Saturday, August 21, 2004

Smile-Provoking Exhibitions

I saw two small exhibitions being held in Osaka. One was the private exhibition of the young photographer Mumu Matsumura. It was entitled "My Greece." Her photographs showed the beautiful scenery of an island in Greece, with one or more cute cats in many of them. The works suggested that the people there lived such a natural and amiable life as that of those animals in a slow flow of time.

The other was the exhibition "The Presents from the Artists." In this exhibition small works specially made for families and friends by ten artists, including Pablo Picasso, Paul Klee, Alexander Calder, Tsuguharu Foujita, Toshio Arimoto, and Katsura Funakoshi, were shown together with some representative art works of theirs. Some works were toys for their own children, and looked like to emanate artists' love for them. — Both the exhibitions were smile provoking and gave me a happy feeling. —

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