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Turner and the Poetics of Landscape

Turner and the Poetics of Landscape

In a nutshell
This exhibition presents works by John Mallord William Turner. There are over 120 paintings, watercolors and prints of landscapes, seascapes and ruins, depicting scenes from all over England and several sites in Europe. The works are grouped by topic rather than chronologically: topography, seascapes, landscapes of antiquity and mountains.

The venue
The Seiji Togo Memorial Sompo Japan Nipponkoa Museum of Art is located on the 42nd floor of a high rise building in Shinjuku.

English? (labels/audio guides/handouts)
The introduction and chapter/section information is in English but all the wall text and the audio guide are in Japanese only. Landscapes are relatively straight forward but additional biographical or contextual information would make the exhibition more interesting. 

Photos?
Taking photos is not allowed.

The feels
Turner’s immense talent was recognized at a very young age and his genius is recognizable in even his earliest works. The progression of style and technique is subtle through his lifetime. 

Appeal
The mastery of craft and the beauty of the scenery make the works of interest to most art lovers. The detail expressed in his watercolors is worth seeing in person.

How far out?
A five minute walk from the Nishi-Shinkjuku, Shinjuku or Shinkjuku-Nishiguchi Metro/Subway stations or the JR Shinjuku station.

How much time? 
30-45 minutes. 

How much money?
¥1,300 for general admission.

Until when?
July 1, 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
Definitely worth seeing this influential Romantic artist’s landscapes in person.

Links:
http://www.sjnk-museum.org/en/5343.html

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