Communication and Solitude and ARAKI Nobuyoshi Sentimental Journey 1971— 2017—
In a nutshell
Two wonderful photography exhibitions in one museum. Scrolling Through Heisei is a year-long, three-part series and part two is Communication and Solitude, which features contemporary works by Japanese photographers. Araki’s Sentimental Journey is a deeply personal collection of photographs of his wife, Yoko, from the start of their relationship, to their honeymoon and continuing until after her death.
The Tokyo Photographic Art Museum (TOP) re-opened last year after a major renovation. The museum is spacious and modern and the photographs are beautifully arranged and displayed.
English? (labels/audio guides/handouts)
All of the wall text was in Japanese and English. The English language handout for the ARAKI exhibit offered supplemental information about the photographs and Araki’s life. Having these details in hand but off the wall focused attention on the photographs.
Both exhibitions offer intimate images of modern life as viewed through the artist’s lens. Communication and Solitude explores the themes of mothers, death, aging and stereotypes. The photos Araki captured of his beloved wife Yoko’s life and death were emotional.
A must for photography lovers and recommended for anyone interested in contemporary art.
How far out?
A 10 - 15 walk from Ebisu or Meguro metro stations.
How much time?
How much money?
¥1,260 for the two exhibitions general admission
Until September 18, 2017 (Communication and Solitude) and until September 24, 2017 (ARAKI)
Rating: make a special trip, see it if you’re in the area or have some free time, see it only if you like this specific type of art
Definitely see it if you’re in the area, worth a special trip for photography lovers.