For many years now, the Tokyo Fuji Art Museum has engaged in community outreach initiatives, with our art education program for young people of all ages among the most prominent of them.
In 2014, 1,392 students from 18 elementary and junior high schools in the Hachioji area took part in our program, which offers free tours of our exhibitions, including visits to “backyard” operations and other activities rarely extended to a general viewership. The 2014 attendance figure was some 500 more than in 2013, while the number of participating schools also grew by eight over last year.
And by sponsoring a work experience program for university-level students and hosting a variety of school vacation events, our Museum welcomed a total of 1,882 youth, for a total of more than 3,000 students over the past two years.
As successful as such programs have been, TFAM looks forward to enriching existing initiatives and developing new ones so that many more young people can feel more familiar with and interested in art and in the museums that exhibit the priceless cultural works of humanity.
At a press conference held at the Embassy of the Italian Republic in Tokyo, the Tokyo Fuji Art Museum announced on December 4 that the “Travola Doria,” a painting that is believed by some to be a sketch of “The Battle of Anghiari,” an unfinished fresco by Leonardo da Vinci, will be shown in Japan for the first time in May 2015.
TFAM originally purchased the “Travola Doria” in 1992 and it remained part of its private collection until donating it to the Italian government in 2012. The painting, which depicts warring soldiers on horseback in what is believed to be the mid-15th century battle at Anghiari, now belongs to the prestigious Uffizi Gallery Museum in Florence.
Efforts have been made in Italy to determine the identity of the artist but have yet to prove conclusive.
TFAM will premiere a special exhibition, “Leonardo da Vinci and ‘The Battle of Anghiari,’” from May 26, featuring the “Travola Doria” and some 60 other works, including a life-sized reproduction of a sketch of “The Battle of Cascina” by Michelangelo.
His Excellency Domenico Giorgi, Ambassador of the Italian Republic to Japan, expressed his appreciation to TFAM for returning “Travola Doria” to Italy and said he looked forward to seeing it displayed side-by-side with Michelangelo’s unfinished work, calling it “an unprecedented opportunity.”
The Tokyo Fuji Art Museum premiered its “Travel Nippon” photography exhibition on December 2. The exhibition features some 40 pioneering photographs of life in Japan from the end of the Tokugawa shogunate to the emerging Meiji Period in the latter half of the 19th to the early 20th century.
The works were taken by both Japanese and foreign photographers of the day and are now being preserved by TFAM as part of its extensive photography library.
Due to the use of large photographic plates at the time, the works reveal extraordinary clarity of even distant objects, providing a fascinating glimpse into a people and culture in transition from the old to the modern.
His Excellency Domenico Giorgi, Ambassador of the Italian Republic to Japan, his wife Mrs. Rita Mannella and officials from the Italian Embassy in Tokyo recently paid a courtesy call on the Tokyo Fuji Art Museum.
They viewed the special exhibition, “Genius and Ambition: The Royal Academy of Arts, London, 1768-1918” as well as other works from the museum’s private collection.
Museum officials led by Board of Trustees Chair Kenji Harashima and Director Akira Gokita greeted the Italian dignitaries. Following their viewing of the museum’s works, the two sides discussed Expo 2015 that will be held in Milan, Italy, as well as the agreement of long-term cooperation signed between TFAM and the Italian Ministry of Cultural Heritage in November 2012.
Representatives of All-China Youth Federation, the largest of its kind in the People’s Republic of China, paid a goodwill visit to the Tokyo Fuji Art Museum on November 14. The delegates viewed the special exhibition, “Genius and Ambition: The Royal Academy of Arts, London, 1768-1918,” which is being held by the museum with full cooperation of the prestigious British art academy.November 15, 2014
The number of visitors who viewed “Genius and Ambition: The Royal Academy of Arts, London, 1768-1918” has surpassed the 100,000-mark. The exhibition being held at the Tokyo Fuji Art Museum until November 24 features select works of the prestigious academy’s esteemed members on a scale never attempted before.November 8, 2014
At a special event held on October 27 announcing the expansion of its Art Project, Google Inc. introduced 19 new partner-museums in Japan, including the Tokyo Fuji Art Museum, and the addition of 1,290 total works to the project. Among the 60 TFAM pieces on display are an oil painting by 17th-century French artist Georges de La Tour and traditional Japanese paintings from the Edo Period.
Launched in 2001, the Google Art Project enables online viewers virtual walkthroughs of many of the most prestigious art museums in the world partnering in the initiative. Tens of thousands of artworks are on display as high-resolution images, and viewers can even compile their own virtual collections as a result.
THE MUSEUM OF ART, EHIME opens Robert Capa photo exhibit
THE MUSEUM OF ART, EHIME opened an exhibition of famed American war photographer Robert Capa drawn from the Tokyo Fuji Art Museum’s photography collection on October 25.
TFAM Director Akira Gokita and Magnum Photos Managing Director Junko Ogawa attended the opening ceremony held on October 24.
TFAM’s Robert Capa collection features 937 works selected by Cornell Capa, Robert’s brother. It is known as the “Definitive Collection” and can only be found at the Japanese museum, the International Center of Photography in New York, USA, and the Hungarian National Museum.
The Tokyo Fuji Art Museum was one among 24 organizations that Hachioji City Mayor Takayuki Ishimori honored on October 1 at a ceremony held at the Hachioji City Art and Cultural Hall in commemoration of Hachioji’s establishment as a municipality. TFAM Board of Trustees Chair Kenji Harashima received the honor on the museum’s behalf.
The commendation was awarded in recognition of TFAM’s donation of admission tickets to students in Hachioji schools for the summer vacation exhibition, “Thomas Edison: The Wizard of Menlo Park and His Inventions,” as part of the museum’s ongoing community outreach initiative.October 2, 2014
The Tokyo Fuji Art Museum held the opening ceremony for the special exhibition, “Genius and Ambition: The Royal Academy of Arts, London 1768-1918” on September 16.Royal Academy President Christopher Le Brun, British Council, Japan Director Jeff Streeter and some 400 distinguished guests.
The exhibition provides an overview of the academy’s 150-year history, from its 18th-century founding to the beginning of the 20th century, through selected works of its esteemed members on a scale never attempted before.
The exhibition opened for public viewing on September 17 and will run through November 24.September 16, 2014
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