State Russian Museum Collection Shown at Tokyo Fuji Art Museum, Japan
On January 24, 2008, the "Masterpieces of the State Russian Museum from the Late 18th Century to the Early 20th Century" exhibition opened at the Tokyo Fuji Art Museum (TFAM) in Hachioji, Japan, to commemorate the 25th anniversary of TFAM's founding in 1983. Since its launch in April 2007 in Tokyo, the well-received exhibition has traveled to four venues in Japan. TFAM, founded by Daisaku Ikeda, and the Sankei Shimbun newspaper company organized the exhibition, which displays 101 selected items, including paintings, sculptures and crafts, from the State Russian Museum's 400,000 piece collection. Works by artists such as Ivan Aivazovsky (1817-1900), Ivan Kramskoi (1837-87), Ilya Repin (1844-1930) and Ivan Shishikin (1832-93) are featured.
On January 23, TFAM hosted a preview attended by 350 guests, including State Russian Museum Vice Director Evgenia Petrova and Russian Embassy Minister-Counsellor Mikhail Y. Galuzin. Ms. Petrova remarked that art mirrors people's lives and hoped the exhibition offers viewers an opportunity to see into the hearts of the Russian people. She also expressed her desire to promote more Cultural Activitiess between Russia and Japan to further develop grassroots exchanges between the people of the two countries.
[The exhibition runs through March 23, 2008. No Holidays. Hours are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission fees: adults--1,200 yen; college and senior high school students--800 yen; junior high and elementary school students--400 yen.]
[Adapted from an article in the January 24, 2008 issue of the Seikyo Shimbun, Japan]