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Rethinking the perception of nature that
underpins traditional Japanese design.
As we stare into the potential disaster
of global warming and environmental
degradation, we all know the importance of
looking back to a time of respect for nature.
In Sensing Nature at the Mori Art Museum,
three Japanese artists examine the Japanese
view of nature, which since about 1000
years ago has been a defining aspect of
Japanese culture and a key component of the
art, craft and architecture of Japan.
In this exhibition -- full title Sensing
Nature: Yoshioka Tokujin, Shinoda Taro,
Kuribayashi Takashi Rethinking the Japanese
Perception of Nature -- the artists display
large-scale installations that re-present
a vision of nature to engage visitors and
make them think about new possibilities
for the relationship between human beings
and the natural world. Yoshioka Tokujin's
installation Snow, for example, recreates the
experience of walking through a snowstorm
when the environment around you becomes
an all-embracing abstraction of white light.
From July 24-November 7, Mori Art Museum, Japan.
Snow by Yoshioka Tokujin, 2010.
FEAST YOUR EYES
Enjoy a banquet of 19th-20th century European
masters at the National Gallery of Victoria.
As part of its Melbourne Winter Masterpieces
series, the National Gallery of Victoria
presents European Masters: Städel Museum,
19th--20th Century. e works are from the
Städel Museum in Frankfurt and include
the essential blockbuster diet of Realism,
Impressionism and Post-Impressionism, as
well as samples of German Romanticism,
Modernism, and French Symbolism.
However, the pièce de résistance is the
work of the German Expressionist painters,
including 10 works by Max Beckmann. His
Double Portrait is leaving the Städel for the
first time to be shown here and will provide
a wonderful counterpoint to the few other
works by this artist in collections around
Australia. Significantly, the exhibition
also includes Swiss, Belgian and Dutch
works by artists, such as Arnold Böcklin,
Fernand Khnopff and Vincent Van Gogh,
who set the scene for the German
Expressionists and those major works
by Beckmann and his contemporaries,
Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Franz Marc and
From June 19 to October 10, National Gallery
of Victoria. Visit ngv.vic.gov.au.
Ted Snell is the University of WA's Cultural Precinc t
director. Not only is he a passionate art lover and
academic, he is also the art reviewer for The Australian
newspaper in Western Australia and chair of the Visual
Ar ts Board of the Australia Council.
FAR LEFT In the Café
d'Harcourt in Paris by Henri
Jacques Edouard Evenepoel.
LEFT Reclining Woman in
a White Chemise by Ernst
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