All tagged Japanese art

Asakura Museum of Sculpture

This museum is located in the house and workshop of the sculptor, Fumio Asakura . Many of Asakura’s sculptures are placed around the house in addition to his books and furnishings. His workshop has high ceilings and a lift to move the sculptures. Cat lovers can see several cat sculptures on the third floor, which formerly served as an orchid room.

Meet the collection

In celebration of the Yokohama Museum of Art’s 30th anniversary, which neatly corresponds with the length of the Heisei era, the museum is marking this milestone with an exhibition from their extensive permanent collection. Works by Japanese artists are interspersed with those by well-known, international artists, with paintings, prints, photographs, sculptures and more on view. The exhibition is made up of two parts: LIFE and WORLD. WORLD ends June 23 and will be replaced by The Eye of a Connoisseur: The Legendary Hara Sankei Collection. LIFE is on view until September 1. Four Japanese artists have curated “encounters” between their own work and works by other artists from the museum collection. Yusuke Asai (partial view of his Tree of Life above) is one of these curators and his section is dramatic.

information or inspiration?

Ready to see beautiful Japanese artwork with a fresh approach? This exhibition lets the viewer experience art through two different perspectives. One calls on the right brain, using your intuition to experience the artwork, the “inspiration” perspective. The other approach provides details for the left brain, allowing the “information”, and a full, unobstructed view of the artwork, to enhance the experience. This exhibition is made up of only 22 works of Japanese ceramics, glassware, incense burners and more, but visitors go through twice, choosing to begin with either the information (white) side or inspiration (black) side.

Let's Talk Art!

The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo (MOMAT) is trying something new. Let’s Talk Art! is a weekly art program, targeted to foreign visitors. The museum is promoting a cross-cultural experience through the exploration of masterpieces of modern Japanese art. The one-hour tour focuses on three pieces of art, chosen by the museum guide. Rather than having an expert tell the participants about the art, the guide encourages discussion about the artwork through questions. This is an opportunity to learn about Japan, its history and its culture through selected artworks.

Weavers of Worlds — A Century of Flux in Japanese Modern / Contemporary Art —

This exhibition commemorates the reopening of the Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo (MOT) and uses the occasion to present a survey of Japanese art of the last 100 years. Different elements of life in Japan across the years are “woven” into this exhibition of artwork. Beginning with 1914 through today, the artwork, mostly paintings, are grouped chronologically, using events such as the Great Kanto Earthquake and World War II, and a variety of artistic themes (light, words, universality) to group works by chapter. The exhibition also includes artwork relating to the Kiba district where the museum is located, highlighting the dramatic changes the area has witnessed in the last 100 years.

Roppongi Crossing 2019: Connexions

Roppongi Crossing is a contemporary art exhibition held every three years. The work of 25 Japanese artists/groups (collectives), born in the 1970s and 1980s, is on display. There are several large scale works, videos, cats, a simulated ocean, glowing honey jars, and more. Themes of connection and disparity in the age of the internet, artificial intelligence, and the current state of Japan are explored.