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Nov 1, 2010

Visiting Art Exhibition of Great Artists

(from left to right): Leaflets of Claude Monet, Marc Chagall and Vincent Van Gogh art exhibition held in 2010 & 2011
Among the things i enjoy doing in Fukuoka, Japan are visiting art exhibitions of great artists around the world and watching art related programs and interviews shown in television. These are the things that i hardly can get in my homeland. Fukuoka (福岡) , being the 4th largest city in Japan was selected as one of the Newsweek's 10 "Most Dynamic Cities" in its July 2006 issues. It was chosen for its central Asian location, increasing tourism and trade, and a large increase in volume at its sea and airport. Fukuoka has a diverse culture and a wide range of cultural attractions. Besides, Monocle, in its July/August 2008 issue, selected Fukuoka as number 17 of the "Top 25 liveable cities" for its excellent shopping, outstanding food, good transport links, good museums, "a feeling of openness in its sea air", green spaces and friendly people. (from left to right) : Tenjin, Hakata and Seaside Momochi area in Fukuoka There are four main art museums in Fukuoka city namely Fukuoka Art Museum, Fukuoka City Museum, Fukuoka Perfectual Art Museum and Fukuoka Asian Art Museum that often organize numerous grand exhibitions of great artists and ancient civilizations. Fukuoka Art Museum in Ohori Koen contains a wide selection of contemporary art from around the world, including works by Mark Rothko, Roy Lichtenstein and Salvador Dali. (from left to right) : Fukuoka Art Museum, Fukuoka City Museum and Fukuoka Asian Art Museum Recently, i have visited art exhibition of Marc Chagall (1887 - 1985) & Collection from Centre Pompidou held in Fukuoka Art Museum from 23rd Oct. 2010 till 10th Jan. 2011. 70 artworks of Chagall and 40 artworks by Russian avant-garde artists of his time including Wassily Kandinsky and Jean Pougny have been exhibited. Chagall was a Russian French artist, associated with several key art movements and was one of the most successful artists of the 20th century. Chagall's haunting, exuberant and poetic images have wide appeal. I came to know Chagall, Kandinsky and their great artworks through my mentor, Tan Tong in 2006. From there, i know about 'Der Blaue Reiter', The Bauhaus School, Expressionism, Paul Klee and all those great names and great terms. I am always impressed by their contemporary, surrealistic and sophisticated style. Basically, i am happy enough to view the original art pieces in front of me, with clearer image, tone and texture compared to those printed in books. Since the exhibition is aimed to showcase Chagall's works generally throughout his career as artist, only several pieces from each period of his life have been put on for exhibition. It is a bit of disappointment for unable to view more paintings of his peak time. Having said that, i enjoy the feeling of coming closer to the great artists of century, it is never too late to learn from the great masters. Coming up is Vincent Van Gogh's exhibition in Kyushu National Museum from 1st January till 13th February 2011. I'm looking forward to it and always wishing for a chance to travel around the world in 'meeting' masterpieces of great artists of the centuries.

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