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KITAMURA Kiyohiko Professor

Philosophy and Cultural Sciences / Theory and History of Arts
Specialized Field
Aesthetics/history of art
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Lab. Letters: Messages from the Laboratory

Relish the attraction of learning aesthetics and the science of art at the university.

↑The Sydney Opera House: “I’d like to sing here just once, someday.”

What you regard as beautiful depends on your sensibilities, and I’m afraid there are no shortcuts to cultivating one’s sensibilities. See and feel as many authentic artworks as possible. Encountering various works that differ in era, location and genre – ranging from painting, music, architecture, literature, plays and movies to fashion and sports – will surely help you to discover the unknown world and to express yourself in a different manner. Art is not a physical substance, but an interplay between works. What is beauty? What is art? What are works? With these questions in mind, hone your intellect with beauty and art, flex your imagination and whet your sensibilities. Admittedly, these challenges may not be easy, but if surmounted, they’re sure to provide irreplaceable pleasures.

  • A male choir of 300 members sings Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9. Look for Prof. Kitamura! (Suntory Hall in Tokyo)
  • A lesson given in collaboration with the Hokkaido Museum of Modern Art Students explain artworks to visitors.

Field work at art museums: Venture into society with a sense of fulfillment gained from dedicating yourself fully to your assignment.

As many students wish to become curators, my classes have included field work in which students were able to look closely at the performance of working curators in collaboration with local art museums. Nothing is more important for those who study aesthetics and the science of art than to venture out into the field to directly experience what’s required of a curator.

 At job interviews, the interviewer will often ask your major. When you choose a theme from a wide variety of topics in art and intend to clarify it, the theme is sure to go beyond the scope of art into various issues that face the world: politics, economics, religion, race and gender. To put it another way, thinking about art is synonymous with thinking about the world. Therefore, I’m convinced that the merits and achievements obtained after one has dedicated oneself to the theme one sets will serve as a driving force for enhancing your confidence even after graduation.

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