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'The People by Kishin'

Apr 2, 2014

'The People by Kishin'

by Tomohiro Osaki

Photographer Kishin Shinoyama’s perceptive insight and virtual disregard of social norms have made him both an admirable pursuer of avant-gardism and a target of conservative criticism. This traveling exhibition, which debuted in Tokyo, is the first major retrospective of Kishin’s photography in Japan. Up ...

'Seiji Fujishiro 90th Birthday Anniversary'

Mar 26, 2014

'Seiji Fujishiro 90th Birthday Anniversary'

by Sang Woo Kim

To many, the term “shadow play” or “shadow puppetry” will conjure up images of black silhouettes telling a story against a bright white background. Seiji Fujishiro’s shadow-play visions, however, are filled with vivid colors, abstract shapes and detailed scenery. Using vibrant hues in subtle ...

'Edo Kaleidoscope: Sarasa,  Bidoro, Oranda'

Mar 12, 2014

'Edo Kaleidoscope: Sarasa, Bidoro, Oranda'

by Sang Woo Kim

“Edo Kaleidoscope” presents a collection of imported luxury goods from the Edo Period (1603-1867), ranging from Indian chintz to Dutch porcelain. Such goods were exotic to the Japanese and largely imported via Nagasaki by the Dutch East Indian Company. To the aristocracy who could ...

'Field Reflection'

Mar 5, 2014

'Field Reflection'

by Sang Woo Kim

For this show, “field” is not simply a geographical space; here it refers to a delicate composition of nature, weather and people. Featuring the works of three contemporary Japanese artists, this exhibition explores the notion of, and interpretations of Mother Earth. Seiichi Motobashi, whose ...

'Fascinating Japanese  Woodcut Prints'

Feb 26, 2014

'Fascinating Japanese Woodcut Prints'

by Mai Hasabe

To celebrate its 25th anniversary, the Yokohama Museum of Art is holding an exhibition of around 220 works selected from its 1,600-strong collection of ukiyo-e (woodcut prints) Chosen to illustrate the art form’s history from the Edo Period (1603-1867) to present day, the exhibition ...

'Playmaking'

Feb 26, 2014

'Playmaking'

by Mai Hasabe

For children, going to a museum to look at art can seem boring, which is why “Playmaking” takes an interactive approach to attract a young audience. Created by four artists known for the element of fun in their works, all the installations here have ...

'Flying Expressions from  the New Collection'

Feb 19, 2014

'Flying Expressions from the New Collection'

by Hanna Lange

This exhibition focuses on the different forms of artistic expression of Maki Yamashita (1890-1973), Ryonosuke Shimomura (1923-1998) and Jun Tsukawaki (1952-), whose works were acquired by the Otani Memorial Art Museum, Nishinomiya City, in 2012. Yamashita is known for his “re-coating” technique for his ...