Koyuki becomes voice guide for art exhibition


Actress Koyuki, 35, is making her debut as a voice guide narrator for the National Museums of Berlin Exhibition which runs from June 13 until Sept 17 at the National Museum of Western Art in Ueno.

The exhibition will show 17th century Dutch artist Jan Vermeer van Delft's Young Lady with a Pearl Necklace in Tokyo for the first time. The exhibition also features a selection of 107 paintings, sculpture and drawings from the National Museums of Berlin collections, including Della Robbia's Madonna and child, Tilman Riemenschneider's depictions of the human form in plain wood, paintings by Rembrandt, Botticelli's sketches on white vellum and Michelangelo's drawings.

Koyuki said being a narrator was entirely new to her. "I've done voice acting but that required a lot of emotion. Narrating made me feel like a teacher. I am looking forward to seeing Vermeer's work."

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These people slowly plodding along with headphones plonked on their heads, waiting to be told how to "look", is one of the many annoyances of going to a museum, here.

Quietly discussing with a friend, the dynamics of a painting is quickly met with "hushers" swooping to limit bleats from the sheep,

Narrating made me feel like a teacher.

Isn't that the point?

Historical facts are fine, but look with your own eyes, see without influence.

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Ironically the previous point shows the influence of an equal and opposite cultural phenomenon, the assumption that individualism is better than collectivism. Aren't we westerners culturally determined to think that way just as much as the Japanese are culturally determined to think the way they do?

It took me quite a few years of living in Japan to stop comparing everything and just accept that things are different and don't need to be hierarchicalised. On the other hand if the Japanese government wants students to learn 'critical thinking' skills as it apparently does, discussion of art might be a good way to start ;)

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For the life of me, I can't figure out the attraction to this woman.

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Will she narrate only the Jpns side? Can I hear her in English? She has a lovely voice from her English roles in movies...anyway, anything with the wistful Koyuki is A-OK. Hope they have her photo up somewhere in the show. Vermeer would have loved to paint her!

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