'Information or Inspiration?': The paths of perception

Art May 21, 2019

'Information or Inspiration?': The paths of perception

by Mio Yamada

A review of "Information or Inspiration?" at the Suntory Museum of Art almost needs a spoiler alert — it includes many surprises that make it more than a showcase of glassware, lacquerware, enamel, ceramic and calligraphy works: It's an immersive, thought-provoking experience.

'Prayers to Water'

Art / Openings In Tokyo Dec 15, 2015

'Prayers to Water'

by Daisuke Kikuchi

Dec. 16-Feb. 7 As an island, Japan has always been strongly influenced by water. Water has not only been revered in religion and culture, but also in the Japanese language, with references to it in idioms such as "mizu no shitataru," which literally translates to ...

'Celestial Dance:  The Art of Hiten'

Art / Openings In Tokyo Nov 20, 2013

'Celestial Dance: The Art of Hiten'

by Jordan Sievers

Hiten, bodhisattvas that fly and dance in praise of Buddha, are wondrous beings, sometimes refered to as "flying angels." This exhibition focuses on the Buddhist symbols and their portrayal in various art forms, including sculptures and paintings. Ahead of the reopening of the renovated ...

The different brush strokes of Tani Buncho

Art Jul 17, 2013

The different brush strokes of Tani Buncho

by Rhiannon Paget

The latest exhibition at the Suntory Museum of Art commemorates the 250th anniversary of the birth of Tani Buncho — a painter, connoisseur and art historian of formidable energy and with an insatiable drive for knowledge. Of samurai lineage, Buncho underwent foundational art training ...