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[Fun with Collection 2012]

Finding the Fascination of Sculpture

November 3 (Sat.) –January 27 (Sun.) 2013
9:30 --17:30, Friday 9:30 –20:00(Admission ends 30 mins. before closing time)
Closed on:
Mondays and December 28 through January 1, 2013. (Except open on December 24 and January 14, but closed December 25 and January 15)
Special Exhibition Galleries B3F
Organized by:
National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo
With the Cooperation of:
Tokyo National University of the Arts (Departments of Sculpture and Crafts) and The Western Art Foundation
Free admission with a ticket to the Traces of Hands exhibition
–Disabled visitors and one attendant admitted free of charge. Please present your disability identification upon arrival. Admission to the Permanent Collection Galleries is included in this admission fee.
–High school students, children under the age of 18 and seniors over the age of 65 admitted free of charge. Please show your ID upon entrance to confirm your age.
–Free days: November 3, 10, and 11

The Fun with Collection program explores art works in the NMWA collections from various interesting viewpoints. Coinciding with the Traces of Hands exhibition, this year's Fun with Collection program presents a small display and programs focusing on sculptural methods and materials.

Rodin produced a great number of works through a multi-step, multi-media process that involved first forming an image in clay, then making a plaster mold of the clay image, and finally using that mold to create works in more durable materials such as terracotta, marble and bronze. Thanks to cooperation of staff members from the Tokyo University of the Arts, program participants will learn how a clay model of a female head is made, and the process involved in transferring that image into other materials such as plaster, terracotta, marble and bronze. The Finding the Fascination of Sculpture will consist of samples of the actual process, a display of materials and tools, and a video presentation. While not the exact methods or tools used by Rodin, the approach and methods presented in this program are essentially the same as Rodin's.

How do you transfer a clay head into other materials? What changes can you see in the same image made in different materials? We hope you will find the answers to these questions during this fun-filled and informative program, and discover new ways of seeing and enjoying Rodin and Bourdelle's sculptures. Other lectures and programs will also be held during the Traces of Hands exhibition and we look forward to seeing you at all of these fascinating events.


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