All tagged Japanese art

Shiota Chiharu: The Soul Trembles

Red strings, boats, large-scale. This artist’s work is immediately recognizable to those who have seen even one of her larger installations. But these short descriptions of her artwork are reductive and can’t adequately convey the experience of standing in her stunning installations. If you are in Tokyo, you will be lucky enough to see the largest solo exhibition of her work, which spans 25 years of her career. In addition to several large installations, there are sculptures, videos, photographs, drawings and more.

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.

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.