At the Fukui City Art Museum (Fukui City, Fukui Prefecture), “Edward Gorey’s elegant secret exhibition” is currently being held.
Gorey’s first retrospective in Japan. Approximately 350 items including monochrome line drawings, drafts, books handling the bindings etc are displayed.
The second floor exhibition room is divided into three corners, chapter 1 = “Gorey’s world by Gorey”, Chapter 2 = “British poetry and Gorey’s illustration”, Chapter 3 = “Gorey’s versatile creation and stage art It consists of. The goods selling corner is also set up at the entrance on the first floor.
In the first half of the route, “Primary Books” handled by Gorey is exhibited. Primary Books is a book that combines sentences based on rhyming and coined words with precise illustrations. Japanese translation book on “The Doubtful Guest”, “The Gashlycrumb Tinies: or After the Outing”, original paintings and drafts of untranslated translation etc are displayed.
A curator YAMADA Yasuhiro says, “Gorey is taking a production method of adding an illustration after assembling the sentence, and also texts of the picture book are handwritten with lettering.”
In the latter half of the course, the posters of the US TV series “Mystery!” And the costume design drawings of Gilbert & Sullivan’s opera “Mikado” are displayed.
YAMADA says, “Gorey is handling a lot of commercial arts with pop colors, feel the multifacetedness of Gorey that is regarded as an eccentric picture book writer.”
Related events will be held. Reading in two languages Japanese and English, “Elegant Tea Gallery in the Afternoon” (from 3 pm on March 3) “Edward Gorey’s picture book meeting” (from 4 am on March 4), a commentary on From March 2nd and 17th at 2 pm), Open Atelier “Children’s Art Museum” (from 10 am on March 21). Request for “Children’s Art Museum”.
The opening hours are 9:00 am – 5:15 pm (admission is until 4:45 pm). Admission fee is general = 800 yen, high school student / university student = 500 yen, elementary school student / middle school student = 200 yen. Closed on Monday, March 22nd. Until March 25th.
(The article was published by Fukui Keizai Shimbun.)