In a joint statement released today in Rome, Italy, the Tokyo Fuji Art Museum (TFAM) and the Italian Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities announced that they have formally concluded an agreement of long-term cooperation, as well as TFAM’s donation to the Italian Republic of a major 16th-century painting known as the “Tavola Doria.”
An oil on panel (86x115 cm) painting, the Tavola Doria depicts a key scene of the design for the wall painting of the Battle of Anghiari that was commissioned to Leonardo da Vinci for the Palazzo Vecchio’s Hall of the Five Hundred in Florence, Italy.
Under terms of the agreement, the Italian ministry will loan the Tavola Doria to TFAM for exhibitions to be held in both Japan and abroad. The work will initially be exhibited in Italy until June 30, 2014 and then transferred to Japan for display for four years. The two parties also agreed to reciprocate on the exhibitions of acclaimed Italian artworks in Japan and TFAM’s collection of premier Japanese art in Italy, paving the way to a broader, more diverse range of cultural exchanges in the future.
Dr. Roberto Cecchi, Under-Secretary of the Italian Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities, declared that his ministry was “thrilled” by the work’s return to Italy. “We are immensely grateful to the Tokyo Fuji Art Museum for their most generous donation and look forward to our cooperation with the Museum” in the years to come, he said. “Japan is a country of great culture and we are pleased that we will be able to exhibit Italian paintings there and Japanese art here in Italy.”
In a statement, TFAM Director Akira Gokita commented: “We are proud and pleased that we were able to donate the Tavola Doria to Italy. We believe the return of the painting to its country of origin, as well as the research of the work and its exhibition to the general public, to be highly meaningful. We are also delighted to be able to organize important exhibitions of Italian art in Japan over the next several years and to cooperate with the Ministry on cultural exchanges on an expanded level.”
Under the direction of the Florence-based Opifiio delle Pietre Dure, a global authority on art restoration and conservation, experts will conduct further scientific research and critical evaluation of the work and the manifold questions that accompany it.November 27, 2012
On November 3, the Tokyo Fuji Art Museum held a Gallery Talk event, drawing some 40 visitors of all ages. An interactive version of our docent service in which visitors are encouraged to actively engage a curator with questions and comments while explaining exhibited works at TFAM, Gallery Talk aims to bring audiences closer to art and art history.November 4, 2012
The Tokyo Fuji Art Museum has launched websites in Chinese (simplified and traditional) and Hangul. The two websites are the latest in a TFAM initiative to reach a broader international audience based on our founding mandate to be a portal and bridge linking the world through art and cultural exchange. The English-language website was launched on August 24, and two other languages—Spanish and French—are currently under construction.November 3, 2012
On November 2, the Tokyo Fuji Art Museum hosted 100 third-grade students from the Shiroyama Elementary School in Hachioji City. Part of TFAM’s ongoing educational services initiative, the nine-year-olds viewed works currently being displayed in “The Art of the Napoleonic Era” exhibition. The students were also instructed on the proper manners and etiquette when visiting museums.November 2, 2012
On October 25, 80 visitors from Omachi City, Nagano Prefecture, toured the Tokyo Fuji Art Museum and “The Art of the Napoleonic Era” exhibition currently on display. The Omachi City Board of Education organized the tour under the auspices of TFAM’s community outreach program.October 26, 2012
On October 4, the Tokyo Fuji Art Museum hosted a group of junior high school students from the Tatemachi Elementary and Junior High School in Hachioji City. Part of TFAM’s ongoing educational services initiative, the 15-year-olds discussed works by François Boucher and Monet, as well as viewed the “The Art of the Napoleonic era” exhibition currently on display at TFAM New Wing’s Permanent Gallery 6-8. The students were also instructed on the proper manners and etiquette when visiting museums.October 4, 2012
A special Tokyo Fuji Art Museum exhibition, “Love, Life and Fellowship: Masters of Western Paintings,” opened at the Fukushima Prefectural Culture Center in Fukushima City, Fukushima Prefecture on September 29. Fukushima Governor Yuhei Sato and other dignitaries attended the opening ceremony.
The event, which was hosted by the Fukushima Minpo newspaper in commemoration of its 120th anniversary, featured works by Millet, Renoir and Van Gogh. It was held as a Fukushima prefectural initiative to promote the arts and culture in the aftermath of the devastating 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake.
Admission for children under the age of six was free. The exhibition will run until November 4, 2012.
The special exhibition, “The Art of the Napoleonic era” formally opened at the Tokyo Fuji Art Museum on September 28. Some 40 works were specially selected from TFAM’s collection of 1,700 artworks and historical artifacts related to Napoleon Bonaparte (1769-1821) and his reign.
Among the pieces on display are paintings by the artistic titans of the Napoleonic Era, Géricault, Gros and Appiani.
The exhibition will be displayed in the TFAM New Wing’s Permanent Gallery 6-8 and run until December 24, 2012.
The special exhibition, “The Palace of Heaven on Earth: Works from the Palace Museum in Beijing,” organized by the Tokyo Fuji Art Museum formally closed on September 17. The final venue of the exhibition, which opened in Japan in July 2011 and features some 200 works, 19 of which are included among China’s national treasures, was held at the Nagasaki Museum of History and Culture in Nagasaki City, Nagasaki Prefecture.
“The Palace of Heaven on Earth” centers on the lives of women in the historic imperial residence in Beijing spanning five centuries. It drew a total of 1.04 million Japanese visitors, eclipsing the 1.01 million visitors for the “Treasures of the Palace Museum” that TFAM also organized in 1995-96—the until then the largest attendance of a Chinese art exhibition ever recorded in Japan.
On September 12, the Tokyo Fuji Art Museum hosted a group of junior high school students from the Kasumi Elementary and Junior High School in Hachioji City. Part of TFAM’s ongoing educational services initiative, the 13-year-olds viewed and discussed works by Brueghel (the Younger) and Renoir, and also took part in the “Uffizi Virtual Museum,” a fully digital and life-sized reproductions of the renowned Italian art gallery’s most prestigious works. The students were also instructed on the proper manners and etiquette when visiting museums.September 12, 2012
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