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'Who Opens Up the World?'

Art / Openings Outside Tokyo Jun 4, 2019

'Who Opens Up the World?'

by Yukari Tanaka

June 1-30 One of the most powerful aspects of art is its ability to expand our perception of the world by introducing viewers to different concepts and new ways of looking at things. "Who Opens Up the World" presents 100 works from the museum's collection, all ...

Yu Araki: What you get is what you see

Art May 28, 2019

Yu Araki: What you get is what you see

by John L. Tran

The minimalist elegance of Yu Araki's "Le Souvenir Du Japon" at first seems to be an affirmation of civilization and the redemptive possibilities of beauty; however, within the gorgeous setup is a postcolonial ambivalence about the social and historical conditions of "taste."

'Plans for Tokyo 2019: Vol.2 Sachiko Kazama'

Art / Openings In Tokyo May 28, 2019

'Plans for Tokyo 2019: Vol.2 Sachiko Kazama'

by Yukari Tanaka

June 1-July 13 Sachiko Kazama's monochrome woodcut prints are an exploration of the past from the viewpoint of the present. Her works, which often feature historical motifs within present-day landscapes, also allude to ominous possible futures. A graduate of the Musashino Art School, Kazama first began ...

'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.