Nagasaki Prefectural Art Museum

Annual Schedule

Annual Schedule April 2016- March 2017
Temporary Exhibition

Temporary Exhibition


April 2 (Sat.) – May 29 (Sun.), 2016

Alphonse Mucha: The Spirit of Art Nouveau

Alphonse Mucha became one of the most popular proponents of Art Nouveau in fin de siècle Paris with his gorgeous “Mucha style.” His elegant yet enigmatic female figures are unrivalled in their highly ornate beauty. This exhibition, Nagasaki Prefecture’s first comprehensive retrospective of Mucha in 25 years, looks at his life and art through nearly 400 works, including many leading examples.

Starry Night, 2013

June 4 (Sat.) – July 10 (Sun.), 2016

SPACESHIP Susumu Shingu

Susumu Shingu (born 1937 in Osaka), who conducts art projects in many parts of the world, has since the mid-1960s consistently created kinetic sculptures that translate wind into ever-changing, airborne shapes. This exhibition, composed primarily of the artist's latest works, presents Shingu's current preoccupation with capturing his own work in the context of the larger picture of the Earth's natural environment, or the workings of the wider universe, which has resulted in works laden with the power to inspire the viewer in new and unexpected ways.

Bob Pauley, Woody and Buzz, Toy Story, 1995, Marker and pencil on paper

July 27 (Wed.) – September 8 (Thu.), 2016


This exhibition celebrates the 30th anniversary of Pixar, known for acclaimed cinema productions ranging from Toy Story to The Good Dinosaur. The exhibition presents the highly creative, fascinating world of Pixar through rarely-seen original artworks, such as scale models, as well as concept art and sketches made to give shape to characters and storylines, some of which are on public display for the first time in the world.

Statue of the Goddess Artemis, circa 100 BC, National Archaeological Museum, Athens
©The Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Sports- Archaeological Receipts Fund

October 14 (Fri.) – December 11 (Sun.), 2016

A journey to the Land of Immortals: Treasures of Ancient Greece

Ancient Greek art—the fountainhead of Western ideals of beauty—has held a timeless appeal for artists and intellectuals in the West, as well as the East. Organized in cooperation with the Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Sports, this exhibition offers a comprehensive historical survey of the ancient Greek world, from its beginnings to its zenith. The exhibition is a not-to-be-missed opportunity to see a substantial number of Classical Greek artworks rarely exhibited outside Greece.

Arne Jacobsen, Egg Chair, 1958.

December 23 (Fri.) , 2016 – February 12 (Sun.), 2017

Denmark Design

Denmark is outstanding even among Scandinavian countries in the number of historically significant designers it has produced. Danish designs, characterized by functionality, uncluttered beauty, and references to nature, have fans across the globe. Organized with curatorial cooperation from Designmuseum Danmark, this exhibition looks at Danish design in furniture, tableware, and other daily items, with particular focus on examples from the mid-20th century, arguably the golden age of Danish design.

Claude Monet, Water Lilies, Reflections of Weeping Willows,1916-19, Kitakyushu Municipal Museum of Art.

February 23 (Thu.) – April 2 (Sun.), 2017

Encounters and Resonances: Masterpieces from the Kitakyushu Municipal Museum of Art and the Fukuoka Art Museum

The art collections of the Kitakyushu Municipal Museum of Art and Fukuoka Art Museum are widely reputed to be among the country's best. This exhibition, held during the renovations and accompanying temporary closures of both museums, realizes a rare encounter between highlights of the two collections. Assembled in Nagasaki are must-see masterworks ranging in style from French Impressionism to contemporary, including a work from Claude Monet's "Water Lilies" series, Salvador Dali's huge canvas The Madonna of Port Lligat, Andy Warhol's Elvis, and an example from Yayoi Kusama's "Pumpkin" series.


March 10 (Fri.) – April 16 (Sun.), 2017


Film director and TV personality Beat Takeshi is also known as a prolific contemporary artist. This exhibition, proposed by the artist himself, assembles nearly 100 prints, paintings, and three-dimensional works by Takeshi to create an exhibition space permeated by the artist's signature wry sense of humor.