Slip into Wonderland in a museum of marvels

Feb 5, 2003

Slip into Wonderland in a museum of marvels

The Koishikawa Annex of Tokyo University Museum is currently hosting an eye-catching exhibition, “Microcosmographia: Mark Dion’s Chamber of Curiosities.” The brainchild of New York-based contemporary artist Mark Dion, the show runs until March 2. Dion is a rare bird in the art world, drawing ...

Savoring and saving China's art

Oct 16, 2002

Savoring and saving China's art

Japan’s history is replete with examples of the assimilation of art and artifacts from China, yet in many cases the cultural traditions that produced them have disappeared in China itself. Often, the best clues to further our understanding of these lost artistic traditions lie ...

From the hands of masters down the ages

Jun 12, 2002

From the hands of masters down the ages

The most impressive of the numerous art exhibitions taking place this summer to celebrate South Korea and Japan’s co-hosting of the World Cup soccer finals opened on Tuesday at Ueno’s Tokyo National Museum. “The Dynastic Heritage of Korea,” running June 11 to July 28, ...

Rage against the machine: anti-tech art

Apr 24, 2002

Rage against the machine: anti-tech art

“The First Move,” a showcase of finalists for the 2002 Philip Morris Art Award, opens this Saturday at Tokyo International Forum. On display until May 6, the exhibition includes paintings, photographs, 3-D pieces, videos, installations and computer-generated work by 57 young artists selected from ...

Korean art of fine living

Feb 13, 2002

Korean art of fine living

In celebration of the upcoming 2002 World Cup soccer finals co-hosted by South Korea and Japan, the Hiroshima Prefectural Art Museum will hold an exhibition titled “Masterpieces of Korean Art from the Joseon Dynasty” from Feb. 19. The exhibition consists of 300 works of ...

Unconscious beauty crafted by Korea's unknown artists

Nov 21, 2001

Unconscious beauty crafted by Korea's unknown artists

The founder of the Japan Folk Crafts Museum (Nihon Mingeikan), Soetsu Yanagi (1889-1961), was a collector and philosopher who had been attracted to Korean crafts since his youth. Recognizing the beauty of folk craft, he strove for its recognition both in Japan and abroad. ...

Jul 4, 2001

Korean imports offer glimpse of a subtle aesthetic

It is not often that such a rare and wonderfully varied collection is put on public view as that currently at the Seikado Bunko Art Museum. This special exhibition, from the permanent collection of the museum, is on display for the first time since ...

May 23, 2001

Bright horizon seen from Odaiba

Reflecting the energy and vibrancy of the surrounding Odaiba district on Tokyo Bay, the “New York Philip Morris Art Award: 24 Winners from 1996 to 2000” exhibition is housed in the Fuji Television Forum, on the 22nd floor of the landmark Fuji Television Headquarters ...

Sep 30, 2000

Korean folk traditions come alive on porcelain

Folk art motifs on the painted plates of Kim So Sun In our contemporary world, where art is commissioned for anything from airplanes to automobiles, the transposition of 17th-century Korean folk art to modern porcelain dishes should not prove too surprising. In a wonderful ...

Aug 31, 2000

Covering the fine arts: Frank Stella speaks

Frank Stella As part of the celebration of the art collection at the U.S. ambassador’s residence, Ambassador Foley invited celebrated artist Frank Stella to take part in the reception and media tour. The day after the media tour, The Japan Times interviewed Stella at ...