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TOKYO

“The World of ISHIKO Junzo : From Art via Manga to Kitsch”

FUCHU ART MUSEUM

by Yuhei Wada

Staff Writer

Fuchu Art Museum is taking the unusual stance of focusing on an art critic rather than on artists for its latest exhibition, which presents aspects of Japanese culture of the 1960s and ’70s — a time of rapid economic growth and dramatic societal change.

Junzo Ishiko (1928-77) was particularly interested in non-mainstream art genres, such as manga, performing arts, gadgets and kitsch. As he commentated on such art, he also became a collector. The exhibition follows Ichiko’s career as an art critic through a selection of the artworks he himself acquired, including pieces by Genpei Akasegawa and Seiichi Hayashi; from Dec. 10, till Feb. 26.

Fuchu Art Museum; (03) 5777-8600; 1-3 Asama-cho, Fuchu, Tokyo; 17-min walk from North Exit of Higashi-Fuchu Station, Keio Line. Buses from Higashi-Fuchu Station, Fuchu Station and Musashi-koganei Station are also available. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. ¥700. Closed Mon. and Dec. 29-Jan. 3 and Jan 10. www.city.fuchu.tokyo.jp/art.