We are so glad to inform you that Zenzaburo Kojima’s first overseas solo exhibition “This very green” will start from September 17th, 2022 at Nonaka-Hill Gallery, Los Angeles.
This year marks the 60th anniversary of the passing of Z.Kojima. It is our great honor and privilege to have this exhibition in this memorable year.
Nonaka-Hill mainly features Japanese artists, and since their opening in 2018, they have introduced nearly 40 artists who hadn’t been introduced yet in the United States.
After 4 years of success, they are starting a new project – opening their 2nd gallery space on Melrose Ave. in addition to their original location in North Highland.
This Zenzaburo’s exhibition will be the opening show of the Melrose location.
To prepare the show, Hiroshi Sugito, a Japanese painter whose exhibition is going to be held at Nonaka-Hill in the Highland location starting on the same date, helped us choose the works to show.
Toshio Kojima will be at the gallery (Melrose) on September 17th and 18th, so please visit if you are nearby.
If your friends or acquaintances live in the city, then please invite them as well.
The works which are shown in the exhibition will be introduced online by Nonaka-Hill.
Once the page is opened, we will inform you again.
The upcoming year 2023 will mark the 130th anniversary of Zenzaburo’s birth.
The Fukuoka Prefectural Museum of Art is planning a major exhibition to commemorate the occasion.
We are looking forward to the future that Zenzaburo gets attention not only across Japan but also around the world.
This year marks the 60th anniversary of the passing of the painter, as well as my grandfather, Zenzaburo Kojima. It is our great honor and privilege to have this exhibition at Nonaka-Hill Gallery in Los Angeles in this memorable year.
Zenzaburo was born in Fukuoka City, Kyushu area in 1893. He was mostly self-taught in oil painting, and while studying in Europe (1925-1928), he visited many museums to learn and absorb the techniques and expressions of classical to modern masters. After returning to Japan, he sought to perfect the Japanese style of oil painting, which is called “Kojima style” developed on his own. He summarized nature in bold forms and filled the canvas with the life force that overflows from it. He sketched the scenery around his studio season by season, and whenever he went far to travel, he completed paintings of magnificent larger-scaled landscapes with an exuberant touch. He also put a great deal of effort into drawing portraits and flowers, bringing out the life in the subjects and making them vibrant on the canvas. The more than 2,000 works he left during his lifetime attract many fans even today. His works are in the collections of many museums in Japan and they keep pleasing people’s eyes.
The upcoming year 2023 will mark the 130th anniversary of his birth. The Fukuoka Prefectural Museum of Art is planning a major exhibition to commemorate the occasion. The late critic Atsuo Imaizumi emphasized at the end of his eulogy for Zenzaburo 60 years ago: “I believe that the day is close when your work will be truly and properly appreciated after your death. I believe that your painting will leave a significant mark as one of the most outstanding artworks of the Showa period in the history of Japanese painting.” I feel that that is finally beginning to bear fruit. Zenzaburo has now become an artist who is bid regularly in the 20th/21st century section of Christie’s Auctions in Hong Kong, and he gains in more popularity in Asia as well.
There’s no room for doubt that the 27 outstanding works from his early to late years in this exhibition will please many people here on the West Coast of the United States.
We are deeply grateful to Mr. Rodney and Takayoshi Nonaka-Hill of Nonaka-Hill Gallery for giving us this opportunity, and to artist Hiroshi Sugito for his generous support.
Toshio Kojima (Gallery Kojima)
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木のある裸婦 Nude with Tree Year 1932 97.0×162.1cm
松籟 Rustling Pines Year 1938 60.4×45.4cm
初秋 Early Fall Year 1933 45.5×60.6cm
赤松の丘 Red Pines on the Hill Year 1934 60.8×73.0cm
朝の庭 Morning Fields Year 1933 45.5×53.0cm
向こうの丘 The Hill Over Yonder Year 1930-32 53.0×45.5cm
雪後 After the Snow Year 1934 50.0×65.0cm
秋日 Autumn Day Year c.1941 45.5×53.0cm
冬の白田 Winter Field Year c.1936 45.5×53.0cm
秋晴 Clear Fall Day Year 1939 45.5×53.0 cm
海 The Sea Year 1940 49.9×60.7cm
函根の晩秋 Late Fall in Hakone Year 1946 45.5×53.0cm
箱根(宮ノ下ヨリ強羅ヲ望ム) Hakone(Gora from Miyanoshita) Year 1957 45.5×53.0cm
熱海 Atami Year c.1960 45.5×53.0cm
西伊豆 Nishiizu Year 1950 45.5×53.0cm
アルプス Japanese Alps Year 1951 45.5×53.0cm
高原 (部分) Highland Valley (one section) Year c.1952 42.5×53.0cm
山村風景 Mountain Village Year c.1946 24.1×33.3cm
静物 (三宝柑) Still Lfife (Sanbokan) Year 1958 45.5×53.0cm
アネモネ Anemones Year c.1956 33.1×24.3cm
薔薇 Roses Year 1949 41×31.8cm
ダリア Dahlias Year 1940 53.0×45.5cm
椿 Camelias Year 1955 53.0×45.3cm
虞美人草 Field Poppies Year c.1947 17.5×13.9cm
薔薇 Roses Year c.1945 12.4×15.7cm
花 Flowers Year c.1950 60.7×50.5cm
ビーチ・パラソール Beach Umbrella Year 1932 23.7×33.0cm
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Zenzaburo Kojima biography
Zenzaburo Kojima (b. 1893, d. 1962) sought to formalize a “distinctively Japanese oil painting” throughout his career. During a 3-year period of study in France and Italy, Kojima immersed himself in movements like Fauvism and Venetian Renaissance painting, eventually choosing to explore the Western genres of landscape, still-life, and nude. At the same time, he aimed to retain an identifiably Japanese character in his work, drawing influence from ukiyo-e prints and adapting traditional Japanese subjects like seasonal change and natural simplicity.
Kojima’s solo exhibitions include the National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo, traveling to The Annex Museum of the National Museum of Modern Art (1964); Fukuoka Art Museum (1993, 2012); The Shoto Museum of Art (1998); Fuchu Art Museum (2007). His works are included in the collections of the National Museum of Korea, Seoul; the National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo; Fukuoka Prefectural Museum of Art; the Museum of Modern Art, Kamakura & Hayama, Kanagawa; Mie Prefectural Art Museum; Busan Museum of Art; and Pola Museum of Art, Kanagawa among others.
National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo
Fukuoka Prefectural Museum of Art
Museum of Modern Art, Kamakura & Hayama, Kanagawa
Mie Prefectural Art Museum
Busan Museum of Art
Pola Museum of Art, Kanagawa
Kurume City Art Museum
Long Museum, China, Shanghai