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Kumagai Morikazu: The Joy of Life

Kumagai Morikazu: The Joy of Life

In a nutshell
Deceptively simple paintings of animals, flowers, insects and plants by Kumagai Morikazu are strikingly beautiful. Using bright colors, interesting color combinations and bold outlines, the artist demonstrates his joy in producing art, of life and of living. The exhibition includes over 200 works from all points of Kumagai Morikazu’s life. The Craft Gallery’s Cherishing Nature: Masterpieces of Japanese Modern Crafts from the Museum Collection is definitely worth including in your visit (until February 18, 2018).

The venue
The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo’s exhibition space is on the first floor, with works from the museum’s permanent collection on the 2nd-4th floors. The ticket price includes the permanent collection and the Crafts Gallery down the street. 

English? (labels/audio guides/handouts)
All of the information is translated into English. The audio guide is available in English as well. 

The feels
The bright colors and simple compositions and forms convey striking beauty and evoke strong feelings.

Appeal
Those who enjoy the journey of an artist’s transition through time, nature lovers, and those who appreciate a bold use of color. Appealing to children as well (those who can handle a museum visit).

How far out?
A five minute walk from the Takebashi metro station. The Crafts Gallery is a good ten minute walk from the main museum.

How much time? 
30-45 minutes. 

How much money?
¥1,400 for general admission. ¥520 for the audio guide.

Until when?
March 21, 2018

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
Worth a special trip.

Links:
http://www.momat.go.jp/english/am/exhibition/kumagai-morikazu/
and http://kumagai2017.exhn.jp/ (with a link to an English outline)

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