Arts January 2014


UK Events in Japan

British Textile Art Exhibition 62@50

Until 25 January

The 62 Group of Textile Artists was formed over 50 years ago to support artisans. This exhibition of British embroidery is dedicated to one of the group’s former members, Shizuko Kimura, who died in 2012. Some of Shizuko’s beautiful and sensitive works will be shown.

Showa Women’s University
Koyo Gallery
1-7-57 Taishido
Setagaya-ku, Tokyo 154-8533

12pm–5pm (Closed Sundays, Mondays and 18 January)

Admission free

Ukiyo-e: A Journey Through the Floating World

Until 2 March

The artistic style of ukiyo-e was started in the Edo period (1603–1868) by a number of renowned artists such as Hokusai Katsushika. This exhibition is part of the 50th anniversary celebrations of the International Ukiyo-e Society. The works have been collected from museums around the world, including the British Museum.

Edo-Tokyo Museum
1-4-1 Yokoami
Sumida-ku, Tokyo 130-0015

9:30am–5:30pm (Saturdays until 7:30pm; closed Mondays except 20 January)

Adults: ¥1,300

How Much Does Your Building Weigh, Mr. Foster?

Until 24 January

This documentary is about Manchester-born Norman Foster, who has been called the “Mozart of Modernism”. Foster was knighted in 1990 and appointed to the Order of Merit in 1997. His representative works include the redevelopment of the Great Court of the British Museum, the Millennium Bridge and London City Hall.

Shibuya UPLINK
Totsune Bldg 1-2F
37-18 Udagawa-cho
Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 150-0042

Adults: ¥1,500

Ed Hall, British Council Collection Banner (Contemporary Art Version) 2012 Cotton drill, fabric paint 194 x 358cm

Private Utopia–Contemporary Art from the British Council

Until 9 March

About 120 paintings, photographs, videos, and objects by around 30 talented artists are presented in this exhibition. It includes the first Japan release of the video that won this year’s Turner Prize, The Woolworths Choir of 1979. The prize, which is presented by the Tate, is given to British visual artists under the age of 50.

Tokyo Station Gallery
1-9-1 Marunouchi
Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 100-0005

10am–6pm (Last entry 30 minutes before closing. Open until 8pm Fridays; closed Mondays)

Adults: ¥900

John Everett Millais Ophelia 1850-52 Oil on canvas

Pre-Raphaelites: Victorian Avant-Garde

25 January–6 April

Combining rebellion and revivalism, scientific precision and imaginative grandeur, the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood shook the foundations of the art world in 19th-century Britain. This exhibition toured the globe last year, with stops in London, Washington DC and Moscow.

Mori Arts Center Gallery
Mori Tower 52F
6-10-1 Roppongi
Minato-ku, Tokyo 106-6150

10am–8pm (until 5pm on Tuesdays in January, February)

Adults: ¥1,500

Romeo and Juliet

6–9 February

Shakespeare’s dramatic ballet in three acts was chosen as the 50th anniversary performance of the Tokyo Ballet. Directed by John Neumeier, the story unfolds with a new interpretation of familiar characters. Benjamin Pope acts as conductor of the Tokyo City Philharmonic Orchestra.

Tokyo Bunka Kaikan
5-45 Ueno Koen
Taito-ku, Tokyo 110-8716

6 & 7 February: 6:30pm
8 & 9 February: 2pm

Adults from ¥3,000