On July 8, the Tokyo Fuji Art Museum opened the “Thomas Edison: The Wizard of Menlo Park and His Exhibition” for its annual summer break special for schoolchildren. The exhibition features multimedia presentations of the life and legacy of the famed American inventor and scientist, as well as displays of his inventions.
One of the highlights of the exhibition is an operational 1926 Model A Ford (photo), a car that surely owes as much to Edison’s words of encouragement as it does to industrialist Henry Ford’s vision and drive. Having first met in 1896 when Ford had yet to make his mark on the automotive world, Edison told Ford, who was a longtime admirer of Edison’s: “Young man, that’s the thing! You have it—the self-contained unit carrying its own fuel with it! Keep at it!” Their friendship would last for more than 30 years, until Edison’s passing in 1931.July 8, 2014
The Tokyo Fuji Art Museum donated admission tickets for elementary and junior high school students in Hachioji City on July 1. The tickets were for the museum’s “Thomas Edison: The Wizard of Menlo Park and His Exhibition” that will open from July 8 as a special summer vacation exhibition for children. TFAM Board of Trustees Chair Kenji Harashima (right) to Hachioji City Mayor Takayuki Ishimori (left) and Hachioji Superintendent of Schools Hitoshi Sakakura.July 2, 2014
As part of its ongoing educational services initiative, the Tokyo Fuji Art Museum took part in a special art appreciation class for students at the Narahara Elementary School in Hachioji City on June 21. Organized by TFAM, the class—which included teachers and parents—featured reproductions of artworks from the museum’s collection and was broadcast locally by cable-television operator J:COM on June 25.June 24, 2014
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
On May 10, the Tokyo Fuji Art Museum held a public workshop for novice painters as part of a series of peripheral activities for the ongoing “Edo Period Paintings: Their Ascendance and Quintessence—Masterpieces by Jakuchu, Shohaku Okyo and Goshun, Part II.”
The workshop was held over six sessions and was led by Yoshiro Shimizu, a member of the Japan Academy of Arts and vice-director of TFAM.May 13, 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
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