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Exhibits around the world > Japan December 13, 2006

Posted by grhomeboy in Arts.

KAWAMURA MEMORIAL MUSEUM OF ART > To Dec. 3: “Alberto Giacometti and Yanaihara Isaku.”
The exhibition displays about 140 sculptures, paintings and drawings spanning the artist’s (1901-1966) creative career. A section is devoted to the works and documents born from Giacometti’s friendship with the Japanese philosopher Yanaihara who traveled to Paris to model for the sculptor (nine portraits in oil and two sculptures are in the show).  www.dic.co.jp/eng/museum

HYOGO PREFECTURAL MUSEUM OF ART > To Dec. 17: “Ecole de Paris: Primitivism and Nostalgia.”
In the early 20th century, foreign artists converged on Paris, then the dynamic arts center of the world. Modigliani, Kisling, Chagall, Soutine, Fujita and many others joined a mixture of nationalities, talents and styles that became known as l’Ecole de Paris. Their works were shown at “Salons” and in private commercial galleries. The exhibition of 70 works refers to the artists’ expression of nostalgia for their origins, expressed through different but always colorful pictorial idioms.  www.artm.pref.hyogo.jp

KOBE CITY MUSEUM > To Dec. 25: “Times of Harmony: The Artist’s Paradise in the 19th Century.” The works are on loan from the Musée d’Orsay in Paris. They focus on depictions of the artists’ private lives, favorite places and lifestyles, in their search for an ideal environment, or paradise. Among the artists on display are Whistler, Manet and Monet. The display will travel to Tokyo.  www.city.kobe.jp/cityoffice/57/museum/ (in Japanese)

MIHO MUSEUM > To Dec. 17: “Aesthetic Eyes of Aoyama Jiro.”
Aoyama (1901-1979), an influential literary and artistic figure during Hiro Hito’s reign (1926-1989), was known as an exceptionally astute collector. The exhibit showcases his collection of artworks, including old Chinese, Korean and Japanese pottery and porcelain, as well as the book covers he designed.  www.miho.or.jp

AICHI PREFECTURAL MUSEUM > To Dec. 10: “The Glory of Persia.”
About 200 artifacts on loan from various museums in Iran, including gold objects, tell the glory of 7,000 years of Persian civilization, from the 5th millennium B.C. to the end of the Sasanian era in the 7th century. The exhibition will travel to three other cities in Japan, and possibly to China and South Korea.  www.art.aac.pref.aichi.jp

NAGOYA-BOSTON MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS > To Feb. 4: “Five Centuries of European Portraiture.” Portraits not only reproduce the physical features of a model, they also attempt to capture the social environment and the model’s personality. More than 70 works by Titian, Rembrandt, Gainsborough, Degas, Rodin and Picasso, ranging from life-size to miniatures, from full-length to faces, trace the development of European portrait painting from the 16th through the 20th century. www.nagoya-boston.or.jp

NATIONAL MUSEUM OF ART > To Dec. 24: “Shinji Ogawa.”
This solo exhibition offers the work of Shinji Ogawa (1959- ), who has forged multilayered worlds with his brilliant painting technique. Using famous Western paintings, picture postcards, photographs and woodblock prints as a base, Ogawa alters these works by erasing, supplementing and/or substituting human figures or scenic elements to give rise to a moire in which multiple worlds collide. Six of Ogawa’s “multi-worlds,” including his “Without You” series, “Moire Landscape” and some of his video works, are on view.  www.nmao.go.jp

EDO-TOKYO MUSEUM > To Dec. 10: “The Allure of Edo: Ukiyo-e Painting From the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.”
In the early 20th century, William Bigelow donated thousands of Japanese artworks to the Boston museum, including 700 original ukiyo-e (“floating world” paintings). Ukiyo-e usually brings to mind woodblock printing, but this exhibition of 80 hand-painted screens, scrolls and banners by the main artists of the Edo era, Utamaro, Hokusai and Hiroshige, to name the most famous, shows that the artists’ commissioned works were first done in paint. The exhibition will travel to Fort Worth, Texas, and Toronto before returning to Boston.  www.edo-tokyo-museum.or.jp

MORI ART MUSEUM > To Jan. 8: “Bill Viola: Hatsu-Yume (First Dream).” Viola (born 1951) is an expert practitioner of video as an artistic medium. (One remembers his foray into opera, with his video work used as backdrop to the staging by Peter Sellars for “Tristan und Isolde” in Paris.) This first show in Asia offers 16 works Viola created between 1981 and 2001. They appease, shock, or move the viewers, while consistently addressing the fundamental themes of human condition. The videos will travel to Kobe next year.  www.mori.art.museum

NATIONAL MUSEUM OF WESTERN ART > To Dec. 10: “Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium Exhibition.” On loan from the main Brussels museum, a selection of 70 oil paintings and 39 drawings from the 16th to the 20th century, including works by such Flemish classical masters as Brueghel, Rubens, Van Dyke and Jordaens; Symbolist paintings by Knopf and Ensor, and works by the famous Belgian Surrealists, Magritte and Delvaux. The exhibition will travel to Nagasaki and Osaka.  www.nmwa.go.jp

TOKYO METROPOLITAN ART MUSEUM > To Dec. 24: “Our Landscape: 400 Years of European Paintings from the State Hermitage Museum.” On loan from the vast collection of works in the St. Petersburg museum, a selection of about 80 European paintings from Venetian Renaissance to Picasso. The landscapes, portraits and daily scenes by such masters as Veronese, Claude Lorrain, Ruisdael, Monet, Gauguin and many others reflect these artists’ interpretations of man living in a pastoral or urban environment.  www.tobikan.jp (in Japanese)

TOKYO STATION GALLERY > To Dec. 11: “The Modern Paintings of Viet Nam.” Hanoi has become the center of Vietnam’s rapid cultural renaissance. The exhibition covers the period from early western-art studies, a consequence of the 1925 opening of the first art school in Southeast Asia, through the transition from traditional silk and lacquerware techniques to post-modern trends, demonstrating new expressions and developments in Vietnamese art.  www.ejrcf.or.jp

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