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'Iwasaki Collection: From Confucius to Ukiyo-e'

Aug 28, 2014

'Iwasaki Collection: From Confucius to Ukiyo-e'

by Daisuke Kikuchi

To commemorate its 90th anniversary, Toyo Bunko, Japan’s largest Asian studies library, is exhibiting in its museum the Iwasaki Collection, originally collated by founder Hisaya Iwasaki (1865-1955), Mitsubishi’s third president. Displayed works include Japanese, Chinese and English writings, such as the Important Cultural Property ...

'The Enchanted World of Jacques Demy'

Aug 21, 2014

'The Enchanted World of Jacques Demy'

French filmmaker Jacques Demy’s New Wave interpretation of the musical “The Umbrellas of Cherbourg” (1964) is perhaps his most famous film, but he made numerous other unusual musicals, including “The Young Girls of Rochefort” (1967) and “Lady Oscar” (1979), which was co-produced in Japan ...

'Playing with Sound: Yuri Suzuki'

Aug 21, 2014

'Playing with Sound: Yuri Suzuki'

All of designer-artist Yuri Suzuki’s works involve an element of play and focus on our relationship with sound, noises, music and electronics. As his first major solo exhibition in Japan, “Playing with Sound” is an interactive show that offers visitors unusual aural experiences and ...

'30 Dreams of Japanese Painters'

Aug 14, 2014

'30 Dreams of Japanese Painters'

by Daisuki Kikuchi

How much do our childhood dreams and hopes for the future change as we grow up? The Kasama Nichido Museum of Art explores this question with a display of 30 works by painters who were asked to illustrate dreams they experienced when they were ...

'Into the Future: Visual Deception II'

Aug 7, 2014

'Into the Future: Visual Deception II'

by Daisuke Kikuchi

Trompe l’oeil (optical-illusion art) painting has a long history, dating back to the 17th century, but trick art is not always about paintings that create illusions using realistic three-dimensional imagery. This exhibition traces the evolution of trick art from traditional tromp l’oeil paintings to ...

'Time and the Painting: 24 Episodes'

Jul 31, 2014

'Time and the Painting: 24 Episodes'

by Daisuke Kikuchi

The Bridgestone Museum of Art has in its collection close to 160 paintings related to the concept of “time.” Like chapters of a book, there are 24 different themes in this exhibition, with works representing the eras during which the featured artists lived. It ...