Deaf painter's 100th birth anniversary arts exhibit in a crisis

 The Iwate prefecture art museum in crisis of holding the Matsumoto Shunsuke arts exhibition.

Matsumoto Shunsuke, Deaf oil painter

October 5, 2011

It is doubtful of holding the round exhibition which five art museums had planned for next year in the country, such as the Iwate prefecture art museum in Morioka-shi, in commemoration of the 100th birthday of MATSUMOTO Shunsuke (松本竣介: 1912-1948), a Deaf oil painter who had lived in Morioka-shi and Hanamaki-shi, Iwate Prefecture.

Because of the influence of the Great East Japan Earthquake, there is a possibility that the planned exhibition project budget of the Iwate prefecture art museum may be frozen again next year.

Each art museum is expected to share the expense to hold the round exhibit, and when one of these museums is missed, the project will be failed. The persons concerned have insisted, "Shunsuke was a popular artiest associated with Iwate, so we want to hold the exhibition somehow."

According to the project plan, the round exhibition will be a large-scale retrospective exhibition which exhibits about 100 oil paintings and sketches among Sunsuke's works.

Shunsuke was born in Tokyo and moved to Iwate Prefecture at the age of two. He lost hearing at the age of 13, and began oil painting. He left the Morioka High School at the age of 17, and went to Tokyo. He joined the Pacific Oil Painting Society (太平洋画会研究所), mingling with his hearing contemporary artists. He painted mainly urban scenes and also worked on a self-portrait.

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