NEWSText: Satsuki Miyanishi


“Guggenheim Bilbao” © Akihiro Matsuura

The solo exhibition by Sapporo based painter Akihiro Matsuura who has been pursuing the “Fusion of European art with Japanese Zen” for many years will be held at the second floor of Cross Hotel Sapporo from January 17th to March 31st, 2018, as Machinaka Art X_edition vol.27 which has been held for many years by the hotel and Clark Gallery + SHIFT. This exhibition consists of his two recent work series, depicting the architecture of the museum and the pose of the person.


Since the 1970s Akihiro Matsuura, who is working on a wide range of art research from classical to modern times, has been presenting its results through oil paintings which focus on the main motif of domestic and foreign scenery as painters. The two work series that constitute this exhibition were painted from the theme of making sculptural volume in the flat surface. The five elements were harmonized that made up the paintings’ “color, form, line, composition, texture” to the limit based on the work of Picasso and Braque’s art movement, “Cubism”.
The “Museum series” exhibited as the main works depict elaborately  the designed museums such as “Guggenheim Bilbao” in Spain, worked by masters of modern architecture Frank Gehry and so on, and “Fondation Louis Vuitton” in Paris. Matsuura went to the field and sketched, then meditated at the atelier in Sapporo to further refine the “color” and “form”. By appreciating his new “pose series” with a human body as a motif, you can feel strongly the impressive beauty that is difficult to forget which is common to the form created from the idea at the same time. “There is always an eroticism in beautiful forms both in buildings and in the human body”.

MACHINAKA ART-X_edition vol.27
Akihiro Matsuura Exhibition: “Colors, Forms and Eroticism”

Date: January 17th – March 31st, 2018
Place: Cross Hotel Sapporo
Address: North 2 West 2, Chuo-ku, Sapporo
Organized by Cross Hotel Sapporo (Planning department +81 11 272 0051)
Curation: Clark Gallery + SHIFT
Supported by Machinaka Art

Text: Satsuki Miyanishi

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