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Time Pieces

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Time Pieces
at Isetan Shinjuku Store (Shinjuku area)
(2017-09-20 - 2017-09-26)

“Time” comes into being and disappears according to the way it is carved out and accounted for by clocks. The way that time is felt and understood, however, varies from person to person. This exhibition presents works in various media that express time as each of the artists experiences it. Venue: 5F Art Gallery, Main Building [Related Events] “Writing Clock” Demonstration & Talk Event with Kango Suzuki (creator of the Karakuri Clock) Event Time: Sep. 23 (Sat) 14:00-14:40 *Event in Japanese




Phenomenon: Plateless Printing Combined with Fine Paper

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Phenomenon: Plateless Printing Combined with Fine Paper
at Mihoncho Honten (Chiyoda area)
(2017-08-04 - 2017-09-29)

Exploring the new possibilities of paper realized through combinations of fine paper and rapidly progressing plateless digital printing technology such as UV inkjets, digital hot plates, and laser cutters. What diverse and complex “phenomena” will these experiments produce?




Cosmic Wonder

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Cosmic Wonder
at Lamp harajuku (Omotesando, Aoyama area)
(2017-09-15 - 2017-09-30)

New pieces from the 2017 autumn line.




OKiNiIRi Vol.3

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OKiNiIRi Vol.3
at The Artcomplex Center of Tokyo (Shinjuku area)
(2017-09-06 - 2017-09-30)

Do you have a favorite artwork? If you do, you would use the phrase “o-ki ni iri” to express that in Japanese. We often use the word “favorite” in daily life to talk about things we like, but for some reason it’s much harder to use in the context of art. One explanation for this may be that we do not consider art to be part of our everyday lives. In this exhibition, ACT will display and sell works by selected artists. Why not discover your next “o-ki ni iri” piece here and make it part of your day-to-day. Venue: 2F Act2




Shelves 2: Orie Small Objects

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Shelves 2: Orie Small Objects
at Orie Art Gallery (Omotesando, Aoyama area)
(2017-09-19 - 2017-09-30)

The box shelves in the gallery will be packed full with objects produced from various materials, such as wood, metal, glass, and ceramics, by 41 different artists.




Tama-bi Ceramics - Tama University Department of Cermaic, Glass, and Metal Works: Selected Works

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Tama-bi Ceramics - Tama University Department of Cermaic, Glass, and Metal Works: Selected Works
at Gallery Natsuka (Kyobashi, Nihonbashi area)
(2017-09-25 - 2017-09-30)

Selection of ceramic works by four students currently enrolled at Tama University in the Department of Cermaic, Glass, and Metal Works.




A.W.P Selection 2017: Photographers of the next generation

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A.W.P Selection 2017: Photographers of the next generation
at Ricoh Imaging Square Ginza 8F, A.W.P Gallery zone (Ginza, Marunouchi area)
(2017-09-06 - 2017-10-01)

While Gallery A. W. P exhibits and sells photographic works from art museums around the world, representing already prominent artists, it also considers one of its roles to be introducing largely unknown artists poised to represent the future of photography. Previously titles “Photographers Obscure,” the 5th edition of this annual exhibition will present around 30 works by five photographers bringing new sensibilities to the field. These works are available for purchase.




Ambient Lifestyle Items Designed by Naoto Fukasawa

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Ambient Lifestyle Items Designed by Naoto Fukasawa
at Shiodome Museum | Rouault Gallery (Ginza, Marunouchi area)
(2017-07-08 - 2017-10-01)

Naoto Fukasawa’s philosophy posits that design should be influenced by the unconscious actions of people. He refers to this as “without thought,” and has held a design workshop of the same name annually since 1999. Fukasawa has also published several books in which he expounds on his approach to product design, using terms such as “action-dependent design,” “center of consciousness,” “normality,” “shaping,” and “classical.” His work represents an attempt to give visual form to these concepts. The “ambient” in the exhibition name refers both to “ambient” and “ambience” — that is, both environment and atmosphere. Fukasawa shapes an object based on the environment it is to be placed in, which in turn implies that this is the shape that the environment demands — the shape that belongs in that location. By simply using such an object in its intended environment, a consumer creates synergy between the two — in the process transforming the ambience of that environment into what Fukusawa calls “a positive atmosphere.” In other words, the act of using an object designed by Fukusawa is, in that moment, the act of designing the ambience of one’s environment. Through creative presentation, this exhibition will attempt to replicate this “positive atmosphere.” Exhibited items include numerous award-winning products that Fukusawa has designed for Muji, Au (Kddi), B&B Italia, Panasonic, and other brands. Chairs, home appliances, household equipment, and other lifestyle items will be displayed in ways that will allow visitors to experience the unique atmosphere created by Fukasawa’s products — and, in the process, acquire a deeper understanding of his design philosophy. [Related Events] Workshop: Become a museum exhibition designer! Event Date: August 5 (Sat) 14:00-15:30 Workshop Leader: Panasonic ES Design Center Designer Capacity: 20 (booking required, suitable for 5th grade elementary students and over) Admission: ¥1,500 Venue: 3F Hall, Shiodome Building, Panasonic Tokyo *Event in Japanese




Buggy “All sorts of buggy”

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Buggy “All sorts of buggy”
at The Blank Gallery (Omotesando, Aoyama area)
(2017-09-15 - 2017-10-01)

Buggy depicts figures of envy, such as heroes, pop icons, musicians and supermodels known to us through media, with a familiarity that suggests he’s painting real life human beings. The people behind these figures are in reality certainly not always cool and beautiful. Buggy captures their “mustn’t see” side in an endearing way, using an edgy style that is full of humor and playfulness.




Butterflies and Ribbons ll

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Butterflies and Ribbons ll
at Books & Gallery cafe Tentekido (Musashino, Tama area)
(2017-09-20 - 2017-10-01)

Group exhibition where the works of various artists float together and intermingle. Artists: humming bird, MYSTIC, *PUKU*, Chiimalma+Kingyo, cheri.e moi, Spice-Hitosaji, otomeiro., Otomeya, Korisusha, chita coppe, Sami Kamiya, mamono




Cool Invitations 4

Cool Invitations 4
at XYZ Collective (Tokyo: Others area)
(2017-09-03 - 2017-10-01)

A benefit exhibition for the independent artists’ space XYZ Collective. Proceeds will help the space support exhibitions for talented emerging artists like Yuki Kimura, Kenji Ide, Veit Laurent Kurz, Ben Schumacher, and Puppies Puppies, plus the curation of a show at 356 Mission in Los Angeles and other international projects spotlighting Japanese artists. [Artists] Marie Angeletti, COBRA , Daisuke Fukunaga, Ken Kagami, Margaret Lee, Soshiro Matsubara, Futoshi Miyagi, Yui Usui, Ryohei Usui, J・Parker Valentine, Yui Yaegashi, Hikotaro Kanehira, Misako & Rosen




Hikari Ono at The Steak House Doskoi

Hikari Ono at The Steak House Doskoi
at XYZ Collective (Tokyo: Others area)
(2017-09-03 - 2017-10-01)




Package Happiness Theory: My Package!

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Package Happiness Theory: My Package!
at Gallery 5610 (Omotesando, Aoyama area)
(2017-09-18 - 2017-10-01)

Exhibiting outstanding works of packaging design.




Atsuko Nakajima “Lacquerware”

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Atsuko Nakajima “Lacquerware”
at Gallery Seizan (Ginza, Marunouchi area)
(2017-09-25 - 2017-10-07)

A wide selection of lacquerware pieces by Atsuko Nakajima will be introduced, including bowls, dishes and other small objects. Decorated with mother of pearl and gold leaf, they are produced with the upmost skill and demonstrate the unique sense of this creator.




Satoe Tone “In addition to picture books”

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Satoe Tone “In addition to picture books”
at Pinpoint Gallery (Omotesando, Aoyama area)
(2017-09-25 - 2017-10-07)

Satoe Tone, who is known best for her picture book illustrations, will present a lineup of original paintings that are not from books. This is a selection of works that departs slightly from the world of her illustrations. Don’t worry though, there will be a few original works from her latest picture book on show too.




47 People of Nippon 2017 Our Future Way of Living — Off-Grid Life

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47 People of Nippon 2017 Our Future Way of Living — Off-Grid Life
at Shibuya Hikarie 8/ d47 Museum (Shibuya area)
(2017-08-03 - 2017-10-09)

An imagining of the lifestyle collectives that will define our future, as seen from 47 diverse perspectives. This exhibition is about people leading diverse lifestyles unbound by conventional wisdom on things like housing, food, energy, work, and logistics. Some have years of experience; others are just getting started. Some are doing it on their own; others have founded companies. Knowing where you’re going is important, but so is having the continuity to make it all fit into the realities of our society. The exhibition is more than simply stories and dreams. It’s a vision of how people are finding different ways to enjoy their lives in a mature, capitalist, democratic society with a shrinking population. We hope you’ll enjoy connecting these 47 perspectives together to imagine where our society might be headed in the future, and what shape it might take. *Please go to the official website to refer to the related events.




Everyday Design vol. 1: Cups by 500 people

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Everyday Design vol. 1: Cups by 500 people
at Matsuya Design Gallery (Ginza, Marunouchi area)
(2017-09-13 - 2017-10-09)

For the first volume in this series of exhibitions exploring daily life and design the focus will be on the common “cup.” Drinking water is considered to be one of the most basic actions we partake in on a daily basis. Here, students of design departments at art universities throughout Tokyo will present cups they use at home day-in-day-out alongside those used by veteran designers and creators. Looking at cups - a basic and common tool - you are invited to consider the role of design in daily life. [Related Event] Design Salon Talk Event Date: Sep. 17 (Sun) 15:00-16:00 Speakers: Kazufumi Nagai, Fumie Shibata *Event in Japanese.




Sengoku! From Naotora to Naomasa Ii

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Sengoku! From Naotora to Naomasa Ii
at Shizuoka Prefectural Museum of Art (Greater Tokyo area)
(2017-08-14 - 2017-10-12)

This special exhibition for the 2017 NHK drama Onna Joshu Naotora (Naotora: The Lady Warlord) looks at the life and times of historical figure Naotora Ii, who fought to protect her clan during the Sengoku Warring States period. Swords, armor, rare documents, paintings, and more tell the story of Naotora’s chapter in Shizuoka history.




Chu Asai’s Kyoto Legacy - Kyoto Institute of Technology Arts and Crafts Collection

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Chu Asai’s Kyoto Legacy - Kyoto Institute of Technology Arts and Crafts Collection
at Sen-Oku Hakuko Kan (Roppongi, Nogizaka area)
(2017-09-09 - 2017-10-13)

Chu Asai (1856-1907) is a well-known Japanese western-style painter who experienced Europe by traveling to events such as the Paris Exposition. He brought back with him a strong interest in design, related not only to changes in painting, but also inspired by his discovery of Art Nouveau during its heyday. During a visit, Asai was invited to join the Design Department at Kyoto High School of Art and Crafts (one of the predecessors of Kyoto Institute of Technology), after which he moved to Kyoto. He taught there from 1902 until 1907, when he left to found the Kansai Art Institute, continuing to focus on his training and research in the tradition of Western-style painting, and working hard to develop this style of painting in the Kansai region. Furthermore, he also established an organization to bring together ceramic artists, lacquer artists and designers, creating a new movement in the Kyoto craft industry that produced novel designs reminiscent of Art Nouveau. This exhibition introduces Western craft items that Asai employed as teaching materials at Kyoto High School of Art and Crafts, tracing his footsteps, as well as those of other professors such as Takeshiro Kanokogi and Eiki Totori. These objects will be displayed together with items from the Sumitomo family, who supported Western-style painters like Asai and Kanokogi. This is a chance to reconsider what Asai has contributed to arts and crafts, art education, and day to day culture in present day Kansai. (Some exhibits will change during the exhibition).




Handmade Dreams: Contemporary Fashion Jewelry from the Czech Republic

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Handmade Dreams: Contemporary Fashion Jewelry from the Czech Republic
at Czech Centre Tokyo (Shirokane, Hiroo area)
(2017-09-13 - 2017-10-13)

Exhibition introducing contemporary fashion jewelry from the Czech Rebublic, which first appeared in the 17th century and is now loved around the world. Organized in cooperation with the Museum of Glass and Jewellery in Jablonec Nad Nisou and the Czech Ministry of Culture, you will be able to enjoy everything from traditional design patterns to pieces later inspired by these, and items produced by up-and-coming creators. [Related Event] Opening Event: Talk by curator Petra Noveho (Museum of Glass and Jewellery in Jablonec Nad Nisou) on contemporary fashion jewelry in the Czech Rebublic. Event Date: Sep. 13 (Wed) 19:00- *Bookings can be made by sending your name and contact details to the Czech Center Tokyo, along with the number attendees (cctokyo@czech.cz)




Leonardo Da Vinci: Approaching the 500th Anniversary of His Death

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Leonardo Da Vinci: Approaching the 500th Anniversary of His Death
at Sogo Museum of Art (Yokohama, Kanagawa area)
(2017-08-02 - 2017-10-15)

Leonardo Da Vinci died in 1519. His achievements include masterpiece paintings such as The Last Supper as well as a vast number of hand-written manuscripts. These manuscripts, which Da Vinci spent decades producing, record his research and drawings on fields is diverse as mechanical engineering, aerodynamics, astronomy, geometry, architecture, anatomy, and the natural sciences. This exhibition introduces some of the incredible inventions he envisioned in these manuscripts, with 60 large models based on his plans: a glider, tank, mechanical drum, and spring-powered automobile are among the displays.




Living Design Museum 2017

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Living Design Museum 2017
at Setagaya Culture Life Information Center, Seikatsu-Kobo (Setagaya, Kawasaki area)
(2017-09-18 - 2017-10-15)

A exhibition about how household appliance design has been changing our lives since the 1950s.




Yui Takada “Swimming Graphic”

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Yui Takada “Swimming Graphic”
at Creation Gallery G8 (Ginza, Marunouchi area)
(2017-09-19 - 2017-10-19)

Displaying works by Yui Yui Takada, an advertising, logo, packaging, book, and typography designer and founder of Allright Graphics.




Taro Izumi “←contact”

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Taro Izumi “←contact”
at Take Ninagawa (Roppongi, Nogizaka area)
(2017-09-09 - 2017-10-21)




Finnish design: Celebrating 100 years of independence

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Finnish design: Celebrating 100 years of independence
at Fuchu Art Museum (Musashino, Tama area)
(2017-09-09 - 2017-10-22)

There are many everyday items produced in Finland that are widely popular in Japan, such as Marimekko fabrics, tableware from Iittala and Arabia, and furniture by Alvar Aalto, to name but a few. They are pretty much a permanent fixture in the lives of Japanese people, though many here are not aware that these products are Finnish. So why do designs from Finland, which is so far away from Japan, capture the hearts of the Japanese? Well, at the heart of Finnish design is a philosophy that values “harmony between man and nature.” This does not simply refer to the use of natural materials, but to nature being at the center of design, as can be observed in Iittala’s Kastehelmi glassware, which is based on the image of water droplets. The Finnish view of nature - which respects the balance between people and nature - is rare in most Western countries, but resonates strongly with Japanese traditions. The sense that objects are designed to be used in the daily lives of all people is also key, with Kaj Franck’s dishes providing decorative fun for the dining table, and Marimekko’s dresses suiting everyone from baby girls to grandmas. It is through design that we can get a sense of Finnish lifestyles and how the Finnish value life. In this exhibition commemorating Finland’s 100 years of independence, you can see all manners of Finnish design, ranging from crafts produced at the end of the 19th century, to items made by leading present day designers. There will also be a program of mini workshops that you are invited to participate in.




Combs and hair ornaments - Adding color to black hair

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Combs and hair ornaments - Adding color to black hair
at Research Institute of Beauty & Culture (Tokyo: Others area)
(2017-05-10 - 2017-10-25)

It can be said that the stunning hair ornaments women of the Edo Period (1603–1868) typically wore somewhat capture the essence of what was in their hearts. Enjoy exploring the elaborate craftsmanship that went into the various designs and sense the beauty of nature they express.




Michael Anastassiades Exhibition

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Michael Anastassiades Exhibition
at Taka Ishii Gallery Tokyo (Roppongi, Nogizaka area)
(2017-09-26 - 2017-10-28)

Michael Anastassiades has been working for more than twenty years in lighting and furniture design. For his first presentation with the gallery, he will be showing four lighting works. The first of these, “Mobile Chandelier 3,” is part of the ongoing “Mobile Chandelier” series which started on 2008. The “Mobile Chandelier” plays with equilibrium through dialogue between perfectly shaped spheres and minimal lines. The other three unique works are from the series “General Illuminations,” “Biri Biri,” “Captive,” and “Nudge,” inspired by classic pinball machines. “Nudge” offers something akin to a visual illusion, as the light on the mirror surface is reflected to create the sense of endless depth. Anastassiades is interested in how lighting exists in two realities: being on and being off. When off, lighting is shown as an object, a visual element that occupies the space; it communicates its materiality, reflectivity, fragility and volume. But when on, the glowing source fills a completely different space within the room, engaging in a relationship between all the objects around it, and casting shadows around other objects against the wall. Anastassiades’ design philosophy is to preserve the inherent qualities of a given material; he finds beauty in every material, seeing material as material. He is also interested in the dynamic of how one’s relationship to objects changes over time. Positioned between fine art and industrial design, his pieces exist between what is utilitarian in function, and poetic and enigmatic in presence. Anastassiades was born in 1968 in Cyprus. He trained as a civil engineer at Imperial College of Science Technology and Medicine in London before taking a Master’s Degree in Industrial Design at the Royal College of Art. He founded his London studio in 1994 and his brand in 2007, broadening the availability of his signature designs. Venue: Viewing Room, Taka Ishii Gallery, Tokyo




Asian Art Award 2017 supported by Warehouse TERRADA: The Finalists’ Exhibition

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Asian Art Award 2017 supported by Warehouse TERRADA: The Finalists’ Exhibition
at Terrada Art Complex (Tokyo: Others area)
(2017-09-23 - 2017-10-29)

The Asian Art Award supported by Warehouse TERRADA is a new contemporary art award established to provide assistance for emerging artists in Japan with exciting international prospects in Asia and beyond. The award has five finalists, selected by a panel of five curators, competing for two prizes. These finalists have created new work, which is presented here. During the exhibition, the winners of the Grand Prize and Special Prize will be decided by a special jury member and selection jury of seven judges based in Japan, Singapore and China. In addition to prize money, the winner of the Grand Prize will receive the use of a studio space to create new work as well as the opportunity to show their award-winning exhibit in Singapore and at Art Fair Tokyo. Venue: 4F Terrada Art Complex




Studio Brieditis & Evans “Handscape”

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Studio Brieditis & Evans “Handscape”
at Atelier Muji (Ginza, Marunouchi area)
(2017-09-01 - 2017-10-29)

“Handscape” is a term coined from a combination of the words “hand” and “scape.” Referring to a landscape created by human hands, it does not concern something focusing on a specific part, but rather an overall view from a distance. Here two Swedish artists have been invited to work together with gallery visitors in a project where they will create a large rug using remnant materials left over from MUJI’s production processes. Combining design, ideas and the power of the human hand, “waste” material will be transformed into a beautiful piece of art. This project allows visitors to experience the pleasure of engaging with sustainability and explore new values with their very own hands. What is it that we choose as customers? What is it that makes us challenge ourselves to create something? There are many ways to enjoy this exhibition: join the project, watch the process and imagine the completed piece. The inspiration for this rug piece is “clouds,” and with the help of visitors, this art piece will change little by little each day. *Further details are available via the official website.




Yusuke Kagari Exhibition

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Yusuke Kagari Exhibition
at SFT Gallery (Roppongi, Nogizaka area)
(2017-08-23 - 2017-10-30)

Displaying and selling new bags featuring walls as an artistic motif. Artist Yusuke Kagari is interested in how walls can transform landscapes and beckon us into mysterious worlds.




Across the Ocean: Hawaiian Quilts from the Honolulu Museum of Art

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Across the Ocean: Hawaiian Quilts from the Honolulu Museum of Art
at Chigasaki City Museum of Art (Yokohama, Kanagawa area)
(2017-09-10 - 2017-11-05)

For the third year of sister-city status between Chigasaki and Honolulu, the Chigasaki City Museum of Art presents 20 vintage Hawaiian quilts from the Honolulu Museum of Art.




Artists who have crossed the seas

Artists who have crossed the seas
at The Museum of Contemporary Art, Karuizawa (Greater Tokyo area)
(2017-04-27 - 2017-11-23)

In this exhibition celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Museum of Contemporary Art, Karuizawa, visitors will be invited to explore the genealogy of the museum’s collection, with around 70 works presented on the theme, “artists who have crossed the seas.” These works are by artists who left their home country of Japan in order to base their art practice overseas, not for short-term sojourns, but to spend most of their lives working hard to establish themselves abroad. One such artist is Tsuguharu Foujita, who relocated to France at the beginning of the 20th century and became the darling of Ecole de Paris. On the other hand, Isamu Noguchi and Genichiro Inokuma set up their studios in the United States. They became known in Japan for their accomplishments in continuing the work of the Gutai group and the Mono-ha (school of things) movement that were both prominent in postwar avant-garde art of Japan. Currently it is Yayoi Kusama, Yoshitomo Nara, and Takashi Murakami who are taking on the art world both in Japan and overseas. Venue: 1F Permanent Exhibition Gallery




Windsor Chair Exhibition

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Windsor Chair Exhibition
at Japan Folk-Craft Museum (Shibuya area)
(2017-09-07 - 2017-11-23)

Windsor chairs are thought to have originated in England in the first half of the 18th century. Much admired by members of Japan’s Folkcraft Movement such as Soetsu Yanagi, Shoji Hamada, Keisuke Serizawa, and Sanshiro Ikeda, these all-wooden chairs became representative of Western furniture. Unprecedented in scope, this exhibition introduces the beauty of Western chairs with outstanding examples of Windsor chairs in Japan as well as several other kinds of chairs from Europe and America.




The Living Treasures of France

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The Living Treasures of France
at Tokyo National Museum (Ueno, Yanaka area)
(2017-09-12 - 2017-11-26)

Modeled on the Japanese certification of a “Living National Treasure,” the French equivalent, called “Maître d’ Art” or “Master of Art,” was established in 1994 by the Ministère de la Culture et de la Communication, the ministry in charge of cultural and artistic affairs. The purpose of this certification is to preserve and pass down traditional craftsmanship to future generations while promoting innovation. This is the first exhibition of its kind in the world to introduce one artist from each of the fifteen classified fields, including ceramics, glass, leather, tortoiseshell, feathers, umbrellas, fans, and wallpaper. Visitors are invited to view and experience outstanding craftsmanship and tradition, as well as splendid beauty that will inspire future generations. Venue: Hyokeikan inside Tokyo National Museum




Amazing Craftsmanship! From Meiji Kogei to Contemporary Art

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Amazing Craftsmanship! From Meiji Kogei to Contemporary Art
at Mitsui Memorial Museum (Kyobashi, Nihonbashi area)
(2017-09-16 - 2017-12-03)

Exhibition focusing on newly accredited exceptional works of Meiji Kogei craft from the Kiyomizu Sannenzaka Museum collection of Masayuki Murata, as well as inspired and technically impressive works by contemporary artists who have inherited the DNA of Meiji forerunners working in the craft tradition. Many of these current artists are still largely unknown, but 100 or 200 years from now the value of their craftsmanship is sure to be recognized. This collaboration between Meiji Crafts and contemporary art invites a re-evaluation of traditional crafts within the so-called hierarchy of art and the art history discipline. Discover for yourself how the transcendental DNA of uniquely Japanese crafts has been passed on. [Related Events] Night Museum The museum will be open until 19:00 every Friday as well as Sep. 30 (Sat) during the exhibition period “Eco Edo Nihombashi 2017: Yukata Art Aquarium” Mitsui Memorial Museum has teamed up with Eco Edo Nihombashi 2017 so that those who turn up to the exhibition wearing kimono or yukata, or have an admission ticket to an Art Aquarium 2017 event, will be able to enjoy a special discount: Adults: ¥1000, University and high school students ¥600.




Art Library IKI Vol.15 - Colors and flowers -

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Art Library IKI Vol.15 - Colors and flowers -
at Park Hotel Tokyo (Ginza, Marunouchi area)
(2017-08-28 - 2017-12-03)

Artworks available for sale will be displayed and on the bookshelves of the lobby lounge on the 25th floor. These seasonal works are designed by the artist group Project IKI, produced according to the concept, “A study where one can feel Japan.” The theme for this season is “Colors and flowers.” Venue; 25F Lobby Lounge, Pacific Hotel Tokyo




Guimet Room Inaugural Exhibition “Small Chamber of Curiosities”

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Guimet Room Inaugural Exhibition “Small Chamber of Curiosities”
at Intermediatheque (Ginza, Marunouchi area)
(2015-10-02 - 2018-06-30)

The University Museum, the University of Tokyo (UMUT) has received in donation from the city of Lyon in France six antique showcases related to Émile Guimet (1836-1918), famous as a collector of Asian art. These have been installed as a permanent exhibition, titled “Small Chamber of Curiosities.” The large showcases in the Guimet Room were specially ordered more than a century ago for the Guimet Museum in Lyon. They were made in a pseudo-Asian style in order to exhibit items from East Asian civilizations. They thus have particular value as examples of “Japonism” in France. In these showcases, UMUT now presents a carefully selected collection of scientific specimens ranging from categories of natural history to cultural history. The loan of artworks in the context of exhibitions has become extremely common, but rarely do the showcases containing these artworks become the object of such exchanges beyond geographical and historical borders. These showcases made in France to exhibit art from Far East Asia have been brought to Japan and given a second life as exhibition furniture for the 21st Century. *Closing date of the exhibition is to be confirmed.




"Boro" Exhibition

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"Boro" Exhibition
at Amuse Museum (Ueno, Yanaka area)

"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.




D.I.Y. Dept.

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D.I.Y. Dept.
at At Btf (Odaiba, Kachidoki area)

In the D.I.Y. spirit, custom painter Masataka Kurashina and the modeling arts unit Gelchop have created one-of-a-kind works from items sold at home centers. Kurashina and Gelchop transform everyday objects into art in projects that include merchandise and public art.




Tokyo Art Book Fair 2017

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Tokyo Art Book Fair 2017
at Terrada Warehouse (Tokyo: Others area)
(2017-10-05 - 2017-10-08)

This autumn marks the hosting of the 9th Tokyo Art Book Fair, an art-centered book and publication festival unfolding within the heart of Tokyo. From the new venue in Tennozu Isle, this year welcomes a diverse congregation of over 350 different exhibitors – featuring publishers, booksellers, galleries, artists, and more – making their way from both within Japan and across the globe. Joining forces with shops and galleries located in the nearby vicinity, this year’s TABF reaches proportions it has never yet achieved.