Feb 28, 2014
The Power of Images: The National Museum of Ethnology Collection at The National Art Center, Roppongi, Tokyo
19th February - 9th June, 2014 | The National Art Center, Roppongi, Tokyo
Human history is a history of images. Images preceded writing and they are believed to have served as a source for words.
The act of visualizing the world by adding shape and color to its essence and structure is a fundamental part of human nature.
Are the creation and appreciation of images universal to all people? Taking this magnificent question as its theme, this exhibition introduces an array of formed objects that were created in a variety of regions throughout the world.
The displays will consist of outstanding articles specially selected from the huge collection of the National Museum of Ethnology, which has amassed materials from a host of different countries.
A collaborative project between the museum and the National Art Center, Tokyo, the exhibition will focus on shared forms, effects, and functions of images rather than dividing them according to geographical region or historical period.
This will also provide us with an opportunity to reassess our stereotypes of formed objects. In the expansive gallery of the National Art Center, Tokyo, everything from the masks and religious idols that you might expect to see at the National Museum of Ethnology to works by currently active artists will be presented side-by-side, transcending the boundary between an institution made for art and one designed for anthropology.
Visitors will have an opportunity to experience the breathtaking vitality of objects used in religious rites, the profound nature of hybrid articles that arose out of cultural exchange, and the dynamism of images that have merged with our globalized contemporary society.
In this way, we hope that you will be able to savor the power of images as a universal part of human culture.
# For the details, please access to the followings;
[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/140219image.html
[Official Homepage of the Event] ›› http://www.nact.jp/english/exhibitions/2013/power_of_images/