YASUKA SUDOU Memories of Light and Darkness

Term December 09(Sat),2023 〜 March 24(Sun),2024

Opening Hours
9:00-17:00 (Last admission is 16:30)
Closed days
Every Monday (the following day if a public holyday falls on Monday) and  New Year’s holiday season (from December 29 to January 3)

Exhibition Hall Special Exhibition Gallery
Admission Fee

Adults 1,000 yen
College, university and high school students 700 yen
Junior high school students or younger Free

※Ticket also allows access to the memorial galleries on the third floor on the same day.
※Persons with disability and one person accompanying them are admitted free of charge.
※College, university and high school students, please show your student I.D.
※Junior high school students or younger accompanied by an adult, please apply for free admission.
※Discount tickets are not avalable online for group visitors or for citizens of Matsumoto City who are older than 70.

After battling illness, artist Sudou Yasuka (1978-2009) met an untimely death at the young age of 30. Her beloved mother had passed away when she was an adolescent, and she was forced to struggle with her own health problems for a long time. Pursuing a world of “light” in the conflict between life and death through artwork and poetry, she continually faced off against the bottomless “darkness” of her own heart.

Born in Fukushima Prefecture, Sudou moved to Yokosuka, Sapporo, Numazu, Tokyo, and Omi Village in Nagano Prefecture on account of her father’s work. Developing nephrotic syndrome during her infancy in Yokosuka, she became obsessed with drawing during her repeated hospital stays. While studying painting at Tama Art University from 2001, she would do farm work with her father in Omi Village on weekends, but as she received her master’s degree from the same university in 2007, she was also diagnosed with cancer. Even more keenly aware of the end of her own life, Sudou immersed herself in the creation of artwork.

The people, self-portraits, and landscapes both natural and imagined landscapes that she did while foreseeing her own death contain joy and anguish, hope and despair, life and death. About 1,000 pieces of art remain from her far-too-short lifetime. To prevent them from being scattered and lost, her father established YASUKA MUSEUM OF ART in Matsumoto in 2012, and it continues to safeguard her work. With the full cooperation of YASUKA MUSEUM OF ART, this exhibition is the first large-scale retrospective to deal with the full, untold story of Sudou Yasuka.