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O+

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O+
at Shinseido (Omotesando, Aoyama area)
(2018-02-08 - 2018-02-23)

Exhibition by students studying Painting and Decorative Arts under Kazutoshi Oshimoto at the Tokyo University of the Arts Graduate School.




What’s There Now

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What’s There Now
at Fei Art Museum Yokohama (Yokohama, Kanagawa area)
(2018-02-06 - 2018-02-23)

Reality typically refers to the state of things as they exist in the material sense, but there is also a reality that is constituted by the sharing and subsequent approval of things that do not exist in a physical sense between third parties. With the collapse of material wealth and the expansion of the Internet, we live at a time where visual information is not always tangible; it seems that, for better or worse, we are increasingly recognizing that something does not have to be visible to exist. Here you can see how individual artists go beyond the personal to express the essence of things, showing what’s there, even if it’s not visible as such.




Hiroko Koshino “It Is As It Is”

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Hiroko Koshino “It Is As It Is”
at KH Gallery (Ginza, Marunouchi area)
(2017-12-19 - 2018-02-24)

This exhibition celebrates the publication of “Hiroko Koshino | It Is As It Is” celebrating Hiroko Koshino’s 60th anniversary as a designer. The book features Hiroko Koshino’s collection looks from the 1978 to 2017 Autumn/Winter and paintings that she drew over the years. The exposition space will be designed by the graphic designer Ken Miki who also designed the book. Eight-meter three-dimensional art objects will visualize Hiroko Koshino’s philosophy according to the seven chapters of the book titled through “emptiness”, ”naturalness”, ”essentiality”, ”pairings”, ”cultivation”, ”play” and ”form”.




Makoto Aida “Ground No Plan”

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Makoto Aida “Ground No Plan”
at Aoyama Crystal Building (Omotesando, Aoyama area)
(2018-02-10 - 2018-02-24)

“Visions of the City - Obayashi Foundation Research Program” gives an opportunity for an artist or a group of artists from Japan or abroad endowed with an abundance of free-ranging ideas and a strong interest in cities, chosen on the recommendation of the five-member selection committee once every two years, to make suggestions or proposals for innovative or ideal cities, or a city that he/she would like to live in. As the first grant recipient, Makoto Aida, a Japanese artist who deals with everything from nymphets, the erotic and grotesque to war, violence, and politics in his work, and who has been, and continues to be, scathingly critical of contemporary Japanese society, was selected. Aida plans to make use of various media, including drawings, conceptual drawings, scale models, paintings, installations, film and texts to depict the future “City-” and ”Land-” scape that he envisions.




Mari Maeda “Flowers, Dreams, Love - Gifts from the Heart”

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Mari Maeda “Flowers, Dreams, Love - Gifts from the Heart”
at Gallery Silkland (Ginza, Marunouchi area)
(2018-02-11 - 2018-02-24)

In recent years painter Mari Maeda has been expanding the range of her activities as an artist, making stage appearances and working on set design as well as teaching at elementary and junior high schools. In this solo exhibition she introduces more than 30 new works, including pieces depicting boys playing music and girls holding tulips, both of which are classic themes in her practice.




Meo Saito “Route of Iridescence”

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Meo Saito “Route of Iridescence”
at Gallery Art Unlimited (Roppongi, Nogizaka area)
(2018-01-19 - 2018-02-24)

“Immorale Ville” is the name of a fictitious pleasure land created by artist Meo Saito. In 2016, Saito presented various three-dimensional models of the drive-ins, cafeterias and other locations featured in this village in an exhibition at Ohara Museum of Art, Yurinso. Here they are reconfigured into an even more mysterious urbanity, titled “Route of Iridescence.”




On Paper

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On Paper
at Gallery Hashimoto (Bakurocho area)
(2018-02-06 - 2018-02-24)

In the winter of 2017 Masaki Ogihara embarked on a project to illustrate a wall mural three meters high and six meters long. It was his first time to work in that size and environment and with such materials. This exhibition features new works on paper by eight artists involved in the project.




Rury Shibuya “With This Love”

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Rury Shibuya “With This Love”
at Aoki Gallery (Ginza, Marunouchi area)
(2018-02-17 - 2018-02-24)




Shukou Tsuchiya “La Mer”

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Shukou Tsuchiya “La Mer”
at Scène (Omotesando, Aoyama area)
(2018-01-16 - 2018-02-24)

This show is part of the “Exhibition Voyage” series introducing the work of various artists under the theme “Art for your Voyage.” This second installment will present the paintings of Shukou Tsuchiya, an artist who works primarily in ink, having developed a unique style that combines the techniques of classical ink wash painting with more avant-garde approaches. Here you can see how Tsuchiya expresses the sea, a subject often featured in ink wash painting. Curators: Nanako Yamamoto, Kana Fujimaki




Tohoku University of Art and Design Art Walk 2018: Kazutami Yoshida “Voice”

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Tohoku University of Art and Design Art Walk 2018: Kazutami Yoshida “Voice”
at Gallery Hinoki e, F (Kyobashi, Nihonbashi area)
(2018-02-19 - 2018-02-24)

Kazutami Yoshida presents 15 oil paintings where he shows familiar objects in a new light by using a cut out style. Venue: Gallery Hinoki F







Yasuo Kazuki Exhibition

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Yasuo Kazuki Exhibition
at Tokyo Gallery + BTAP (Ginza, Marunouchi area)
(2018-01-20 - 2018-02-24)

Solo exhibition by Yasuo Kazuki, a post-war artist who used oil paint to produce works in a Western style. The show follows on from the exhibition of works by Seiji Chokai held at the gallery in May 2017. Both of these exhibitions look to revisit the origins of post-war art, which share a commonality in the use of matière, or matter. Kazuki was born in Misumi-cho, in Yamaguchi prefecture in 1911 and in 1931 entered the Tokyo Bijutsu Gakkou (present day Tokyo University of the Arts) to study under Takeji Fukishima. His internment experience in Siberia after defeat in the Second World War would prove to have a definitive influence on his art, and after he returned to Japan in 1947, he began his artistic career the following year in his home in Misumi-cho, where he would live and work for the rest of his life. From around 1953, Kazuki began to use fewer colors in his paintings, and following his journey to Europe in 1958, he discovered a new material by mixing charcoal powder with oil paint, eliminating its luster. These earth-colored paints on canvas became a characteristic of his style. After 1959, large canvases greater than 116.7 × 91 cm were reserved for his Siberia series, a theme that endured until his death in 1974. After the war, as there was an influx of avant-garde techniques to Japan, artists were beginning to simultaneously recognize global perspectives and approaches unique to Japan. While there is a difference between the work of Kazuki, who was directly involved in the Second World War, and Chokai, who was slightly his senior, a clear similarity can also be observed. This exhibition examines the development of post-war art, which arrived at abstraction through déformer, or deforming, encouraging us to consider the succession of memory through art.




Yudai Takata “Fire”

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Yudai Takata “Fire”
at Gallery N Kanda Branch (Chiyoda area)
(2018-02-03 - 2018-02-24)

[Event] Opening Talk Guest: Nobuyuki Takahashi (artist director of Yasashii Bijutsu Project) Feb. 3 (Sat) 18:00




After 10 Years

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After 10 Years
at Atelier (Tokyo: Others area)
(2018-02-12 - 2018-02-25)

A mini exhibition of five figurative painters who previously worked at the same Tama Art University studio. The show is part of a trio of exhibitions celebrating the 10th anniversary of Atelier.




Collection Exhibition “Hmm” + Exhibition of New Acquisitions

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Collection Exhibition “Hmm” + Exhibition of New Acquisitions
at Hiratsuka Museum of Art (Yokohama, Kanagawa area)
(2017-12-09 - 2018-02-25)

This exhibition focusing on works in the museum collection will present artworks without titles, artist names, or descriptive panels. A total of around 30 items with particularly fantastical, contemplative, fun, or strange appeal will be on exhibit. The idea is that there is no one way to view these pieces, so it is left up to visitors to connect with the works and decide what they are about. You’ll be encouraged to write your own ideas down so that subsequent visitors to the museum can supplement their thoughts and develop their understanding of the works more fully. In addition, around 40 new acquisitions will also be on exhibit simultaneously. [Related Events] Gallery Talk by the Curator Date: Jan. 13 (Sat), Feb. 10 (Sat) 14:00-15:00 Venue: Exhibition Space 1 *Event in Japanese. *Please see the official website for further details and other events.




Come Together, People Vol. 2: Twelve Portraits

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Come Together, People Vol. 2: Twelve Portraits
at Art & Space Kokokara (Omotesando, Aoyama area)
(2018-02-20 - 2018-02-25)




Decoration Never Dies, Anyway

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Decoration Never Dies, Anyway
at Tokyo Metropolitan Teien Art Museum (Ebisu, Daikanyama area)
(2017-11-18 - 2018-02-25)

Spotlighting the decorative arts, this show explores motifs from different eras and cultures through the works of seven artists of different ages, nationalities, and genres. Kour Pour references Persian carpets in his paintings. Yoshikazu Yamagata is a designer for the fashion brand writtenafterwards. Akiko and Masako Takada overturn viewer’s preconceptions and sense scale with architectural structures presented as small everyday items. Explore the significance of decoration from diverse perspectives including painting, fashion, and sculpture in this exhibition marking the Tokyo Metropolitan Teien Art Museum’s first opening since April. [Related Events] Artist Talk On 18 November, Sat. 13:00− Short presentation by participating artists (with simultaneous interpreting English-Japanese) Venue: Annex Gallery 2, Tokyo Metropolitan Teien Art Museum Seating capacity: 120 Pre-registration required (available on TTM website from 18 Oct.) Free with museum admission




Go Hayakawa “Howl”

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Go Hayakawa “Howl”
at The Artcomplex Center of Tokyo (Shinjuku area)
(2018-02-14 - 2018-02-25)

Exhibition showcasing around 60 paintings by Go Hayakawa, including two large scale works (2.3m × 8m) and focusing on abstract pieces, Japanese-style nihonga paintings and works in acrylic. Venue: B1F Artcomplex Hall




Hiromitsu Nakazawa: Published Art and Sketches from the Meiji and Taisho Periods

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Hiromitsu Nakazawa: Published Art and Sketches from the Meiji and Taisho Periods
at Kichijoji Art Museum (Musashino, Tama area)
(2018-01-13 - 2018-02-25)

The accomplished artist Hiromitsu Nakazawa (1874–1964) provided artwork for literary magazines during the Meiji and Taisho periods, including the monthly “Myojo,” directed by the poet Akiko Yosano. This exhibition looks back on Nakazawa’s creativite legacy with more than 200 rare works including sketches as well as printed and published pieces from the height of his career. Also displayed are examples of Nakazawa’s oil and watercolor paintings and a self-portrait by his teacher, the great painter Seiki Kuroda.




Maki Ohkojima “Sleep of All Things, Vessels of the Earth”

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Maki Ohkojima “Sleep of All Things, Vessels of the Earth”
at Fuchu Art Museum (Musashino, Tama area)
(2017-11-03 - 2018-02-25)

In the works of Maki Ohkojima, new life is born and new ecosystems develop out of sleeping creatures. The universe is depicted as being full of living things, with the connections between birds, beasts, plants and trees demonstrating the infinitesimal bonds of life. It is through the act of painting that Ohkojima breathes life into animals and plants. In her works, the complexity of nature and the way it interconnects is expressed in a clear and detailed manner. At times her imagination literally jumps off of the canvas, spiraling out into the gallery space and spinning magnificent natural histories that combine a plethora of images and exceed our human sensibilities. Ohkojima’s unconventional approach to painting also leads her to use surfaces such as walls, floors, and ceilings to produce her pieces. In this exhibition you will have a chance to see the artist at work on a large wall mural and witness the explosive growth of huge plants that take over while the humans in her painting sleep. Even if mankind were to disappear, here life continues to spread forth. Venue: Open studio space ■ Live Painting Dates: Dec. 17 (Sun), Jan. 13 (Sat), 14 (Sun), 12:00-17:00 *The work will go on exhibit once completed. *Staff will lead a guided tour every Saturday, Sunday and public holiday as of Jan. 20 (Sat) from 13:00 to 17:00. [Related Event] Artist Talk: “The helix-like evolution of painting” Date: Feb. 18 (Sun) 14:00- Speaker: Maki Ohkojima (painter, current studio artist) Venue: Auditorium Admission: Free (attendees should head directly to the venue on the day of the event) *Event in Japanese.




Mitsuru Suzuki Exhibition

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Mitsuru Suzuki Exhibition
at Gallery Kabutoya (Ginza, Marunouchi area)
(2018-02-16 - 2018-02-25)




New Acquisitions: Donations from Fuyuhiko Yamamoto

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New Acquisitions: Donations from Fuyuhiko Yamamoto
at The Sato Museum of Art (Shinjuku area)
(2018-01-12 - 2018-02-25)

Fuyuhiko Yamamoto is a white-collar worker who has collected around 1,800 works of art over the last 40 years, becoming a pioneer “white-collar art collector” in Japan. The exhibition will introduce 50 works recently donated by Yamamoto to this museum committed to supporting up-and-coming artists through scholarships and other means, featuring many works by Japanese-style nihonga painter Yuji Kojima. [Related Events] Talk Event: Artists and Collectors Date: Jan. 28 (Sun), 14:00-15:00 Speakers: Sohei Iwata (Japanese-style nihonga painter), Fuyuhiko Yamamoto Admission: Free (exhibition admission ticket required) *No booking required. *Event in Japanese.




Paintings Here And Now

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Paintings Here And Now
at Fuchu Art Museum (Musashino, Tama area)
(2018-01-13 - 2018-02-25)

Explore the here and now of painting through works by seven artists who have spent the last two decades, from the 1990s to the 2000s, developing the foundations of this genre. Each of these distinct painters also has a special connection to the Tama area, where this museum is located. Enjoy the diversity of these works that vary greatly both the in terms of format and size, encompassing representational paintings, abstract compositions, and large-scale pieces. The artist talks held on the weekends come highly-recommended (in Japanese only). [Related Events] Artist Talk: Aki Kondo Date: Jan. 13 (Sat), 14:00- Venue: Special Exhibition Space Admission: Free (no booking required, exhibition admission ticket required) Followed by a screening of director Aki Kondo’s film “Hikari” in the lecture hall at 15:00- *Event in Japanese. Workshop: Tsugami @ Your Fuchu Date: Feb. 17 (Sat), 13:00-16:00 Facilitator: Muyuki Tsugami (artist) Capacity: 15 (for elementary school students and above) Admission: ¥1600 (inc. fee for materials, sketchbook and pencils) *Event in Japanese.




Pocorart Exhibition vol. 8

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Pocorart Exhibition vol. 8
at 3331 Arts Chiyoda (Chiyoda area)
(2018-02-23 - 2018-02-25)

The Pocorart national open call exhibition series was initiated by Chiyoda Ward and Arts Chiyoda 3331 in 2010 as a place for free expression, for those with and without disabilities, as well as artists in general. Unlike the Olympic and Paralympic Games, this is a single inclusive event for all - a place that gives rise to new expression through interaction with the work of creators. At this 8th volume, more than 1000 works submitted from throughout Japan will be displayed throughout the three-day period. Visitors will be able to votes for their favorite works, and the results will later be reflected in the selection process. Here you can encounter the expressions and experiences unique to Pocorart, a term coined from “Place of Core + Relation Art.” Venue: 2F Gym, other locations




Preview

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Preview
at Eukaryote (Omotesando, Aoyama area)
(2018-02-16 - 2018-02-25)

The new contemporary art gallery Eukaryote will open on March 2, 2018 (Friday) but before the official opening date, this exhibition featuring the work of 12 artists will be held as a preview event. The artists who will participate include those who used to be represented by the gallery’s predecessor Sezon Art Gallery, such as photographer Kazuto Ishikawa and painter Soichi Yamaguchi. The current artist collective represents a shore of catharsis, and includes Dan Isomura, Junya Ogawa, Keisuke Katsuki, Haruna Shinagawa, Natsuki Takayama, Ryosuke Tanaka, Haruya Nakajima, Taishi Hatayama and Yang Bo. This group exhibition will give you a sense of the direction that Eukaryote wishes to take, which is to be beyond conventional boundaries and genres of art, and to be centered on young artists in their 20s.




Twin Stars Twinkling

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Twin Stars Twinkling
at Books & Gallery cafe Tentekido (Musashino, Tama area)
(2018-02-14 - 2018-02-25)




Yayoi Kusama Museum Inaugural Exhibition - Creation is a Solitary Pursuit, Love is What Brings You Closer to Art

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Yayoi Kusama Museum Inaugural Exhibition - Creation is a Solitary Pursuit, Love is What Brings You Closer to Art
at Yayoi Kusama Museum (Ichigaya, Kagurazaka area)
(2017-10-01 - 2018-02-25)

This inaugural exhibition at the Yayoi Kusama Museum centers on the artist’s newest painting series, “My Eternal Soul.” Other new works by Kusama will be on display in addition to the sixteen paintings from this series, including pieces from the series entitled “Love Forever,” which forms the precursor to “My Eternal Soul” and is comprised of a collection of monochrome drawings. Furthermore, an installation work created by Kusama specially for the museum’s opening will be showcased, along with a new pumpkin. [Related Events] Lecture Event Museum Director Akira Tatehata will discuss Kusama’s works and artistic process, starting with “My Eternal Soul,” the focus on this inaugural exhibition. Event Date: Oct. 22 (Sun) 14:30- Venue: 3F Exhibition Space Speaker: Akira Tatehata Capacity: 30 Admission: Free (no booking required, museum admission ticket required) Gallery Talk by the Curator Bi-monthly gallery talks will be given by curators of the museum, who will point out exhibition highlights and offer explanations of the works on show. Event Dates: Oct. 7 (Sat) 14:30-, Oct. 28 (Sat) 14:30-, Nov. 12 (Sun) 14:30-, Nov. 18 (Sat) 14:30-, Dec. 9 (Sat) 14:30-. Further dates will be updated on the official website. Venue: Meeting place will be specified on the day of the event Capacity: 30 Admission: Free (no booking required, museum admission ticket required) *Events in Japanese.




Yuna Okanishi “Blue Curve/Song”

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Yuna Okanishi “Blue Curve/Song”
at Karuizawa New Art Museum (Greater Tokyo area)
(2018-01-31 - 2018-02-25)

Presenting works from painter Yuna Okanishi’s new series “Ao Kyoku” (Blue Curve/Song) featuring curved silver acrylic strokes and ocean-blue backgrounds inspired by the sometimes elegant, sometimes ferocious movement of sharks.




KUAD Annual 2018: Schrödinger’s Cat

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KUAD Annual 2018: Schrödinger’s Cat
at Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum (Ueno, Yanaka area)
(2018-02-23 - 2018-02-26)

Displaying works by 23 individuals and one seven-person team selected from the undergraduate and graduate schools of Kyoto University of Art and Design by professor Kataoka. These works represent a wide range of fields such as Japanese painting (Nihonga), oil painting, printmaking, textiles, CG animation, environmental design, and product design. The exhibition captures the “multi-tiered and uncertain ambiguity” of the Schrödinger’s Cat metaphor for the “uncertainty and plurality of perspectives in society, economics, politics, culture, and history.” With this aim, it does not just show final works, but serves as a venue where the research process is also valued and ideas can be transformed into finished works.




Tohoku University of Art and Design Graduation Exhibition [Tokyo Exhibition]

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Tohoku University of Art and Design Graduation Exhibition [Tokyo Exhibition]
at Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum (Ueno, Yanaka area)
(2018-02-21 - 2018-02-26)

Here selected works from the Tohoku University of Art and Design Graduation Show are presented in Tokyo. This is a rare opportunity to see unique, large-scale dynamic works by graduates of this university in the capital. Venue: Exhibition Space 4, Lobby Floor; Exhibition Space 4, 1F; Gallery A










Pictures, Beauty, Painting and Art

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Pictures, Beauty, Painting and Art
at Tetoka (Chiyoda area)
(2018-02-15 - 2018-02-27)

This exhibition brings together the creative work of current students, graduates and teachers of the “Pictures, Beauty, Painting and Art” course that has been running at the art school for the last 9 years. See the direction it is heading in as it looks towards its 10th anniversary next year.




François Bret Exhibition

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François Bret Exhibition
at Gallery 21 (Odaiba, Kachidoki area)
(2018-01-24 - 2018-02-28)

Though François Bret is hailed as the last great painter to emerge from France, his work is still fairly unknown to many in Japan. This exhibition celebrates the 100th anniversary of his birth.




Hideharu Fukasaku Exhibition

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Hideharu Fukasaku Exhibition
at F.E.I Art Gallery (Yokohama, Kanagawa area)
(2018-02-14 - 2018-02-28)

While recognized as a leading international eye surgeon, Hideharu Fukasaku is also known as an artist who works with various forms of expression and media, including oil painting and printmaking. Furthermore, he is also the owner of three galleries that lead the Japanese art scene in new directions while supporting up-and-coming artists. This exhibition introduces a selection of his own latest works.




Mt. Fuji and Shizuoka Artists

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Mt. Fuji and Shizuoka Artists
at Shizuoka Prefectural Museum of Art (Greater Tokyo area)
(2017-12-19 - 2018-02-28)

Different Shizuoka artists are chosen each time for the museum’s exhibition of works depicting Mt. Fuji, offering a rich array of variations on the theme. This time as always, the show opens with works by international artists and proceeds to portrayals of Mt. Fuji by Japanese artists. Rediscover the culture and landscape of Shizuoka through the works of artists who were born here, have lived here, or have otherwise spent time in the prefecture.




NarumeNKR + Fusedy + Yabai + unaiukino Exhibition

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NarumeNKR + Fusedy + Yabai + unaiukino Exhibition
at Shinjuku Ophthalmologist Gallery (Shinjuku area)
(2018-02-23 - 2018-02-28)

Venue: Space M




Next to Taimei Gallery Vol. 2: Takahiro Imai

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Next to Taimei Gallery Vol. 2: Takahiro Imai
at Taimei Gallery (Ginza, Marunouchi area)
(2018-01-01 - 2018-02-28)

The second Next to Taimei Gallery exhibition showcasing contemporary art and the work of young artist features the 2009 Tama Art University graduate Takahiro Imai, who paints subjects showing no particular expressions. His work using academic techniques open to interpretation focuses on women in transitionary periods of their lives from childhood to adulthood. *This exhibition will be held inside the front entrance of the Hulic Ginza 7-chome Building where Taimei Gallery is located.




Portraits

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Portraits
at Maho Kubota Gallery (Omotesando, Aoyama area)
(2018-02-07 - 2018-02-28)

Maho Kubota Gallery is proud to present a thematic exhibition on “Portrait,” presenting works by seven artists.




The Riddle of Art - Takahashi Collection

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The Riddle of Art - Takahashi Collection
at Shizuoka Prefectural Museum of Art (Greater Tokyo area)
(2017-12-23 - 2018-02-28)

Psychiatrist Ryutaro Takahashi is a prolific collector of contemporary art who has purchased around 2500 works to date. This exhibition introduces the essence of contemporary Japanese art since the 1990s through works picked out by Takahashi, arranging these according to three riddles. By exhibiting works produced by multiple artists within the same space, a sense of the expressive characteristics that have emerged in Japanese art over the last quarter of a century becomes dramatically apparent. Meanwhile, there will be works from the Shizuoka Prefectural Museum of Art Collection displayed alongside these pieces in a move that is inspired by Takahashi’s belief that Japan’s traditional art and contemporary Japanese of the 1990s and thereafter is inextricably linked. Here you can explore the relationship between these works that transcend time and exhibit somewhat similar motifs, but whose meanings also differ greatly in context of when they were produced. Enjoy the strange delight of seeing these two collections combined.




Jun Itoi “Light Weaver”

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Jun Itoi “Light Weaver”
at Gallery Saoh & Tomos B (Kyobashi, Nihonbashi area)
(2018-02-20 - 2018-03-02)




Haruo Kawana Exhibition

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Haruo Kawana Exhibition
at Gallery Natsuka (Kyobashi, Nihonbashi area)
(2018-02-19 - 2018-03-03)

Haruo Kawana presents a series of landscape paintings produced for his graduation project.




Hiro Tsuchiya “Boundary”

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Hiro Tsuchiya “Boundary”
at Koki Arts (Bakurocho area)
(2018-01-27 - 2018-03-03)

Koki Arts presents seven new works by Hiro Tsuchiya, who explores the theme of death. What one can and cannot see during the last moments of life is something only the one experiencing it can know. Tsuchiya’s paintings search for a boundary between the visible and invisible: they are a process of imagining and understanding the unknown. Despite being about death, by limiting the usage of colors, the works offer the viewer a glimpse of the unknown world with a sense of tranquility.




Hiroshi Toyofuku + Yoshihiko Yaegashi Exhibition

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Hiroshi Toyofuku + Yoshihiko Yaegashi Exhibition
at Art For Thought (Ginza, Marunouchi area)
(2018-02-22 - 2018-03-03)

This two-person exhibition introduces the work of ceramicist Hiroshi Toyofuku and painter Hirohiko Yagoshi, both graduates of International Christian University. Toyofuku uses a traditional wood-burning kiln in Okayama to produce Bizen Ware, which has a long history in this area traceable back to the Sue pottery era. Approximately 30 items such as flower vases and tea ware will be shown here. Meanwhile, Yagoshi, who is based in Iwate, will present a selection of paintings of varying dimensions on the theme of “Hayachine Kagura” dance and “mountains,” both of which played a role in his relocation to Iwate. Working with brushes and ink, these new series have a strongly improvised and unique appeal.




Kazuhiro Nomura + Kenji Shibata “Her Fingertips and Legend”

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Kazuhiro Nomura + Kenji Shibata “Her Fingertips and Legend”
at Harmas Gallery (Kiyosumi, Ryogoku area)
(2018-01-19 - 2018-03-03)

This exhibition is a collaboration between Kazuhiro Nomura, whose paintings and installations examine the meaning and functions of materials, and Kenji Shibata, who produces paintings with a mysterious sense of space that seems to simultaneously recede and protrude from the picture surface. What is common to their practice is the theme of “uncertain entities.” Here Nomura presents installations featuring earrings and stools, while Shibata exhibits smooth mirror-like paintings that reflect the appearance of the viewer. The exhibition is jointly produced by Harmas Gallery and Artto’s educational program “Curation Practice.”




Natsumi Yamaguchi + Ryoki Kurasaki + Kimiko Chikuma “A Sign of Emotion”

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Natsumi Yamaguchi + Ryoki Kurasaki + Kimiko Chikuma “A Sign of Emotion”
at Masataka Contemporary (Kyobashi, Nihonbashi area)
(2018-02-10 - 2018-03-03)

The first show at this gallery following its one-year one hiatus will be a group exhibition with three artists who feature women as motifs in their works, explores thoughts and feelings, anxiety and danger, and the transience of life.




Roppongi α Art Week 2018 - Eri Ota × Misato Koyata

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Roppongi α Art Week 2018 - Eri Ota × Misato Koyata
at Hideharu Fukasaku Gallery Roppongi (Roppongi, Nogizaka area)
(2018-02-19 - 2018-03-03)

Every year, the National Art Center, Roppongi holds a joint graduation exhibition featuring the work of students from five Tokyo art universities. “Roppongi α Art Week” is an event scheduled alongside this where galleries in the surrounding Roppongi area come together to further present the work of promising young artists. In addition to organizing the usual stamp rally a new project entitled “Portfolio Review” that creates opportunities for students to sell their work to galleries will be launched. Misato Oda produces oil paintings while Eri Ota focuses on printmaking and was awarded the Grand Prize at the 6th FEI Print Award.




Shogo Takarada Exhibition

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Shogo Takarada Exhibition
at Gallery Hirota Bijutsu (Ginza, Marunouchi area)
(2018-02-16 - 2018-03-03)

After completing graduate school at Tohoku University of Art and Design in 2014, Shogo Takarada is currently producing work while working as an assistant at the university. In his third exhibition at this gallery Takarada will present works that explore the moment at which we cross the boundary between the real world and that of dreams. Around ten brand new paintings, including some large scale works, that recall themes such as “sleep” “night” “stillness” will be showcased.




Toshio Saeki “Unnen”

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Toshio Saeki “Unnen”
at Nanzuka (Shibuya area)
(2018-01-20 - 2018-03-03)

This is legendary artist Toshio Saeki’s first solo presentation at the gallery, and is his largest solo exhibition to date, featuring a comprehensive selection of original works. Saeki was born in 1954 in Miyazaki prefecture, and after spending his childhood years in Osaka, moved to Tokyo in 1969. His distinctive works that interweave elements of eroticism, humor, and horror gained the praise of Shuji Terayama and Tatsuhiko Shibusawa, leading him to make his debut on the pages of Heibon Punch magazine in 1970. In the same year, he released his first publication entitled “Toshio Saeki Art Book” (Agrément-sha) and held an exhibition that introduced the original works featured, all of which were been stolen after it closed. Saeki’s work soon gained international popularity, and one of his images was used for the cover of John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s 1972 album “Sometime in New York City.” The world of black humor and eroticism that permeate Saeki’s works is replete with provocative gimmickry, which by means of unveiling various sexual taboos, serves to stimulate our inner selves. From observing the high literary qualities of his works as conceived through the various forms of love and desire that are inherent within them, it is evident that his depictions are not mere lustful inclinations. Moreover, viewers recognize how the “lines” define the exquisite boundaries between the simplicity and calculation that constitutes his works as art, the persuasiveness amplified through them. Saeki’s works that can indeed be considered as contemporary Shunga (erotic art) or Yokaiga (ghost and monster art) are not confined to the context of Japan’s underground illustration scene. He continues to receive increasing international acclaim, having held exhibitions in recent years in countries such as the UK, France, Israel, the US, Canada, Hong Kong, and Taiwan. He has also seen the successive release of his publications: “Rêve écarlate” (éditions Cornélius), “Yumenozoki: Toshio Saeki Artist Book” (Kokushokankokai Inc.), and “Toshio Saeki 70” (Seirin Kogeisha). In addition to some new pieces, this exhibition introduces a selection of Saeki’s original illustrations centering on those produced between the 1970s and 1980s. On this occasion, Saeki has also engaged in the challenge of creating a large-scale mural in color.




Winter Show

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Winter Show
at Satoko Oe Contemporary (Kiyosumi, Ryogoku area)
(2017-12-16 - 2018-03-03)

This exhibition divided into two parts will present the works of Takuya Ikezaki, Makiko Masutani and Chihiro Mori in December and January, and the paintings of Teppei Kaneuji and Shinichiro Kano, revisiting also the works of Mori, in the period thereafter. In addition to the pieces on exhibit, there will be a various books to peruse, inviting you to think more about the current activities of these artists. [Exhibition Schedule] Part 1 Dec. 16 (Sat) - Jan. 27 (Sat) Part 2 Feb. 3 (Sat) - Mar. 3 (Sat)




Yuki Oonaka “Gravity”

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Yuki Oonaka “Gravity”
at Kodama Gallery | Shirokane (Shirokane, Hiroo area)
(2018-01-27 - 2018-03-03)

Gravity is the invisible energy that underpins the laws of physics, but also a force at work in the production of Yuki Oonaka’s paintings. Oonaka’s works embrace chance in the process of their production, much like an apple falling from a tree led to the accidental discovery of the phenomenon of gravity. In this solo exhibition she will present all new works, including new experiments with watercolor blotches.




20th Domani: The Art of Tomorrow Exhibition

20th Domani: The Art of Tomorrow Exhibition
at The National Art Center, Tokyo (Roppongi, Nogizaka area)
(2018-01-13 - 2018-03-04)

Subtitled “Memories of Passagers,” the 20th annual Domani exhibition showcases examples of exciting talent who have completed the study program in recent years. Including four artists who continue to be based abroad after the program, the experiences of these artists living overseas as temporary passagers (voyagers) away from home will surely emerge in the exhibition. A related special exhibition and various satellite events will also be held to commemorate the half-century anniversary of the program and the 20th anniversary of the exhibition. [Events] Artist Talk Speaker: Kae Masuda Date: Jan. 13 (Sat) 11:00–11:30 Artist Talk Speaker: Naoya Inose Date: Jan. 13 (Sat) Please see the official website for reservations and details.




Break Zenya - The Next Generation of Artists

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Break Zenya - The Next Generation of Artists
at Bunkamura Gallery (Shibuya area)
(2018-02-01 - 2018-03-04)

“Break Zenya - The Next Generation of Artists” is the name of a 5-minute television program that airs each Friday from 21:55 on BS Fuji and introduces artists who are about to take the art scene by storm. This exhibition brings together works by around 60 of the roughly 100 highly-anticipated artists who have been featured to date, presenting examples of artworks across diverse fields such as oil painting, Japanese-style nihonga painting, photography, installation, calligraphy, puppets, sculpture and so forth. The exhibition will be divided into two parts. Part I: Feb. 1 (Thu) - 12 (Mon) Part II: Feb. 24 (Sat) - Mar. 4 (Sun)




Female Gaze: Arts Maebashi Collection

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Female Gaze: Arts Maebashi Collection
at Arts Maebashi (Greater Tokyo area)
(2018-02-02 - 2018-03-04)

This exhibition gathers artworks selected from our museum collection including both western-style and Japanese-style works that have women as their motif, as well as other works by female artists who have a connection with Gunma. Viewing female figures from the20th century, starting from the nudes, a traditional theme in western countries, and proceeding to the other portraits of women wearing kimono and western-style clothes, you can see how the representation of women has been changing according to the times. On the other hand, if you move your attention to the contemporary artists, you can also notice how they experiment with a wide range of technique. This time, we wish to present the works of Tomoko Shiobara, who works on collages of Japanese paper and other materials, while using materials that are traditional of Japanese-style paintings, and Sachiko Teramura, who creates artworks with silk applying tie-dye techniques. The exhibition aims at presenting women portraits together with the activities of the female artists and, while interpreting women’s figures, also focuses on the looks that come and go touring the fine arts world. [Event] Children’s Art Discovery Feb. 24 (Sat) 14:00




Gallery Jy Exhibit 2018

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Gallery Jy Exhibit 2018
at Gallery Jy (Omotesando, Aoyama area)
(2018-02-06 - 2018-03-04)

This annual open call exhibition will be divided into four parts. With each section featuring the work of three artists and showing for one week at a time, you can expect a lineup of oil paintings, pen works, models, collages, installations, photographs and various other media.




Hiroshi Kuroda + Takashi Suzuki “Blue Line and Red”

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Hiroshi Kuroda + Takashi Suzuki “Blue Line and Red”
at Gallery 21 yo-j (Setagaya, Kawasaki area)
(2018-02-15 - 2018-03-04)

This exhibition brings together past red monochrome works by Takashi Suzuki and blue linear paintings by the late Hiroshi Kuroda. The contrast between the color of these two bodies of work gives a powerful impression, especially in combination with the light in the current exhibition space. [Related Event] Talk Event Date: Feb. 25 (Sun), 15:00- Speakers: Tetsuro Shimizu (art critic, professor at Tokyo Zokei University), Takashi Suzuki (artist) Admission: Free *Event in Japanese




Joint Graduation Exhibition of 5 Art Universities in Tokyo

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Joint Graduation Exhibition of 5 Art Universities in Tokyo
at The National Art Center, Tokyo (Roppongi, Nogizaka area)
(2018-02-22 - 2018-03-04)

Exhibiting sculpture by students graduating from five leading Tokyo art universities: Tama Art University, Joshibi University of Art and Design, Tokyo Zokei University, Nihon University College of Art, and Musashino Art University. This joint exhibition demonstrates these artists’ educational achievements and creative ambitions. [Related Event] Tokyo Zokei University Exhibition Tour Dates: Feb. 25 (Sun) 14:00–15:00, Mar. 4 (Sun) 14:00–15:00 Please see the official website for details and information on more related events.




Kosuke Ichikawa “slip out”

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Kosuke Ichikawa “slip out”
at Quiet Noise Arts and Break (Setagaya, Kawasaki area)
(2018-02-10 - 2018-03-04)

Throughout his artistic practice Kosuke Ichikawa has continued to address the subject of memory and time. In the new work presented here, he uses the time lag on social media to express a sense of impending memories brought on by this slight slippage. *This exhibition will be held simultaneously with “Sprinkling A-side” by Kosuke Ichikawa and Hiroh Kikai at Basement Ginza (Feb. 8 - Mar. 9). [Related Event] Gallery Talk Date: Feb. 17 (Sat), 13:00- Venue: Basement Ginza Admission: Free Speakers: Kosuke Ichikawa (artist), Hiroh Kikai (photographer), Nana Ishida (Deputer Manager of M&I Art Co. Ltd.), Shinji Ishii (novelist)




Surrealism - Paintings, Sculptures and Photographs

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Surrealism - Paintings, Sculptures and Photographs
at Yokohama Museum Of Art (Yokohama, Kanagawa area)
(2017-12-09 - 2018-03-04)

In 1983, prior to the opening of the Yokohama Museum of Art, the facility began collecting Surrealist art works. Made up of multiple pieces by central Surrealist figures such as René Magritte, Paul Delvaux, Salvador Dalí, Man Ray, Max Ernst, Hans (Jean) Arp, Joan Miró, and André Masson, the collection conveys the artists’ diverse range of activities, and their efforts to forge into many different genres, including not only oil painting but also collage, sculpture, printmaking, and photography. The works also represent the expansive view of Surrealism, which transcended national and ethnic boundaries by encompassing artists from all over the world such as Roberto Matta (Chile), Óscar Domínguez (Canary Islands), Wilfredo Lam (Cuba), and John Armstrong (U.K.). In addition, the collection contains a rich array of photographs by Man Ray, Hans Bellmer, Jindřich Štyrský, Wols, and others. In this edition of the collection exhibition, making full use of three galleries, viewers will be treated to a virtually complete group of Surrealist works from the museum’s holdings – the first time such an exhibition has ever been attempted at the museum.In conjunction with the “Ishiuchi Miyako: Grain and Image” exhibition, Ishiuchi’s “Yokosuka Story” and other works by the artist from the museum collection in the Photography Gallery are also presented.




Tree of Life

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Tree of Life
at The Vangi Sculpture Garden Museum (Greater Tokyo area)
(2017-04-22 - 2018-03-04)

This show commemorating the 15th anniversary of Vanji Sculpture Garden Museum presents works mainly from the collection that focus on trees, a subject that has continued to attract human interest to this day. It can be said that the “tree of life” and “tree of wisdom” motifs began with the Old Testament, though they are both prevalent in different cultures throughout various ages. In photographer Manabu Miyazaki’s studies of a single persimmon tree standing isolated in a village in Ina Valley, Nagano Prefecture that he shot over a two-year period, you can see the change in seasons and movement of time. Glean a sense of “life” and the shape of modern living through the works of 15 different artists presented here.




Yoshiki Tanaka “Wine”

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Yoshiki Tanaka “Wine”
at Art Center Ongoing (Musashino, Tama area)
(2018-02-21 - 2018-03-04)

[Events] Pre Ongoing School Date: Mar. 4 (Sun) 15:00 Admission: 1500 yen (incl. cake and drink) Please see the official website for details and information on more events.




Asao Kodama “Plant”

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Asao Kodama “Plant”
at ANA InterContinental Tokyo (Roppongi, Nogizaka area)
(2017-12-06 - 2018-03-05)

The title of this exhibition - “Plant” - describes not only the motifs in Asao Kodama’s paintings, but also her intention to plant and grow seeds on the canvas, imbuing life into her work. Weeds and trees, radiantly blooming flowers, and fading leaves and petals on the pavement - sensing strong vitality in each of them, Kodama says she feels deep affection for ordinary plants she encounters day to day. Her depiction of plants is vivid, emphasizing their strong presence. In her words, they are plants that, according to Kodama, “endure the rain and the wind, showing a sense of existence even when they decay.” The forcefully and freely portrayed motifs appear to be celebrating the joy of live. Bucking the recent artistic trend in Japan that sees artists applying acrylic paint with feather light brush strokes that leave an airy touch on the canvas, Kodama remains firm in leaving thick and heavy marks using oil paints with speedy and bold brush strokes. In this way she refuses to allow her works to be categorized as traditional painting or contemporary art, or even as abstract or representational. In this exhibition, she will present her new works portraying stones and waves.




Hisae Maeda “Imitations”

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Hisae Maeda “Imitations”
at Nidi gallery (Shibuya area)
(2018-02-23 - 2018-03-06)

Hisae Maeda’s solo exhibition at the newly renovated Nidi Gallery marks the first exhibition at this new location. Maeda’s book designs and package illustrations based on poetic and melancholic fantasies are well-regarded by fans of her work. Here in her first exhibition in Tokyo in three years, she will be present still life paintings of ordinary, everyday objects.




Mari Kawai “Model”

Mari Kawai “Model”
at Mitsukoshi Nihonbashi - 6th Floor Art Spot (Kyobashi, Nihonbashi area)
(2018-02-21 - 2018-03-06)

At times both strange and familiar, Mari Kawai’s paintings stir the imagination with their intriguing forms evoking “something else.”




Welcoming Spring by Stickymonger

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Welcoming Spring by Stickymonger
at LUMINE Shinjuku 2 (Shinjuku area)
(2018-02-15 - 2018-03-07)

A display of New York-based artist Stickymonger’s work will be presented in the Shinjuku Lumine 2 East and South Exit show windows. Converting the space into an imaginary world, she will produce mural paintings packed full of girls, monsters, eyes and polka dots. The work is comprised mainly of black vinyl stickers and has been installed by the artist herself. Stickymonger’s interest in the fluidity and stickiness of blackness can be traced back to her experience of playing with dense black crude oil that she found in canisters hidden at the gasoline stand she lived next to when growing up in Korea. [Related Events] Stickymonger Live Performance Dates: Feb. 17 (Sat), 18 (Sun), 13:00-15:00




Yoshitomo Nara “Drawings: 1988-2018 Last 30 years”

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Yoshitomo Nara “Drawings: 1988-2018 Last 30 years”
at Kaikai Kiki Gallery (Shirokane, Hiroo area)
(2018-02-09 - 2018-03-08)

Exhibition of drawings by Yoshitomo Nara, one of the finest artists representing contemporary Japan. For the past thirty-odd years since his debut in 1984, Nara has been standing firm in the art scene, carrying on dialogues with people all over the world using his distinctive grammar. While it is his work’s proximity to Japanese manga and kawaii culture that is often noted, he has in fact been cultivating empathy with people from all walks of life through his profound knowledge of music and its grammar, East and West alike. In this show, he offers a panoramic view of the past thirty years. In the artist’s own words, “from when I was a student up to the present, contemplating the relationship between drawing and myself, or how I have been getting along with it over time. There are pieces that capture my feelings and thoughts at a given time or momentary ideas I’ve had. Some are accumulations of drawings accompanied by words, and others are simply traces of my hand’s motion holding a pencil. These drawings are done with a pencil or a ball point pen that happened to be there in that moment, in varying techniques, as casually as breathing itself.”




G/P Collection

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G/P Collection
at G/P Gallery (Ebisu, Daikanyama area)
(2018-02-08 - 2018-03-10)

This group exhibition has been organized as a part of the 10th Yebisu International Festival for Art & Alternative Visions’ regional program, sponsored by Tokyo Photographic Art Museum. It features the work of artists affiliated with G/P Gallery.




Monika Chlebek + Dawid Czycz “Good Luck”

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Monika Chlebek + Dawid Czycz “Good Luck”
at Gallery Yuki-Sis (Kyobashi, Nihonbashi area)
(2018-02-17 - 2018-03-10)

This exhibition by Polish artists Monika Chlebek and Dawid Czycz explores the theme “Good Luck” and, hidden within this, the idea of “how individuals grasp the same situation.” In this way it calls to mind the cognitive theory known as Adlerian psychology, whereby “all things are interpreted by way of a person’s image.” Here emphasis is placed on the subjectivity of individuals, on how they make meaning and respond differently even when in the same situation, based on their individual cognition and purpose. This exhibition features many “untitled” works, the artists hereby entrusting the interpretation of their meaning to the viewer.




Naoki Koide and 15 Kings and Queens - Enriching the Creativity of Children

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Naoki Koide and 15 Kings and Queens - Enriching the Creativity of Children
at Tokyo Shibuya Koen-dori Gallery (Shibuya area)
(2018-01-18 - 2018-03-10)

Sculptor Naoki Koide has built a place for children to enrich their creativity at Kodomo Mirai En’s art class. Just as Koide usually produces his artworks made of a wide range of materials, he encourages children to use a variety of media such as clay, pencils and soil - as well as the artist himself - to boost their spontaneity. Koide and each of the children interact with each other in creative moments in order to pursue their own unique ideas and interests. This exhibition will trace the process of how 15 children worked together with Koide to expand their creativity.




Tomoki Furuhata “Physical Objects”

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Tomoki Furuhata “Physical Objects”
at Gallery Momo Ryogoku (Kiyosumi, Ryogoku area)
(2018-02-10 - 2018-03-10)

This solo exhibition consists of twelve of Tomoki Furuhata’s latest paintings from the “frame” series, “finder” series and “broken drops” series. The “frame” series openly displays the stretchers that are supposed to be hidden and covered by the canvas. Adding color to the stretchers and making their positions indistinct, Furuhata also pays attention to the composition of these works by facing the issue head on. In doing this he attempts to make visible the components and processes that are usually concealed or go unseen. Meanwhile, in his earlier works from “broken drops,” Furuhata depicts the abstract traces made by putting acrylic on canvas and spreading it with an iron plate. This is an experimental body of work that the artist has used in order to understand paint. After “broken drops,” Furuhata began working on “finder.” The forms depicted in the series are a result of accidents caused by tools, materials and his expectations. Furuhata has said of the process that it was down to “pure phenomenon.” Using canvas for the series instead of panel, the deflections in the fabric bring a higher sense of contingency, though the production process mirrors that of the “broken drops” series. Furuhata intends to break open the larger structure of painting by composing this exhibition with these three series exploring paint as a phenomenon and paintings as objects.




A Century of Art - Journey through 100 Masterpieces

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A Century of Art - Journey through 100 Masterpieces
at Pola Museum of Art (Yokohama, Kanagawa area)
(2017-10-01 - 2018-03-11)

This exhibition marking the Pola Museum of Art’s 15th anniversary presents works from the museum’s collection of important 19th and 20th century art, from Impressionist and Ecole de Paris works to modern Nihonga and Japanese Western-style paintings. Seventy-one Western paintings and 29 Japanese Western-style paintings have been carefully selected from a collection of approximately 10,000 pieces, including luminaries like Renoir and Matisse. See how modern Western and Japanese painting evolved over the course of a century.




Hernan Bas “Insects from Abroad”

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Hernan Bas “Insects from Abroad”
at Gallery Perrotin Tokyo (Roppongi, Nogizaka area)
(2018-01-18 - 2018-03-11)

“Insects from Abroad” exhibits Bas’s newly-created series of paintings and drawings inspired by “Insects Abroad: Being a popular account of foreign insects, their structure, habits, and transformations,” an entomology book published in 1874. Bas found the extensive poetics used to describe insects compelling as an approach to the visual representation of the Dandy, a figure which came to prominence in Europe during the same time in the nineteenth century. There the Dandy was a foppish effeminate male, excessively conscious of fashion (some even resorted to using a corset to reform their bodies.) By contrast, in Japan the figure of the “Dandy” has a different and more recent history, referring to restrained but sophisticated stylish men, traditionally called “Date-Otoko,” although this figure is undeniably masculine. A closer contemporary comparison can be made to those who identify with “Visual Kei,” a specific musical subculture whose members are similarly concerned with altering their appearance through fashion and makeup. (However, there is no exact equivalent in Japan to the European Dandy.) In nineteenth-century Europe, Dandies were ridiculed and, according to Bas, they were described as if they were insects, often depicted as “’monstrosities,’ [given] the appearance of some otherworldly species completely separate from ‘common decent society.’” Thus, he has taken the poetic framing of the scientific text, which renders the otherwise abject insects accessible, as an inspiration to develop complex visual descriptions to similarly portray his male figures as approachable, if not attractive.




Kei Takemura “Which moment is the most exciting?”

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Kei Takemura “Which moment is the most exciting?”
at Pola Museum of Art (Yokohama, Kanagawa area)
(2018-01-13 - 2018-03-11)

Kei Takemura is an artist who attributes new aesthetic value to forgotten objects, past memories, and personal stories through his works such as those comprising the “Restored” series. Here he combined pieces of embroidered thin white cloth with photographs and drawings to produce works that reconstruct and keep a record of personal stories relating to himself and his close friends, and that which has been lost or forgotten. Takemura also temporarily fixes personal items that have been damaged through everyday wear and tear by wrapping them in thin fabric that is then stitched with white silk thread. This exhibition focuses on the individual moments that overlap to create the flow of daily life, and the beauty of time in memoriam. Recently Takemura has produced works that incorporate playing cards sharing universal meanings that function regardless of geographical or linguistic differences. Here you can see the 24 works from the “Playing Cards 2017, Austrian Cards on German Cards” series, where he has embroidered German-made cards with Austrian designs using Japanese silk thread, expressing the transgression of geographic and temporal borders. You can also see pieces from “Playing Dominos in J.City,” which is a series inspired by a card game named “Domino” that the artist first came across this year and is popular in the Indonesian city of Yogyakarta. This is the first time any of these works has been shown publicly. [Related Event] Artist Talk & Performance of “Meeting Point with Playing Card” Date: Jan. 13 (Sat), 15:00- Performer: Kei Takemura Venue: 1F Atrium Gallery, Pola Museum of Art *Event in Japanese. *Please see the official website for booking and further details.




Makiko Furuichi “Thief of hand”

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Makiko Furuichi “Thief of hand”
at Wish Less (Ueno, Yanaka area)
(2018-02-17 - 2018-03-11)

The roots of Makiko Furuichi’s creative expression come from her teenage obsession with reading and drawing shojo manga - Japanese manga aimed at young girls - which is something she was deeply ashamed of during adolescence. Her subsequent exposure to European art and culture has seen her creativity expand and develop way beyond the world of shojo manga, however. Here she will showcase new brightly-colored paintings exquisitely capturing the proportions and movement of the human body. Alongside these will be a selection of drawings and zines produced in collaboration with British comic artist Jon Chandler.




My Favorites: Toshio Hara Selects from the Permanent Collection (Part 1)

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My Favorites: Toshio Hara Selects from the Permanent Collection (Part 1)
at Hara Museum of Contemporary Art (Tokyo) (Tokyo: Others area)
(2018-01-06 - 2018-03-11)

Since he started the Hara Museum in 1979 as one of Japan’s first museums dedicated to contemporary art, the director Toshio Hara has devoted himself to the promotion of international exchange and the advancement of art and culture through the holding of special exhibitions, international traveling shows and other activities. This permanent collection show, which stands out as the first to be curated by Toshio Hara himself, features works that he personally selected from the collection’s approximately 1,000 pieces of post-1950s art which spans the entire spectrum of media from painting, sculpture and photography to video art and installation. The first half of this two-part exhibition focuses on artworks collected during the first decade or so of the collection’s history, from the late ‘70s through the first half of the ‘80s, while the second will showcase works that have appeared in exhibitions held at the museum over the years. Together they provide an introduction to the museum over its almost 40-year history, as well as the major art trends that have prevailed from the middle of the 20th century onward. Part 1: Jan. 6 (Sat) - Mar. 11 (Sun) Part 2: Mar. 21 (Wed) - Jun. 3 (Sun) [Artists featured in Part 1] Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko, Andy Warhol, On Kawara, Lee Ufan, Yayoi Kusama, Nam June Paik, Ai Weiwei, Aiko Miyawaki and others.




Shogo Shimizu + Hideo Takasugi + Yasuaki Hamada + Chiaki Yoshioka “Pretty Waste”

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Shogo Shimizu + Hideo Takasugi + Yasuaki Hamada + Chiaki Yoshioka “Pretty Waste”
at Akibatamabi 21 (Chiyoda area)
(2018-02-04 - 2018-03-11)

The exhibition title “Pretty Waste” refers not to the works of art that these artists are creating, but to factors in contemporary life that divert their attention during the process of production. Rather than ignoring what’s going on around them, however, they latch onto this “noise,” using it to create the works you see here. What does it mean to live in the present day and to produce artworks while looking it at contemporary life head on? [Related Event] Talk Event Beginning with the theme “Hyper Individualism,” here the artists and other speakers will address individual works of art. Date: Feb. 25 (Sun), 15:00-16:30 Speaker: Takuya Nakao and others *Event in Japanese.




The Empire of Imagination and Science of Rudolf II

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The Empire of Imagination and Science of Rudolf II
at Bunkamura Museum of Art (Shibuya area)
(2018-01-06 - 2018-03-11)

Rudolf II (1552-1612) reigned as the Holy Roman Emperor and is known as an unrivalled collector and patron of art. He made major contributions to European artistic culture during the late-16th and early-17 centuries by amassing paintings, writings, artifacts, and flora and fauna from around the globe. This exhibition displays work by Giuseppe Arcimboldo and other artists under Rudolf II’s patronage. Won’t you take a look into the world of art and science contained in his “Chamber of Curiosities”?




Yuka Goto + Karin Takiguchi “Glimmer”

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Yuka Goto + Karin Takiguchi “Glimmer”
at Hiromart Gallery Tokyo (Ichigaya, Kagurazaka area)
(2018-02-02 - 2018-03-11)

“Glimmer” showcases watercolor paintings by Karin Takiguchi and paintings in acrylic by Yuka Goto, which has all been specially produced for this exhibition. Takiguchi is an artist from Yamagata prefecture who currently lives and works in Yamagata City. This is her second exhibition with Hiromart Gallery, following hot on the heels of her favorably received Tokyo debut solo exhibition “R1m – The world within a radius of 1 meter.” Takiguchi’s paintings can be said to have a nostalgic appeal. Tokyo-based Goto is known as a painter and comic artist. Hiromart Gallery has been introducing her works two- and three-dimensional paintings since 2011.




Kotaro Hoshiyama “Flyer”

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Kotaro Hoshiyama “Flyer”
at Nihonbashi Takashimaya 6F / X Art Gallery (Kyobashi, Nihonbashi area)
(2018-02-21 - 2018-03-12)

In addition to communicating the characteristics of individual products, advertising plays a social role in promoting consumption. Similarly, Kotaro Hoshiyama’s portraits address both the individual and wider society, evoking the destruction and creation of value by depicting the impulses we suppress in order to survive and sympathizing with the simulated experiences we live. Though a painter, Hoshiyama has a keen interest in manga, which he feels expresses social reality. Employing various techniques, he is an artist committed to expressing fiction and reality, cutting through the sea of information we receive from advertising that is passively stored in our brains. Approximately 26 works will be exhibited here, ranging from large-scale masterpieces of around 900 × 2,700cm (900cm series of three) to smaller works.




Maud Lewis in Film

Maud Lewis in Film
at Embassy of Canada Prince Takamado Gallery (Roppongi, Nogizaka area)
(2018-02-01 - 2018-03-13)

The Embassy of Canada is pleased to present an exhibition commemorating the opening at cinemas in Japan of Maudie, a film about the life of Nova Scotia painter Maud Lewis (1903-1970). The exhibition will include reproductions of her paintings, objects used in the film, a canister she decorated with floral paintings, and more. After the death of her parents, Maud Dowley lived with an aunt before marrying Everett Lewis, a fish peddler. Her painting first attracted attention when her husband began selling postcards painted by his wife to his customers along with their fish. As Maud’s juvenile rheumatoid arthritis worsened, Everett took over the housework while Maud supplemented their income by selling paintings. Her colourful renderings of landscapes, birds and flowers eventually won recognition and were featured in magazines and on television, leading to a commission from U.S. President Richard Nixon. Even so, Maud and Everett lived till their deaths in a simple one room cabin without gas or electricity. In 1984, the small cabin with Maud’s painting on the doors and walls became part of the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia. This exhibition will offer visitors a rare opportunity to familiarize themselves with the life and work of a remarkable Canadian artist.




Shinpei Kusanagi “Anywhere Out of the World”

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Shinpei Kusanagi “Anywhere Out of the World”
at Taka Ishii Gallery Tokyo (Roppongi, Nogizaka area)
(2018-02-17 - 2018-03-17)

In the past, Kusanagi produced landscape paintings by staining untreated canvases with layers of translucent colors. In recent years, he has continued to use staining as his principal method, while incorporating dynamic and improvisational brushstrokes to apply vivid colors resulting in striking abstract paintings. The coexistence of motion and stillness in the composition and colors, and their contrast and harmony are compositional elements that dramatically extend the pictorial space. Kusanagi’s landscapes evoke familiar natural scenes and phenomena, such as trees, greenery, and flowers; the sun and the moon; and the sea and clouds, while simultaneously making viewers imagine an unknown “elsewhere” that expands outside our world.




Collection Exhibitions: “Expanding Colors and Shapes” + “Yoshio Akioka Complete Collection 5, Works by KAK”

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Collection Exhibitions: “Expanding Colors and Shapes” + “Yoshio Akioka Complete Collection 5, Works by KAK”
at Meguro Museum of Art (Ebisu, Daikanyama area)
(2018-02-10 - 2018-03-18)

Meguro Museum of Art, which celebrated its 30th anniversary in 2017, hosts annual exhibitions introducing works from the collection. This year, two collection exhibitions will be held simultaneously: “Expanding Colors and Shapes” and “Yoshio Akioka Complete Collection 5, Works by KAK.” In the former, works by Genichiro Inokuma and Kumi Sugai on the theme of abstract expression in the 1950s and 1960s will be showcased. The latter will explore the work of Yoshio Akioka, Itaru Kaneko and Junnosuke Kawa, though their highly individual work for the design company KAK. [Related Event] Yoshio Akioka DOMA Exploration (within Meguro Ward) Date: Feb. 25 (Sun), 13:00-16:00 Facilitator: Curator Capacity: 20 (suitable for high school students and above) Admission: ¥1000 *Event in Japanese. *Please see the official website for further details.




Pola Museum Annex Exhibition 2018 Part 1 - Ignorance and Visibility

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Pola Museum Annex Exhibition 2018 Part 1 - Ignorance and Visibility
at Pola Museum Annex (Ginza, Marunouchi area)
(2018-02-23 - 2018-03-18)

A selection of work by artists that have been sponsored by Pola Art Foundation to carry out study overseas will be presented. The initiative began with the aim of combining the program with future activities at Pola Museum Annex and beyond, and here you can see it come full circle. Furthermore, you can see the work of the four artists who presented their work in the previous exhibition at Art Fair Tokyo 2018, held at Tokyo International Forum.




What about becoming a collector! 2018

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What about becoming a collector! 2018
at Museum Haus Kasuya (Yokohama, Kanagawa area)
(2018-01-06 - 2018-03-18)

Since opening, this museum has not just exhibited modern artworks, but encouraged visitors to own artworks. Just one artwork being present in a everyday space is worth more than a dozen texts on modern art. In this exhibition, a lineup of relatively small works by 25 artists of different generations and varying styles are presented for the enjoyment of individual collectors. Go along and find your favorite piece. *All artworks in this show are available for purchase during the exhibition period.




Kenji Suzuki: A Retrospective

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Kenji Suzuki: A Retrospective
at Tochigi Prefectural Museum of Fine Arts (Greater Tokyo area)
(2018-01-13 - 2018-03-21)

Kenji Suzuki (1906–1987) was a Showa-era printmaker who vividly depicted the lives of townspeople. His outstanding expressions of form flourished in his manga and sketches that became part of the prewar proletariat movement and the Northern Kanto print movement. Through all the changes of his life and era, he kept a steadfast and affectionate gaze on farm villagers, city laborers, and children. With the support of the Kenji Suzuki Print Museum, this comprehensive retrospective for Suzuki, an artist with ties to Tochigi City, presents 300 items including prints, sculptures, and documentation of Suzuki’s life.




Morikazu Kumagai “The Joy of Life”
Morikazu Kumagai “The Joy of Life” at The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo (Chiyoda area) (2017-12-01 - 2018-03-21) Kumagai Morikazu (1880-1977) is widely recognized for a style that is distinguished by bright colors and distinct forms. His later works, depicting familiar living things like flowers, insects, and birds, are especially loved by people of all ages. At first sight, these works look humorous and seem to have been created with great ease. But in tracing back Kumagai’s over 70-year career, it becomes clear that he actually experimented with many different approaches, making paintings to see how things could be seen in the dark and developing a process to use the same design in multiple works. The reason Kumagai’s flowers and birds have such a lifelike appearance is due to the artist’s ingenuous means of dealing with color and form. Concealed within his works are an observational ability akin to that of a scientist and an elaborate production method. This retrospective, the first to be held in Tokyo in many years, sheds light on the artist’s creative process with more than 200 paintings, sketches, diaries, and documents. During his long 97-year life, which began in the Meiji Period and continued late into the Showa Period, Kumagai experienced a variety of hardships including poverty and deaths in the family. Yet he single-mindedly devoted himself to his work and, even at the age of 95, said, “I hope to live forever.” [Event] Isao Takahata Animation Screening Date: Feb. 24 (Sat) 14:00–15:30 Tickets passed out from 10:00 on first-come basis. In Japanese. Please see the official website for details and information on more events. [...]



Angela Detanico and Rafael Lain, Antonio Dias, Mira Schendel “Dialogue”

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Angela Detanico and Rafael Lain, Antonio Dias, Mira Schendel “Dialogue”
at The Club (Ginza, Marunouchi area)
(2018-01-20 - 2018-03-24)

The Club is pleased to present “Dialogue,” a group show introducing Brazilian artists. It features Antonio Dias and Mira Schendel, two critically acclaimed artists that have been active internationally since the 1960s, the heyday of the Concretismo Brazilian Art Movement. Their influence, and in particular their works’ relationship with Japanese poetry, is clearly explored by the young duo Angela Detanico and Rafael Lain. Although from different generations, they all share similar experiences of living both in Brazil and Europe and working in multilingual surroundings. You are invited to enjoy the dialogue between these conceptual artists, each of whom addresses the underlying possibilities of language, not only in the way words’ meanings and their phonetics are related and give birth to each other, but also in finding ways to visually sublimate that process in art.




Fumiko Hori Exhibition
Fumiko Hori Exhibition at Museum of Modern Art, Hayama (Yokohama, Kanagawa area) (2017-11-18 - 2018-03-25) Exhibition celebrating the work of Japanese-style nihonga painter Fumiko Hori (1918-), who earned a living through magazine illustrations and book binding before traveling throughout Japan and overseas from the 1960s onward. Visiting countries such as Mexico, Italy, and Nepal, she expressed that which impressed her during such journeys as paintings and essays. Discover the world of Hori, who continues to depict the beauty of nature and life, through representative masterpieces, drawings, and writings. This multi-part exhibition is a fantastic opportunity to explore her artistic approach and unique view of humanity. Part 1.1: Nov. 18 (Sat) - Dec. 17 (Sun) / Part 1.2: Dec. 19 (Tue) - Jan. 21 (Sun) Part 2: Jan. 23 (Tue) - Feb. 18 (Sun) / Part 2.2: Feb. 20 (Tue) - Mar. 25 (Sun) *The works on display will change throughout the exhibition period. [Related Events] Talk: Encounters with Women Artists Event Date: Dec. 16 (Sat) 15:00-16:00 Speaker: Satoshi Omura (Emeritus Professor of Kitasato University, President Emeritus of Joshibi University of Art and Design Educational Corporation, Director of Nirasakiomura Museum) Venue: Auditorium Admission: Free Capacity: 70 (booking required) Special Talk Event Date: Feb. 3 (Sat) 14:00-15:00 Main speaker: Fumi Dan (Japanese actress) Interviewer: Tsutomu Mizusawa (Director of Museum of Modern Art, Hayama) Venue: Auditorium Admission: Free Capacity: 70 (booking required) Gallery Talk by the Curator Event Date: Dec. 23 (Sat), 2017, Feb. 17 (Sat), 2018, Mar. 18 (Sun), 14:00-14:30 Venue: Exhibition space Admission: Free (bo[...]



Hiroki Oda + Sunao + Klaus Pfeiffer “Simple Innocence”

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Hiroki Oda + Sunao + Klaus Pfeiffer “Simple Innocence”
at Tokyo Art Museum (Musashino, Tama area)
(2018-01-11 - 2018-03-25)

Nika Association artist Hiroki Oda continued to produce his brush paintings until the age of 98. Sunao, a gallery owner who lived in Paris, was called “Sunao Bird” by the novelist Toru Sunouchi and known for the pure spirit of his works. Captivated by the blue Greek seas, German-born Klaus Pfeiffer continues to live and work in Greece.




Hiroshi Kokubo “Invitation to the Forest of Life – Color Portfolio”

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Hiroshi Kokubo “Invitation to the Forest of Life – Color Portfolio”
at Oyama City Kurumaya Museum of Art (Greater Tokyo area)
(2018-02-10 - 2018-03-25)

Hiroshi Kokubo (b. 1949) graduated from Tokyo University of the Arts Graduate School and later studied at Paris’s École nationale supérieure des Beaux-Arts, where he absorbed the traditions and essence of European art. Kokubo’s style is characterized by thick, precisely applied layers of paint and harmonized translucent color tones composed into semi-abstract motifs. The co-existence of humans and nature has long been a theme of his work, and in the past decade or so he has taken an anthropomorphic approach to portraying “the forest as the source of life,” expressing an affection and awe of nature. This exhibition introduces 34 of Kokubo’s paintings with a focus on works from recent years, offering an overview of how his practice continues to progress.




Jun Miura Festival

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Jun Miura Festival
at Kawasaki City Museum (Setagaya, Kawasaki area)
(2018-01-27 - 2018-03-25)

Illustrator Jun Miura is credited with starting fads like the personal obsession-focused “my boom,” the yuru kyara local mascot craze, and the current interest in Buddhist statues. He celebrates his 60th birthday on February 1, 2018. This exhibition looks back on his dynamic life and work.




Masao Tsuruoka the Person - 110th Anniversary

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Masao Tsuruoka the Person - 110th Anniversary
at Takasaki Museum of Art (Greater Tokyo area)
(2018-02-10 - 2018-03-25)

Masao Tsuruoka (1907-1979) was a painter from Takasaki City, Gunma Prefecture who continued to depict people and their hardships throughout his career. This included his friend Aimitsu, who experienced the war, and the death of fellow painter Shunsuke Matsumoto. Celebrating the 110th anniversary of his birth, the exhibition presents 98 works, selected from the more than 300 works held in the Takasaki Museum of Art collection as well as the collections of other museums in the prefecture, under one roof. It features 34 oil paintings, 17 pastel works, 38 drawings, and 9 three-dimensional works. The exhibition will also touch on the practice of his contemporaries as well as Yoshi Kinouchi, who worked on Tsuruoka’s sculptural pieces, allowing visitors to become familiar which the artist’s work inside and out. [Related Events] Workshop: Abstract paintings on stones Date: Feb. 18 (Sun), 13:00-15:00 Workshop: Depicting movement in pastels Date: Feb. 25 (Sun), 13:00-15:00 *Events in Japanese. *Please see the official website for further details.




Project N 70: Hozumi Miyamoto

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Project N 70: Hozumi Miyamoto
at Tokyo Opera City Art Gallery (Shinjuku area)
(2018-01-13 - 2018-03-25)

Hozumi Miyamoto’s warmly toned oil paintings evoke sepia photographs and postcards, resulting in unusual perspectives of distance. The people appearing in these works resemble dolls or figurines in a diorama. Miyamoto uses photographs printed on regular paper with insufficient ink to create these works, deepening the relationship between this process and the faded colors on the canvas while rejecting Western traditions of perspective to create a unique sense of space.




Showa × Tokyo Shitamachi Serenade: Yu Takita Exhibition

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Showa × Tokyo Shitamachi Serenade: Yu Takita Exhibition
at Yayoi Museum (Ueno, Yanaka area)
(2018-01-03 - 2018-03-25)

Showa Era manga artist Yu Takita was born and raised in downtown Tokyo’s red light district. He rose to fame with “Terajima-cho kitan (Terajima neighborhood mysteries),” where he fondly depicted the lives of those he’d grown up around, when it was serialized in 1968 in the monthly publication “Garo.” See original artwork from this title alongside color illustrations of downtown Tokyo in the years before and during the war, original drawings from his other manga, and additional related materials. Takita’s vivid memories of this nostalgic landscape leave a lasting impression. *The works on show will change during the exhibition period. Part 1: Jan. 3 (Wed) - Feb. 12 (Mon) Part 2: Feb. 14 (Wed) - Mar. 25 (Sun) [Related Events] Mini talk by manga artist Yaro Abe Date: Jan. 20 (Sat), PM (duration: approx. 30 mins.) *Exhibition admission ticket required *No booking required Gallery talk by the curator Dates: Jan. 14 (Sun), Feb. 11 (Sun), Mar. 11 (Sun), 14:00- (duration: approx. 40 mins.) *Exhibition admission ticket required *No booking required *Events in Japanese.




The World of Yumeji Takehisa and Magazines - Great Media of Meiji, Taisho, Showa Era -

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The World of Yumeji Takehisa and Magazines - Great Media of Meiji, Taisho, Showa Era -
at Takehisa Yumeji Museum (Ueno, Yanaka area)
(2018-01-03 - 2018-03-25)

Yumeji Takehisa began his career as an artist while still a student, after his work featured in the magazine “Chugakko sekai (The world of Junior High School)” in 1905. His work subsequently appeared in various magazines and garnered much popularity. He would contribute artwork for use on covers, title pages, and as illustrations, as well as working on typeface design and producing copy for publications. Throughout his lifetime, which spanned the Meiji, Taisho and Showa eras, he contributed to around 180 different titles and over 2200 magazine issues. This exhibition will focus on magazine works considered central to his practice as an artist. [Related Events] Gallery Talk Dates: Jan. 14 (Sun), Feb. 11 (Sun), Mar. 11 (Sun), 15:00- *Events in Japanese




Winter Journey, Voices of Spring

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Winter Journey, Voices of Spring
at Museum of Modern Art, Hayama (Yokohama, Kanagawa area)
(2017-11-18 - 2018-03-25)

Running simultaneously and in conjunction with the museum’s Fumiko Hori Exhibition, this show comprised of works from the collection is organized around the themes journeying and the seasons. Many artists have spent their lives traveling the world and producing abundant paintings, just as Hori has done throughout her lifetime, visiting places both close to home and further afield in order to see how nature and the local scenery changes with seasons. This exhibition will include everything from oil paintings, to Japanese-style nihonga works, prints, sculptures, and contemporary artworks, inviting you to journey round the exhibition space while taking in the tranquil atmosphere of Hayama during winter and spring. [Related Events] Gallery Talk by the Exhibition Curator Date: Feb. 17 (Sat), Mar. 18 (Sat), 15:00-15:30 Venue: Exhibition Space Admission: Free (admission ticket for the Fumiko Hori collection exhibition is required, no booking required) *Events in Japanese.




Art is Science Ⅱ
Art is Science Ⅱ at Karuizawa New Art Museum (Greater Tokyo area) (2017-10-07 - 2018-03-31) This summer, Karuizawa New Art Museum hosted “Art is Science,” focusing on artistic expressionism that has emerged from the advancement of scientific technology. From the early 20th century and into the post-war period, there was experimental use of scientific technology in art. We now notice that this has influenced our esthetic sensibilities and contributes to their diversity. In “Art is Science Ⅱ,” the museum will continue to address the idea of new horizons, looking at artists who have been working on links with science in contemporary art. In 1973 a British-born artist Harold Cohen (1928-2016) invented “Aaron,” an automatic drawing machine. Through numerous trial-and-error experiments with his computers, Cohen pursued not only artistic expressions generated from human drawings and colors, but also sought out creations by Artificial Intelligence that could learn and develop autonomously. John Cage (1912-1992) is well known as an avant-garde composer of experimental music, who presented “Radio Music” (1958) and “Cartridge Music” (1960) by making use of the capacities of machines such as radios and microphones. Through examples such as these, we can see there has been use of scientific technologies to embody ideas in conceptual aspects. In this exhibition you can encounter a variety of works that are the result of artists’ un[...]



Group Exhibition “ShugoArts Show”

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Group Exhibition “ShugoArts Show”
at Shugoarts (Roppongi, Nogizaka area)
(2018-02-10 - 2018-03-31)

This group exhibition showcases works by those represented by Shugoarts, dividing the gallery space into two sections - one half for photography, and the other for painting and sculpture. Towards the front of the gallery space you can see gelatin silver prints by Yasumasa Moriyama, Yuji Ono, Kazuna Taguchi and Tomoko Yoneda. Ono’s (b. 1963)photographs, on public display at Shugoarts gallery for the first time, take paintings produced from the 16th to 18th centuries as their subject, drawing attention to the act of “looking” and appearing to depict light itself. Meanwhile, in the rear exhibition room, you can see paintings by Masaya Chiba, Masato Kobayashi, Aki Kondo, Lee Kit and Naofumi Maruyama, sculptural works by Yukio Fujimoto, Leiko Ikemura, Ritsue Mishima, Shigeo Toya, and a selection of large-scale and smaller works by other artists.




Mariko Matsushita “Raw”
Mariko Matsushita “Raw” at Ken Nakahashi (Shinjuku area) (2018-02-02 - 2018-03-31) Sexual love and the pain of living are regular subjects in Mariko Matsushita’s works. Her painting harbors powerful energy, each of her works produced through an intimate relationship between the model and the artist herself. The exhibition title “Raw” embodies ideas relating to an imagined future and universe, as well as the soul seeking out a primitive and mystic “life.” In 2016, Matsushita won the grand prize for the 2nd CAFAA Award sponsored by the Contemporary Art Foundation, which meant she could join a three-months residency program at the Delfina Foundation in London from July to September. During this residency, she researched and developed different expressive outputs aside from her usual paintings, introducing a new spectrum of media to her body of work. This exhibition will present unreleased paintings from 2016 up to the latest ones produced this year, together with work produced in London, including video performance and photography, created in collaboration with photographer Mikito Tateisi. Her video performance, “Walking with Meat” (video + sound, 5min) is a metaphor for her life, expressed by walking though the streets of London holding a huge lump of flesh, while “Little Fox in London” (video + sound, 5 min) unfolds within a childish kitsch world through a playful se[...]



Brueghel: 150 Years of an Artistic Dynasty
Brueghel: 150 Years of an Artistic Dynasty at Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum (Ueno, Yanaka area) (2018-01-23 - 2018-04-01) The Brueghels were one of 16th- and 17th-century Europe’s most influential painting dynasties. Its patriarch, the innovative artist Pieter Bruegel the Elder, viewed reality objectively and portrayed ordinary people at work and play as they were, without prejudices. His keen powers of observation were passed down to his sons, grandsons, and great grandsons. It was around this that the Brueghel painting style and traditions were built. His first son, Pieter the Younger, produced faithful copies of his father’s works, and his second son, Jan the Elder, inherited and developed his father’s interest in nature, painting numerous masterpieces. It was Jan the Elder’s descendants - Jan the Younger, Ambrosius, and Abraham - who carried on the family’s painting style and established the name “Brueghel” as an enduring brand. Through some 100 valuable works, principally from private collections, this ambitious exhibition provides an overall picture of the Brueghel dynasty and the world of 16th- and 17th-century Flemish painting. [...]