The University of Tokyo Mobilemuseum / Chamber of Curiosities: Manneristic Natural History photographed by Yoshihiko Ueda

National Taiwan University of Arts

This exhibition showed the scientific specimen collection held by the University Museum, the University of Tokyo (UMUT), as photographed by Yoshihiko Ueda, Japan’s top commercial photographer. It is an edited version for the Mobilemuseum of the eponymous exhibition held at the UMUT from the winter 2006 to the spring 2007. The value and charm of old objects, the mystery and marvel of natural forms, the preciousness and fragility of living things were expressed in these detailed photographic images. This mannerist approach to natural history, frontally grasping the University of Tokyo’s venerable specimens, is unique result of a collaborative approach between photographic art and science.

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