Exhibition Information

Term :
From 7th December 2013 to 23rd February 2014
Closed :
Every Tuesday, Year ends and New Year holiday (29th Dec- 3rd Jan)

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)
*Junior High/Elementary School Students in Kumamoto City, Fukuoka City, Kagoshima City and Kitakyushu City: Free (with current ID).
**Parentheses indicate reduced price for groups which in more than 20 people. 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 and Kitakyusyu City.
Venue :
Contemporary Art Museum, Kumamoto GalleryⅠ,Ⅱ

Organizer by :
Kumamoto City, Kumamoto Art and Culture Promotion Foundation, The Yomiuri Shimbun, The Japan Association of Art Museums, KKT(Kumamoto Kenmin TV)
Co-organized by :
Kumamoto City Citizens Council for Human Rights Awareness
Special Sponsored by:
The Nippon Foundation
Sponsored by :
Lion, Shimizu Corporation, Dai Nippon Printing Co., Ltd., Sompo Japan Insurance inc
Cooperated by :
Kumamoto Prefecture, Kumamoto City Board of Education, Kumamoto Ken Bunka Kyokai (Cultural Association of Kumamoto), Kumamoto Ken Bijutsuka Renmei (Artists' Union of Kumamoto), Kumamoto International Convention and Tourism Bureau, NHK Kumamoto, JCN Kumamoto, FM-Kumamoto, FM791
Collaborated with :
Borderless Art Museum NO-MA (Shiga-Prefectural Social Welfare Enterprise)
Contemporary Art Museum,
Kumamoto 2-3, Kamitori-cho, Chuou-ku, Kumamoto city
860-0845 Japan
FAX. +81-96-359-7892
 The term "Art Brut" was coined by the 20th century French artist Jean Debuffet, and is meant to express the idea of "raw art". Free from the influence of art history and the culture of artistic conventions, this pure form expresses a relaxed sense of freedom. Born simply from the impulse to create, the expression is unfettered by pressures of competition or acclaim. Regardless of physical or mental disabilities, this art is produced by people without any kind of technical art training, and brims with original ideas and the joy of creation, causing us to reevaluate our sometimes confining relationship with preexisting works.
 After charming over 120,000 people during its showing at the Hall Saint Pierre in Paris (March 2010-January 2011), the "Art Brut Japonais" exhibition makes its triumphant return to Japan. With over 600 works by 63 Japanese artists, the powerful energy and rich expressions let us experience firsthand the root of creation, and the elation that comes with creative expression.


Matsumoto Hironobu
Gothic architecture, 2012
Collection of the artist

Obata Masao
Untitled (Wedding ceremony)
The Nippon Foundation collection

Sawada Shinichi
Untitled, 2006-2007
The Nippon Foundation collection

Shuji Takashi
Pliers, a screwdriver, a saw and a pierce punch 2006
The Nippon collection Foundation

Gamo Takuya
A poodle, 2000
Collection of the artist

Murata Seiji
Untitled, 1988-1991
The Nippon Foundation collection

Sasaki Sanae
Untitled, 2007-2008, The Nippon Foundation collection

Related Program

The Opening Concert
We are going to hold a concert played by "JOY Club music ensemble". Joy Club is a welfare service corporation for people with disability in Fukuoka.
Date and Time: December 7 (Sat) 14:00-
Place: Home Gallery
Admission: Free

CAMK Lecture College
The exhibition curator outlines the aim and the plan of this exhibition, discusses the featured artworks.
Speaker: Zoza Emi (Curator of Contemporary Art Museum, Kumamoto)
Date and Time: December 15 (Sat)14:00-
Place: Home Gallery
Admission: Free

Guided Tours
Curator introduces the exhibition's highlights.
Date and Time: December 22, January 5, 12, February 2, 9, 23 (all these are Sunday)
Meeting place: Entrance of gallery
Admission: Entrance ticket is required

CAMK New Year Lottery
Date and Time: January 4 (Sat) 10:00-17:00
Place: Museum Entrance
Charge: Free

The Series of Lectures
They are the members of the three groups that work for welfare and art, and they give lectures about their activity and their prospects.
*All of these lectures are held at Home Gallery, Admission is free.
[First] Speaker: Kitaoka Kengo (The director of the Shiga social welfare corporation)
Date and Time: January 13 (Mon) 14:00-
[Second] Speaker: Imanaka Hiroshi (Social Welfare Foundation SOOHKAI / The creative director of atelier incurve)
Date and Time: January 19 (Sun) 14:00-
[Third] Speaker: Harima Yasuo (The director of Tanpopo-no-ye Foundation)
Date and Time: January 26 (Sun) 14:00-

"The Philosophy Museum for Kids" -Workshop for Philosophy and Creation
Instructors: • Instructor of philosophy: Takahashi Aya (Osaka University, Invited teacher of Center for the Study of Communication-Design)
• Instructor of creation: Mitsushima Takayuki (Artist)
Planning by: Tanpopo-no-ye Foundation
Date and Time: January 18 (Sat) 13:00-16:00(including intermission)
Place: Exhibition space etc.
Capacity and the age limit: 15 primary school students in their 3rd-6th year (booking required)

Workshop of making "Block picture"
We are going to hold a workshop making pictures by blocks.
Instructor: Koda Yoko
Date and Time: February16 (Sun) 14:00-16:00
Place: Kids factory
Capacity and the age limit: 24 people over 16 years old
Fee: 500yen

Daily events in CAMK

Expectant Mother's Tour + Family Tour
A tour for enjoying the exhibition with family or friends. We also 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 and Time: January 11 (Sat) 10:30-11:30
Place: Exhibition Space
Admission: Free (Adults are required the tickets.)
Capacity: 7groups (bookings required)
Guide: Curator of CAMK

Poetry Reading
Date and Time: December 26 (Theme: Free), January 30 (Theme: Important things)
Place: Home Gallery
Admission: Free

CAMK Yomigatari
Storytelling Hours for Kids.
Date and Time: December 21 (Theme: Christmas), January 18 (Theme: Events in Japan)
February 15 (Theme: Foreign Stories)
(all these are Saturday) 11:30-12:00
Place: Kids Salon
Admission: Free

Music Wave
These are concerts of music or reading related to exhibitions or seasons.
Date and Time: December 14 (Interpretive reading of novels),
December 23 (CAMK Christmas concert)
Place: Home Gallery
Admission: Free

Monday Movies
We show various films every Monday in our museum theater.
Date and Time: Twice on every Monday, 14:00-, 18:00-
Place: 5F Art Loft
Admission: Free

Home Gallery Concert
Concert by piano volunteer members.
Date and Time: Everyday, 19:00-19:30

Other Events

Commemorative Lecture for the start of supporter system for people with disability
Speaker: Hibino Katsuhiko (Artist)
Organized by: Kumamoto city health and welfare division for people with disability
Date and Time: December 8 (Sun) 15:00-
Place: Home Gallery
Admission: Free