Imagination runs wild in Japanese contemporary art

Jun 11, 2014

Imagination runs wild in Japanese contemporary art

by Matthew Larking

“Nostalgia and Fantasy: Imagination and its Origins in Contemporary Art” is a ragtag grouping of nine individual artists and one unit, each of whom focus on extremely different things. It is difficult to say, in fact, where “nostalgia” and “fantasy” come into play in ...

Nicolas Buffe's show is a dream come true

May 28, 2014

Nicolas Buffe's show is a dream come true

by C.B. Liddell

Being swallowed by an enormous anime canine is the kind of experience you are only likely to have in a dream — perhaps after eating too much cheese before bedtime — and this is the theme of Nicolas Buffe's exhibition, a surreal dream that ...

'Jean Fautrier'

May 21, 2014

'Jean Fautrier'

by Daisuke Kikuchi

After being detained by the Gestapo for his involvement with the Resistance during World War II, Jean Fautrier (1898-1964) began working on the series “Hostages” as a response to the horrors that took place in German-occupied France. In expressing this dark theme, he developed ...

Explore the many ways to read cinema

Oct 9, 2013

Explore the many ways to read cinema

by Matthew Larking

Marcel Broodthaers’ films mostly deal with relations between images and words, which is unsurprising given that he was a poet first who turned to film because he came to understand the medium as an extension of language. In their combination, he sought harmony between ...

'150 Years of Modern  Japanese Music'

Oct 9, 2013

'150 Years of Modern Japanese Music'

by Jordan Sievers

After the Meiji Restoration of 1868, as Japan continued to open its ports to trade, the government also introduced Western music to education curriculums as part of its attempt to construct a more modern, globalized nation. This exhibition showcases the drastic changes in music ...

The Towada Art Center expands its landscape

Oct 2, 2013

The Towada Art Center expands its landscape

by Stuart Munro

Ever since the Towada Art Center opened five years ago, the city in Aomori Prefecture has seen its prospects dramatically alter. Not only by the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami, but by the subsequent devastation of neighboring areas, all of which compounded ...

Real-world validations of our digital realm

Sep 11, 2013

Real-world validations of our digital realm

by Cameron Allan Mckean

“We are now living in a super, hyper-extended information society,” says curator Masafumi Fukugawa, “and that idea was the starting point for our new exhibition.” Fukagawa is one of five curators of “Being-in-the-Wired-World,” a group exhibition at Kawasaki City Museum that features eight emerging ...

Shuji Terayama's underground public stage

Sep 4, 2013

Shuji Terayama's underground public stage

by Stuart Munro

Thirty years on from the death of Shuji Terayama, Japanese theater’s most avant-garde provocateur continues his renaissance with a show of his films, photography and, most importantly, theater works at the Watari Museum of Contemporary Art, which follows on from the recent showing of ...