A 'gymnopedist' ahead of his time

Aug 18, 2015

A 'gymnopedist' ahead of his time

by

Erik Satie (1866-1925) said and did a lot of memorable things, many remarkably outlandish. Brilliant and bonkers, he composed works that range from cabaret ditties to a “symphonic drama,” from light music for educating children to complex parodies of the masters. And who can ...

'Captain Cook's Voyage and Banks' Florilegium'

Dec 18, 2014

'Captain Cook's Voyage and Banks' Florilegium'

by

As the finale of a series of shows commemorating Bunkamura The Museum’s 25th anniversary, this exhibition features the florilegium works of Joseph Banks (1743-1820). Banks, a naturalist and botanist, was appointed as a member of the scientific expedition onboard Captain James Cook’s HMS Endeavour. ...

'Into the Future: Visual Deception II'

Aug 7, 2014

'Into the Future: Visual Deception II'

by

Trompe l’oeil (optical-illusion art) painting has a long history, dating back to the 17th century, but trick art is not always about paintings that create illusions using realistic three-dimensional imagery. This exhibition traces the evolution of trick art from traditional tromp l’oeil paintings to ...

'Leo Lionni: Book! Art! Book!'

Jun 20, 2013

'Leo Lionni: Book! Art! Book!'

by

Leo Lionni was an accomplished painter, sculptor and graphic designer, but he is best known as the acclaimed author and illustrator of popular children’s books such as “Swimmy” and “Frederick.” His illustrations are colorful and detailed, mixing a variety of mediums including oil paint, ...

Apr 25, 2013

'Antonio López'

by

Spanish artist Antonio López is renowned for the tediously slow pace of his creative process, sometimes touching up works 10 years after starting them. Some may be familiar with his unusual artistic method through Victor Erice’s 1992 documentary “The Quince Tree Sun,” which follows ...

Rubens' best work is collaborative

Apr 4, 2013

Rubens' best work is collaborative

by

The 17th-century Flemish baroque artist Peter Paul Rubens is a great historical painter, not because of the scenes from ancient Roman history that he sometimes painted, but because, when we encounter his works, we find ourselves trying to understand what kind of society could ...