Foujita: A Retrospective Commemorating the 50th Anniversary of his Death
In a nutshell
This retrospective of the Japanese/French artist Léonard Tsuguhara Foujita encompasses over 120 works, assembled from all over the world, from all periods of the artist’s life. The exhibition highlights his particular style, both personal and artistic, which might be described as his brand today. The works include his portraits and self-portraits, “milky white” nudes, art from his travels, his war paintings, and concludes with the art inspired by his conversion to Catholicism. And cats are a theme throughout.
The exhibit space consists of three floors of the Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum.
English? (labels/audio guides/handouts)
The introduction, chapter and title cards are in English but all of the extended captions and other historical information is in Japanese only. Thankfully the audio guide is in English and includes additional information about the artwork and biographical details.
No photos allowed.
Foujita’s singular style and technique is striking to view in person.
Anyone who has admired any of Foujita’s work, from his depictions of cats to his famous “milky white nudes”, should not miss this opportunity to see his art in person.
How far out?
About 10 minutes from JR Ueno Station Park Exit, Exit 7 of the Ueno Tokyo Metro Station, and Ueno Station of the Keisei Line.
How much time?
About an hour with the audio guide.
How much money?
¥1,600 for general admission
October 8, 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
Make a special trip.