ABOUT THE MUSEUM
The Shiogama Sugimura Jun Museum of Art opened to the public in November 2014, following the renovation of the Motomachi branch of the Shiogama City Community Center. The location has served as a community space since 1950, creating opportunities for many people to connect over the years. The building has a beautiful auditorium with a 9.7m tall laminated timber frame. The exterior facade is also made of locally-sourced Shiogama stone, contributing to its value as a designated cultural asset.
The space doubles as a museum and a community center, and has engaged locals by hosting cultural activities for decades. It also serves to commemorate the accomplishments and preserve the history and memory of the people of Shiogama.
In order to maximize the museum’s architectural and cultural value, we provide an accessible space to foster creativity and openness through various art related programs. These include special exhibitions, music events and workshops for local youth and adults.
|University/ high school students||100yen (80yen)|
|Junior nigh school students and under||Free|
- Admission for Groups (20 or more) in parenthsis.
- Permanent collection only – special exhibitions separate.
- Please show a disability certificate or membership card if you have.
|Hours||10:00-5:00 (Last admission 4:30)|
|Closed||Closed on Mondays (open holiday Mondays, closed the following day)
New Year’s holidays (Dec.28th – Jan.4th)
|Address||985-0052 8-1, Motomachi, Shiogama, Miyagi [MAP]|
Visitors to Shiogama’s Sugimura Jun Museum of Art step into the world of oil painter Jun Sugimura, whose meticulous eye for detail won him great respect as a still life artist. Sugimura settled in Shiogama shortly after WWII and produced a large body of work. His connection to the port town is reflected in his paintings, which depict freshly caught fish and other maritime motifs. The gallery’s permanent collection presents a variety of still lives as well as “Portrait of the Woman,” for which he was recognized at the inaugural Kahoku Art Exhibition (formerly Tohoku Art Exhibition). Come experience the timeless beauty of Sugimura’s style, which lends weight and dignity to everyday objects.
About Jun Sugimura(Oil painter 1907-2001)
1907 – 2001
In 1907, Jun Sugimura was born as the youngest of nine children in present-day Shinjuku Ward, Tokyo. After WWII, he moved to Shiogama in 1946 and settled there until 1965. He created a lot of oil paintings featuring Shiogama landscapes and still lives of freshly caught fish. Especially, his meticulous eye for detail won him great respect as a still life artist.
In 1927, he entered the Western Painting Course at the Tokyo School of Fine Arts (present-day Tokyo University of the Arts) and studied under Okada Saburōsuke, who was a member of the Teikoku Bijutsu-in (Imperial Academy of Fine Arts) and received the first Order of Culture. In 1930, the student work Pan to Boshi (Bread and Hat) was awarded his first prize at the 11th Teiten (Imperial Art Exhibition) and his talent was highly evaluated from an early age.
He already had a connection to Tohoku region because both of his parents were born in Tsuruoka City, Yamagata, and had considerably deeper connection to Miyagi prefecture where his oldest sister’s husband lived.
In 1933, his works were accepted at the inaugural Kahoku Art Exhibition (formerly Tohoku Art Exhibition) and the best Kahoku Prize was awarded for Fujin-zo (Portrait of the Woman), and for Mishin (Sewing Machine) as well in 1934.
In 1945, he lost his house, atelier and almost all of his works and collection of lamps in a fire during WWII bombings and moved from Tokyo to Sendai for safety. In the following year, he moved to Shiogama through the connection of his wife. Since he was settled in front of the fish market at first, he was strongly inspired by this lively port town
I often received letters from my teacher Kazutaka Nakano (known as an oil painter). At that time, he had come back to Tokyo from Gunma, where he stayed to evacuate, and wrote in his letter to encourage me to come back to Tokyo;” What is taken you so long in the province? You should come back to Tokyo as soon as possible, otherwise you will be left alone in the Japanese art world”. But I decided, “Then, I will settle down in the province and study harder”. It was far better for me to concentrate on studying in the calm place than rush around in the hustle and bustle of Tokyo.
My painting motifs furthermore increased here in Shiogama. Especially freshly caught fish, which were seldom found in Tokyo, could be the excellent motifs.
– Translation from collected paintings “Kuro e no Shusoku” published by Kahoku Shimpo, 1994.
So he said about Shiogama. It was during his Shiogama period, when he realized “black” as his base color in his oil paintings, and it is apparent that Shiogama had a significant influence on his works and creation. Besides his creation, he was in charge of a judge for the inaugural Shiogama Art Exhibition in 1947 and an oil painting instructor of the culture course of Shiogama City. He contributed to the advancement of the culture of Shiogama to a great extent and designated a person of cultural merit by Shiogama City in 1961.
Late Showa Era – Last Days of His Life
In 1965, Sugimura moved from Shiogama to Sendai for the convenience when he taught in Tohoku University and Miyagi University of Education. Served as an examination committee member for the Nitten in 1970 and the councilor since 1978, he was known for his great contributions to the art and culture promotion by establishing and managing various art groups
He continued to pursue “presence and absence” of objects and he never lost his passion for them after the age of 80.
Without the support of his wife, he couldn’t spend his full and fruitful life as an oil painter. What to display at upcoming exhibitions were influenced by her casual word about his group of works such as “I like this work”.
After her death in 2000, he started to make earnest efforts to complete the group of works for one year, which his wife had left comments “Improvement needed”.
Sugimura faced his works with enthusiasm and pursued his unchanging theme from beginning to end until the age of 93, when he passed away in 2001. His life as an artist is still alive in his works containing weight and dignity, but at the same time tenderness.
- September 7, 1907
- – Born youngest of nine children to father Masakane and mother Kiyoi Sugimura in Tokyo – Father ran a hospital and both parents were born in Tsuruoka City, Yamagata
- 1920 (age 13)
- – Entered junior high school and started oil painting
- 1925 (age 18)
- – Graduated from junior high school and entered Hongo Laboratory of Painting
- 1927 (age 20)
- – Entered the Western Painting Course at the Tokyo School of Fine Arts (present-day Tokyo University of the Arts)
- 1930 (age 23)
- – Student work Pan to Boshi (Bread and Hat) accepted at The 11th Teiten (Imperial Art Exhibition)
- 1932 (age 25)
- – Graduated from the Tokyo School of Fine Arts
- 1933 (age 26)
– Studied under Manjiro Terauchi
– Works shown at the inaugural Kahoku Art Exhibition (present-day Tohoku Art Exhibition)
– Kahoku Prize awarded for Fujin-zo (Portrait of the Woman)
- 1934 (age 27)
- – Works shown at the 2nd Kahoku Art Exhibition (present-day Tohoku Art Exhibition) Kahoku Prize awarded for Mishin (Sewing Machine)
- 1938 (age 31)
- – Married Sakuko Nino and moved to Sendai
- 1940 (age 33)
- – Moved to Toshima Ward, Tokyo
- 1941 (age 34)
- – Solo exhibition at Sendai Mitsukoshi
- 1943 (age 36)
- – Became qualified for an exemption of examination when displaying art works at the Bunten Exhibition
- 1945 (age 38)
- – All of his works and collection of lamps lost in a fire during WWII bombings
– Moved to Sendai for safety in May
- 1946 (age 39)
- – Settled in Shiogama, his home until 1965
– Began painting Shiogama landscapes and still lives of freshly caught fish
- 1947 (age 40)
- – Became an oil painting instructor of the inagural culture course of Shiogama City – Served as a judge for the inagual Shiogama Art Exhibition
- 1949 (age 42)
- – Nitten Okada Prize awarded for Umichikaki Heya (Room by the Sea)
- 1950 (age 43)
- – Served as a judge for the Kahoku Art Exhibition – Painted posters for Shiogama Shrine Hote Festival and Minato Festival around this time – Special Prize awarded for Haru Chikaki Kagan(Riverside Just Before Spring) at the Kofukai Exhibition
- 1951 (age 44)
- – Became an instructor of Faculty of Education at Tohoku University, promoted to assistant professor in 1952
- 1953 (age 46)
- – Works including Sekkozo (Plaster Figure) shown at the Kofukai Exhibition and awarded for the top prize
- 1961 (age 54)
- – Nitten Kikka Prize awarded for Pan no aru Tsukue (Desk with Bread) – Served as an advisor for the Kahoku Art Exhibition
- 1963 (age 56)
- – Served as a judge for the Nitten (Japan Fine Arts Exhibition) first in 1963, then again in 1970 and 1977
- 1964 (age 57)
- – Became a professor at Tohoku University’s Faculty of Education
- 1965 (age 58)
- – Moved from Shiogama to Sendai
- 1967 (age 60)
- – Became a professor at the Miyagi University of Education (MUE), member of faculty until 1972
- 1970 (age 63)
- – Served as an examination committee member for the Nitten (the councilor since 1978)
- 1983 (age 76)
- – Nitten Prize of the Minister for Education awarded for Furuki Hina (Old Japanese Hina Dolls) – Works displayed in the inagual “Exhibition of Five Artists in Miygai” at The Miyagi Museum of Art
- 1984 (age 77)
- – Became an advisor for the Nitten (Japan Fine Arts Exhibition) – Received the Kahoku Culture Award – Promoted to professor emeritus at MUE
- 1987 (age 80)
- – Moved to Kunimigaoka, Aoba Ward in Sendai City due to the house damage by a heavy rainfall on August 5th, 1986
- 1988 (age 81)
- – Retrospective exhibition at The Miyagi Museum of Art, publication of collected paintings (Sugimura Jun Gashu)
- 1991 (age 84)
- – Served as a judge for the Kahoku Art Exhibition – Ema (Votive Horse Tablet) shown at Sendai International Center
- 1994 (age 87)
- – Publication of collected paintings (Kuro e no Shusoku, Kahoku Shimpo Publishing Co.)
- 1996 (age 89)
- – Became an honorary member of the Nichiyou Kai and an honorary advisor of the Kahoku Art Exhibition – Nominated as an honorary citizen of Sendai City
- 1999 (age 92)
- – Sugimura Jun Exhibition at The Miyagi Museum of Art
- 2001 (age 93)
- – Honorary Citizen Sugimura Jun Exhibition at sendai mediatheque – Passed away due to pneumonia on August 13 – Oil paintings and other works donated to Shiogama City by the Sugimura family
- – Honorary Citizen of Sendai City Jun Sugimura Exhibition II at sendai mediatheque – Bequest of Shiogama City Exhibition “The World of Jun Sugimura” at Fureai Esupu Shiogama
- – Jun Sugimura Exhibition “Legend of Presence and Absence” at Kyu Kamei Tei (Former Kamei House) in Shiogama City
- – Honorary Citizen of Sendai City Jun Sugimura Exhibition “Legend of Presence and Absence” at Sendai City Gallery Hall made into an annual series – Exhibition commemorating the 5th anniversary of Fureai Esupu Shiogama “Jun Sugimura Sketch Exhibition” at Fureai Esupu Shiogama
- – The 100th Anniversary Exhibition Commemorating Sugimura’s Birth at Fureai Esupu Shiogama
- – Atelier recreated for the exhibition “Starting Point of Creation” at Kyu Kamei Tei (Former Kamei House) in Shiogama City
- – Jun Sugimura Painting Exhibition at Fureai Esupu Shiogama
- – The 10th Anniversary Exhibition Commemorating Sugimura’s Death “Footprint of Practice – Focused on Sketches” at Muesum of Kamei Collection
- November, 2014
- – Opening of Sugimura Jun Museum of Art
– Designated a Person of Cultural Merit by Shiogama City, a Person of Cultural Merit by Miyagi Prefecture, and an honorary citizen of Sendai City – Awarded the Medal with Dark Blue Ribbon from the Cabinet Office of the Japanese government