Leo Lionni for everyone

The story of “Swimmy,” the only black fish among his red brothers and sisters, is included in the elementary school textbook and is familiar to people all across Japan. The creator, Leo Lionni (1910–1999) worked in graphic design in Italy and the U.S.A. before stepping into the world of picture books for the first time with his work “Little Blue and Little Yellow.” His small main characters, such as the mouse “Frederick” and the inchworm from “Inch by Inch,” search for what they are, and the stories of their learning are illustrated using a variety of techniques including watercolors, oil painting, and collage. This exhibition will introduce Lionni’s turbulent life, continually moving through Europe and the United States, overlapping with his works. We will inform you of his wide range of activities, such as his work as a creator of picture books and an art director, his painting, and his sculpting, shedding light on his path to incorporating abstract impressionism in children’s picture books for the first time.

Exhibition Details

From July 13th(Sat.) to September 29th(Sun.), 2019
(closed Mondays, except July 15th , August 12th, September 16th and 23rd)
Seiji Togo Memorial Sompo Japan Nipponkoa Museum of Art
1-26-1, Nishi-Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo 160-8338
Sompo Japan Nipponkoa Headquarters building. 42nd floor
Open Hours
10:00-18:00 (Last admission by 17:30)
Adults : 1300 yen (1100 yen)
University Students with ID : 900 yen (700 yen)
High School Students (Ages 16 up to 18 ) with ID : Free
Junior High School Students (Ages 13 up to 15 ) with ID : Free
Children (under age 12 ) : Free
( ) indicate discount rates for groups of 20 and more

Pick up

Matthew’s Dream
© 1991 by Leo Lionni / Knopf
© 1963 by Leo Lionni, renewed 1991 / Pantheon On Loan By The Slovak National Gallery
© 1967,renewed 1995 by Leo Lionni / Pantheon
Matthew’s Dream
© 1991 by Leo Lionni / Knopf
Alexander and the Wind-up Mouse
© 1969, renewed 1997 by Leo Lionni / Pantheon
© 1983 by Leo Lionni / Pantheon
The Alphabet Tree
© 1968, renewed 1996 by Leo Lionni / Pantheon
It’s Mine
© 1985 by Leo Lionni / Knopf

Works by Leo Lionni, On Loan By The Lionni Family