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Koji Enokura “Figure”

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Koji Enokura “Figure”
at Taka Ishii Gallery Tokyo
3F Complex665, 6-5-24 Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo 106-0032
Media: Painting
(2017-10-20 - 2017-11-18)

For Koji Enokura, an artist who relentlessly explores how relationships can be built between humans, things, and the space that surrounds them, artworks themselves exist in the gap between the self and external things, embodying a sense of tension. He utilizes various materials to produce his works. With “Figure,” Enokura has created a complete form that is both full of emotion and embodies a sense of tranquility.




Masaya Chiba “What to Do With Memories by Utilizing Things Such as Indirect Lighting in Light Box Style, Yatsuzaki Halo, Feeling of Wanting to Kiss, Family Story, Sagamihara Stone Burger, Forget Medusa, and Element 50m Ahead”

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Masaya Chiba “What to Do With Memories by Utilizing Things Such as Indirect Lighting in Light Box Style, Yatsuzaki Halo, Feeling of Wanting to Kiss, Family Story, Sagamihara Stone Burger, Forget Medusa, and Element 50m Ahead”
at Shugoarts
2F Complex665, 6-5-24 Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo 106-0032
Media: Painting - Drawing - Party
(2017-10-20 - 2017-11-18)

Masaya Chiba has already produced numerous inventive works that deserve high regard as major achievements in early 21st-century painting. The greatness of his work lies in the tension and fearlessness of his faithfully carrying on painting traditions, old and new, Eastern and Western, while at the same time using painting to tackle the existing narratives of contemporary art head-on. Today, when we are well on the road to a world dependent on artificial intelligence, Chiba continues to pursue a unique artistic practice of tremendous significance to present and future generations. This exhibition will present a group of paintings based on new concepts, as well as a selection of drawings from Chibaʼs existing body of work.




Michael Kenna “Abruzzo and Recent Photographs”

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Michael Kenna “Abruzzo and Recent Photographs”
at Gallery Art Unlimited
1-26-4-3F Minamiaoyama, Minato-ku, Tokyo 107-0062
Media: Photography - Party
(2017-10-20 - 2017-11-18)

Original prints of new images from Michael Kenna’s black and white series “Abruzzo” documenting a region in Italy facing the Adriatic Sea, along with images issued last year from “The Rouge” portraying the U.S. industrial belt and “Lace Factory,” another series with social concerns. [Event] Reception & Signings by Michael Kenna Date: Nov. 13 (Mon) 18:30–19:30 Please see the official website for details.




Momoko Mayuyama “Indoor Games”

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Momoko Mayuyama “Indoor Games”
at Hideharu Fukasaku Gallery Roppongi
1F Fukasaku Ophthalmological Clinic Bldg., 7-8-9 Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo 106-0032
Media: Painting
(2017-11-01 - 2017-11-18)

Momoko Mayuyama is a nihonga painter who graduated from a Japanese-style Painting specialism at the Tokyo University of the Arts Graduate School. Her works have attracted attention with their strong design elements and highly-structured compositions. Typically urban landscapes feature as the the main motif in her work, but on occasion the narrative shifts to the interior world within the windows of buildings and houses. This solo exhibition will focus on such indoor scenes. Enjoy the indication of who might have inhabited these compositions, which show empathy for a life marked by emptiness.




Tae Okada Exhibition

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Tae Okada Exhibition
at Savoir Vivre
5-17-1 Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo 106-0032
Media: Ceramics
(2017-11-11 - 2017-11-19)

Tae Okada produces ceramic works that feature classic Japanese patterns of many varieties, as well as imagery inspired by the seasons, and different kinds of plants and animals. There handcrafted decorations are achieved through a technique known as pâte de verre, which is a kilncasting method that involves using a glass paste.




The Joy of the Everyday vol. 2

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The Joy of the Everyday vol. 2
at Roppongi Hills Arena
6-10-1 Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo 106-6108
Media: Graphics - Illustration - Prints - Fashion - Crafts - Ceramics
(2017-11-15 - 2017-11-19)

This event follows on from the hugely popular first volume held earlier this year, running over three days on the last Friday, Saturday and Sunday of March. For this occasion, the space, length of the event, and number of exhibitors has expanded significantly. There will be around 60 stalls set up along the shopping street, all open for the full five-day period. You are sure to discover all kinds of things among the items being sold, including works created specifically for this event, items from Japan and overseas, and old and new objects. As before, there will be a food court offering lunches you’re not likely to find offered anywhere else!




Inuit Carvings from the Prince and Princess Takamado Collection

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Inuit Carvings from the Prince and Princess Takamado Collection
at Embassy of Canada Prince Takamado Gallery
7-3-38 Akasaka, Minato-ku, Tokyo 107-8503
Media: Sculpture
(2017-09-13 - 2017-11-21)

The late Prince Takamado first went to Canada in 1978 to study at Queen’s University in Ontario. He returned a number of times after completing his studies and had a deep fondness for Canada and its people, including its Inuit culture and art. After their marriage, Prince and Princess Takamado visited Canada’s North on two occasions, meeting Inuit sculptors and artists and developing a deeper appreciation for this culture. Recently, so that a wider audience may enjoy and appreciate the beautiful sculptures and art created by Inuit peoples, Her Imperial Highness Princess Takamado has generously donated part of her collection to the Embassy of Canada. Modern Inuit carvings are often made of stone and generally created by hand, even though power tools are available, as this provides the artist with more control in releasing the spirit and image from the stone and brining the sculpture to life. Through this exhibition, viewers will experience these characteristics first hand, glimpsing Canada’s North through the eyes of its Inuit peoples. *Please be advised that you will need to show photo ID when entering the Embassy of Canada. There will also be a security check carried out on bags.




Yukiharu Kumagai Exhibition

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Yukiharu Kumagai Exhibition
at Toukyo
2-25-13 Nishi Azabu, Minato-ku, Tokyo 106-0031
Media: Ceramics
(2017-11-17 - 2017-11-21)




Sopheap Pich “desire line”

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Sopheap Pich “desire line”
at Tomio Koyama Gallery
2F Complex665, 6-5-24 Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo 106-0032
Media: Sculpture - Crafts - Talks
(2017-10-28 - 2017-11-25)

Sopheap Pich creates sculptures with organic and geometric structures, inspired by bodily organs, vegetal forms, or cityscapes. Made with local materials such as bamboo, rattan, wire, and beeswax, his work embraces a sense of lightness, yet fills up the space energetically with its volume and functional structure. Pich’s work has been featured in numerous international museum exhibitions and biennials such as his solo exhibition at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in 2013 and Documenta 13. This year his work has featured in the Venice Biennale, Viva Arte Viva (running until November 26), and “Sunshower: Contemporary Art from Southeast Asia 1980s to Now” at Mori Art Museum. His work is included in major collections including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, Centre Georges Pompidou, M+ (Hong Kong), Singapore Art Museum, and San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. [Related Event] Sopheap Pich Artist Talk Event Date: Nov. 4 (Sat) 16:00-18:00 (doors open 15:30) Venue: 8/court Shibuya Hikarie 8F, 8/ art gallery/ Tomio Koyama Gallery Admission: Free (booking required) *Please see the official website for further details and booking.




Matt Lock + Tai Ogawa “Doom Headz”

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Matt Lock + Tai Ogawa “Doom Headz”
at Calm & Punk Gallery
Asai Bldg. 1F, 1-15-15 Nishi-Azabu, Minato-ku, Tokyo 106-0031
Media: Painting
(2017-11-11 - 2017-11-26)

Having survived 1999 and the millenium unharmed, the devastation of the apocalypse never coming to be, the human race has settled somewhat peacefully into the twenty-first century. Or so we thought until the advent of international terrorism. With this exhibition, the missile alarm finally sounds in Japan. “Doom Headz” brings together the work of American artist Matt Lock and Japanese artist Tai Ogawa, two people who depict catastrophic scenes in a way that appears as if they are predicting our near future.




Taiyo Matsumoto “Original works from “Iru jan (I’m here)”“

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Taiyo Matsumoto “Original works from “Iru jan (I’m here)”“
at Rainy Day Bookstore & Cafe
B1F Switch Publishing, 2-12-28 Nishiazabu, Minato-ku, Tokyo 106-0031
Media: Illustration - Drawing - Party - Talks
(2017-11-03 - 2017-11-26)

Exhibition presenting original artwork drawn for picture book “Iru jan (I’m here”) by manga artist Taiyo Matsumoto and his mother poet Naoko Kudo. After appearing in the magazine Monkey vol.11, this work has now been published as a picture book. It is 16 years since this mother-son duo last collaborated and it is the first picture book Matsumoto has released in three years. A total of 17 works will be exhibited here. [Related Event] Closing Event: Kushi and Dango Music Event Event Date: Nov. 26 (Sun) 17:00- Performers: Naoko Kudo, Toshihiko Shinzawa (singer-songwriter) Admission: ¥1500 *Please see the official website for bookings.




Tank 100

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Tank 100
at Roppongi Hills
Roppongi Hills Mori Tower, 6-10-1 Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo 106-6150
Media: Painting - Installation
(2017-10-28 - 2017-11-26)

Contemporary artist Shingo Katori takes part in this show at a pop-up gallery celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Cartier Tank watch. Katori presents the original works “Needs More Time” and “Hyaku Nen no fuuu.” inspired by the Tank.




Takashi Matsuhashi “Breath”

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Takashi Matsuhashi “Breath”
at Gallery Closet
2-11-10 Nishi-Azabu, Minato-ku, Tokyo 106-0031
Media: Painting
(2017-11-16 - 2017-11-28)




Loewe International Craft Prize

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Loewe International Craft Prize
at 21_21 Design Sight
Tokyo Midtown, 9-7-6 Akasaka, Minato-ku, Tokyo 107-0052
Media: Sculpture - Product - Fashion - Crafts - Ceramics
(2017-11-16 - 2017-11-30)

Gallery 21_21 Design Sight displays works by 26 nominees featured in the first edition of the Loewe Craft Prize. This is the third of three touring exhibitions showcasing the merits of modern craftsmanship. The imagination, diversity, and techniques on display all attest to the crucial role artisans have in the ongoing construction of cultural heritage.




Andreas Slominski “Goood Luck”

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Andreas Slominski “Goood Luck”
at Wako Works of Art
Piramide Bldg 3F, 6-6-9 Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo 106-0032
Media: Sculpture
(2017-11-01 - 2017-12-02)

Eleven new works from 2017 by the German sculpture and performance artist Andreas Slominski (b. 1959), who has created sculptural reliefs of popular European lucky charms such as horseshoes and the Madonna and Child out of with polyurethane.




“Subject⇌Object”

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“Subject⇌Object”
at Axis Gallery
4F Axis Bldg., 5-17-1 Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo 106-0032
Media: Graphics - Sculpture - Product - Party
(2017-11-18 - 2017-12-03)

Presenting new works, including some shown in Japan for the first time, by the design project collective Takt Project.




Elegance and Fantasy: Chinese Painters of the Late Ming and Early Qing Dynasties

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Elegance and Fantasy: Chinese Painters of the Late Ming and Early Qing Dynasties
at Sen-Oku Hakuko Kan
1-5-1 Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo 106-0032
Media: Painting
(2017-11-03 - 2017-12-10)

This exhibition introduces elegant brush and ink landscape paintings in the tradition of the Wu School that was active from the end of the Ming Dynasty (1368–1644) to the early days of the Qing Dynasty (1644–1912), as well as works by unorthodox painters such as Xu Wei, Shitao, and Bada Shanren, who developed the expression of the fantastic. Discover many wonderful paintings by these artists who lived through this period of historic transition.




Sato Haguri “Kokoniyuru”

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Sato Haguri “Kokoniyuru”
at Nanatasu Gallery
3F Ogura Bldg., 2-12-4 Nishiazabu, Minato-ku, Tokyo 106‐0031
Media: Sculpture - Party
(2017-11-11 - 2017-12-10)

Sato Haguri produces wooden carvings where she fosters a sense of lightness, using combinations of tree structures to create sculptural space. A motif that appears within all these works is people. The color palettes and various compositions create a gently whimsical impression. Haguri was awarded the Toshiyuki Inoko Prize at Geisai #20 in 2014 and went on to receive the Tokyo Design Week Asia Awards Art division Semi Grand Prix in 2015, and another prize in the Three-Dimensional Moving Image division at Tokyo Wonder Wall in 2016. Inhale slowly. Hear the sound of the air as it hits the back of your nose. Here is an extremely quiet place, Inhabited by people with a wobbly existence, In their mind and body alike. - Sato Haguri




Miwa Ishiba “I Want to Listen to You”

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Miwa Ishiba “I Want to Listen to You”
at Gallery MoMo Projects
2F 6-2-6 Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo 106-0032
Media: Painting
(2017-11-18 - 2017-12-16)

In her early works Miwa Ishiba painted animals and plants with brush strokes like those used in Japanese painting, but since 2006 she has produced mainly portraits. Her Portrait “Haru” (2009) seems to have predicted the birth of her own child, as it can now be said to look reminiscent of her son, even though he was born after the work was produced. Ishiba’s portraits are mostly of children, depicting controlled feelings with delicate brushwork. With this Exhibition, Ishiba attempts to create her own world in subdued colors and black lines applied with pencils and acrylic paint. Her earthy tone works remind the viewer of old book illustrations, like those by Arthur Rackham and Aubrey Vincent Beardsley. Ishiba produces several sketches for each work and takes time pursuing the world she wishes to express. Her portraits of children in various costumes seem to introduce characters in a story where their facial expressions and eyes are what tell the story.




10th Anniversary of the National Art Center, Tokyo - Tadao Ando: Endeavors

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10th Anniversary of the National Art Center, Tokyo - Tadao Ando: Endeavors
at The National Art Center, Tokyo
7-22-2 Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo 106-8558
Media: Photography - Architecture
(2017-09-27 - 2017-12-18)

Tadao Ando (1941-), who is known for his unconventional résumé as a former professional boxer turned self-taught architect, made a start to his architectural career in 1969 as an “urban guerrilla.” He has since been constantly delivering novel designs that challenge our preconceptions about architecture. He began expanding the sphere of his activities overseas from the 1990s, and he has realized ambitious projects in nations throughout Asia, Europe, and the Americas. He has also been actively engaged in social contribution projects focused on environmental restoration and post-disaster reconstruction. Learn about the life of this extraordinary architect, his creations, and his current ambitions in this exhibition, which sheds light on the great trail of endeavors he has left behind him and on his visions for the future ahead. It will be structured in six sections titled, “Origins/Houses,” “Light,” “Void Spaces,” “Reading the Site,” “Building Upon What Exists, Creating That Which Does Not Exist,” and “Nurturing.” The exhibition spaces featuring more than 200 models, sketches, and drawings have been designed by the architect himself. By traversing these spaces, visitors will be able to retrace the architect’s footprints and gain a renewed appreciation for the richness and infinite potential of the culture of architecture.




Shinkai Makoto “From “Voices of a Distant Star” to “Your Name””

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Shinkai Makoto “From “Voices of a Distant Star” to “Your Name””
at The National Art Center, Tokyo
7-22-2 Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo 106-8558
Media: Illustration - Drawing - Manga - Video and Film - Animation
(2017-11-11 - 2017-12-18)

This exhibition presenting a range of works by Makoto Shinkai, from “Voices of a Distant Star” to “Your Name,” marks the 10th anniversary of The National Art Center, Tokyo. Shinkai debuted commercially with his short film “Voices of a Distant Star” in 2002. Since then, he has spent the last 15 years producing refined “stories of a man and a woman who cross their paths in a beautiful and magnificent world,” receiving widespread attention from audiences across the board. Shinkai’s journey will be introduced here through his production materials, such as storyboards, plannings, drawings, arts, and visual images, as well as other objects that enable visitors to experience his world. This is an opportunity to enjoy an in depth experience of Shinkai’s charming animations. “Voices of a Distant Star” marks his first self-production, while “The place promised in our early days” - which received the Mainichi Film Concours Award - can be considered his first feature length work produced with a professional team. Other key titles include “5 Centimeters Per Second,” which remains popular to this day, the young adult fantasy film “Children Who Chase Lost Voices,” “The Garden of Words,” which tells a story of visual literature in the digital era, and “your name,” which celebrated record-breaking success right after its release last year.




Everyday Holiday Squad “Open/Close City No. 1: Room in Shibuya”

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Everyday Holiday Squad “Open/Close City No. 1: Room in Shibuya”
at Snow Contemporary
404 Hayano Bldg., 2-13-12 Nishiazabu, Minato-ku, Tokyo 106-0031
Media: Installation - Party
(2017-11-17 - 2017-12-22)

Current Shibuya is no longer “a city of youth and freedom,” which it used to be. In this exhibition, Everyday Holiday Squad will present new works about the distorted society that Shibuya exemplifies. Currently undergoing large reconstruction projects in preparation for the Olympics, Shibuya’s Miyashita Park, which was previously open to the public, is now surrounded by a white wall forbidding entry. EHS will showcase a work utilizing the space inside this wall. In another installation, the squad will focus on bicycle parking crackdowns by converting abandoned bicycles into public art. Other works also address the changes happening in Shibuya and Tokyo. EHS believes Shibuya’s current state gives it the potential to be a place where new street culture can be realized. The exhibition will be installed not only inside the gallery, also but on the streets of Shibuya and the Nishi Azabu area where Snow Contemporary is located. Bringing changes directly to the streets, EHS will not show a transformed city to viewers, but allow them to witness the process of how the squad transforms it, taking viewers along as accomplices. Building an accomplice relationship is an act of creating new public zones (said to have collapsed in the 19th century) – It attempts to revoke authority by playing pranks on the emotions and behaviors of the public. EHS makes a game out of building its own squad room, traditionally a place where police officers assemble for roll calls and duty assignments.




Hiroyuki Takenouchi “The Fourth Wall”

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Hiroyuki Takenouchi “The Fourth Wall”
at PGI
3F TKB Bldg., 2-3-4 Higashi-azabu, Minato-ku, Tokyo 106-0044
Media: Photography - Talks
(2017-11-01 - 2017-12-22)

Having unveiled works such as Liberty City (P.G.I.), SEASONS (Foil Gallery), and Crow (P.G.I.), photographer Hiroyuki Takenouchi has set his sights on presenting audiences with metropolitan landscapes; scenes of nature full of flowers and flora; nonchalant depictions of daily life around him; and his distinct clique of friends. By directing one’s line of sight directly at the subject, Takenouchi confronts the viewer with the loneliness and alienation of youth, a sense of unease and doubt towards the way he or she perceives normal objects, asks “What is diversity?” “What is the artificial?” and attempts to lay bare the true essence that lies dormant within all things. [Event] Talk Speakers: Hiroyuki Takenouchi and Takahiro Ito (Tokyo Photographic Art Museum curator) Date: Nov. 18 (Sat) 16:00 Admission: 500 yen (reservations required) In Japanese. Please see the official website for reservations.




Hitomi Watanabe “Tekiya”

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Hitomi Watanabe “Tekiya”
at Zen Foto Gallery
Piramide Bldg 2F, 6-6-9 Roppongi Minato-ku, Tokyo 106-0032
Media: Photography - Party
(2017-11-18 - 2017-12-22)

Towards the end of 1960s, Hitomi Watanabe encountered a group of “tekiya” (street peddlers) marking out spaces on the day before a local festival. While still a photography school student, Watanabe spent four years following and photographing them. After half a century she brings the “Tekiya” series back to life with 30 black and white works featured in this exhibition, followed by a publication under the same title by Jiyusha.




Tomoki Imai Exhibition

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Tomoki Imai Exhibition
at Taka Ishii Gallery Photography/Film
2F Axis Bldg., 5-17-1 Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo 106-0032
Media: Photography - Video and Film
(2017-11-18 - 2017-12-22)

This exhibition by Tomoki Imai, which will be his third solo show at the gallery, and his first there in four years, will feature 13 works all shot after 2014. Throughout his career, Imai has used the medium of photography to earnestly examine what it means to see. Looking daily at the world in front of us, he captures subjects that exert an irresistible presence and naturally draw the eye. At the same time, he carefully and consistently considers the gaps between what is visible and what becomes so; the conscious and unconscious; and the perspectives of the self and other, to come to terms with his relation to his subjects in each place and time. Following his representative series “Mahiru - In the Middle of the Day” (2001) and “Light and Gravity” (2009), Imai has continued to train his gaze on everyday landscapes in his new works. His gaze remains strong, but has grown more intimate. He photographs scenes that might otherwise be overlooked, capturing them as if he was carefully scooping them up to save them from oblivion. The title of the exhibition, “Remains to be seen,” suggests Imai’s desire to devote his gaze to the trivial and commonplace, his collection of things that suggest potential comprehension but remains incomprehensible, and his search for a place for those scenes within his memory. His gaze, which aims to not only understand that which is visible, but also see through and grasp all of the time and memory accumulated within his subjects, arouses viewers’ memories and presents a universal experience of seeing.




Haruo Ohara “Living on Brazil’s vast earth”

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Haruo Ohara “Living on Brazil’s vast earth”
at Fujifilm Square
West 1F, Tokyo Midtown, 9-7-3 Akasaka, Minato-ku, Tokyo 107-0052
Media: Photography - Talks
(2017-10-01 - 2017-12-28)

Haruo Ohara traveled to Brazil as a pioneer farmer, later mastering photographic technology and establishing himself as an amateur photographer who received acclaim from critics in both Japan and internationally. His first ever large-scale exhibition in Japan, which was a traveling show in 2016 that started in his hometown of Koichi and appeared in a total of three venues, drew widespread enthusiasm. This exhibition presents 30 selected works from this traveling exhibition and marks the first time that Ohara’s work has been shown in Tokyo. [Related Events] Itaru Hirama Talks Event Date: Nov. 4 (Sat) 14:00-, 16:00- (duration: approx 30 mins.) Venue: Fujifilm Square, Photographic History Museum Admission: Free *Events in Japanese.




“The Doraemon Exhibition Tokyo 2017”

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“The Doraemon Exhibition Tokyo 2017”
at Mori Arts Center Gallery
Roppongi Hills Mori Tower 52F, 6-10-1 Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo 106-6150
Media: Graphics - Painting - Drawing - Manga - Photography - Architecture - Sculpture - Installation - Video and Film - Animation - Media Arts - Sound
(2017-11-01 - 2018-01-08)

Organized under the concept “Create Your Own Original Doraemon,” this exhibition brings together 28 artists and artist groups who will present their unique artworks capturing memories of the popular Japanese manga series, “Doraemon.” Since its birth in 1970, “Doraemon” has been capturing the imagination of audiences across Japan. There are also a great number of “Doraemon” fans among globally renowned artists who have been touched and inspired by this long-running manga. How exciting it is to see these artists expressing their feelings and memories of Doraemon through their work? This exhibition invites you to share in this special moment when “art” and “Doraemon” come together. [Artists] Makoto Aida, Kayo Ume, Motohiko Odani, Ryota Kuwakubo, Tomoko Konoike, Akinori Goto, Satomi Kondo, Tomoyoshi Sakamoto, Masaharu Sato, ShiShi Yamazaki, Ai Shinohara, Kotobuki Shiriagari, Yuta Nakazato, Suito Nakatsuka, Yoshitomo Nara, Yasuyuki Nishio, Mika Ninagawa, Miran Fukuda, Sebastian Masuda, Kumi Machida, Mr., Takashi Murakami, Yasumasa Morimura+Junko Koike, Akira Yamaguchi, Hidenori Yamaguchi + Wataru Ito, Ryuki Yamamoto, RenaRena, Nozomi Watanabe




Shobu Style “Thanks to you”

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Shobu Style “Thanks to you”
at SFT Gallery
7-22-2 Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo 106-8558
Media: Painting - Sculpture - Product - Ceramics
(2017-11-01 - 2018-01-22)

Shobu Style is a social welfare facility in Kagoshima City that nurtures the creative activity of those in this supportive community, producing free, fun, and expressive art. Numerous highly individual works created at four different workshops - woodwork, Japanese paper making, ceramics, textiles - are showcased in this craft exhibition.




Wild: Untamed Mind

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Wild: Untamed Mind
at 21_21 Design Sight
Tokyo Midtown, 9-7-6 Akasaka, Minato-ku, Tokyo 107-0052
Media: Illustration - Manga - Photography - Sculpture
(2017-10-20 - 2018-02-04)

The base of our culture and life lies in the “untamed mind.” This mind affects both human instinct and intellect, and it is the trigger and stimulant for creativity. What does the “untamed mind” mean in context of the present day? How can people rediscover it within themselves? How can they understand and express its previously-undetected qualities? This exhibition focuses on the fascinating power of the instinctive, untamed mind of contemporary creators, unveiling how to detect the “untamed mind” through their works and archives. Venue: Gallery 1, Gallery 2




Leandro Erlich: Seeing and Believing
Leandro Erlich: Seeing and Believing at Mori Art Museum Roppongi Hills Mori Tower 53F, 6-10-1 Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo 106-6150 Media: Sculpture - Installation - Media Arts (2017-11-18 - 2018-04-01) An Argentinian contemporary artist of global repute, Leandro Erlich is perhaps best known in Japan as the creator of The Swimming Pool, a permanent installation at the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa. From massive installations to videos, Erlich’s works employ optical illusions and sound effects to shake up our notions of common sense. Though what the audience sees may at first glance seem familiar, on closer inspection it proves to be a surprising, unsettling deviation from the usual, in the form of, for example, a boat floating in the absence of water, or people sticking to the wall in various poses. Viewers begin to doubt whether what they see is actually reality, and notice just how much unconscious habit influences the way they look at things. Covering the entire 24 years of Erlich’s career to date, “Leandro Erlich: Seeing and Believing” will be the largest-ever exhibition devoted to the work of this fascinating artist. Of the approximately 40 works on display produced from 1995 to 2017, 80 percent will be making their Japanese debut. Through Erlich’s works, we will realize by ridding of our inertia, habit, preconceived notions, and received wisdom that the visible is not all there is to reality, and experience for ourselves, with our newly unclouded vision, the advent of a new kind of world. [Related Events] 1. Kids’ Workshop “Along with Mr. Erlich” Date and Time: 19th Nov (Sun) 10:00-12:00 Appearing: Leandro Erlich (Artist) For: Pre-school children (Ages 4 to 6) *Japanese-English consecutive interpretation available 2. Artist Talk “Antropocosmos -The Architecture of Reality” Date and Time: 20th Nov (Mon) 19:00-20:30 Speaker: Leandro Erlich *Japanese-English simultaneous interpretation available 3. Kids’ Workshop “Philosophy for Children @’Leandro Erlich’ Exhibition” Date and Time: 9th Dec (Sat) 10:00-12:00, Facilitators: Ijiri Takako, Shimizu Shogo, Ogawa Taiji (NPO Practical Philosophy Ardacoda) For: Elementary-school Children (ages 8-12) *Conducted in Japanese 4. Talk Session “A New Look at Art Prototypes, based on the Works of Leandro Erlich” Date and Time: 20th Dec (Sat) 14:00-15:30 Speakers: Elie During(Associate Professor of Philosophy, Paris Nanterre University), Tsubaki Reiko(Curator, Mori Art Museum) *Japanese-English simultaneous interpretation available 5. Poetry Reading / Performance “Reading Leandro Erlich” Date and Time: 27th Feb (Tue) 19:00-20:00 Appearing: Tatehata Akira(Poet / Art Critic), Adachi Tomomi(Performer / Composer / Sound Poet) *Conducted in Japanese ■Gallery Talk 1. Gallery Talks by the Exhibition Curator Date and Time: [Day 1] 29th Nov (Wed) 19:00-20:00, [Day 2] 14th Mar (Wed) 19:00-20:00 Speaker: Tsubaki Reiko (Curator, Mori Art Museum) *Conducted in Japanese 2. Gallery Talks Date and Time: [Day 1] 20th Dec (Wed) 14:00-15:00, [Day 2] 24th Jan (Wed) 19:00-20:00 *Conducted in Japanese *Please see the official website for further details and other events. [...]



MAM Collection 006: Materials and Boundaries - Handiwirman Saputra + Masaya Chiba

MAM Collection 006: Materials and Boundaries - Handiwirman Saputra + Masaya Chiba
at Mori Art Museum
Roppongi Hills Mori Tower 53F, 6-10-1 Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo 106-6150
Media: Painting - Drawing - Sculpture
(2017-11-18 - 2018-04-01)

“MAM Collection 006” will showcase works by Handiwirman Saputra and Masaya Chiba. They both employ a diverse range of materials and techniques in practices, predominantly sculpture and painting. The exhibition will focus on the differences in gaze, approach, etc. between the two artists with regard to matter, materials, environment and boundaries, and also what they have in common. Distancing his output from sociopolitical currents in contemporary art responding to the Indonesian democracy movement of 1998 rather than making statements, Saputra declares his works to be simply the materials existing in that place, unbound by any sort of meaning or purpose. Tak Berakah Tak Berpucuk Num. 12 (No Roots No Shoots No. 12) presented at this exhibition may resemble a soft, bag-like object tied up with rubber bands, or the seed of a giant plant, however Saputra declines to offer such answers or meaning, leaving it to the individual viewer to decide how they feel about the work, and how they interpret it. Chiba meanwhile is known for his method of using sculptures he makes himself to construct bizarre, fantastical environments in his studio and other settings, and making these scenes the motifs of his paintings. Powerful Young Boy at 2013 on display in this exhibition was inspired by a visit to the “Sasurai Jizo- [Wandering Ksitigarbha]” in Tono, Iwate Prefecture that had fascinated him for years. Sketches and notes from the trip, and drawings showing detailed plans for the painting, will also be on public display here for the first time.




MAM Project 024: Dane Mitchell

MAM Project 024: Dane Mitchell
at Mori Art Museum
Roppongi Hills Mori Tower 53F, 6-10-1 Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo 106-6150
Media: Photography - Installation - Talks
(2017-11-18 - 2018-04-01)

Dane Mitchell (b. 1976) researches the energies and dynamics of the invisible world from artistic, scientific, and historical perspectives. His investigations are frequently informed by the connection between our visual and olfactory senses, and Mitchell views the scents that lure our consciousness into invisible realms and ancient layers of memory as vital “sculptural materials.” For this show, Mitchell will present his new work Iris, Iris, Iris, the product of multi-faceted research during his stay in Japan that ranged from the world of traditional incense to the latest perfume technologies. Various areas of interest for the artist - such as the many meanings of the word “iris,” including the flower name, the colored part of the eyeball, the camera aperture that controls exposure, and the rainbow goddess Iris of Greek mythology; the fact that incense was also used to tell the time; and the presence of tsukumogami spirits in long-used tools - are assembled here in a single installation. Both scent as Japanese history and culture, and scent as scientific element, are sure to stimulate our perceptions and sensibilities in new ways. [Related Event] Talk Session “Musings on the Invisible” Date and Time: Nov. 19 (Sun) 15:00-16:30 (Door Open 14:30) Speakers: Dane Mitchell, Hata Masataka (President, Shoyeido Incense Co.) Moderator: Kataoka Mami (Chief Curator, Mori Art Museum) *Japanese-English simultaneous interpretation available *Please see the official website for further details.




MAM Screen 007: Atsushi Yamamoto

MAM Screen 007: Atsushi Yamamoto
at Mori Art Museum
Roppongi Hills Mori Tower 53F, 6-10-1 Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo 106-6150
Media: Video and Film
(2017-11-18 - 2018-04-01)

In his career to date, Atsushi Yamamoto (b. 1980) has made an incredible 174 films, from documentaries to works of fiction and experimental comedy skit-like shorts. Many of Yamamoto’s works are set in new towns and similar anonymous suburban locations and feature the artist himself playing roles such as an idle youth or casual laborer, in the process channeling Yamamoto’s own upbringing in an ordinary household on the outskirts of Tokyo. His latest work, “The Past and the Future in the Present” is a highly personal documentary piece in which Yamamoto visits an old girlfriend during his wife’s pregnancy, and finds himself engaging with past, present and future. Both types of work portray Yamamoto’s earnest attempts to address the reality before him. For this screening, we have combined early short films by Yamamoto with a more recent full-length feature, in a program offering a close-up look at the diverse delights of the artist’s film oeuvre. *Please see the official website for further details and schedules.




Love is Wonderful

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Love is Wonderful
at Snoopy Museum Tokyo
5-6-20 Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo 106-0032
Media: Illustration - Drawing - Manga - Animation
(2017-10-07 - 2018-04-08)

In the comic strip “Peanuts,” there are various romantic episodes that excite the heart; Charlie Brown lets out a sigh upon seeing the Little Red Haired Girl in front of him, the crabby Lucy struggles with her unrequited love for Shroeder. Even Snoopy has a bitter experience when his brother Spike runs off with his bride-to-be just before their wedding. This exhibition on the theme of love has a dramatic atmosphere, introducing around 80 original comic strips and animation sequences depiciting the many romantic episodes in “Peanuts.”




Zojoji Temple Treasures

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Zojoji Temple Treasures
at Zojoji Temple
4-7-35 Shibakoen, Minato-ku, Tokyo 105-0011
Media: Drawing

Displaying the treasures of Zojoji Temple, with the highlight being a 1/10th-sized model of the Daiden Main Hall from the British Royal Collection.




Three Autumns

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Three Autumns
at Hideharu Fukasaku Gallery Roppongi
1F Fukasaku Ophthalmological Clinic Bldg., 7-8-9 Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo 106-0032
Media: Painting
(2017-11-20 - 2017-12-02)

Displaying works by three Korean artists.