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Colors of Sam Francis from the Asahi Beer Collection

Jul 28, 2018-Sep 2, 2018

Artists of all ages and countries have been inspired by colors and opened various new horizons in artistic expression through the pursuit of colors. When we see a color, we can feel what it symbolizes and signifies. We also can enjoy the color combinations and rhythms created by colors and shapes. Color combinations evoke various feelings, such as cold, warm, light, heavy, exciting, calm, positive, and negative.

 This is the first exhibition in which works by American abstract painter Sam Francis owned by Asahi Breweries are displayed in the Asahi Beer Oyamazaki Villa Museum of Art. In addition, the exhibition introduces a diverse variety of color representations, including ceramic works of Kanjiro Kawai and Shoji Hamada, who have both created new kinds of glazes by adjusting the subtle combinations of ingredients, and paintings of impressionist artists and their successors, who tried to represent light and shadow using color combinations created with short, disconnected brushstrokes.

≪Artist profile≫
Sam Francis (1923–1994)
 An American painter who was born in 1923 in California and died in the same state. He studied botany, medicine, and psychology at the University of California. During a test flight exercise while in the active military, he was injured so began painting while in the hospital for several years. After his first visit to Japan in 1957, he visited many times more to establish and deepen friendships with many artists, poets, and musicians there. Around that time, changes began to be seen in his painting style in, for example, his effective use of blank space and bleeding. Based in California, the painter frequently visited his studios in Paris, New York, and Tokyo to create great works full of colors.


Jul 28,2018 – Sep 2,2018
10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
*last admission: 4:30 p.m.




Asahi Beer Oyamazaki Villa Museum of Art

900 yen(800 yen)
University or high school student
500 yen(400 yen)
Admission is free for junior high school students and younger children.
Admission is 300 yen upon presentation of a Disabled Person's Booklet (Shogaisha Techo).

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