Art Topics

'Gabriel Orozco: Inner Cycles'

Jan 22, 2015

'Gabriel Orozco: Inner Cycles'

by Daisuke Kikuchi

To kick start their 20th anniversary year, the Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo is showcasing the work of Mexico-born contemporary artist Gabriel Orozco as one of their three special exhibitions opening this week. This will be Orozco’s first solo exhibition in Japan. Based in ...

'Jules Pascin Exhibition'

Jan 15, 2015

'Jules Pascin Exhibition'

by Daisuke Kikuchi

Traveling was a major source of inspiration for Jules Pascin (1885-1930), a painter who was of Italian-Serbian and Spanish heritage and born in Bulgaria. Educated in Vienna and then in Munich, he later moved to France, where in the 1920s he became a significant ...

'Quintet: Five-Star Artists'

Jan 8, 2015

'Quintet: Five-Star Artists'

by Daisuke Kikuchi

This second installment of the museum’s “Quintet” series features five Japanese up-and-coming artists — Naoko Tomioka, Fumie Hiratai, Etsuko Iwao, Ayako Mizumura and Aki Yamamoto. Seventy oil and acrylics artworks are being showcased under this year’s theme of resonance, with depictions of ethereal subject ...

'Ukiyo-e New Years Exhibition'

Dec 25, 2014

'Ukiyo-e New Years Exhibition'

Ukiyo-e Ota Memorial Museum of Art will exhibit paintings from its collection, including works by Keisai Eisen (1790-1848), Utagawa Kunisada (1786-1865) and Utagawa Hiroshige (1797-1858). These late-Edo Period artists painted masterpieces depicting beautiful women and landscapes of the era. Many of the selected works ...

'Captain Cook's Voyage and Banks' Florilegium'

Dec 18, 2014

'Captain Cook's Voyage and Banks' Florilegium'

by Daisuke Kikuchi

As the finale of a series of shows commemorating Bunkamura The Museum’s 25th anniversary, this exhibition features the florilegium works of Joseph Banks (1743-1820). Banks, a naturalist and botanist, was appointed as a member of the scientific expedition onboard Captain James Cook’s HMS Endeavour. ...

'17th Domani: The Art of Tomorrow'

Dec 11, 2014

'17th Domani: The Art of Tomorrow'

by Daisuke Kikuchi

For the past 47 years, Japan’s Agency for Cultural Affairs has run overseas study programs for young artists, providing opportunities for them to experience new environments and gain different perspectives. Having given more than 3,000 artists such opportunities, the program’s annual Domani exhibition highlights ...

'Explore! Experience! Edo-Tokyo'

Nov 27, 2014

'Explore! Experience! Edo-Tokyo'

by Daisuke Kikuchi

The Edo-Tokyo Museum is closing its fifth- and sixth-floor exhibition rooms for renewal (to reopen on March 28 next year) but it stresses that this will not have a negative effect on its current exhibition. Instead, it’s bringing most of the permanent exhibits to ...

'Group Show of Contemporary Artists 2014'

Nov 27, 2014

'Group Show of Contemporary Artists 2014'

by Daisuke Kikuchi

In support of the activities of up-and-coming artists across the country, Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum is holding its third edition of “Group Show of Contemporary Artists,” an exhibition separated into six different themes that this year include the Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami, ...

'Otomo Yoshihide: Between Music and Art'

Nov 20, 2014

'Otomo Yoshihide: Between Music and Art'

by Daisuke Kikuchi

The work of sound artist Yoshihide Otomo, who is best known recently for his score for the 2013 hit TV drama “Amachan,” is being showcased in this exhibition designed to explore the strong relationship between music and art. Otomo’s 2008 installation, “Quartets,” takes place ...

'Rei Naito: The Emotion of Belief'

Nov 20, 2014

'Rei Naito: The Emotion of Belief'

by Daisuke Kikuchi

After three years of renovation work, the Tokyo Metropolitan Teien Art Museum is reopening on Nov. 22 with an additional wing, which will be the venue for the museum’s new lineup of contemporary art, videos and performing-arts projects. The wing’s inaugural exhibition features contemporary ...