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Vajiko Chachkhiani “Moment In and Out of Time”

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Vajiko Chachkhiani “Moment In and Out of Time”
at SCAI The Bathhouse
Kashiwayu-Ato, 6-1-23 Yanaka, Taito-ku, Tokyo 110-0001
Media: Sculpture - Installation - Video and Film
(2018-01-26 - 2018-02-24)

The young Georgian artist Vajiko Chachkhiani uses societal events as media in symbolic sculptures and installations. These works shed light on the deep inner psychology of the viewer while uncovering the divides between individual experience and reality. The sculptural work of the same title as the exhibition, “Moment In and Out of Time” (2014), is a rusting metal door with an open hatch taken from a solitary confinement chamber. The watch hole of the door is plugged with wax of the candle found inside the prison cell, separating the two worlds and underscoring the violent nature of the chamber’s door. The single channel “Winter Which Was Not There” (2017) unfolds complex, layered narratives in which a concrete statue is pulled out of the sea, and dragged along the road by car, gradually forming implications and metaphors latent in visual clues, which translate into an alternative metanarrative. Crossing over topics of current affairs, literature and poetry of his country and beyond, Chachkhiani’s work suggests a poignant interpretation of the themes of life and death, disclosing conditions such as loneliness, violence and anger.




The History of Appreciating Swords in Japan

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The History of Appreciating Swords in Japan
at Tokyo National Museum
13-9 Ueno Park, Taito-ku, Tokyo 110-8712
Media: Product
(2017-12-05 - 2018-02-25)

Swords have a long history in Japan and have been admired as objects for more than 600 years. This thematic exhibition allows visitors to appreciate the different aspects of swords as they have come to be valued over time, inviting them to look at various actual blades. Many technical terms are referred to in the appreciation of Japanese swords meaning that it is often difficult for non-experts to understand the extent of their appeal. Generations of Japanese ancestors, however, have employed such language freely in order to comprehend the abstract beauty of swords. Here visitors can enjoy the enigmatic but striking beauty of swords against the backdrop of their history in Japan. Venue: Honkan Room 14




Yasuko Toyoshima + Eri Takayanagi + Yuki Okumura “Knowledge and Belief in the World”

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Yasuko Toyoshima + Eri Takayanagi + Yuki Okumura “Knowledge and Belief in the World”
at Komagome Soko
2-14-2 Komagome, Toshima-ku, Tokyo 173-0003
Media: Installation - Media Arts
(2018-02-03 - 2018-02-25)

Group exhibition by three artists who each take a unique approach in their work, using differing methodologies to design various structures expressing diverse subjects, concepts, systems as so forth. These artists explore a range of possibilities at a time when ideas circulating around knowledge and belief are changing.




KUAD Annual 2018: Schrödinger’s Cat

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KUAD Annual 2018: Schrödinger’s Cat
at Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum
8-36 Ueno Park, Taito-ku, Tokyo 110-8712
Media: Graphics - Painting - Nihonga - Photography - Prints - Sculpture - Crafts
(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
8-36 Ueno Park, Taito-ku, Tokyo 110-8712
Media: Painting - Nihonga - Prints - Sculpture - Installation - Fashion - Crafts
(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




19th Windmill Calligraphy and Painting Exhibition

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19th Windmill Calligraphy and Painting Exhibition
at Ueno Royal Museum
1-2 Ueno Park, Taito-ku, Tokyo,110-0007
Media: Painting
(2018-02-22 - 2018-02-27)




Mai Inoue Exhibition

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Mai Inoue Exhibition
at Ueno Royal Museum
1-2 Ueno Park, Taito-ku, Tokyo,110-0007
Media: Nihonga
(2018-02-17 - 2018-02-28)

Presenting new works by the 34th exhibition grand prize winner Mai Inoue.




Miho Katsuragawa “Eye to Eye”

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Miho Katsuragawa “Eye to Eye”
at Flew Gallery
Shiraishi bldg. 1F, 1-22-29 Sendagi, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo 113-0022
Media: Product - Crafts
(2018-02-23 - 2018-02-28)

Eye to eye, hand and hand, heart and heart. Miho Katsuragawa looks to connect people through her works comprised of dyed textile hangings.




DenchuLab.2017

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DenchuLab.2017
at Denchu Hirakushi house and atelier
2-20-3 Uenosakuragi, Taito-ku, Tokyo 110-0002
Media: Fashion - Artist in Residence
(2018-02-23 - 2018-03-04)

Denchu.Lab is an event held at Denchu Hirakushi house and atelier, the former residence of late modern Japanese sculptor Denchu Hirakushi. The space is now used as place for new creation and exchange in an attempt to connect both locals and the rest of the world through the medium of art. This is achieved in part through various activities and events, as well as directly supporting artists in their practice and the presentation of their work. Kaori Tamura and Hikari Sekine were two artists selected to for a six-week residency, the results of which will be exhibited here. [Related Event] Artist Talk Date: Feb. 24 (Sat), 13:00-15:00 Speakers: Hiroko Hirakushi (Director of Kodaira Hirakushi Denchu Art Museum)




Kumagusu Minakata: An Informant-savant 100 Years Ahead of his Time

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Kumagusu Minakata: An Informant-savant 100 Years Ahead of his Time
at National Museum of Nature and Science
7-20 Ueno-koen, Taito-ku, Tokyo 110-8718
Media: Graphics - Drawing - Sculpture - Talks
(2017-12-19 - 2018-03-04)

The late Kumagusu Minakata has long been known as a researcher who explored natural phenomena, but in recent years the vast body of work that he left behind has been re-evaluated and his role reconsidered as that of an information provider. In this exhibition, you can take a trip inside the mind of Minakata by looking at key exhibits pertaining to his work, such as diaries, letters, illustrated texts, and diagrams of fungi. This show is complemented by the simultaneously held exhibition “Lichen - A Fungi and Algae Composite.” Venue: Special Exhibitions Space, 1F Japan Building, National Museum of Nature and Science [Related Events] Gallery Talk: “Kumagusu Minakata, Our Contemporary” Date: Jan. 26 (Fri), 18:00-18:30 Venue: Special Exhibitions Space, 1F Japan Building Speaker: Yoshiya Tamura (Academic Trustee of Kumagusu Minakata Archives) Gallery Talk: “Mysteries of the Life and Illustrated Works of Kumagusu Minakata” Date: Feb. 23 (Fri), 18:00-18:30 Venue: Special Exhibitions Space, 1F Japan Building Speaker: Tsuyoshi Hosoya (Chair of the National Museum of Nature and Science Department of Biology Division of Fungi and Algae Research Group) *No booking required. *Events in Japanese. *Please see the official website for further details.




Lichen - A Fungi and Algae Composite

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Lichen - A Fungi and Algae Composite
at National Museum of Nature and Science
7-20 Ueno-koen, Taito-ku, Tokyo 110-8718
Media: Photography - Video and Film
(2017-12-19 - 2018-03-04)

This exhibition shines the spotlight of the many forms and characteristics of lichen, an organism that is seen but rarely paid much attention at first glance. Approximately 70 exhibits have been carefully selected from the museum’s collection of more than 250,000 lichen specimens, presenting examples of the organism from various environments, such as those close to home, alpine and tropical habitats, and the Antarctic. Learn about its biochemistry and how it features in our lives. Lichen is often confused with moss, but while moss is a simple plant, lichen is a composite organism that relies of the harmonious symbiotic relationship of fungi with algae. This exhibition offers a chance to get to know this frequently overlooked organism through interactive exhibits, videos and other items. This show is complemented by the simultaneously held exhibition “Kumagusu Minakata: An Informant-savant 100 Years Ahead of his Time.” Venue: Multipurpose Space, 1F Japan Building, National Museum of Nature and Science




Springtime Ukiyo-e Paintings

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Springtime Ukiyo-e Paintings
at Hagurodo
2F Yushima High Town, 4-6-11 Yushima, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo 113-0034
Media: Prints
(2018-02-13 - 2018-03-10)

Shunrin Katsukawa was an artist affiliated with the Katsukawa school of Japanese ukiyo-e art, of which Hokusai was also a member. At this time Katsukawa was active, ukiyo-e typically incorporated satirical subject matter, exemplified through works such as “Inu kubo (Dog shogunate),” which suggests criticism and a show of resistance against figures of power. Enjoy the Edo flavor of these works this spring.




Makiko Furuichi “Thief of hand”

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Makiko Furuichi “Thief of hand”
at Wish Less
5-12-10 Tabata, Kita-ku, Tokyo 114-0014
Media: Painting - Party
(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.




Treasures from Ninnaji Temple and Omuro

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Treasures from Ninnaji Temple and Omuro
at Tokyo National Museum
13-9 Ueno Park, Taito-ku, Tokyo 110-8712
Media: Nihonga - Sculpture - Crafts
(2018-01-16 - 2018-03-11)

Ninnaji, the head temple of the Omuro branch of the Shingon sect, was founded by the devotion of Emperor Koko in 886 (Ninna 2), and completed under the following Emperor Uda in 888 (Ninna 4). Subsequent generations of emperors thus became followers of the temple. Today, the temple is designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site, as one of the “Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto.” This exhibition features treasures of Ninnaji, together with Buddhist sculptures and other precious artifacts preserved at temples of the Omuro branch.




Miki Takada “January / Wind of a Month”

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Miki Takada “January / Wind of a Month”
at Break Station Gallery, Ueno
Ueno Station Galleria 2F, 7-chome Ueno, Taito-ku, Tokyo 110-0005
Media: Sculpture - Artist in Residence
(2018-02-03 - 2018-03-15)

The Toride Art Project is a “half agriculture, half art” focused artist-in-residence program. This exhibition presents the work of current resident artist Miki Takada and invites visitors to see how she has been living and working throughout January this year.




Roads of Arabia: Archaeological Treasures of Saudi Arabia

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Roads of Arabia: Archaeological Treasures of Saudi Arabia
at Tokyo National Museum
13-9 Ueno Park, Taito-ku, Tokyo 110-8712
Media: Sculpture - Fashion - Crafts
(2018-01-23 - 2018-03-18)

The Arabian Peninsula has been intersected by trade routes since ancient times, acting as crossroads of diverse peoples and civilizations. This exhibition will, for the very first time in Japan, display treasures from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia that reveal a dynamic history and culture. More than 400 invaluable cultural properties will be displayed, including the oldest stone tools in Asia, dating back over a million years; anthropomorphic stelae erected in the desert 5,000 years ago; excavated artifacts from the thriving ancient cities of the Hellenistic and Roman periods; a 17th-century door from the Ka’ba in Mecca, the holiest site in the religion of Islam; and possessions of King Abdulaziz, the first monarch of Saudi Arabia, from the 20th century. You are invited to take advantage of this unique opportunity to experience the immensely rich and fascinating history of the Arabian Peninsula. Venue: Hyokeikan, Tokyo National Museum




Showa × Tokyo Shitamachi Serenade: Yu Takita Exhibition

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Showa × Tokyo Shitamachi Serenade: Yu Takita Exhibition
at Yayoi Museum
2-4-3 Yayoi, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo 113-0032
Media: Illustration - Painting - Talks
(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 Shining Boro – Cloth of Life

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The Shining Boro – Cloth of Life
at Amuse Museum
2-34-3 Asakusa, Taito-ku, Tokyo 111-0032
Media: Fashion
(2017-03-31 - 2018-03-25)

In Aomori Prefecture, there were quilted cloths called “Bodo” or “Bodoko” made by sewing pieces of hemp and cotton cloth once worn by generations of ancestors. Bodoko were used as sheets to lie on during the night, spread over straw or dry leaves on the floor. They were also often also used during childbirth as the sheet for the baby to be delivered on. Receiving the baby with these multi-layered cloths once worn by long-gone ancestors carried the message to the baby that she did not enter the world alone. In addition to the Boro patched clothing collection of Mr. Chuzaburo Tanaka, this exhibition presents valuable Bodoko owned by Mr. Toshio Kojima (Gallery Kojima) and Ms. Sayomi Okamune (Art gallery Hagisha). The stunning world of art unexpectedly created from these “shabby” clothes represents the precise opposite of today’s consumer culture.




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
2-4-2 Yayoi, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo 113-0032
Media: Illustration - Painting
(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




Brueghel: 150 Years of an Artistic Dynasty

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Brueghel: 150 Years of an Artistic Dynasty
at Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum
8-36 Ueno Park, Taito-ku, Tokyo 110-8712
Media: Painting
(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.




"Boro" Exhibition

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"Boro" Exhibition
at Amuse Museum
2-34-3 Asakusa, Taito-ku, Tokyo 111-0032
Media: Product - Fashion

"Boro" is now becoming an international phrase, originated from Japanese snowy north area, meaning the patched clothes that people back then used for many generations in a household by adding stitches and/or pieces of cloth on it over and over. The word “Boro” now also has an artistic sense to it, highly rated among the field of the textile art design, and requested for purchase by various artists and collectors. Boro is patched clothing with a lot of small cloths here and there, but nothing fancy like today’s quilted or patched works. It was made purely for the practical purposes of retaining warmth in the snowy areas and for making it last as long as possible where it was hard to obtain any other sorts of cloth. When we review its practicality and design from today’s point of view, we are able to realize its incredible sophistication. Amuse Museum is exhibiting Boro for the first time after a century has passed since its last use. It contains no waste, and this is what is called “Yuyo-no-Bi" (Beauty of Practicality), a concept which we seem to have forgotten already, the opposite of today’s prevailing consumer culture.




NMWA Museum Collection

NMWA Museum Collection
at National Museum Of Western Art, Tokyo
7-7, Ueno-Koen, Taito-ku, Tokyo 110-0007
Media: Painting - Drawing - Prints - Sculpture

The NMWA was established in 1959 around the core Matsukata Collection as Japan’s museum specializing in Western art. The galleries feature pre-18th century paintings including those by Ritzos, Van Cleve, Veronese, Rubens, Van Ruysdael, and Ribera, 19th to early 20th century French paintings including works by Delacroix, Courbet, Manet, Renoir, Monet, Van Gogh, Gauguin, and Moreau and works by the next generation of artists, such as Marquet, Picasso, Soutin, Ernst, Miro, Dubuffet and Pollock.




Yokoyama Taikan Memorial Hall Permanent Exhibit

Yokoyama Taikan Memorial Hall Permanent Exhibit
at Yokoyama Taikan Memorial Hall
1-4-24, Ikenohata, Taito-ku, Tokyo 110-0008
Media: Painting - Drawing - Ceramics

Works, studies, sketches, ceramics, kimonos, artworks by friends, letters, bamboo crafts, and other belongings of Yokoyama Taikan are on display. Exhibits will change every three months. Closed during summer, winter, and rain season. May be closed in heavy snow or hurricane.




Velázquez and The Celebration of Painting: The Golden Age in The Museo Del Prado
Velázquez and The Celebration of Painting: The Golden Age in The Museo Del Prado at National Museum Of Western Art, Tokyo 7-7, Ueno-Koen, Taito-ku, Tokyo 110-0007 Media: Painting - Drawing - Workshops - Talks (2018-02-24 - 2018-05-27) Founded in 1819 with the Royal Spanish Collection at its core, the Museo Nacional del Prado in Madrid is one of the world’s most celebrated temples of art. This exhibition, held with the Museo del Prado’s full cooperation, features 70 pieces from its collection. They include 61 masterpieces mostly of the 17th century, displayed around a nucleus of seven pieces by Diego Velázquez (1599-1660), one of the greatest painters of all time. 17th-century Spain produced a succession of great artists, from Velázquez to Ribera, Zurbarán, and Murillo. The enormous passion of Spanish monarchs for paintings and collecting artworks can be cited as an important factor fostering the art of such painters. Velázquez, a court painter who rose to greatness under Philip IV’s patronage, drew creative stimulus from masterpieces by Titian and Rubens in the Royal Collection. As an artist, he embodied the honor that Spain conferred on the art of painting. This exhibition recreates the international art scene of 17th-century Spain with a focus on Philip IV’s court, offering in this way an immersion in the splendor of the Museo del Prado’s extensive collection. [Related Events] ■Lectures Venue: Auditorium, B2 floor, Special Exhibition Wing Capacity: 130 (first-come-first-served basis) Admission: Free (lecture ticket and a special exhibition ticket are required) *Lecture tickets (one per person) are available at the Information Desk, starting at 12:00 noon on the day of the event. *The Auditorium will open 30 minutes prior to the start time and visitors will be admitted according to lecture ticket number order. *Lecture titles and content may change without notice. 1. “Velázquez and the Museo del Prado: A Common Destiny” Date: Feb. 24 (Sat), 14:00-15:30 Speaker: Javier Portús (Senior Curator of Spanish Painting until 1700, Museo Nacional del Prado and exhibition curator) *Event in Spanish, with Japanese interpretation 2. “The Challenges and Revolution of Court Painter Velásquez – From Bodegon Imagery and Portraits to Narrative Pictures” Date: Mar. 17 (Sat), 14:00-15:30 Speaker: Yasujiro Otaka (Professor Emeritus, Waseda University) *Event in Japanese 3. “Velásquez and the Spanish Landscape” Date: Apr. 7 (Sat), 14:00-15:30 Speaker: Yusuke Kawase (Curator, National Museum of Western Art and exhibition curator) *Event in Japanese 4. “The Court of the Spanish Hapsburg Family – An Historical Overview” Date: Apr. 14 (Sat), 14:00-15:30 Speaker: Kazuo Miyazaki(Associate Professor, University of Tsukuba) *Event in Japanese 5. “Spanish Art Theory and the Social Status of Painters in the 17th Century” Date: May 12 (Sat), 14:00-15:30 Speaker: Noriko Matsubara (Professor, Sophia University) *Event in Japanese ■Slide Talks Dates: Mar. 9 (Fri), Mar. 3 (Fri), Apr. 20 (Fri), May 11 (Fri) Time: 18:00- (approx. 30 mins. in length) Venue: Auditorium, B2 floor, Special Exhibition Wing Lecturer: Ryuta Sakamoto (Graduate School, Waseda University) Audience: 130 (first-come-first-served basis) Admission: Free (special exhibition ticket is required) *Please assemble at the Auditorium 30 minutes prior to the start time. [...]