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The PRB hit Tokyo

Feb 6, 2014 | No Comments | 202 views
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Shibuya institution Bunkamura kicks off its 25 year anniversary

Jan 24, 2014 | No Comments | 361 views
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A look at the man behind Charlie Brown

Dec 2, 2013 | No Comments | 488 views
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The ukiyo-e master placed in context

Dec 19, 2012 | No Comments | 1,240 views
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Life-size fun at the Museum of Modern Art Saitama

Aug 16, 2012 | No Comments | 1,575 views
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Art and nature battle it out in Saitama

Jun 14, 2012 | No Comments | 3,382 views
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Get into Noh, face first

Dec 20, 2011 | No Comments | 3,544 views
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Poetry and Old Testament visions make a perfect holiday exhibition

Dec 6, 2011 | No Comments | 2,310 views
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Last weekend of this exhibition evoking 1960s NYC

Nov 25, 2011 | No Comments | 1,549 views
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The 18th-century carry cases are garnering fans beyond the Princess

Oct 4, 2011 | No Comments | 2,082 views
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Get into architecture this fall, with a major symposium and related exhibitions

Sep 24, 2011 | One Comment | 7,294 views
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The Mori Art Museum Director talks Metabolism in this exclusive interview

Sep 21, 2011 | No Comments | 1,472 views
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Modern art with an inherently Japanese aesthetic

Jun 9, 2011 | No Comments | 2,172 views
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On paper, putting ancient Buddhist artifacts next to original artwork from a comic book depicting the life of Buddha might seem somewhat irreverent and even a bit tacky, but “Buddha — The Story in Manga and Art” at the Tokyo National Museum turns out to be a stylish and classy show. This may be because ...

May 12, 2011 | No Comments | 2,905 views
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"Chronicle of Showa Era Erotic Gegika"

Apr 12, 2011 | One Comment | 4,775 views
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In the classic comedy Play it Again, Sam, Woody Allen’s character, in Bogart mode, suavely says, “I love the rain; it washes memories off the sidewalk of life.” Somebody else who loves the rain—and any other kind of inclement weather—is French photographer Christophe Jacrot. This is not because it helps him forget, but because it ...

Mar 17, 2011 | No Comments | 1,940 views
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Masaya Yoshioka’s approach to art is simple. Working as a carpenter, the self-taught artist occasionally puts down his tools to pick up a paintbrush and depict the things that flash through his mind. Being a relatively young, red-blooded heterosexual male, those thoughts are often of naked ladies or couples in flagrante delicto. Using a fluid, ...

Feb 17, 2011 | No Comments | 3,076 views
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Japan’s influence reaches a long way—as far, it turns out, as the small Inuit community of Cape Dorset in the Canadian Arctic. Half a century ago, government worker James Houston introduced Japanese printmaking to the locals as a potential source of income. Since then, the Inuits have used the technique to express their creativity and ...

Jan 20, 2011 | No Comments | 2,236 views
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For me, Argentina has always been two parts Diego Maradona to one part invasion of the Falklands, with a twist of Borges’ “magical realism” thrown in. Now I’ll have to remix this neat little cocktail to include the talents on display at “An Intimate roar about sex, corruption and gamble” (sic), an exhibition of three ...

Dec 9, 2010 | No Comments | 3,016 views
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The demographic trends resulting from its famous “one-child” policy—plenty of male offspring but fewer lassies—mean that China should get used to the idea of a burgeoning gay population. Offering an intriguing insight into the country’s present-day gay scene is Rhapsody for my Wretched Little Universe, at the often interesting Zen Foto Gallery. The exhibition presents ...

Nov 11, 2010 | No Comments | 2,016 views
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Sengai (1750-1837) was the head abbot of Shofuku-ji, a Zen Buddhist temple in Kyushu, but it’s his post-retirement career for which he’s now famous. After stepping down as chief priest, Sengai took up ink painting, turning out rough, doodle-like brushworks, often with verses or proverbs. These were done at the request of local people, including ...

Oct 14, 2010 | One Comment | 2,733 views
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Exploring themes of freedom, martyrdom and history, US artist Paddy Shaw unveils his new exhibition, “Variation on Mission X,” at Hiromart Gallery in Bunkyo-ku. The centerpiece of the show is “The Seven Severed Heads” series, which features iconic victims of oppression, ranging from Scottish hero William Wallace to modern figures like film director Theo Van ...

Sep 16, 2010 | No Comments | 1,731 views
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New technology spreads fastest if it can be adapted to a sexual purpose. Without the appeal of erotic application, inventions like videotape, internet and 3D TV would probably still be looking for start-up capital. As demonstrated by the new exhibition “Look at Me! Portrait Photographs of Nude” (sic), photography in the 19th century was no ...

Aug 26, 2010 | No Comments | 2,054 views
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It’s no coincidence that the Sompo Japan Museum of Art is hosting its new show, “World of Trick Art: It’s Fun to be Fooled,” during summer. As the saying goes, “children of all ages” will enjoy this exhibition, including those who are actually on their school holidays. Just so we don’t get too confused, the ...

Aug 12, 2010 | No Comments | 2,336 views
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No one who visited the Lucie Rie exhibition at the National Art Center Tokyo recently could have failed to notice the prominent part played in the ceramic artist’s career by Hans Coper (1920-81). Like Rie, Coper was a Jew from Central Europe who escaped the Nazi takeover and the ovens of Auschwitz and found himself ...

Jul 29, 2010 | No Comments | 3,253 views
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Toyoshige Watanabe is one of those Japanese artists whose work is full of twee humor and visual puns of the kind that would work well in children’s picture books. Using a formal language that owes a great deal to Taro Okamoto, he paints and sculpts works that are just sophisticated enough to please curators but ...

Jul 1, 2010 | No Comments | 2,541 views
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“The Japanese eat sushi all the time. And they are obsessed with kinky sex.” These are just a couple of the prejudices that Westerners have about Japan, according to Boris Hoppek, yet another German artist seemingly paying off his country’s moral deficit from WWII by banging on about tolerance and political correctness. In Ever, his ...

Jun 17, 2010 | No Comments | 3,447 views
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The sea is often associated with peace and serenity, but the reality is more complex. On the shoreline, the incessant crashing of waves is testament to the eternal battle with the land, while further out the vastness of the ocean holds a perpetual sense of horror and dread that fuels our sense of the sublime. ...

Jun 3, 2010 | One Comment | 1,500 views
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One reason the Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo was built so far from the city center was because it needed a big site, not only to run two exhibitions at a time (as it usually does) but also to store its massive collection of modern art. So what do you do when you have a ...

May 20, 2010 | No Comments | 1,727 views
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In certain walks of life, fame is a concept-driven thing—the more offbeat and unforgettable your concepts are, the more chance you have of standing out from the crowd. But in the world of fashion, where everybody has the same idea, this is not as easy as it sounds. One designer who has managed to take ...

May 6, 2010 | No Comments | 1,405 views
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Can there be filthy art and beautiful pornography? In a world where contemporary art is often lurid and explicit, and where “porn” can include the serenely beautiful work of Italian photographer Guido Argentini, the answer is clearly yes. Delicately poised on the fine line between art and smut, Argentini’s latest show, “Love Lyric” at Galerie ...

Apr 23, 2010 | No Comments | 2,074 views
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Artist File, the annual group show of “currently active artists” at the National Art Center Tokyo, is always interesting. But it’s important to remember that the selections are made by a committee of curators on the public payroll, keen to show just how vital they are. This creates an unfortunate tendency to give visitors a ...

Apr 9, 2010 | No Comments | 1,156 views
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Showing until April 11 at the National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo, Ono Chikkyo—120 Years After His Birth is a major retrospective of one of the most accessible of Japan’s nihonga painters. Born in 1889 and painting up until his death in 1979, Ono demonstrates some of the currents that flowed through Japanese neo-traditional art ...

Mar 26, 2010 | No Comments | 2,073 views
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It’s not the meek who will inherit the Earth; it’s the breeders. Japan has finally woken up to this fact and is taking steps to counteract the silvering of the national demographic by encouraging women to use their ovaries more. Moreover, this imperative is now finding its way into culture expression. Nobuyoshi Araki + Katsura ...

Mar 11, 2010 | One Comment | 11,990 views
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There’s no point having your own museum if you can’t use it to occasionally blow the family trumpet. That’s part of the story behind Hina Dolls of the Mitsui Family at the Mitsui Memorial Museum, showing the ornamental dolls once owned by the daughters of the powerful plutocrats. Japan has always had a strong doll ...

Feb 25, 2010 | No Comments | 1,527 views
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Realism is a troubling concept. Behind it lies the assumption that there is some objective “reality” on which we can all agree. Everyday Life, a retrospective of paintings by Masayoshi Aigasa (b. 1939) at the Sompo Japan Museum of Art, shows just how shaky such a premise is. Aigasa, a so-called realist painter, calmly and ...

Feb 10, 2010 | No Comments | 1,335 views
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A lot of places around the world are going through hard times at the moment. Helsinki-based artists Tellervo Kalleinen and Oliver Kochta-Kalleinen have found a unique way to tap into the international angst and occasional black humor this generates with their “complaints choirs.” Visiting various cities around the world, the pair has been inviting ordinary ...

Jan 28, 2010 | No Comments | 1,399 views
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Settai Komura (1887–1940) was one of the busiest artists of his day. As a kabuki stage set designer, he produced around 200 sets, and in his role as book illustrator he worked on around 300 publications. In between, Komura also found time to produce woodblock prints, paintings and designs for various items, ranging from advertisement ...

Jan 14, 2010 | No Comments | 2,333 views
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The first key to success in life is getting into the right business at the right time. This was certainly not the case for Kiyokata Kaburaki, who set out to become a traditional Japanese painter in a period when the nation was agog with Western art, culture and fashions. Along with a few likeminded artists, ...

Dec 11, 2009 | No Comments | 2,387 views
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The starting point of Luxury in Fashion Reconsidered—a major fashion-themed exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo—is the need to revamp the idea of luxury for a post-credit-crunch, “herbivore” Japan that has been partly freed from the malevolent spell of brand-name-driven, Bubble-era consumerism. The exhibition presents an extensive historical survey of female Western fashions, ...

Nov 25, 2009 | No Comments | 1,992 views
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