The Tokyo Fuji Art Museum will celebrate the 30th anniversary of its founding by presenting Impressionists at the Waterside—Depicting Urban Resorts: Paris, the Seine, and Normandy, in partnership with The Sankei Shimbun newspaper group. The exhibition features some 80 works of such timeless art as Renoir’s “Dance at Bougival” and Monet’s “The Japanese Bridge” on loan from many of the world’s finest museums, including the National Gallery in Washington, DC, USA; Musée d’Orsay in Paris, France; and Wallraf-Richartz Museum in Cologne, Germany. It will open to the viewing public from October 22, 2013 to January 5, 2014*.
The Impressionism movement flourished in the second half of the 19th century and it corresponded with a growing association of the waterside, particularly in France, with leisure and recreation, enriching the quality of people’s lives. Impressionists at Waterside is a two-part exhibition, the first focusing on Impressionist painters and their works featuring the Seine, a motif inspired as much from the uniquely eloquent depictions of reflections on the water as it was from the simple, yet elegant lifestyles of Parisians drawn to the river and nearby resorts that sprung along it. The second part introduces artists and their paintings of the beautiful swimming beaches, villas and hotels, sheer cliffs and bustling ports along the 600-kilometer Normandy coastline.
Impressionists at the Waterside also attempts to explore light and landscapes—two salient characteristics of Impressionist paintings—by examining the lives of urbanites in 19th-century France through a unique thematic perspective of resorts and the pursuit of a more leisurely life.
*Closed on Mondays, except on national holidays, which are observed on Tuesdays; also closed during the New Year holiday season.July 12, 2013
The Tokyo Fuji Art Museum opened the “The Universe of Shigeru Komatsuzaki: Painter, Illustrator and Dreamweaver” exhibition, a special summer vacation event for children and the young at heart. Known in Japan as a “giant in science fiction illustrations,” Komatsuzaki got his start illustrating novels serialized in newspapers and later moved on to painting used in children’s magazines and other media.
The TFAM Komatsuzaki exhibition 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.
The exhibition will run until September 29, 2013.July 5, 2013
As part of its ongoing educational services initiative, the Tokyo Fuji Art Museum organized a special 90-minute art appreciation class for 75 sixth-grade students at the Matsue Elementary School in Hachioji City on June 27. Five reproductions of artwork collected by TFAM were introduced one at a time, with students allotted three minutes to study each piece and then asked to answer questions on that particular work. They also took part in a game in which students attempted to describe a work through references based on the five senses, offering such descriptions as “you can hear people conversing” or “it smells of water” and “it seems cold.”June 29, 2013
On June 15, 140 undergraduates majoring in history from Teikyo University took part in a school-sanctioned tour of the Tokyo Fuji Art Museum. The purpose of their visit was to promote interaction among students as well as among students and instructors, engaging in advanced learning of art and art history on an experiential basis to assist them in writing their graduation theses. One of the event’s highlights was a special Gallery Talk in which the students themselves led discussions on artwork they chose for themselves in advance and prepared for.
TFAM aims to enter partnerships with other schools and universities in the hope of serving as an educational tool for people of all ages.June 21, 2013
The National Taiwan Museum is celebrating its 25th anniversary by holding “On Site: A Centennial Retrospect of Robert Capa” exhibition, which the Tokyo Fuji Art Museum is loaning some 100 works by the famed 20th-century war photojournalist from its private collection. This is the first Capa exhibition held in Taiwan and scheduled to be on display from June 15 to September 19.
The retrospective is drawn from four major periods of Capa’s award-winning career, from the Spanish Civil War and World War II to the founding of Israel and the Indochina conflict, as well as his contributions as an artist to the cultural sphere.June 12, 2013
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
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