On Wednesday, April 29, TFAM Director Akira Gokita gave a special lecture at the opening of the exhibition “Feast of Beauty: 300 Years of Western Painting From Baroque and Rococo to Ecole de Paris” at the Tokushima Modern Art Museum.
He spoke on the history of paintings featured in the exhibition and shared anecdotes related to them. The exhibition was held from April 29 to June 21 before moving to the Yawatahama City Gallery in Ehime Prefecture, where it will run from June 27 to August 30.April 30, 2015
On April 4 the Tokyo Fuji Art Museum opened “Robert Capa, the 101st Year: They All Adored Bob” exhibition, a retrospective on the life, works and legacy of the famed American photojournalist. In addition to Capa’s vintage photographs, the camera he was using when he was killed by a mine while covering the Vietnam War is also on display.April 4, 2015
On March 11, volunteer staff members of the National Museum of Western Art in Tokyo took part in a Gallery Talk training session organized by the Tokyo Fuji Art Museum. Gallery Talks are interactive events conducted by TFAM curators, who provide commentary on an artwork on display, including insights on the artist and historical background, while answering questions fielded by visitors.
The training session was held at the request of the national museum volunteers, who were also able to view TFAM’s “Grand Masters of Ukiyo-e” exhibition as part of the event.March 18, 2015
On February 24 and 26, third-year students of Soka Junior High School in Kodaira City took part in an art appreciation class organized by the Tokyo Fuji Art Museum. Forming small groups, the students viewed a work by Flemish painter Pieter Brueghel the Younger from the museum’s private collection and asked to evaluate it and offer their impressions without being told of the painting’s title or historical backdrop.
The students then judged the presentation of each group for themselves, with those earning the highest points winning commemorative prizes.
Such classes and related tours are conducted under TFAM’s ongoing educational services initiative designed to develop interest in art and art history for youth in nearby communities, along with learning the correct rules and manners as museum viewers.February 27, 2015
On February 6, some 40 fifth- and sixth-year students from Hachioji Nakano Kita Elementary 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 Hachioji community, along with learning the correct rules and manners as museum viewers. The students viewed works from TFAM’s “Grand Masters of Ukiyoe” exhibition and took part in workshop in which they took part in creating woodblock prints.February 7, 2015
The Tokyo Fuji Art Museum premiered the second half of its “Travel Nippon” exhibition today. The exhibition, whose first half opened on December 2, 2014, features 18 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 century.
Belonging to the museum’s extensive photography library, the works were taken by both Japanese and foreign photographers of the day, providing a fascinating glimpse into a people and culture transitioning from the feudal samurai era to modernity.February 3, 2015
On January 27, some 40 fifth-year students from Hachioji Miyakami Elementary 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 Hachioji community, along with learning the correct rules and manners as museum viewers. The students viewed works from TFAM’s “Grand Masters of Ukiyoe” exhibition and took part in workshop in which they took part in creating woodblock prints.January 29, 2015
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 “Tavola 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 “Tavola 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 “Tavolaa 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 “Tavola 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.
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