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Okura Shukokan Project Exhibition "Strange Edges of Ai Relationship ~Various Crafts of Okura Shukokan~"

The Okura Shukokan is the oldest existing private art museum and the first private art museum in Japan, having been incorporated as a foundation in 1917 with the predecessor of the Okura Museum of Art, which was opened to the public as a part of his residence by Okura Kihachiro in 1902.  Kihachirō collected a wide range of Buddhist art, paintings, crafts, archaeological relics, and scriptures from Japan and the Orient, but many of his holdings were devastated by the Great Kanto Earthquake of 1923. Later, donations from his illegitimate son, Kishirō, were added, and the current collection of the Okura Shukokan is now in place. In this exhibition, we will see valuable crafts that have not been exhibited for a long time, including works that leave traces of the Great Kanto Earthquake, among the Okura Collection, which "collected in large taba and large scales things that others could not collect" such as Chinese dyeing and weaving and Thai art objects, centering on swords associated with the Okura zaibatsu and Chinese pottery, together with the fine works of the Tokyo National Museum. This year, Reiwa 4 (2022), marks the 120th anniversary of the opening of the Okura Museum of Art and the 105th anniversary of the establishment of the Okura Shukokan Foundation. Through works unique to the Okura Shukokan, we will trace the trajectory of art collection from the Meiji era to the Showa period.

Suntory Museum of Art "Song Pillow: The Scenery of Your Unknown Heart"

Since ancient times, Waka has been a means of expressing emotions and emotions that are intangible for the Japanese as tangible. He entrusted his thoughts to the changing nature and various things, and expressed his heart in the song. Therefore, the Japanese could not help writing beautiful scenery. In this way, a specific image gradually became established in the land written in waka repeatedly, and it was widely shared among poets. And, even if you do not know the actual scenery, you will be able to express your thoughts through the image of the land. The land where a specific image is connected by the Japanese poem like this is "Song pillow" that it says today. In other words, the song pillow, which became the landscape of the Japanese mind, developed with deep relationship with art afterwards. From the famous pictures drawn with poetic images of song pillows more than the actual scenery and various crafts decorated with the design of song pillows, it is noticed that song pillows have really enriched the contents of Japanese art. However, for those of us who live in a modern age where Waka and classical music are not rooted in our lives, it may be difficult to sympathize with song pillows anymore. In this exhibition, we will introduce the scenery of the Japanese heart that everyone used to think of, the world of song pillows, and try to share various thoughts embedded in Japanese art with you again.

Tokyo City View "Shigeru Mizuki no Yokai Hyakugi Nocturnal Exhibition ~Haunted Monsters Were Born This Way~"

In commemoration of the 100th anniversary of Shigeru Mizuki's birth, we will hold an exhibition where you can fully enjoy the yokai world of Shigeru Mizuki with magnificent scenery set in Tokyo City View. In this exhibition, we will unravel how the Japanese youkai depicted by Shigeru Mizuki were born. Mizuki's own collection of yokai-related materials, such as the Edo period painter Toriyama Ishiyan's "Painting Hundred Demon Nocturne" and the early Showa period folklorist Kunio Yanagida's "Yokai Dangi," were exhibited for the first time. And befitting the name of Hyakugi Nocturne, more than 100 yokai paintings of Shigeru Mizuki will be released at once. How did Shigeru Mizuki, who immersed himself in yokai research and established the culture of "yokai" in modern Japanese, face and depict yokai? Please feel close to youkai through this exhibition. ――――――――――――――――――――――――――――――――― "Shigeru Mizuki's Youkai Hyakugi Nocturnal Exhibition ~Haunted Monsters Were Born This Way~" Period: July 8 (Fri) ~ September 4 (Sun), 2022 Venue: Tokyo City View (Roppongi Hills Mori Tower 52F) Official website: https://mizuki-yokai-ex.roppongihills.com/ Official Twitter: https://twitter.com/mizuki_yokai_ex (c) Mizuki Productions ―――――――――――――――――――――――――――――――――

Panasonic Shiodome Museum of Art "Keith Van Dongen Exhibition - From Fauvism to Rezanephor"

Keith van Dongen (1877-1968) was born in the Netherlands and stayed in Paris for the first time for a few months at the age of 20, studying at the Academy of Fine Arts in Rotterdam. Two years later he moved to Montmartre and set up an atelier. Van Dongen, who had been painting powerful brushstrokes since the Dutch period, soon became interested in Neo-Impressionism and soon became a member of the Fauvist painters with his dense, expressive and intense colors. Although it is a brilliant tone, the use of colors that make you feel an inner expression, and especially the screen that appeals to the elegance and sensuality of the body when depicting women becomes synonymous with Van Dongen. This exhibition introduces the process by which this rare artist grew into a Fauvist painter, focusing on the study of color and form that he worked on in the period from then until the First World War, to the theme of character expression and the artist's path in the frenzy of the 20s (Rezanephor) after the end of the war. In the 1920s, his interactions with social circles led him to receive numerous orders as a portrait painter. Van Dongen's unique style, the delicate, elongated, deformed and supple figure, was expressed in extremely sophisticated colors and gained enormous popularity among the upper classes of the time. This is Van Dongen's first solo exhibition in a Japanese art museum in 44 years, and divides the artist's innate qualities of skillful character drawing and sensual expression throughout the ages, and the colors, shapes, and harmonies characteristic of each era, into three chapters: the Neo-Impressionist and Fauvist periods, the Fauvist aftermath period, and the Rezanefor's period. You will see it through an excellent collection of domestic and foreign countries.

Mori Art Museum "Listening to the sound of the earth turning: Wellbeing after the pandemic"

Since 2020, our lives and state of mind have changed dramatically as an invisible virus has robbed us of our daily lives. Under these circumstances, various artistic expressions, including contemporary art, resonate with unprecedented urgency. In this exhibition, we will consider how to live in the new era after the pandemic and what "well-being" is, which is healthy both mentally and physically, through the diverse perspectives embedded in contemporary art. Works on themes that are connected to life and existence, such as nature and human beings, individuals and society, families, repetitive everyday life, the spiritual world, life and death, etc., encourage consideration of "living well." In addition, this exhibition emphasizes the experience of a realistic space unique to museums, and introduces the works of 16 artists from Japan and overseas, such as installations, sculptures, videos, photographs, and paintings. Sharpening your five senses and facing art while experiencing the materials and scale of your work will be an opportunity to think about well-being for yourself, that is, "living well," which is not something that is given to you by others or society. The title of this exhibition, "Listening to the Sound of the Earth Turning," is taken from Yoko Ono's Instruction Art (*1). It invites consciousness into a grand universe, imagines that we are only part of that activity, and leads us to new thoughts. In the post-pandemic world, when we are trying to fundamentally re-examine human life, isn't it this kind of imagination that shows us the possibilities of the future? *1 A form of conceptual art in which instructions from the artist or the description itself are used as works.

21_21 DESIGN SIGHT Exhibition "Christo and Jeanne = Claude "The Wrapped Arc de Triomphe""

In September 2021, when the Arc de Triomphe in Paris was covered with cloth, the surroundings were enveloped in the cheers of the people. It was in Paris, where contemporary artists Christo and Jeanne = Claude met and took a step forward in their creative activities, and it was the moment when the project "LʼArc de Triomphe, Wrapped, Paris, 1961–2021" (Wrapped Arc de Triomphe), which was conceived in 1961 and was also a long-awaited dream, became a reality. 21_21 DESIGN SIGHT will hold a special exhibition "Cristo and Jeanne = Claude "The Wrapped Arc de Triomphe" from June 13, 2022 to February 12, 2023. Over the course of 16 days, the film explores the backdrop and long journey to realization of LʼArc de Triomphe, Wrapped, 25,000 m2 of recyclable blue cloth with a silver coating and 3,000 metres of red rope. Born in separate places on June 13, 1935, the same day of the same year, Christo and Jeanne = Claude met fatefully in Paris in the autumn of 1958 and began their artistic career. He then moved to New York in 1964, where the two realized projects full of surprises around the world. Even after the death of Jeanne = Claude in 2009, Christo continued to work on creating the project they had dreamed of. The "Wrapped Arc de Triomphe" project was one of them. It was originally scheduled to be realized in 2020, but it was postponed due to the spread of the new coronavirus infection, and Christo passed away in May of the same year without seeing the completion. After that, with the cooperation of many supporters, it took 60 years from the conception to realize it in September 2021. This exhibition is organized in cooperation with Vladimir Yavacev and the Christo & Jeanne = Claude Foundation. Using many archival images and videos, the cinematic expression of Pascal LeLan, the director and filmmaker of this exhibition, creates a new experience from the conception to the realization of the "Arch of Triumph Wrapped". A positive and powerful attitude that overcomes various difficulties over a long period of time to realize it. In addition, it is precisely because of the presence of the friends who have gathered under such strong feelings that we can continue to produce works that no one has ever seen before. Christo and Jeanne = Claude's attitude toward the realization of their dreams will give them courage not only in art and design, but also in various everyday challenges.