A glittering universe in which Yumitsu Fumetsu produces words from the drawings of Tetsuro Komai
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File.7 Yokohama Museum of Art, "Tetsuro Komai-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 recognize new print expression and its charm through copper engraving. However, personally, I am fascinated by the cross-genre activity called "Experimental Workshop" in which Komai participated. When I heard that various talents such as composers, critics, illuminators, photographers, engineers, and modeling artists were gathered, he said, "That looks like Ballet Ruth!"
A ballet dancer who was active mainly in Paris in the early 20th century, the ballet dancer Nijinsky, Cocteau, Sati, Picasso, Laurentin and Coco Chanel gathered. There was such a wonderful avant-garde activity in Japan!
On November 10th (Saturday), a related event was invited with guest poet Yumitsu Fumetsu as a guest, so I wanted to touch the world of art beyond genres and went out.
*Tetsuro Komai (Photo by Kiyomi Kawaguchi)
Visited before the event The first thing that caught my eye in the exhibition room was Tetsuro Komai's portrait. Excuse me, what a good man!
Born in the current Nihonbashi, Chuo-ku in 1920 (Taisho 9), he entered the Keio Kindergarten through junior and senior high schools before entering Tokyo Art School (now Tokyo University of the Arts). It is a gorgeous profile. When he was teaching at university, he said that he was careful about the clothes, such as "white shirt, dark blue suit, tie." I think freely that the freedom of the work, a certain kind of unrestrainedness, is not related to the birth and growth of the artist.
Then, the talk and poetry reading "When words are born from pictures" opens.
“I'm a poet, so it's rare to be invited to an event at a museum,” says Bunzuki. Having said that, since he was a member of junior high school, high school, and the art club, he has a great knowledge of the art world, and he will continue to talk while carefully selecting words.
The specially-equipped book "Black Horse in the Darkness" on display is a short work by Yutaka Hanaya, a "work" in which Komai drew an illustration. Komai, who received a request from Hanaya, has a detailed illustration that visualizes the world view after carefully reading the novel.
"I didn't know the name of Tetsuro Komai," he said, but Bunzuki-san's bookshelves were lined with "black horses in the darkness."
"It's not a special book, but I found it at an old bookstore when I was a student, and bought it by chance."
Although the genre was different, was there any connection between talent and talent?
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Komai learned the technique by himself because Japan had no tradition of copper engraving. Because of the new genre, there are no workshops, that is, no craftsmen. For this reason, when publishing the poetry collection "Songs of Mardorool", Komai himself used a press machine to print more than 2000 images to publish 350 copies. The balance of poetry and paintings seems to be related to the artist's "hand-made" one by one.
“I feel a force that goes beyond the relationship between poetry and painting. I was attracted by the fact that the relationship between who is the main and which is the subordinate has not settled, and they are in opposition.
Bunzuki-san says, "The bulbs," which was selected from "Karandrie".
After that, talks with curators and poetry reading continued, and I feel that the distance between Mr. Bunzuki and Tetsuro Komai is getting closer.
Finally, Komai's work chosen by Mr. Bunzuki is "Maze of Time" (1952).
He wrote down a new poem for this painting and read it himself.
The text of Komai, which was recorded in the catalog of the exhibition, is woven into the poem. I feel that the threshold is slightly lower, saying that there is such a way of enjoying poetry.
Introducing one theme that you were interested in during the question and answer session.
Q Is there a cross-genre exchange like Komai in the same generation as Mr. Bunzuki?
A engraving was established as a genre, but it feels like I've come a long way from other genres, so I'm a bit sad. The power to create new things across genres, such as "Experimental Workshop", and the poetry book published in the exchange are still over 50 years old, and I think it's amazing. I will.
I myself want to collaborate with the works of artists and painters who have already died, without limiting the generation.
After the event, the exhibition limited menu "Monochrome Vanilla Cafe Mocha" at Café Kokurayama in the museum. Mix and melt the crispy chocolate on top of the fresh cream.
The taste of Paris that Komai longed for?
A symbol of Komai who continued to produce works with a spirit of spirit 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—The Sparkling Universe on Paper》
Exhibition period: Until Sunday, December 16, 2018
Venue: Yokohama Museum of Art
Closed day: Thursday
Opening hours: 10:00 ~ 18:00 * Until 20:30 on November 23 (Friday, national holiday)
(Last admission 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.
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Address3-4-1 Minatomirai, Nishi Ward, Yokohama City, Kanagawa Prefecture
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