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Friday, Jan. 13, 2012

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"Le char d'Apollon" (c.1906-07) by Odilon Redon MITSUBISHI ICHIGOKANMUSEUM, TOKYO


"Redon and his Contemporaries: Dreams of the Fin-de-Siecle"


Staff writer

Odilon Redon (1840-1916) was a leading figure of the French symbolist movement, which opposed both realism and the flourishing Impressionism of the 19th-century.

For this exhibition, the Mitsubishi Ichigokan Museum, Tokyo, focuses on Redon's visions and works of imagination from his contemporaries. The highlight of the show is the museum's newly acquired "Grand Bouquet" by Redon, which until now had been housed in a French baron's castle for more than 100 years. The large pastel's soft but dynamic strokes and Redon's choice of colors for the flowers make it quite a contrast to his other, darker works.

Other works on display include those by Gustave Moreau, Emile Bernhard, Maurice Denise and Paul Gaughin; till Mar. 4.

Mitsubishi Ichigokan Museum, Tokyo; (03) 5777-8600; 2-6-2 Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo; 3-min walk from Exit 1 of Futaebashimae Station, Chiyoda Line or a 3-min walk from Exit B7 of Hibiya Station, Mita Line. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. (On Wed., Thu. and Fri., till 8 p.m.). ¥1,400. Closed Mon. www.mimt.jp.

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