A woman stood in front of the 'eight panes' and admired the shifting world reflected in the glass

Gerhard Richter's 8 panes
Gerhard Richter's 8 panes
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I visited the National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo, located in Kitanomaru Park. The museum is neither a World Heritage Site like the National Museum of Western Art in Ueno, nor is it devoted to contemporary art like the Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo in Kiba. It is a somewhat modest museum. But that is good. The collection is wide-ranging, with works by Henri Rousseau, Ryusei Kishida, Takashi Murakami, and Tsuguharu Fujita. However, my favorite part of the museum is not the works in the collection, but the lounge named "Room with a View," which sounds like a movie.

I did not come to the National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo to relax in the "Room with a View. It was to see the Gerhard Richter exhibition. When I entered the museum, I was immediately confronted with "Eight Glass Panels," one of Richter's masterpieces. It is not just eight panes of glass, but eight panes of glass standing on end. About 35% of the glass reflects the image like a mirror, and 65% is a special type of glass that allows the viewer to see through to the other side. Indeed, when I looked at the work, I could see through the glass to the other side, and at the same time, I could see the reflection of the other side. As if to prove Richter's attitude of leaving it up to the viewer to decide what to see and how to see it, the world reflected in the glass changed its appearance as I looked at it from different positions.

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No

12397

Shooting Date

Jul 2022

Posted On

November 16, 2022

Place

Kitanomaru Park, Tokyo

Genre

Street Photography

Camera

SONY ALPHA 7R II

Lens

ZEISS LOXIA 2/35

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