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The Sixth Special Exhibition at Kyocera Museum of Art

"The Prayer of Shinya Nakamura-Impressions of the Inner World" (Inori-Nakamura Shinya, Uchinaru seishin wo kizamu)

March 13, 2007
(This document was translated from the Japanese press release.)

After the current head office of Kyocera Corporation (President: Mr. Makoto Kawamura) in Fushimi-ku, Kyoto was completed in 1998, Kyocera built the Kyocera Museum of Art on the first floor of the building open to public, allowing visitors admire diverse cultural assets, aiming to contribute to the local community.
On this occasion, the Kyocera Museum of Art will be the venue for Kyocera's Sixth Special Exhibition, entitled "The Prayer of Shinya Nakamura-Impressions of the Inner World" (Inori-Nakamura Shinya, Uchinaru seishin wo kizamu), from April 17 to June 15. The exhibit will feature the works of Mr. Shinya Nakamura (born in Mie-prefecture in 1926, a member of the Japan Art Academy designated as a cultural contributor), and Japan's leading engraver today. Although the exhibitions of paintings and other artworks have been held at the museum at different times, this presentation marks the first exhibition of sculptures at the museum.


Overview of the Special Exhibition
Title Sixth Special Exhibition "the Prayer of Shinya Nakamura-Impressions of the Inner World" (Inori-Nakamura Shinya, Uchinaru seishin-wo kizamu)
Venue Kyocera Museum of Art (1st floor of Kyocera's head office)
Period April 17 to June 15, 2007
Open 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Admission Free
Main entries (plan) 46 works to be exhibited in 400 square meter space;
10 works of the Ten Greatest Disciples of Buddha (Shaka Judaideshi), 8 works of Miserere series, Cunda (H250 x W167x D608cm), Requiem, Midsummer Night (Manatsunoyoru), Banquet of Youth (Seishunno Utage), 4th-Generation Master Sensaku Shigeyama (Daiyonsedai Shigeyama Sensaku Shi), Shiganjo, and Dance of Hayato (Hayatono Mai)
Sponsors Kyoto Prefecture, Kyoto City, Kyoto Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Kyoto Association of Corporate Executives, Kyoto Shimbun, and KBS Kyoto


About the Special Exhibition "Prayer of Shinya Nakamura-Impressions of the Inner World"(Inori-Nakamura Shinya, Uchinaruseishin wo kizamu)
Bontanchan, Kazeno Matasaburo, and Miserere II, which are exhibited in the front garden and lobby of the head office, and are very familiar to the local people. With strong tie between Mr. Nakamura and Kyocera, in the Special Exhibition on this occasion, the works of Mr. Shinya Nakamura will be exhibited on the theme of Prayer (Inori). Of his works, the Special Exhibition will center on those that deeply explore introspections and spirituality in particular, including the Ten Greatest Disciples of Buddha (Shaka Judaideshi), created over six years, dedicated to Yakushiji Temple in Nara, and currently exhibited in its large auditorium; the Miserere series, which Mr. Nakamura started to create on the theme of unconditional love and prayer to express his feelings of sorrow for the victims of the Kobe earthquake and which is housed in the Vatican Museum; and Cunda), a large item to be exhibited for the first time at the exhibition.
Modern Japanese society seems to place less value on the human heart, an internal human attribute. More people from a range of backgrounds have been forecasting the desolation of the spirit. Kyocera hopes that this Special Exhibition will provide the opportunity to think of the importance of the human heart, thoughts, and mentality through an encounter with the artworks that Mr. Shinya Nakamura has created through his honest dealings with human nature.

Profile
1962 Born in Mie Prefecture
1984 Awarded the Educational Ministry Prize for Shoso no Tabiji exhibited at the 16th Nitten (the Japan Fine Art Exhibition)
1988 Awarded the Japan Art Academy Prize for Asa no Inori exhibited at the 19th Nitten (the Japan Fine Art Exhibition)
1989 Appointed as a member of the Japan Art Academy
1996 Miserere III is housed in the Vatican Museum of Art
1999 Received the Third Class of The Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Neck Ribbon
2002 Received the Medal with Dark Blue Ribbon, and awarded as a cultural contributor
2003 Presented Ten Greatest Disciples of Buddha (Shaka Judaideshi) to Yakushiji Temple
2006 Created the great series of Cunda


Ten Greatest Disciples of Buddha (Shaka Judaideshi)
Mr. Shinya Nakamura regrets that many people recently place less value on the ten greatest disciples of Buddha who directly learned Buddhism and dedicated to flourish Buddhism. He wishes to show their admirable lives to those who live in the chaotic modern age. Ten Greatest Disciples of Buddha (Shaka Judaideshi) is presented to Yakushiji Temple, and Enpukuji Temple, which has a strong tie with Kyocera.

Ten Greatest Disciples of Buddha(Shaka Judaideshi) MiserereXVII

Ten Greatest Disciples of Buddha
(Shaka Judaideshi)

MiserereXVII