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Early Spring Issue (Apr.)


Exhibits held at the Aizu Museum and the Tsubouchi Memorial Theatre Museum

Exhibitions featuring modern theatre and ethnic art

Oceanic Ethnic Art Exhibition

Material related to the “spirit house” of the Abelam people

In 2010, our university received a donation of Oceanic ethnic artworks from Tsurugashima City, Saitama Prefecture. During a two-month period from November 21st to January 12th, these artworks were exhibited in the Special Exhibition Room of the Aizu Museum and in the 125th Anniversary Room on the 10th floor of Okuma Tower. With a focus on pillars and spirit statues from spirit houses in Papua New Guinea, the exhibit also features a variety of artifacts including masks, shields, spears, musical instruments such as drums and flutes, and daily items such as clay and wooden vessels. The collection is valuable even from a global perspective. The exhibit focused on the figure of spirit which is the basis of faith in Papua New Guinea. Many people came to see this exhibit of ethnic artifacts from throughout Papua New Guinea.

-Dumb Type S/N and Kyoto in the 90s-

Scene from the exhibition

From September 21st to February 4th, the exhibition “Life with Art: Dumb Type S/N and Kyoto in the 90s” was held as the 38th installment of the Modern Theatre Series at the Tsubouchi Memorial Theatre Museum.

The performance S/N was released in 1994 by Dumb Type, an artist group active in Kyoto. Even after 15 years, S/N is still referenced often and is an immovable work in the history of Japanese theatrical expression. S/N was established through a close relationship with various social campaigns that were advanced mainly in the cafes, clubs, galleries and universities of Kyoto during the same period.

The recent exhibition focused on the performance S/N, which arose as an expression possessing overwhelming strength in the 1990s. Attention is also given to the atmosphere of Kyoto in the 1990s which gave birth to the performance. Visitors were fascinated by texts, photographs and interview videos.