Tokyo University of the Arts has a system of purchasing graduation works, which is unexpected for a graduate of a liberal arts university. The university selects outstanding graduation works and purchases them. This is a tradition that has continued since the days of its predecessor, the Tokyo Fine Arts School, which has purchased more than 10,000 "student artworks" to date.
It would be a mistake to think that these works are simply those created by students. While it is true that these works were created by students, there are many students who are not just students. Some of the works are by people who have left their mark on Japanese art history. Works by Taikan Yokoyama, Kaii Higashiyama, Tsuguharu Fujita, Kotaro Takamura, and others are included in the collection. It is interesting to think that Yokoyama Taikan, whom I saw in my textbooks, was an old man dressed in kimono, but he was also a student at one time.
So on this day, I was in Ueno to see the "Purchase Exhibition," an exhibition of works purchased at the Tokyo University of the Arts. As I walked up and down the stairs, which looked like a rice ball from above, to admire the works, I saw that the Music Department's purchased works were also on display. While paintings, sculptures, and video works have a form and are purchased by the university, it is difficult to imagine the purchase of a piece of music. The musical scores were on display, and I wondered if this meant that the university had purchased the copyright to the music.
|Nov 2023 IN THE CITY TOKYO|
|MUSEUM STAIRWAY UENO|
November 4, 2023
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