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The Enticingly Eerie Art of Matsui Fuyuko

Japanese artists are known for their unique and often highly surreal masterpieces that both challenge the mind and call for a vivid imagination. Take a look at the compelling works of Matsui Fuyuko and see if it draws you to her solo exhibition.

Regardless of form, medium, and creative process, we all know that art shows us worlds, creatures, and scenes that are often more interesting than reality. Japanese artist Matsui Fuyuko seems to be adept at this, her artworks able to tell interesting stories that are both from the East and the West, and combines classical and fairytale elements.

Matsui specializes in nihonga paintings—which explains why her masterpieces exude the distinct charm of age-old Japanese-style paintings. Instead of the usual landscapes and objects, Matsui, hailed as one of the “provocative artists” who participated in a 2006 Nihonga exhibit by Yokohama Museum of Art, deals with themes that brush on the aspects of human existence—such as life, death, and madness. Add to it a touch of grotesqueness and the supernatural and you get compelling artworks that can only be Matsui’s.

Interested in her art? If you’re heading to Japan in the next couple of months, you might want to drop by her first large-scale solo exhibit (with more than 100 artworks) ongoing at the Yokohama Museum of Art. Take note of the details below:

Fuyuko MATSUI: Becoming Friends with All the Children in the World
December 17, 2011 — March 18, 2012

Yokohama Museum of Art
3-4-1, Minatomirai, Nishi-ku, Yokohama 220-0012 JAPAN
Telephone: 81 (0)45 221 0300
Fax:
81 (0)45 221 0317

Open Hours:
10:00 – 18:00 (Last admission at 17:30)

Admission :
Adult: ¥1,100
High School and University Student : ¥700
Junior High School Student: ¥400
Elementary School Student and Younger: Free

All information for this article were taken from Yokohama Museum of Art, Lost at E Minor and Wurzeltod.

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written by plasticpopsicle

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