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    Botticelli and His Time

    Sandro Botticelli (1444/45-1510) is known for his paintings of elegantly beautiful Madonnas and goddesses of myth. Because many are painted on wood panels and are in extremely fragile condition, an exhibition of a substantial number of Botticelli paintings has never been realized in Japan. This time, on the occasion of the 150th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Japan and Italy, we are presenting a large-scale traveling exhibition that surveys Botticelli’s artistic legacy through more than 20 works gathered from Florence and other regions of the world.

    Botticelli, who was trained in the studio of Filippo Lippi and spent most of his life in Florence, rose to fame as a painter of the House of Medici. Under the Medici’s patronage, he undertook paintings of wide-ranging subjects, from large-scale altarpieces to privately commissioned mythological paintings. While his contemporaries turned to naturalistic expression employing their command of perspectival space and chiaroscuro, Botticelli never deviated from a decorative, symbolic style reminiscent of medieval art and created his own, instantly recognizable world. Along with presenting the characteristic features and fascination of Botticelli’s work through religious paintings, mythological works, and portraits from his early years to his late period, the exhibition includes works by his master, Filippo Lippi, and pupil Filippino Lippi and traces his artistic lineage.

    January 16 (Sat) – April 3 (Sun), 2016

    Exhibition Rooms, Special Exhibition Wing

    Mondays, March 22 (Open the Mondays of March 21, 28)

    9:30 - 17:30 (Last admission 17:00)
    Days of Extended Hours
    Fridays 9:30 – 20:00 (Last admission 19:30)

    Tickets at the door |
    General ¥1,600 / College students ¥1,300 / HS students ¥800 / Seniors 65+ ¥1,000

    *Organized by
    Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum (Tokyo Metropolitan Foundation for History and Culture), The Asahi Shimbun, TBS

    *Supported by
    Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan, Ambasciata d'Italia a Tokyo, Istituto Italiano di Cultura di Tokyo

    *Sponsored by
    East Japan Railway Company, Takenaka Corporation, TOPPAN PRINTING CO., LTD.,

    *Cooperation with
    Alitalia-Compagnia Aerea Italiana S.p.A, JAPAN AIRLINES, Nippon Cargo Airlines Co., Ltd.

    *Special WEB Site

    *Telephone Inquiry
    TEL:03-5405-8686(Hello Dial)

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    Kanji You Can Feel—NISHIKAWA Yasushi, AOYAMA San’u and TESHIMA Yukei

    In January each year, Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum holds an exhibition to showcase the works of calligraphy in its collection. The works are presented under a different theme each year in order to make apparent their beauty and power, and to disclose the history of contemporary calligraphy that has unfolded in the galleries of this museum.

    This year, the exhibition looks at “kanji calligraphy.”
    Kanji calligraphy, an ancient art conveyed to Japan from China, underwent a period of remarkable change after World War II. One phenomenon of this period, occurring in the field of traditional calligraphy, was the popularity of Ming and Qing styles and flourishing interest in calligraphy inspired by inscriptions on ancient bronzes and stone monuments (higaku).

    As contemporary calligraphy evolved from practical, scholarly texts to the appreciation of calligraphic works mounted on high walls in art museums, the style of long hanging scrolls of the Ming and Qing dynasties resonated with the romanticism of post-war Japan and won popularity. Furthermore, amid ardent interest in bronze scripts prior to Wang Xizhi (303-361) and stone carved scripts of Qin and Han styles, calligraphers working in styles inspired by ancient bronze and stone inscriptions, particularly NISHIKAWA Yasushi and AOYAMA San’u, produced profoundly expressive works, rich in variation.
    Another phenomenon of this period, occurring in contemporary kanji calligraphy, was the birth of shojisu-sho (Large Character Calligraph), fostered by TESHIMA Yukei and MATSUI Joryu. By limiting themselves to one or two characters and, at times, using gray ink to emphasize the shape of a character, they developed calligraphy that was more easily read and felt and, thus, more suited to artistic appreciation.

    The exhibition will enable viewers to follow kanji calligraphy’s development, thus, as a contemporary, expressive art form.

    January 4 (Mon) – January 23 (Sat), 2016

    Gallery B

    January 18 (Mon)

    9:30-17:30 (Last admission 17:00)


    *Organized by
    Tokyo Metropolitan Government, Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum (Tokyo Metropolitan Foundation for History and Culture)

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    TOKYO “SHO” 2016: Japanese Calligraphy Today

    A cooperative exhibition by 18 public calligraphy groups based in the Tokyo-Kanto area. Featured are 38 artists chosen by each group as representing the “rising generation of calligraphers.” Contemporary calligraphy of many genres—Kanji, Kana, Modern Poetic Calligraphy, Large Character Calligraphy, Seal Engraving, Carved Characters, and Avant-garde Calligraphy—will be presented in one venue, with a focus on recent works, to demonstrate the power and beauty of “Tokyo Calligraphy Today.”

    Participationg Groups:
    Keiseikai, KENSHINSHODOUKAI, Gencyoukai, Gennichi Kai, Shokaisha Foundation, SYADANHOUJIN SYOSEIKAI, THE SHODAN-IN Public Interest Foundation of Calligraphy, Shodo-Ichigen Kai, Shodo Geijutsu-In Foundation, Public interest incorporated association Sougen Syodoukai, CHOBUN SHOKAI, Teikokai, TOYO SHOGEI-IN, Dokuritsu Shojindan Foundation, Nihon Kokuji Kyokai, Nihon shosakuin, Japan Calligraphy Art Academy, Ranjyunkai

    January 4 (Mon) – January 16 (Sat), 2016

    LBF Citizens' Gallery 1 and Gallery 2

    9:30 - 17:30 (Last admission 17:00)
    ※Opens from 13:00 on January 4

    Tickets at the door |
    General ¥500 / Seniors 65+ ¥300

    ※Admission free for visitors College students and High school students or younger
    ※Admission free for visitors (and one accompanying person) with a Physical Disability Certificate, Intellectual Disability Certificate, Rehabilitation Certificate, Mental Disability Certificate or Atomic Bomb Survivor’s Certificate
    ※In each case, please show identification

    *Organized by
    Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum (Tokyo Metropolitan Foundation for History and Culture)

    *Supported by
    The Asahi Shimbun, The Sankei Shimbun, THE MAINICHI NEWSPAPERS, The Yomiuri Shimbun

    *In cooperation with

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    The University Art Museum - Tokyo University of the Arts

    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;

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    This exhibition takes the queens of ancient Egypt, the most famous of whom is Cleopatra, as its theme. These queens not only supported reigning pharaohs as mothers, wives, and daughters, but also played significant roles in politics and religion. Their magnificence will be conveyed though masterpieces of ancient Egypt from a number of renowned museums around the world.

    Period:Saturday, July 11 - Wednesday, September 23, 2015

    Venue:Heiseikan, Tokyo National Museum (Ueno Park)

    Hours:9:30 - 17:00
    Saturdays, Sundays, and Holidays until 18:00
    Fridays until 20:00
    (Last entry 30 minutes before closing)

    Closed:Mondays (Except for Monday, July 20 and Monday, August 10, Monday, September 21), and closed Tuesday July 21

    Admission:Adults: 1600 (1400/1300) yen
    University students: 1200 (1000/900) yen
    High school students: 900 (700/600) yen
    Junior high school students and under: Free
    * Prices shown in ( ) indicate advance and group (more than 20 persons) discount tickets.
    * Persons with disabilities are admitted free with one accompanying person each.
    * Advance tickets will be on sale at the museum ticket booths (during museum opening hours excluding the last 30 minutes), and other major ticketing agencies from Monday, May 11 to Friday, July 10, 2015.

    Access:10 minutes' walk from JR Ueno Station (Park exit) and Uguisudani Station
    15 minutes' walk from Keisei Ueno Station, Tokyo Metro Ueno Station and Tokyo Metro Nezu Station

    Organizers:Tokyo National Museum, NHK, NHK Promotions Inc., The Asahi Shimbun
    With the Support of The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan
    With the Sponsorship of Dai Nippon Printing Co.,Ltd., TOYOTA MOTOR CORPORATION
    With the Assistance of JAPAN AIRLINES, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines
    With the Co-organizer and Co-producer The Grimaldi Forum Monaco, Fact Concepteurs

    General Inquiries:03-5777-8600 (Hello Dial; in Japanese)
    Exhibition Website

    Relief of Queen Tiye, wife of Amenhotep III 
    New Kingdom, 18th dynasty, reign of Amenhotep III, 1388-1350 B.C.
    Royal Museums of Art and History, Brussels

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    The University Art Museum - Tokyo University of the Arts

    Helene Schjerfbeck: Reflections <Jun 2 (Tue) - Jul 26 (Sun)>

    The University Art Museum - Tokyo University of the Arts
    Helene Schjerfbeck: Reflections
    Dates: Jun 2 (Tue) - Jul 26 (Sun), 2015

    Closed on Mondays, July 21
    *open on July 20 (Mon)

    Hours: 10:00-17:00 (Entry by 16:30)

    Place: The University Art Museum, Tokyo University of the Arts

    Admission: Adult - 1500 (1200) yen
    Student above senior high school - 1000 (700) yen
    Junior high school student or younger - Free
    *Prices in ( ): group of over 20 people (one attendant for each groups is admitted free)
    *Free admission for disabled people (one accompanying guest for each disabled person is admitted free)

    Organized by Tokyo University of the Arts; NHK; NHK Promotions Inc.; NIKKEI Inc.

    Patronized by EMBASSY OF FINLAND, TOKYO; The Finnish Institute in Japan

    Special cooperation from Ateneum Art Museum, Finnish National Gallery

    Sponsored by Sompo Japan Nipponkoa Insurance Inc.; Dai Nippon Printing Co., Ltd.
    In cooperation with Finnair, Finnair Cargo

    Inquiry: NTT Hello Dial (Japanese Only) : 03-5777-8600
    Exhibition official website (Japanese Only)

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    July 18 (Sat) – Kubbe Makes an Art Museum - by seeing, gathering, studying and exhibiting

    ■ Information
    This exhibition is inspired by Kubbe Lager Museum, a picture book by Norwegian author/illustrator Åshild Kanstad Johnsen. With that story as a framework, it features artists whose works find expression in the actions of seeing and collecting, as well as collections that show the collector’s passion. As a participation-oriented exhibition, “Kubbe Makes an Art Museum” will let visitors experience the world of categorizing and exhibiting objects, and the fun of sharing that world with others.

    July 18 (Sat) – October 4 (Sun), 2015

    Gallery A, B, C

    Mondays, as well as Tuesdays of July 21 (Open the Mondays of July 20 and September 21)

    9:30 - 17:30 (Last admission 17:00)

    ・Days of Extended Hours
    Fridays 9:30 – 21:00 (Last admission 19:30)
    ※Except for September 11 and 18

    ・Organized by
    Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum (Tokyo Metropolitan Foundation for History and Culture)

    ・Sponsored by
    FSC Japan

    ・In Special Cooperation with
    TMS ENTERTAINMENT CO., LTD, British Council

    ・Cooperation with
    Royal Norwegian Embassy, FUKUINKAN SHOTEN PUBLISHERS, INC, Norwegian Literature Abroad, Gifu Prefectural Government, TOLI Corporation, The Ueno Royal Museum, Ueno Zoological Gardens, National Museum of Nature and Science, International Library of Children's Literature, National Diet Library, The National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo National Museum, Tokyo Bunka Kaikan


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    July 18 (Sat) – Legendary artists of Japanese Western Painting The Centennial of the NIKA Exhibition

    ■ Information
    The Nika Association stands out, even among the many art groups whose activities occasioned this museum’s founding. The list of legendary Yoga (Western-style) painters who exhibited in the Nika Association Exhibition includes such names as KISHIDA Ryusei, SAEKI Yuzo, KOIDE Narashige, SEKINE Shoji, KOGA Harue, FOUJITA Tsuguharu, MATSUMOTO Shunsuke, OKAMOTO Taro, and TOGO Seiji—not to mention Henri Matisse and other European masters. An exhibition of the history of 20th-century Japanese art through 100 years of art from the Nika Association.

    July 18 (Sat) – September 6 (Sun), 2015

    Exhibition Rooms, Special Exhibition Wing

    Mondays, as well as Tuesday of July 21 (Open the Monday of July 20)

    9:30 - 17:30 (Last admission 17:00)

    ・Days of Extended Hours
    Fridays 9:30 – 21:00 (Last admission 19:30)

    ・Organized by
    Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum (Tokyo Metropolitan Foundation for History and Culture), Nika Association, THE SANKEI SHIMBUN, FUJI TELEVISION NETWORK, INC.

    ・Sponsored by
    Daishinsha Inc.

    ・In Cooperation with

    ・Special WEB Site

    ・Telephone Inquiry
    TEL:03-5405-8686 (Hello Dial)


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    The University Art Museum - Tokyo University of the Arts

    Drawings: Japanese Painting Lab Ⅱ

    Dates: Jun 26 (Fri) - Jul 9 (Thu), 2015
    Open throughout the session period

    Hours: 10:00-17:00 (Entry by 16:30)
    * Jul 9 until 12:00 (Entry by 11:30)

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

    Admission: free
    Organized by Japanese Painting Lab Ⅱ, Tokyo University of the Arts

    Supported by Geidai Friends
    Inquiry: NTT Hello Dial (Japanese Only) : 03-5777-8600

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    The National Museum of Western Art

    Bordeaux, Port de la lune

    Tuesday 23 June 2015 – Wednesday 23 September 2015

    9:30 am – 5:30 pm
    Fridays 9:30 am - 8:00 pm (Admission ends 30 mins. before closing time)

    Mondays except 20 July, 10 August and 21 September. Closed on 21 July.

    Organized by:
    The National Museum of Western Art,
    Tokyo Broadcasting System Television Inc.,
    The Yomiuri Shimbun,
    Ville de Bordeaux

    With the support of:
    Ambassade de France au Japon,
    Institut français du Japon,
    BS-TBS, TBS Radio & Communications

    With the sponsorship of:
    Dai Nippon Printing Co., Ltd.

    With the cooperation of:
    Aioi Nissay Dowa Insurance Co., Ltd.,
    Air France, Nippon Express, The Western Art Foundation

    Scholarly Assistance:
    Musée des Beaux-Arts de Bordeaux,
    Musée d’Aquitaine de Bordeaux,
    Musée des Arts décoratifs et du Design, Bordeaux,
    CAPC-musée d’art contemporain de Bordeaux,
    Bibliothéque municipale de Bordeaux,
    Archives municipales de Bordeaux,
    Cité des civilisations du vin, Bordeaux

    Admission Fees:
    Adults 1,600 yen, College students 1,200 yen, High school students 800 yen
    Advance purchase/Discount fees for groups of 20 or more:
    Adults 1,400 yen, College students 1,000yen, High school students 600 yen
    Advance purchase tickets will be on sale until Monday 22 June. At the museum ticket office, advance ticket will be available until Sunday 21 June.
    For ticket sales from other than the museum's own ticket office, see the exhibition website.
    Full admission fees apply from Tuesday 23 June.
    Junior high school and younger children admitted free of charge.
    Disabled visitors admitted free of charge with one attendant. Please present your disability identification upon arrival.
    Venus with a Horn
    Venus with a Horn (Venus of Laussel)
    Limestone ca. 25,000 years ago
    Musée d’Aquitaine, Bordeaux
    ©Musée d'Aquitaine - Mairie de Bordeaux. Cliché L. Gauthier

    The southwestern French port town of Bordeaux has developed a unique and refined urban culture set against the rich background of its wine production tradition that dates back to the Roman era and the wealth brought about by its ocean trade. The city, a crescent-shaped form along the Garonne River near the Atlantic Ocean, led to its “port de la lune” (port of the moon) moniker. The city reached its heyday in the 18th century, and built its magnificent array of classical and neoclassical architecture through a major urban planning scheme that was carried out a century before Paris’ urban reorganization. This exhibition realized through the wholehearted cooperation of Bordeaux city presents the development of art and culture across Bordeaux’s long history, from the prehistoric era to the present day. Along with introducing the many painters and art works with connections to Bordeaux, such as Delacroix, Redon and Goya, this exhibition will also feature a broad array of items, including such important archaeological and historical materials as the famous Venus with a Horn (Venus of Laussel), and many of the decorative art items that tell the story of the lives of the Bordeaux citizens of the past. Presenting more than 200 diverse works, this exhibition will traverse the rich urban history of Bordeaux with its trademark wines as guide.

    Eugène Delacroix Lion Hunt
    Oil on canvas 1854-55
    Musée des Beaux-Arts, Bordeaux
    ©Musée des Beaux-Arts - Mairie de Bordeaux. Cliché L. Gauthier