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'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 ...

'Narahara Ikko: Domains'

Nov 13, 2014

'Narahara Ikko: Domains'

by Daisuke Kikuchi

It has been 56 years since photographer Ikko Narahara’s early masterpiece “Oukoku (Kingdom)” (1958) has been shown in Tokyo. This collection of images, “Domains” was first published in 1958, and features photographs taken at a monastery alongside those taken at a women’s prison — ...

'Born Here, Yet to Be Born Here'

Oct 23, 2014

'Born Here, Yet to Be Born Here'

by Daisuke Kikuchi

On Oct. 29, Nakamuraya, a restaurant founded in 1901 in Shinjuku that became famous for Indian curry as well as Western- and Japanese-style confectionery, is opening a new building that will include the Nakamuraya Salon Museum on the third floor. Its inaugural exhibition, “Born ...

'Millet, Barbizon and Fontainebleau'

Oct 16, 2014

'Millet, Barbizon and Fontainebleau'

by Daisuke Kikuchi

This traveling Jean-Francois Millet (1814-1875) exhibition has finally reached Tokyo’s Mitsubishi Ichigokan Museum, Tokyo, bringing his masterpiece “The Sower” to the city for the first time in 30 years. “The Sower” is the first painting recognized in art history to feature agriculture as its ...

'National Treasures of Japan'

Oct 9, 2014

'National Treasures of Japan'

by Daisuke Kikuchi

Nearly 120 of Japan’s National Treasures are being brought together for the Tokyo National Museum’s third Heisei Era “National Treasures of Japan” exhibition, which this year also commemorates the 80th birthday of Emperor Akihito. Through important paintings, sculptures, decorative art objects, documents and other ...