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Golden Bird-of-Paradise 2008 Collection of The Artist

Shimada Tadashi: Wild Moments

The World of Beautiful Birds

Jul. 23Sep. 23, 2019

  • Jul. 23Sep. 23, 2019
  • Closed Monday (if Monday is a national holiday or a substitute holiday, it is the next day)
  • Admission:Adults ¥ 700(560)/College Students ¥ 600(480)/High School and Junior High School Students, Over 65 ¥ 500(400). * Prices in parenthesis apply to groups of 20 or more, admission is free for grade school children or younger; junior high school students living or attending schools in the Tokyo metropolitan area, holders of Japan’s disability identification cards (shogaisha techo) together with one caregiver, and holders of the museum’s annual passport together with one accompanying person. Those aged 65 or over are admitted free on the third Wednesday of each month. * Thursdays and Fridays from August 15 (Thu.) to August 30 (Fri.), 17:00–21:00, Summer Night Museum discount applies (students, junior/senior high school students—admittance free, adults/people over 65, group prices) * September 16 (Mon., Respect-for-Senior-Citizens Day holiday) people over 65 admitted free. * Multiple discounts do not apply.

The Tokyo Photographic Art Museum will be holding a solo exhibition by one of today’s leading nature photographers, SHIMADA Tadashi, whose work is highly regarded throughout the world. Shimada Tadashi (1949–) is world-famous for his photographs of wildlife, particularly those of kingfishers. From works that capture the powerful sense of presence and sublime vitality of kingfishers and ruddy kingfishers, to delicate photographs of other birds that live in Japan’s humid climate, his diverse works share the same consciousness and sensibilities that are a feature of the traditional Nihonga-style of painting that promotes ‘learning from nature’, and are highly regarded everywhere. This exhibition will feature an overview of his forty-year career while also introducing the his pictures of the rare wildlife in ‘the world’s oldest rainforest’ of New Guinea, which enthrall people with their mysterious and beautiful appearance.We hope that you will come and witness these ‘miraculous moments’ that are a result of the fusion of Shimada Tadashi’s outstanding aesthetics with the latest technology and which transcend human perception.

I. Home: Musashino and Memories of Birds, 1971-79

II. Landscapes with Birds: Hokkaido, 1980-2017

III. A World of Red and Black, 1981-87
The “Fire Bird”: Ruddy Kingfisher
Night of the Ghosts: Fish Owl

IV. A White World
Frozen Bill: Crested Kingfisher, Hunter in the Dead of Winter, 2009-14
Snow Fairy: The Long-Tailed Tit, 2010-17
Steller’s Sea Eagle: Strife on the Ice, 2010-17

V. A World of Green: Tropical Rain Forests, Woodlands Where the Spirits Dance, 2000-18

Long-Tailed Tit, 2010-17, Collection of the Artist

Japanese Green Pheasant, 1971-79, Collection of the Artist

Common Kingfisher, 1971-79, Collection of the Artist

Oriental Greenfinches, 1980-2017, Collection of Tokyo Photographic Art Museum

Blakiston's Fish Owl, 1981-87, Collection of the Artist

Ribbon-Tailed Astrapia, 2013, Collection of the Artist

□Organized by: Tokyo Metropolitan Foundation for History and Culture / Tokyo Photographic Art Museum / Yomiuri Shimbun / Japan Association of Art Museums
□Supported by: Fujimino City / Fujimino City Board of Education
□Special Support: Canon Marketing Japan
□Cooperation: Lion / Dai Nippon Printing Co., Ltd / Sompo Japan Nipponkoa Insurance / Nippon Television Network Corporation / Tokyo Photographic Art Museum Corporate Membership
□Production Cooperation: NHK Enterprise


Serial Discussion: Talking at Length About the King of the Skies [in Japanese]
Aug. 3 (Sat) 14:00~
Aug. 10 (Sat) 14:00~
Aug. 17 (Sat) 14:00~
August 3 (Sat.) Tori to ikiru [Living With Birds].
ANZAI Hideaki (Chief Researcher, Japan Wild Bird Association) with Shimada Tadashi
August 10 (Sat.) Riku no hasha x sora no ōja [Ruler of Earth vs. King of the Skies].
MIYAZAKI Manabu (photographer) with Shimada Tadashi
August 17 (Sat.) Tori kara manabu [Learning from Birds].
HIGUCHI Hiroyoshi (Honorary Professor of Ornithology, Tokyo University) with Shimada Tadashi
*Admission free / Each event starts at 14:00. Venue: 2nd Floor Gallery Lobby (seating capacity 50)
Special Screening: Darwin Has Come! Wildlife, filmed and directed by Shimada Tadashi [in Japanese]
Aug. 24 (Sat) 14:00~
In cooperation with NHK Enterprise To be followed by a discussion between YOKOSUKA Takahiro (NHK Enterprise Executive Producer) and Shimada Tadashi.
Admission free / Venue: 1st Floor Hall (seating capacity 190)
Nature Talk by the Artist [in Japanese]
Every Sunday during August, from 14:00 to 16:00
Venue: 2nd Floor Gallery Lobby.
The photographer, Shimada Tadashi, will provide simple answers to any questions regarding nature or photography that the audience may have. We look forward to a enthusiastic response. (admission free)
Summer Night Artist Talk [in Japanese]
Aug. 2 (Fri) 18:00~
Aug. 16 (Fri) 18:00~
Gallery Talk by the Curator [in Japanese]
On the 2nd and 4th Fridays of each month from 14:00, the exhibition’s curator will present a gallery talk. Please gather in front of the 2nd floor gallery with a valid ticket (stamped for that day).