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
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
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.
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 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
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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