Point-Rhythm World: Monet’s microcosm
21 July – 3 September 2017
Pola Museum Annex
Claude Monet’s Waterlily Pond has a particular resonance for many Japanese. They feel something familiar with the painting depicting the pond and the Japanese bridge in Monet’s Giverny garden. Also so with the sense of space created by the surrounding wall paintings of the Orangerie Museum in Paris, for instance.
But what if the famed impressionist’s work is adapted into contemporary art with colourful dots, as never seen before? In this exhibition, Sebastian Masuda, a visual artist and a major proponent of kawaii (cute) culture, reconstructs the world of Monet’s Waterlily Pond as his first solo installation to be held in Japan.
◆ “Point-rhythm” of Monet’s Waterlily Pond
Using the term “point-rhythm” (a coined word of “pointillism” and “rhythm”), Masuda reconstructs the world of Monet’s Waterlily Pond (1899) three-dimensionally. About two tons of colour materials are used to bring graphic “rhythms” of dots, spreading across the exhibition space.
◆ VR extension of Masuda’s world of Monet
With virtual reality technology and transparent liquid crystal displays, Masuda’s visual interpretation of Monet will be extended to where boundaries blur between real and unreal.
2014 Colorful Rebellion -Seventh Nightmare- New York. Photo by GION
Art director / artist (born in 1970)
Known as an ambassador of “kawaii” culture, he is the founder of the 6%Dokidoki shop in Harajuku, art director of Kyary Pamyu Pamyu and producer of Kawaii Monster Café.
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