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New digital exhibit on Japanese cuisine filling visitors' senses

Mar 1, 2017

New digital exhibit on Japanese cuisine filling visitors' senses

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An exhibition in downtown Tokyo is offering unique opportunities to experience washoku (Japanese cuisine) using the five senses in interactive digital displays that allow visitors to follow the scent of soup stock and actually taste traditional dishes. "The Mysterious Restaurant of the Food God" highlights ...

Big impressions live in the details

Feb 28, 2017

Big impressions live in the details

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Distracted by the frenzy of today's hyper-connected world, many of us can easily overlook the everyday incidents that encourage smiles or offer simple affirmations of life being lived. The India-born artist N.S. Harsha, however, thrives on such observations. As his solo exhibition at the Mori ...

Coutelas: Outside the outsiders

Feb 28, 2017

Coutelas: Outside the outsiders

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Robert Coutelas (1930-85) was born into a poor French family who lived in a single room, and he died in a similar, pathetically impoverished, way. Nearly every opportunity life afforded he either abandoned or would broker no compromise for the sake of art. Now, ...

Sharpen your knowledge of Japanese swords

Feb 14, 2017

Sharpen your knowledge of Japanese swords

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If you've ever wanted to learn about Japanese swords, now's the time, as an unusually large number of top-quality blades are currently on view at two Tokyo museums. Either exhibition is well worth a visit but together they're dynamite. "Perfect Guide to Japanese Sword" at ...

Between realism and abstraction

Feb 14, 2017

Between realism and abstraction

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Since impressionism had, at its extremities, given rise to the expressionists Vincent Van Gogh and Paul Gauguin, the postwar painter Jean-Michel Atlan said great art could only be made in the margins. In early postwar Europe, abstraction and figuration were the embattled avant-gardes. Working at ...

The textural flair of Tiziano Vecellio

Feb 7, 2017

The textural flair of Tiziano Vecellio

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Bold in color and expressive in texture, the works of Venetian painters have their own distinctive place within Renaissance art. Taking the lead was Titian (1488/90 -1576), who became official painter to the Venetian Republic, and whose fame spread across the Europe of his ...

Yasuyuki Namikawa: A master of cloisonne color and design

Feb 7, 2017

Yasuyuki Namikawa: A master of cloisonne color and design

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There are two ways that the skill of craftsmanship can be emphasized: by showing it off through masses of meticulous decorative details, or by stripping everything to the bare minimum and bringing into focus just a few perfectly executed qualities. Think of it as ...

Feb 7, 2017

Photo collection captures memories of persecuted Yazidis

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Memories of the Yazidis, an ethno-religious minority who fled their homeland in the Sinjar Mountains in northwest Iraq following an invasion by the Islamic State in August 2014, have been preserved in a newly published photo collection. A toy, a shoe and a spoon — ...

Naoki Ishikawa: the full picture

Jan 31, 2017

Naoki Ishikawa: the full picture

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Naoki Ishikawa does not seem to want to take fantastically dramatic photographs. He has travelled from the North to South Pole, climbed "The Seven Summits," the highest mountains of every continent, and traveled the length of the Japan, but his images are remarkable for ...