On January 18, the Tokyo Fuji Art Museum hosted a Gallery Talk event for its latest exhibition, “Masterpieces of Chinese Ceramics”. Participants in the event are encouraged to actively engage a curator with questions and comments during an escorted tour of the exhibition and the works on display. In the latest Gallery Talk, visitors were treated to some of the finest pieces of art created during the first 4,500 years of the 10,000-year history of China’s ceramic ascendancy.January 18, 2014
The Tokyo Fuji Art Museum opened the exhibition, “Masterpieces of Chinese Ceramics,” in its Main Building complex. The art and craft of porcelain making was born in China some 10,000 years ago along the banks of the Yellow River, home to one of the world’s four great civilizations. The exhibition features 125 pieces—including two very rare and priceless works—created during the first 4,500 years of China’s ceramic ascendancy that have been specially selected from TFAM’s private collection.
The exhibition was first shown in September 2012 at The Museum of Ceramic Art in Hyogo prefecture to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the restoration of China-Japan diplomatic ties. The exhibition’s opening at TFAM thus represents a genuine “homecoming” and rare opportunity for viewers to sample the beauty, wonder and skill of the world’s finest ceramic artists firsthand.
On January 9, TFAM also opened the mini-exhibition, “Andy Warhol: Paintings and Lithographs by the Pop Art Master.” The iconic American painter and printmaker saw his acclaim ascend from the 1960s to the 1980s, often seen wearing his trademark silver wig. The TFAM exhibition features ten of his works, including Campbell’s Soup and lithographs of such famous celebrities as Marilyn Monroe and Jack Nicklaus, along with works by Roy Lichtenstein and Robert Indiana.January 12, 2014
Hakubun Shimomura, Japan’s Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, visited the Tokyo Fuji Art Museum on December 10. TFAM Director Akira Gokita led the minister on a guided tour of TFAM’s “Impressionists at the Waterside” exhibition .December 12, 2013
A delegation from the prestigious National Palace Museum (NPM) of Taiwan visited the Tokyo Fuji Art Museum on December 12. TFAM Director Akira Gokita welcomed the delegates, who were led by NPM Director Fung Ming-Chu. After touring TFAM’s “Impressionists at the Waterside” exhibition , the two sides discussed the possibility of holding exhibition exchanges in the future.December 12, 2013
On December 6, the Tokyo Fuji Art Museum hosted 42 fourth-year students from the Shimizu Elementary School in Hachioji City. Part of TFAM’s ongoing educational services initiative, students toured the permanent gallery and were briefed on the operations and management of a museum, including how the color of the walls were chosen and why certain lighting was installed in ceilings. Later, two curators and a student volunteer held a Gallery Talk session as the group viewed the artworks on display.December 6, 2013
On November 28, the Tokyo Fuji Art Museum hosted 86 third-year students from the Shimizu Elementary School in Hachioji City. Part of TFAM’s ongoing educational services initiative, students viewed works from the Renaissance, Impressionist paintings from the 19th century, as well as photographs from the museum’s Robert Capa collection.November 30, 2013
The Tokyo Fuji Art Museum opened its private collection exhibition, “Vintage Prints by Robert Capa (Part Two),” that features 18 photographs by the renowned American war photographer.
Held in commemoration of the centennial of Capa’s birth, the two-part exhibition consists of 36 total prints, of which four (of which two are presented in Part Two) are shown in double-sided displays. It enables viewers to see what is usually hidden: the back of the prints, and the stamps and signatures found on them. Their rarity value is high in that they are usually limited in print to only several sheets for use in manuscripts, storage and presents for friends.
“Vintage Prints by Robert Capa (Part Two)” presents works taken in France, Spain, China and other war-torn countries from 1936 to 1939. The exhibition opens today and will run until January 5, 2014.
The Tokyo Fuji Art Museum was founded 30 years ago today, on November 3, 1983. In celebrating this milestone, TFAM Director Akira Gokita issued the following statement:
When I first visited the Tokyo Fuji Art Museum in November 1983, I had the opportunity to see, for the first time and with my very own eyes, Greece on the Ruins of Missolonghi, the 1826 masterpiece by Eugène Delacroix. It was an occasion that I will never forget.
Two years later, I was hired as a curator for TFAM. Since then, I have organized, promoted and supported exhibitions, contributing behind the scenes as best I could. The history of TFAM exhibitions, then, has become inseparable from my life, from my very soul.
In the early days of our museum, our private collection was meager and our record of achievement nonexistent. Yet we curators carried on, collecting works of art over the years with great care and patience, and presented exhibitions from time to time. We were sustained in this task by the constant encouragement from our founder, Daisaku Ikeda, and have remained faithful to his mandate that TFAM serve as “a portal to the world.”
Today, a new, young generation of TFAM staff has succeeded our commitment and spirit of professionalism. We learned this spirit from René Huyghe, the esteemed member of the French Academy and Louvre Museum curator who also served as the honorary curator of our museum. He insisted that we treat each piece in our collection with the highest respect and that we should never be swayed by the trends of the day. “Draw out the original soul of the work,” he would tell us, “and simply present it.”
And we are confident that we have been true to his instruction, presenting exhibitions featuring the finest Western paintings, from the Renaissance to the modern era. This, after all, is an axiom for which all art museums have followed. And this, we hope, is what we achieved with our latest exhibition, “Impressionists at the Waterside,” with its wondrous display of works.
Fine art emancipates the human spirit and forges the bonds that bring people together. We believe TFAM serves as a bridge linking cultures, connecting the world to deliver inspiration and dreams for all. That is both our goal and challenge as we move ahead, toward further milestones in the future.
Director, Tokyo Fuji Art Museum
The Tokyo Fuji Art Museum opened its Art Library that is located in the main building next to the theater. The library archives catalogs of TFAM special exhibitions and other artworks, the museum’s private collection, research magazines and other art references. It also features the Art Navi touch-screen computer with which users can browse through the TFAM collection, as well as access and conduct full-text searches on JSTOR, the digital archive service based in the United States.
Moreover, Art Library provides LAN cable and outlets so that users can access the Internet through their own notebook computers.
On September 7, the Tokyo Fuji Art Museum hosted its tenth Gallery Talk, an event hosted by a TFAM curator introducing the highlights of the museum’s latest exhibition, “Shigeru Komatsuzaki: Painter, Illustrator and Dreamweaver.” An interactive version of our docent service in which visitors are encouraged to actively engage a curator with questions and comments while explaining exhibited works at TFAM, Gallery Talk aims to bring audiences closer to art and art history.September 7, 2013
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