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'Rene Magritte'

Mar 19, 2015

'Rene Magritte'

by Daisuke Kikuchi

March 25-June 29 It’s been 13 years since the last large-scale Rene Magritte (1898-1967) exhibition was held in Japan. Regarded as one of the most important artists of the 20th century, Magritte made the familiar unfamiliar by using ordinary subjects in unusual and thought-provoking ...

'Guercino'

Feb 26, 2015

'Guercino'

by Daisuke Kikuchi

March 3-May 31 Despite fame during his time, Giovanni Francesco Barbieri (1591-1666), best known as Guercino, was later dismissed and forgotten as artists began to reject academic traditions and genres shifted. Since the mid-20th century, however, there has been a rediscovery and re-appreciation of ...

'Kawaii: Cute Girls in Ukiyo-e'

Feb 19, 2015

'Kawaii: Cute Girls in Ukiyo-e'

by Daisuke Kikuchi

March 1-26 Girl’s fashion in Tokyo’s Harajuku district has become a notable symbol of contemporary Japanese kawaii (cute) culture. However, it may come as a surprise to find out that the roots of kawaii trends are far older. On show at Ukiyo-e Ota Memorial ...