One of the many happy memories of the recent Japan trip was an unplanned visit to Tokyo’s Mori Art Museum.
On our way to lunch at Roppongi Jiro Sushi I saw a poster of the current exhibition by N.S Harsha called Charming Journey. I have never heard about the painter before, but that means nothing since I know absolutely zilch about art. I chalk it up to my simplistic brain, which is only attracted to bright colors and glittery stuff.
The poster was indeed colorful and no matter what, I needed to see the exhibition! So we went back after lunch and loved every single second spent there.
His arts spoke to me in such a way that not many others could. I truly experienced the Stendhal syndrome. The paintings were a gorgeous representation of daily living. More specifically Indian living, which I could easily relate to. These were some of my favorites from the Charming Journey exhibition at the Mori Art Museum:
We Come, We Eat, We Sleep
Here he was inspired by daily human actions in parallel with each other. “We Eat” (the blue one in the middle) was the first part he painted and it took him two years to finish it.
Thali meal contains rice and several flavorful dishes served in a banana leaf. Typically taken while sitting in rows on the floor, usually together with the whole family or extended community. It’s an integrated sight of being a South Indian. I, myself, have sat in the row and eaten plenty of meals served on the banana leaf, usually in the temple or after a wedding ceremony. Still, seeing the plastic food artsily arranged in the Mori Art museum in Japan made me squeal with excitement.
Learn good things my son — What are good things mama
Surely there must be a deeper meaning into this mother and son paintings, for me though, it’s like looking at my own life story. It reminded me of my mom seeing me off everytime I go out, even until today; of her concern words and her caring hand waves. These series might be my absolute favorite of his arts.
Punarapi Jananam, Punarapi Maranam (Again Birth, Again Death)
The ones that appealed to my woo-woo side.
A few more..
It’s titled “Mass Marriage”. Pretty self-explanatory.
The last piece was Fafa’s favorite. It’s called “Future“. It’s the imagination of more than hundred elementary children of their future lives, painted on adult sized shirts by themselves. What’s not to love?
I wish my dad could have seen this exhibition. He would love it so very much! For now, I got him the book which featured his work of arts, exclusively sold at the Mori Art Museum. I wish to display one of his paintings in my home, whichever one with repeated patterns, to company my Mario Brothers in Kyoto Station by Lucas Stobie. I wish I got N.S. Harsha email address so I can thank him personally for creating such beautiful arts. Lastly and more urgently, I wish you to go and see it at the Mori Art Museum before they take it down.