Newspapers Roundup #2

The past week’s art columns as read in the Japan Times, Daily Yomiuri, and Asahi online newspapers.

In In the News by Paul Baron 2006-10-05 : In Sight/Arts

Rare originals by ukiyo-e masters back in Japan after lengthy stay in Boston (09/29)

Rare original paintings by Katsushika Hokusai, Kitagawa Utamaro and other ukiyo-e masters from the Edo Period (1603-1867) are making a reappearance in Japan after a long stay abroad. “The Allure of Edo” will be on display Oct. 21-Dec. 10 at the Edo-Tokyo Museum, after stopping in Kobe and Nagoya. The exhibition features about 80 master drawings by more than 30 artists. The works come from the collection of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. …

Dali retrospective finds time to linger over flamboyant body of work (09/29)

A look back at Salvador Dali’s fantastic, surreal world is under way at the Ueno Royal Museum in Tokyo. “Dali: Centennial Retrospective” commemorates–albeit two years late here–the 100th year of the iconic Catalan-Spanish artist’s birth in 1904. The retrospective includes about 60 oil paintings and 30 drawings from two museums: the Dali Theater-Museum in Figueres, Spain, where the Gala-Salvador Dali Foundation is based, and the Salvador Dali Museum in St. Petersburg, Florida. The exhibition invites visitors to a “theater of mystery” where they can take pleasure in pondering the enigmas of Dali’s oeuvre. …
TAB event data: 100 Years since Dalí’s Birth – A Centennial Retrospective (until 2007/01/04)

Daily Yomiuri Online : Arts Weekend

‘Documenta 12’ aims to remove barriers to contemporary art (09/30)

Next summer’s Documenta 12 contemporary art exhibition will “take away barriers that are in between people and the contemplation of the art works,” said event curator Ruth Noack at a press conference in Tokyo earlier this week….

How Dali discovered his voice (09/30)

It’s impossible for the contemporary viewer to get any sense of the shock and surprise that greeted Surrealist paintings by Salvador Dali (1904-89) when they were first shown. More than almost any other painter, his works have been reproduced, copied and parodied in countless different media, rendering them banal through overfamiliarity. All of which means that, for this viewer at least, it is the less familiar early works that catch the eye at Dali: Centennial Retrospective–the comprehensive exhibition of the artist’s works now on at the Ueno Royal Museum in Ueno Park, Tokyo. …
TAB event data: 100 Years since Dalí’s Birth – A Centennial Retrospective (until 2007/01/04)

Masterpieces from Austria (09/30)

The Kunsthistoriches Museum, Vienna is a must-see destination for lovers of classical art who travel to the capital city of Austria. Those interested in late 19th-century to early 20th-century art also should visit the Secession, where they can see mural paintings by Gustav Klimt. But there is another must-see gallery that stands midway between these two. Masterpieces from The Academy of Fine Arts Vienna–running until Nov. 12 at Seiji Togo Memorial Sompo Japan Museum of Art in Shinjuku, Tokyo–showcases the stunningly rich collection of paintings from the titular academy, which is Austria’s most prestigious national sanctuary for art…
TAB event data: Masterpieces from the Vienna Art Academy (until 11/12)

Osamu Tezuka’s Chinese inspiration (09/30)

It is well known that manga legend Osamu Tezuka (1928-1989) was inspired by Walt Disney’s animated films when he was a child and that he reproduced the pictures by sketching them. Less well known is how he was also inspired by a Chinese animated film–a fact revealed at an exhibition of his creative origins now under way in Tokyo…

The Japan Times Online

“Yosuke Amemiya: Translator’s High” (10/05)

One problem with video art is that the screen’s two-dimensional world can’t always hold its audience. What to buy for dinner, the pressures of work or the simple fact that often there’s no space to sit, sometimes seem more pressing. At Yosuke Amemiya’s current show however, thoughts of dinner maybe a little easier to ignore….
TAB event data: Yosuke Amemiya “Translator’s High” (until 10/14)

A daughter’s conversation (10/05)

At last year’s Venice Biennale, photographer Miyako Ishiuchi (b. 1947) represented Japan with her “mother’s” photography series. Featuring mostly black-and-white prints of her late mother’s possessions — lingerie, shoes and cosmetics — it was one of the biennale’s highlights…
TAB event data: Miyako Ishiuchi “Mother’s” (until 11/05)

Departing director created a new platform for contemporary art in Tokyo (10/05)

It would have been difficult to find a more dramatic backdrop for last week’s press conference announcing that Mori Art Museum’s British-born director David Elliott will be leaving after October, and that his second-in-command, Fumio Nanjo, will take over the helm of Japan’s largest privately endowed art institution…

Paul Baron

Paul Baron. Born in 1977 in Paris. After graduating in 2002 from the London College of Communication, he moved to Tokyo to taste Japan's powerful visual culture. After 3 years at Honda R&D as an interaction designer and his 2004 launch of Tokyo Art Beat with Olivier and Kosuke, he now works as a usability and information designer at AQ, a Tokyo-based design & web agency. After-hours, he enjoys holding on to his rapidly fading unofficial title for biggest visitor of art exhibits in Tokyo and baking all sorts of cakes in his new Ikea kitchen. » See other writings


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