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Midsummer Issue (Jul.)


Exhibitions at the Aizu Museum and the Tsubouchi Memorial Theatre Museum

From various drawings of Daruma to stage art of the Showa Period

Aizu Museum
Daruma! Daruma! Daruma!

Upon hearing the word "Daruma," most people imagine the red Daruma is considered to bring good luck. However, this figure was modeled after the posture of meditation used by Daruma, the founder of Zen Buddhism. The real Daruma wore a beard and had a piercing gaze. From May 6th to June 25th, the Aizu Museum held the exhibit "Daruma! Daruma! Daruma!" which featured works from the collection of the former Tomioka City Art Museum. The displayed works were done by artists such as Fugai, Hakuin, Suio, Tohrei, Shunso, Sozan and Sengai.

The majority of the Daruma drawings portray half of the subject's body. Hakuin Egaku drew a half Daruma in which the line of the clothes is portrayed sharply by a single brush stroke. The origin for this work is said to be the drawings by Fugai Ekun in early modern times. The exhibition also features coverage of Daruma tradition and portrayals of the Ashiba Daruma, Daruma on hanging wall scrolls and images of Daruma holding one sandal in his hand during his journey home. Many people visited the museum to these Daruma drawings done by various Zen masters.

Inside the exhibition

Tsubouchi Memorial Theatre Museum
Representation and Form-Kisaku Ito and Showa Stage Art

From May 13th to June 19th, an exhibition was held to introduce the lifework of Kisaku Ito (1899 to 1967), a stage director who represented the Showa Period. The exhibition also shed new light on Showa Period theatre history from the field of stage art used during that time.

Kisaku Ito was the fourth son of Tamekichi Ito, a renowned and talented architect. His older brother Michio Ito was one of the foremost actors of the pre and post WWII period, and his younger brother Korenari Senda was a star in Western-style theatre. In 1924, a young Kisaku supervised stage art for the Tsukiji Theatre. He continued to work as a stage director and art director until passing away at age 67 in 1967. His work spanned a broad range of fields including Western-style theatre, ballet, musicals, new-wave theatre, kabuki and movies.

The exhibition was divided into the three categories of Meiji Period art theory which influenced Kisaku, the lasting imprints of Kisaku's work, and stage art in the generation after Kisaku. From the perspective of the most prominent stage director in modern times, the exhibition provided an overview of theatre history of the Showa Period.

Introducing theatre history of the ShowaPeriod