【すどう美術館】館長のひとりごと その18「ハーブ&ドロシー」

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今回は、すどう美術館 須藤一郎館長の「館長のひとりごと」その18を掲載します。











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[ Gallery SUDOH director’s monologue ] Part18 “Herb & Dorothy”

I suggest that by getting to know the artists and artworks, you will feel familiar with contemporary art and find your favorite works.

I hope to convey to you the pleasure of decorating your home with contemporary art and incorporating art into your daily life.

This time, with the cooperation of Ichiro Sudo, Director of Gallery SUDOH, I will be posting [ Gallery SUDOH director’s monologue ] .

Herb & Dorothy

In connection with my article in the Culture section of the Nikkei Shimbun on March 1, I was asked by interFM radio in Roppongi, Tokyo, to appear on their program called MUSEION for about 30 minutes on March 3, 2022.

The facilitator, Robert Harris, asked various questions, to which I responded.
The first question was, “About 10 years ago, there was a movie about an elderly American couple, Herb (a former postal worker) and Dorothy (a former librarian), who bought a lot of contemporary art and donated the pieces they could no longer hold to a museum. It became a hot topic in Japan, but it overlaps with what you are doing…” was the question.

I unfortunately have not seen the film, but I believe that my activities with my wife and I are a little different from this couple. So I answered like this.

“We overlap in that we have a collection of contemporary art. We have often been mimicked by this couple in the past. But as we collected paintings, we realized that the role of the paintings was to be seen by as many people as possible, so we opened our home to the public and hung a new painting from our collection every two months for everyone to see.”
Since then, we have been involved in a variety of art activities that we had never even considered.

For example, public exhibitions for young painters, study abroad programs, support for artists through “artist-in-residence” programs, ongoing social activities through art in the areas affected by the Great East Japan Earthquake, and “delivery Gallery” programs in which artists with works from the collection go to rural areas and elementary schools to exhibit and show them to the public.

I take pride in the fact that “Gallery SUDOH” has done what other museums and galleries do not and cannot do.

As for donating works of art to art museums, existing museums in Japan already have large collections of works of art, and due to storage limitations, they will not accept works of art unless they belong to a very well-known artist.

On a related note, although it is a joy to have a work of art in a museum’s collection, as it is both valued and safely stored, it is rarely exhibited and never sees the light of day. This is why I have often spoken ill of art museums as “graveyards of works of art.

So what should I do with the many works in my collection at the end of the day? Idealistic as it may be, I would like to be able to donate the works to companies and individuals who are passionate about art, and continue to exhibit them in various ways, rather than dispersing them to museums. But I am sure that this will happen, and I am working to make it happen.

Ichiro Sudoh

How to keep the work alive

Contemporary artist Michiyoshi Deguchi once told me.
“What an artist has to think about is how to keep the artwork alive.
“Sell one or two works and put them in the hands of others. That way, one of them will survive.”
“If you give your work physical time in circulation, it may become an object of appreciation.”
The appreciated works remain through human endeavor.”


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