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'Utamaro and the Golden Age of Ukiyo-e'

Famous for his bijinga (pictures of beautiful women) masterpieces, Kitagawa Utamaro honed his artistic skills during the Kansei Era (1789-1801) of the Edo Period (1608-1868) — a time when many other ukiyo-e artists, including Katsukawa Shunsho and Toshusai Sharaku, were also gaining popularity. This comprehensive ...

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'Higashiyama Kaii Retrospective 1908-1999'

Kaii Higashiyama (1908-99) graduated from the Tokyo School of Fine Arts (now Tokyo University of the Arts) before studying in Germany. Upon his return to Japan, however, he was drafted into the Pacific War. The loss of family and personal hardships that Higashiyama endured ...

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'Tatsuo Miyajima / Darren Almond / Mariko Mori'

This showcase of two Japanese artists and one British — Tatsuo Miyajima, Mariko Mori and Darren Almond — explores scientific approaches to contemporary art. Miyajima works closely with artificial intelligence researchers in his pursuit to create something that "moves like a living organism"; Mori focuses ...

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Torafu Architects, known for clever and playful architectural and industrial designs, brings together a selection of it models and products to create a diorama through which brightly colored children’s wooden blocks travel via a miniature train track. Also on display are a number of Torafu ...

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Imitation Exhibit

Imitations, whether natural or manmade, can both fascinate and confuse viewers through trickery and illusion, sometimes appearing so realistic, it becomes hard to distinguish them as fake. Featuring hyperrealistic works, including body painting and makeup, as well as trick photography, trompe l'oeil installations, illustrations, and ...

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Women: Through the Lens

The female form has long been a favorite subject among artists, often admired or even worshipped as an idealization of beauty. Photographers, too, have produced many masterpieces of women, whether as portraits or artistic works. Emphasizing femininity, elegance, delicateness, glamor, motherhood and strength, this selection ...

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Jomon: 10,000 Years of Prehistoric Art in Japan

Japan's era of hunter-gatherers, the Jomon period, is dated from 10,000-200 B.C. Today, the tools and everyday objects made by the Jomon people are viewed as powerfully symbolic and important historical items. The Tokyo National Museum has brought together early to late Jomon works from ...

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