Communication: Visualizing the Human Connection in the Age of Vermeer

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Communication: Visualizing the Human Connection in the Age of Vermeer

Reopened in late December after a lengthy renovation, Shibuya's Bunkamura centre is luring the crowds back with a surefire hit: an exhibition of work by Dutch master Johannes Vermeer and his contemporaries. The loftiness of the show's English title contrasts with its more pointed Japanese one, which translates literally as 'A Love Letter from Vermeer' – a reference to the fact that the artist's 'Girl Reading a Letter' is being shown here for the first time. Other stationery-related works also feature, alongside pieces by Pieter de Hooch, Cornelis de Man and others.