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Tokyo Stories explores four centuries of stunning and unique artworks


Tokyo Stories explores four centuries of stunning and unique artworks

From the team behind the blockbuster documentary ‘Vermeer: The Greatest Exhibition’ comes a thrilling encounter with one of the world’s most vibrant and innovative capitals, Exhibition on Screen’s stunning new film, TOKYO STORIES, celebrates the art of one of the world’s most creative, dynamic and fascinating cities.  

Coming to cinemas across the UK from 23rd May, Tokyo Stories explores four centuries of stunning and unique artworks from artists immersed in a city that is constantly reinventing itself; from the delicate woodblock prints of Hokusai and Hiroshige to Pop Art posters, contemporary photography, Manga, film, and brand-new artworks that have been created on the streets. TOKYO STORIES takes audiences on a mesmerising tour of the Japanese capital via the art it has generated over the last 400 years. This fast-paced, dynamic new film gives you a fascinating insight into how Tokyo has become a cultural hotspot and one of the most extraordinary cities on the planet.

Directed by David Bickerstaff (Vermeer: The Greatest Exhibition, Van Gogh & Japan), Tokyo Stories tells the stories of the artists and the art that have made Tokyo famous for its boundless innovation.  With so many creative and cultural forces intersecting, the film explores how Tokyo has become a centre of avant-garde art. It features interviews with leading contemporary artists at work today, including renowned photographers Moriyama Daido and Mika Ninagawa, Pop Artist Keiichi Tanaami, visual artist Enrico Isamu Oyama, installation artist Yuko Mohri and the experimental Chim-Pom collective.

Although largely filmed in Tokyo, the film also focusses on the hugely successful TOKYO exhibition which took place at the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford in 2021. This stunning show featured new commissions by contemporary artists, loans from leading Japanese galleries and museums, as well as treasures from the Ashmolean’s own extensive collections.  It brought a younger, more diverse audience to the museum and will do the same for the global audience of art documentaries. Interviews with exhibition curators and experts Clare Pollard and Lena Fritsch, as well as Ashmolean Director, Alexander Sturgis, also feature in the film.

Exhibition on Screen releases Tokyo Stories to over 200 cinemas across the UK & Eire from May 23rd.

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