poster for "Ai-Mitsu" Exhibition

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Celebrating the 100th anniversary since he was born, this is a retrospective exhibition devoted to an exceptional painter from the World War II period, Ai-Mitsu, who had a huge influence on the history of modern Japanese art.

Ai-Mitsu was born in Hiroshima, moved to Tokyo in 1924 and spent time struggling with his peers from the art group called "Ikebukuro Montparnasse". He made his break-through with a piece called "Landscape with Eyes" in 1938. His works seem largely influenced by Surrealism, yet filled with mystery and originality; the sense of illusion in his paintings is attained after a thorough investigation of subject matter. He died in Shanhai, during the war.

Although there are not that many of his paintings left, he still has a broad reputation for his work. This exhibition consists of four chapters, featuring about 130 paintings including illusionistic pieces, self portraits, and others.

For details of related events, see the venue's homepage (Japanese only).

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Schedule

From 2007-03-30 To 2007-05-27

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Ai-Mitsu

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Reviews

frf_momo36: (2007-04-14 at 23:04)

どろりとしたというか、うっそうとしたというか、作品に対してそんなイメージがあったけど、上京後にいろんなスタイルの絵画を取り入れたという作品群は、魅力的なものがいっぱいだった。
へーこれも靉光作品なんだっていうのがたくさんあって、作品制作の時代背景や心理状況を想像すると、絵の重みをずしっと感じた気がした。

donald_japantimes: (2007-04-16 at 18:04)

Best when grotesque
By C.B. Liddell
Special to The Japan Times

Interest in Ai-Mitsu will always lie in his Surrealist paintings, the dark, tortured still lifes, and the images of the natural world that often have an unwitting Surrealist atmosphere. Though the style was very popular in Japan when he was painting, compared to other painters influenced by it, Ai-Mitsu remained oblivious to much of the intellectual baggage that the movement carried ...

http://search.japantimes.co.jp/cgi-bin/fa20070412a2.html

kgarten: (2007-05-05 at 11:05)

靉光の作品がこれだけ集まることはありません。貴重です。
比較的人も少ないので、じっくりと彼の世界に入ってみると大変面白いと思います。
石鍋シェフプロデュースのレストランも(話題として)オススメです。
http://www1.ttcn.ne.jp.kgarten/

hokkamuri: (2007-05-27 at 14:05)

靉光 展 - 国立近代美術館
http://artronica.jp/ai-mitsu/

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