Exhibition Information

Term :
June 30, 2012- September 17, 2012
Closed :
Every Tuesday

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: 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.
*on the days of “Yukata Matsuri”, July 14 and 15, we reduce the half of the entrance fee for the people with Yukata.

Venue :
Contemporary Art Museum, Kumamoto GalleryⅠ,Ⅱ.

Organizer by :
Kumamoto City, Kumamoto Art and Culture Promotion Foundation, he Yomiuri Shimbun, The Japan Association of Art Museums, 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 Kankou Convention Kyokai, NHK Kumamoto,
FM-Kumamoto, FM791,JCN Kumamoto
Sponsored by:
Canon Marketing Japan Inc.,
Lion Corporation, SHIMIZU CORPORATION, Dai Nippon Printing Co. Ltd., SOMPO JAPAN INSURANCE INC.
Supported by :
Shochiku Co., Ltd., Yachiyoza Club
Collaborated with :
GTND+G/P gallery
Contemporary Art Museum, Kumamoto
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John Lennon, Yoko Ono (1980)

 Photographer Kishin Shinoyama (1940-) began his photographic career in the second half of the 1950s, and has remained at the top of his profession ever since.
The number of photographs he has taken over this period is truly vast.
As Shinoyama himself indicated when he said, “Photographers are mirrors reflecting their times; it is imperative that they shoot prominent events and people,” one could say that he has been the “media” of his time.

(c)Cedric Diradourian

This exhibition is a provocative one in which Kishin Shinoyama, an exceptional photographer, makes a renewed appeal direct to the public concerning the great “power of photography” that is inherent in the medium of “photography.” As the words “THE PEOPLE” in the title suggest, it comprises mostly portraits of “famous people” taken over the last 50 years and carefully selected from the perspective of “the power of photography.” A total of around 130 portraits from Yukio Mishima, John Lennon and Yoko Ono, and Momoe Yamaguchi to AKB48 and victims of the March 2011 the Great East Japan Earthquake are displayed divided into five sections: GOD; STAR; SPECTACLE; BODY; and ACCIDENTS. Through these portraits, it is hoped the exhibition will prompt viewers to ask themselves anew such questions as “What is ‘Japan’?” and “What are the ‘Japanese’?”

Yukio Mishima (1970)

Momoe Yamaguchi (1977)

AKB48 (2010)

Bando Tamasaburo
"Dannoura Kabuto Gunki(The Battle of Dannoura) Akoyano"

Yayoi Kusama (2004)

Ozumo (1995)


Otomo Ryuto, 9, Otomo Noa, 7 (2011)

Related Exhibition

ATOKATA (2011)

ATOKATA,We will exhibit photographs documenting the aftermath of the Great East Japan Earthquake.

Contemporary Art Museum, Kumamoto Gallery Ⅲ, Nobumichi Ide Memorial Gallery.

Related Common Events

Artist Talk
Kishin Shinoyama will talk about his works, and the theme of this exhibition.
Date: June 30 (sat)
Time: 14:00-
Place: Home Gallery
Admission: Free

CAMK Lecture College
Aki Ashida (Curator, Contemporary Art Museum Kumamoto)
Exhibition Curator, Aki Ashida will talk about this exhibition.
Date: July 22 (sun)
Time: 14:00-
Place: Home Gallery
Admission: Free

Professional Talk
Shigeo Goto (Editor, Creative Producer, Professor at the Kyoto University of Art and Design)
Shigeo Goto will talk about the secret of editing and Shinoyama’s works, which he has edited for many years.
Date: July 29 (sun)
Time: 14:00-
Place: Home Gallery
Admission: Free

Talk Session - Kishin Shinoyama and Yoshiko Miyazaki -
Kishin Shinoyama (Artist, Photographer), Yoshiko Miyazaki (actress)
Kishin Shinoyama will talk with Yoshiko Miyazaki, who first appeared in Shinoyama’s work. They will talk about what happened on that day.
Date: August 19 (Sun)
Time: 14:00-15:30
Place: Home Gallery
Admission: Free

Photography Work Shop
“Try The Original Portrait”
After a photography seminar, participants will take portraits with natural light.
Date: September 2 (Sun)
Time: 11:00-16:30
Place: Kids Factory
Instructor: Tatsuyuki Harada (Director, Shashin-kan-harada)
Capacity: 5 pairs (bookings required)

Expectant Mother's Tour + Family Tour
Let's enjoy the exhibition with family or friends. While enjoying the museum and art works, 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: July 7(sat)
Time: 10:30-11:30
Place: Exhibition Space
Admission: Entrance ticket is required.
Capacity: 7 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 when we have lectures, talks, or workshops.
(6/30, 7/22, 28, 29, 8/4, 5, 12, 19, 9/2)
Time: 15:00-15:30
Meeting place: Entrance of gallery
Admission: Entrance ticket is required.

Other Events

CAMK Yomigatari
Storytelling Hours for Kids.
Date: (1) July 21 (sat), (2) September 15 (sat)
Theme: (1) Summer Has Come (2) Moon and Stars
Time: 11:30-12:00
Place: Kids Salon
Admission: Free

Poetry Reading
Date: (1) July 26 (thu), (2) August 23 (thu)
Theme: (1) Summer (2) EYE
Time: 18:00-
Place: Home Gallery
Admission: Free

Ohanasi Tamatebako LIVE
Recital of Literary Works.
Date: July 7 (sat)
Time: 14:00-14:45
Place: Home Gallery
Admission: Free

Concert / Film Screenings

Monday Movies
Date&Time: Twice on Monday, 14:00~, 18:00~
Place: 5F Art Loft
Admission: Free
Date: July 2
Program: Mr.Baseball (1992, U.S.A., 108 min.)
Date: July 9
Program: BATTLESHIP POTEMKIN (1925, Soviet Union, 75 min.)
Date: July 16
Program: LES FELINS (1964, France., 93 min.)
Date: July 23
Program: TAMING OF THE SHREW (1929 U.S.A, 66 min.)
Date: July 30
Program: DAS CABINET DES DR.CALIGARI (1919, Germany, 67 min.)
Date: August 6
Program: LETJAT ZHURAVLI (1957, Soviet Union, 96 min.)
Date: August 13
Program: The Face of Jizo [Chichi to Kuraseba] (2004, Japan, 99 min.)
Date: August 20
Program: Uncle Adolf (2004, U.K. 91min.)
Date: August 27
Program: ADIEU PHILIPPINE (1961, France, 110min.)
Date: September 3
Program: THE KID (1921, U.S.A., 56 min.)
Date: September 10
Program: AUGUST IN THE WATER (1995, Japan 117min.) * with Japanese subtitles
Date: September 17
Program: Unhook the Stars (1996, U.S.A., 105 min.)

Music Wave
We would like to introduce various music players throughout the year.
JAZZ OPEN, cooperated with STREET ART PLEX
Date: July 28 (sat)
Place: Home Gallery
Admission: Free

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