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Wang Xizhi and Japanese Calligraphy

In this exhibition that celebrates the evolution of Japanese writing, the ancient Chinese aristocrat and calligraphy master Wang Xizhi (303-361) is credited for refining handwriting styles — in particular the use of cursive and semi-cursive scripts — and establishing the basis of modern Japanese ...

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Hakuin in Suruga

The monk Hakuin Ekaku (1685-1768), recognized for reviving the Rinzai School of Zen Buddhism and popularizing Zen culture, joined Shoinji Temple Suruganokuni-harajuku (present-day Numazu, Shizuoka) at the age of 15. Later, after a pilgrimage that took him across Japan, he returned to the temple ...

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Paddington Bear

It was a teddy bear that writer Michael Bond gave to his wife as a Christmas gift that inspired "A Bear Called Paddington," which was published in 1958 to become the first of a hugely popular series of children's books. Now, the lovable bear, ...

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Flore d’Odilon Redon

Odilon Redon (1840-1916) — the French painter, printmaker and draughtsman — unlike the impressionist artists of his time, focused on the mysterious aspects of dreams and fantasy. Bringing together works from collections at the Musee d'Orsay; Musee des Beaux-Arts de Bordeaux; Petit Palais, Musee des ...

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Building Romance

Inspired by 19th-century European bildungsroman literature, the title of this exhibition suggests that after the 20th century, artists often avoided expressing the emotion and compassion that once consumed the romanticists. Looking at new forms of "romance" through our relationships with family, partners and places, the ...

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Iro-e: Japan Cute!

Iro-e, colorful overglazed enamel ceramics, became particularly popular during the Edo Period (1603-1868) and were often made of porcelain in the styles of Kokutani, which adapted kosode (kimono-like garment) patterns; Kakiemon, involving delicate details of Chinese influence; and Nabeshima, which focused on Japanese aesthetics. ...

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The witty and humorous photography of Tsuyoshi Ozawa is inspired by his everyday observations and knowledge of art history. For this large-scale solo exhibition, Ozawa's more recent installations evoke Japanese art history and focuses on plaster figures and plaster-figure dessin (sketching), an art-teaching method ...

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A Century of Art Journey through 100 Masterpieces

The Pola Museum of Art houses approximately 10,000 artifacts of various genres, including Western and Japanese paintings, glassware and ceramics, many of which have been collected over the course of 40 years by Tsuneshi Suzuki, the son of the founder of Pola Orbis Holdings, ...

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Kumagai Morikazu: The Joy of Life

Japanese Western-style painter Morikazu Kumagai (1880-1977) was celebrated for his distinct stylized forms portrayed in vivid colors. Although his humorous works seem effortless at first glance, they were based on careful observation of subjects and studious production methods. He experimented with his subjects, exploring different ...

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