|We are pleased to present the solo
exhibition of British painter Richard Hoare. He has been living and working in
Koumi-town, Nagano Prefecture these two years since the autumn of 2016. Richard
Hoare was born in Ipswich, United Kingdom in 1967. Since completing Fine Art
graduate studies at Cambridge College of Art and Technology, Kent Institute of
Art and Design and Post Graduate Diploma at Cyprus College of Art, both solo
and group exhibitions have been held based in London. Richard visited
Koumi-town and he was deeply inspired by its nature. Then he started to paint. His subject is
landscape, including a view of Mt. Ogura, the peaks of the Yatsugatake from
Koumi-town, Lake Matsubara, and the forest and trees. He feels sunlight, the air and the spatial
atmosphere of the seasons, the time and the change in the weather. He then expresses the essence of these.
He loaded his painting materials into a van and traveled to do his painting like Haiku poetry master Basho who made his works during his journey. Even accidental rain drops or the snow crystals that landed on the paper made special effects unique to that location and time. This is also one of the characteristics of his works. As we can tell by his art teaching, his works are not only visual art but also reach into music and poetry. In his Art lesson he had Koumi junior high students listen to music and then express it by brush strokes. This exhibition introduces his various works by different techniques such as oil paintings, watercolors, inks and monotypes. His view leads us to rediscover the splendors of gto see nature, to feel natureh.
"Art Rally: Koumi, Japan" features
the work of six artists:
The exhibition is a result of an extended
residency that culminates into a response
to the Koumi Kougen museum and surrounding
areas. The museum is located in Nagano Prefecture
in Koumi, Japan, a mountainous region known
for its natural beauty and agricultural lands. The museum, surrounded by the Yatsugatake
mountains was designed by the renowned
Tadao Ando and is celebrating its 20th
anniversary.gArt Rally: Koumih will
the centerpiece for the museumfs anniversary
events.In addition to museum pieces,
specific artwork and performances will
on display all around Koumi.
|KOUMI-MACHI KOUGEN MUSEUM OF ART
An art museum in the middle of nature
Located in Matsubara Heights, at the base of the magnificent Mt. Yatsugatake, Koumi Machi Kougen Museum of Art was planned on the theme of gharmony and fusion between man and nature.h Set in the natural landscape of the slope of Matsubara heights, with abundant nature all around, the museum is open and spacious reflecting its surroundings. By enjoying art we can come in contact with nature.Through encouraging creativity and welcoming hearts, this is a museum for everyone.
Ando Architect and Associates
Tuesdays; when Tuesday is a holiday, closed the following Wednesday
Free parking is available for up to 100
Visitors to the museum are asked not to take photographs, use ball pens, fountain pens, brushes or other writing materials inside the museum. Your cooperation is appreciated.
Visitors to the museum are asked not to smoke inside the premises.
Visitors are requested to follow the instructions of the attendants.
Take the Hokuriku Shinkansen to Sakudaira
Sta. Transfer to the Koumi Line and get off
at Koumi Sta.Alternately if on the Chuou Line, transfer
at Kobuchizawa Sta. for the Koumi Line and
get off at Koumi Sta. In front of Koumi Sta. get on a bus bound
for Koumi Refex and get off at bijutsukanmae.Alternately get a taxi to bijutsukanmae.
This should take approximately 20 minutes.
On the Chuo Expressway turn off at Sutama IC. Follow Route 141 until you see the turn off for Matsubarako (Matsubara Lake). The museum is approximately 4km past the lake.On the Chubu-oudan Expressway turn off at Saku-minami I.C. Follow Route 141 until you see the turn off for Matsubarako (Matsubara Lake). The museum is approximately 4km past the lake.
Main Building 2 Storeys
4. Restaurant "cafe Hanasarasa"
5. Museum Office
6. Ramp way
8. Exhibit Room No.1
9. Exhibit Room No.2
10. Exhibit Room No.3
11. Inner Garden
From the observatory you can see the whole museum with Mt. Yatsugatake in the background. When you leave the museum why not climb up and take a look?