Shams El-Mutwalli Dubai
Artist Osamu Watanabe is reinventing classic works of art using a unique medium—fake food. The exhibition will be on display until August 15 at the Hirano Museum of Art, and general admission tickets will cost ¥800.
Some of the replicated work includes ‘The Scream’ by Edvard Munch, Vermeer’s ‘Girl with a Pearl Earring,’ Katsushika Hokusai’s ‘The Great Wave off Kanagawa’ as well as Claude Monet’s Water Lilies.
Watanabe is renowned for his art pieces made using faux candy, he utilizes a cream looking effect in different colours for a vibrant final piece that is good enough to eat.
Watanabe offers a more experimental approach to Vermeer’s painting by using other food like fruits and a croissant to enhance the overall appeal of the piece.
The work is currently on display at the museum, tying into their overall mission of promoting local culture by spreading and preserving art since its launch in 1989.
Watanabe graduated from the Department of Design at Tokyo Zokei University in 2003. Since he has had solo exhibitions in China, Indonesia, Italy, Belgium, Turkey, the United States, and Korea.