“Art as a Haven of Happiness”

Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum

poster for “Art as a Haven of Happiness”

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At the art studios “Atelier Element Present” (Mie and Tokyo) and “Shobu Gakuen” (Kagoshima), people born with Down syndrome and other developmental disabilities are daily producing artworks that evince rich sensibilities and intellectual insight. Their world of jewel-like colors, full of bright, festive energy, easily calls the words “happiness” and “harmony” to mind. Their creative approach—light in spirit and as natural as breathing—seems to epitomize true freedom in art. The profound beauty of form they achieve forces us to reconsider our definition of the word, “disabled.” As a special feature, this exhibition will allow visitors to observe the artists’ production process, normally something only the studio staff is witness to. The exhibition venue will thus become a place to consider anew “the meaning and possibilities of art” in human life. (Some 100 artworks will be presented.)

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Lecture “What has been made, What can be made”
Date: July 26(Sat) 14:00-16:00
Speaker: Shin Fukumori (Shobu Gakuen)

“Art as a Haven of Happiness”
Date: September 15(Mon/Public Holiday) 14:00-17:00
Part 1: Speaker - Genichiro Takahashi(writer) 14:00-15:00
Part 2: Speaker - Hiroatsu Sakuma (Atelier Element Present)
Moderator: Atsuyuki Nakahara (Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum)



from July 26, 2014 to October 08, 2014
Closed Mondays, September 16. (Open September 15 and 22, 2014)



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