On Kawara: One Million Years at Asia House

Volunteers participating in a live reading of On Kawara's "One Million Years" at the Guggenheim (Photo: David Heald © Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York)

Volunteers participating in a live reading of On Kawara’s “One Million Years” at the Guggenheim (Photo: David Heald © Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York)

I generally try to cover topics which have a strong visual aspect on this blog. Art exhibitions, flowers, food and the like. Stuff I can take photos of. So the presentation of On Kawara’s epic work One Million Years at Asia House leaves me in a bit of a quandary; how do you visually represent an audio presentation? Continue reading

The dancing hens of Ito Jakuchu at Asia House

Ito Jakuchu

There’s a fabulous exhibition on at Asia House this week and I really think you should find the time to go and see it soon as it’s only on for five days, ending this Saturday. It’s a show of works by Ito Jakuchu who was born in Kyoto nearly three hundred years ago. Jakuchu specialised in paintings of domestic animals, particularly chickens, and there are plenty of them on show at Asia House, painted with a flair and simplicity of line that is breathtaking. Continue reading

Japanese Calligraphy with Passion

Tairiku Teshima CalligraphyIf you want to see the exhibition of Tairiku Teshima’s calligraphy at the Asia House gallery, you’d better get a move on – it’s only on for four days (why so short?) and one of them has already gone. It would be a pity to miss it – we don’t see much Japanese calligraphy in London and this is a lovely exhibition – well laid out and lit, with helpful ladies just waiting to answer any questions you might have. Continue reading