From tradition to trash: Tokyo's art in 2014

Dec 25, 2014

From tradition to trash: Tokyo's art in 2014

by C.B. Liddell

This year has been a memorable one for art exhibitions at museums in Tokyo, with a surprisingly diverse array of shows and events, ancient and modern, foreign and domestic, metropolitan and provincial. As usual, a pivotal point early in the calendar was provided by ...

'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 ...

Still photography that will always remain moving

Dec 11, 2014

Still photography that will always remain moving

by John L. Tran

In the late 1950s, after having studied law and while pursuing a masters degree in art history, Ikko Narahara took two series of images that depicted groups of people at the extreme edges of society. One was of a woman’s prison in Wakayama Prefecture ...

Isn't it time to take art out of storage?

Dec 4, 2014

Isn't it time to take art out of storage?

by Moeko Yazawa and Edan Corkill

Tokyo’s art scene has always comprised many hubs, and it’s about to get a new one — one that promises to be among the most exciting. Two months ago, storage company Warehouse Terrada unveiled T-Art Gallery, a new space within its planned art complex ...

'Explore! Experience! Edo-Tokyo'

Nov 27, 2014

'Explore! Experience! Edo-Tokyo'

by Daisuke Kikuchi

The Edo-Tokyo Museum is closing its fifth- and sixth-floor exhibition rooms for renewal (to reopen on March 28 next year) but it stresses that this will not have a negative effect on its current exhibition. Instead, it’s bringing most of the permanent exhibits to ...

'Group Show of Contemporary Artists 2014'

Nov 27, 2014

'Group Show of Contemporary Artists 2014'

by Daisuke Kikuchi

In support of the activities of up-and-coming artists across the country, Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum is holding its third edition of “Group Show of Contemporary Artists,” an exhibition separated into six different themes that this year include the Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami, ...

'Otomo Yoshihide: Between Music and Art'

Nov 20, 2014

'Otomo Yoshihide: Between Music and Art'

by Daisuke Kikuchi

The work of sound artist Yoshihide Otomo, who is best known recently for his score for the 2013 hit TV drama “Amachan,” is being showcased in this exhibition designed to explore the strong relationship between music and art. Otomo’s 2008 installation, “Quartets,” takes place ...