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Collaborative Exhibition Project between the Tokyo National Museum and the Philadelphia Museum of Art: Marcel Duchamp and Japanese Art

Collaborative Exhibition Project between the Tokyo National Museum and the Philadelphia Museum of Art: Marcel Duchamp and Japanese Art / Heiseikan Special Exhibition Gallery 1 & 2   October 2, 2018 (Tue) - December 9, 2018 (Sun)

  

This exhibition project, an exchange between the Philadelphia Museum of Art in the USA and the Tokyo National Museum, explores the meaning of Japanese art and the aesthetic values it embodies. It also proposes new ways of appreciating the beauty of premodern Japanese art, which was created within a society very different from that of the West, by contrasting it with the achievements of the French-American artist Marcel Duchamp (1887–1968), who challenged the values of Western art much later.

It seems that now, approximately 150 years after the Meiji Restoration of 1868, the aesthetic values and spirit originally found in Japan are disappearing from the hearts of contemporary Japanese, and that many of them, when visiting museums, view Japanese paintings as they would works by Western artists such as Van Gogh or Monet. By becoming familiar with the traditional aesthetics nurtured in Japan, however, one can begin to appreciate the beauty of Japanese art on a deeper level.

This project will take a fresh look at Japanese art by presenting two exhibitions together. One is The Essential Duchamp, organized by the Philadelphia Museum of Art, which will introduce the creative activities of a figure now widely seen as the father of contemporary art by showcasing Philadelphia’s definitive collection of his works. The other is Rediscovering Japan through Duchamp, and consists of Japanese art in the collection of the Tokyo National Museum.

Duchamp challenged the values of traditional Western art by exhibiting mass-produced industrial products as “art.” 400 years earlier in Japan, the tea master Sen no Rikyu (1522–91) found beauty in simple dishes or bowls made for everyday use. This is just one example of unexpected congruity between the fruit of Duchamp’s creative pursuits, which comprised the creation of new artistic values, and the traditional aesthetics qualities of Japan.

While exploring in an accessible manner Duchamp’s creative pursuits together with his life, this ambitious exhibition project will also highlight the unique qualities of Japanese aesthetics, such as finding beauty in everyday implements and attributing value to deformed and distorted forms, as seen in the art of the Momoyama period around the late 16th century.
It is our sincere hope that even art lovers whose major interest may not be traditional Japan will be inspired by the aesthetics of Japanese art through The Essential Duchamp.

 

General Information

Period Tuesday, October 2 - Sunday, December 9, 2018
Venue Heiseikan, Tokyo National Museum (Ueno Park)
Hours 9:30 - 17:00, Fridays, Saturdays, October 31 and November 1 until 21:00
(Last entry 30 minutes before closing)
Closed Mondays (Except for Monday, October 8) and Tuesday, October 9
Admission Adults: 1200 (1000/900) yen
University students: 900 (700/600) yen
High school students: 700 (500/400) yen
Junior high school students and under: Free 
* Prices shown in parentheses indicate advance and group (more than 20 persons) discount tickets.
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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 August 24 to October 1, 2018.


Set admission tickets for the exhibitions "The Buddhist Sculptures of Daiho’onji, Kyoto"
Adults: 2000(1800) yen
* Prices shown in parentheses indicate advance discount ticket.
* Set admission tickets will be on sale at the museum ticket booths (during museum opening hours excluding the last 30 minutes) from August 10.

* Persons with disabilities are admitted free with one accompanying person each (please present an ID at the ticket booth).
* Tickets to this exhibition include one admission to the regular exhibitions on the date of entry.
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 Philadelphia Museum of Art (The Essential Duchamp), Tokyo National Museum
With the Cooperation of Nissha Printing Communications, Inc.
General Inquiries 03-5777-8600  (Hello Dial)
Exhibition Website http://www.duchamp2018.jp/(in Japanese)

 

Touring Schedule for The Essential Duchamp

National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Korea (Seoul, Korea); Saturday, December 22, 2018 - Sunday, April 7, 2019
Art Gallery of New South Wales (Sydney, Australia); April - August, 2019 (tentative)
* The second part Rediscovering Japan through Duchamp will be exhibited only at Tokyo National Museum.
The Essential Duchamp is organized by the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
The international tour has been made possible by the Terra Foundation for American Art.
TERRA