Image-Makers at 21_21

Image-Makers 21_21 Design SightIn 21_21 Design Sight’s latest exhibition イメージメーカー展 (Image-makers), strong, theatrical images by image-makers from diverse fields of creativity from both Japan and abroad gather to create a world of fantasy and entertainment under the direction of Hélène Kelmachter. The fabulous exhibition includes works by Jean-Paul Gaude, Noritaka Tatehana, David Lynch and Photographer Hal to name just a few.

Linnea Nilsson Image-MakersA very fun addition to the exhibition was the interactive section where exhibition attendees could try on Noritaka Tatehana’s sculptural shoes. Walking in the heelless shoes proved to be a bit of a balancing act but channeling the likes of Lady Gaga, Daphne Guinness and my inner diva certainly made it easier.

Image-Makers 21_21 Design SightHeelless Shoes, Noritaka Tatehana, 2012-2014.

These fierce shoes wouldn’t exactly be the best choice for long leisurely strolls but could make for a dazzling pair of party shoe. My favorite pair would have to be probably have to be the red (officially dyed pink but dusted with gold to make it look red, though they mysteriously change color depending on the angle) hand painted shoes that have a bit of a renaissance feel to them. They’re also what I imagine the chopines worn in Venice might have looked like during the Renaissance. In second place come the dramatic sparkly studded heels seen in the background.

Image-makers 21_21 Design SightNoritaka Tatehana.

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Image-Makers 21_21 Design Sight

PinQ & Pomco, Zatsuran #6, 2012Zatsuran #06, PinQ & Pomco, Photographer Hal, 2012.

Photographer Hal’s images in Gallery 1 shows couples tightly confined inside sealed vacuum packaging and although very interesting I can’t help but feel a little claustrophobic by just looking at them.

Image-Makers Exhibition 21_21 Design SightThe Floating World, Noritaka Tatehana, 2014.

These exotic shoes were inspired by the distinctively tall footwear worn by oiran (high-ranking courtesans) during the feudal period in Japan yet look more like stunning ornament or sculpture than shoes that are made for walking.

Image-Makers Exhibition 21_21 Design Sight One Spinning Automaton, Jean-Paul Goude.

Image-Makers Exhibition 21_21 Design SightThree Muses, Jean-Paul Goude.

I find Goude’s photographs of model turned pop singer Grace Jones absolutely stunning in the bold images. ♫ Link -This is life ♫

Image-Makers Exhibition 21_21 Design SightDavid Lynch lithographs.

Image-Makers 21_21 Design SightIf you find yourself in Tokyo at the moment then this is an absolute must-see exhibition so make sure you find the time to stop by and check it out!

Bond in Motion at the London Film Museum

Bond in Motion Aston Martin DB5Aston Martin DB5 as seen in Golden Eye, 1995.

Now who doesn’t love an evening spent watching good James Bond films? When I saw that the London Film Museum in Covent Garden was putting on a James Bond exhibition or more accurately Bond in Motion exhibition – ‘the largest official collection of original James Bond vehicles’ I reveled. It’s a terrific exhibition that displays the high performance luxury machinery tweaked with a few unique add-ons (courtesy of Q) that are central to the iconic chases and pursuits of the oh so suave James Bond.

James Bond Exhibition London Film MuseumThe essential Bond accessories consist of a gun, cash, a black American Express card and cufflinks.

London Film Museum James Bond Exhibition

Bond in Motion London Film MuseumStunning vehicles such as the Aston Martin DB5 and DBS, Rolls-Royce Phantom III and Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud II are on display along with a selection of more creative action vehicles such as the submersible Lotus Esprit S1 and the crocodile submarine. A variety of aircrafts, motorcycles and boats are also on display and despite what the name suggests the exhibition also includes a few other props used in the film franchise.

Bond in Motion London Film Museum

Bond in Motion London Film MuseumFilming car scene for Quantum of Solace, 2008.

Bond in Motion London Film MuseumAston Martin DBS as seen in Quantum of Solace, 2008 along with the bumps, scratches and damaged windshield following the stunts.

Linnea Nilsson at Bond In Motion - London Film MuseumYours truly enthusiastically got dressed up in a tux with bow tie to have an impromptu Bond themed photo shoot. Lights, camera, action!

London Film Museum James Bond Exhibition

London Film Museum James Bond ExhibitionExterior MI building model. Michael Lamont. The World is Not Enough.

London Film Museum James Bond ExhibitionExamples of elaborate storyboards that look like proper comics such as this for The World Is Not Enough shows a visual layout of events as they are to be seen through the camera lens and demonstrates the creative process of the production company’s art department.

Bond in Motion Rolls-Royce Phantom III

Rolls-Royce Phantom III as seen in Goldfinger, 1964.

Andy Warhol 15 Minutes Eternal

Andy Warhol 15 Minutes Eternal Mori Art Museum TokyoWith the Mori Art Museum exhibition Andy Warhol 15 Minutes Eternal, pop art enthusiasts will revel in the opportunity to see a ‘comprehensive retrospective of nearly 700 Warhol’s work and archives from the start of his career as an artist to his final years’.

Andy Warhol Art Car BMWHighlights include Warhol’s celebs of the world with portraits of Mick Jagger, Michael Jackson, and Mohammad Ali to name just a few, his iconic Campbell’s soup cans, and a recreation of his legendary studio “The Factory” at near to true scale. Other highlights also include a selection of Warhol’s illustrations for top fashion magazines such as Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar and Glamour and the BMW Art Car designed by Warhol in 1979 (as seen above).

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Andy Warhol Silver Clouds Tokyo Mori Art MuseumMy favorite bit from the exhibition included the Silver Clouds installation displayed with a spectacular night view over Tokyo. The shiny silver helium balloons slowly bopping around picked up the light and glow of the illuminated night life of the Tokyo cityscape beautifully.

Roppongi Hills TokyoRoppongi Hills which houses Mori Art Museum.

Andy Warhol 15 Minutes Eternal Tokyo Mori Art Museum

The Aristocratic Palace and the Collection of the Nobleman

Bunkamura: The Aristocratic Palace and its Beauty Milano the Magnificent Collection of the Nobleman -Collection of Museo Poldi Pezzoli

A collection from Museo Poldi Pezzoli is currently on display at the Bunkamura Museum in Shibuya, Tokyo showing the stunning exhibition The Aristocratic Palace and its Beauty -Milano, the Magnificent Collection of the Nobleman. Gilt gold frames enclose dramatic portrait masterpieces and those with religious iconography, intricate tapestry, and further ornate objects help give insight into the lavish taste of prominent Milanese nobleman Gian Giacomo Poldi Pezzoli.

Bunkamura Museum: Collection of Museo Poldi Pezzoli : The Aristocratic Palace and its Beauty Milano the Magnificent Collection of the NoblemanThe idea of bringing a few pieces home with me was tempting especially in order to compliment my own collection, but alas I had to make do with some beautiful postcards and  Italian snacks (Sacucci Horocci with flavors of milk, strawberry and tiramisu) from the exhibition gift shop.

Imari: Japanese Porcelain for European Palaces

Imari: Japanese Porcelain for European PalacesI’m now back in Tokyo where I recently viewed the stunning Imari: Japanese Porcelain for European Palaces exhibition at the Suntory Museum of Art in Midtown. The history behind the intricately decorated porcelain and its export to European courts and a nobility obsessed with orientalism during the 17th century proved very interesting. However, the highlight of the exhibition was seeing the fine artistry of the beautiful motifs in detail, up close and personal.

Imari: Japanese Porcelain for European PalacesThere were so many pieces that I’d like to see in my own home so, with the help of the exhibition catalog I’ve made a long shopping list consisting of porcelain plates, vases and figurines that I hope to find in modern reproduction and add to my own collection.

The Museum of Mediterranean and Near Eastern Antiquities

DSCN7968Sometimes you don’t even have to leave the country in order to travel and see the world. You can still get your cultural fill by visiting small and slightly obscure museums such as this, the Museum of Mediterranean and Near Eastern Antiquities in Stockholm, Sweden.

DSCN7975Although small, the museum displays antiquities from Egypt, Cyprus as well as Greece and Rome. In order to take full advantage of what the museum has to offer, I suggest viewing the collection in combination with a tasty light lunch at their Bagdad Café. The interiors are simple but their feta cheese, aubergine salad with olives and pine nuts is absolutely amazing.

DSCN7971I certainly wouldn’t mind bringing a few of the beautiful white marble statues from the collection home with me. Imagine the stunning interiors and baroque garden that could be created with such additions.

Helmut Newton at Fotografiska

DSCN7794It’s not everyday that a rousing exhibition such as this presents itself so it’s always important to take advantage. Retrospectives are especially exciting as it offers a large selection of an artist’s work in one setting allowing the viewer to observe the breadth of their work and development.

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Helmut Newton at Fotografiska StockholmI’m a big fan of Helmut Newton’s black and white fashion photography which to this very day continues to command our attention with its modern, edgy perspective. However, have a more difficult time finding purpose or pleasure in his female nudes of pornographic and sadomasochistic tendency.

DSCN7807As he himself put it, “I love vulgarity. I am very attracted by bad taste – it is a lot more exciting than that supposed good taste which is nothing more than a standardized way of looking at things… If the art world rejects me, all I can say is ‘good luck to the world of art.’ If I look for a real point of view, I’m not going to start by looking at what art will accept so I can conform to that. That’s why… sadomasochism still seems interesting to me today. I always carry chains and padlocks in my car trunk, not for me but for my photos.” -Helmut Newton, Press conference, Austria, 1984

Helmut Newton at Fotografiska Stockholm

The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier

Jean Paul Gaultier Exhibition From the Sidewalk to the CatwalkThe Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk exhibition at the Swedish Centre for Architecture and Design is a total must see!

Jean Paul Gaultier Exhibition From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk

Jean Paul Gaultier Exhibition From the Sidewalk to the CatwalkI first heard about the exhibition a year ago when lucky me spent the afternoon picking the brain of one of Gaultier’s nearest and dearest friends and colleagues. Ever since I’ve been waiting in anticipation to see the outcome of the exhibition and let me tell you it did not disappoint. So, if you find yourself in Stockholm, Sweden at the moment or in the near vicinity this is one of those exhibitions you just shouldn’t miss.

Jean Paul Gaultier Exhibition From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk

Jean Paul Gaultier Exhibition From the Sidewalk to the CatwalkLots of fierce and elaborate corsets were on show throughout the exhibition. My favorite corset was a sleek, tight crocodile front laced corset. Then to offset my previous choice, I also fell for a fabulous soft powder pink diva-esque corset like the one from the Gaultier fragrance.

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Jean Paul Gaultier Exhibition From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk

DSCN7962Jean Paul Gaultier has effectively proved himself a master of the hard, soft comb juxtaposing both materials and cut.

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DSCN7858Pre-raphaelite much? Certain looks might as well have come straight from a Dante Gabriel Rossetti painting.

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Color Hunting at 21_21 Design Sight

DSCN6759Despite continued rainfall here in Tokyo, my sister and I ventured out into the thick, hot, wet air to visit 21_21 Design Sight where the exhibition Color Hunting directed by Dai Fujiwara is currently taking place.

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21_21 Design Sight Color Hunting ExhibitionThe exhibition illustrates the infinite sources of color inspiration available to us through the process of “color hunting”. This design method encourages the exploration of various colors found in nature such as the sky, sea, plants and stars, or the urban environment, etc. as a starting point and to experiment with different shades and color combinations. The exhibition invites viewers to expand their horizons.

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21_21 Design Sight Color Hunting ExhibitionColor in Action: Blank Thermometers Scaling Memories by artist Shigeru Moroizumi. The interactive artwork consists of liquid which climbs up in reaction to human body heat when a person applies their finger to the bulb, but we do not know how much the liquid climbs because there is no measuring scale. Viewers are asked to choose a color thermometer marking where the liquid is before applying a finger to a bulb and then record where the liquid stops after a short while. They are then asked to determine what the moving colors might represent and what it means when they come to a halt. Feelings and thoughts are encouraged to be recorded next to the thermometer.

21_21 Design Sight Color Hunting Exhibition

DSCN6815The building itself and the exhibition space of 21_21 Design Sight is absolutely stunning! I’m in love with the raw grey cement walls and floor in combination with the razor sharp cut glass, asymmetrical design and warm mood lighting. I’m ready to move in on a permanent basis!

21_21 Design Sight Color Hunting Exhibition

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Love at Mori Art Museum

DSCN6629In celebration of the Mori Art Museum’s 10th anniversary, they’ve put on the highly anticipated exhibition LOVE展. The exhibition features a long roster and wide variety of world famous artists including names such as Jeff Koons, David Hockney, Yayoi Kusama, Marc Chagall, Damien Hirst, Salvador Dalí, and Auguste Rodin to name just a few.

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Highlights included this wonderful installation entitled Love is Calling by Yayoi Kusama in her usual ultra cool, psychedelic polka dot world. All that was missing was some music and perhaps a flashing LED light dance floor and I was ready to get my groove on disco style like in the movie Saturday Night Fever (1977) with John Travolta.

DSCN6649It’s an exhibition well worth a visit but if you’re anything like me the featured Tracey Emin work might just put a slight damper on your visit. I’m usually not a Jeff Koons or Damien Hirst fan either due both to their choice of artwork (think the Jeff Koons series the Pre-New, the New, and the Equilibrium, Made In Heaven series and Hirst’s formaldehyde animals, dot paintings and to be frank his entire career) and the factory set-up of their studios.