An oil painting from the Tokyo Fuji Art Museum collection, Portrait of a Collector by Tintoretto—or Jacopo Comin (1518-94), the Venetian artist’s real name—was put on display at the Wallraf das Museum in Cologne, Germany, from May 3. The TFAM piece on loan is being exhibited alongside The Diplomat from Venice—Tintoretto’s Portrait of Paolo Tiepolo, considered one of his most representative works (see photo).
The 189-year-old Wallraf-Richartz Museum stands among the three major museums in Cologne, with a large collection of Impressionist and post-Impressionist paintings.
On May 1, the Tokyo Fuji Art Museum hosted first-year students from the Ongata Junior High School in Hachioji City. Part of TFAM’s ongoing educational services initiative, students viewed works from the Renaissance, Impressionist paintings from the 19th century, as well as “The Illustrated Books of Leonard Foujita” exhibition.May 2, 2013
On April 3, the Tokyo Fuji Art Museum will be launching an exhibition featuring works by Japanese painter and printmaker Leonard Foujita (1886-1968) from TFAM’s private collection. Foujita, who used Japanese ink techniques in Western-style paintings, moved to Paris in 1913 and befriended such artistic giants as Amedeo Modgliani, Pablo Picasso and Henri Matisse, rising to fame as a painter of striking women and cats. Among Foujita’s works that will be exhibited are illustrations and cover art for French books and magazines. The exhibition also displays some 8 works by his School of Paris contemporaries, including oil paintings and lithographs by Modigliani, Chagall and Laurencin.
A series of side events will also be held, from the “Gallery Talk” conducted by our curators every Saturday afternoon.
The Tokyo Fuji Art Museum recently launched websites in Spanish and French as part of a TFAM initiative to reach a broader international audience. Our museum now operates websites in seven languages, including Japanese, English, Chinese (simplified and traditional) and Hangul.
TFAM was founded with the mandate to serve as a portal and bridge linking the world through the arts and cultural exchange.
On January 6, the Tokyo Fuji Art Museum hosted a special workshop for participants to create collages of their own design using colored paper, cloth ribbons, magazines, pens and other materials on a single sheet of drawing paper.
The workshop was held in conjunction with the winter break for schoolchildren, but was open to people of all ages, from infants to the elderly.
TFAM is taking requests for participants for the next workshop, which will be held during the spring break.
On January 5, 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 that has been held on nine previous occasions. The Gallery Talk in this case was on “Contemporary Art of a Century Ago” exhibition featuring modern European artists who contributed to a groundbreaking exhibition held in New York in 1913. The event aims to bring viewers closer to art and art history.January 9, 2013
The Tokyo Fuji Art Museum extends its warmest greetings on the New Year.
On January 4, TFAM will hold Contemporary Art of a Century Ago, an exhibition introducing the works of renowned European artists and sculptors who contributed to the 1913 International Exhibition of Modern Art that opened at a U.S. Army armory in New York City. Organized by the Association of American Painters and Sculptors, the exhibition, held 100 years ago, helped reshape art in America. The TFAM exhibition celebrates the century-old event and the European masters of modern art who proved instrumental to its success.
On December 5, the Tokyo Fuji Art Museum hosted fourth-grade students from the Kasumi Elementary School in Hachioji City. Part of TFAM’s ongoing educational services initiative, students viewed works from the Renaissance, Impressionist paintings from the 19th century, as well as “The Art of the Napoleonic Era” exhibition.December 10, 2012
ROME, Italy: President Giorgio Napolitano of the Italian Republic and his wife, Clio Maria Bittoni, viewed the “Tavola Doria,” a 16th-century oil on panel painting that the Tokyo Fuji Art Museum donated to Italy. The painting was exhibited in a special hall of the Quirinal Palace, the Italian president’s official residence.
Speaking with TFAM Director Akira Gokita, who was in Rome to attend the special event, President Napolitano said he was grateul to TFAM for its donation of the Tavola Doria, which he believed would contribute to the advancement of Italian culture. In addition, he expressed hope that the agreement of long-term cooperation between TFAM and the Italian Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities, would reinforce the bonds of friendship between Italy and Japan.
The special event was a precursor to a public viewing at the Quirinal Palace, which is scheduled to run until January 13, 2013. The exhibition also features a digital imagery system in which sketches by Leonard da Vinci are displayed and viewers may call up scientific research and examination of the displayed work, enabling them to juxtapose the Tavola Doria with related da Vinci artworks.November 28, 2012
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
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