Recently, I have introduced some museums to go to during the fall season. My fellow readers, we have more exciting exhibitions in the winter season! After reading this article, you'll feel my excitement because all four museum exhibitions addressed here are so worth going to.
- HIDEAKI ANNO EXHIBITION・10/1 - 12/19
Do you know the "Evangelion" series? If you do, you'll know that this is an exhibition about the director himself. If you don't, this is your sign to watch it. It isn't just a typical anime––the ideas regarding the graphics, stories, and the characters, are all so deep and analyzable in different ways. After watching it, I bet you would like to visit this exhibition by wanting to know what is going on inside Anno Hideaki's head. What is portrayed in the exhibition is clear, as it starts out with what influenced him, followed by what he made and what he is going to make. People who are studying or interested in animation or 特撮（Tokusatsu) might well be interested in this exhibition, because it includes a lot of those elements. As an "Evangelion" series fan, I teared up a little when I came to the Evangelion exhibit booth. There were many initial ideas and settings, and 原画（Genga）. You will never regret going to this exhibition!
I believe this exhibition is the easiest to catch the heart of most people. Just look at the art he is creating! How come the goldfish he paints look so real? What kind of method does he use? There is one way to find out...go to his exhibition! Not only are his goldfishes realistic and beautiful, but there are also laughable ones, such as goldfishes swimming in a desk drawer. If you google his name, you will see many other unique places where the goldfishes are swimming. I have known Fukahori Ryusuke's artwork for a while now but never had the chance to really see it with my own eyes. People say his paintings look real not only when looking from a certain angle but also from all directions. I am willing to enjoy seeing how the artwork looks different from various angles! This also seems an exhibition that will be fun taking your friends, partners, and families with you, so don't miss it!
There will be an exhibition about the famous Pompeii beginning of next year. Since there are about two months until it begins, there is only small information about the exhibition at this time, but enough for us to get eager to go. Just think of it, 150 exhibits from the Naples National Archaeological Museum are coming to Japan, just for us to see! These pieces of evidence from Pompeii will speak on us, how the lives were back then. Since the exhibition will be held at the Tokyo National Museum, I assume it will be large with a lot of information. Don't forget to check the website regularly for information updates!
- Johannes Vermeer and the Dutch Masters of the Golden Age from the collection of the Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister, Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden・1/22-4/3
Last on the list but the most important exhibition this year, at least for me, is the exhibition that spotlights Vermeer and the Dutch painters! The highlight of this exhibition is the "Girl Reading a Letter at an Open Window" by Vermeer. From the advance in technology, the researchers could see the deleted cupid painting that was drawn in this painting. They have thought that Vermeer himself had covered it up and made it a plain wall, but recently in 2019, it was revealed that a different person covered it up later after Vermeer's death. So the cupid painting in "Girl Reading a Letter at an Open Window" was restored. This will be the first time the painting will be exhibited out of Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden in Germany, after the restoration. Also, don't forget that artworks done by the most famous Dutch artists will be exhibited, for example, Rembrandt. There is no excuse for not going when you can be one of the first people to see history change!
These are not the only museums that will be held this winter. There will definitely be museums that didn't get caught in my eyes but will be interesting for you. Please search for other exhibitions too, find your perfect match! My recommendation to use as a resource to find other museums, which I have written in my other article, is the IM website.