Art Topics

'Ishuretsuo: The Image of Ezo'

Dec 8, 2015

'Ishuretsuo: The Image of Ezo'

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Dec. 15-Feb. 7 Hakyo Kakizaki’s 1790 series of paintings “Ishuretsuzo,” which portrays the influential figures of Hokkaido’s Ainu people, was praised by the Emperor and feudal lords of its time and has since been copied and replicated many times. Usually housed at Museum of ...

Dec 1, 2015

'Giorgio Morandi: Infinite Variations'

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Dec. 8-Feb. 14 The Hyogo Prefectural Museum of Art asks how Giorgio Morandi’s paintings of simple bottles can be so heartwarming. The still-life painter Morandi (1890-1964) favored everyday objects as subjects, often depicting the same item repeatedly in an exploration of how composition can ...

'Architecture Since 3.11'

Nov 3, 2015

'Architecture Since 3.11'

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Nov. 7-Jan. 31 The 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami left its mark on all who live in or are connected to Japan, including many of the country’s architects. The destruction it caused made many realize that there are times when, no matter ...

'Nakajima Kiyoshi Retrospective'

Oct 20, 2015

'Nakajima Kiyoshi Retrospective'

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Nov. 3-Jan. 11 Yokohama-based painter Kiyoshi Nakajima (1899-1989), father of Chinami Nakajima and master of Tamako Kataoka, is known for incorporating modern themes into Nihonga but still valuing tradition. One example of this is his portrait of singer Naomi Chiaki, “Singer Singing Applause” (1973). ...

'Primordial Violence'

Oct 20, 2015

'Primordial Violence'

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Oct. 24-Nov. 28 It has been six years since contemporary artist Tomoko Konoike held a large-scale exhibition, and during that time she has reconsidered the value of art. After experiencing the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake she came to believe that all man-made things ...

'Matsutani Currents'

Oct 13, 2015

'Matsutani Currents'

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Oct. 10-Dec. 6 Takesada Matsutani was a member of Kansai’s renowned but controversial Gutai Art Association, which challenged conventional definitions of art. Strongly influenced by the Gutai leader Jiro Yoshihara, Matsutani often used glue for his surrealist and abstract expressionist paintings. After winning the ...