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'Motion Science' sways toward kids

Jul 7, 2015

'Motion Science' sways toward kids

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There is a bit of a Renaissance feel to “Motion Science” at 21_21 Design Sight. Consciously compounding science, technology, art and design for the greater good of promoting curiosity and discovery in general, the exhibition is targeted at children and students. Automated devices and ...

Copies can help us see Leonardo da Vinci's original

Jul 7, 2015

Copies can help us see Leonardo da Vinci's original

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Many historical exhibitions tend to be collections of whatever the museum in question can get their hands on, loosely united around a period, a theme, or the name of a famous artist. The exhibition that has just finished at the Bunkamura “Money and Beauty: ...

The Edo samurai knew how to look sharp

Jun 30, 2015

The Edo samurai knew how to look sharp

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‘The World of Edo Dandyism: From Swords to Inro” at the Nezu Museum is a splendid collection of Edo Period (1603-1868) swords and sword accessories that includes blades, scabbards and metal fittings, as well as decorative sets of inrō (pill boxes) and netsuke (carved ...

Don't take everyday objects at face value

Jun 30, 2015

Don't take everyday objects at face value

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Atsushi Okabe’s graduation work is an experiment with Rubik’s Cubes and abstraction. The result is graphic, colorful and pleasing to the eye. By zooming the lens of his camera while the shutter is open, Okabe creates latticed images that seem to plunge away from ...

Anish Kapoor's Versailles sculpture is vandalized

Jun 19, 2015

Anish Kapoor's Versailles sculpture is vandalized

Vandals have sprayed yellow paint on a controversial sculpture on display in the gardens of France’s famed Palace of Versailles that has become known as the “queen’s vagina.” “Damage to the work ‘Dirty Corner’ was discovered Wednesday morning. It was lightly sprayed with paint. ...

Nissan award echoes a maturing art world

Jun 16, 2015

Nissan award echoes a maturing art world

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The biennial Nissan Art Award isn’t new now, and it wasn’t really new when it began in 2013, either — something Nissan President and CEO Carlos Ghosn is fully aware of. “I don’t think it’s a unique approach from our side,” he tells me, ...

Just one collector can make all the difference

Jun 16, 2015

Just one collector can make all the difference

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When Tokyo Opera City Art Gallery opened “Takahashi Collection: Mirror Neuron,” it was packed with people keen to see Ryutaro Takahashi’s selection of 140 contemporary artworks by 52 artists. It’s only the second major showing of pieces owned by Takahashi, a psychiatrist and one ...

What lurks behind masks of mankind

Jun 9, 2015

What lurks behind masks of mankind

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“Masks: Beauty of the Spirits” comes from the Musee du Quai Branly, an institution that former President Jacque Chirac spearheaded toward the end of his long reign. Opened in 2006 to both fanfare and controversy, the Paris museum’s stated mission is to celebrate the ...

The ornate history of embroidery

Jun 9, 2015

The ornate history of embroidery

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“Transcendent Artful Embroidery II” at the Kobe Fashion Museum is a cross-cultural look at the perfections of needle craft across several centuries. It gets underway with a section on garments of Indian nobles and Chinese court dresses of the 19-20th centuries and then segues ...