Past Exhibition Special Exhibition

Kwon Jinkyu



Art Museum Gallery 4

About the Exhibition

In the first half of the 20th century, development in international sea lanes and railway networks brought overseas travel into the limelight as a new type of entertainment that attracted much interest. For travel campaigns, graphic designers produced posters, pictorial magazines and travel brochures showing scenery and customs of Japan and Asia to invite people to travel. Presenting such materials, this exhibition will look back on the Oriental images created there.


♦ Including those produced in Japan, most works of Kwon Jinkyu are now housed in Korean collections, such as those of art museums, foundations and individual collectors. This exhibition will also present pieces newly found in Korea and Japan to provide a full view of Kwon’s art.

♦ In Japan, the show will be held simultaneously at the National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo (Gallery 4 at the second floor) and at Musashino Art University Museum & Library.

♦ The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo will present about thirty carefully selected sculptures (including terra cottas and reliefs), notably Knight (1953) that won the Special Prize at the 38th Nikaten, Chi-Won , originally titled Aeja(1967) and Nun Shunyo (1967) that were donated to our museum after the 1968 solo exhibition, as well as watercolors and drawings.

♦ Musashino Art University Museum & Library will present about 100 pieces to offer a broad view on the diverse developments of Kwon’s art.

About Artists

Kwon Jinkyu (1922-1973) studied sculpture at Musashino Art School (now Musashino Art University) from 1949 until 1953 and returned to Korea in 1959. While attracting wide attention with his portraits filled with deep spirituality, he died in 1973, saying: “Life is vanity, ruin.”

Hours & Admissions


Art Museum Gallery 4




10:00-17:00 (Friday is 10:00-20:00)
*Last admission is 30 minuites before closing.


Closed on Mondays (except October 12 and November 23), October 13 and November 24, 2009


Adults: ¥420 (210)
College and university students: ¥130 (70)

*Including the admission fee for Permanent Collection.
*The price in brackets is for the group of 20 persons or more.
*All prices include tax.
*Free for high school students, under 18, seniors(65 and over).
*Persons with disability and one person accompanying them are admitted free of charge.

Free Admission Days

November 1 and December 6:
*Collection Gallery and Gallery 4 only.
Modern Japanese Art from the Museum Collection
Kwon Jin-kyu

November 3 and 12:
*Collection Gallery, Gallery 4 and also Special Exhibition Gallery.
Modern Japanese Art from the Museum Collection
Kwon Jin-kyu
Kawaguchi Tatsuo

Organized by

The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo
Musashino Art University Museum & Library
National Museum of Contemporary Art, Korea

Patronized by

Korean Cultural Center, Embassy of The Republic of Korea in Japan

Supported by


With the sponsorship of

Toshima Yasumasa Memorial Gallery
Gana Art Gallery

With the assistance of

HITE Foundation
Kongkan Gallery

Related exhibition

Musashino Art University Museum & Library:
October 19-December 5, 2009

Traveling to

National Museum of Contemporary Art, Korea
Deoksugung Art Museum:

December 22, 2009-February 28, 2010

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