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'Jean Fautrier'

May 21, 2014

'Jean Fautrier'

by Daisuke Kikuchi

After being detained by the Gestapo for his involvement with the Resistance during World War II, Jean Fautrier (1898-1964) began working on the series “Hostages” as a response to the horrors that took place in German-occupied France. In expressing this dark theme, he developed ...

'Izumi Kato: Soft Vinyl Sculptures'

May 21, 2014

'Izumi Kato: Soft Vinyl Sculptures'

by Daisuke Kikuchi

As someone who liked to play with plastic Ultraman superhero and Kaiju monster toys as a child, Izumi Kato has been long familiar with soft vinyl, and since 2010, the artist has been using it to create sculptures. Unlike wood, which is often limited ...

'Collection Exhibition 2014: Spiritual World'

May 7, 2014

'Collection Exhibition 2014: Spiritual World'

by Daisuke Kikuchi

For this year’s “Collection Exhibition,” the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography reevaluates the relationship between Japanese religious culture and visual arts through a pilgrimage of photographs, videos and other works of the museum collection. In search of aspects of spirituality that have been lost ...

'Best Selection 2014'

Apr 30, 2014

'Best Selection 2014'

by Daisuke Kikuchi

Since 2012, the Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum has been holding annual exhibitions in collaboration with selected arts groups and associates in Japan, in order to revitalize artistic activities by exhibiting fresh work from their favorite artists. This year, there will be 163 artworks by ...

'Balthus: A Retrospective'

Apr 16, 2014

'Balthus: A Retrospective'

by Daisuke Kikuchi

One of the most controversial artists of the 20th century, Balthasar Klossowski de Rola, best known as Balthus (1908-2001), spent his life painting portraits of young girls. For the first time since his death, an exhibition of his work — including his masterpieces “Thésèse ...

Flower power blooms at Tokyo Big Sight

Apr 10, 2014

Flower power blooms at Tokyo Big Sight

by Edan Corkill

Who would have thought flowers needed their own industry fair? Growers, florists, ikebana schools and floral supplies makers, that’s who. A group of them are getting together this weekend at Tokyo Big Sight for Flower Dream 2014, a two-day event designed to showcase all ...