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Voices Calling from the Unusual: Hirano Keiichiro's Selection of Western Art Masterpieces

Dates:
Tuesday 8 April – Sunday 15 June 2014
Hours:
9:30 am – 5:30 pm
Fridays 9:30 am - 8:00 pm (Admission ends 30 mins. before closing time)
Closed:
Mondays except 5 May
Closed on 7 May
Organized by:
The National Museum of Western Art,
The Yomiuri Shimbun
With the Cooperation of:
The Western Art Foundation
Admission Fees:
Adults 600 yen, College students 300 yen
Discount fees for groups of 20 or more:
Adults 400 yen, College students 150yen High school students and children under the age of 18 admitted free of charge. Please show your ID upon entrance to confirm your age.
Disabled visitors admitted free of charge with one attendant. Please present your disability identification upon arrival.
Number of visitors:
57,701
Voices Calling from the Unusual: Hirano Keiichiro's Selection of Western Art Masterpieces

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Since his debut novel in 1998, L’Eclipse, the major young writer Hirano Keiichiro has published several works based on his deep knowledge of Western culture. As well, through the use of letter spacing and margins, he has experimented with the visual elements in his books. This exhibition focuses on Hirano as guest curator, presenting his artistic vision through his selection of works drawn primarily from the NMWA collection.

The western art works selected by Hirano, on the theme Voices Calling from the Unusual, are a means of imbuing the exhibition with his personal artistic and visual sensibilities. Works depicting unusual scenes or scenes that speak of a fascination with unusual worlds are displayed alongside Hirano’s own explanations of the pieces, all with the aim of linking the visitor’s gaze with that of his own. Through this selection of art works we hope that visitors will come to a better appreciation of Hirano’s own sensibilities and sense new and fascinating elements in these works.

Lectures will be also held at a museum. Please visit each page for details

《Interior with Ida Playing the Piano》

Vilhelm Hammershøi
《Interior with Ida Playing the Piano》
1910 oil on canvas
The National Museum of Western Art 

《Waves》 

Gustave Courbet
《Waves》 c. 1870  oil on canvas
The National Museum of Western Art 
Matsukata Collection

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