All tagged Marunouchi

Parabola of Pre-Raphaelitism

This exhibition highlights the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, founded by William Holman Hunt, John Everett Millais and Dante Gabriel in 1848. This art movement was championed by the art critic and artist, John Ruskin. This brotherhood desired art similar to that before the time of Raphael, using intense colors, focusing on nature and Biblical and historical themes. The exhibition consists of artwork by all of these artists and continues through to the work of other Brotherhood associates, Edward Burne-Jones in particular and the decorative arts of William Morris.

The Phillips Collection: A Modern Vision

In 1921 Duncan Phillips opened what is considered to be the first museum devoted in modern art in the United States. The Phillips Collection is located in Washington, DC and even those who have visited this museum will appreciate the works in this exhibition. The artworks are grouped by the decade they were acquired and this, together with the exhibition text, provides interesting insight into Duncan Phillips the art collector. His emphasis on collecting the most unique, rather than the most famous or representative, examples of an artist’s work provides the viewer with the opportunity to see some of the world’s most famous artists in new ways.

Yoshimura Yoshio: Beyond Hyper-realism

Yoshimura Yoshio’s drawings depict everyday scenes, hyper realistic recreations of newspapers, self-portraits on actual newspapers, and renditions of flowers that are so realistic that they look like photographs at first glance. Over 60 works and 600 items make up the retrospective of this incredibly gifted artist and must be seen in person to be fully appreciated.

KAZAN - A Superb Imagination at Work

With over 100 pieces, many from outside Japan, this collection of work by Yokoyama Kazan is an unparalleled opportunity to see a survey of the work of a master. Kazan’s ability to adapt his style to fit the subject matter and his use of perspective make this exhibition especially interesting for the viewer. A 30 meter long scroll with beautifully intricate paintings of the Gion (Kyoto) festival in its entirety is so rare and detailed that scholars use Kazan’s work as an historical reference. Humorous depictions of people, landscapes, birds and flowers and daily life are rendered in sketches, ink drawings, and paintings on scrolls and screens.

Admiration for Sengai

Sengai was a Zen priest known for his ink drawings. He lived to be 88 years old and completed most of his drawings after his retirement at age 60. He saw long life as a gift and desired to pass along guidance toward enlightenment. The drawings depict famous places from his travels, landscapes, animals and flowers. English speakers miss out as none of the writing/calligraphy on the drawings is translated into English.

Kengo Kuma: a LAB for materials

This survey of the work of the architect Kengo Kuma is sectioned by materials: bamboo, wood, stone, glass, metal, and more. Models, photographs, architectural drawings, samples of building materials, and graphics demonstrating how pieces are put together do a great job representing a wide variety of structures. Kengo Kuma is represented through his work; there is no information about the architect himself.

Flore d’Odilon Redon

This exhibition is built around the museum’s stunning Grand Bouquet, a large pastel showpiece from the dining room at the Château de Domecy in France. The Musée d’Orsay loaned the other 15 decorative panels from the château for the exhibition. The curators did a nice job of helping the viewer mentally place the panels in the dining room. In addition there are early charcoals and lithographs and later colorful flowers, butterflies and other flora and fauna.

Prints in Paris 1900: From Elite to the Street

Bold, graphic posters by Toulouse-Lautrec and other French artists depicting daily life, including the cabaret scene. Many of these works were used as advertisements on the street and the large ‘popular graphics’ caught the eye of passersby. The prints, including many lithographs, are in color or bold black and white.

Marc Chagall: The Third Dimension

While Marc Chagall is most famous for his paintings, he produced works in many different formats. This exhibit focuses on the connection between his two dimensional works and his three dimensional ceramics and sculptures. Many sculptures are bas-relief carvings in marble and look like a natural extension of his paintings. The audio guide provides insight into the artist’s vertical sculptures, his technique of melding bodies of couples into one form, the reason why he depicts animals so frequently and his love of his home, Vitebsk, Belarus.