Dayton Art Institute’s 2020 season brings rare Japanese prints, top 20th century artists

“Picasso to Hockney: Modern Art on Stage,” will be on view at the Dayton Art Institute Oct. 17 to Jan. 17, 2021. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

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“Picasso to Hockney: Modern Art on Stage,” will be on view at the Dayton Art Institute Oct. 17 to Jan. 17, 2021. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

The Dayton Art Institute has announced its exhibition series for the 2020 season.

It will kick off with a rare Japanese woodblock printmaking show, “Samurai, Ghosts and Lovers: Yoshitoshi’s Complete 100 Aspects of the Moon,” which goes on view Feb. 22 through May 3, 2020.

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“Samurai, Ghosts and Lovers: Yoshitoshi’s Complete 100 Aspects of the Moon,” goes on view at the Dayton Art Institute Feb. 22 through May 3, 2020. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

“Samurai, Ghosts and Lovers: Yoshitoshi’s Complete 100 Aspects of the Moon,” goes on view at the Dayton Art Institute Feb. 22 through May 3, 2020. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

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“Samurai, Ghosts and Lovers: Yoshitoshi’s Complete 100 Aspects of the Moon,” goes on view at the Dayton Art Institute Feb. 22 through May 3, 2020. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

“We are excited with our lineup of exhibitions for the coming season,” Dr. Jerry N. Smith, DAI chief curator, said in a release.

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“We close our 2019-2020 Centennial celebration with the opening of an exhibition organized by the DAI around our recent acquisition of a rare, complete set of Yoshitoshi’s ‘100 Aspects of the Moon,’” one of the greatest achievements in Japanese woodblock printmaking.” The DAI is the exclusive venue for this exhibition.

That exhibition will be followed by “New Beginnings: An American Story of Romantics and Modernists in the West” opening May 30 and on view until Sept. 12.

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More than 110 works by 72 artists, including painting, sculptures, photographs and prints, tell the story of art of New Mexico in the early 20th century through bold colors and dramatic compositions.

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"Samurai, Ghosts and Lovers: Yoshitoshi's Complete 100 Aspects of the Moon," goes on view at the Dayton Art Institute Feb. 22 through May 3, 2020. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

"Samurai, Ghosts and Lovers: Yoshitoshi's Complete 100 Aspects of the Moon," goes on view at the Dayton Art Institute Feb. 22 through May 3, 2020. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

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"Samurai, Ghosts and Lovers: Yoshitoshi's Complete 100 Aspects of the Moon," goes on view at the Dayton Art Institute Feb. 22 through May 3, 2020. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

“Picasso to Hockney: Modern Art on Stage,” will be on view Oct. 17 to Jan. 17, 2021. It will feature more than 120 objects of set and costume designs and offers fresh insights into artists and movements, from Cubism and Constructivism to Surrealism and Pop Art.

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This exhibition contains works by some of the most celebrated artists of the 20th century, including Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse, Fernand Léger, Natalia Gontcharova, Joan Miró, Louise Nevelson, Robert Indiana, Jim Dine, David Hockney and many others.

The DAI will also present a series of smaller Focus Exhibitions that highlight a diverse range of art.

  • "The Roaring (and The Quiet) '20s" draws from the DAI collection and looks at the dramatic decade of the 1920s.
  • "Bukang Y. Kim: Journey to the East" is an immersive installation of recent scroll paintings by the Cincinnati-based Korean artist
  • "Archiving Eden: Dornith Doherty Photographs" features images by the internationally recognized photographer of seed banks and the global preservation efforts by agriculturalists who are working to assure stable food sources despite climate change and decreased agricultural diversity.
  • "Preserving the Pure Land: The Art of Japanese Painting Conservation" will feature the DAI's recently conserved, 400-year-old painting "Thirteen Buddhist Figures," which will be shown for the first time in more than 40 years.
  • "The Art of Norman Rockwell," a DAI exclusive exhibition with paintings and drawings by America's most beloved artist and illustrator, will close the year.
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“Rodeo Rider” by Jan Matulka is one of the artworks that will be included in “New Beginnings: An American Story of Romantics and Modernists in the West” one of the Dayton Art Institute’s series of exhibitions in 2020. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

“Rodeo Rider” by Jan Matulka is one of the artworks that will be included in “New Beginnings: An American Story of Romantics and Modernists in the West” one of the Dayton Art Institute’s series of exhibitions in 2020. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

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“Rodeo Rider” by Jan Matulka is one of the artworks that will be included in “New Beginnings: An American Story of Romantics and Modernists in the West” one of the Dayton Art Institute’s series of exhibitions in 2020. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

“Our curatorial team has put together an outstanding selection of diverse exhibitions to kick off our second century,” said Michael R. Roediger, DAI Director and CEO. “It’s the perfect time to become a member and enjoy a full year’s worth of amazing art experiences at your Dayton Art Institute.”

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