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TOSHIKO OKANOUE, Photo Collage : The Miracle of Silence

Toshiko Okanoue is known for her black and white photo collages, using images from print magazines. Influenced by Max Ernst and Shuzo Takiguchi, a Japanese Surrealist, her collages are truly surreal, often featuring women from fashion magazines placed in a variety of locations with unrealistic proportions. The exhibition also includes dressmaking patterns from her youth, photographs, source magazines and a few paintings. The museum has included several designer dresses (Dior, Balenciaga) from the Kyoto Costume Institute.

Sophie Calle: Exquisite Pain

Reading any news about art in Tokyo, it is hard to miss Sophie Calle, that her work has appeared in four different venues in February: a video installation at Shibuya Crossing (finished), a gallery show at Perrotin in Roppongi (the above photo), Parce que at Gallery Koyangi in Ginza, and Exquisite Pain: From the Hara Museum Collection. Exquisite Pain was previously shown at the Hara Museum in 1999-2000, when the museum acquired the entire collection, and is now shown again in its entirety. Calle demonstrates the pain of a romantic breakup through a countdown, using letters, photographs, and other mementos to tick off the days. The count up alternates Calle’s recounting of the breakup with painful stories and accompanying photographs from the stories of others.

Michael Kenna: A 45 Year Odyssey 1973-2018

In the mood to get away, if only for a few minutes, and immerse yourself in beauty? This exhibition is a collection of stunningly gorgeous black and white photographs of landscapes from all over the world. Some shots are from world famous locales like Versailles or New York City. Others are so “simple” that the invoke minimalist paintings, such as photographs of snow scenes in Hokkaido. There are two special sections with photographs: Japanese nudes and haunting scenes from holocaust sites.

ArchitectureXPhotography: A Light Existing Only Here

This exhibition is an interesting exploration of the relationship between photography and architecture. Buildings have been the subject of photography from its inception, at first because they are static and later because of photography’s ability to document changes in urban environments. Taken mostly from the museum’s collection, the exhibition demonstrates the early history of architectural photography, then groups various types of architecture by photographer, including some famous sites from around the world.

Pierre Bonnard, The Never-Ending Summer

Pierre Bonnard was a member of the French artist group called the Nabis (from the Hebrew word navi, meaning prophet). He was also influenced by Japanese art, including ukiyo-e, so much so that he was called le Nabi très japonard. This retrospective of Bonnard’s paintings, prints and photographs are organized by Japanese influence, work in graphic arts, and photographs. His paintings move from emphasizing light and shadow to the influence of impressionism, a focus on intimacy and daily life, to landscapes from Normandy and southern France.