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On October 22, the exhibition "Impressionists at the Waterside--Depicting Urban Resorts: Paris, the Seine, and Normandy" opened at the SGI-affiliated Tokyo Fuji Art Museum (TFAM) in Hachioji, Japan, to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the museum's founding in 1983.
Co-organized by TFAM and The Sankei Shimbun newspaper, the exhibition features some 80 impressionist paintings including renowned works such as Dance at Bougival by Pierre-Auguste Renoir (1841-1919) and The Japanese Bridge by Claude Monet (1840-1926). The exhibition includes paintings on loan from some 40 museums in 8 countries including the National Gallery of Art in Washington DC, USA; the Musée d'Orsay in Paris, France; and the Wallraf-Richartz-Museum in Cologne, Germany.
"Impressionists at the Waterside" is a two-part exhibition. The first part displays Impressionist paintings depicting the river Seine and the lifestyles of 19th-century Parisians drawn to the river and nearby resorts that developed along it. The second part introduces Impressionist paintings of scenes from the Normandy coastline such as beaches, villas, cliffs and ports. The exhibition also explores light and landscapes--two salient characteristics of Impressionist paintings.
The exhibition is on display at TFAM until January 5, 2014, after which it will be shown at the Fukuoka City Museum from January 15 to March 2 and the Museum of Kyoto from March 11 to May 11.
The Tokyo Fuji Art Museum was founded by SGI President Daisaku Ikeda with the aim of making the world's cultural heritage accessible to the Japanese public. The museum also engages in cultural exchange, making its own collection available to museums throughout the world.
Sponsors for the "Impressionists at the Waterside" exhibition:
The main sponsors of the exhibition are Toppan Printing Co. Ltd., and Mitsubishi UFJ Trust And Banking Corporation, and additional sponsors are Oji Holdings Corporation and Shimizu Corporation. It has been also supported by Japan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Agency For Cultural Affairs; the embassies of the United States; Australia; Canada; Switzerland; Germany and France with the Institut Francais; the British Council; Hachioji City; Sankei Sports; Yukan Fuji Newspaper; Fuji Sankei Business and Sankei Express. related article Bringing Hope Into Focus by Dan McKinney Cinematographer Dan McKinney describes how his Buddhist practice has enabled him to find within himself the qualities he needs to successfully connect to and portray the humanity of the people whose stories he is telling.
[Adapted from articles on the TFAM website and the October 22, 2013, issue of Seikyo Shimbun; photo courtesy of Seikyo Shimbun]
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