TOKYO – WEEK IN REVIEW: Top 5 Stories in Japan
Missed our key stories this week in Japan? BLOUIN ARTINFO brings you a quick recap:
Since October 2007, Sony's iconic flagship building in Ginza has found a new lease of life as the home to some of the city's most extraordinary contemporary art, available for all to see, literally. Its entire facade, measuring 37.6 by 6 meters, has become a changing canvas for selected artists, the latest of which is Peter MacMillan's design entitled 'The Sun, The Moon, and Fuji'.
Japan's jewellery dealers gather this week for the country's largest exhibition and fair from January 23rd to 26th at Tokyo Big Sight. The 24th International Jewellery Tokyo this year sees a doubling of the size of the France pavilion as the theme country, showcasing some of the world's finest jewellery and watches. ArtInfo takes a peak at what to expect.
Francois Curiel, Christie’s President in Asia, was in high spirits during his latest visit to Japan last week. And no wonder, the auction house had just announced 2012 sales of US$6.27 billion, up 10% on 2011, and its Japan office has recently moved to a prestigious new location in Marunouchi whilst celebrating its 40th anniversary.
J.Hoberman continues his review column with a look at postwar Japanese art at MoMA in New York; As rich and strange and garish as the show is, I’m inclined to call it “an Other Avant-Garde.” Trauma is indistinguishable from liberation. Science fiction rules. (It reminds me of Robert Smithson’s fondness for the Museum of Natural History where, he wrote, “the time states of ‘1984’ are mixed with those of ‘One Million BC.’”)
Osman Murat Ertel has led Turkish psychedelic band Baba Zula since 1996, combining traditional instruments from Turkey with elements of reggae, electronica and dub. Influenced by a long tradition of Ashik culture, in which mystic troubadours semi-improvise songs of worldly love and of wars on the saz, Baba Zula have built a reputation for performances that border on shamanic rituals, but which incorporate many forms of live art from theatre and live drawing, to belly dancers and visual art. The group are set for a rare visit to Tokyo with a show on February 2nd.