If you're planning on being in Dallas in late winter to early summer of 2015, then make plans to visit the Dallas Museum of Art to see the traveling exhibit Between Action and the Unknown: The Art of Kazuo Shiraga and Sadamasa Motonaga. Even non-art buffs will enjoy this exhibit, as it not only shows off a wide variety of artwork, but it also examines the full careers of these artists.
Shiraga and Motonaga spent 18 years with the Gutai Art Association, the leading post-war, avant-garde Japanese group. The exhibit includes their earliest works of art, along with their later masterpieces from the 1980s, 1990s and early 2000s.
This exhibit has pieces from the best art collections in Japan, and it includes drawings, paintings, films, photographs and small-scale sculptures, too. Museum visitors will also be fascinated by several re-creations of their outdoor installations. Most of these works have never traveled to or been exhibited before in the U.S., so this is a special exhibit for the Dallas Museum of Art.
Sadamasa Motonaga, 1962, oil paint and synthetic resin on canvas - Hyogo Prefectural Museum of Art (Yamamura Collection) - Copyright Estate of Sadamasa Motonaga — Photo courtesy of Dallas Museum of Art
Unlike with other traveling exhibits, admission to Between Action and the Unknown: The Art of Kazuo Shiraga and Sadamasa Motonaga is included in the regular admission fee, so visitors will not have to pay extra to see it. The exhibit is organized by the Japan Foundation in Tokyo and the Dallas Museum of Art.
While you're already at the museum, check out some of its other great permanent exhibits and collections, like the Ancient Mediterranean art and African collections. The Dallas Museum of Art boasts more than 23,000 items, including everything from European paintings to Pacific Island sculptures, from ancient times to the present.
Frederic Church's The Icebergs and classic Impressionist works by Edouard Manet and Paul Gauguin are just a few of the standouts at this museum. Limestone galleries spiral from the museum's center, ensuring easy navigation and outstanding viewing.
The Japanese exhibit will be in Dallas from Sunday, Feb. 8, until Sunday, July 19, 2015. Visitors can buy discounted passes to check out the adjacent Nasher Sculpture Center while there. The Dallas Arts District itself boasts a number of other attractions, like Klyde Warren Park.
If you work up an appetite exploring the museum and want a casual meal or snack, dine at the onsite cafe, or visit the food truck area at Klyde Warren Park. Visitors who want a nicer meal can choose from a number of fine dining restaurants in the downtown Dallas area, from steaks to Asian cuisine.