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Visit the Ayala Museum for free tomorrow and see how a Japanese artist documents his everyday life


In this era of social networking, it isn’t unusual for our friends to frequently post photos of the mundane happenings of our lives—a laughing baby, a just-read book, our lunch, a selfie—on Facebook, Instagram, or Snapchat. But for renowned contemporary Japanese artist Tetsuya Noda, documenting the ordinary details of his daily life is something he has done for almost 50 years.

The recently launched show at Ayala Museum entitled “The Diary of Tetsuya Noda: Steven Co Collection” features works from Noda’s Diary series, which is a visual diary of the ordinary (and extraordinary) events of his daily life. The artist employs a combination of modern and traditional techniques in making his prints, including photography, silkscreen printing, and ukiyo-e (Japanese woodblock printing) to create these works.

In photo: Dec 2nd 68.

Noda’s prints give us glimpses of his daily life. The prints depicting his family members are casual and very intimate—there are many portraits of his two children going through various stages of their lives, from toddlerhood to adolescence. His still-life prints of mundane objects such as an entwined pair of gourds or an ashtray stuffed with cigarette butts achieve a quiet, sculptural beauty. Because of this, Noda’s Diary becomes a shared experience with the viewer.

In photo: March 19th 91.

In photo: May 11th 70.

“The Diary of Tetsuya Noda” will be on exhibit at the Ayala Museum until August 28, 2016. Admission is free at the Ayala Museum this Saturday, July 30, 2016 as part of its “Inspire Every Day” campaign. Drop by for various events at the museum from 9am to 6pm, and see the other shows on view such as “Sanso: Setting the Stage.”

In photo: October 25th 73.

All photos courtesy of Ayala Museum.

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