A Local Perspective on Life in Tsukuba, Ibaraki, Japan.

Works By Nobuaki Yamanaka Turn the Tsukuba Art Museum into an Inner-Sanctum of Blue (thru Dec. 6th)


One of the works by Nobuaki Yamanaka (山中宣明) featured in his REVERBERATION exhibition, at the Tsukuba Art Museum thru December 6th 2020

By Avi Landau

Stepping into the first main section of an exhibition called REVERBERATION (after having registered my telephone number and had my temperature checked by the receptionist) I looked around and soon found myself transported far back in time – and just as far in space, to my early childhood back in New York, when I would lay in bed at night, snuggled up in the dark with my eyes closed, and enjoy the floating colors I saw glowing on the inside of my eye-lids – deep blues and yellows in ever shifting fractals… until I drifted off into sleep.

I hadn`t seen those particular colors and shapes in decades (though I often think back on them), but there they were again, lining the walls of the Tsukuba Art Museum. And all alone, I wandered through the exhibition, warmed and comforted by memories, a sense of nostalgia, and the impact of colors which I realized were (for some reason) so deeply important to me – deep blues, vibrant yellows…

Reverberation – an exhibition by Nobuaki Yamanaka. More than enjoying each individual painting, I felt the entire museum space had been turned into single, powerful work.

And while the individual works were beautiful (like Rorschach tests in which each person perceives his/her own images) and some of them very powerful and and alive with energy, I realized that more than enjoying the effect of each separate painting, it  was the impact of the rooms themselves – on a whole – that was most profoundly felt. Yamanaka had turned the galleries, in their entireties, into a warm and comforting sanctuary, a temple of the color… most specifically BLUE… in its many shades.

If like me, you feel a connection to that color, try to catch this show.

To be continued…..

Another view of the exhibition… Ahh, would I like to have a room like this in my house….

Some more works, the one on the left, in particular, gives off a tangible energy when viewed in person.

The artist posing in front of a single work made up of several individual pieces – copies of classical masterpieces he had made as a student, and some of his recent “blue” work, connecting the different ways he has found to express himself over the years.

The same work without the artist

Place: The Tsukuba Museum of Art Ibaraki

Admission is FREE

Thru December 6, 2020


See some of my other art reviews:

Aigasa Masayoshi

Roppongi Crossing Exhibition

Emily Kame Kngwarreyey

Kayama Matazo

Kawase Hasui


Roads of Arabia

Thomas Mayers

Masterpieces from Boston

Dokuritsu Sho Calligraphy

Helen Schjerfbeck

Leonard Fujita


Treasures of Okinoshima

Tsukuba Media Art Festival

Christian Artifacts

Andrew Wyeth


Yokoyama Taikan

Challenge Art Festival

Choju Giga