SHOWING NOW

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Toki no Hana

Ever since Naho Iino's elementary school marble and epoxy glue artwork was selected for a craftwork exhibition, the artist has been working exclusively with glass. A Musashino Art University graduate, she continued her studies at the Pilchuck Glass School in Seattle, before she established her ...

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Leiko Ikemura Our Planet: Earth & Stars

Contemporary artist Leiko Ikemura's multimedia works blend painting, drawing, sculpture, watercolor, print, photography and video into installations that address gender issues and other societal observations. After studying at the University of Seville's Faculty of Fine Arts in Spain, Ikemura moved to Switzerland in the ...

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La Caricature is Here!

On Nov. 4, 1830, the first issue of Caricature, edited by Charles Philipon (1800-61), was published in Paris. The groundbreaking weekly magazine, which launched after the July Revolution, was originally a simple publication of illustrations. However, it quickly adopted a political agenda in response ...

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Architectural and Spatial Works Designed for Children

When the modern education system in Japan was established during the Meiji Era (1868-1912), the first school facilities were architecturally based on Western-style buildings. Throughout the ages, schools developed to steel-reinforced concrete buildings, with the introduction of open-classroom teaching during the 1970s. This exhibition chronologically ...

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Direct Perception by Soetsu Yanagi

Soetsu Yanagi (1889-1961), a scholar who specialized in the philosophy of religion, was also a theorist and aesthetician credited for spearheading the mingei (Japanese folk crafts) movement. He is recognized as one of the first people to acknowledge the beauty and skill behind Korean ...

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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 ...

CLOSING SOON

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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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'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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Mingei: Another Kind of Art

In 1925, the Japanese philosopher Muneyoshi Yanagi (1889-1961) coined the term "mingei" to refer to folk arts and crafts that involved high levels of skill but were made by unknown craftspeople. Being created from local materials, made in traditional colors and involving long-established manufacturing ...

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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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