Parabola of Pre-Raphaelitism
April 2019
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Exhibition information
  • Extension:2019/03/14 ~ 2019/06/09
  • Exhibition hall:Mitsubishi Ichigokan in Tokyo
  • Types:Paintings

Parabola of Pre-Raphaelitism

This year, in honour of this great social thinker, Two Temple Place in London will host a large exhibition for John Ruskin. This exhibition will bring together over 190 works of art, including paintings, metal sculptures, manuscripts and many other forms to illustrate Ruskin’s insight to beauty and art.

This exhibition “John Ruskin: The Power of Seeing” is a bit far away from us in the UK, but we are fortunate to find that there is also an exhibition about the John Ruskin in Japan. So here we are in the museum Mitsubishi Ichigokan in Tokyo, the Mitsubishi Ichigokan was built in 1894, designed by the British architect Josiah Conder. Mitsubishi Ichigokan is the first Western-style office building in Tokyo. The museum concentrates on collecting graphic art and artefacts that were produced during the 19th century.

This “Parabola of pre-Raphaelitism” exhibition is dedicated to John Ruskin’s 200th birth anniversary. Born in the UK, John Ruskin is not only an artist but also a writer, art critic and social thinker. In 1843, Ruskin published a book called "Modern Painter" and his influence on the theory of art, design and beauty has continued to this day. As a social thinker, Ruskin always believes that art cannot be separate from life. Therefore, whether his creation or research, he always starts from the real society to bring up the real problems.

“Parabola of Pre-Raphaelitism” exhibition has been described as the celebration of European art for the year 2019. With John Ruskin as the main subject, along with former Raphaelitism’s members, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, William Holman Hunt, John Everett Millais, Edward Burne-Jones, William Morris and several important painters. This exhibition contains approximately 150 pieces of work, including oil painting, watercolour, stained glass, tapestries and furniture from the collections of individuals and organizations in Britain and North America.

There is an area in the exhibition that allowed photography. We took some pictures to share with everyone.

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