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Japanese museum puts spotlight on self-taught artists

In Shiga, innovation and a new director's fresh ideas point to a promising, post-pandemic period

A detail of one of the 17 sections that made up Yuichiro Ukai’s long, scroll-like “Monsters” drawing (2021, marker and colored pencil on cardboard), which was on view in the recent exhibition “Genius: The Human Gift for Creating and Living” at the Shiga Museum of Art. (Photo by Edward M. Gomez)

OTSU, Japan -- As Japanese cultural institutions look ahead to a time when they will be free from restrictive, pandemic-related protocols, dreams of packed concert halls, well-attended exhibitions, and theaters and cinemas filled with satisfied customers may be motivating some curators and arts administrators to develop new programs designed to draw in the crowds.

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