Collection: Small Things - Universe / Cats

Exhibition view at Toyota Municipal Museum of Art, 2023, Photo: Futo Akiyoshi / Left: Dolores, 1998, patinated bronze, 113 x 22 x 31 cm. Right: Over the Gugliano, 1999, Oil on jute, 130 x 90 cm © Leiko Ikemura and VG Bild-Kunst Bonn, 2023.

In conjunction with the exhibitions "Cat’s Narrow Road" and "Tokutomi Mitsuru Universe on the Table", Toyota Municipal Museum of Art will hold the collection exhibition "Small Things – Universe / Cats".

"The center of the world now lies within Nazuna, sleeping in Mitsuho's stroller" (Toshiyuki Horie, "Nazuna")

Small things are the primordial beings of life and things. And because of their smallness, they have a centripetal force that draws us infinitely close to them. If you imagine yourself trying to look into a small thing, all of your attention and feelings will be focused on this small point, and between you and it an intimate space will be created.
The attitude of protecting small things is similar to prayer and hope. Therefore, the small things as the primal contain various possibilities of the world in a sense. In other words, the small things can suddenly turn into tremendously large beings. Being simplest and smallest has a power to connect to bigger things. The small things may even touch the depths of the world that we cannot perceive.

A small atom is the element of possibility to build up the universe.
This is also true of small cats, untainted by this artificial world, that play on us.

This exhibition will also feature works newly acquired through donations and purchases this year. Through this exhibition, we hope you will be able to imagine the great power of small things.

Artists: Futo Akiyoshi, Nobuyoshi Araki, Jean Arp, Constantin Brâncuşi, Jean Philippe Arthur Dubuffet, Alberto Giacometti, Shigeru Hasegawa, Akiko Horio, Leiko Ikemura, On Kawara, Natsuyuki Nakanishi, Hitoshi Nomura, Kazuo Okazaki, Kenjiro Okazaki, Yoshiou Sakaghishi, Katsuhisa Sato, Rieko Shiga, Jiro Takamatsu, Yoko Terauchi

List of Exhibited Works (Japanese)

Opening hours = 10:00-17:30 (Admission is until 17:00)
Closed = Mondays (except national holidays)

Source: Toyota Municipal Museum of Art (Japanese)



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