When the curious feline first appeared at the museum two years ago in the summer of 2016, the only thing it brought was good publicity.
— むくすけ (@mukusuke) June 26, 2016
It was only days after the museum’s opening of Cats — Mitsuaki Iwago Photography Exhibition that the building’s security guard had a charming standoff with a black cat named Ken-chan, who belongs to the owners of a nearby restaurant. The standoff was caught on camera and promptly posted to social media. A serendipitous and lighthearted exchange, the cat’s arrival proved just how eager the aristocat was to sample some high culture.
But then the cat came back the very next day. And the day after, too.
— 尾道市立美術館 (@bijutsu1) November 9, 2018
“I’m guessing that Ken-chan spotted some of the exhibits through the glass, and since the photos included those of black cats, he must have thought he had found a new friend,” the museum’s curator, Shinji Umebayashi, told The Guardian. “And then he just kept coming back.”
Word of mouth must travel fast through Japan’s cat community. Eventually, Ken-chan started turning up with a ginger cat, which museum staff affectionately named Go-chan.
Last month, the museum posted a video on its Twitter feed showing Ken-chan attempt some trickery to pass the security guard. He waits for the automatic doors to begin closing before attempting to dart through, but the guard catches the king of the forest just in time.
— 尾道市立美術館 (@bijutsu1) September 30, 2018
Such exchanges have gone viral. The museum, which now has over 46,000 Twitter followers, has also launched a range of souvenirs featuring the two cats as unofficial mascots. Online, the two cats and security guard have even inspired fan art.
— 木村 瞳 (@atelierkido) November 11, 2018
Umebayashi tells The Guardian that the cats are still seen on the museum’s premises most days. “The museum is in a park so there’s no traffic to worry about,” he said. “They treat the park like it’s their own garden.” And despite both being male, the two cats are sweet to each other.
— 尾道市立美術館 (@bijutsu1) November 14, 2018
— 尾道市立美術館 (@bijutsu1) November 11, 2018
As New York braces for a powerful storm, local artists can share their designs for ice sculptures to be constructed and displayed in the island’s new Winter Village.
Join Hyperallergic for an online conversation with cultural organizer and curator La Tanya S. Autry on February 1 at 7pm (EST).
A new exhibition at the National Arts Club in NYC spotlights work from the 1950s and ’60s by the late Abstract Expressionist painter Libbie Mark. Admission is free.
This week, the Tonga eruption as captured from space, Boston gets a big gift of Dutch and Flemish painting, 30 years of New Queer Cinema, an important Marcel Breuer house is demolished, and much more.
Being bowled over by an unknown artist’s first one-person show does not happen often but when it does, it renews your faith that the art world is not just about buzz and hype.
At this free online summit, hear from architects Tadao Ando and Lesley Lokko; artist Himali Singh Soin; author Amitav Ghosh; design studio Formafantasma; and more.
Surrealist images of a Rice Krispies box or Yukon Gold potato explore how data is transformed into the visual language called art.
What is wonderful about the online photography exhibition What Have We Stopped Hiding? is that one is given entrée to the internal monologue of the artists featured in the show.
This immersive video installation utilizes waterscape scenes to speak about concepts such as existence, intimacy, healing, and aquatic ecology.
Self-taught artists were invited to exhibit, and sell, their fuzzy stacks of pancakes and tasseled tapestries.
Our culture seems obsessed with the artist/model relationship, portrayed in countless movies and narratives as a relationship that is lustful and scandalous.
Creator Art Spiegelman said he was “baffled” by the decision and called the school board’s behavior “Orwellian.”