Category Archives: Museums

Unryūan Team at the Wajima Lacquer Museum

The 3-year project to reinvent the shell boxes of daimyo bridal dowry provenance was recently completed. Under the guidance of Unryūan, with assistance from Professor Yamazaki Tatsufumi of Kanazawa Art Unviersity and Akimoto Yuji Director of the 21st Century Museum …
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Unryūan : Museum of Arts and Design New York

In a reference to the Nanban makie tradition of the 15th and 16th Jesuits and other Nanbanjin, and with further reference to the lasting significance of religious objects in human history, Unryūan expressed a desire to be part of this …
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Takashi Murakami : The 500 Arhats

I have to confess that the works of Takashi Murakami are not amongst my favourites, nor on my wish list. I have read with interest the artist’s theories of ‘superflat’ and have been positively challenged by the intriguing juxtaposition of …
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Tomokazu Matsuyama Acknowledged

In a further affirmation of the rising star of Brooklyn-based artist Tomokazu Matsuyama, the San Francisco Asian Art Museum has acquired the sculptural work ‘Bon Voyage’ (pictured below), a 2012 work of 22K genuine gold leaf, polyurethane auto paint on …
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NGV : The Pauline Gandel Gallery of Japanese Art

Photo by Shannon Macgrath © Pauline Gandel Under a canopy of cherry blossoms in a transformed Great Hall at the NGV, Mr Yuji Akimoto, Director of the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, Japan, officially opened the Pauline Gandel …
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Hakone Open Air Museum : Hakone Japan

A short walk from Gora Kadan is the Hakone Open Air Museum (Sculpture Park is the literal translation from the Japanese). Established in 1969 and with over 70,000 square metres of beautifully landscaped grounds against a backdrop of the Hakone …
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Pola Museum of Art : Hakone Japan

The commitment to serious art in Japan is always overwhelming. Putting aside, for the moment, the question of whether this commitment is as seriously expressed with regard to Japanese culture as to European and Chinese, every prefecture has a major …
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