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Lisa Larson “To all those who love Scandinavia”

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Lisa Larson “To all those who love Scandinavia”
at Matsuya Ginza
3-6-1 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo 104-8130
Media: Ceramics - Workshops
(2017-09-13 - 2017-09-25)

Sweden is a country abundant with lush nature, full of forests and waterfronts. It is in this setting that ceramic artist Lisa Larson was born. She has produced uncountable ceramic works over the years and even now, in her 80s, her motivation to create remains intact. She has fans as around the globe as well as in Sweden, with many of them located in Japan. This exhibition will present around 190 works by Larson, including masterpieces from throughout her career that were presented at the Röhsska Museum of Design and Applied Art (Gothenburg, Sweden) in 2016, as well as pieces from her private collection that have not yet appeared in Japan. In addition, there will be a collaboration work produced together with her husband Gunnar, himself a painter, and a brand new video interview. Venue: 8F Event Square [Related Event] Hand knitting workshop by Johanna Larson: Cat mittens *Please see the official website for further details.




Hiroyuki Yoshida “Idea - eye of the heart”

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Hiroyuki Yoshida “Idea - eye of the heart”
at Sony Imaging Gallery Ginza
6F Ginza Place, 5-8-1 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo 104-0061
Media: Photography - Talks
(2017-09-15 - 2017-09-28)

The concept of an “idea” was proposed by the ancient Greek philosopher Plato, based on his belief that non-physical ideas actually represent the most accurate version of reality, as opposed to that of the phenomenal world, i.e. the physical world we live in. Photographer Hiroyuki Yoshida first came across the notion of “ideal beauty (idea)” as seen from within, through the “eyes of the heart,” as a high school student. Since then, this is a theme that he has continued to explore. Influenced by pop artist Andy Warhol, street artist Keith Haring, and iconic painter Jean-Michel Basquiat, Yoshida produces works that cannot be termed simply as either photographs or paintings. Discover the colorful manifestations of his ideas in the unique worlds represented here.




Vik Muniz Exhibition

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Vik Muniz Exhibition
at Galerie Nichido
5-3-16 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo 104-0061
Media: Photography - Sculpture - Party
(2017-09-14 - 2017-09-28)

Since the beginning in the 1990s, Vik Muniz has been presenting his work in the form of photographs, as reproductions of famous paintings and news photographs that tell us about history. He experiments with different materials - wires, sugar, diamonds, chocolate, and colored paper – in order to convey his message. Galerie Nichido will present his series “Repro,” which is comprised of scraps from catalogues, advertising and printed materials that have been disseminated by museums and are related to the works in question as well as images obtained from the Internet. Meanwhile, NCA | Nichido Contemporary Art will show his new “Handmade” series, composed of 13 works created through a combination of “real materials” (three-dimensional) and photographs of that very material (two-dimensional). Venues: NCA and Galerie Nichido (held at both exhibition spaces) Exhibition schedule: Galerie Nichido: Sep. 14 (Fri) - Sep. 28 (Thu) NCA: Sep. 14 (Fri) - Nov. 4 (Sat)




John Zurier “At the very end of the blue sky”

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John Zurier “At the very end of the blue sky”
at The Club
6-10-1 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo 104-0061
Media: Painting
(2017-07-14 - 2017-09-29)

John Zurier has been showing his monochromatic abstract compositions since the 1980s. His works are built up layer by layer with various colors of alternately opaque and translucent oil paint. The final appearance of a picture depends on the pigments’ unique tones and transparencies. His paintings reflect both a deep interest in the process of painting and sensitivity to color, light and space. Reflecting on the title of the exhibition, the artist cites “At The Very End of The Blue Sky” by Japanese poet Kenji Miyazawa. In Zurier’s words: “When I painted my series of Night Paintings I was reading Miyazawa Kenji¹s poetry. What I like about Miyazawa Kenji, especially this poem from which the title of the exhibition comes, is his feeling for nature and color; his transcendent lyricism while keeping his feet on the ground. At heart this poem is about formlessness and evanescence. While I think mostly of the color and surface of things, what I¹m looking for in painting is a fleeting quality. For me abstract painting is both a physical fact and a vehicle to travel to the very end of the blue sky.” This exhibition marks Zurier’s first solo presentation in Asia and will feature a range of his paintings from the last two decades.




Mieko Matsumoto “I Know Where Here Is”

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Mieko Matsumoto “I Know Where Here Is”
at Guardian Garden
Hulic Ginza 7chome Bldg., B1F 7-3-5 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo 104-8227
Media: Photography - Party - Talks
(2017-09-05 - 2017-09-29)

Ibaraki-based photographer Mieko Matsumoto’s work has been featured at Art Tower Mito and Ichihara x Art Mix. Since 2014 she has been researching and documenting the history, industry, and social phenomena of her local area. Here she presents a new slideshow of works taken directly after the 2011 earthquake up through the present. Her images tell a story woven from human memory and the passage of time that speaks to what changes and what doesn’t when events that alter place and circumstance in the face of limited human power occur. [Talk] What Can Photographs Tell Us? Speakers: Mieko Matsumoto and Rei Masuda Date: Sep. 14 (Thurs) 19:10–20:00. In Japanese. Please see the official website for reservations, details, and information on more related events.




Aki Moriyama “Dolls”

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Aki Moriyama “Dolls”
at Un Petit Garage
1F Ginza Musashino Bldg., 7-17-1 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo 104-0061
Media: Painting - Party
(2017-08-21 - 2017-09-30)

Award-winning Tokyo University of the Arts student Aki Moriyama paints scenes with dolls that seem to act in their own fairytale dramas, stirring the imagination with expressionless faces that hint at unknown depths.




Gen Yamanaka Exhibition

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Gen Yamanaka Exhibition
at Shirota Gallery
7-10-8 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo 104-0061
Media: Painting - Prints - Sculpture
(2017-09-18 - 2017-09-30)

Twenty-five new oil paintings, a lineup of ten woodblock prints, collages, and collographs, and three sculptures newly unveiled at Shirota Gallery.




Giants of Swiss Art Brut: Hans Krüsi

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Giants of Swiss Art Brut: Hans Krüsi
at Nagai Garou
5F Kohoku Shinsha Bldg, 8-6-25 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo 104-0061
Media: Painting
(2017-09-01 - 2017-09-30)

Twenty works by the Swiss Art Brut painter Hans Krüsi (1920–1995).




Harue Tsugeno “Woodblock Prints”

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Harue Tsugeno “Woodblock Prints”
at Gallery Goto
1-7-5-7F Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo 104-0061
Media: Prints
(2017-09-25 - 2017-09-30)




Kouseki Ono Exhibition

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Kouseki Ono Exhibition
at Yoseido Gallery
5-5-15 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo 104-0061
Media: Prints
(2017-09-19 - 2017-09-30)

Selection of new two-dimensional artworks by Kouseki Ono, who silkscreen prints more than 100 layers of ink in order to create works that reverse the concept of printmaking.




Masatoshi Norimatsu “Premonition of the beginning”

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Masatoshi Norimatsu “Premonition of the beginning”
at Gallery 58
4-4-13-4F Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo 104-0061
Media: Painting
(2017-09-25 - 2017-09-30)

Selection of paintings by Masatoshi Norimatsu.




Miki Tatebe Exhibition

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Miki Tatebe Exhibition
at K's Gallery
Daiwa Ginza Ichi Bldg. 6F, 1-13-4 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo 104-0061
Media: Painting
(2017-09-25 - 2017-09-30)

Solo exhibition presenting paintings by Miki Tatebe.




Miki Tatebe Exhibition

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Miki Tatebe Exhibition
at K's Gallery
Daiwa Ginza Ichi Bldg. 6F, 1-13-4 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo 104-0061
Media: Painting
(2017-09-25 - 2017-09-30)

Exhibition of paintings by Miki Tatebe.




Natsuki Koyano Exhibition

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Natsuki Koyano Exhibition
at Ai Gallery
1-5-2-2F Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo 104-0061
Media: Painting
(2017-09-25 - 2017-09-30)




Toshiharu Fukui “Functional Vessels”

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Toshiharu Fukui “Functional Vessels”
at Galerie Shimon
6-13-7 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo 104-0061
Media: Ceramics
(2017-09-25 - 2017-09-30)

Black matte, oil glazed ceramics for practical use by Toshiharu Fukui, an artist who took up pottery at the age of 45.




Toshihisa Sakakibara “Cat World”

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Toshihisa Sakakibara “Cat World”
at Art Gallery M84
5F, 4-11-3 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo, 104-8001
Media: Photography
(2017-08-28 - 2017-09-30)

Cats pose like models in these 30 black and white photographs.




Yoko Kasuga Exhibition

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Yoko Kasuga Exhibition
at K's Gallery
Daiwa Ginza Ichi Bldg. 6F, 1-13-4 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo 104-0061
Media: Painting
(2017-09-25 - 2017-09-30)

Presentation of paintings by Yoko Kasuga at K’s gallery-an in Ginza.




Yusaku Munakata “Colors of the Sky”

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Yusaku Munakata “Colors of the Sky”
at Gallery Goto
1-7-5-7F Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo 104-0061
Media: Painting
(2017-09-25 - 2017-09-30)




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
San-ai Dream Center 8F, 5-7-2 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo 104-0061
Media: Photography - Product
(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
Panasonic Tokyo Shiodome Bldg. 4F, 1-5-1 Higashi-Shimbashi, Minato-ku, Tokyo 105-8301
Media: Product - Workshops - Talks
(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




Fumi Gyobu “Seed Pods Diary”

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Fumi Gyobu “Seed Pods Diary”
at O Gallery
Daiichi Tamura Bldg. 3F, 1-4-9 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo 104-0061
Media: Painting - Prints
(2017-09-25 - 2017-10-01)

After flowering, lilies produce seeds that look just like their flowers, appearing as if are blooming. These images of lily seed pods capture botanical transformations and the paths of daily life. O Gallery Up S




Masaru Bando “At the End of the Line Where the Portrait Begins”

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Masaru Bando “At the End of the Line Where the Portrait Begins”
at Pola Museum Annex
Pola Bldg. 3F, 1-7-7 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo 104-0061
Media: Drawing
(2017-09-08 - 2017-10-01)

This drawing-focused exhibition searches for the origins of Masaru Bando’s creativity in new pieces and works shown in Tokyo for the first time.




Raymond Depardon “Depardon / Tokyo 1964-2016”

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Raymond Depardon “Depardon / Tokyo 1964-2016”
at Chanel Nexus Hall
Chanel Ginza Bldg. 4F, 3-5-3 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo 104-0061
Media: Photography
(2017-09-01 - 2017-10-01)

One of France’s top photographers, Raymond Depardon is a member of the world’s leading photo agency, Magnum Photos. He won the Pulitzer Prize for his reportage of the fierce civil war in Chad and boasts great achievements in the field of photojournalism. In addition, his photographs of beautiful scenery and unpretentious images of people from around the world have proved very popular among the public. He first visited Japan in 1964, at the age of 22, to photograph the Tokyo Olympic Games. Although he had only just begun his career, the more than 2,000 monochrome photographs he took at this time already displayed his unique powers of observation and outstanding skill at composition. Starting with Tokyo, Depardon was to go on to photograph the Olympic Games in Mexico, Munich, and Montreal, his work winning high acclaim for its combination of reportage with a strong human touch. He published a selection of the works he had produced up until the 1980 Moscow Olympics in a photo book entitled “J.O.” (first published: Seuil Beaux Livres, 2004) that remains a bestseller. His coverage of the Tokyo Olympics also marked his first visit to Asia, though subsequently he was to return many times to photograph the city of Tokyo. Now in the run-up to the 2020 Tokyo Olympic/Paralympic Games, Depardon visited Tokyo in 2016, this time to photograph the city in color. He says, ‘Color is an important element linked to the rural scenery of my youth, and the vastness of nature or culture I witnessed when I was in Africa during the 1960s to photograph the intense situation that existed there.’ These works stand out for the beauty of their mellow yet rich colors, embodying what the French philosopher, Clement Rosset, describes as ‘The Sweetness of Reality.’ This exhibition will introduce photographs of Tokyo that Depardon took in the past together with the new color works. This body of work not only presents us with aspects of Tokyo that go unnoticed in our daily lives until picked up through the sharp eye of this outstanding photographer, but can also be said to symbolize the past and present of this world-respected artist who is also well-known as a filmmaker.




Sachiko Aiba Exhibition

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Sachiko Aiba Exhibition
at O Gallery
Daiichi Tamura Bldg. 3F, 1-4-9 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo 104-0061
Media: Painting
(2017-09-25 - 2017-10-01)

In her practice Sachiko Aiba pursues the synchronicity of colors, a process triggered as the hues in her paintings intermingle and respond to each other. Venue: O Gallery




Sun Jiapei “Resonating Water Surfaces and Silence”

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Sun Jiapei “Resonating Water Surfaces and Silence”
at Gallery Silkland
Wan Yuan Bldg 15, 6-5-11 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo 104-0061
Media: Painting
(2017-09-17 - 2017-10-01)

Thirty new landscape paintings depicting the beauty and calm of waterside scenes in Suzhou, Japan, France, and the Czech Republic.




Telling Stories - Tetsu Taoshita: The world of opera directing

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Telling Stories - Tetsu Taoshita: The world of opera directing
at Tachikawa Blind Ginza Space Åtte
B1F Tachikawa Ginza Showroom, 8-8-15 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo 104-0061
Media: Sound - Performance Art
(2017-09-20 - 2017-10-01)

First exhibition ever to focus on the work of Tetsu Taoshita, a theater director active role at the forefront of European theater, where the world’s opera scene is said to be experiencing an “age of direction.” In addition to videos and panel displays introducing past works such as “Madama Butterfly” and “The Temple of the Golden Pavilion,” there will be invaluable materials, including musical scores and direction notes, used by Taoshita at the time of the performances on display.




Atsuko Nakajima “Lacquerware”

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Atsuko Nakajima “Lacquerware”
at Gallery Seizan
#102 Ginza Habitation, 5-14-16, Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo 104-0061
Media: Product - Crafts
(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.




Everyday Design vol. 1: Cups by 500 people

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Everyday Design vol. 1: Cups by 500 people
at Matsuya Design Gallery
Matsuya Ginza 7F, 3-6-1 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo 104-8130
Media: Sculpture - Product - Fashion - Crafts - Talks
(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.




History on paper - Kaws -

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History on paper - Kaws -
at H.P.France Window Gallery
Marunouchi Bldg. 1F, 2-4-1 marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 100-6301
Media: Painting - Drawing - Prints - Sculpture
(2017-09-22 - 2017-10-12)

The “History on paper” series focuses on print masterpieces, revisiting the value and historical origins of this genre. This fourth installment will introduce the work of American street artist, Kaws. In his practice he creates many motifs based on recognizable characters that have been modified or deformed in various ways. Many may also know of Kaws through his collaboration with Uniqlo last year. This is a chance to get up close and personal with the works of this exciting artist.




Men

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Men
at Gallery Koyanagi
Koyanagi Bldg. 9F, 1-7-5 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo 104-0061
Media: Painting - Drawing - Photography - Party
(2017-09-12 - 2017-10-14)

Ten leading artists examine men as a subject in painting and photography.




Tom Christopher Exhibition

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Tom Christopher Exhibition
at Galerie Tamenaga
7-5-4 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo 104-0061
Media: Painting
(2017-09-13 - 2017-10-15)

For his first exhibition in Tokyo for seven years, Tom Christopher will present a selection of full color works as well as focusing on monochrome pieces that spotlight the undeniable power of his drawing. The contrast between these works will invite visitors to discover a new dimension to his practice. Roughly 30 works will be included here, including new pieces. Born in Hollywood, California in 1952, Christopher moved to New York in the early 1980s and began depicting the vibrant cityscape and the unique people who populated. While painting in a style based on realism, he often used unnatural color tones and a non-specific viewpoint, causing some distortion in his images. In 1998, he painted a huge wall mural at Times Square and has since held solo exhibitions in the US and Europe, attracting a larger international audience.




Yui Takada “Swimming Graphic”

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Yui Takada “Swimming Graphic”
at Creation Gallery G8
Recruit GINZA 8 Bldg. 1F, 8-4-17 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo 104-0061
Media: Graphics - Illustration - Product - Fashion
(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.




“Kami” – Cosmic Wonder with Kogei Punks Sha

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“Kami” – Cosmic Wonder with Kogei Punks Sha
at Shiseido Gallery
Shiseido Bldg. B1, 8-8-3 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo 104-0061
Media: Crafts - Performance Art
(2017-08-29 - 2017-10-22)

Exhibition with the theme of Japanese washi paper by Cosmic Wonder, a project exploring such areas of expression as clothing, artwork and publishing, and Kogei Punks Sha, an artistic unit by Yukinori Maeda, the founder of Cosmic Wonder and a contemporary artist, and Sumiko Ishida, a Kogei craft designer.




Akiko Sawada Exhibition

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Akiko Sawada Exhibition
at Dai-ichi Life Gallery
1-13-1 Yurakucho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 100-8411
Media: Painting - Nihonga
(2017-09-25 - 2017-10-24)

Solo exhibition by Vision of Contemporary Art (VOCA) 2011 Honorable Mention recipient Akiko Sawada.




Next to Taimei Gallery vol. 1: Hiroki Kakinuma

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Next to Taimei Gallery vol. 1: Hiroki Kakinuma
at Taimei Gallery
1F&B1F Hulic G7 Bldg., 7-3-5, Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo 104-0061
Media: Painting
(2017-09-02 - 2017-10-28)

“Next to Taimei Gallery” is the title of a new series of exhibitions to be held this gallery. The artist featured in this inaugural show is Tokyo-born Hiroki Kakinuma (b. 1985), who graduated from a Masters in the Department of Oil Painting at Musashino Art University in 2011. His work depicts the ironies of the world with a fantastical and somewhat mechanical touch. *This exhibition will be held inside the front entrance of the Hulic Ginza 7-chome Building where Taimei Gallery is located.




Quintessence of Academia - Milestones of the Union Académique Internationale and the Japan Academy

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Quintessence of Academia - Milestones of the Union Académique Internationale and the Japan Academy
at Intermediatheque
2F, 3F JP Tower, 2-7-2 Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 100-7003
Media: Crafts - Ceramics
(2017-09-12 - 2017-10-29)

On the occasion of the 89th General Assembly of the Union Académique Internationale (UAI) held in Tokyo this autumn, this special presentation showcases a selection of significant materials from the collection of the Japan Academy. Most notably, the “Memorandum on the preliminary meeting to found the UAI,” which was drawn up in 1919 by the Imperial Academy, the former institution of the Japan Academy, and a publication of the UAI’s first research project, Corpus Vasorum Antiquorum, are exhibited. They illustrate the UAI’s history, present its current activities, and highlight the Japan Academy’s contribution to the UAI. [Organizers] The University Museum, the University of Tokyo (UMUT), The Japan Academy [Co-Organizer] Union Académique Internationale (UAI)




Studio Brieditis & Evans “Handscape”

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Studio Brieditis & Evans “Handscape”
at Atelier Muji
Muji Yurakucho 2F, 3-8-3 Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 100-0005
Media: Product - Fashion - Party - Workshops - Talks
(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.




Yuragi / Utsuroi - fluctuation & fade -

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Yuragi / Utsuroi - fluctuation & fade -
at Park Hotel Tokyo
Shiodome Media Tower, 1-7-1 Higashi Shimbashi, Minato-ku, Tokyo 105-7227
Media: Nihonga - Crafts - Ceramics
(2017-08-28 - 2017-10-29)

The artists selected for this exhibition express through their outstanding artworks a uniquely Japanese sense, where the distinctive sensations of the change in season from late summer to fall can be felt. This includes the gradually clearing air, the coming and going of typhoons, the eventual deepening in the blue of the sky, and the thickening veil of night. Visitors are invited to stand and gaze during the long fall nights, the commotion of summer having been and gone. Delicate but resonant, these artworks get to the heart of the beauty of “fluctuation” and “fading,” which are characteristic of the beauty of Japan.




Emmanuel Saulnier “ATM tempo I/II/III: Tribute to Thelonious Monk”

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Emmanuel Saulnier “ATM tempo I/II/III: Tribute to Thelonious Monk”
at Maison Hermès
5-4-1 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo 104-0061
Media: Sculpture - Installation
(2017-07-14 - 2017-10-31)

Born in 1952 in Paris, Emmanuel Saulnier has been active as an artist since the late 1970s. He was artist-in-residence at the Villa Médici in Rome in 1985, and is known primarily for his works employing glass. As a sculptor, Saulnier transcends the limits of academic art to actively engage with society and emphasize reinterpretation of history through dialogues with people. In addition to practicing as an artist, he is employed as a researcher and educator at the renowned École Supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris. Based between Paris and Turkey currently, Saulnier has a close relationship with Fondation d’entreprise Hermès. He held a solo exhibition at the foundation’s La Verrière gallery in Brussels, in 2002, and served as a mentor for its residence program for young artists fro 2010 to 2014. Saulnier’s sculptural works reference historical events and tragedies with which he is familiar, and consistently pose primal questions about the nature of human existence. His glass objects filled with water or black ink represent the human figure in its essence, and seem to hint at both the weight of the human body covered or trapped in thin film, and its fragility and transience when it becomes transparent. In the work, “Place noire,” Saulnier laid down black fragments of asphalt in a courtyard to create a temporary earth-surface, creating a rich yet stunningly silent metaphor for the uncertainty of the footing beneath us, and in which we place such confidence, and the fate of history to be overwritten and obscured. This exhibition developed out of Saulnier’s solo show, “Black Dancing,” held at the Palais de Tokyo in Paris in February 2017, and was conceived as a tribute to jazz pianist Thelonious Monk. Inspired by the performances of Monk, who played in Japan in 1963, the artist has assembled three parts (tempo I/II/III) like a piece of music. The exhibition also presents works by other artists with whom Saulnier is closely involved and shares artistic practices and philosophy in various contexts, highlighting the ways in which contemporary artists expand their activities through various networks.




The Art of Edo Rimpa

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The Art of Edo Rimpa
at Idemitsu Museum of Arts
Teigeki Bldg.9F, 3-1-1 Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 100-0005
Media: Nihonga
(2017-09-16 - 2017-11-05)

The art of Rimpa was born in 17th century Kyoto. In the 19th century Sakai Hoitsu, born the second son of the Himeji domain lord Sakai Utanokami, moved to Edo and influenced the movement. His student Suzuki Kiitsu added further refinement to its style, marking the establishment of “Edo Rimpa.” This exhibition explores the appeal of Edo Rimpa, which took the essence of aristocratic Kyoto Rimpa and transformed it to an updated Edo aesthetic.




Art Library IKI Vol.15 - Colors and flowers -

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Art Library IKI Vol.15 - Colors and flowers -
at Park Hotel Tokyo
Shiodome Media Tower, 1-7-1 Higashi Shimbashi, Minato-ku, Tokyo 105-7227
Media: Photography - Sculpture - Product - Crafts
(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




Marc Chagall: The Third Dimension

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Marc Chagall: The Third Dimension
at Tokyo Station Gallery
1-9-1 Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 100-0005
Media: Painting - Drawing - Prints - Sculpture - Ceramics
(2017-09-16 - 2017-12-03)

Marc Chagall is famous as a painter and engraver, but in his later years he also created many sculptures. This is the first exhibition in Japan to offer an in-depth look at his sculptures. Based on the distinctive traits of Chagall’s sculptures, which have a deep connection with his two-dimensional works, this exhibition guides the visitor around the three-dimensional world of Marc Chagall, displaying his sculptures along with related sketches and paintings, as well as works based on the same themes. The exhibition is made up of 60 sculptures and ceramics, 70 oil and watercolor paintings, and 40 sketches and prints. Many of the exhibits have not been displayed in Japan before, making this a precious opportunity to see new facets of Marc Chagall’s art.




Masuo Ikeda × Chiaki Shuji “Dance of Autumn Color”

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Masuo Ikeda × Chiaki Shuji “Dance of Autumn Color”
at Park Hotel Tokyo
Shiodome Media Tower, 1-7-1 Higashi Shimbashi, Minato-ku, Tokyo 105-7227
Media: Painting - Video and Film
(2017-08-28 - 2017-12-03)

This exhibition featuring the work of colorists (color artists) Masuo Ikeda and Chiaki Shuji expresses vibrant autumn colors. At the entrance on the 25th floor, you’ll be greeted with a six-panel folding screen by Ikeda, and can enjoy the contrast with the colorful works of Shuji that decorate the opposite wall. At the second exhibition venue, located in the elevator hall and Gallery Room on the 31st floor, you’ll see Shuji’s dancing watercolors, while in the six windows of the corridor, lithographs with Ikeda’s vivid colorings will be exhibited. The collaboration work produced by these two artists, which will be exhibited at the atrium style lobby and the winding corridor on 31st floor, will allow you feel the splendor of the changing seasons. Enjoy the beauty of Japan in the sunshine and beneath the moonlight.




The Golden Age of Botanical Art – Flowers from the Collections of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew

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The Golden Age of Botanical Art – Flowers from the Collections of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
at Intermediatheque
2F, 3F JP Tower, 2-7-2 Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 100-7003
Media: Painting - Talks
(2017-09-16 - 2017-12-03)

The first of the “Intermediatheque Natural History Series,” this exhibition is a unique opportunity for audiences in Japan to appreciate 28 botanical artworks from the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew’s great collection. The concept combines historical botanical artworks from Kew with scientific botanical specimens held at the University of Tokyo, a leading institution in botanical studies. It will communicate the beauty and richness of “Natural History,” as seen through the eyes of both botanical artists and botanists. [Related Events] Talk Series Event Dates: Sep. 29 (Fri) 18:00-19:30, Oct. 22 (Sun) 14:00-15:30, Oct. 27 (Fri) 18:00-19:30, Nov. 10 (Fri) 18:00-19:30. *In Japanese only.




The Face of Medicine

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The Face of Medicine
at Intermediatheque
2F, 3F JP Tower, 2-7-2 Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 100-7003
Media: Painting
(2016-12-03 - 2017-12-30)

In the summer of 2015, forty-four portrait paintings and eight statues were transferred from the University of Tokyo Hospital to the University Museum of the University of Tokyo. These included the collection of portrait paintings that had once hung on the large wall behind the stage of the hospital’s Auditorium of Internal Medicine. There, the portraits of the successive hospital directors aligned on five levels formed an impressive panorama expressing the authority of medicine and the history of education. As these artworks were kept at elevated positions in the auditorium space, the collection remained untouched and well-preserved for a long period of time, creating an environment allowing for the perfect tracing of the genealogy of the hospital directors. Such a well preserved selection of official portraits is particularly rare, so once discovered the University Museum began cleaning and restoring them. Although the restoration is still in progress, the museum is now presenting, with the cooperation of conservator Fujiko Suzukamo, the first results of this work to the general public. Until now, there has been no opportunity to take a close look at the portraits, whether they collotype prints or oil paintings. *Dates for Intermediatheque’s Special Exhibitions are subject to change.




Quai Branly Tokyo “Treasures from Foreign Lands – The Jewelry of Desert Tribes”

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Quai Branly Tokyo “Treasures from Foreign Lands – The Jewelry of Desert Tribes”
at Intermediatheque
2F, 3F JP Tower, 2-7-2 Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 100-7003
Media: Fashion - Crafts
(2017-01-31 - 2018-01-21)

JP Tower Museum Intermediateque (IMT) presents “Treasures from Foreign Lands – The Jewelry of Desert Tribes,” the fifth installation of its Quai Branly Tokyo project jointly organized with the Musée du Quai Branly – Jacques Chirac in Paris. Exquisite jewelry works produced by populations from Maghreb and the Near East are displayed.




Guimet Room Inaugural Exhibition “Small Chamber of Curiosities”

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Guimet Room Inaugural Exhibition “Small Chamber of Curiosities”
at Intermediatheque
2F, 3F JP Tower, 2-7-2 Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 100-7003
Media: Product
(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.




MADE IN UMUT - The University of Tokyo Collection
MADE IN UMUT - The University of Tokyo Collection at Intermediatheque 2F, 3F JP Tower, 2-7-2 Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 100-7003 (2013-03-21 - 2018-06-30) Since its foundation in 1877, the University of Tokyo has accumulated a considerable scientific and cultural heritage. Such historical specimens are most certainly an important heritage from the past. However, at the same time, they constitute a resource which we should activate now while facing the future. In order to demonstrate this, we have collected as much historical heritage as possible, and modified its design for a new use, in accordance with our contemporary needs, in the name of a process called ReDESIGN+. Just as the Intermediatheque is built on the reincarnation and inheritance of the former Central Post Office, we have renovated this ancient building and given it a new life as a museum. Nevertheless, this does not imply that we have to consider ReDESIGN+ as a bare revamp activity. In the same way as the etymological meaning of the word design, ReDESIGN+ deals with the problem of appearance at the same time as it raises epistemological issues on our view of things and our view of the world. As for the spatial distribution of the exhibits, we deliberately avoided the common method of setting up a visiting route. What the Intermediatheque aims at is providing a museum space where visitors, and especially younger generations, can experience a direct visual contact with exhibits, in an encounter full of discoveries and astonishment. Considering the fact that the architecture of the former Post Office building is representative of early Showa modernism, the permanent and semi-permanent exhibition spaces were designed so as to produce a retromodern atmosphere. Respecting the building’s original design, we have adopted an eclectic design principle stimulating our twenty-first century sensitivity, tentatively named retrofuturism. We thus intend to present to our visitors a period bridging three centuries, from the 19th to the 21st Century. Such is the base of our design strategy for the Intermediatheque. With such a scheme in mind, we have actively redesigned and reused the prewar wooden furniture that was accumulated in our museum. On the other hand, a modern sensitivity is created through the use of showcases made of thick green glass and designed in a retromodern style. These are a fruit of the research conducted in product design at the Intermediatheque. Venue:COLONNADE 2 COLONNADE 3 *The period of the Special Exhibitions of Intermediatheque are unconfirmed and so the final date recorded on TAB is only a temporary guideline [...]



Yoshihisa Shirai “The Art of Typesetting”

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Yoshihisa Shirai “The Art of Typesetting”
at Ginza Graphic Gallery
DNP Ginza Building 1st floor, 7-7-2 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo 104-0061
Media: Graphics - Party - Workshops - Talks
(2017-09-26 - 2017-11-07)

Typesetting is one design elements of typography, referring to the craft of physically arranging and setting type on the page. It is also the title of this long-awaited solo exhibition by Yoshihisa Shirai, who works predominantly in the field of book design and editorial design. While it introduces a lineup of beautiful book bindings, this somewhat unconventional show will also present a selection of pages printed mainly in a single black ink color arranged side by side. When one thinks of Shirai, what immediately comes to mind is his ten year stint working on the art direction for the highly respected design magazine “Idea.” Despite it being a bimonthly publication, each and every issue can be considered a work worthy of any collection. Shirai has also been involved in the creation of many other books to date. When working of these, he takes into careful consideration the objects, situations, and people they concern, using this as a basis to produce each page to perfection. His unique approach is echoed in every text, with his personal touch - be it lighthearted, solemn, or stylish - shaping every publication. Encountering his innovative typesetting results in an unforgettable reading experience. In this exhibition, reference materials used by Shirai during the production stage will be presented alongside works by him. See how he cites and references pre-existing works, changing the face of typesetting as he goes. [Related Events] Gallery Talk 1: Typography and Book Formats (case study) Event Date: Oct. 6 (Fri) 18:30-20:00 Venue: 3F, DNP Ginza Building Admission: Free (booking required) Capacity: 70 Gallery Talk 2 Event Date: Oct. 20 (Fri) 18:30-20:00 Venue: 3F, DNP Ginza Building Speaker: Ryoichi Enomoto, Yoshihisa Shirai Admission: Free (booking required) Capacity: 70 Visit to the DNP “Shueitai” typeface warehouse & factory in Kuki Event Date: Oct. 25 (Wed) 13:00 Meet at Kuki Station 18:00 Event finishes Admission: Free (booking required) Capacity: 30 *Bookings can be made via the official website. *Events in Japanese