A day with Nolico is always a day of discoveries and excitement. We were to go see the Ryuichi Sakamoto exhibition together, but she suggested we went to another one first about the Raku family at the
. The Raku family have been creating
ceramic wares for more than six centuries, cups for tea ceremonies that were
ordered by samurais and noblemen. Looking at each cup was to listen to a long
saga, and all the cups wanted to be heard! I was overwhelmed. The pieces created
by recent members of the family were more dated, when those done five or six
centuries are so modern and timeless. National Museum
We sat down in the room with a view on the fourth floor, contemplating the
in front of us. Precious moment. Imperial Palace
The Sakamoto exhibition was held at the
, one of my favourite museums in Watari Museum . An abandoned small building with a
fresco painted by Keith Harring, waiting to be restored is setting the tone.
The exhibition consisted in three parts: a video installation based one filmed
natures mortes of Sakamoto’s house and garden. As the image slowly become
abstract digital paintings, we could hear some of the tracks from his new
album. Also music that verges more toward the abstract, giving us a hint of
what inhabits his mind: quietness and rebirth after the cancer he had been
fighting a couple of years ago. At the entrance books, handwritten scores and
photos that inspired him were in display. I was pleasantly surprised to find
out that his music handwriting was quite similar to mine! Tokyo
On the second floor we were invited to step in a dark room with small screens on the walls, each of them showing one of those natures mortes that were used for the video installation. In the basement, four turntables were at the disposal of those who wanted to listen to the album. To keep things still personal, Sakamoto used test pressing of the album. The basement was also the museum shop, with many of Sakamoto’s albums, DVD and books available. Fortunately, I had been browsing many second hand shops and found more than my bargain of Sakamotoralias.
This journey into Sakamoto’s world was soothing for me. It gave me confidence again. New ideas for the film score started to burgeon in the back of my mind.
I felt happy that this man, this hero of mine came out victorious in his battle against cancer. His creativity seems to have completed its full cycle and now begins a new birth. Sickness allows us to let go of the unnecessary, keep the essential and make room for something new.