Yoh Shomei
–Beyond the Horizon-

 Exhibition Information

Term :
April 7, 2012- June 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, (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 GalleryⅠ,Ⅱ.

Organizer by :
Kumamoto City, Kumamoto Art and Culture Promotion Foundation, Kumamoto Nichinichi Press, RKK
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
Special Sponsored by:
Sponsored by:
SWISS, KOURANTEI, Hotel Nikko Kumamoto, Chuoh Printing & Packing Co.,Ltd.
Supported by :
Yoh Shomei Museum Kitakamakura, Aso Highland Museum Park, Kyusyu Gakuin, KAMITORI Syoeikai, Shimotori Haneikai, SUNROAD SHINSHIGAI
Contemporary Art Museum, Kumamoto
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 We are delighted to present the retrospective exhibition of the renowned artist Yoh Shomei (1946- ) commemorating the 40th anniversary of his career. This exhibition consists of around 250 works including the original pictures for his picture books from the early time to the present and a series of 42 watercolor paintings “Blue Stream”(1984) which has never been shown before.
 Yoh Shomei was born and brought up in Kumamoto and studied at the Art Students League of New York. He debuted with his first picture book ”Jake” in 1972 and won the Graphic Award at the Bologna Children’s Book Fair with ”Wind and Panther” in 1990. He has published many picture books with the theme of peace and environment such as “ Not Mines, But Flowers”
(1996) and “Planet of Dolphins” (1996). Yoh Shomei is also known as a poet and published poetry books including “Kotoba no Hanataba (Bouquet of Words)” (2003) .
 This exhibition surveys Yoh Shomei’s whole career and shed light on the gradual change of his style.

”Jake” original picture (1972)

STILL NIGHT (1980’s)

Small Poetry(1980’s)
*To You Card (prepaid card for bus and tram) original picture

“Let’s talk with the pre-born child”
cover illustration (2000)

Kumamoto Castle (2004)

James Dean (1969)

Row of Houses (1980’s)

Collections of Yoh Shomei Museum Kitakamakura

Related Common Events

Artist Talk
Yoh Shomei will talk about his 40thcareer and his vision.
Date: April 7 (sat)
Time: 14:00-
Place: Home Gallery
Admission: Free

Short trip to the Aso Highland Museum Park: “Shooting the world of Yoh Shomei”
Let’s stroll in the Aso green field where Yoh Shomei deeply belongs to. Yoh Syotei, the director of the Aso Highland Museum Park will navigate you to the best spots, and let’s take special photos of great Aso.
Date: April 22 (sun)
Capacity: 30person (booking required)
Fee: 4000yen (include the exhibition tickets and lunch box etc.)

Workshop: Let’s make “Jake” with Origami
Let’s make “Jake” with Origami. One of your “Jake” will stay and welcome the visitors for our museum. *”Jake” is the main character of Yoh Shomei’s works.
Date: April 26 (thu) – May 6 (sun)
Time: 10:00-18:00
Place: Kid’s salon
Admission: Free

Workshop: Let’s make Animal of Clay
Let’s make some animals in Yoh’s picture books with clay. And we will exhibit your works during the exhibition.
Date: May 3 (thu)
Time: 14:00-
Place: Kid’s salon
Fee: 500 yen
Capacity: 8 groups with parent and child (booking required)

Talks by Director of Yoh Shomei Museum Kitakamakura
Jyuken Horiuchi, the director of Yoh Shomei Museum Kitakamakura will talk about the transition in Yoh’s style of works.
Date: May 26 (sat)
Time: 14:00-
Place: Home Gallery
Admission: Free

Special Movies at Home Gallery
Admission: Free
For Kids
Date: May 5 (sat)
10:30~ Little Robots (2004) 60min. (Japanese dubbed)
13:00~ Tom and Jerry Blast off to the Mars! (2004) 74min. (Japanese dubbed)
15:00~ Harry Potter and Prisoner of Azkaban (2004) 142min. (Japanese dubbed)
For General
Date: May 6 (sun)
14:00~ Contact (1997) 150min. (Japanese superimpose)

Gallery Tours
Curator introduces the exhibition’s highlights.
Date: On Saturdays, Sundays and holidays.
*Talks aren't held on April 7, 8, 29 or May 3, 5, 6, 26.
Time: 15:00-15:30
Meeting place: Entrance of gallery
Admission: Entrance ticket is required.
Japanese only.

CAMK Yomigatari
Storytelling Hours for Kids.
Date: (1) April 21 (sat), (2) May 19 (sat) (3) June 16 (sat)
Theme: (1) Spring has come (2) Play with Words (3) Rain
Time: 11:30-12:00
Place: Kids Salon
Admission: Free

Poetry Reading
Date: (1) April 26 (thu), (2) May 24 (thu)
Theme: (1) SMILE (2) Picture Book
Time: 18:00-
Place: Home Gallery
Admission: Free

Ohanasi Tamatebako LIVE
Recital of Literary Works.
Yoh Shomei’s Let’s talk with the pre-born child and Makoto Kawabata’s Ooka Judgement
Reciters: Shiro Honda and Emi Fukushima, RKK Announcers
Date: April 28 (sat)
Time: 14:00-14:45
Place: Home Gallery
Admission: Free

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: June 2 (sat)
Time: 10:30-11:30
Place: Exhibition Space
Admission: Entrance ticket is required.
Capacity: 7 groups (bookings required)
Guide: Curator of CAMK

Concert / Film Screenings

Monday Movies
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.
Time: 14:00-
Place: Home Gallery
Admission: Free
(1)Date: April 21 (sat)
Player: Susan & William Goldenberg (Violin, Piano)
(2)Date: May 12 (sat)
Program: The Memorial Concert of the 18th Japanse HOUGAKU Music Contest
(3)Date: June 12 (sat)
Player: Flute ensemble NIJI (Flute)

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