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“Selections from the Purchased Excellent Students Works” Geidai Collection 2023

The Art Education and the Brilliance of the New Generation Artists at Tokyo University of the Arts.

Gen de Art Le Magazine had the distinct pleasure of attending the Geidai Collection 2023 (“Selections from the Purchased Excellent Students Works”) by Tokyo University of the Arts, which took place at the University Art Museum from March 31st to May 7th, 2023.

[Japanese Painting] UMEHARA, Yukio Distant Memories, 1978, Geidai Collection

The exhibition aims to showcase the influence of the university's program by collecting outstanding graduation works and supporting emerging artists. This year's exhibition features approximately 100 carefully selected works from the university's extensive collection, providing not only a retrospective of the history of Japanese art education but also an opportunity to contemplate the significance and future development of works purchased by the university.

The exhibition is divided into two parts:

In the first part, "Works from the Student Days of Masters," graduation works from the Tokyo School of Fine Arts from the Meiji era to the early Showa era are mainly introduced. Masterpieces such as "Village Children Watching the Monkey Leader" by Taikan Yokoyama, "Widow and Orphan" by Shunso Hishida, "Sunset at the Ferry" by Eisaku Wada, and "Lecture Hall" by Isoya Yoshida are exhibited. Additionally, self-portraits by 15 artists, including Shigeru Aoki, Tetsugoro Yorozu, and Tsuguharu Fujita, can be seen.

[Craft] ARAI Yumi, Spread Myself, 2016, Geidai Collection

The second part, "Selected Purchased Works by Each Department," commemorates the 70th anniversary of the purchasing system and features exhibits that pursue the history of Tokyo University of the Arts' art education and contemporary trends. The research areas have expanded to include recent cutting-edge artistic expressions, cultural heritage preservation studies, global art practices, and film studies. Areas are designated for each department, and several carefully selected works are displayed. Visitors can also enjoy the works of artists such as Kazuyuki Hashimoto, Yusuke Kamata, Noriko Koshida, Haruka Kojin, and Yukari Sakata.

[Intermedia Art] KAMATA Yusuke,《Other perspectives -The entrance-》, 2011, Geidai Collection

This exhibition offers an unparalleled opportunity to deepen one's understanding of Tokyo University of the Arts and its evolution in art education. Excellent works collected by Tokyo University of the Arts from the Meiji era to the present are exhibited, allowing visitors to witness the university's diverse expression methods evolving with the times. It is an inspiring exhibition that demonstrates Tokyo University of the Arts' significant role in contributing to the art world and nurturing the next generation of artists. We hope that Tokyo University of the Arts will continue to discover new talents and serve as a place to foster the next generation of artists.

This exhibition not only showcases Tokyo University of the Arts' rich history and evolution in art education, but also highlights the institution's ongoing impact on Japan's art world. Through these exceptional educational programs, the university continues to foster and inspire young artists, nurturing their talent and contributing to the art world's growth and vibrancy.



Geidai Collection Exhibition 2023

Selections from the Purchased Excellent Students Works

Date: March 31, 2023, to May 7, 2023

Venue: The University Art Museum, Tokyo University of the Arts, Main Building Exhibition Rooms 1, 2, 3, 4

Address: 12-8 Ueno Park, Taito-ku, Tokyo

Phone number: 050-5541-8600

Opening hours: 10:00-17:00 (last entry at 16:30) Closed on Mondays (except for May 1)

Admission fees: Adults 1200 yen/University students 500 yen/High school students and younger (under 18 years old) Free


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