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27.06.2023 – 24.09.2023 / 2023年6月27日 ㊋ →9月24日 ㊐
Japan / 日本
Lafcadio Hearn Memorial Museum / 小泉八雲記念館
Exhibition Room 3 / 展示室3
Matsue, Shimane / 島根県松江市

Kwaidan, by Patrick Lafcadio Hearn (1850-1904), was published in 1904. This exhibition features the works of 40 artists based in Ireland and Japan who have been inspired by Kwaidan. Their interpretations are presented in print and photographic form. The exhibition is organised by the working group Blue Moon Projects, which was formed by Irish artists, including Stephen Lawlor, Kate MacDonagh, and Ed Miliano. The Lafcadio Hearn Memorial Museum was invited by the organisers to host the exhibition.

Hearn moved to Ireland, his father’s homeland, at the age of two. He experienced the tradition of oral storytelling throughout his childhood in Ireland. He honed his skills as a writer while working as a journalist in the USA, and later produced many works in Japan. Of these, Kwaidan is considered to be a masterpiece and the culmination of Hearn’s literary output.

Through prints and photographs, the 40 artists have attempted to express the beauty of death, fear, inevitability and the other elements which make up the stories in Kwaidan. As a result, they have produced highly individual works using astonishing techniques and interpretations of these strange and profound tales.

In addition to honouring Hearn’s literature, this exhibition deepens the cultural bonds created by Hearn between Japan and Ireland. We hope that the contemporary art works will serve to facilitate cultural exchange.

The exhibition will travel around Japan, to venues including the Yaizu Lafcadio Hearn Memorial Museum, and The Embassy of Ireland, Japan. It is also scheduled to be displayed in five venues in Ireland, including the Lafcadio Hearn Japanese Gardens in Tramore, The Yeats Building in Sligo, and Farmleigh House & Estate in Dublin. The Lafcadio Hearn Memorial Museum is honoured to open “KWAIDAN—Encounters with Lafcadio Hearn” on the 173rd anniversary of Hearn’s birth.

Hours: 8:30–18:30 (Reception closes at 18:10)
Open throughout the exhibition period
322 Okudani-cho, Matsue, Shimane 690-0872, Japan
phone: +81 852212147 fax: +81 852212156

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開館時間 8:30 ―18:30(受付終了18:10) 
〒690-0872 島根県松江市奥谷町322
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