Animals in Japanese Outsider Art Exhibition

Presented by JICC, Embassy of Japan

The Japan Information & Culture Center (JICC), Embassy of Japan, DC, is proud to present "Animals in Japanese Outsider Art,” in collaboration with NPO Art of the Rough Diamonds. This exhibition, which is meant to work in tandem with the exhibition "Life of Animals in Japanese Art" at the National Gallery of Art, features beautiful works of art created by those with intellectual disabilities or mental illnesses. The two exhibits could even be said to be the Olympics and Special Olympics of Japanese artwork.

The artwork of those with intellectual disabilities or mental illnesses in particular often depict animals with a rich color palette and a variety of unique patterns, interpreted from a truly distinctive point of view. We hope through this exhibition that the audience will be challenged to experience such different perspectives through these masterpieces depicting animals in Japanese outsider art.

The opening event for this exhibit, featuring a short exhibition talk and live painting by Michiko Matsumoto, will be held on Tuesday, July 16 at 6:30 PM. Please click here to register.

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