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'Information or Inspiration?': The paths of perception

Art May 21, 2019

'Information or Inspiration?': The paths of perception

by Mio Yamada

A review of "Information or Inspiration?" at the Suntory Museum of Art almost needs a spoiler alert — it includes many surprises that make it more than a showcase of glassware, lacquerware, enamel, ceramic and calligraphy works: It's an immersive, thought-provoking experience.

'Retrospective of Munakata Shiko: Woodcut Prints'

Art / Openings In Tokyo May 21, 2019

'Retrospective of Munakata Shiko: Woodcut Prints'

May 25-July 7 Born in Aomori, Shiko Munakata (1903-1975) is internationally celebrated as a 20th-century master of Japanese woodcut prints, having won several awards, including first prize at the 1955 Sao Paulo Biennial and the Grand Prix at the 1956 Venice Biennale. Munakata moved to Tokyo ...

'Kumi Sugai: The Eternal Challenger'

Art / Openings Outside Tokyo May 21, 2019

'Kumi Sugai: The Eternal Challenger'

by Yukari Tanaka

May 25-July 21 Kumi Sugai (1919-96), known for his bold prints and paintings, was a multidisciplinary artist who explored design, typography and calligraphy. While working in commercial design during the late 1930s to mid '40s, he studied nihonga (Japanese-style painting) under Teii Nakamura, an artist ...

Kanjiro Kawai: Pots of incredible talent

Art May 14, 2019

Kanjiro Kawai: Pots of incredible talent

by Matthew Larking

The National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto's "Potter Kawai Kanjiro: Works from the Kawakatsu Collection" is just the fourth time it has presented such a substantial selection of works from its renowned Kawakatsu Collection of over 400 pieces.

'Roppongi Art Night 2019'

Art / Openings In Tokyo May 14, 2019

'Roppongi Art Night 2019'

by Yukari Tanaka

May 25-26 Roppongi Art Night, an annual overnight multi-disciplinary art event, is celebrating it's 10th anniversary of contemporary art, photography, design, music, video and performances — most of which is free to view. This year's theme is "Night Journey, Daydream," and the event features 50 ...

'Aguri Uchida: Incarnated Painting as Inselberg'

Art / Openings In Tokyo May 14, 2019

'Aguri Uchida: Incarnated Painting as Inselberg'

by Yukari Tanaka

May 20-June 16 In an exploration of the meaning of human existence and the human body, Aguri Uchida pushes the potential of contemporary nihonga (Japanese-style painting). This exhibition brings together Uchida's earlier figurative paintings of the 1970s and '80s, which express human emotions, with her more ...

Gustav Klimt: Behind all that glitters

Art May 7, 2019

Gustav Klimt: Behind all that glitters

by Jeff Michael Hammond

Decorative gold surfaces and images of radiant women define the work of Gustav Klimt (1862-1918) for many people. The Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum's current exhibition, however, highlights lesser-known aspects of the Austrian artist's career, offering more insight into the man behind the works. Designed ...

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