I found myself in an art museum again today. The Mitsubishi Ichigokan Museum in Marunouchi, Tokyo, was housed in the Mitsubishi Ichigokan, a restored Queen Anne-style building built in 1894 by British architect Josiah Conder at the invitation of the Japanese government. Once occupied by the Bank of Mitsubishi (one of the origins of today's Bank of Mitsubishi UFJ) and other tenants, the Mitsubishi Ichigokan has since been restored and turned into an art museum. The current headquarters of the Bank of Mitsubishi UFJ still stands across the street from Mitsubishi Ichigokan.
That day, the works of a Swiss printmaker named Felix Vallotton were on display. I had never heard of him before coming to the exhibition, but he is famous for his innovative all-black prints and is an important figure in the development of modern woodblock printmaking. His style, which is said to be influenced by Japanese prints as well as Post-Impressionism and Symbolism, is very modern, with an emphasis on outlines and flat patterns. It's cool.
While photography was prohibited in most of the exhibition rooms, it was allowed in the last room. There, people were taking pictures like a river. I wondered if people would look back at the pictures they took in the museum. I thought it would be better to buy a catalog to appreciate the beauty of the works later, and I too became a silhouette and snapped my shutter while watching the people holding up their cameras.
|Mar 2023 IN THE CITY TOKYO|
|MARUNOUCHI MUSEUM SILHOUETTE|
March 11, 2023
RICOH GR III