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The Artizon Museum has just opened this year.So what is art?What is museum?I learned a lot from various viewpoint.
I have been impressed with one of them.It is origin Artizon's name.
Artizon is a coined word that combines Art and Horizon.And he wants many peaple to feel the horizon of art that breaks the era.Such intention is put.
By the way, the way of exhibition was devised because of creativity that was mentioned in the theme.
The first part says that it is not a straight line, but that you can see various interactions over time and space. One of the best paintings on this theme is Henri Matisse's striped jacket.Recently l like that kind of painting.
Another interesting theme is where is sacred and the folks come and go,the art is interesting!They said.
One of my favorite pieces in this chapter is Christ on the outskirts Georges Rouault.Were you worried about the three peaple in the foreground while seeing the picture?
I’ll introduce Nishiyama Art Museum which I visited 2 weeks ago.
Nishiyama Art Museum is famous for the sculptures made by Rodin and Utrillo’s paintings.
Especially, the collections of Utrillo’s artworks are abundant and are worth seeing.
The most famous masterpiece in the museum would be “Montmartre” which is shown below.
It looked not a 2-dimensional picture but looked a 3-dimensional model of architectures because Utrillo used oil paints richly to express the textures of the architectures.
So you may have different impressions on it if you watch the real one.
Most of his works have a gloomy atmosphere, however, we can always find white plaster walls in them.
Therefore, I felt that the plaster walls seem to be a hope for him.
We can also watch the paintings, which have a pleasant atmosphere, drawn in his later years.
I really liked them!
The Artizon Museum~ wrriten by Makinori~
The Artizone Museum is a newly opened museum. Through my first time visit there, I had an opportunity to explorer art.
Do you know 2020 is an exciting year that some of museums newly open across Japan? The Artizone Museum is one of them, which opened their door in this January. I heard the information through the Hand of Muse, then fortunately, got a chance to visit there as a club activity. I can say my experience there was great. Lucky I am.
The Artizon Museum is located in the heat area in Ginza, Tokyo. Its exterior is modern like a stylish office building (In fact, upper levels of the building are business offices. I wish if I could work there.) I have to introduce one of the most interesting aspects of the museum that is a collaboration between fine art and modern IT technology. At there, visitors can receive audio guidance for free via own phones, connecting free Bluetooth and wi-fi. When you walk around in the museum, your Bluetooth automatically recognizes artworks close to you, then display the paintings with an audio play button into a screen. You will not be annoyed by unclear sound and unfamiliar devices anymore because you will be there with your partner.
Now, let’s talk about the contents of the museum. Through the facility, I encountered curious intention behind the way of displaying arts. The artworks were not presented chronologically as many other museums do. Instead, those were divided by art-related categories, for example, “decoration”, “happiness”, and “sacred and profane”. Following each category, a variety of selected items were there beyond the era. This caught my curiosity!
Also, the museum has a lot of paintings from famous maestros to modern Japanese painters, however, I didn’t see hugely popular artworks there. In the meanwhile, I found several paintings from the same artists. This is a great attempt by Artizone. As seeing artists’ hidden jobs, we can find different aspects of painters than general reputations we would have input on them. There were lots chances of discovery of meeting your new interests.
In my case, I could brush up my knowledge in western art history that I learned in my University. For instance, decoration is one of the most important elements as the museum created the category. There was a room for displaying decorative arts from ancient to the Art nouveau that gave me a feeling of decorative art’s transition. Moreover, I was interested in their category description of “sacred and profane.” In the explanation, they say “the human heart is filled with a desire for something sacred.” It is shameful to recognize, but “it is also human nature to be attracted to vulgarity.” Reading this, some questions came up in my mind. “Is being attracted to vulgarity so humiliate? It is the human being so that we have been creating enchanting cultural profits, isn’t it?”
To conclude, the ways of explorer paths are up to you in the museum. There are “footprints” on those paths, and you can keep track of your intuition. Thinking over the arts and stories behind the arts are probably my keen interests. Thanks to Artizone for sharing us such pressure moments.