Jan 22, 2015
When it comes to selecting "tortured artists" — those driven to create from the deep wells of their souls by immense suffering — the 20th-century Japanese painter Jiro Oyamada must seem like a shoo-in. The Fuchu Art Museum, in the western suburbs of Tokyo, is now celebrating the 100th anniversary of the artist's birth because he had a close connection to the area before his mysterious disappearance in 1971.
Aug 23, 2014
You won't find an air conditioner in any inmate wings at Fuchu Prison, no matter how hot it is outside. And on this sweltering, cloudless day in August, it is certainly hot. Two members from Drug Addiction Rehabilitation Center (DARC) are preparing to hold a session with a group of repeat drug offenders in a room that is kept cool with only a fan. Vibrant sunlight streams through the lace curtains, giving the scene a somewhat surreal backdrop. Every once and a while, a gust of wind wafts through the room, making the temperature just bearable despite the suffocating heat.
May 23, 2013
Yasuo Kono, a businessman with an interest in art and music, had an eye for acquiring Western-style art. His collection is renowned throughout Japan and has been praised by many for its impressive number of musically inspired modern works. This exhibition showcases 200 paintings from Kono's collection.