The Tokyo Fuji Art Museum is showing the exhibition, “Edo Period Paintings: Their Ascendance and Quintessence—Masterpieces by Jakuchu, Shohaku Okyo and Goshun, Part II.”Drawing primarily on TFAM’s extensive private collection, the works featured in the exhibition that were created by artists during the Edo era (1603-1868) have since become iconic for pre-modern Japanese paintings. May 20, 2014
Akira Gokita, director of the Tokyo Fuji Art Museum, served as a keynote speaker at the International Council of Museums-International Committee on Management (ICOM-INTERCOM) annual meeting held in Taiwan from May 1 to May 4. It was held under the theme, “The Social Impact of Museums,” in collaboration with the Federation of International Human Rights Museums (FIHRM).
Established in 1946, ICOM is a public interest organization with more than 30,000 members and museum professionals, and includes some 20,000 museums. INTERCOM is one of its 31 committees that specialize in museum operations. FIHRM is an initiative established in 2010 by National Museums Liverpool to promote human rights themes and cooperation among museums worldwide.
TFAM Director Gokita’s speech was on cooperation between museums and communities. He referred to TFAM’s 600-person volunteer organization, Obikai, which literally means “splendor of cherry blossoms” in Japanese, who live within a 20-kilometer radius of the museum to support its activities at the local community level, either by posting exhibition posters, distributing leaflets of upcoming events or provide family, friends and associates with discount admission tickets.
Gokita also introduced TFAM’s art appreciation program for school children in Hachioji City, where the museum is located. In 2013, for example, 1,200 elementary and junior high school students took part in the program, in which TFAM curators visit classrooms and interact directly with pupils to impart the joys and inspiration of art to them. They are then brought to the museum to view artworks for themselves at no cost to the student or school.
Among its other community outreach initiatives, he said, TFAM holds workshops, summer vacation exhibitions and related activities for children, and special tutor programs for college students.May 11, 2014
A delegation from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston visited the Tokyo Fuji Art Museum on April 16. TFAM Director Akira Gokita welcomed the Boston group, which was led by MFA Director Malcolm Rogers, and toured TFAM latest exhibition, “Edo Period Paintings: Their Ascendance and Quintessence—Masterpieces by Jakuchu, Shohaku, Okyo and Goshun.”
Later, the two parties discussed another TFAM exhibition, “Impressionists at the Waterside—Depicting Urban Resorts: Paris, the Seine and Normandy,” as well as the possibility of holding exchanges of exhibitions in the future.
The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston is one of the largest museums in the United States with a collection of some 450,000 works of art.April 17, 2014
Italy’s Uffizi Gallery, one of the oldest and foremost art museums in Europe, has placed the “Travola Doria,” a major 16th century work believed to be a same-era reproduction of a rendering by Leonardo Da Vinci, on a special exhibition from March 25. The painting will be shown until June 29, at which time it will be transferred to Japan for a four-year showing.
An oil on panel (86x115 cm) painting, the Travola Doria depicts a key scene of the design for the wall painting of the Battle of Anghiari that Da Vinci was commissioned to paint for the Palazzo Vecchio’s Hall of the Five Hundred in Florence, Italy.
The Tokyo Fuji Art Museum donated the work to the Italian Republic on November 27, 2012 as part of a broad cultural exchange agreement between the two parties.
When the Tavola Doria was exhibited in Rome on November 28, 2012 for a special showing at the Quirinal Palace, the Italian president’s official residence, President Giorgio Napolitano and his wife Clio Maria Bittoni viewed the work.March 27, 2014
His Excellency Marcos F. Rodriguez Costa, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Cuba and Madame Rosa Maria Pinelo toured the Tokyo Fuji Art Museum on March 13. After viewing the “Masterpieces of Chinese Ceramics” exhibition and “Andy Warhol: Paintings and Lithographs by the Pop Art Master” mini-exhibition, the Cuban ambassador and his wife met with museum officials to discuss TFAM’s ongoing efforts to promote further ties of friendship between Cuba and Japan through art and culture.March 14, 2014
On March 1, the Tokyo Fuji Art Museum hosted a Gallery Talk event for two exhibitions on display at its Permanent Gallery. The first exhibition, “Masterpieces of Western Paintings from the Renaissance to the Modern Era,” exhibits some 70 works spanning a 600-year epoch, while the second, “Andy Warhol: Paintings and Lithographs by the Pop Art Master,” is a mini-exhibition of the American pop icon and his artistic contemporaries.
TFAM hosts Gallery Talk events for its Permanent Gallery exhibitions every Saturday from 2 p.m. The next Gallery Talk will be on “Masterpieces of Chinese Ceramics,” which features some of the finest porcelain works from our private collection, to be held on March 15. No reservation required.March 1, 2014
The number of visitors attending the Tokyo Fuji Art Museum exhibition, “Impressionists at the Waterside—Depicting Urban Resorts: Paris, the Seine, and Normandy,” currently on display at the Fukuoka City Museum surpassed 100,000 on February 22. The exhibition, which commemorates the 30th anniversary of TFAM, will also be held in Tokyo and Kyoto.
The Fukuoka City Museum, RKB Mainichi Broadcasting Corp., The Nishinippon Shimbun newspaper group and The Sankei Shimbun newspaper group are sponsoring the exhibition’s Fukuoka venue.February 23, 2014
The Tokyo Fuji Art Museum will open a special room on February 11 to entertain small children when their parents or guardians tour the facility. The TFAM Kids’ Room features a slide and is stocked with toys; it also boasts a library of picture books for parents to read with their children as well as coloring books.February 8, 2014
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
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