Art Topics

'Sengai and the World of Zen'

Sep 18, 2013

'Sengai and the World of Zen'

by Jordan Sievers

During his life as a monk, Sengai Gibon (1750-1837) was admired for not only his artistic ability but also his modesty and simplistic way of life. Despite his social status, he chose to don an everyday black robe instead of one of distinguished purple ...

'Arakawa Africa 4'

Sep 18, 2013

'Arakawa Africa 4'

by Jordan Sievers

Although the Arakawa district of Tokyo and Africa are thousands of kilometers apart, the two locations do, perhaps surprisingly, share some commonalities in their culture and landscape. As part of the Asahi Art Festival, “Arakawa Africa” bridges the gap between the two peoples by ...

'Light and Illumination'

Sep 18, 2013

'Light and Illumination'

by Jordan Sievers

Light is an integral aspect of all forms of artistic expression, whether it’s portrayed in paintings, captured in ceramic glazes or created as man-made illuminations. This exhibition displays some of the most famous artistic expressions of light by many of the world’s most-respected artists. ...

'Gustave Moreau et Georges Rouault: Filiation'

Sep 4, 2013

'Gustave Moreau et Georges Rouault: Filiation"

by Marie Omata

Gustave Moreau (1826-1898), the leading French Symbolist painter, was also a professor at Paris Ecole des Beaux Arts. He taught many well-known artists but he was particularly enamored with Georges Rouault (1871-1958), who he sometimes referred to as his “son.” Moreau encouraged Rouault throughout ...

'Takeuchi Seiho: The Master of Modern Nihonga'

Aug 28, 2013

'Takeuchi Seiho: The Master of Modern Nihonga'

by Marie Omata

As a founder of nihonga (Japanese-style painting), Takeuchi Seiho (1864-1942)was a pioneer in modernizing traditional Kyoto art. His works were a major influence on many of his younger peers, including Tsuchida Bakusen (1887-1936), and continue to inspire today. This is the first large-scale exhibition ...