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The Kyocera Museum of Art to Feature Special Exhibit of Shinya Nakamura Sculptures

“Poems of the Hometown: Shinya Nakamura Sculpting the Japanese Spirit”

September 8, 2010
Kyocera Corporation (President: Tetsuo Kuba) announced today the opening of the 8th Special Exhibition dedicated to a pioneer of contemporary representational sculpture and recipient of Japan's Order of Culture, Shinya Nakamura. The exhibition, featuring 44 of the artist's sculptures, will be held from September 17 through October 30 at The Kyocera Museum of Art — located on the first floor of the Kyocera Head Office in Fushimi, Kyoto City, Japan.

Photo: display "Song of the gentle breeze" Photo: display "Hometown"

Main works on display (left: “Song of the gentle breeze; right: “Hometown”)

The Kyocera Museum of Art was opened in 1998 in order to contribute to the promotion and invigoration of Southern Kyoto by providing a venue to share the Kyocera art collection with the community. The museum has previously held exhibitions featuring Pablo Picasso's 347 Series of copper plate etching prints, modern Japanese paintings, and an Ansel Adams photography exhibition. In 2007, a different exhibition of religiously themed Nakamura sculptures was held for the museum’s 6th Special Exhibit — which became the most popular of the Kyocera special exhibits up to that point.

About Shinya Nakamura

Pioneer of contemporary representational sculpture, Shinya Nakamura, is held in high esteem and was awarded Japan’s Order of Culture for his highly spiritual works of art such as the “Miserere” series which is kept at the Vatican Museum and the “Shaka Judai Deshi (The ten great disciples of the Buddha)” which was dedicated to the Yakushiji Temple in Nara, Japan. Nakamura’s sculptures depicting young children overflow with lyricism and resonate with a deeply cultural emotion that strikes a cord within the hearts of many Japanese.

Exhibition Details


The Kyocera Museum of Art 8th Special Exhibition
“Poems of the Hometown: Shinya Nakamura Sculpting the Japanese Spirit”


The Kyocera Museum of Art
(Kyocera Corporation Global Head Office, 1st floor)
6 Takeda Tobadono-cho, Fushimi-ku, Kyoto City, Japan 612-8501


Sept 17 (Fri) through Oct 30, 2010 (Sat) *closed Sundays


10:00 to 17:00 (from 11:00 on September 17)



Noted Works

“Lullaby,” “Memory road to home,” “Song of the gentle breeze,”
“Summer evening scene,” “Hometown”
Plus all 21 works in a series of Japanese life based on Issa Kobayashi’s poetry, a sculpture of novelist Osamu Dazai, “The guardian king (opening mouth)” sculpture from Kikouji Temple in Nara. (44 works in total will be shown)


Kyoto Prefecture, Kyoto City, Kyoto Prefectural Board of Education, Kyoto City Board of Education, Kagoshima City, The Kyoto Museums Association, Kyoto Chamber of Commerce and Industry, The Kyoto Shimbun Co., Ltd., Kyoto Broadcasting System Co., Ltd.