The Tokyo Fuji Art Museum opened its private collection exhibition, “Vintage Prints by Robert Capa (Part Two),” that features 18 photographs by the renowned American war photographer.
Held in commemoration of the centennial of Capa’s birth, the two-part exhibition consists of 36 total prints, of which four (of which two are presented in Part Two) are shown in double-sided displays. It enables viewers to see what is usually hidden: the back of the prints, and the stamps and signatures found on them. Their rarity value is high in that they are usually limited in print to only several sheets for use in manuscripts, storage and presents for friends.
“Vintage Prints by Robert Capa (Part Two)” presents works taken in France, Spain, China and other war-torn countries from 1936 to 1939. The exhibition opens today and will run until January 5, 2014.
The Tokyo Fuji Art Museum was founded 30 years ago today, on November 3, 1983. In celebrating this milestone, TFAM Director Akira Gokita issued the following statement:
When I first visited the Tokyo Fuji Art Museum in November 1983, I had the opportunity to see, for the first time and with my very own eyes, Greece on the Ruins of Missolonghi, the 1826 masterpiece by Eugène Delacroix. It was an occasion that I will never forget.
Two years later, I was hired as a curator for TFAM. Since then, I have organized, promoted and supported exhibitions, contributing behind the scenes as best I could. The history of TFAM exhibitions, then, has become inseparable from my life, from my very soul.
In the early days of our museum, our private collection was meager and our record of achievement nonexistent. Yet we curators carried on, collecting works of art over the years with great care and patience, and presented exhibitions from time to time. We were sustained in this task by the constant encouragement from our founder, Daisaku Ikeda, and have remained faithful to his mandate that TFAM serve as “a portal to the world.”
Today, a new, young generation of TFAM staff has succeeded our commitment and spirit of professionalism. We learned this spirit from René Huyghe, the esteemed member of the French Academy and Louvre Museum curator who also served as the honorary curator of our museum. He insisted that we treat each piece in our collection with the highest respect and that we should never be swayed by the trends of the day. “Draw out the original soul of the work,” he would tell us, “and simply present it.”
And we are confident that we have been true to his instruction, presenting exhibitions featuring the finest Western paintings, from the Renaissance to the modern era. This, after all, is an axiom for which all art museums have followed. And this, we hope, is what we achieved with our latest exhibition, “Impressionists at the Waterside,” with its wondrous display of works.
Fine art emancipates the human spirit and forges the bonds that bring people together. We believe TFAM serves as a bridge linking cultures, connecting the world to deliver inspiration and dreams for all. That is both our goal and challenge as we move ahead, toward further milestones in the future.
Director, Tokyo Fuji Art Museum
The Tokyo Fuji Art Museum opened its Art Library that is located in the main building next to the theater. The library archives catalogs of TFAM special exhibitions and other artworks, the museum’s private collection, research magazines and other art references. It also features the Art Navi touch-screen computer with which users can browse through the TFAM collection, as well as access and conduct full-text searches on JSTOR, the digital archive service based in the United States.
Moreover, Art Library provides LAN cable and outlets so that users can access the Internet through their own notebook computers.
On September 7, 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, “Shigeru Komatsuzaki: Painter, Illustrator and Dreamweaver.” 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.September 7, 2013
On August 25, the Tokyo Fuji Art Museum hosted a special workshop in which participants use Styrofoam balls to create stars of every imaginable shape and color. The workshop was held in conjunction with the summer break for schoolchildren, but was open to people of all ages, from infants to the elderly.August 29, 2013
On July 27, the Tokyo Fuji Art Museum held a special workshop for illustrators of all ages, from kindergartners to senior citizens, to depict the future based solely on their imaginations and creativity. The event was held in conjunction with TFAM’s special summer vacation exhibition, “The Universe of Shigeru Komatsuzaki: Painter, Illustrator and Dreamweaver,” which workshop participants first viewed to introduce the Japanese artist’s futuristic portrayals of the 21st century and compare them to the world of 2013.
Following the viewing, the participants took to their pens, pencils, crayons and illustration paper to draw what they believed the world would look like 100 years in the future.July 31, 2013
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
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