Japan

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Museums & Heritage

All eyes on Asia: normality is still a long way off as museums emerge from lockdown

Visitor numbers at some of the world’s most popular art venues have nosedived and uncertainty for the future remains

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coronavirus

China, South Korea and Japan start to reopen museums after strict coronavirus lockdown

Shanghai's Power Station of Art and Shanghai Museum welcomed visitors today after China's tough measures helped curb the spread of the disease

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Diary

The Japanese collector who bought Basquiat’s $110m painting will fly artists—and a new partner—to the moon

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Museums

Tokyo’s treasure house of Impressionist painting reopens as Artizon Museum

Former Bridgestone Museum of Art will have new focus on creativity through the ages after a three-year renovation

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Exhibitions

Taiwan to host censored Aichi Triennale show

Taipei Museum of Contemporary Art is planning to restage the exhibition, which was partly closed due to violent threats over the inclusion of a 'comfort woman' statue

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Prizes

Mona Hatoum and William Kentridge among international recipients of £100,000 Japanese art prize

The Praemium Imperiale Award will be presented in Tokyo in October

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Art crime

Art Recovery International calls on Icom to step in and investigate 'stolen' Reynolds painting on show in Japan

The portrait was allegedly stolen from the home of a menswear magnate in 1984

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Controversies

Eleven artists withdraw or modify their works at Aichi Triennale in ongoing censorship row

Cuban activist Tania Bruguera closes down her exhibit while other artists reconfigure works to reflect the controversy

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Biennials & festivals

Scattered over 12 islands, Japan’s Setouchi Triennale offers poignant reflections of local life by the sea

Triennial features more than 200 sculptures and installations scattered across a dozen islands in the region

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Censorship

Artists wade into row over Japanese triennial dedicated to freedom of speech

More than 70 participants including Candice Breitz and Tania Bruguera have signed a statement demanding reopening of Aichi Triennale's exhibition

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Lost art

Lost Art: the mysterious allure of Japan’s Three Sacred Treasures

Does the imperial collection really include a mirror of wisdom, a sword of valour, and a jewel of benevolence gifted from the gods?

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Manga and Camp: the art of going over the top

We talk about Manga, the subject of the British Museum's huge new show, and we explore the Metropolitan Museum of Art's exhibition Camp: Notes on Fashion. Produced in association with Bonhams, auctioneers since 1793.

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Prizes

New Japanese art prize chooses inaugural emerging artist winners ahead of $1 million award

Chinese new media artist Cheng Ran and US artist Cameron Rowland receive $100,000 Nomura Emerging Artist Awards with world’s biggest art prize to be announced in October

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Adventures with Van Gogh

Van Gogh’s most important painting leaves Europe for the first time

National Gallery’s Sunflowers heads to Japan where it is likely to be seen by around a million people

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Vincent Van Gogh

National Gallery in London to send Van Gogh's Sunflowers to Japan

Exhibition with 60 other loans from the museum will help celebrate the Tokyo Olympics in 2020

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Adventures with Van Gogh

How Van Gogh's Starry Night was inspired by Hokusai’s Great Wave

A great admirer of Japanese prints, the whorls of brushstrokes in Vincent's night sky could have been partly suggested by a turbulent sea

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Discoveries

Painting of courtesan by Kitagawa Utamaro—who influenced the Impressionists—goes on show for first time

Hanging scroll by the shunga master will be displayed in the British Museum’s revamped Japanese galleries

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From armour to the A-bomb: British Museum's Japanese collection goes back on show

Japan galleries refurbished under new ten-year partnership with Mitsubishi Corporation

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Prizes

Pierre Alechinsky and Fujiko Nakaya win £100,000 Japanese Praemium Imperiale art prize

Cobra group co-founder and fog sculpture pioneer among five laureates given the prestigious annual award

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Exhibitions

Van Gogh in Japan: research uncovers a two-way affair

Survey of Dutch master’s admiration for, and influence on, Japanese art is most ambitious yet

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Books

Books, Anna Jackson, Japanese country textiles

A visually rich if somewhat repetitive account

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Artist interview

Interview with Jonathan Meese: "I am the samurai of art”

The German artist explains why he puts aggression and provocation centre stage—along with his mum

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Yayoi Kusama

“I’ve never installed my work in such an exotic environment”: Interview with Yayoi Kusama

The Japanese artist speaks about her Miami exhibition

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Basel

Murakami to launch Basel fair next year

The Japanese art festival, Geisai, hopes to attract young talent in its new location

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Museums & Heritage

French museum sends Léger, Picasso and Modigliani on tour of Japan

Japanese enjoy art more than French, says curator of Lille Métropole Museum of Modern Art

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Iran

National Museum of Iran exhibition to tour five Japanese cities

The costs of bringing "Iranian splendour" overseas will be covered by the Japanese royal family

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Art market

These are the Japanese artists in the international league

Two have already broken the $1 million barrier, and auction prices are rising

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Restitution

Japan returns looted Paul Klee watercolour

A Kyoto museum has accepted “symbolic” payment for restituting a work of art

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Art market

Shinwa auction house plans expansion into Impressionist market

Leading “open” auction house seeks financing, wants to sell major paintings

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Art market

Fears of a crackdown after the handover turns out to have been exaggerated, but the picture in Hong Kong is far from rosy

Hard times on Hollywood Road

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Antique dealers

The life of Goro Sakamoto part IV

The distinguished antique dealer recounts how he became a black marketeer

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Amedeo Modigliani

What a wonderful wedding present

Sir Robert and Lady Sainsbury sell major Modigliani to finance Japanese cultural studies

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Japan

Collectors dormant at first edition of the Tokyo International Art Fair due to limping economy

Stock market crashes and earthquakes shake but collectors were not so lively

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Art market

Providing a service to forty-five museums: Entwhistle & Co. brokers the sale of modern and contemporary work in Japan

The pioneering company find that patience is the key to success in Japan

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Conservation & Preservation

Japanese barter the restoration of Urbino’s walls in exchange for a Raphael exhibition

Florence's soprintendente has described the proposal as “blackmail”

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News

US returns bell taken as trophy of war to Japan

The temple bell was taken from a Japanese island by American marines at the end of World War II

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Amedeo Modigliani

Alain Delon collection auction: Delon sells a Modigliani “to buy a super Modigliani”

Japanese buyers come away with large proportion of lots