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Genichiro Inokuma’s World: Dear Cats

The frolicking friends of a cat-loving painter


When one thinks of cat-loving painters, Tsuguharu Foujita may come to mind. But Genichiro Inokuma was also a fan of felines. He lived with lots of cats, saying at one time he kept a dozen at home as pets. This exhibition is comprised of mostly cat-related works owned by the Marugame Genichiro-Inokuma Museum of Contemporary Art in Kagawa. It includes cats drawn using various methods, including oil and water paintings and sketches.

0316_02One hundred and several dozen works are exhibited, with several times that many cats depicted. The means of expression also vary, including illustration-style drawings with pens, avant-garde calligraphy style works with a single color of ink, and works reminiscent of Matisse paintings drawn with black outlines. The cats adorably climb into dishes on the table, ride on horseback or a bicycle seat, wash their faces, and fight with each other.

The cats have soft bodies and expressive faces. They act on a whim and their next move is unpredictable. Even in the same pose, they look completely different from another angle. At one moment they seem plump and round, and then their bodies are stretched longer than you expect. Inokuma depicts these many styles vividly. The sheer number of works makes it clear that he drew cats simply because he truly loved them.

(Text: Naoko Aono)

Genichiro Inokuma’s World: Dear Cats
Dates: March 20 (Tues) – April 18 (Wed), 2018
Venue: The Bunkamura Museum of Art 2-24-1 Dogenzaka, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Times: 10:00 – 18:00 (until 21:00 on Friday and Saturday; entrance closes 30 minutes before closing time) Open every day during exhibition period
Admission: 1,300 yen (general), others
Contact: 03-5777-8600 (Hello Dial)

Genichiro Inokuma, title unknown, 1987, ink on paper, Marugame Genichiro-Inokuma Museum of Contemporary Art in Kagawa, ©The MIMOCA Foundation
Genichiro Inokuma, Blue Clothes, 1949, oil on canvas, Marugame Genichiro-Inokuma Museum of Contemporary Art, ©The MIMOCA Foundation


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