The University Art Museum - Tokyo University of the Arts

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The University Art Museum on the campus of Fine Arts, Tokyo University of the Arts(東京藝術大学美術学部). Before the opening of Tokyo Fine Arts School東京美術学校, the predecessor of Tokyo University of the Arts, art material had started to be collected. There are about 29,000 collections, mainly Japan modern art such as the studies created by great masters of art when they were young. Part of the collection is shown at collection exhibition held once or twice a year. Special exhibition, graduation exhibition by students and retirement exhibition of a faculty member are also held.

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    Jul 13 - Aug 1  The Photograph : What You See & What You Don’t #02

    Since Photography was invented in the 19th century, it has had a variety of effects on society. Now, in the prevailing digital age, in which the cell phone camera has become ubiquitous, perhaps everyone has on hand the means with which to create a photographic image on any given day. However, because this imagery has become so commonplace, it is difficult for us to recall “the photograph” that came before digital and instead it seems we have entered the era in which the image is obtained from the thoughtless push of a shutter. This exhibition, in this era, was planned with the intention of asking again (and again) “What is a photograph?”
    In 2007, the exhibition “The Photograph: What You See & What You Don’t” was held to examine themes involving the important ambiguity in photographic expressions, the ultra-embodiment of the photograph’s mechanical nature, and the inside and out of the abstracted thought as it relates to the intended photograph. The factual image, and the deeper understanding of the portion of it which is unseen has now become a fundamentally important component. Seven years later on, and with the progress of digital photography and the new possibilities that it has brought, it is time once again to reexamine the idea of “The Photograph”. Although there are technical differences in the processes between the silver-halide photograph, and the digital photograph, when it comes to their representation is there a difference? Even now, it cannot be said that we are 100% satisfied with the material, or that silver-halide photography has reached it’s full maturity, or that digital is approaching perfection, instead we are finding a period of commingling between the two, and in this time, supposing it a plane of technical latitude, it is desirable to investigate the possibilities arising from fresh integrations of the two. Moreover, in the vital creation and presentation of work, respective of society, what is the actual thought that pins the work down? This time, various artists have been gathered, who have been based abroad, but worked with Japan as a theme, with the intention of acting as a modern mirror to project it onto the chopping board: The World and Japan, the world within Japan, the society expressed via “The Photograph” and it’s relationship to the implications it captures. Thus “The Photograph: What You See & What You Don’t #02” is held with the intention of deepening and widening the range of our exploration of “The Photograph”.

    Dates: Jul 13 (Mon) - Aug 1 (Sat), 2015
    Open throughout the session period

    Hours: 10:00-18:00 (Aug 1 until 17:00)

    Place: Chinretsukan Gallery 1F, 2F (The University Art Museum, Tokyo University of the Arts)

    Admission: free

    Organized by Tokyo University of the Arts;《The Photograph》Exhibition Executive Committee Office

    Supported by Geidai Friends; Japan Arts Fund; NOMURA FOUNDATION; President Miyata Research Fundation; THE ASAHI SHIMBUN FOUNDATION; The Kao Foundation for Arts and Sciences;

    Approved by Association for Corporate Support of the Arts, Japan


    In cooperation with Awagami Factory; COEDO Brewery; Epson Sales Japan Corp; Japan Mirror Association;TOKYO STUDIO CO.,LTD;