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'Yokoo Tadanori: Great Nirvana'

Jan 22, 2015

'Yokoo Tadanori: Great Nirvana'

by Daisuke Kikuchi

This collection of more than 300 nehanzo (nirvana statues) was originally accumulated by the artist Tadanori Yokoo. Such statues usually depict Buddha reclining as he awaits death to enter parinirvana, a realm also known as nirvana-after-death. This exhibition, however, includes all kinds of figures ...

'Fuji Paradigms: Visions of Mt. Fuji'

Jan 15, 2015

'Fuji Paradigms: Visions of Mt. Fuji'

by Daisuke Kikuchi

Mount Fuji, with its beautifully symmetrical ridge lines and snowy peak, has always attracted photographers from near and afar. With nearly 300 stills and posters from its collection, the Izu Photo Museum in Shizuoka celebrates this iconic landmark, charting its representation in the history ...

'The Collection 2015'

Jan 8, 2015

'The Collection 2015'

by Daisuke Kikuchi

The two rooms of “The Collection 2015″ offer two different kinds of collections. Room 1 displays the “Fujifilm Photo Collection,” a special show to celebrate Fuji-film Co.’s 80th anniversary last year, and is composed of images taken by 101 renowned Japanese photographers. Room 2, ...

'Tohl Narita: Art/Special Effects/Monsters'

Dec 25, 2014

'Tohl Narita: Art/Special Effects/Monsters'

The work of designer and sculptor Tohl Narita — known for his character design for the “Ultraman” series — will be exhibited at Fukuoka Art Museum in January 2015. Narita started his career while attending Musashino Art University when he worked part-time on Toho’s ...

'A Genealogy of Snowscape'

Dec 25, 2014

'A Genealogy of Snowscape'

The changing seasons have long been an important theme in Japanese art, especially after the Muromachi Period (1392-1573) when the style became an established genre of painting. Otani Memorial Art Museum will host an exhibition in the new year of winter landscape paintings. The ...

'Chie Matsui: A story'

Dec 18, 2014

'Chie Matsui: A story'

by Daisuke Kikuchi

Chie Matsui’s silk-screen installations, which have been made to reflect Gallery Nomart’s history as a printing company, were created exclusively for this exhibition in a collaboration with the Nomart Editions publishing team. The main theme, “Tongari Yama,” translates as “Pointy Mountain” and refers to ...

'Architecture for Dogs'

Dec 11, 2014

'Architecture for Dogs'

by Jordan Sievers

Despite dogs being “man’s best friend,” we rarely design our world around the happiness of our pets. Under the direction of designer Kenya Hara, this exhibition seeks to address such pet needs and explore new perceptions of modern architecture — to the scale of ...

'Whistler Retrospective'

Dec 4, 2014

'Whistler Retrospective'

by Daisuke Kikuchi

The Yokohama Museum of Art commemorates its 25th anniversary with this retrospective of James Abbott McNeill Whistler (1834-1903). Whistler was one of the pioneers of Japonism, taking inspiration from ukiyo-e prints and paintings, as well as from the traditional crafts of Japan. The flattened ...