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A sparkling universe in which Fumizuki Akari creates words from Tetsuro Komai's paintings

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Yokohama Museum of Art “Tetsuro Komai—The Universe on the Flickering Paper” Related Event “When Words Are Born From Pictures”

Miyuki Inoue (copywriter)

Tetsuro Komai is one of the pioneers who recognized the new print expression and its appeal to the Japanese art world through copperplate prints. However, personally I am interested in the cross-genre activity called “Experimental Studio”, where Komai participated. When I heard that a variety of talents such as composers, critics, illuminators, photographers, engineers, and modeling artists were gathered, “It's like Ballet Ruth!”

Ballet Ruth, who was active in Paris in the early 20th century, is a crucible of talent, including ballet dancer Nijinsky, Cocteau, Satie, Picasso, Laurentin and Coco Chanel. There was such an avant-garde activity in Japan!
On November 10th (Saturday), a related event was held inviting poet Bunetsu Yasumitsu as a guest.

* Tetsuro Komai (Photo: Kiyotsugu Kawaguchi)

Exhibits visited before the event The first thing that caught my eye in the room was the portrait of Tetsuro Komai. Excuse me, what a nice guy!
Born in Nihonbashi, Chuo-ku, in 1920 (Taisho 9), entered the Tokyo School of Fine Arts (currently Tokyo University of the Arts) from Keio Kindergarten through junior and senior high schools. It is a brilliant profile. When he was teaching at the university, he said he was also paying attention to his outfit, such as “white shirts, scarlet suits and ties”. The freedom of the work, some kind of liberation, is self-explanatory.

And talk and poetry reading "When words are born from paintings" begins.
“Because I am active as a poet, it is rare to be invited to a museum event,” says Fumizuki. While saying that, he was in junior high school, high school and art department, so he has a deep knowledge of the world of art.

The special book “Black Horse in the Darkness” on display is a short edit by Yutaka Sugaya, a “work” drawn by Komai. Komai, who received a request from Shibuya, contains illustrations that visualize the world view after carefully reading the novel.
“I didn't know the name of Tetsuro Komai”, but it seems that there were “black horses in the darkness” lined up on Fumizuki's bookshelf.
“It's not a special book, but I found it at an old bookstore when I was a student and bought it by chance.”
Did the genre differ, but there was a relationship that attracted talent and talent?
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Because Japan did not have the tradition of copperplate engraving, Komai learned the technique by himself. Because it is a new genre, there is no workshop, that is, no craftsman. For this reason, when publishing the poetry book “Mardrool no Uta”, Komai himself used a press to print more than 2000 images for 350 copies. The exquisite balance between poetry and painting seems to be related to the fact that the painter “handmade” one by one.

“I feel the power beyond the relationship between poetry and painting. I was attracted to the fact that the relationship between which is the main and which is the subordinate is not fixed, and is antagonistic.”
Mr. Fumizuki, who read, read the book “Bulbs” from “Kandoririe”.

After that, talk with curators and reading poetry continued, and I feel that the distance between Fumizuki and Tetsuro Komai is getting closer.

The last piece Komai selected by Fumizuki was “Time Maze” (1952).
I wrote a new poem for this painting and read it by myself.
In the poetry, the text of Komai recorded in the catalog of the exhibition is incorporated. I feel that the threshold has become a little lower.

Introducing one of the themes that attracted interest during the question-and-answer session.

In the Q Fumizuki's the same generation, I think there is cross-genre alternating current, such as Komai?
style = "color: # 800080" > A that copper engraving has been established as a genre, but I think that great, and also feel you've made other genre and distance, it is a bit lonely. I think that it is amazing that the power of trying to create new things across genres, such as “Experiment Studio”, and the poetry book published in that exchange has been over 50 years now The
I myself want to collaborate with the works of authors and painters who have already died without limiting the generation.

After the event, the exhibition limited menu “Monochrome Vanilla Cafe Mocha” will be held at Café Kokurayama in the museum. Mix and melt the crispy chocolate on the cream.
The taste of Paris that Komai admired?
A symbol of Komai, who continued to produce works with esprit while interacting with poets and musicians?
For the time being, I felt that it was suitable for the deep autumn scenery.

《Tetsuro Komai—The Universe on Shining Paper》
Date: Until December 16, 2018 (Sunday)
Venue: Yokohama Museum of Art
Closed day: Thursday
Opening hours: 10: 00-18: 00 * November 23rd (Friday / holiday) until 20:30
(Last entry 30 minutes before closing)

    Yokohama Museum of Art opened to the public on November 3, 1989. It is one of the largest art institutions in Japan. With its iconic architecture, featuring the expansive space of the Grand Gallery, the museum is made up of a total of seven gallery spaces, as well as an Art Information and Media Center that holds over 110,000 art-related books, ateliers hosting a wide range of workshops for children and adults, and many other facilities.
    Located in the international seaport city of Yokohama, the museum focuses on collecting and showing modern and contemporary art created since the late 19th century, when the port of Yokohama opened, alongside many special exhibitions.

    The outward appearance:KASAGI Yasuyuki / Grand gallery:KASAGI Yasuyuki / Exhibition room:TANAKA Yuichiro

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      10: 00-18: 00 (Last entry 17:30) Closed on Thursdays and New Year holidays