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The Louvre's spin on art history

May 12, 2015

The Louvre's spin on art history

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The futuristic-looking National Art Center Tokyo (NACT) seems like a rather unusual venue for an exhibition of mainly 17th- and 18th-century European art sourced from Paris’s famous Louvre Museum. But while the Louvre’s collections are very much rooted in the past, the French institution ...

A prosaic picture of Japan's rural decline

May 12, 2015

A prosaic picture of Japan's rural decline

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With all the current problems facing Japan’s rural communities, “Salt of the Earth” at the Tokyo Gallery is a visual contribution to an ongoing debate on their value and survival. The rhetoric of the show espouses the humble virtues of life in Amami, a ...

'Ikko Narahara: Japanesque Zen'

| May 12, 2015

'Ikko Narahara: Japanesque Zen'

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May 11-July 4 Having grown up in postwar Japan, Ikko Narahara experienced the wave of American culture that overwhelmed cities during and after the Occupation. With this change overshadowing many of the traditions of Japan, it wasn’t until he was in Paris in 1965 ...

Picasso painting fetches art auction record $179 million

May 12, 2015

Picasso painting fetches art auction record $179 million

A vibrant, multihued painting by Pablo Picasso set a world record for artwork at auction, selling for $179 million on Monday night. “Women of Algiers (Version O)” was part of a sale at Christie’s auction house that also featured Alberto Giacometti’s life-size sculpture “Pointing ...

The Renaissance banked on art

May 5, 2015

The Renaissance banked on art

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All exhibitions that deal with the distant past inevitably fall into the trap of anachronism to some degree. This is especially true when they try to present a strong storyline that appeals to modern audiences, as the present exhibition at Bunkamura The Museum does ...

Korin: the late bloomer with innovative in style

May 5, 2015

Korin: the late bloomer with innovative in style

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One of the joys of visiting Tokyo’s Nezu Museum in early May, is to catch the annual showing of one of the museum’s most famous works, Ogata Korin’s “Irises,” before stepping outside to appreciate the real irises blooming in its garden. This spring, Korin’s ...

'Feast of Beauty: 300 Years of Western Painting'

May 5, 2015

'Feast of Beauty: 300 Years of Western Painting'

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April 29-June 21 The Tokushima Modern Art Museum is showcasing 64 paintings from the Tokyo Fuji Art Museum collection, which have been chosen to summarize the 300-year history of Western art. Covering five important eras — the golden age of baroque paintings, the court ...

Landscape artisans spread beauty of Japanese gardens

| May 3, 2015

Landscape artisans spread beauty of Japanese gardens

Kosugi Zohen Co. Ltd. is a landscaping company in Setagaya, Tokyo, Japan. Starting as family owned farming and nursery business, Kosugi’s history goes back more than 300 years. Now focusing on the design, construction and maintenance of gardens for homes, condominiums and commercial properties, ...

History that's been brilliantly objectified

Apr 25, 2015

History that's been brilliantly objectified

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When “A History of the World in 100 Objects” aired its final episode on Oct. 22, 2010, millions of loyal listeners eagerly tuned in. The BBC Radio 4 series, on which the current exhibition of British Museum artifacts at the Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum ...

From dusk till dawn at Roppongi Art Night

Apr 23, 2015

From dusk till dawn at Roppongi Art Night

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For all the criticism that can be levelled at the conventional “white cube” gallery space — its quasi-religious, sanitized hush and incongruity with large-scale interactive installations and other emergent forms of media art — as a visitor, it’s at least unlikely that you’ll wander ...