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【Exhibition】Autumn Beauty: Highlights from Geidai Collection ―Featuring Works Connected to Hirakushi Denchu―

【Exhibition】Autumn Beauty: Highlights from Geidai Collection ―Featuring Works Connected to Hirakushi Denchu―

Tokyo University of the Arts (TUA) possesses works of art of many different art forms such as painting, sculpture, and crafts of all times and places. TUA has collected works of art for more than 120 years, and the collection that includes approximately 29,000 pieces has been known as one of the most notable art collection in this country. This exhibition titled “Bi-no-shukakusai” that literally stands for “the harvest festival of beauty” features excellent art pieces express various aspects of autumn using amazing techniques and colors. In the deepening autumn in the town of Ueno, we hope you enjoy finding how the artists were feeling changing seasons looking at changes

【Exhibition】Viva Chukin (fine art metal casting)!

Small exhibition of fine art metal casting created by students at Tokyo University of the Arts is now held at the entrance hall of Vivarium of Ueno Zoo. Period: Tue. October 27 – Sun. November 8, 2015 Venue: Entrance Hall of the Vivarium (West Garden)   Picture courtesy of Tokyo Zoological Park Society

【Exhibition】The Great Terracotta Army of China’s First Emperor

Approximately 2,200 years ago, Qin Shi Huang appointed himself as China’s first emperor and established a unified dynasty on the Chinese mainland. “The Terracotta Army,” which was buried underground in great quantities in the vicinity of his vast mausoleum, was one of the greatest archaeological discoveries of the 20the century. Since its first excavation in 1974, new and astonishing findings have been made one after the other. This exhibition, taking into consideration the latest findings from excavations, will display precious cultural assets related to Qin Shi Huang in one sweep. It aims to show the overwhelming vigor of the terracotta warriors and horses, which show great variety, and that of

【Exhibition】The Golden Legend / Friday 16 October 2015 – Monday 11 January 2016

The lake-like Black Sea expands deep in the hinterlands of the Mediterranean region. The Bosporus Strait is the entrance to the Black Sea from the Mediterranean, and is renowned as a difficult sea-lane. According to Greek mythology, the hero Jason successfully sailed his shipArgo through this treacherous strait; his goal, the Golden Fleece of a kingdom on the shores of the Black Sea. With the help of Queen Medea, Jason acquired the Golden Fleece, and thus grew the legend of the Black Sea region as concealing golden riches. But, about 40 years ago it was discovered that this was something more than simple legend. Tombs were found in the Bulgarian

Uchino Ichioshi (Our Best Recommendation)! “Unagi Kappo IZUEI Honten, an Unagi restaurant established in the mid-Edo period.”

“Uchino Ichioshi (Our Best Recommendation)!” offers an exclusive interview with a representative of store, restaurant, or company introducing their item, history, people, and so on. The second interview was conducted with Ms. Yoshimi Doi who is the ninth-generation proprietress of IZUEI Honten, an Unagi restaurant established in the mid-Edo period.   ⇒ First of all, could you please tell me about your restaurant? Unagi Kappo IZUEI was established in Ueno in the mid-Edo period. It has been more than 290 years since then. I am the ninth-generation proprietress. A long time ago, there used to be a river running along current Kototoi Dori Street in Nezu-Sendagi area, and there was an

【Exhibition】Transforming Arms into Art: Peace-building in Mozambique

The Republic of Mozambique lies on the east coast of Southern Africa, and has a population of approximately 25 million people. Even though Mozambique became independent from Portugal on June 25, 1975, it experienced Mozambican Civil War that started in 1977 and lasted until 1992. During the war, tremendous amount of weapons flowed into the country, and after the war ended, those decommissioned weapons were left on the land and eventually owned by people. In 1995, the Transforming Arms into Ploughshares project had started. The project takes the decommissioned weapons and provides tools such as agricultural tools, bicycle, sewing machine, etc. On the other hand, retrieved weapons are destroyed and

Zurich University of the Arts + Tokyo University of the Arts International Exchange Exhibition

Half-Understood, Half-Collapse, Half-Open Zurich University of the Arts + Tokyo University of the Arts International Exchange Exhibition 【Venue】 1st and 2nd floors of Chinretsukan Gallery The University Art Museum, Tokyo University of the Arts 【Period】 October 6 – October 20, 2015 Open each day during the period. 【Fees】 Free of charge. Organized by: Tokyo University of the Arts + Zurich University of the Arts International Exchange Project executive Committee Supported by: NOMURA FOUNDATION, Tokyo University of the Arts International Art Exchange Foundation Supported by: Embassy of Switzerland in Japan Cooperation of: CHALET SWISS MINI Official Webpage: http://tokyogeidai-zhdk.tumblr.com/

Impressionist Masterpieces from Marmottan Monet Museum

The Marmottan Monet Museum in Paris houses a collection of works compiled and enjoyed by the great Impressionist painter Claude Monet (1840-1926) until his death at the age of 86. This exhibition will present some 90 pieces primarily from this collection, which the artist’s son, Michel Monet, bequeathed to the Museum. Through portraits Monet made of his children at various ages, as well as portraits of Monet and his wife by his friend Renoir, landscapes Monet created during his travels, and works he painted in his late years when suffering from cataracts, the exhibition will explore Monet’s profoundly rich creative world. In his late years, Monet devoted himself to capturing

“World’s Gourds Exhibition” is scheduled to be held at National Museum of Nature and Science.

“World’s Gourds Exhibition” is scheduled to be held from Sept. 15 to Dec. 6 at National Museum of Nature and Science. The first thing comes to mind when most people think about gourd must be just the unique, funny shape with wasp waist; however, this exhibition will tell you their versatility and history as tool that had already started prior to that of earthenware. Displaying gourds from all over the world, from the collection of Dr. Hiroshi Yuasa, the exhibition introduces you how gourds have been utilized by humans as container, art object, ritual equipment and in many other ways. 【Dates】Tue. September 15 - Sun. December 6, 2015 【Hours】9:00-17:00 (9:00-20:00

Uchino Ichioshi (Our Best Recommendation) “Usagiya”

“Uchino Ichioshi (Our Best Recommendation)” of kokosil Ueno has now started! We offer an exclusive interview with a store focusing on many different aspects such as recommended items, history, people, pride, and so on. The first interview was conducted with Mr. Takuya Taniguchi, the current and forth owner of Usagiya, a Japanese confectionery founded in 1913 in Ueno.   《Birth of Usagiya and its history》 Usagiya was founded in 1913 at its current location by Kisaku Taniguchi who was originally from Toyama prefecture. As a child, he had studied under Zenjiro Yasuda, the founder of Yasuda Zaibatsu (financial conglomerate), at “Terakoya,” private elementary school in old times. Later on, he