Mori arts centre gallery
Stradivariuses are said to have complete forms to create supreme sounds. We have organized a large-scaled exhibition where violins themselves, the genealogy of their birth, circumstances of their production, records of owners and scientific experiments to resolve their secret are shown. We call the beautiful and mysterious phenomenon that Stradivarius’ sounds give humans ‘f’enomenon, and analyze it from four points of view.
- i FoundationThe birth of a legend
- Where did it all begin? Who first created these masterpieces? What was society like at the time? With the cooperation of the Museo del Violino in Cremona, Italy, we will take a close look at how Stradivarius violins were born, and how they evolved and came to influence violin design even today.
In a journey across 300 years of musical history, we will showcase the heritage of the living instruments that bear the Stradivarius name.
- ii FormThe shape of perfection
- Many have described the form of Stradivarius violins as perfect. Where and how did Antonio Stradivari hone his skills to achieve this perfection? What tools did he use? With exhibits from the Museo del Violino and live demonstrations by master violin makers, we will offer a look into the world of a Cremona luthier's workshop right herein Tokyo.
- iii FormulaA timeless formula
- It has been three centuries since Antonio Stradivari developed the formula that continues to define the pinnacle of violinmaking art. What is the secret of these instruments' miraculous sound? Isi t pure craftsmanship, or some magical interaction of wood and varnish? At the exhibition, we will call on classical musicians and modern technologists to help us unravel the mysteries of the Stradivarius sound, and the unique way it resonates in our hearts.
- iv FutureThe unfolding future
- Stradivarius violins are "living instruments," passed from hand to hand across the generations. Prized by violinists above all others, each has a unique name reflecting the story its origin and heritage. With 20 of the most remarkable violins the world has ever seen on display at this exhibition, we will look not only at the past, but also forward to the future—where the living legacy of these living instruments will continue to unfold.
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