'No Museum, No Life?'

Jun 9, 2015

'No Museum, No Life?'

June 16-Sept. 13 The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo, asks the question, “What is an art museum?” It doesn’t matter if you’re an art beginner or an expert, this exhibition has been designed to appeal to all. A total of 170 works have ...

'The World of Edo Dandyism: From Swords to Inro'

Jun 2, 2015

'The World of Edo Dandyism: From Swords to Inro'

May 30-July 20 During the peaceful latter part of the Edo Period (1603-1868), samurai katana swords evolved from being just weapons into status symbols and luxurious accessories. Rarely used in combat, they were embellished to become symbolic fashion items for samurai dandies. The status ...

Home in on Japan's postwar architecture

May 30, 2015

Home in on Japan's postwar architecture

In the 1960s, architect Kazuo Shinohara made a famous comment in Shinkenchiku magazine: “Residence is art. … Residence should be outside of what is believed as architecture, it should rather be considered as a form of art, like paintings and sculptures.” A bold statement ...

'Leonardo da Vinci and the Battle of Anghiari'

May 19, 2015

'Leonardo da Vinci and the Battle of Anghiari'

May 26-Aug. 9 The whereabouts of Leonardo da Vinci’s painting “The Battle of Anghiari” remains a mystery. Often called the “Lost Leonardo,” it was believed to have been commissioned in 1504, at the same time as Michelangelo Buonarroti was asked to create an accompanying ...

'Cy Twombly: Fifty Years of Works on Paper'

May 19, 2015

'Cy Twombly: Fifty Years of Works on Paper'

May 23-Aug. 30 The Hara Museum of Contemporary Art is hosting the first major Japan solo show of American contemporary painter Cy Twombly (1928-2011) with a retrospective of works spanning his 50-year career of cultivating a unique niche in the art world. Known for ...

'Nobuaki Onishi: Vacuum'

May 19, 2015

'Nobuaki Onishi: Vacuum'

May 23-June 20 Back in Japan after a year of study and research in Europe, Nobuaki Onishi is now holding his third solo exhibition at Gallery Nomart. Onishi is known for works that subvert notions of reality by playing on our perception of objects ...

'A General Collection: Green'

May 12, 2015

'A General Collection: Green'

May 13-July 12 The admiration of forests, a love of nature and the artistic manipulation of the color green are three perspectives that the Menard Art Museum recommends visitors consider when viewing this exhibition. Using the broad theme of the color green, the museum ...

'Masterpieces from the Sanso Collection'

May 12, 2015

'Masterpieces from the Sanso Collection'

May 19-June 28 Peter Ferdinand Drucker (1909-2005), the popular American management consultant, educator and writer was also an ardent Japanese art collector who, since his first visit to the country in 1959, gradually amassed a major collection of traditional pieces. A total of 111 ...