Senior Tokyo Fuji Art Museum officials led by Executive Advisor Hiromasa Ikeda and Director Akira Gokita met with Prime Minister Matteo Renzi of the Republic of Italy in Kyoto on August 4. The museum presented the Italian prime minister with a catalogue book of the exhibition, ““Leonardo da Vinci and The Battle of Anghiari: The Mystery of Tavola Doria,” that will begin its Kansai run at The Museum of Kyoto from August 22.
Prime Minister Renzi was in Japan to promote initiatives to further facilitate goodwill and exchange with Japan.August 6, 2015
A retrospective exhibition of the works of Amedeo Modigliani is being held at Hangaram Art Museum in Korea from June 26 to October 4, 2015. For the first time in Korea, this exhibition highlights the life and paintings of the artist known as “the legend of Montparnasse.”
The exhibition brings together Modigliani’s works from 20 different museums, including the National Museum of Modern Art in Paris and Musée National Picasso-Paris. Tokyo Fuji Art Museum has loaned a portrait of Dr. Paul Alexandre for the exhibition.
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The Tokyo Fuji Art Museum opened the “From Hokusai to Hiroshige: Grand Masters of Ukiyo-e” exhibition at The Oscar Niemeyer Museum in Curitiba, Brazil on June 20.
This year marks the 120th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Brazil and Japan and the centennial anniversary of the arrival of the first Japanese immigrants in the state of Paraná. The art exhibition was among the public events celebrating the occasion.
Seventy woodblock prints from TFAM collection, including the most iconic Ukiyo-e woodblock prints such as Katsushika Hokusai’s “Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji” and Utagawa Hiroshige’s “Fifty-three Stations on the Tokaido,” were exhibited.
The opening ceremony—which began with an orchestral performance, followed by a message from Daisaku Ikeda, who founded TFAM—was attended by Governor of Paraná Paulino Viapiana. Other speakers at the event were its Kenichi Hirano, director of the Curatorial Department; Director-President and CEO of the Oscar Niemeyer Museum; Juliana Vosnika; and Congressman Luiz Nishimori.
In closing, the governor expressed his heartfelt gratitude for the holding of the exhibition. Sharing his hopes for the exhibition’s success, he remarked that the appreciation of art is at the essence of our humanity. TFAM secretariat Hiromasa Ikeda took part in the ribbon cutting ceremony.June 22, 2015
On May 25, the opening ceremony for “Leonardo da Vinci and The Battle of Anghiari: The Mystery of Tavola Doria” was held at the Tokyo Fuji Art Museum. Five hundred and fifty guests attended the event including his Excellency Domenico Giorgi, Ambassador of the Italian Republic to Japan and Ugo Sorangni, representative of the Italian Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities and Tourism and also director of Italian Museums.
“The Battle of Anghiari” is one of the largest mural projects undertaken by Leonardo da Vinci. It is ranked among the most ambitious decorative works in the history of Italian Renaissance art but never completed. Only tantalizing hints of what may have been are left for latter generations to marvel at, puzzle over and debate.
This exhibition received considerable media coverage before it opened.
Visitors at the special opening exhibition viewed the premiere of the “Tavola Doria,” a renowned oil painting believed to represent what was to be the central portion of da Vinci’s original mural, as well as his preparatory studies and sketches. Also included is a three-dimensional reproduction of “Tavola Doria.”
The exhibition runs from May 26 to August 9.May 25, 2015
A three-dimensional sculpture of Leonard da Vinici’s famous “Tavola Doria” measuring 60cm by 40cm was constructed with the cooperation of Tokyo University of the Arts Professor Satoru Kitago and his team and is now on display at the Tokyo Fuji Art Museum.
The “Tavola Doria” painting depicts a key scene in the design for the mural of “The Battle of Anghiari,” with four warriors on horses in a deadly clash. The reproduction of this dynamic scene as a sculpture brings vividly to life da Vinci’s artistic excellence that has influenced so many artists then and now.May 22, 2015
On Wednesday, April 29, TFAM Director Akira Gokita gave a special lecture at the opening of the exhibition “Feast of Beauty: 300 Years of Western Painting From Baroque and Rococo to Ecole de Paris” at the Tokushima Modern Art Museum.
He spoke on the history of paintings featured in the exhibition and shared anecdotes related to them. The exhibition was held from April 29 to June 21 before moving to the Yawatahama City Gallery in Ehime Prefecture, where it will run from June 27 to August 30.April 30, 2015
On April 4 the Tokyo Fuji Art Museum opened “Robert Capa, the 101st Year: They All Adored Bob” exhibition, a retrospective on the life, works and legacy of the famed American photojournalist. In addition to Capa’s vintage photographs, the camera he was using when he was killed by a mine while covering the Vietnam War is also on display.April 4, 2015
On March 11, volunteer staff members of the National Museum of Western Art in Tokyo took part in a Gallery Talk training session organized by the Tokyo Fuji Art Museum. Gallery Talks are interactive events conducted by TFAM curators, who provide commentary on an artwork on display, including insights on the artist and historical background, while answering questions fielded by visitors.
The training session was held at the request of the national museum volunteers, who were also able to view TFAM’s “Grand Masters of Ukiyo-e” exhibition as part of the event.March 18, 2015
On February 24 and 26, third-year students of Soka Junior High School in Kodaira City took part in an art appreciation class organized by the Tokyo Fuji Art Museum. Forming small groups, the students viewed a work by Flemish painter Pieter Brueghel the Younger from the museum’s private collection and asked to evaluate it and offer their impressions without being told of the painting’s title or historical backdrop.
The students then judged the presentation of each group for themselves, with those earning the highest points winning commemorative prizes.
Such classes and related tours are conducted under TFAM’s ongoing educational services initiative designed to develop interest in art and art history for youth in nearby communities, along with learning the correct rules and manners as museum viewers.February 27, 2015
On February 6, some 40 fifth- and sixth-year students from Hachioji Nakano Kita Elementary School toured the Tokyo Fuji Art Museum. The tour is conducted under TFAM’s ongoing educational services initiative designed to develop interest in art and art history for youth in the Hachioji community, along with learning the correct rules and manners as museum viewers. The students viewed works from TFAM’s “Grand Masters of Ukiyoe” exhibition and took part in workshop in which they took part in creating woodblock prints.February 7, 2015
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