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KYOCERA Museum of Art to Feature
Special Exhibition of Ansel Adams Photographs
Public showing to include 63 Gilbert Collection prints on loan from the National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto
October 2, 2008(This document was translated from the Japanese press release.)
Kyocera Corporation (President: Makoto Kawamura) announced today the opening of the 7th Special Exhibition dedicated to legendary photographer Ansel Adams' (1902-1984) images of the American landscape. The exhibition will be held from October 24 through December 3 at the Kyocera Museum of Art — located on the first floor of the Kyocera Global Headquarters in Kyoto City, Japan. The sixty-three original prints on display are part of the Gilbert Collection, currently on loan from the National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto (MOMAK).
The Kyocera Museum of Art was opened in 1998 in order to contribute to the promotion and invigoration of Southern Kyoto by providing a venue to share the Kyocera art collection with the community. The museum has previously held exhibitions featuring Pablo Picasso's copper plate print series 347 and modern Japanese paintings, however this will be the first time to hold a photography exhibition.
|1. Exhibition Title||The Kyocera Museum of Art 7th Special Exhibition
"Ansel Adams: Capturing the Grand Nature of America"
|2. Location||The Kyocera Museum of Art (Kyocera Corporation Global Headquarters, 1st floor) 6 Takeda Tobadono-cho, Fushimi-ku, Kyoto City, Japan 612-8501|
|3. Dates||October 24, 2008 (Fri) through December 3, 2008 (Wed) *closed Sundays|
|4. Hours||10:00 to 17:00 (from 10:30 on October 24)|
|6. Noted Works||“Moonrise, Hernandez, New Mexico”
“Pinnacles, Alabama Hills, Owen's Valley, California”
“Moon and Clouds, Northern California”
“Half Dome, Merced River, Winter, Yosemite Valley” and others (63 total)
|7. Co-Sponsors||Kyoto Prefecture, Kyoto City, Kyoto Prefectural Board of Education, Kyoto City Board of Education, Kyoto Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Kyoto Association of Corporate Executives, Kyoto Shimbun Co., Ltd., Kyoto Broadcasting System Co., Ltd.|
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.
The Gilbert Collection
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.
The Gilbert Collection and Kyocera
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.
Ansel Adams Chronology
|1902||Born 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.|
Works on Display (4 of 63)
“Half Dome, Merced River, Winter, Yosemite Valley”
“Moonrise, Hernandez, New Mexico”
“Pinnacles, Alabama Hills, Owen's Valley, California”
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