Dialogue with Trees- Five Stories of Rebirth and Renewal

Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum

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The Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum, founded in Ueno Park in 1926, will hold the exhibition “Dialogue with Trees—Five Stories of Rebirth and Renewal” in marking its 90th anniversary this year. Through the work of five contemporary artists—Takamasa Kuniyasu, Yoshihiro Suda, Kyoji Takubo, Yoshimasa Tsuchiya, and Katsura Funakoshi—the exhibition will introduce viewers to the expressive depth of artworks that employ wood as a medium.
As living entities, trees have been an integral part of human life since ancient times, and they are also a symbol of hope. This exhibition, held five years after the 3.11 earthquake and tsunami, will present a range of artworks under the theme, “Trees: rebirth and renewal.”
Kuniyasu, employing logs and ceramic blocks, creates large-scale installations that pulse with vitality, while Suda imparts new character to a space by installing minutely rendered sculptures of plants so real they are easily mistaken for the actual thing. Takubo, who in past works applied gold flake to scrap wood, will this time undertake an outdoor installation centered on an aged gingko tree. Tsuchiya, meanwhile, creates an illusionistic world by carving figures of animals and mythical beasts, and Funakoshi has pioneered new territory in sculpture with unusually shaped human figures, such as his portrait sculptures and “Sphinx Series” works. Through “five stories” by five artists, each one unique, the exhibition will allow visitors to experience the deeply mysterious symbolism enabled by wood as a medium.

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from July 26, 2016 to October 02, 2016
Closed on every Monday. Open on September 19th. Open until 20:00 on Fridays (expect September 23th & 30th), until 21:00 on August 5th, 6th, 12th, 13th, September 9th, 10th.

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