A glittering universe created by Yumi Fuzuki from Tetsuro Komai's paintings
The world of art that you can go, see, and feel
File.7 Museum of Yokohama Museum of Art "Tetsuro Komai-The Glittering Universe on Paper" Related Event "When Words Are Born from Pictures"
Miyuki Inoue (copywriter)
Tetsuro Komai is one of the pioneers who made the Japanese art world aware of new print expression and its appeal through copperplate prints. However, personally, I am interested in the cross-genre activity called "Experimental Studio" in which Komai participated. When I heard that a variety of talents such as composers, critics, illuminators, photographers, engineers, and sculptors had gathered together, I was excited to say, "It's like Ballets Russes!"
Ballets Russes, who was active mainly in Paris at the beginning of the 20th century, is a talented crucible where ballet dancer Nijinsky, Kokuto, Sati, Picasso, Laurent Saint, Coco Chanel, etc. gathered. I heard that Japan had such a wonderful avant-garde activity!
On Saturday, November 10th, a related event was held inviting the poet Yumi Fuzuki as a guest, so I wanted to experience the world of art that transcends genres, so I went out.
* Tetsuro Komai (Photo: Kiyomi Kawaguchi)
Visited before the eventThe first thing that caught my eye in the exhibition room was the portrait of Tetsuro Komai. Excuse me, what a nice man!
Born in Nihonbashi, Chuo-ku in 1920 (Taisho 9), he entered Tokyo Fine Arts School (currently Tokyo University of the Arts) after passing through junior high and high schools from Keio Kindergarten. A splendid profile. When he was teaching at university, he said he was careful about his clothes, saying, "White shirt, dark blue suit, and tie." I wonder if the freedom of the work and the kind of unrestrainedness are not unrelated to the birth and growth of the artist.
Then, the talk and poetry reading "When words are born from pictures" begins.
“Because I'm a poet, it's rare to be invited to an event at a museum,” says Fumizuki. Having said that, since he belonged to junior high school, high school and the art club, he has a deep knowledge of the world of art, and he continues to talk while carefully choosing words.
The specially equipped book "Black Horse in the Darkness" on display is a collection of short stories by Yutaka Haniya, and is a "work" illustrated by Komai. Komai, who received a request from Haniya, has an illustration that visualizes the world view after perusing the novel.
While saying, "I didn't know the name Tetsuro Komai," it seems that "black horses in the darkness" were lined up on Mr. Fumizuki's bookshelf.
"It's not a specially equipped book, but I found it at an antiquarian bookstore when I was a student and bought it by chance."
Although the genre is different, was there a connection between talent and talent?
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Komai learned the technique by himself because there was no tradition of copper engraving in Japan. There is no workshop because of the new genre, that is, there are no craftsmen. For this reason, Komai himself used a press to publish the poetry book "Mardrool's Song," and printed more than 2,000 pictures to publish 350 copies. The exquisite balance of poetry and painting seems to be related to the fact that the painters "handmade" each book.
"I feel the power beyond the relationship between poetry and painting. I was attracted to the fact that the relationship of which is the master and which is the subordinate is not fixed and is in opposition."
Fumizuki recites one volume, "Bulbs," selected from "Karandori".
After that, the talk with the curator and the reading of the poem continued, and I felt that the distance between Mr. Fumizuki and Tetsuro Komai was getting closer.
The last Komai work selected by Fumizuki is "The Maze of Time" (1952).
He wrote a new poem for this picture and read it by himself.
Komai's text recorded in the catalog of the special exhibition is woven into the poem. There is such a way to enjoy writing poetry, and I feel that the threshold has become a little lower.
Introducing one theme that interests you during the question and answer session.
Q Is there a cross-genre exchange like Komai in the same generation as Mr. Fumizuki?
A I think it's wonderful that copperplate prints have been established as a genre, but I feel that I've been separated from other genres, so I'm a little lonely. I think it's amazing that the power to create new things that transcend genres, such as "Experimental Studio," and the poetry art book published in that exchange are still being looked back on after more than 50 years. I will.
I myself would like to collaborate with the works of writers 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 Ogurayama in the museum. Mix and dissolve the crispy chocolate on top of the cream.
The taste of Paris that Komai longed for?
A symbol of Komai who continued to produce esprit works while interacting with poets and musicians?
For the time being, I felt that it suits the deepening autumn scenery.
This event has ended.
《Tetsuro Komai—Glittering Space on Paper》
Date: Until Sunday, December 16, 2018
Venue: Museum of Yokohama
Opening hours: 10: 00-18: 00 * Until 20:30 on November 23 (Friday / holiday)
(Admission is 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
(※Closed days: 2021 Mar 1-2023)
Address3-4-1 Minatomirai, Nishi-ku, Yokohama-shi, Kanagawa
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