at the Hara Museum of Contemporary Art in 2018 in two consecutive parts. It was the first exhibition to be personally curated by Toshio Hara, the founder and chairman of the Foundation Arc-en-Ciel who was director of the Hara Museum at the time of the exhibition. Part I featured mainly works acquired during the early years of the collection from the late 1970s to the early 1980s, while Part II showed mainly works acquired from the 1990s onward which were originally featured in special exhibitions organized by the museum.
2. Other on-site installations and outdoor artworks will be successively relocated from Tokyo.

■Featured Artists (slated)
Parts I and II: Anish Kapoor, Void , Yayoi Kusama, Mirror Room (Pumpkin), Tatsuo Miyajima, Time Link, Yasumasa Morimura, Rondo Neo (tentative title), Yoshitomo Nara, My Drawing Room, Yasuhiro Suzuki,Bench of the Japanese Islands , Tabaimo, Midnight Sea

Yasuhiro Suzuki, Bench of the Japanese Islands,2014/2021, ©Yasuhiro Suzuki, Photo by Shinya Kigure

Part I Spring-Summer
Contemporary Art: Ai Weiwei, Karel Appel, Arman, Toshimitsu Imai, Tom Wesselmann, Andy Warhol, Erró, On Kawara, Tetsumi Kudo, Toko Shinoda, Ushio Shinohara, Jasper Johns, Hiroshi Sugimoto, Jean Dubuffet, Louise Nevelson, Nam Jun Paik, Lucio Fontana, Jackson Pollock, Christo, Tomio Miki, Robert Mapplethorpe, Robert Rauschenberg, Jim Lambie, Lee Ufan, Roy Lichtenstein, James Rosenquist, Mark Rothko and others Traditional Art: Dragon and tiger, Kano Tan’yu, Landscape of Yodo River, Maruyama Okyo and others

Jim Lambie, Train in Vain, 2008, Photo: Keizo Kioku

Part II Autumn-Winter
Contemporary Art: Nobuyoshi Araki, Masako Ando, Adriana Varejao, Francesca Woodman, Izumi Kato, Mika Kato, Anselm Kiefer, William Kentridge, Tokihiro Sato, Malick Sidibe, Jae-Eun Choi, Jason Teraoka, Mickalene Thomas, Mika Ninagawa, Christian Boltanski, Jonathan Borofsky, Kae Masuda, Miwa Yanagi, Yukinori Yanagi, Tomoko Yoneda, Tadanori Yokoo, Pipilotti Rist, Jean-Pierre Raynaud and others Traditional Art: Dragon among clouds, Kano school, Mountain landscape with waterfall, Kano school and others

Izumi Kato, Untitled, 2008, Photo: Ikuhiro Watanabe


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


Thursdays (except on holidays, during the month of August, October 28 and December 30), between exhibitions and January 1


General 1,100 yen, Students 700 yen (high school and university) or 500 yen (elementary and junior high)
-Free for Hara Museum members / For residents of Gunma Prefecture: Free admission for elementary and junior high school children every Saturday during the school term
-Special discount for visitors with the Guchoki Passport
-Combination ticket for Hara Museum ARC and Ikaho Green Bokujo: 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
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