門田 奈々 Nana MONDA

2022.5.20 – 6.18


Blooming Flowers in the land of fire     

―Contemporary bijinga by Monda Nana


It’s famous that Takehisa Yumeji’s bijinga is influenced by Shanghai Artist Fengzikai. He has made great achievements in the field of design and binding. He made a good balance between bijinga and design. He is an important creator in the history of Japanese design.

In the world of Japanese bijinga, Itou Sinsui, Kaburaki kiyokata, Uemura Syoen are always remembered.

National Art Museum is holding the 50th anniversary of Kaburaki Kiyokata’s death exhibition, Totally 109 paintings are being exhibited, including three artworks “Shintomi Town”(1930), “Hamacho River Bank” (1930) and “Tsukiji Akashi Town” (1927).

So, is Monda Nana’s figure painting bijinga? Her works can be a kind of contemporary bijinga that implies conservative, serious, stubborn and introverted. There is traditional blank space in her painting,but the background it is not classical,she like to put the flowers, birds and the moon.Thouse beauty in her painting has long neck and resolute eyes, gorgeous flowers around the head. Since she moved to Kumamoto, the land of fire naturally inspired her,  the seemingly fragile but powerful vitality of contemporary women is nakedly displayed.

Me and Monda met at the group exhibition of Artist Group C-DEPO in Shanghai more than 10 years ago. This spring I met her again at Kumamoto, the fate of the fate made us connected again. Although I proposed to hold her solo exhibition in Shanghai , strange changes began to occur in Shanghai this March. The gallery had to close from March 16th .We switched the exhibition to Tokyo space.

Shanghai has been locktown since April 1, and it is unclear when it will be end. Now if  one person got COVID the entire apartment will be taken into quarantine, How unreasonable this is, I can’t understand.

What kind of power can you feel in the awe-inspiring female figures in Monda’s works? I missed Tokyo in early summer and lost the whole spring in Shanghai. But I got healed from Monda Nana’s works.



門田 奈々







艺术家搬到熊本后,对自然与色彩之美的震撼引发了她绘画风格的转变,各种鲜艳的、充满活力的色彩开始在她的画布中展开。此外,她的作品获得了艺术界的好评,2014年艺术家在东京国立艺术中心斩获新面孔奖,并入选熊本“Drawing Power”2014年大奖赛。


近年来,門田受到熊本自江户时代以来一直受人珍视的“肥后(熊本的旧称)六花”的启发,开始创作相关系列。细川重方(1721-1785),熊本的第六代细川藩主,也是一位热情的自然历史学家,据说由于这位藩主有条不紊地种植当地的品种、收藏大量的植物书籍,种植和欣赏花卉成为了一项令人向往的绅士成就,熊本的武士竞相种植最美丽的品种。艺术家将传统花卉,以及身着传统服饰的女性并峙于画面,隐去其真实生活背景; 夸张的修长脖颈,温润如玉的脸庞,似乎与自然界中的花朵和谐共处,但与此同时,无法回避的陌生感与疏离感也暗含其中,画面中女人的命运与身份成为一个谜。