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Thursday, June 7, 2012

KANSAI

Beauty In A New Light"

ASAHI BEER OYAMAZAKI VILLA MUSEUM OF ART;


By TOMOHIRO OSAKI
Staff writer

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"Still life in the opened window," by Pierre Bonnard (1934)

To celebrate the centenary of the Asahi Beer Oyamazaki Villa Museum of Art building, Yume no Hako (Dream Box), an annex designed by Tadao Ando, opens with a collection of mingei (Japanese craft) works.

The Asahi Beer Oyamazaki Villa Museum of Art, which began life as the residence of businessman Shotaro Kaga, dates back to the beginning of the Taisho Era (1912-26). During that time, the avant-garde movement Shirakabaha (White Birch Group) promoted and explored Western notions of beauty in Japanese art. This exhibition highlights the influence of Western artists such as Auguste Renoir and Vincent van Gogh and looks at the work of Japanese artists such as Kenichi Tomimoto; till July 25.

Asahi Beer Oyamazaki Villa Museum of Art; (075) 957-3123; 5-3, Zenihara, Oyamazaki-cho, Otokuni, Kyoto; Oyamazaki Station, Hankyu Kyoto Main Line. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. ¥900. Closed Mon. www.asahibeer-oyamazaki.com.

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