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Dueling Geniuses – An Inspired Japanese Art Exhibit

Artists are often compared to one another and more often inspire and compete with one another to create great works.  Throughout the history of Japanese art, each generation of painters, Buddhist sculptors, potters and other artists studied the works of the masters, their contemporaries and their predecessors. The visual arts of each generation flourished and were enriched by rivalries between distinguished talents.  The unprecedented exhibit, “Dueling Geniuses -The Greatest Highlights of Japanese Artists”, focuses on 24 masters of Japanese art in 12 pairs, whose careers enlightened the history of Japanese art.

Comparing artworks by master artists reveals fascinating details of similarity and contrast. Below is just one example of the pairings on exhibit, both are National Treasures:

Cypress Tree By Kano Eitoku (1543 – 1590)

Pine Trees By Hasegawa Tohaku (1539 – 1610)
(On exhibit through July 27, 2008)

Event Details:
Venue: Tokyo National Museum
Schedule: July 8, 2008 – August 17, 2008 (Closed Mondays except for Monday, July 21; Monday, August 11, 2008 & Tuesday, July 22, 2008)
Hours: Open 9:30AM – 5PM Weekdays, Saturdays, Sundays, Holidays open until 6PM, Fridays until 8PM.
Admission: Adults – Y1,500, University students – Y1,200, High school students – Y900, Junior high school students and under – Free
Location: A 10 minute walk from Ueno or Uguisudani Station (map)

Photo Credit:  Wikimedia, Kano Eitoku 003 & Pine Trees

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