'Matsudaira Fumai: Daimyo, Tea Master, Aesthete'

/ Apr 17, 2018

'Matsudaira Fumai: Daimyo, Tea Master, Aesthete'

by Yukari Tanaka

April 21-June 17 Matsudaira Fumai (1751-1818), the seventh Matsudaira family daimyo of the Matsue Domain, is celebrated for successfully reforming the domain's governance while also advocating cultural innovation. Under the name of Fumai, he later became recognized as a master of the Japanese tea ceremony ...

'Rebel Without a Cause: I Love Art 14'

/ Apr 17, 2018

'Rebel Without a Cause: I Love Art 14'

by Yukari Tanaka

April 7-July 29 Throughout history, art has long been a tool to express conflicts with rules, systems and power in the pursuit of freedom. Yet society today is now afflicted by the "convenience" of information sharing and manipulation that ironically creates new problems of restrictions ...

'Fukushima Traces: 2017'

/ Mar 6, 2018

'Fukushima Traces: 2017'

March 11-25 Shuji Akagi published his first photo book, "Fukushima Traces, 2011-2013," in 2015. A high school art teacher in Fukushima, he documented the aftermath in the city after the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake with a series of photos that recorded the state of ...

'Kengo Kuma: A Lab for Materials'

/ Feb 27, 2018

'Kengo Kuma: A Lab for Materials'

by Yukari Tanaka

March 3-May 6 Among Kengo Kuma's innovative architectural ideas, he often promotes "makeru kenchiku" ("losing architecture") and "shizen na kenchiku" ("natural architecture"), both philosophies related to his belief that a building should not be a statement in itself but instead complement its surroundings and express ...