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Animals in Japanese Outsider Art - Exhibition Opening Event

  • Japan Information & Culture Center, Embassy of Japan 1150 18th Street Northwest Washington, DC, 20036 United States (map)

Exhibition Opening Event - Animals in Japanese Outsider Art || 障害者アートに描かれた動物たち

Presented by the Japan Information & Culture Center, Embassy of Japan
In Cooperation with NPO Art of the Rough Diamonds

Image: HOPPE by Michiko Matsumoto

Join us at the JICC for the opening event featuring a short exhibition talk and live painting with artist Michiko Matsumoto.

The Japan Information & Culture Center (JICC), Embassy of Japan DC is proud to present "Animals in Japanese Outsider Art || 障害者アートに描かれた動物たち" an exhibition that is meant to work in tandem with "The Life of Animals in Japanese Art" exhibition currently on display at the Washington National Gallery of Art from June 2nd through August 18th, 2019. The exhibition at the National Gallery of Art showcases a broad and varied selection of Japanese art depicting animals, including seven that are designated Important Cultural Property by the Japanese government. The two exhibits could even be said to be the Olympics and Special Olympics of Japanese artwork.

In Japan, there is in fact a large body of beautiful works of art that depict animals, aside from the masterpieces on display at either of these exhibitions. The artwork of those with intellectual disabilities or mental illnesses in particular often depict animals with a rich color palette and a variety of unique patterns, interpreted from a truly distinctive point of view. We hope through this exhibition that the audience will be challenged to experience such different perspectives, unique to Japanese culture, through these masterpieces depicting animals in Japanese outsider art. 

This event is free and open to the public, but registration is required for security purposes

Program begins at 6:30 PM. Doors open 30 minutes prior.

No admission or re-entry will be permitted after 7:00 PM.


Registered guests will be seated on a first come, first served basis. Please arrive early as seating is limited and registration does not guarantee guests a seat.