Ansel Adams Photography Exhibition

The Kyocera Museum of Art 7th Special Exhibition
[Ansel Adams: Capturing the Grand Nature of America] On Loan From the National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto - Gilbert Collection

Exhibition Details
Dates: October 24, 2008 (Fri) through December 3, 2008 (Wed)
Museum Open: Monday through Saturday, closed Sundays (open holidays)
Hours: 10:00 to 17:00
(from 10:30 on October 24)
Admission: FREE
Address: The Kyocera Museum of Art
6 Takeda Tobadono-cho, Fushimi-ku, Kyoto, Japan
1. Takeda station (Kintetsu Line / Kyoto Subway Karasuma Line) exit the north west exit and take the bus to Pulse Plaza stop (5 min).
2. Kintetsu Line Fushimi station 10 minute walk.
3. Keihan Line Chushojima station take the bus to Pulse Plaza stop (10 min).

The Ansel Adams Exhibition
With the cooperation of the National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto (MOMAK) the Kyocera Museum of Art will hold an exhibition dedicated to legendary photographer Ansel Adams’ (1902-1984) images of the American landscape.

A legend of modern photography, and one of the leading American photographers of the 20th Century, Ansel Adams is best known for his black-and-white images of Yosemite Valley and the California landscape. At the age of 14, Ansel Adams was so transfixed by his first visit to Yosemite Valley that he devoted his lifetime to traveling the United States photographing majestic scenes of national parks and the American landscape. In contrast to an ordinary picture, his photographs are born of the pursuit of photographic expression. Along with an extremely high quality of printing, Ansel Adams combined originality and composition in his photographs, which is why his work is still so highly respected to this day.

Come to see the drama and majesty of nature, experience the eloquence of a masterful black-and-white photograph, understand how photography is more than just a visual copy of an image, rather a work of art portraying the inner expression of the subject.
Moon and Clouds, Northern California(1959)
Moon and Clouds, Northern California(1959)

The Gilbert Collection and Kyocera
The Gilbert Collection was amassed over a period of 20 years by the American couple, Mr. and Mrs. Arnold Gilbert of Chicago, who were both avid photographers. Comprised of 1,050 works from 130 photographers dating back to the end of the 19th Century, one can track the history of modern photography through this comprehensive collection. The Gilbert Collection contains works from some of the most prominent names in photography from the 1930s, 40s and 50s, including Ansel Adams and Edward Weston. As photographers, the Gilberts and their close friends personally oversaw the scrupulous selection of original prints of only the highest quality.

In 1986, the Gilbert Collection was purchased and donated to the National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto by Kyocera and its founder and chairman, Kazuo Inamori (currently chairman emeritus).
Presently, the Gilbert Collection forms the core of the museum’s photographic collection. While support for individual exhibitions was a popular form of corporate contribution to the cultural arts at the time, Kyocera believed that the long term vision of endowing a large collection of works to substantiate the museum’s overall collection would be a significant foundation for the growth and development of a culturally rich society. At the time this was a pioneering form of corporate philanthropy that garnered much attention.

As the focal point of the MOMAK photographic collection, the Gilbert Collection substantiates not only the photograph collection, but the overall growth of the museum’s works of modern art, which helps to support the study of the arts throughout the world.

Prints on Display (8 of 63)
Photo:Cedar Trees in Snow, Yosemite National Park, California(1949) Photo:White Branches, Mono Lake(1950) Photo:Pinnacles, Alabama Hills, Owen's Valley, California(1945) Photo:Moonrise, Hernandez, New Mexico(1941)
Cedar Trees in Snow, Yosemite National Park, California (1949)   White Branches, Mono Lake (1950)   Pinnacles, Alabama Hills, Owen's Valley, California (1945)   Moonrise, Hernandez, New Mexico (1941)

Photo:Aspens, Northern New Mexico(1958) Photo:Arches, North Court, Mission San Xavier del Bac, Tucson, Arizona(1968) Photo:Ferns, Yosemite Valley(no date) Photo:Self Portrait(1958)
Aspens, Northern New Mexico (1958)   Arches, North Court, Mission San Xavier del Bac, Tucson, Arizona (1968)   Ferns, Yosemite Valley
(no date)
  Self Portrait (1958)
© Courtesy of the Trustees of the Ansel Adams Publishing Rights Trust. All Rights Reserved.

Ansel Adams Chronology
1902 Born February 20 in San Francisco, California.
1916 Began photographing after first visiting Yosemite Valley with parents.
Along with triggering interest in photography, this experience was the inspiration for joining the Sierra Club environmental protection organization.
1927 First photograph collection, "Parmelian Prints of the High Sierras" published.
1931 First solo show at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington D.C.
1932 Formed the Group f/64 along with Edward Weston and Imogen Cunningham to pursue "pure photography;" to take sharp and expressive images in the same way that the human eye perceives without darkroom manipulation.
1934 Elected as a member of the Board of Directors of the Sierra Club.
1940 Helped to establish the New York Museum of Modern Art's photography department.
Carried out domestic and international workshops.
1941 Developed the zone system technique to control exposure for beautiful photographic clarity.
Began photographing the scenery of America's national parks.
1943 Amid fierce attitudes towards Japanese Americans during WWII, began photo-essay documenting the plight of the Manzanar War Relocation Center internees.
1966 Selected as a fellow to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
1967 Established the Friends of Photography educational organization.
1974 A major retrospective exhibition held at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.
1980 Awarded the Presidential Medal of Honor by US President Carter for pioneering work in environmental protection with the Sierra Club.
1984 Passed away at a hospital in Monterey, California.
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