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Commemorating the 100th anniversary of Saori Akutagawa (Masokoro)’s birth, the “Museum to Museums Journey to Reminisce” project is underway!

Commemorating the 100th anniversary of Saori Akutagawa (Masokoro)’s birth, the “Museum to Museums Journey to Reminisce” project is underway!

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Press release: June 4, 2024
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Commemorating the 100th anniversary of Saori Akutagawa (Masokoro)’s birth, the “Museum to Museums Journey to Reminisce” project is underway!
*Do you know the avant-garde artist Saori Akutagawa (Masokoro), an avant-garde woman who spent her 42 years of life always exploring new themes and techniques, such as “batik dyeing”? *
The Akutagawa (Masoko) Saori Archive Executive Committee preserves the works and life style of Akutagawa (Masoko) Saori for future
generations without fading.1
2022 with the aim of clearly positioning Saori Akutagawa (Masoko) as a human painter on a page of Japanese contemporary art history. It was established in 2010 and has been active since then. As part of these activities, 2024 marks the 100th anniversary of Saori
Akutagawa’s birth.
Museum to Museums is a project in which Saori’s works held in museums will be exhibited in exhibitions sponsored by each museum in 2019. We have planned.
This project was realized with the cooperation of 10 museums across the country, and as the subtitle “On a journey to reminisce about the trajectory” suggests, 1
The aim is to create opportunities for people to not only visit this museum but also other museums that have Saori’s works, and to become interested in the person of Saori Akutagawa (Masokoro) herself. is. Project name Museum
The phrase “to Museums” expresses our desire for visitors to come into contact with as many works as possible by walking through museum exhibitions.
■What is the project Museum to Museums?
・With the cooperation of 10 museums across the country, this is a project where you can view Saori Akutagawa’s works for a limited time at exhibitions at each museum.
・This is a project that allows you to get a bird’s-eye view of the life of Saori Akutagawa (Masokoro), a female painter who was rare at the time, through the works exhibited at each museum.
・In the milestone year of her 100th birthday, this project allows us to reconsider the position of Saori Akutagawa (Madokoro) in the history of contemporary Japanese art.
・This is a project where you can notice the uniqueness and era of Saori that become visible when you look at the works of one artist in multiple locations.
*The project Museum to Museums introduces exhibitions etc. hosted by each museum.
We are here to provide you with related information, and the Akutagawa (Masho) Saori Archive Executive Committee does not sponsor or plan any exhibitions.

Akutagawa (Masokoro) Saori portrait
[About Saori Akutagawa (Masoko)]
Saori Akutagawa (Masokoro) (1924-1966) was born in Aichi Prefecture. After graduating from Tokyo Music School (now Tokyo University of the Arts), she began learning dyeing and oil painting at the age of 26, creating both self-portraits and humorous plant forms. It attracted attention with the release of the Susumu-Onna series. Afterwards, at the recommendation of Taro Okamoto, he exhibited his work at the 40th Nika Exhibition in 1955, where he received a special award. The Myths and Folktales series released during this period were inspired by the Kojiki, the origin of Japanese culture, and were completed with free imagination and unique interpretations.
Saori established this unique style, but after getting divorced at the age of 34 and moving to the United States, she transitioned to abstract painting that combines organic forms with a limited number of colors, creating a new style. It opened up new horizons. However, shortly after returning to Japan, he sadly passed away at the young age of 41.
Saori is always exploring new themes and methods and continues to break new ground. Please look forward to the world of Saori Akutagawa (Masokoro), who continues to offer fresh surprises to viewers and invites empathy for her vivid beauty of color and humor.
[Akutagawa (Masokoro) Saori Profile]
Born in 1924 in Takashi Village, Atsumi District, Aichi Prefecture (currently Toyohashi City) (maiden name was Yamada)
1947 Graduated from Tokyo Music School (currently Tokyo University of the Arts) Vocal Department
1948 Married Ryunosuke Akutagawa’s third son, composer Yasushi Akutagawa. 1950 Studied oil painting with Genichiro Inokuma and wax dyeing with Michikata Noguchi
1954 Exhibited at the 4th Modern Art Association Exhibition and won the Newcomer’s Award, and held an exhibition of seven women with Machi Abe and Ri Oda.
Held with La, Riko Ogushi, Tomoko Onosato, Yayoi Kusama, Kei Mori 1955 At the recommendation of Taro Okamoto, he moved to the Nika Society with Taizo Yoshinaka, Noriaki Fujisawa, and others, and held the 40th Nika Exhibition.
     Received a special award for exhibiting dyed works in Taro Okamoto’s room. Held a solo exhibition at Muramatsu Gallery, Kanagawa Prefecture.
Exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art’s “Today’s Newcomers 1955 Exhibition” 1956 Held the first four-person exhibition at Sato Gallery with Tatsuo Ikeda, Atsushi Kawahara, and Taizo Yoshinaka. Nambata
                  The current
Becomes a member of the Contemporary Art Research Institute. 2nd 4-person exhibition with Tatsuo Ikeda, Atsushi Kawahara, and Taizo Yoshinaka
     《From Mythology》 exhibited
In 1957, he held his third solo exhibition at Muramatsu Gallery, where he exhibited his masterpiece, From the Kojiki. Akutagawaya
Divorce with Sunshi
1958 Departs for America. Graphic design at Los Angeles Art Center School

1959 Selected for Ross County Museum Public Exhibition
Arrived in New York in 1960. 14th Women Painters Association Japan-America Exchange Exhibition (New York Reversa)
          Participated as an exhibitor in the US with Yuki Katsura, Takaei Murao, and Yayoi Kusama (Yamada
(In the name of Saori)
1961: Painting in oil at Will Burnett’s class at Art Students League, New York learn
Returned to Japan in 1962. Held his 4th solo exhibition at Showa Gallery, displaying works from his time in the United States. 1963 Exhibited abstract paintings at the 17th Women Painters Association Exhibition. Married to architect Yukio Madokoro
Died of illness in 1966 (age 42)
[About the characteristics of Saori’s works]
・Repeat the process of drawing a picture on cloth with melted wax, dyeing it, removing the wax and washing with water 1
Using the technique of “batik dyeing” to create multi-colored pieces, the pieces are expressed in a rich variety of colors. ・I have created many works titled “Women” that depict women who seem to be screaming out loud. These works are an outstanding feature of Saori’s work, and are sometimes referred to as self-portraits. ・He loves reading books such as the Kojiki, which are the origins of Japanese culture, and creates unique interpretations of characters from myths and folk tales that appear in those books.His works will never fade, and their powerful energy will overwhelm the viewer. . ・Akutagawa (Mataka Akutagawa), who is full of ambition and always seeks new themes and methods, completely changes his work after moving to the United States by painting inorganic abstract paintings. Place) This is Saori’s way of life itself.

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