On June 30, a delegation from the Chinese Culture University of Taiwan led by Board member Zhang Hai-yan visited the Tokyo Fuji Art Museum. TFAM Director Satoshi Itsukida was on hand to welcome them.
The Taiwanese delegates viewed the exhibition, “Katana—A Millennium of Swordsmith Mastery,” currently on display, as well as the permanent exhibitio2n, “From the Renaissance to the 20th Century—50 Years of Western Paintings.”
Mr. Zhang reported that the TFAM exhibition presently on display at the National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, “Hokusai to Hiroshige: Grand Masters of Ukiyo-e from Tokyo Fuji Art Museum’s Permanent Collection,” has been a great success.
On June 4, “Hokusai to Hiroshige: Grand Masters of Ukiyo-e from Tokyo Fuji Art Museum’s Permanent Collection” opened at the National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts (NTMFA). The exhibition features 100 historically significant artworks, including the most iconic works of Japanese ukiyo-e prints by Katsushika Hokusai and Utagawa Hiroshige. Many of these works have never been displayed outside Japan before.
The two museums have cooperated in numerous cultural exchange initiatives over the years. In 2013, TFAM supported NTMFA in launching the exhibition, “On Site: A Centennial Retrospective of Robert Capa.”
At the opening ceremony, Xu Qin-huang representing the Taiwanese Ministry of Art and NTMFA Director Xiao Zong-huang respectively delivered speeches. TFAM Director Satoshi Itsukida and curator Kenichi Hirano attended the ceremony.
The exhibition will run until July 31. Admission is free.
On June 3, some 75 third-grade students from the Hachioji City Shimizu Elementary School visited the Tokyo Fuji Art Museum. Four students from Soka University who are taking a class in art museum education assisted in the tour.
The elementary school children attended a Gallery Talk on art appreciation and then were asked to grasp a deeper affinity for a specific work of art by “closely observing, feeling out, think on and talk to” it as well as speaking with and sharing views with one another.
In a surprise event, the Shimizu school principal dressed up in a samurai suit and appeared before his students.
On January 28, eight students and their instructor from Hachioji Yui Junior High 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 surrounding Hachoiji community. After viewing the exhibition, “A Pageantry of Faces: The Magical Allure of Human Expressions,” the students were provided with their own camera and encouraged to take photographs throughout the museum.February 2, 2016
A Moscow Kremlin Museums delegation led by General Director Yelena Gargarina paid a courtesy call on the Tokyo Fuji Art Museum on January 27. TFAM Director was on hand to welcome them, expressing his gratitude for the longstanding support the Kremlin Museums has extended to his institutions over the years.
With a collection of some 100,000 artworks and artifacts, the Kremlin Museum was established in 1806 and is recognized as a World Heritage Site. General Director Gargarina is the daughter of the world’s first man in space, Yuri Gargarin.
Following discussions regarding future corroborative projects, the Russian delegates viewed the exhibition, “A Pageantry of Faces: The Magical Allure of Human Expressions.”January 27, 2016
A Tokyo Fuji Art Museum delegation led by Director Akira Gokita and Director Feng Ming-chu of the National Palace Museum, which boasts a collection of some 700,000 ancient Chinese art and artifacts, signed a Memorandum of Understanding in Taipei, Taiwan on December 28. The two museums agreed to initiate a mutual exchange program in the coming months.January 6, 2016
A delegation from the National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts led by Chao-yi Tsai and Iris Shu-Ping Huang paid a courtesy call on the Tokyo Fuji Art Museum on December 23, with TFAM Director Akira Gokita on hand to welcome them. The two parties exchanged thoughts on furthering exchanges between the two institutions in the near future. Following their discussion, the Taiwan delegates viewed the “From the Renaissance to the 20th Century—500 Years of Western Paintings” and “A Wonderland of Flowers, Birds, Wind and Moon: The Heart and Soul of Japanese Art.”December 26, 2015
On December 13, a Kingdom of Thailand delegation led by Minister of Culture Vira Rojpojchanarat paid a courtesy call on the Tokyo Fuji Art Museum.
TFAM Board of Trustees Chair Kenji Harashima welcomed the Thai minister and his delegation and spoke on the Museum’s history of cultural exchange with the Kingdom. Past initiatives include the holding of “The Land of Gentle Smiles: Special Exhibition of Photographs by His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand” in 1989 and “The Special Exhibition in Commemoration of the Fiftieth Anniversary of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej’s Ascession to the Throne” in 1996. Following their discussion, Minister Rojpojchanarat viewed the works on display in both the “A Wonderland of Flowers, Birds, Wind and Moon: The Heart and Soul of Japanese Art” and “From the Renaissance to the 20th Century: 500 Years of Western Paintings” exhibitions.
His Excellency Khalid bin Hashil Al-Muslahi, Ambassador of the Sultanate of Oman to Japan, led an embassy delegation visiting the Tokyo Fuji Art Museum on December 11. Director Akira Gokita welcomed the ambassador and his delegation, and the two sides discussed ideas on cultural exchanges between Oman and TFAM in the future. Following their discussion, Ambassador Al-Muslahi viewed the works on display in the “A Wonderland of Flowers, Birds, Wind and Moon: The Heart and Soul of Japanese Art” exhibition.December 15, 2015
The Tokyo Fuji Art Museum has loaned eight Western paintings from its collection to the Art and Exhibition Hall of the Federal Republic of Germany for its “Japan’s Love for Impression: From Monet to Renoir” exhibition.
TFAM director Akira Gokita attended the exhibition’s opening ceremony held in Bonn on October 7. Among the eight works on loan is “Promenade” by Edouard Manet.
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