Many private collections, both old and new, have been turned into museums. The collection of the Czartoryski Museum in Krakow, the first museum in Poland, belongs to the Czartoryski family, and the Guggenheim Museum in New York is based on the collection of Solomon Robert Guggenheim, a member of the Guggenheim family who made his fortune in the mining industry. In Japan, the collection of Bridgestone founder Shojiro Ishibashi is the foundation of the Artison Museum in Kyobashi. It is also a social contribution by wealthy people to open their collections to the public at museums.
The Matsuoka Museum of Art in Shirokanedai, Tokyo, is based on such a private collection. The founder of the museum is Seijiro Matsuoka, founder of the Matsuoka Estate. Although it is not known what the company Matsuoka Estate did to make money, it seems to have made a lot of money from the many collections it amassed. The collection is very diverse, including Gandhara stone sculptures, ceramics, Japanese paintings, and modern French paintings.
The photo shows some of the Ancient Greco-Roman sculptures in the extensive collection. When I entered the exhibition room, I found the heads quietly arranged in glass cases. The heads, staring at a single point and not moving, seemed as if they were gulping at their reflection in the glass like Narcissus.
|Apr 2022 STILL LIFE TOKYO
|GLASS MUSEUM REFLECTION SCULPTURE SHIROKANEDAI
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