Designed for those who admire modern art and a must for those who enjoy visiting museums, this application provides the explanations for thirty-seven artworks from the Kawamura Memorial DIC Museum of Art as well as its garden.
Beginning with the 17th century and Rembrandt, the artworks progress through Monet, Renoir, and the impressionists, to Picasso, Chagall and other early modern artists from the West to 20th-century American artists, such as Pollock and Cornell. This application introduces a broad spectrum of different art genres.
When using this application in the Museum of Art, be sure to wear earphones so that other visitors are not disturbed.
The Museum and its History
In May, 1990, Kawamura Memorial DIC Museum of Art was built on the grounds of the DIC Central Research Laboratory located in Sakura City, Chiba Prefecture to exhibit the artworks collected by DIC Corporation and its affiliated companies. As of the present, it has acquired over 1,000 works.
Katsumi Kawamura, the company’s second president and later first director of the museum, deeply loved art, and enjoyed nothing more than contemplating artwork and during what spare moments he could take from work. Beginning in the 1970s, the museum began to seriously collect art, and amassed a remarkable selection of 20th-century art: Picasso, Braque, Kandinsky, Malevich, Cornell, and others. Of equal note, is that the museum was also interested in up-and-coming American painters—Louis, Stella, and others—who were unknown at this time in Japan, yet highly regarded in Europe, and began to collect their paintings and works.
When Kawamura Katsumi’s long-held dream of establishing a museum was realised, the museum began to collect works of importance in American art history, such as Rothko’s murals and various works by Stella, thus laying the foundations of today’s collection.
The museum has expanded its collection with the 17th-century Dutch master Rembrandt’s portrait.
List of Works
Émille-Antoine Bourdelle: Fruit
Pierre Auguste Renoir: Bather
Claude Monet: Waterlilies
Pablo Picasso: Woman in an Armchair
Marc Chagall: King David’s Dream
Rembrandt van Rijn: Portrait of a Man in a Broad Brimmed Hat
Naum Gabo: Linear Construction No.1 (Variation)
Kurt Schwitters: Untitled (Intersected Egg), Untitled (Colored Half-Moon), Untitled (Birchwood Sculpture), Untitled (Opening Blossom), Untitled (Pebble Sculpture)
Joseph Cornell: Untitled (Le Piano)
Joseph Cornell: Celestial Navigation by Birds
Alexander Calder: Four White Dots
Mark Rothko: “Seagram Murals”
Ad Reinhardt: Abstract Painting
Robert Ryman: Assistant
Jackson Pollock: Composition on Green, Black, and Tan
Frank Stella: Tomlinson Court Part (second version)
Frank Stella: Merry Christmas 3X (third version)
Maurice Ravel: “The Fairy Garden” from “Mother Goose suite”
Mel Bonis: “Tonight”, from “Tonight, Morning for Piano Trio op. 76”
“Pavane dan Vers” from “The Susanne van Soldt Virginal Book“
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: “Piano Sonata K. 545”
Eric Satie: “The Mysterious Kiss in the Eye” from “The Beautiful Eccentric”
Bohuslav Martinů: “Adagio” from “Duo for Violin and Violoncello in D major, No.2, H371”
A CD of the musical works included in this guide is available through Mercury Inc. Japan.
Please visit the following website: http://www.mercury-coo.com/