White Bear, 1923-1933
Collection of the Gunma Museum of Art, Tatebayashi
This is the first retrospective exhibition of the sculptor François Pompon, who was active between the late 19th century and early 20th century.
Building a career over many years as an apprentice to such great sculptors as Rodin, Pompon began working as an animalier sculptor in the early 20th century, and he came to be recognized for the simple yet graceful forms of his unique animal sculptures, as represented by White Bear.
Although modern at the time of their creation, the beautiful forms of Pompon's works retain their color to this day, and a universality familiar to children and adults alike.
This exhibition follows the life of Pompon and the transition between his working styles, through around 90 works, from human figures from the early days of his career through to the mastery of the refinement of form in the animal sculptures of his final years. Exhibits include works from the Musée d'Orsay in Paris, the Musée des Beaux-Arts de Dijon in Pompon's native Burgundy and the Musée François Pompon in Saulieu, together with sculptures and other materials from the extensive Pompon collection of the Gunma Museum of Art, Tatebayashi.
Experience the charm of Pompon and his animal sculptures that redefined the expression of animals in sculpture a century ago.
When: Sat. 18 Sep. to Sun. 14 Nov. (9:30 - 17:00; 9:30 - 20:00 on Fridays; Last entry 30 minutes before closing.) Closed Mondays.
Where: Nagoya City Art Museum (名古屋市美術館), Naka Ward (中区)
Access: An 8-minute walk from Fushimi Sta. (伏見駅, H09/T07) Exit 5 on the Higashiyama and Tsurumai Subway Lines (地下鉄東山線・鶴舞線); located in Shirakawa Park (白川公園).
Admission: General admission 1,600 Yen; University & Senior HS students 1,000 Yen; Junior HS students and younger free.
Exhibition website: https://pompon.jp/