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Japan's clean aesthetic hid the ugly mess of war

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Why would anybody want to go to war? For some of us it’s incomprehensible. For others, there will be circumstances that make war justifiable — or even desirable. History tells us that the former demographic is usually added to by members of the latter, who after months or years of ...

Things that changed photography

Jul 28, 2015

Things that changed photography

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In the late 1960s, the mono-ha (school of things) movement arose from the Japanese art-school scene, with the Korean-born artist Lee Ufan — who went from the philosophy department at Nihon University to teaching at Tama Art University — as its most renowned proponent. ...

Jul 19, 2015

A-bomb exhibition opens at Hiroshima art museum

An exhibition opened at an art museum in Hiroshima on Saturday tracing the path the city has followed in the past 70 years following the atomic bombing in 1945. Works on display at the exhibition titled “Life=Work” at Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art ...

Kitaoji Rosanjin only served the very best

Jul 14, 2015

Kitaoji Rosanjin only served the very best

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Only a culinary visionary would declare in 1935: “If clothes make the person, dishes make the food.” He went on to explain, “Appropriate care must go into their selection, not only in terms of quality, but also to see that the size, depth, color ...

Pop culture show may be a bit off game

Jul 14, 2015

Pop culture show may be a bit off game

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On paper, “Manga * Anime * Games From Japan,” currently running at The National Art Center, Tokyo, sounds like a great show. The exhibition overview certainly makes a big pitch: “Transcending the boundaries of each individual medium to realize unparalleled artistic expression, Japanese manga, ...

'Motion Science' sways toward kids

Jul 7, 2015

'Motion Science' sways toward kids

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There is a bit of a Renaissance feel to “Motion Science” at 21_21 Design Sight. Consciously compounding science, technology, art and design for the greater good of promoting curiosity and discovery in general, the exhibition is targeted at children and students. Automated devices and ...

Copies can help us see Leonardo da Vinci's original

Jul 7, 2015

Copies can help us see Leonardo da Vinci's original

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Many historical exhibitions tend to be collections of whatever the museum in question can get their hands on, loosely united around a period, a theme, or the name of a famous artist. The exhibition that has just finished at the Bunkamura “Money and Beauty: ...

The Edo samurai knew how to look sharp

Jun 30, 2015

The Edo samurai knew how to look sharp

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‘The World of Edo Dandyism: From Swords to Inro” at the Nezu Museum is a splendid collection of Edo Period (1603-1868) swords and sword accessories that includes blades, scabbards and metal fittings, as well as decorative sets of inrō (pill boxes) and netsuke (carved ...

Don't take everyday objects at face value

Jun 30, 2015

Don't take everyday objects at face value

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Atsushi Okabe’s graduation work is an experiment with Rubik’s Cubes and abstraction. The result is graphic, colorful and pleasing to the eye. By zooming the lens of his camera while the shutter is open, Okabe creates latticed images that seem to plunge away from ...

Anish Kapoor's Versailles sculpture is vandalized

Jun 19, 2015

Anish Kapoor's Versailles sculpture is vandalized

Vandals have sprayed yellow paint on a controversial sculpture on display in the gardens of France’s famed Palace of Versailles that has become known as the “queen’s vagina.” “Damage to the work ‘Dirty Corner’ was discovered Wednesday morning. It was lightly sprayed with paint. ...