Two Person Show with Shigeji Mishima and Kimiyo Mishima

Dates|March 24 – April 15, 2018
Venue|MEM map
open hours|12:00-20:00 Closed on Mondays [Tue. if the Mon. is a public holiday]
Tel|+81 (0)3-6459-3205
Artist Talk|Saturday, March 24, 18:00〜, at MEM (Japanese version only)
*Opening reception will be held after the talk.

In 1950 Kimiyo Mishima became affiliated with the Dokuritsu Bijyutsu Kyokai (“Independent Fine Arts Society”) and in the beginning of her career presented representational artwork. At that time, she by chance met the man who would later become her husband, Shigeji Mishima (1920-1985) and their meeting became a continuous source of countless inspiration for the both of them in their art production. From there, Kimiyo Mishima’s work changed directions as she developed from abstract work to works of collage. Before World War II, Shigeji Mishima studied under Tsugurou Ito and during the war under Jiro Yoshihara, mainly presenting his works at the Shinseisaku exhibition. His dealt with half representational, half abstract work until the latter half of the 1960s where his style developed into more minimal abstraction with white whites and black blacks. At the same time with a friend, Shigeji managed a private painting school called Atelier Montagne where he instructed based on his own ideals. Profoundly knowledgeable in philosophy, he could see things from multiple perspectives which Kimiyo says inspired her development.
This exhibition is their first two person show since 1963 when they held a two person show in Gallery 16 in Kyoto. We will exhibit works from that period.