The Light – Prayerful Paintings

 Exhibition Information

Term :
December 11, 2010-February 13, 2011
Closed :
Every Tuesday
December 28, 2010-January 4, 2011
Museum hours :
10 a.m. – 8 p.m. (No admission after 7:30 p.m.)
Entrance fees :
Adults 1000yen(800yen)
University/high school students: 500yen(400yen)
Junior high/elementary school students: 300yen(200yen)
*This is joint ticket with The Light -Prayerful Paintings- Exhibition.
Junior high/elementary school students in Kumamoto city, Fukuoka city, Kagoshima city: Free(With current ID)
Parentheses indicate reduced price for groups which in more than 20 people, (Only for adults and university/high school students.). The reduced price is also available for those who are physically or mentally handicapped and for people over 65 years of age in Kumamoto city, Fukuoka city, Kagoshima city.
Venue :
Contemporary Art Museum, Kumamoto Gallery II.

Organizer by :
Kumamoto City, Kumamoto Art and Culture Promotion Foundation, Kumamoto Nichinichi Press Co., KKT(Kumamoto Kenmin TV)
Cooperated by :
Kumamoto Prefecture, Kumamoto Prefectural Board of Education, Kumamoto City Board of Education, Kumamoto Ken Bunka Kyokai (Cultural Association of Kumamoto), Kumamoto Ken Bizyutuka Renmei (Artists’ Union of Kumamoto), Kumamoto Kokusai Kancou Convention Kyokai NHK Kumamoto, FM-Kumamoto Broadcasting Co., FM791, JCN Kumamoto
Supported by :
National Sanatorium Kikuchikeifuen, Association of National Sanatorium Kikuchikeifuen
Contemporary Art Museum, Kumamoto
FAX. +81-96-359-7892
The Light – Prayerful Paintings
The exhibition “The Light – Prayerful Paintings” was first conceived when Kunie Endo, a patient at the National Sanatorium Kikuchiekeifuen, a facility for people with Hansen’s disease, was asked to participate in the exhibition “ATTITUDE 2002: One Truth in Your Heart.” Her contribution to the show was a doll, Taro-kun, that she had treated as if it were her own child. Endo introduced us to the other members of the Kinyoukai, who had made artworks under the unimaginably depressing conditions of a completely quarantined life. Although their works depicted the hometowns and parents to which they could not return, they were mental landscapes filled with light rather than expressions of anger or resentment toward society. Once we became aware of what they were doing, we felt that it was necessary to share their art with the public.
The first “The Light” was held in 2003. Vol. 2 of the series was presented in 2005 and this exhibition will be “The Light – Prayerful Paintings vol. 3.” This show will include paintings from Tairouin Clinic and Fukusei Memorial Hall in addition to the work of the painting club of Kikuchikeifuin.
Also on display are the amazingly detailed pencil drawings by Susumu Kinoshita of the blind shamisen player Haru Kobayashi and patients from national sanatoriums and Father Damien by Yasutake Funakoshi, a portrait of a priest who devoted his life to helping Hansen’s disease patients on the Hawaiian island of Molokai and eventually died of the disease.
The artworks in this exhibition provide greater understanding through art of people with Hansen’s disease and the issues it raises and give expression to the prayers of people who are concerned with these issues.
Exhibited Works
·Yasutake Funakoshi: bronze Father Damien
·Susumu Kinoshita: pencil on drafting paper Nothing II, ink, board Esquisse of Tyurenzi
·painting club of Kikuchikeifuin: Akiko Irie, Kiyonaga Oyama, Kiminao Okui, Noriko Okui, Kesayoshi Kinoshita, Shigetoshi Nakahara, Shigemi Mori, Satoru Yano, Yasuhiko Yoshiyama, 76pieces oil on canvas, watercolor on paper, pastel on canvas
·Tairouin Clinic: 12pieces oil on canvas, pencil on paper etc.
·Fukusei Memorial Museum: 5pieces photograph

Akiko Irie, Portrait, 1977

Kiyonaga Oyama, Woman in the Nude, 1989

Noriko Okui, Poinsettia, 1997

Kiminao Okui, Gate Ball, 2005

Kesayoshi Kinoshita, Picnic, 1996

Shigetoshi Nakahara, Flower of Magnolia Grandiflora, 2002

Shigemi Mori, Flowers, 2002

Satoru Yano, Mother and Child, Unknown

Yasuhiko Yoshiyama, Yoimachigusa(Evening Primrose), 1998

Related Common Events (in common with Katsura Funakoshi 2010 in Kumamoto)

Artist Talk
Katsura Funakoshi talks about his own works.
Date: December 11 (Sat.)
Time: 14:00-15:30
place: Home Gallery
Admission: Free

CAMK Lecture College
(1)January 9 (Sun.) “Katsura Funakoshi”
Yoshiko Honda (Chief Curator, Contemporary Art Museum Kumamoto)
(2)January 16 (Sun.) “The Light -Prayerful Paintings”
Emi Zoza (Curator and librarian, Contemporary Art Museum Kumamoto)
Time: 14:00-15:30
Place: Home Gallery
Admission: Free

Ohanasi Tamatebako LIVE vol.9
Recital of Literary Works.
Osamu Dazai, Villon's Wife etc.
Date: December 19 (Sun.)
Time: 14:00-14:45
place: Home Gallery
Admission: Free

Poetry Reading
Date: January 27 (Thu.)
Time: 18:00-
place: Home Gallery
Admission: Free

CAMK Yomigatari
Storytelling Hours for Kids.
Date: December18 (Sat.), January 15 (Sat.)
Time: 11:30-12:00
place: Kids Salon
Admission: Free

Expectant Mother's Tour + Family Tour
Let's enjoy the exhibition with family or friends.
While enjoying the museum art, we will show you convenient facilities for future mothers such as the nursing room or play space for children. This offer is children aged 0-6 years accompanied by adults.
Date: January 22 (Sat.)
Time: 10:30-11:30
Place: Exhibition Space
Admission: Entrance ticket is required.
Capacity: 10 groups (bookings required)
Guide: Curator of CAMK

Guided Tours
Curator introduces the exhibition’s highlights.
Date: On Saturdays, Sundays and holidays.
Talks aren’t held on December 11 in 2010, January 9, 16 in 2011.
Time: 15:00-15:30
Meeting place: Entrance of gallery
Admission: Entrance ticket is required.

Concert / Film Screenings

Monday Movies
December 13 THE THIRD MAN (1949, U.S.A., 120 min.)
December 20 ENTER THE DRAGON (1973, U.S.A., 100 min.)
December 27 REBEL WITHOUT A CAUSE (1955, U.S.A., 111 min.)
January 10 OUR HOSPITALITY (1923, U.S.A, 67 min.)
January 17 WATERLOO BRIDGE (1940, U.S.A., 109 min.)
January 24 Acacia Walk (2000, Japan, 90 min.) * with Japanese subtitles
January 31 dial M for Murder! (1955, U.S.A., 105 min.)
February 7 ALEXEI AND THE SPRING (2002, Japan 104min.)
Date&Time: Twice on Monday, 14:00~, 18:00~
Place: 5F Art Loft
Admission: Free

Music Wave
We would like to introduce various music players throughout the year.
December 12 (Sun.)
SAXOPHOBIA (Saxophone Ensamble)
January 8 (Sat.)
New Years Concert (Japanese Harp)
February 12 (Sat.)
Hiroyasu Yamamoto Cello Concert (Cello)
Time: 14:00-
Place: Home Gallery
Admission: Free

Home Gallery Concert
Concerts daily in the home gallery at 7 p.m. 
Admission: Free
Piano Concerts by volunteer staffs of CAMK