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 ...

Idem Paris: Worlds apart and yet so close

Jan 12, 2016

Idem Paris: Worlds apart and yet so close

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Before photography became a relatively affordable pastime at the beginning of the 20th century, lithographic prints were touted as the democratic image-making medium that could reach all classes of society. At the same time, because the design was drawn directly onto stone, it could ...

'Onchi Koshiro'

Jan 5, 2016

'Onchi Koshiro'

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Jan. 13-Feb. 28 The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo, is hosting a special exhibition of works by Koshiro Onchi (1891-1955), an artist known in Japan as the father of abstract paintings and a pioneer of the contemporary woodblock print. Many recognize his 1915 ...