"Masao Tsuruoka - A Centenary Retrospective" Exhibition
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This artist continuously asked the question of what human beings are. He was an artist honest with himself, changing styles frequently in his pre-war works. After the war, his brilliance as a painter of Yoga (western style painting) was recognized through his works that depicted the feelings of the post-war repressed Japanese and the aftermath of the atomic bomb. Other series, which showed an affinity towards those faceless citizens of the city, were quietly humorous and even erotic. The underlying theme is his acute observation of human beings and his questioning of what it means to be human. This exhibition commemorating the 100th anniversary of his birth features 150 works including oil paintings, pastels, sketches and sculptures.
Lecture by Yasuyuki Tokue, Gunma Prefecture Tatebayashi Museum curatorial group leader
July 14th, 13:00-15:00
Please send a fax to 046-875-2968 with your name, address, phone and fax number by July 6th to participate.
Summer Vacation Children's Art Program "Discovery! What Lives in Paintings" is a program through which children can practice looking at paintings with cards and games, then make new discoveries through Tsuruoka's works.
-Date: August 18th (Sat)
-Morning session: 10:00-12:30; Afternoon session: 14:00-16:30
-For whom: 12 children from 5th Grade to Junior High School age (participation with parents and siblings allowed)
-Fee: Free (Adults will need a museum entrance ticket)
-To reserve a spot: Send a fax (0467-23-2464) with participant's name, age, address, phone/fax number and session of choice to the museum's "Hakken! Enonakaniikirumono" department by August 10th, 17:00.
[Image: "Omoi Te (The Heavy Hand)" 1949 (oil on canvas), Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo collections]
From 2007-06-30 To 2007-09-02
Japan's saucy chameleon of Modernism
By C.B. Liddell
Special to The Japan Times
Tsuruoka's characteristic style, with its simple, disparate shapes and basic colors owes much to Western modernist art. But what Tsuruoka adds is an element of animism and a lot of low-brow humor that makes these paintings modernist equivalents of the saucy seaside postcards by British cartoonist Donald McGill ...