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Special Summer Holiday Event
Photo Exhibition
Radiolaria — the wondrous forms of living creatures

Date : August 9, 2019 (Fri.) — August 22, 2019 (Thu.)

Plankton consists of diverse organisms that coast along ocean currents. Radiolaria are one of these many organisms. They are minute creatures measuring just a few millimeters in length, and are single cell organisms. They come in a diverse array of complex and beautiful shapes, and possess eye-catching mineral skeletons of mind-boggling formations.
The main mineral of the skeletons of humans and other vertebrates as well as some invertebrates is calcium phosphate. In contrast to this, the main mineral of the skeletons of radiolaria is silicon dioxide (SiO2), which is the same as quartz and glass. The reason these creatures possess such a skeletal frame is one of the wonders of evolution. ....

The Story of Seibei Kajima, the “Millionaire Photographer” in the Meiji Period
Date : June 1, 2019 (Sat.) — August 31, 2019 (Sat.)

Seibei Kajima came from an affluent background, which allowed him to invest his assets and half a lifetime in photography in the mid-Meiji period. He was eighth in the line of proprietors of Kajimaya, the foremost sake wholesaler in Japan located at Reiganjima Shinkawa in Tokyo (presently, Shinkawa, Chuo-ku). A wealthy merchant house, Kajimaya was on a par with the then leading department stores of Echigoya, Daimaru, and Shirokiya. The chance discovery in a warehouse of a camera that had belonged to one of his predecessors inspired Kajima to immerse himself in photography. In the space of a few years, he made his name by financing the Tsukiji Kanpan Seizojo (Tsukiji Dry Plate Manufacturing Company), the Nihon Shashinkai (Japan Photographic Society), and the Dai Nihon Shashin Hinpyokai (Greater Japan Photography Critique Society). He also opened the extravagant Genrokukan photographic studio, which was equipped with a revolving stage and arc lights. ....

Awakening Photographs: Michiko Kon + Tokihiro Sato
Date :
< Part 1: Michiko Kon—Reviving Objects >
September 1, 2019 (Sun.) — October 29, 2019 (Tue.)
< Part 2: Tokihiro Sato—Breathing Lights >
October 30, 2019 (Wed.) — December 27, 2019 (Fri.)

Invented in France, the art of photography was introduced to Japan in 1848. Since then, Japan has developed a unique culture of photography. Japanese photographic expression matured in the 1960s and 1970s. In the 1980s, museums and galleries specializing in photography were established, and by the late 1980s, modern art museums also started to pay attention to works that explored photography. Michiko Kon and Tokihiro Sato emerged as distinct photographers around that time. Today, these two photographers are working extensively in Japan and overseas, producing work that is highly acclaimed from the dual aspects of fine art and photography. ....

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