Special Exhibition: Jun Sugimura – The Legend of the Presence and Absence of Objects
Kaki (Persimmons) 1996 F80 Property of the City of Sendai
Jun Sugimura – The Legend of the Presence and Absence of Objects
“The Rhythm of Colors”
Date: Saturday November 20th, 2021 through Sunday January 16th, 2022
Hours: 10:00 – 17:00 (last admission 16:30)
Closed on Mondays (except for January 10th),
on January 11th and during the New Year holidays of December 28th to January 4th
Admission (permanent collection + special exhibition):
Adults: 500 yen
University and high school students: 400 yen
Museum members, Junior high school students and under: free
Please note that for visitors with special needs and one accompanied person, they can receive a 50% discount for admission. Please let us know upon your visit.
For groups of 20 or more
Adults: 400 yen
University and high school students: 320 yen
Junior high school students and under: free
Jun Sugimura was known as the “still life painter” for his unique work, in which he gathered together everyday objects of various shapes, textures, sizes, and colors to create his vivid and strong impressionistic paintings.
Shiogama City, which was incorporated as a city in 1941, is celebrating its 80th anniversary this year. In the 1940s, Sugimura lost his atelier and almost all of his original works in the Second World War. In 1946, he moved to Shiogama for safety thanks to the help of his in-law relatives – his wife’s family – who were already living there. As soon as he settled his home in front of the fish market, he drew enormous inspiration from his lively surroundings that this port town had to offer, such as boat lamps, fishing equipment, and fresh fish, which became indispensable subjects for his still-life paintings.
This exhibition features works from his later years that are in the collection of the City of Sendai, as well as works he painted in Hokkaido as a member of the munitions production art promotion team in 1943, and a handwritten manuscript describing his memories of Shiogama for the first time.
Combined together with works from our permanent exhibition, we hope that this exhibition can invite you to step into the creative world of Jun Sugimura.
Hokkaido Shoka (Early Summer in Hokkaido) 1943 F4 Property of the City of Shiogama
Jun Sugimura (Oil painter 1907-2001)
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 the Tohoku Art Exhibition). Come experience the timeless beauty of Sugimura’s style, which lends weight and dignity to everyday objects.
Translated by JUNBI Supporters