Akira Kurosawa


Akira Kurosawa

The exhibition Akira Kurosawa: Drawings, offered visitors the opportunity to discover a different talent while introducing Kurosawa’s dream films through his drawings. Kurosawa inspired by both Japanese and Western cultures, particularly by the great masters of European art such as Van Gogh, Cézanne and Chagall, creates a bridge between the Far East and the West taking us on an enchanting journey into a world of breathtakingly unique images. The storyboards of the films Ran, Kagemusha, Yume, Madadayo and Umi Wa Miteita exemplify the preparatory stages and illustrate frame by frame, scene by scene the films, revealing the artistic value of Kurosawa’s drawings and emphasizing his expressionism. The comprehebsive catalogue prepared in parallel with the exhibition is the right source for those who want to go deep into the art world of the world renowned director.

Date of Publication: 2009
Number of pages: 117
ISBN: 978-975-9123-57-4


6 Foreword
Suna, İnan & İpek Kıraç

8 Akira Kurosawa’s Paintings
Charles Villeneuve de Janti
Curator, Modern Graphic Arts

12 Akira Kurosawa The Emperor
Aldo Tassone

22 Filmography

26 Kagemusha

52 Ran

82 Yume

101 Madadayo

108 Umi Wa Miteita

Akira Kurosawa

The exhibition of 87 extraordinary works by one of the most important masters of world cinema, Akira Kurosawa, presented a different aspect of the director’s talent; while introducing his envisioned films, the exhibition explored Kurosawa’s imagination through his drawings.

Akira Kurosawa