Next to the Japan Open-air Folk House Museum with its rows of old thatched-roof houses, there is a building with a completely different atmosphere. While the one in the open-air museum is a traditional wooden building over 100 years old, the one on the adjacent site is a concrete building, some of which is made of glass. It is very modern. There is even an object next to the building that looks like a pictogram of a dancing human being. This is the Taro Okamoto Museum of Art in Kawasaki.
When I think of Taro Okamoto's museum, the first thing that comes to mind is the Taro Okamoto Memorial Museum in Minami Aoyama, Tokyo, which is the artist's own atelier turned into a museum, but there is another museum in Kawasaki that houses his works. Taro Okamoto, who was born in Kawasaki, donated 352 of his works before his death, which led to the establishment of the Taro Okamoto Museum of Art in Kawasaki City.
In addition to the original 352 works donated, an additional 1,427 works were donated, and the museum now houses 1,779 of Taro Okamoto's works. Although he lived a long life, Taro Okamoto was a prolific artist. Although I don't think there is any point in comparing the number of works he produced, I find myself comparing him to Vermeer, who is also popular in Japan. It is said that Vermeer has about 35 works in existence, which is literally an order of magnitude different from Taro Okamoto. I realized that the longer an artist lives, the more works he can leave behind.
|Oct 2021 IN THE CITY KANAGAWA|
|KAWASAKI MUSEUM PASSAGE|
October 27, 2021
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