A peek into Tetsuya Noda’s ‘Diary’

Ayala Museum, through a grant awarded by the Japan Foundation, will present a special exhibition featuring works by the artist Tetsuya Noda, regarded one of Japan's leading contemporary printmaker, from July 26 to Aug. 28 at the Exhibition Hall at the third floor.

Entitled "The Diary of Tetsuya Noda: Steven Co Collection," the show will feature works from Noda's Diary Series, a visual account of the artist's personal life. The artist is renowned for using a combination of techniques from Japanese woodblock printing (ukiyo-e), photography and silkscreen printing, which won the Grand Prize in the Tokyo International Print Biennale in 1968. Noda began Diary in the 1960s, and the series continues to be his signature artistic and autobiographical project.

Tetsuya Noda is scheduled to hold an artist talk at the Ayala Museum on July 26 at 3 p.m.

Noda's subjects include intimate, casual portraits of his family, commonplace objects and scenes from daily life. His process and artistic decisions marry traditional and modern technologies, Japanese and Western techniques, and universal themes and personal points of view. His Diary "entries" "are quiet and understated accounts of memories revisited, reassessed and repeatedly asserted through this labor-intensive process," describes Steven Co, whose private collection of Tetsuya Noda prints are on loan for the exhibition.

The Diary series and Noda's other works have been featured in solo exhibitions in museums in Japan and abroad such as the Asian Art Museum (San Francisco, 2004), Tokyo University of the Arts-University Museum (Tokyo, 2007), and British Museum (London, 2014) to name a few.

Noda's work was featured in exhibitions on Japanese contemporary printmaking in institutions such as the Museum of Modern Art in New York; Cincinnati Art Museum; The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo; and The British Museum in London.

In 2015, Noda was awarded the Order of Sacred Treasure, Gold Rays with Neck Ribbon, one of the highest distinctions conferred on individuals by the Japanese government.

The exhibition is made possible through a grant from the Exhibitions Abroad Support Program awarded by the Japan Foundation. It will also be launched in time for the Philippine-Japan Friendship Month in July. "The Diary of Tetsuya Noda: Steven Co Collection" will be the first time the artist's works are publicly exhibited in the Philippines.

"The Diary of Tetsuya Noda: Steven Co Collection" is under the exhibition program called Collectors Series. Through Collectors Series, Ayala Museum is able to showcase several works, which have not been publicly displayed. Private collections are personal narratives of the fascination, passion and persistence shown by individuals towards a particular artist. Their personal holdings embody certain aspects in the development and evolution in the artist's practice, and expand the discussion and understanding of modern and contemporary art here and abroad.

Source: Tribune

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