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Japan Supernatural

Art Art Gallery of NSW , Sydney Until Sunday March 8 2020
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Time Out says

Masterpieces from Japan's past and present are on display in the Art Gallery of NSW's summer blockbuster

For the last two years, the Art Gallery of NSW has focussed on Europe in its big summer exhibitions: the Netherlands in Rembrandt and the Dutch Golden Age (2017-18), and Russia and France in Masters of Modern Art from the Hermitage (2018-19). But this summer is all about Japan with an epic exhibition of more than 200 artworks from artists past and present.

Japan Supernatural is at the AGNSW until March 2020 and features work from the country's most influential artist, Katsushika Hokusai, and new and old pieces from superstar artist Takashi Murakami, who is showcasing a supernatural installation in the gallery.

If you've never heard of Murakami, here's what you need to know: he's collaborated with Louis Vuitton, designed the covers for two Kanye West albums and directed one of his music videos, and in 2008 was named one of Time magazine's 100 most influential people. 

The AGNSW exhibition is all about yōkai, the supernatural beings and spirits that are used to explain the inexplicable, so you can expect to leave feeling a little spooked.

There are paintings, prints, Japanese cinema and animation and sculpture. There's work from Japan's past from Katsushika Hokusai, Utagawa Kuniyoshi, Tsukioka Yoshitoshi and Kawanabe Kyosai, with contemporary work from Chiho Aoshima and Miwa Yanagi.

Read our interview with Takashi Murakami about his work in the exhibition.

By: Ben Neutze

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Venue name: Art Gallery of NSW
Address: Art Gallery Road, The Domain
Sydney
2000
Price: $0-$25

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