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Beethoven at the beach - Message '90 - 4P



Morioka Kansuke


1941 –

  • Details

    Place where the work was made
    Heisei period 1989 - → Japan
    Media category
    Materials used
    8/25 (see notes)
    47.5 x 67.0 cm image; 56.0 x 76.0 cm sheet;
    Signature & date

    Signed l.r., pencil "Kansuke M.". Not dated.

    Gift of the artist 1993
    Not on display
    Accession number
    © MORIOKA Kansuke

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    Artist information
    Morioka Kansuke

    Works in the collection


  • About

    For Morioka the first step in the creation of one of his prints is the installation of his own scenery at the seashore, preferably on a cold winter day when the wind rages and the sky is turbulent against a setting sun. He chooses the seaside because for him the water is the single horizon representing the beginning and end of the world. Into nature's expanse of sky, sea and sand Morioka intrudes with his own archetypal edifice, and the ensuing drama between his edifice and the forces of nature is the focus of his art.

    Like the artist Iwami, he seems to see an analogy between music and water. A recent series of prints similar to this one was entitled 'Beethoven at the beach', with a layer of musical notations printed across the sea and sky.

    Morioka was born in 1941 in Aichi Prefecture where he still lives, and is a graduate of the Aichi University of Education.

    Jackie Menzies, Contemporary Japanese Prints: The Urban Bonsai, 1992, pg. 64.

  • Places

    Where the work was made


  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 1 exhibition

    • The Urban Bonsai, Queensland Art Gallery, South Brisbane, 04 Mar 1992–04 May 1992

      The Urban Bonsai, National Art Gallery, Wellington, Wellington, 20 Jun 1992–09 Aug 1992

      The Urban Bonsai, Christchurch Art Gallery, Christchurch, 12 Sep 1992–29 Oct 1992

      The Urban Bonsai, Manawatu Art Gallery, New Zealand, 13 Nov 1992–10 Jan 1993

      The Urban Bonsai, The George Adams Gallery, Victorian Arts Centre, Melbourne, 18 Mar 1993–25 Apr 1993

      The Urban Bonsai, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 08 May 1993–01 Aug 1993

      The Urban Bonsai, Penrith Regional Gallery & The Lewers Bequest, Emu Plains, 11 Mar 1994–24 Apr 1994

      The Urban Bonsai, Drill Hall Gallery, Australian National University, Canberra, 19 May 1994–19 Jun 1994

      The Urban Bonsai, Campbelltown Arts Centre, Campbelltown, 15 Jul 1994–21 Aug 1994

      The Urban Bonsai, Bank Art Museum Moree, Moree, 11 Nov 1994–24 Dec 1994

      The Urban Bonsai, Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre, Murwillumbah, 01 Feb 1995–05 Mar 1995

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 1 publication