Katsuhiro Otomo has collaborated with collage artist Kosuke Kawamura (河村康輔) in a digital illustration that reinterprets the classic painting THE TOWER OF BABEL painted by Pieter Brueghel in the year 1568 and exhibited in the Museum BVB, Rotterdam, the Netherlands.
The digital print that measures 90 × 110.5 cm will be shown in the upcoming exhibition Collection of Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen Bruegel's "The Tower of Babel" and the 16th masters - Beyond the Boss (ボイマンス美術館所蔵 ブリューゲル「バベルの塔」展 16世紀ネーデルラントの至宝 ― ボスを超えて ―) that will take place in the Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum (東京都美術館)
from April 18, 2017 to July 2, 2017 and in the National Museum of Art (国立国際美術館)
from July 18 2017 to October 15, 2017.
Otomo, who lists Brueghel as one of his favorite painters, decided to reinterpred the painting focusing on the internal structure of the Tower of Babel. Prior to the production, he visited the Boijmans Museum of Art in Rotterdam and planned the idea after exchanging opinions with the museum curators. The coloring of the work was handled by Kosuke Kawamura, a collage artist who has collaborated with Otomo before. They used a digital collage method to synthesize the hand-drawn sketches by Otomo into the original painting and then paste over 20,000 small parts from all over the tower's painting.
Official website: http://babel2017.jp
Duplicate of the darwing and other goods will be available at the museum store during the exhibition period and online here: https://shop.asahi.com/