"Yumeji Takehisa -the World of Performing Arts II"

Takehisa Yumeji Museum

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Takehisa's hometown of Honjo village, Oku county in Okayama prefecture was a shukubamachi (post station) where the performing arts had long flourished. Born into a family of art lovers and growing up in a village where performing artists like Echigo lion dancers and joruri puppeteers came and went incessantly, Takehisa nurtured his own interest in Japanese traditional arts. Some of his work reflects his extensive study of and fascination with this particular genre.
Takehisa experienced not only traditional Japanese arts such as joruri and kabuki, which he saw in his childhood, but also western plays performed at the Geijutsu-za, whose sponsor Hogetsu Shimamura was also his former teacher at Waseda University. He also took inspiration for his work from the theatrical designs for children's plays written by Ujaku Akita. Takehisa also showed a strong interest in new forms of entertainment: cinema, as well as Ballets Russes (Russian Ballet) which created a worldwide sensation at the time.
This exhibition introduces the world of performing arts from the Taisho period through Takehisa's works, inspired by the theater, opera and film.

-Gallery Talk by Curator
November 9th (Sun) 15:00-
Free. Reservation not required.

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From 2008-10-02 To 2008-12-23

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Yumeji Takehisa

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