Time to Spend in an Art Museum 2021
The Time to Spend in an Art Museum exhibitions, which began last year, constitute a series of Shiseido Collection exhibitions that give visitors the chance to enjoy a sumptuous time surrounded by art in an intimate and familiar manner. Through these exhibitions we are introducing the Shiseido Art House’s unique collection, which broadly ranges from Japanese paintings to oil paintings and a host of traditional craft works, which may be familiar to regular visitors to the Shiseido Art House gallery. However, the Collection also notably includes an extensive selection of vintage perfume bottles created by, among others, René Lalique and Baccarat, which the gallery takes special pride in as one of Japan’s foremost collections in terms of both quality and quantity, as well as numerous works of art created by a new generation of craft artisans, which can all be most fully enjoyed through their actual use.
This year, our exhibition season will be divided into two halves. In the first half we will be exhibiting a special selection of vintage perfume bottles and Japanese paintings, while in the second half we will be featuring examples of modern ceramic art, metalwork and oil paintings.
The paintings on display will mainly consist of pieces that have previously been exhibited in the Shiseido-sponsored Third Tsubaki-Kai Exhibition (or Third Shiseido Camellia Association Exhibition) (1974 – 1990). The Japanese paintings were mainly selected from pieces created by Okumura Togyū and Takayama Tatsuo, while the oil paintings were mostly created by Ushijima Noriyuki and Wakita Kazu, with the sort of graceful and dignified representational paintings most favored by Shiseido arranged for the exhibit. As to the perfume bottles, significant showpieces that have won fame throughout the history of perfume bottle design will be placed on display, with the main focus of the exhibition being on works created in the 1920’s, a period often referred to as the golden age of perfume. Modern craft works will consist of ceramic art by Kamoda Shōji and Yagi Kazuo, as well as metalwork created by both Naitō Shirō (now recognized as a Living National Treasure in the field of metal carving) and Yoshiha Yohey III.
It gives us the greatest pleasure to play host to this exhibition, and if the time spent at the Shiseido Art House gallery during this four-month run from early summer to autumn can provide visitors with some peace-of-mind under the current conditions of the relentless spread of the novel coronavirus, we hope that the Shiseido Art House gallery can become a place that enables visitors to share in the splendid delight of being surrounded for a time by transcendent art.