Asahi Beer Oyamazaki Villa Museum of Art
 
EXHIBITION

Robert Coutelas I seek the small golden hand

Dec 17, 2016-Mar 12, 2017

Robert Coutelas I seek the small golden hand

Robert Coutelas (1930–1985) was an artist born in Paris, France. Promoted as “today’s Utrillo” or “the second Bernard Buffet,” he found working in the trend-dominated art world unpleasant. Instead, he chose to separate himself from galleries and paint in poverty. What this artist spent his life producing are works that, while humorous at first glance, are filled with a quiet melancholy; they include his cartes, his unique mythological images and abstract motifs on small scraps of paper, and his tranquil gouaches, filled with creatures somewhere between human beings and animals. What mattered to the artist, having trained and worked in his youth as a stonemason, was his yearning for the world of the medieval craftsman, the lives of the people and animals who inhabit the streets of Paris, and the folk art or, art populaire, that expressed the classic French spirit, art that had matured over the centuries, rather than the flashy fashions of the contemporary art world.

In 2015, the thirtieth year since his death, a movement to reevaluate Coutelas’s oeuvre has resulted in exhibitions in France and Japan. This exhibition shows various pieces, some of which are on display for the first time. It includes early oil paintings from his days in Lyon as well as images displaying how he produced the works.


* The line-up will be changed in the middle of the exhibition.

◎Date

The First Half: Dec 17, 2016-Jan 29, 2017
The Second Half: Jan 31, 2017-Mar 12, 2017

10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
*last admission: 4:30 p.m.

◎Closed

Mondays(except Jan 9), Dec 26- Jan 3, Jan 10

◎Organizers

Asahi Beer Oyamazaki Villa Museum of Art

◎Admission*Prices in parenthes is apply to groups of 20 or more.

Adult
900 yen(800 yen)
University or high school student
500 yen(400 yen)
Admission is free for junior high school students and younger children.
Admission is 300 yen upon presentation of a Disabled Person's Booklet (Shogaisha Techo).

Main Exhibits

  • Robert COUTELAS My Ancestors

    Robert COUTELAS,“Composition of My Nights 24-b”1973
    Private collection (photo: Fumihito KATAMURA)

  • Robert COUTELAS Untitled

    Robert COUTELAS,“My Ancestors”1977
    Private collection (photo: Fumihito KATAMURA)

  • Robert COUTELAS Angel

    Robert COUTELAS,“Angel” Late 1970’s
    Private collection (photo: Fumihito KATAMURA)

  • Robert COUTELAS“Self-portrait in Gray

    Robert COUTELAS,“My Ancestors”1979
    Private collection (photo: Fumihito KATAMURA)

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Gallery Talk by Curator

Date 14:00-14:30
every second & fourth Saturday,
except Jan 14 and Mar 11
Venue Museum galleries
Admission Free of charge *Need museum admission

Christmas Week's Morning Music Box Concert

Date Dec 20 - 25
11:00-11:20
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Admission Free of charge *Need museum admission

Christmas Week's Special Concert

Date Dec 23, 24 and 25
10:30-, 12:30-, and 14:30- (approx.25mins each)
Venue Main Building
Admission Free of charge *Need museum admission
Partnership Career Design Centre of Kyoto City University of Arts

Café Event

À la carte Florentin

Coutelas’s “Carte” images on the florentine biscuits

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Dates
available
10:00-16:45
Dec 17, 2016-Mar 12, 2017
Cooperation RIHGA Royal Hotel Kyoto
Price ¥500 (include tax)
*Need museum admission
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