Museum Hopping 29: Afternoon of Art in Ueno

For this meetup, we are going to check out two exhibitions in Ueno, "Balthus: A Retrospective" and "Jacques Callot : Theater of Realism and Fantasy."

Meeting Spot: Around the Park Exit of JR Ueno Station

First Stop: Tokyo Metropolitan Museum (Access Info)
Exhibition to see: Balthus: A Retrospective
Museum Admission Fee: ¥1,300
The description of the exhibition at the museum web site

"This large-scale retrospective will trace Balthus’s creative journey through works from every stage of his career. The exhibition will display important works rarely seen in Japan and will include over 40 oil paintings as well as drawings and the artist’s private belongings, totaling approximately 100 works in all. The works will be brought from art museums all over the world, such as Pompidou Centre and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, as well as from private collectors. The exhibition will furthermore reconstruct for the first time the former atelier of Balthus in his Swiss “Grand Chalet” and will introduce the setting behind his artist creation. " (from The description of the exhibition at the museum web site)

Second Stop: The National Museum Of Western Art, Tokyo (Access Info)
Exhibition to see: Jacques Callot : Theater of Realism and Fantasy
Museum Admission Fee: ¥600
The description of the exhibition at the museum web site

"Jacques Callot (1592–1635) was a talented and creative printmaker born in the Duchy of Lorraine, and active at the beginning of the 17th century. Callot spent his youth in Italy and there worked as a printmaker in service to the Medici family. After his return to France in 1621, he received commissions not only from the Lorraine palace and aristocracy, but also from religious clerics and rulers of surrounding countries, developing an active and successful career.

This exhibition is comprised of works chosen from the NMWA collections, and features a thorough introduction to Callot’s works from throughout his life, taking both a temporal and thematic approach. Visitors to the exhibition will be able to trace his activities and view his print world enlivened by both the real and the fantastical. This exhibition further aims to reveal how Callot’s position was formed with regard to the various artistic and social trends of the day." (The description of the exhibition at the museum web site)

Chat session after the show
We will take a break between the first and second exhibition, as well as having a chat session at the end of the event.

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  • haruhisa t.

    I'll be present. However, I've joined Meetup, please let me know how I can find you.

    April 27, 2014

    • Tatsuya

      The event has already taken place yesterday. That being said, both shows are pretty interesting. I recommend you to check them out.

      April 27, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry to cancel. I have had a virus this week and need to rest.

    April 25, 2014

    • Tatsuya

      No problem at all. Thank you for your prompt update.

      April 25, 2014

  • haruhisa t.

    I'm going to a water color painting school every Saturday. Therefore I can't join you this Saturday.
    I'm going to visit there by the end of exhibition.
    Would you tell me another opportunity if possible.
    Thank you.

    April 24, 2014

  • Miki

    Sorry to cancel - just realized that I won't be in Tokyo that day! :(

    April 17, 2014

  • AndrewG

    Sorry, I forgot we can't make it. Hope you all enjoy!

    April 13, 2014

    • Tatsuya

      Thank you for the quick update. Look forward to seeing you for the next time.

      April 13, 2014

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