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The world of The Tale of Genji, now reunited. [Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum] Ueno Artist Project 2022 “The Tale of Genji that weaves beauty-Meetings are deep and deep-” (~ 1/6) Preview report

Ueno Artist Project 2022 "The Tale of Genji that weaves beauty – Encounter encounters are deep -" Scene from the venue

The Tale of Genji, the masterpiece of Heian literature that has been read for over 1000 years.

As the 6th installment of the "Ueno Artist Project" with the participation of artists of various genres, "The Tale of Genji that weaves beauty -Meguri Encounter, Eni Deep Shina-" was held.

This time, we will report on the press preview held prior to the event.

Tadashi Moriya, Yugiri "Falling Leaves", 1991, Private Collection

The "Ueno Artist Project" is a series launched in 2017 with the aim of inheriting the history of the Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum, which is also known as the "hometown of public exhibitions," and developing it into the future. The theme of this project, which will be the sixth installment, is "The Tale of Genji."

The Tale of Genji is a literary epic written by Murasaki Shikibu in the Heian period and has been read unchanged for about 1000 years. In addition to the interpersonal relationships centered on the main character, Hikaru Genji, the beautiful scenes of the four seasons are depicted, and have captivated people across time and culture.

From November 19th, the Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum will hold an exhibition titled "The Tale of Genji: The Tale of Genji: The Tale of Genji: The Tale of Genji", an exhibition by artists in various genres such as painting, calligraphy, dyeing, and glass crafts. . It is an attempt to explore the aesthetic sense and charm that the story has created through the works of contemporary writers inspired by The Tale of Genji.

The world of "The Tale of Genji" expressed by seven writers

Riyoshi Takano, Seisei Ruten II ~ Hibiki ~ 54 chapters, gift-giving song "From the volume of Kiritsubo to the volume of Yume no Ukihashi", 2022, Collection of the artist

A group of works by Tatsuya Ishiodori with the theme of "Kacho Fugetsu"

Hiroko Watanabe's portrait created with a color ballpoint pen. Impressive unique transparency and softness

A work by Kyoko Tamada, a glass artist. Waka poems from The Tale of Genji are sealed inside the glass, creating a fantastic space.

The venue for "The Tale of Genji that weaves beauty – Encounter encounters are deep" will be held at Galleries A and C.
The genres of the works on display are wide-ranging, including glasswork , dyeing, calligraphy, and painting. I am reminded that it is a spun work.
However, it is not necessarily the case that individual writers are completely close to The Tale of Genji. Rather, I even got the impression that the motif of the Tale of Genji was used as a theme, and the wings of the imagination were spread freely.

The artists featured in this exhibition are Hisae Aoki, Tatsuya Ishiodori, Atsuto Takagi, Riyoshi Takano, Kyoko Tamada, Tadashi Moriya, and Hiroko Watanabe (in alphabetical order).
One of the themes of this exhibition is "Eni", as indicated by the title, "Megurienai Hikaru Eni wa Deep". It is also an encounter between the viewer and the work, an encounter between the artist and the space, and an encounter between the artists.

Introduction of exhibiting artists

Riyoshi Takano

Riho Takano

Riyoshi Takano 《The Birth of Hikaru Genji from Kiritsubo》 (detail) 2022 Collection of the artist

At the age of 6, he entered the Shunkei Calligraphy Institute led by Shunkei Iijima. After that, he studied kana calligraphy under Takayoshi Iijima.
In addition to continuing to write waka poetry based on the Tale of Genji, which remains unchanged over time, he has also worked on decorative works such as combining the image of the princess who appears in the story with colorful writing paper. is.

Atsuto Takagi

Atsuhito Takagi

Atsuto Takagi 《Gift Song Between Hikaru Genji and Fujitsubo Chugu》 (detail) 2022 Collection of the artist

Born in Chiba prefecture. While still a student at Kyoto University, he studied under Kason Sugioka and learned that the aesthetic sense depicted in The Tale of Genji is the basis of kana calligraphy.
Fascinated by the Tale of Genji through modern translations and Yamato Waki's manga "Asaki Yumemishi", she has been working on gift-giving songs exchanged between Hikaru Genji and various women.

Kyoko Tamada

Kyoko Tamada

Kyoko Tamada, Fumi no Kura, Yakumo "Yugiri", 2021, Collection of the artist

Graduated from Musashino Art University Industrial Design Department. Students will visit Pilchuk Glass School (USA) and other educational institutions and studios for glass education in various places to learn about glass art.
A unique technique is used in which colored glass and suminagashi patterns produced by air-blowing are formed into plates in an electric furnace and then laminated in layers. With a fantastical style that encloses waka poems from The Tale of Genji inside the glass, it embodies the aesthetic philosophy of the Heian period, "Mono Aware".

Hisae Aoki

Sue Aoki

Hisae Aoki, The Tale of Genji, around 1976, Sue Sarasa Museum

Born in 1926 (Taisho 15) in Hirakata City, Osaka Prefecture. In 1965, he began researching hand-painted sarasa while making a living from rokets dyeing, and has held solo exhibitions nationwide, including Wako Hall in Ginza, Tokyo.
He creates works with a free sensibility based on the impression obtained from the vitality of nature, and not only exotic patterns represented by sarasa, but also the original world of the dynasty based on the Tale of Genji.

stone dance tatsuya

Tatsuya Ishiodori

Tatsuya Ishiodori, Moon Ariake from the chapter of Hashihime, 1997, Kodansha collection

Japanese painter. Characterized by a detailed and decorative painting surface based on gold and platinum leaf, he pursues beauty that transcends while freely manipulating Japanese painting techniques.
From 1996 to 1997, he worked on the cover art for the 54 chapters of "The Tale of Genji" (Kodansha) translated by Jakucho Setouchi into modern language.

Tadashi Moriya

Tadashi Moriya

From left, Tadashi Moriya, Utsusemi “Hagi at the edge of the eaves'', 1991, Momijiga “Seigaiha'', 1991, both private collections

Japanese painter. Born in Ogaki City, Gifu Prefecture. In 1930, he studied under Seison Maeda, who was from the same town, and produced many historical and genre paintings at the Japan Art Institute.
In addition to engaging in many reproductions of murals such as the Takamatsuzuka Burial Mound, he developed an interest in The Tale of Genji through illustrations and stage art work. I completed it.

Hiroko Watanabe

Hiroaki Watanabe

Hiroko Watanabe, Memories of Heisei -Prosperity and Suffering-, 2019, Collection of the artist

Born in Ehime prefecture. Using ballpoint pens of different sizes, after hatching (drawing overlaid lines), the density is gradually deepened with stippling to express a colorful world.

While replacing brushes with modern writing instruments such as colored ballpoint pens, I try to relive the culture and people's activities of the time and the vision of the artist who drew the original paintings through production, and to reproduce a scene of history in the present age.

Also pay attention to "The Tale of Genji and Edo Culture" held at the same time!

Collection exhibition "The Tale of Genji and Edo Culture" venue entrance

In addition, "The Tale of Genji and Edo Culture" will be held at Gallery B at the same time as "The Tale of Genji Weaving Beauty". This is a one-room exhibition, and admission is free. We introduce the popularity and development of The Tale of Genji, which rose in the midst of Edo culture, along with valuable materials.

Ryuutei Tanehiko/Written by Utagawa Kunisada (1st)/Illustrated “Nakamura Genji” from 1829 to 1842 (1829-1842) On display throughout the year Collection of Edo-Tokyo Museum, Tokyo

Utagawa Toyokuni (3rd generation), Utagawa Hiroshige (1st generation) / Painting, Kanekichi Iseya / Edition 《Furyu Genji Snow View》 December 1853 Exhibited in the first half of the year Edo-Tokyo Museum, Tokyo

《Nagaita medium-sized stencil Genji car》 Taisho-Showa period, 20th century, exhibited throughout the year, Tokyo Edo-Tokyo Museum

The Tale of Genji was originally a piece of literature that was read among a limited class of people, mainly court nobles and samurai. However, in the latter half of the 17th century, it became popular with the general public due to the spread of mass printing technology, and at the same time, 'Nisemura Saki Inaka Genji' , an adaptation of The Tale of Genji, gained popularity , and the content of The Tale of Genji was turned into a painting. The scenes and figures spread among the common people through Genji-e paintings.
Among the many Genji-e paintings displayed at the venue, there are the figure of Hikaru Genji (Hikaru Ashikaga in "Kanshi Raka Genji" ) with a unique hairstyle called "Ebi Chasenmage", and the lyrical four seasons. You can see the scenery of

In addition, the influence of The Tale of Genji was not limited to literature and paintings, and designs based on The Tale of Genji were accepted by a wide range of people. For example, in the case of kimonos, the “Genji pattern”, which is a design of a scene or motif from The Tale of Genji, was especially liked by the people of the Edo period, and it came to be enjoyed as a familiar fashion. In this exhibition, we will introduce a number of patterns born from the Tale of Genji from the stencils used for dyeing kimonos owned by Mr. Kotaro Shimizu, a holder of important intangible cultural properties, and Mr. Kichigoro, the predecessor.

In addition, some of the exhibits in the "The Tale of Genji and Edo Culture" are different between the first half and the second half * .

*"The Tale of Genji and Edo Culture" 1st term exhibition 2022/11/19-12/18 2nd term exhibition 2022/12/20-2023/1/6

Mr. Tetsuji Sugiyama, curator of the Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum, who was in charge of commentary on the exhibition for the press, commented on the theme of this exhibition, "Eni".
“This is an exhibition where you can feel that The Tale of Genji is more than just a literary work. We live in a hectic world, but at times like this, we should stop and look back on the past and make use of it for the future.
He hoped that viewers would find new perspectives on their daily lives through the "eni" (connection) with The Tale of Genji.

"The Tale of Genji that weaves beauty – Encounter encounters are deep" Venue view

The period of both exhibitions is relatively short, until January 6, 2023. By all means, please experience the world of The Tale of Genji, which has been given a new life by the imagination of the writers.

Overview of the event

exhibition period Saturday, November 19, 2022 to Friday, January 6, 2023
venue Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum
Gallery A/C (Ueno Artist Project 2022 “The Tale of Genji that weaves beauty – Encounter encounters are deep”)
Gallery B ("The Tale of Genji and Edo Culture")
Opening hours 9:30-17:30, until 20:00 on Fridays (except January 6) (last admission 30 minutes before closing)
Closed day November 21, 2022 (Monday), December 5 (Monday), 19 (Monday), 29 (Thursday) to January 3, 2023 (Tuesday)
viewing fee General 500 yen / 65 years old and over 300 yen
* "The Tale of Genji and Edo culture" is free
* Free for students and younger
*Admission is free for those who have a physical disability certificate, love certificate, rehabilitation certificate, mental disability certificate, atomic bomb victim health certificate, and one accompanying person.
*Students, those aged 65 and over, and those with various types of notebooks, please present proof.
*Free admission with a ticket for the special exhibition " Exhibition Taro Okamoto " (Exhibition period: October 18 (Tue)-December 28 (Wed), 2022)
*You can see it without advance reservation. However, please note that admission may be restricted during times of congestion.
organizer Tokyo ("The Tale of Genji and Edo Culture" only), Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum, Tokyo Metropolitan Foundation for History and Culture
inquiry Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum Exchange Section TEL: 03-3823-6921 (representative)
Exhibition website https://www.tobikan.jp/exhibition/2022_uenoartistproject.html
(Ueno Artist Project 2022
"The Tale of Genji that weaves beauty – It's deep to meet you -") https://www.tobikan.jp/exhibition/2022_collection.html
(Collection Exhibition "The Tale of Genji and Edo Culture")

*The information in this article is as of the time of the preview. Please check the official website for the latest information.

Article provided by: Taito Bunka Marche