TABuzz #12 with Tony

Our Guest Blogger gives their recommendations on what’s hot in our new regular column.

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in the area

poster for ”Tamara de Lempicka et son époque”

”Tamara de Lempicka et son époque”

at Bunkamura Museum of Art
in the Shibuya area
This event has ended - (2010-03-06 - 2010-05-09)

poster for Tabaimo

Tabaimo "Danmen"

at Yokohama Museum Of Art
in the Yokohama, Kanagawa area
This event has ended - (2009-12-11 - 2010-03-03)

poster for

"Awareness of Life" Exhibition

at University Museum, The University of Tokyo
in the Ueno, Yanaka area
This event has ended - (2009-12-19 - 2010-03-28)

In Interviews by TABuzz 2010-03-13

This edition of TABuzz’s blogger is “art teller” Tony. Currently working as a museum guide and speaker, Tony also is registered with comedy agency Yoshimoto and is a geinoujin. He uses his own blog to try to make art more easily accessible for people, along with his popular art events that seek to make art intimate and fun.

One such event is on March 13 for the upcoming Renoir exhibition, “The Impressionists were pop culture?!”, which will ask one hundred Akiba types which picture they think is the most moe, and will feature interviews across the area, and announcements on the best Akiba maid café in the country!

Okay, Tony — over to you!

I WANT TO VISIT…

“Tamara de Lempicka et son époque” at Bunkamura (March 6 to May 9)
As a man, the erotic female painter Tamara de Lempicka’s paintings and way of life seem so cool! And as a soushoku danshi [romantically non-aggressive guys], I think you can gain a lot from going!

“Frank Brangwyn Exhibition” at National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo (February 23 to May 30)
It makes for interesting exhibitions when artists not famous in Japan like Latour or Hammershoi get picked up. Frank Brangwyn is also intriguingly unknown so I have high expectations for this show.

“Alfons Mucha: 150 Years Since His Birth” at Mitaka City Gallery of Art (May 22 to July 4) (provisional)
I just love museums. This painter laid the foundations for Nijimoe and so I recommend it for fans.

Yasumasa Morimura”Requiem” at Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography (March 11 to May 9)
Morimura’s stuff tires me out a bit. This new, giant exhibition takes up the second and third floors of the museum and I want to go to test how long I can enter into Morimura’s world for!

Yasumasa Morimura, 'A Requiem: MISHIMA 1970.11.25 - 2006.4.6' (2006)

I WENT TO…

Tabaimo “Danmen” at Yokohama Museum of Art (December 11 to March 3)
The interior of the museum was #$!?#$% (cut for spoilers!) especially for Tabaimo’s show. As soon as I went in I was gobsmacked.

“Awareness of Life” at University Museum, The University of Tokyo (December 19 to March 28)
Because the organizers have created a space that plumbs the depths of despair. How sadistic can you get!

I LIKE GOING TO…

Faret Tachikawa
A set of 110 public art works in front of Tachikawa Station. And it’s free!

Bar Shisu (Asakusa)
A bar inside Amuse Museum. It opens after the museum shuts so it feels like a secret den. The night view is great!

I AM READING…

Kotensha Shinyaku Koten Buko (new translations of classics)
I have bought and read this every month since they started being published. Even if I’m not interested you have to read it. It’s a duty.

Radiwo Wada “Yome ni konai ka?”
When I’m tired or in a rut, or when I want to enjoy something happy. Whenever you read this manga it’s guaranteed to make you laugh.
[Writer’s homepage]

Rayu oil.A 'meat towel'.

I AM BUYING…

Rayu
A great harmony of spice! Put it on rice or tofu.

Meat Towel
When you’re searching for material for blogs, I collect museum goods. Recently I found this replica meat towel! I want to put it round my neck. But wearing it outside might be a bit much…

I AM SURFING…

NHK Kansho Manual Bi no Tsubo
Even if I can’t catch the actual programme, this website has all the content for you! A useful little art archive.

The previous Art Party attracted 150 people.I AM NOTICING…

THE ART PARTY
(formerly known as “Art Lovers GOKON”)
Well, since I was the compere and organizer of this event I of course have to include it! I hope these events become the norm!

MY HOT TIPS ARE…

Meo Saito
I first encountered this artist at last year’s “Artist File”. It was love at first sight.
[Artist homepage]

Nobuhiro Shimura
Last year I saw Shimurana’s video installation at an event in Koganechou and was so impressed! As we change from analogue to digital broadcast, video installations are going to keep on developing.
[Artist homepage]

MY LAST COMMENT IS…

Life is about three times more exciting for people interested in art. Don’t worry about not being able to take in all in — it’s enough just to have fun with what I know.

Tony

Made his debut at Yoshimoto after graduating university. Since 2007 he has alongside his comedy career performed talk events at art museums. In 2008 he did his first “Art Teller” event to make art interesting for viewers, and currently regularly does visitor guidance at museums, art fairs, and art tours.
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