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Spooky beasts keep haunting Japan's art

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Seething masses of people crushed together in searing heat; empty-eyed wraiths, heads drooping in despair, shuffling to and fro — waiting for the time when they will be released their suffering. Tokyo can be hell in July and August. It isn’t all bad though; there’s an excellent exhibition on yōkai, ...

The Renaissance rebranding of Italy

Jul 19, 2016

The Renaissance rebranding of Italy

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Every country tries to find an image that its people can believe in and unite around. Britain recently decided to become an island in its own right instead of a “Continental” country, tied mainly to the European Union. Japan, meanwhile, still seems caught between ...

The fall and rise of the Empire line

Jul 12, 2016

The fall and rise of the Empire line

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The Pola Research Institute of Beauty & Culture is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year, and as part of this, the Pola Museum of Art has organized an ambitious exhibition that aims to present a cross-disciplinary view of art, product design and women’s fashion ...

Japan's dark fantasies thrust back in the light

Jul 12, 2016

Japan's dark fantasies thrust back in the light

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In 1995, the multitalented Kyoichi Tsuzuki created a gorgeous, encyclopaedic book that visually documented the messy apartments of creative friends and acquaintances. The photography was beautiful, though Tsuzuki did not at the time consider himself a photographer, or have aspirations to be called an ...

Kyoto's Shokado museum showcases nature, tea ceremony, art

Jul 6, 2016

Kyoto's Shokado museum showcases nature, tea ceremony, art

The Shokado Garden Art Museum in a suburban Kyoto neighborhood offers a respite to visitors with its distinct seasonal variations of flora as well as recreated tea ceremony houses, calligraphy works and brush paintings — all associated with medieval Japanese Buddhist monk Shokado Shojo. ...

The embellished world of Kozan Miyagawa's ceramics

Jul 5, 2016

The embellished world of Kozan Miyagawa's ceramics

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In 1954-55, three Kyoto ceramists of the Sodeisha group of artists began a revolution by creating objects that fulfilled no practical role. Kazuo Yagi, Osamu Suzuki and Hikaru Yamada took away the mouths of vases or added several more to them, played with vessels’ ...

Paris' Pompidou waves the flag of French art

Jun 28, 2016

Paris' Pompidou waves the flag of French art

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Seven decades of art history; one masterpiece for every year, each created by a different artist from France or closely connected with the country; and all from the collection of an iconic Paris art institution — that’s the premise of the current exhibition at ...

Admiring the tarnished silver screen

Jun 28, 2016

Admiring the tarnished silver screen

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Old chewing gum, cheap carpet sticky from spilled drinks, sagging seats pitted with cigarette burns: Satoshi Chuma’s photographs of old cinemas on show at the National Film Center are fantastically evocative of the decline and fall of celluloid. Having spent several years working in ...