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Sebastian Masuda exhibition “Point-Rhythm World”


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  • Point-Rhythm World: Monet’s microcosm

    21 July – 3 September 2017
    Pola Museum Annex

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    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.

    Sebastian Masuda exhibition “Point-Rhythm World” (amuzen article)
    Exhibition image

    ◆ “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.

    Sebastian Masuda exhibition “Point-Rhythm World” (amuzen article)
    Exhibit image

    ◆ 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.

    Sebastian Masuda exhibition “Point-Rhythm World” (amuzen article)
    2014 Colorful Rebellion -Seventh Nightmare- New York. Photo by GION

    Sebastian Masuda

    Sebastian Masuda exhibition “Point-Rhythm World” (amuzen article)
    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.

* The above is the information known at the time of publication and subject to change without prior notice.

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