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KS Cover no. 72 2006 May

MAY 2006 :: 072


Contemporary Canadian Video Collection

Thru Jun 25

The venue Remo rede-fines the moving image, as a “transport” for various kinds of infor-mation and values, and promotes events that cultivate a new, commu- nication tool from daily life to the field of art that is relevant to the 21st Century.
“Artist pick up” focuses on moving image in the contem-porary art field, and introduces new representations beyond the conventional grammar of the moving image. They aim to create a platform to consider the diversities and potentials of video expression through screenings, installations that maximally exploit available space. This time, Canadian artists selected by Shinobu Akimoto, an artist working both in Japan and Canada, are introduced. Canada has been producing many video artists, video art organizations, artist-run spaces, and international festivals with national support since the 1970s. Akimoto selects seven groups of artists who incor-porate art into life or life into art, in order to live better, and by choice or accident, adopt a do-it-yourself strategy. In addi-tion to the exhibition and artist talks, Akimoto gives a talk about the Canadian contemporary art scene, influences of social, and cultural environments and system as well as an alternative space Mercer Union, to which she belongs as a board member.

Festival gate, remo 4F
Open: 3pm-9pm, closed Mon-Wed
Admission: ¥500 • Tel: 06-6634-7737

Marc Chagall —
Voyages en Amourie

Thru May 28

Marc Chagall was born as one of eight children of a Russian-Jewish family in Vitebsk, Belarus in 1887. He began to study painting under Pen in Vitebsk in 1907 and then painting in St Petersburg, first at the Imperial Society for the Encouragement of the Arts and later at the School of Elizabeth Svanseva. After arriving in Paris in 1911, he discovered Cubists and Fauves and touched briefly upon Futurism. It was during this period that Chagall painted some of his most famous paintings of the Jewish village, and developed the features that become recognizable trademarks of his art. His work of this period displays the influence of contemporary French painting, but his style remained independent of any one school of art. After moving to Russia in 1914, the Russian authorities frowned upon his style stating that it was too modern, so he left Russia in 1922 and settled in France. Many of Chagall's paintings are inspired by themes from the Bible. He also painted with a variety of media, such as oils, water colors, and gouaches and his work expanded to other forms of art, including ceramics, mosaics, and stained glass. This special exhibition is divided into five themed sections, depicting it's own world and motifs. On exhibit will be 27 oil paintings and gouaches, and 100 prints from his early days in 1910 and works from later on in his life.

Suntory Museum Tenpozan
Subway chuo, Techno-port line, Osaka-ko stn, exit 1
Open: 10:30am-7pm, closed Mon • Admission: ¥1,000/¥700/¥500 • Tel: 06-6577-0001

The Allure of Edo: Masterpieces of Ukiyo-e Paintings from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Thru May 28

The Allure of Edo marks the first exhibition highlighting the Museum's ukiyo-e paintings, one of the most important collections in the world. Featured will be more than 80 works by the major artists active in the Edo region from the 17th to 19th centuries including such famous artists as Hokusai and Utamaro. Several themes such as the creation of the iconography of courtesan and actor imagery will be featured, while providing an overview of the development of the ukiyo-e genre. This Boston collection is declared to be one of the finest collections anywhere in the world.

Kobe Shiritsu Hakubutsukan
JR/Hankyu//Hanshin Sannomiya stn, South Exit • Open: 10am-4:30pm, closed Mon • Admission: ¥1,300/¥900/¥500 • Tel: 078-332-7810

Emaki Unrolled: Masterworks of Illustrated Narrative Handscrolls

Thru Jun 4

The illustrated narrative handscroll or emaki (literally, 'picture scroll'), is a distinctly Japanese art form that pre-sents a story with illustrations and text. In the mid-Heian period (794-1185), shortly after the development of mono- gatari, or tales, scenes from these prose narratives came to be depicted in paintings as a way to express the poetic sentiments of the characters. The emaki came into being from these narrative paintings, which were later formatted as handscrolls.

The emaki, which had its inception in literary narratives such as Tales of Ise and The Tale of Genji, expanded into the genre of setsuwa (folk tales), and further developed in the areas of battle tales, histories of temples and shrines, and biographies of illustrious priests. Emaki based on Buddhist scri- pture also came to be produced. Emaki Unrolled introduces various characteri-stics and features of this traditional genre and showcases exemplary works from the Heian to Edo (1616-1867) period. The exhibition is divided into two major themes with a section dedi-cated to classical Heian masterpieces, such as The Tale of Genji, The Origins of the Temple on Mount Shigi (Shigisan engi), and Scroll of Frolicking Animals (Choju giga).

Kyoto National Museum
Keihan Shichijo stn.
Open: 9:30am-5pm closed Mon
Admission: ¥1,300/¥900/¥400
Tel: 075-541-1151

Kansai Art Listings May


Thru May 8

Daimaru Museum Umeda
50 Years with Miffy by Dick Bruna
Daimaru Umeda 15F: JR/Hankyu/ Hanshin/Subways Umeda/Osaka stn.
Open: 10am-7:30pm
Admission: ¥800/¥600/free
Tel: 06-6343-1231

Thru May 8

Belgium Flanders Exchange Center
Antwerp Fashion Backstage: fashion photographer Marleen Daniels exhibition
International House Osaka 3F. Subway Tanimachi-chome/Kinetsu Uehonmachi stn
Open: 11am-12:30, 1:30-5pm, closed Sat/Sun/holidays
Admission: free
Tel: 06-6773-8850

Thru May 23

DDD Gallery
Bruno Oldani Exhibition
Nishi-Umeda stn or Higobashi stn
Open: 10am-6pm, Closed Sat/Sun/holidays
Admission: free
Tel: 06-6347-8780

Thru May 28

Osaka Shiritsu Bijutsukan
Special exhibition
Featuring bokuseki (black ink brush writing) including 17 national trea-sures. Work from Kamakura to Muro-machi Period in Japan and Sung to Yuan Dynasty in China.
JR/subway Tennoji stn.
Open: 9:30am-4:30pm, closed Mon
Admission: ¥1,300/¥1,000/free
Tel: 06-6771-4874

Thru Jun 11

The National Museum of Art Osaka
Sigmar Polke:
Alice in Wonderland
Yotsubashi line, Higobashi stn, exit 3
Open: 10am-4pm, closed Mon
Admission: ¥830/¥450/¥250
Tel: 06-6447-4680

Thru Jun 11

Fujita Museum
Exhibition on Tea Utensils
Subway/Keihan/JR Kyobashi or Osaka-jo Kitazume stn
Open: 10am-4pm, closed Mon
Admission: ¥900/¥700
Tel: 06-6271-1231

Thru Jul 2

Osaka Nihon Mingeikan
Textiles in Okinawa
Osaka Monorail Banpaku Kinen Koen stn. Inside Expo '70 Park.
Open: 10am-4:30pm closed Wed
Admission: ¥700/¥450/¥100
Tel: 06-6877-1971

Thru Aug 27

Gram Media GM
Tenants — More than 30 artists and creators giving lectures, work-shops, live performances, etc.
Subway Yotsubashi line, Higobashi stn
Open: 12-8pm, closed Mon.
Admission: free
Tel: 06-6459-2082


Thru May 14

Asahi Beer Oyamazaki Villa Bijutsukan
Private collection of ex-president of Asahi beer, the late Yamamoto Tamesaburo
To commeroate the 10th anniversary of the museum. Monet, Modigliani and 150 other works.
JR Yamazaki/Hankyu Oyamazaki stn
Open: 10am-4pm, closed Mon.
Admission: ¥700/¥500/free
Tel: 075-957-3123

Thru May 21

The National Museum of Modern Art Kyoto
Remainders of an Ideal:
The vision and practice of Friedensreich Hundertwasser
From JR/Kintetsu Kyoto stn, take bus no.5, get off at Kyoto-Kaikan-Bijyutsukan-mae.
Open: 9:30am-4:30pm, closed Mon
Admission: ¥830/¥450/¥250
Tel: 075-761-4111

Thru May 22

Hosomi Bijutsukan
Japanese Laquerware Exhibition
Okazaki Saishoji-cho
Open: 10am-5:30pm, closed Mon
Admission: ¥700/¥500
Tel: 075-752-5555

Thru May 28

The Museum of Kyoto
Untold Stories of Thomas Edison, King of Invention — Inspiration and Perspiration
Karasuma line, Karasuma-Oike stn
Open: 10am-5:30pm, closed Mon
Admission: ¥1,000/¥700/¥400
Tel: 075-494-2238

Thru May 28

Kyomizu Sannenzaka Bijutsukan
Maki-e lacquerware and wood /ivory carving by Imperial Court artists from Meiji Period
City bus no. 207 Kiyomizu-michi stop
Open: 10am-4:30pm, closed Mon/Tue
Admission: ¥500/¥300/¥200
Tel: 075-532-4270

Thru Jun 4

Kyoto National Museum
Emaki Unrolled: Masterworks of Illustrated Narrative Handscrolls
Keihan Shichijo Stn
Open: 9:30am-5pm, closed Mon
Admission: ¥1,300/¥900/¥400
Tel: 075-541-1151


Thru May 14

Kobe City Koiso Memorial Museum of Art
Koiso Ryohei Exhibition
Rokko Liner, Island Kitaguchi stn
Open: 10am-5pm, closed Mon
Admission: ¥200/¥150/¥100
Tel: 078-857-5880

Thru May 14

Hyogo Prefecture Museum
Picturing America: Selections from the Whitney Museum of US Art
Hanshin Iwaya stn
Open: 10am-5pm, closed Mon
Admission: ¥1,200/¥900/¥500
Tel: 078-262-0901

Thru May 28

Himeji Shiritsu Bijutsukan
Kumagai Morikazu Exhibition
JR/Sanyo Himeji Stn
Open: 10am-4:30pm, closed Mon
Admission: ¥800/¥500/¥200
Tel: 0792-22-2288

Thru May 28

Hyogo Togei Bijutsukan
Bernard Leach Exhibition: Over 100 ceramics with sketches and prints
JR Fukuchiyama line, Aino stn. Bus bound for the museum.
Open: 10am-4pm, closed Mon
Admission: ¥800/¥500/¥200
Tel: 079-597-3961

Thru Jun 4

Itami Shiritsu Bijutsukan
Benjamin Roubaud exhibition:
More than 80 works from Le Chariva-rique, a satiric magazine in 19th century Paris
JR/Hankyu Itami stn
Open: 10am-5pm, closed Mon
Admission: ¥300/¥200/¥100
Tel: 0727-72-7447


Thru May 7

Nara Kenritsu Bijutsukan
Masterpieces from the Nati-onal Galleries of Scotland
Kintetsu Nara stn
Open: 9am-4pm, closed Mon
Admission: ¥1,200/¥900/¥600
Tel: 0742-23-3968

Thru May 28

Nara National Museum
Priest Chogen and the Rebui-lding of Todaiji: The Kamakura era, An Age of Artistic Revival and Innovation
Kintetsu Nara stn inside Nara Park
Open: 9:30am-5pm Closed Mon
Admission: ¥1,000/¥700/¥400
Tel: 0742-22-7771

ART section compiled by Maki Nibayashi

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