Friday, May 11, 2012

Kansai Culture...

Yesterday Allison and I visited the National Museum of Art, Osaka to check out their 35th annivsary exhibition: the Allure of the Collection.

The building itself (pictured below) is quite a marvelous structural spectacle and the space inside, surprisingly larger than I had expected, possessed walls and walls filled with wonderful and incredibly inspiring works. To mention a few... there were of course the likes of Yoshimoto Nara and Makoto Aida, both already had my admiration, but I was introduced to works by artists Zon Ito, Yasuka Goto, Kumi Machida, Koji Tamada and Miwa Yanagi which were equally impressive. Throw in a collection of some of the Western and better know greats such as Warhol, Twombly, Polke, De Kooning and Dubuffet as well as some fabulous contemporary photography and you have yourself one fabulous exhibition.

We later caught up with new found Canadian friend, living in Osaka, and went to check out a photography exhibition by a Frenchman at the quaintest little French cafe and bar, (slash art and music venue), called Ands Tartines, followed by a visit to Garb for a few drinks, some food and laughs.

Today we visited the Kamigata Ukiyoe Museum, which, all this time, has been right under our noses - about a 5 minute walk from the hotel. I have always been a huge fan of Ukiyoe prints and their collection, albeit quite small, was incredibly lovely and well worth the visit.

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