I went to the Kyoto Metropolitan Museum of Art today to see the Seika University Graduation Works Show. As usual, I was impressed by the incredibly high level of the work from these young artists. Coming hard on the heels of the excellent Nitten (All Japan) show at the same museum, I thought how lucky I was to live in a city where exhibitions like this are a regular occurrence.
Here’s the museum:
Kyoto Municipal Museum of Art © Chris Rowthorn
Here’s a nice silkscreen:
Girl in Tub © Chris Rowthorn
Here’s an interesting multimedia piece:
Face in the Darkness © Chris Rowthorn
Here’s an oil painting that reminded me of Bosch. This one made me think of Central Services in the movie “Brazil.” Of course, in that move, there was no “ghost in the machine.”
Bosch meets the Computer © Chris Rowthorn
Here’s a great abstract oil:
Abtract by Tanaka © Chris Rowthorn
Here’s an interesting ceremic work that looks like a ritual object from a Himalayan kingdom that never existed:
Ritual Object from Shangri La © Chris Rowthorn
Kyoto Vacation Checklist
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