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The Borrower Arrietty x Yohei TANEDA
Written by KALONSNET Editor   
Published: June 17 2010

Courtesy of Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo (MOT)

Exhibition to showcase the material of the film art by a film art director, Yohei Taneda including the material of new film by STUDIO GHIBLI "The Borrower Arrietty" released in July, 2010.

The official website:
http://www.ntv.co.jp/karigurashi/ (Japanese)

Opened dates: July 17 - October 3, 2010

Last Updated on July 17 2010

Editor's Note by Takeshi HIRATA

Exhibition "The Borrower Arrietty x Yohei TANEDA"
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”The Borrower Arrietty” is an animation movie produced by by STUDIO GHIBLI, based on Mary Norton's fantasy novel. It was written by Hayao Miyazaki and directed by Hiromasa Yonebayashi, which became a blockbuster in Japan in 2011.

This is not an exhibition just introducing the movie or exhibiting 1 million scene paintings of the movie, but has actually reproduced the studio set itself at the space.

"The Borrower Arrietty” is an animated movie produced by Studio GHIBLI, based on Mary Norton's fantasy novel "The Borrowers". The screenwriter and planner is Hayao Miyazaki, the director is Hiroaki Yonebayashi. This movies was released in July, 2010, the box-office was more than 92.5 billion yen, which became the No.1 smash hit of 2010 Japanese Movie in box-office.

The heroin Arietti, a 14 years old midget girl, lives secretly with her parents under the floor of an old house in the suburbs, borrowing human life products like electricity, gas, sugar, etc…There is one rule into the midget world, you should not be seen by humans. If you broke the rules, it means if a human finds you, you will have to move the other place. But Arietti was founded but Sho, a boy who moved to this house for medical treatment, and…

Following the story, this is a fantasy of midget and human. But, “the borrowing life” of the midgets, borrowing human things shows us wisdom and ideas on daily life, that makes feel real and different from a common fantasy. The way that the midgets earn food, live, without using magic. The house and live of Arietty and her family, with a reality on its background showing us a real life, it shows us a lot points of art on this film.

But the exhibition is not just an exhibition of animated film. Yohei Taneda didn’t exhibit millions of background of this film, actually he made it. In this film Yohei Taneda didn’t work on art, but he created a large art set for this exhibition, make feel like the actual movie itself.

Entering the exhibition hall, there is a house where Arrietty’s family lives, invite us into the film’s world. The art staff, who worked specially for this exhibition, recreated the movie world on each small prop. For example, the cockroach’s moving in the ceiling surprise us. The living room and kitchen’s furniture, the tableware makes us the real life. It almost like amusement parks, with tricks, excites the audience.

The second part of the exhibition, there is a display of Yohei Taneda’s work and materials which he worked for. Photo panels, displays of "Swallowtail" (1996), "Fuyajo(Great White Way)" (1998), "Kill Bill vol.1" (2002), "Hula Girls" (2007), "Akunin(The Villain)" (2009), in which he worked on film art showing us how he created these movies world.

 Finally, there is display of storyboards, "The Borrower Arrietty " ,written down by Hayao Miyazaki. It expands the world of Arrietty again. The early planning and setting of the characters and this movie’s world, will be interesting to fans.

Throughout, not only movie fans, but also it will be helpful for sculptures, three-dimensional and architectural artists. For painters, illustrators and people who like pictures can enjoy with the storyboards and pictures. In film’s exhibition, is common with posters and still photos, but this dynamic display is a rare opportunity that you can enjoy.

Film Art, which will live in the film, disappears after the production. Exhibitions too, when a session finishes, the exhibition’s works go back to the original place. In the other words, art exhibitions and sets are “borrowers”. However, unlike the rule of the Arrietty’s world, movies and exhibitions are to be seen by humans. Let’s see the movie’s backstage, feeling like a midget, until the exhibition work moves to another place.

(Translated by skjurac)

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