Two works from Tokyo Fuji Art Museum’s private collection—Pierre-Auguste Renoir’s “Young Woman in Red Dress” and “Woman Reading”—are being exhibited at the National Palace Museum of Taiwan from May 25 to September 8. This is the first major Renoir exhibition held in Taiwan, with pieces loaned from ten museums in the United States, France, Japan, including the two from TFAM, and other countries.
“Young Woman in Red Dress” was previously shown in Taiwan in 2000, when TFAM organized its “Masterpieces of Western Paintings from the Renaissance to the 20th Century” at the National Dr. Sun Yat-sent Memorial Hall in Taipei.
“Woman Reading” has been displayed overseas on three occasions: at the Rupertinum Museum in Salzburg, Austrai in 1998; the National Dr. Sun-Yat-sen Memorial Hall in 2000, and the Seoul Museum of Art in South Korea in 2009.June 11, 2013
On June 2, Kyoto University of Art and Design Associate Professor Yoko Hayashi gave a special Gallery Talk on Tokyo Fuji Art Museum’s main exhibition, “The Illustrated Books of Leonard Foujita.” Dr. Hayashi is an acknowledged expert on Foujita, having published two books on the artist and his works.
In her hour-long Gallery Talk, Dr. Hayashi examined illustrated books in general, including their history and the publishing business that Foujita had to contend with, as well as various episodes regarding the artist’s works. A Q&A session followed her talk.June 2, 2013
On May 25, 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, “The Illustrated Books of Leonard Foujita.” Young infants also took part in the latest Gallery Talk, their unexpected and unique perspectives enriching the overall discussion.
The event aims to bring viewers closer to art and art history.May 25, 2013
On July 5, the Tokyo Fuji Art Museum will be launching an exhibition featuring works by Japanese painter and illustrator Shigeru Komatsuzaki (1915-2001) as a special summer vacation event for children. Known in Japan as a “giant in science fiction illustrations,” Komatsuzaki got his start illustrating novels serialized in newspapers and later moved on to paintings used in children’s magazines and other media. Among the principal motifs of his works were warrior tales, aircraft and warships, as well as robots, superheroes and futuristic designs—of which helped fire the imaginations of both children and his adult peers alike, inspiring two generations of Japanese with dreams of a better, high-tech future. TFAM’s exhibition, “Shigeru Komatsuzaki: Painter, Illustrator and Dreamweaver,” features some 100 of his works and memorabilia, including original paintings, illustrations and writings, “box art” printed on packages of plastic models, and early works as an artist-in-training of traditional Japanese paintings.May 23, 2013
The Tokyo Fuji Art Museum commemorated International Museum Day on May 18 by holding a special Gallery Talk on the museum’s main exhibition, “The Illustrated Books of Leonard Foujita,” for parents and their children. The theme of this hour-long Gallery Talk, in which a TFAM curator conducts in an interactive guide to an exhibition’s artworks, was “Find the Felines.” Born in Japan, Foujita (1886-1968) lived in Paris, France for an extended period and was renowned for his illustrations of beautiful women and cats.
International Museum Day is organized by the International Council of Museums (ICOM), a global network of museums and museum professionals that was founded in 1946. Some 20,000 museums, including TFAM, are institutional members of ICOM.May 18, 2013
The Tokyo Fuji Art Museum held a special workshop with Philippe Chehere as the instructor on May 5 as part of the museum’s celebration of Children’s Day in Japan. Mr. Chehere is a French performing artist, choreographer and contemporary dancer.
Held at a TFAM exhibition hall, the workshop ran for some 90 minutes, with infant-toting mothers to children and adults of all ages, including senior citizens and even several passers-by, taking part in the program. Participants were encouraged to draw inspiration from the artworks on display, using their imagination to assume poses of situations prior to and following that depicted in a painting, for example, or become characters themselves.
The next workshop will be held during the summer, when school is out on break.May 17, 2013
An oil painting from the Tokyo Fuji Art Museum collection, Portrait of a Collector by Tintoretto—or Jacopo Comin (1518-94), the Venetian artist’s real name—was put on display at the Wallraf das Museum in Cologne, Germany, from May 3. The TFAM piece on loan is being exhibited alongside The Diplomat from Venice—Tintoretto’s Portrait of Paolo Tiepolo, considered one of his most representative works (see photo).
The 189-year-old Wallraf-Richartz Museum stands among the three major museums in Cologne, with a large collection of Impressionist and post-Impressionist paintings.
On May 1, the Tokyo Fuji Art Museum hosted first-year students from the Ongata Junior High 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 “The Illustrated Books of Leonard Foujita” exhibition.May 2, 2013
On April 3, the Tokyo Fuji Art Museum will be launching an exhibition featuring works by Japanese painter and printmaker Leonard Foujita (1886-1968) from TFAM’s private collection. Foujita, who used Japanese ink techniques in Western-style paintings, moved to Paris in 1913 and befriended such artistic giants as Amedeo Modgliani, Pablo Picasso and Henri Matisse, rising to fame as a painter of striking women and cats. Among Foujita’s works that will be exhibited are illustrations and cover art for French books and magazines. The exhibition also displays some 8 works by his School of Paris contemporaries, including oil paintings and lithographs by Modigliani, Chagall and Laurencin.
A series of side events will also be held, from the “Gallery Talk” conducted by our curators every Saturday afternoon.
The Tokyo Fuji Art Museum recently launched websites in Spanish and French as part of a TFAM initiative to reach a broader international audience. Our museum now operates websites in seven languages, including Japanese, English, Chinese (simplified and traditional) and Hangul.
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