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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 aware of new print expressions and their appeal through copperplate prints. However, personally, I am interested in the cross-genre activity called "Experimental Studio" that Komai participated in. When I heard that there were a variety of talents such as composers, critics, lighting artists, photographers, engineers, and sculptors, I thought, "That's like Ballets Russes!"
The Ballets Russes, which were active mainly in Paris at the beginning of the 20th century, are a melting pot of talent, including ballet dancer Nijinsky, Cocteau, Satie, Picasso, Laurencin, and Coco Chanel. I didn't know there were such wonderful avant-garde activities in Japan!
On Saturday, November 10th, a related event was held with the poet Yuko Fumizuki as a guest.
* Tetsuro Komai (photo by Kiyomi Kawaguchi)
The first thing that caught my eye in the exhibition room I visited before the event was a portrait of Tetsuro Komai. Excuse me, what a nice guy!
Born in Nihonbashi, Chuo Ward in 1920 (Taisho 9), he entered Keio Yochisha, junior high school, and high school before entering the Tokyo School of Fine Arts (currently Tokyo University of the Arts). It's a gorgeous profile. When he was teaching at university, he was careful about his clothes, saying, "A white shirt, a dark blue suit, and a tie." It makes me think that the freedom of the work, the kind of unbridled nature, is not unrelated to the upbringing of the artist.
Then, the talk and poetry reading "When words are born from pictures" will begin.
“I work as a poet, so it's rare to be invited to an art museum event,” says Fumizuki. Even so, he was a member of the art club in middle school and high school, so he has a deep knowledge of the art world, and he chooses his words carefully to connect the story.
The special book "Black Horse in the Darkness" on display is a collection of short stories by Yutaka Haniya, and is a "work" with illustrations by Komai. At the request of Haniya, Komai carefully read the novel and visualized the world view.
While saying, "I didn't know the name Tetsuro Komai," Mr. Fumizuki apparently had "Black Horse in the Darkness" lined up on his bookshelf.
"It's not a special edition book, but I found it at a used bookstore when I was a student and bought it by chance."
Even though the genre is different, was there a connection that was attracted by talent and talent ...?
Since there was no tradition of copper engraving in Japan, Komai learned the technique by himself. Because it is a new genre, there is no workshop, in other words, there are no craftsmen. For this reason, Komai himself used a press machine to print more than 2,000 images in order to publish 350 copies of the poetry and painting collection "Songs of Maldroor". The exquisite balance of poetry and painting seems to be related to the fact that each book was “handmade” by the artist.
“I feel a force that transcends the relationship between poetry and painting.
Mr. Fumizuki, who said, read aloud the first part "Bulbs" selected from "Kandorie".
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 that Mr. Fumizuki chose was The Labyrinth of Time (1952).
He wrote a new poem for this painting and read it himself.
It is said that Komai's text recorded in the catalog of the exhibition is woven into the poem. I feel that the threshold has become a little lower, that there is such a way to enjoy writing poetry.
In the question and answer session, introduce one theme that caught your interest.
QAre there cross-genre exchanges like Komai among people of the same generation as Mr. Fumizuki?
AI think it's wonderful that copperplate engraving has been established as a genre, but I feel that it's become somewhat distant from other genres, and I feel a little lonely. I think it's amazing that a collection of poetry and paintings published in the midst of that exchange, such as Jikken Kobo, has the power to create something new that transcends genres, and is still being looked back on more than 50 years later. increase.
I myself would like to collaborate with artists and painters who have passed away, without restricting generations.
After the event, the exhibition limited menu "Monochrome Vanilla Café Mocha" will be served at Café Ogurayama in the museum. Mix and melt the crispy chocolate on top of the fresh cream.
The taste of Paris that Komai longed for?
Is it a symbol of Komai, who continued to create spirited works while interacting with poets and musicians?
For the time being, I felt that it suited the deepening autumn scenery.
This event has ended.
"Tetsuro Komai—Glittering Universe on Paper"
Date: Until December 16, 2018 (Sun)
Venue: Yokohama Museum of Art
Opening hours: 10:00-18:00 *Until 20:30 on November 23 (Friday/holiday)
(Admission until 30 minutes before closing)