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Contemporary Art

Tanoue Shinya - Japanese ceramic artist, Keiko Gallery

Contemporary Japanese Ceramics. As part of the GO 2 Japan Campaign, Japan Private Journeys on iTunes will begin the interview series with experts in the fields of architecture, art, business, cuisine, design, fashion, gardens, sports and transportation. This video accompanies the interview with Japanese ceramic expert Robert Yellin of Kyoto, Japan.

In 1979 Toshio Hara opened the first museum in Japan to concentrate on post WWII art. The Hara Museum of Contemporary Art in Tokyo's Shinagawa district showcases the latest developments in art, design, architecture, music and dance. The museum building is the Hara family's former residence and its Bauhaus-inspired design by Jin Watanabe (1938) is a fine example of early Showa modernist architecture.

For contemporary art and architecture connoisseurs there is nothing more magical than Benesse Art Site Naoshima. I have been making the pilgrimage since its inception and it is truly a sacred place of discovery with inspiration at every corner. Where else in the world can you wake up in the middle of the night in a museum gallery and enjoy Warhol and Twombly in your pajamas?

Benesse Art Site Naoshima