Gustav Klimt: Behind all that glitters

Art May 7, 2019

Gustav Klimt: Behind all that glitters

by Jeff Michael Hammond

Decorative gold surfaces and images of radiant women define the work of Gustav Klimt (1862-1918) for many people. The Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum's current exhibition, however, highlights lesser-known aspects of the Austrian artist's career, offering more insight into the man behind the works. Designed ...

The textural flair of Tiziano Vecellio

Art Feb 7, 2017

The textural flair of Tiziano Vecellio

by Jeff M. Hammond

Bold in color and expressive in texture, the works of Venetian painters have their own distinctive place within Renaissance art. Taking the lead was Titian (1488/90 -1576), who became official painter to the Venetian Republic, and whose fame spread across the Europe of his ...

Ito Jakuchu: Quite the rare bird

Art May 10, 2016

Ito Jakuchu: Quite the rare bird

by C.B. Liddell

The best time to see Ito Jakuchu's work was back in 2000 or 2006, when there were two major exhibitions that aimed to re-evaluate the underappreciated 18th-century Kyoto painter. Now that re-evaluation has picked up plenty of steam we are currently experiencing a powerful "Jakuchu ...

Monet's experiments meet his masterpieces

Art Oct 20, 2015

Monet's experiments meet his masterpieces

by C.B. Liddell

To anyone familiar with art exhibitions in Japan, it is clear that Impressionism is one of the most well-known and most-loved of all the "isms" and movements of Western art. The name of the movement is believed to have come from a 1872 painting ...

History that's been brilliantly objectified

Art Apr 25, 2015

History that's been brilliantly objectified

by Mio Yamada

When "A History of the World in 100 Objects" aired its final episode on Oct. 22, 2010, millions of loyal listeners eagerly tuned in. The BBC Radio 4 series, on which the current exhibition of British Museum artifacts at the Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum is ...

Neo-impressionism: color-coded familiarities

Art Feb 19, 2015

Neo-impressionism: color-coded familiarities

by C.B. Liddell

The term "neo-impressionism" suggests a sequel to impressionism and, just like with movie sequels, there is a faint lowering of expectations. But this is entirely the wrong way to approach "Neo-Impressionism: from Light to Color" at the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Art. Some visitors will ...

'Group Show of Contemporary Artists 2014'

Art / Openings In Tokyo Nov 27, 2014

'Group Show of Contemporary Artists 2014'

by Daisuke Kikuchi

In support of the activities of up-and-coming artists across the country, Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum is holding its third edition of "Group Show of Contemporary Artists," an exhibition separated into six different themes that this year include the Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami, contemporary ...

Art from the margins of society

Events / Events In Tokyo Aug 13, 2014

Art from the margins of society

by Masami Ito

A show of brilliant color combinations, unusual shapes and a creative use of materials, "Art as a Haven of Happiness" at the Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum showcases the work of artists with Down syndrome and other disabilities. Free of any fixed ideas or concepts ...

'Best Selection 2014'

Art / Openings In Tokyo Apr 30, 2014

'Best Selection 2014'

by Daisuke Kikuchi

Since 2012, the Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum has been holding annual exhibitions in collaboration with selected arts groups and associates in Japan, in order to revitalize artistic activities by exhibiting fresh work from their favorite artists. This year, there will be 163 artworks by 151 ...

'Island View:  Why Artists Focus on Islands'

Art / Openings In Tokyo Feb 12, 2014

'Island View: Why Artists Focus on Islands'

by Hanna Lange

More of an observation than a scholarly title, this exhibition, organized by Tokyo Wonder Site gallery with the Tokyo Metropolitan Foundation for History and Culture, explores a recent trend of young artists choosing "islands" as a topic for their work. Some of the artists grew ...