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Like a Star: Leaving and the Things That Are Left

The Ashiya City Museum of Art and History's documentation of artists includes historical sketchbooks, diaries, manuscripts and photographs, many of which were once keepsakes of artists' families and close friends. Such items offer valuable insight into artists' personal lives and help further understanding of ...

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Hashimoto Kansetsu: A Solitary Painter

Hashimoto Kansetsu (1883-1945) was greatly influenced by his father, a Confucian scholar, who introduced him to kangaku (Chinese classical literature). Using the Shijo School of traditional Japanese-style painting as the foundation of his work, Hashimoto often looked to Chinese classics for inspiration. He also developed ...

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Randall Okita: A Place Between

Working closely with sculpture, technology and performance, Japanese-Canadian artist and filmmaker Randall Okita creates innovative installations that challenge the conventional notions of artistic disciplines while addressing difficult subjects such as violence, conflict and reconciliation. His works combine sculpture, film, digital media and human acrobatic ...

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'Romantic Russia'

During the late 19th century, a number of young artists left the Russian Imperial Academy of Arts and established the Wanderers, a group that pursued realism and resisted the government-led academic rules of neoclassical art. The group's name referred to the artists' activities as ...

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"Grand Open': Marvelous Liberation'

Chim↑Pom — artists Ryuta Ushiro, Yasutaka Hayashi, Ellie, Masataka Okada, Motomu Inaoka and Toshinori Mizuno — has built an international reputation for unusual works that comment on contemporary society and individuals, while highlighting the contradictions and borders that emerge as humanity strives to survive. ...

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Hokusai and the Gourmets of Great Edo

Ever since washoku (Japanese cuisine) was added to UNESCO's Intangible Cultural Heritage list in 2013, interest in this country's dining culture has continued to increase worldwide. Washoku culture flourished during the Edo Period (1603-1868) thanks to a period of economic growth that left some with ...

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Power of Ceramics: Modernism in Finnish Applied Arts

At the Paris Exposition of 1900, Finland's pavilion drew praise for its design and garnered a lot of attention, and by the mid 20th century, Finnish ceramics had become popular across the globe. This Finnish art form in particular has also been influential on ...

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Challenges From the Other Side 1960’s-80’s

Contemporary art began to diversify in terms of style after the mid-1950s, raising questions about existing systems and concepts surrounding art as a discipline. Artists began to direct their attention toward mediums that had yet to be broadly recognized — publications, for example — ...

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Beauty in the Yumeji Style

The bijinga (portraits of beautiful women) by Takehisa Yumeji (1884-1934) portrayed women in such a distinctive manner that it became known as "Yumeji beauty style." Yumeji developed this poetic and minimalist yet romantic style after meeting his wife Tamaki, but it has also been ...

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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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