'Tomioka Tessai Retrospective'

Mar 8, 2016

'Tomioka Tessai Retrospective'

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March 12-May 8 Described as the last artist to paint bunjinga (literati painting, influenced by traditional Chinese culture) and as one of the first to pursue nihonga (Japanese style painting), Tessai Tomioka (1836-1924) left behind many masterpieces. These include shinkei-zu paintings of scenery that ...

The dyeing art of Japan's traditional everyday kimono

Mar 1, 2016

The dyeing art of Japan's traditional everyday kimono

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Weaver and dyer Fukumi Shimura’s (b.1924) inherited an interest in craft from her mother, Toyo Ono, who made inroads through the early 20th-century mingei (folk crafts) movement led by philosopher Muneyoshi Yanagi. Introduced to the lacquer artistan Tatsuaki Kuroda in 1956, Shimura began to ...

Takashi Murakami collects more than just his thoughts

Feb 16, 2016

Takashi Murakami collects more than just his thoughts

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“Takashi Murakami’s Superflat Collection” is an exhibition of other people’s work, amassed as the result of one man’s phenomenally successful artistic career. It’s evidence that Murakami must have done something right, or wrong, depending on your view of culture. He’s sometimes portrayed as a ...

'Zakka: Goods and Things'

Feb 16, 2016

'Zakka: Goods and Things'

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Feb. 26-June 5 During Japan’s postwar economic boom, the term “zakka,” which literally means “uncategorizable things,” was usually used for mundane everyday tools and objects such as kettles, brooms and buckets. Since then, it has evolved to mean miscellaneous goods of a much broader ...

Drawing on film to highlight hyperreality

Feb 9, 2016

Drawing on film to highlight hyperreality

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“Following the other, one replaces him, exchanges lives, passions, wills, transforms oneself in the other’s stead. It is perhaps the only way man can finally fulfill himself. An ironic way, but all the more certain.” This quotation from Jean Baudrillard’s 1983 essay “Please Follow ...

Japan's picture ID before World War II

Feb 2, 2016

Japan's picture ID before World War II

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Last year, the number of tourists coming into Japan outnumbered those going out for the first time in 45 years. In absolute terms, it may be the first time that tourism has properly taken off for this country, despite numerous attempts by various ministries ...

'Katsukawa Shunsho: Master of Hokusai'

Feb 2, 2016

'Katsukawa Shunsho: Master of Hokusai'

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Feb. 2-March 27 To celebrate the 290th anniversary of Katsukawa Shunsho, the Ukiyo-e Memorial Museum of Art is holding a special exhibition of this leading 18th-century ukiyo-e woodblock-print artist’s work. Katsukawa, who is known in particular for his realistic portrayals of kabuki actors and ...

'Shiseido Art Egg 10'

Feb 2, 2016

'Shiseido Art Egg 10'

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Feb. 3-April 22 Since its establishment in 2006, the “Shiseido Art Egg” has been a set of annual solo shows for the finalists of a public-entry art competition. For its 10th anniversary, the exhibition is featuring the work of installation artist Yoi Kawakubo (Feb. ...

'Shimura Fukumi'

Feb 2, 2016

'Shimura Fukumi'

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Feb. 2-March 21 Living National Treasure Fukumi Shimura is a master of senshoku dyeing and weaving, who brings kimono to life with colorful designs using only natural dyes derived from plants. In 2014 she was awarded the 30th Kyoto Prize in Arts and Philosophy ...

'Daido Moriyama Photo Exhibition'

Jan 19, 2016

'Daido Moriyama Photo Exhibition'

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Jan. 23-Feb. 20 Daido Moriyama’s gritty photography, which often showed the darker side of urban life in postwar Japan, has won him many awards, including the International Center of Photography in New York’s Inifinity Award for Lifetime Achievement in 2012. This exhibition is divided ...