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Hiroko Koshino “It Is As It Is”

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Hiroko Koshino “It Is As It Is”
at KH Gallery
B1F Wako Namiki-dori Bldg., 4-3-13 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo 104-0061
Media: Graphics - Painting - Drawing - Sculpture - Fashion
(2017-12-19 - 2018-02-24)

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




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

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Mari Maeda “Flowers, Dreams, Love - Gifts from the Heart”
at Gallery Silkland
Wan Yuan Bldg 15, 6-5-11 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo 104-0061
Media: Painting
(2018-02-11 - 2018-02-24)

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




Rury Shibuya “With This Love”

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Rury Shibuya “With This Love”
at Aoki Gallery
Shimada Bldg, 3-5-16 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo 103
Media: Painting - Party - Talks
(2018-02-17 - 2018-02-24)




Tatsumi Yoshino “New Works”

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Tatsumi Yoshino “New Works”
at Gallery 58
4-4-13-4F Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo 104-0061
Media: Drawing - Sculpture
(2018-02-13 - 2018-02-24)

Tatsumi Yoshino has only stepped up his creative output since turning 78. Here he presents new works including sculptures of dogs and chili peppers along with drawings.




Tohoku University of Art and Design Art Walk 2018: Osamu Tomaru Exhibition

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Tohoku University of Art and Design Art Walk 2018: Osamu Tomaru Exhibition
at K's Gallery
Daiwa Ginza Ichi Bldg. 6F, 1-13-4 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo 104-0061
Media: Sculpture
(2018-02-19 - 2018-02-24)




Tohoku University of Art and Design Art Walk 2018: Yoko Takada Exhibition

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Tohoku University of Art and Design Art Walk 2018: Yoko Takada Exhibition
at K's Gallery
Daiwa Ginza Ichi Bldg. 6F, 1-13-4 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo 104-0061
Media: Painting
(2018-02-19 - 2018-02-24)

Venue: K’s Gallery-an, Ginza




Tomomi Yoshioka “Easy Time”

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Tomomi Yoshioka “Easy Time”
at Ai Gallery
1-5-2-2F Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo 104-0061
Media: Sculpture
(2018-02-19 - 2018-02-24)

With his works, Tomomi Yoshioka captures traces of daily life - that which escapes words and as passes through our senses.




Where Ideas Come From

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Where Ideas Come From
at Advertising Museum Tokyo
Caretta Shiodome, 1-8-2 Higashi-shimbashi, Minato-ku, Tokyo 105-7090
Media: Graphics - Product
(2017-12-01 - 2018-02-24)

What is behind the good ideas that create instant hits and useful everyday items? Conceiving of such ideas is not a product of talent and or a person’s sensibilities, but the result of rigorous thought processes and commitment to finding a new way to think. This exhibition looks to explore the act of thinking and the fun that is behind where ideas come from.




Yasuo Kazuki Exhibition

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Yasuo Kazuki Exhibition
at Tokyo Gallery + BTAP
8-10-5 7F Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo 104-0061
Media: Painting
(2018-01-20 - 2018-02-24)

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




Yuki Kawado “A Parade of Mouse-like Characters from the US”

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Yuki Kawado “A Parade of Mouse-like Characters from the US”
at Megumi Ogita Gallery
2-16-12-B1 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo 104-0061
Media: Crafts
(2018-02-09 - 2018-02-24)

Yuki Kawado (b. 1984), who began her artistic work with a pair scissors at the age of 3, has been affiliated with the social welfare corporation Art Karen since 2003. She uses embroidery to express the theme of “reproduction,” producing various series such as those that recreate the cityscapes of locations such as Shibuya and Shinjuku, as well as parades and non-specifiable natural landscapes and so forth. This exhibition will display her embroidered parade series, inhabited by lines of intriguing mouse-like characters from the US.




Mitsuru Suzuki Exhibition

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Mitsuru Suzuki Exhibition
at Gallery Kabutoya
8F Iseman Bldg., 8-8-17 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo 104-0061
Media: Painting
(2018-02-16 - 2018-02-25)




Sakiko Nomura “Koshiro Matsumoto (the tenth) My Last Remaining Dream”

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Sakiko Nomura “Koshiro Matsumoto (the tenth) My Last Remaining Dream”
at Akio Nagasawa Gallery
6F Ginsho Bldg., 4-9-5 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo 104-0061
Media: Photography
(2018-02-01 - 2018-02-25)

Here you can see miracle moments captured by Sakiko Nomura, a photographer who has been shooting scenes on and behind the stages of Kabuki actor Somegoro Ichikawa (the 7th) for about 17 years.




HIroyuki Tomita “Odyssey”

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HIroyuki Tomita “Odyssey”
at Park Hotel Tokyo
Shiodome Media Tower, 1-7-1 Higashi Shimbashi, Minato-ku, Tokyo 105-7227
Media: Ceramics
(2017-12-28 - 2018-02-26)

Internationally active ceramic artist Hiroyuki Tomita introduces a variety of tiles, art objects and vessels on the theme of epic space travel. As a tribute to Stanley Kubrick’s “2001: A space odyssey,” he presents “2018: Hiroyuki Tomita’s odyssey.” Venue: 23F Art Lounge




Yayoi Kusama Prints

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Yayoi Kusama Prints
at Ginza Mitsukoshi 7th Floor Gallery
7F Ginza Mitsukoshi, 4-6-16 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo 104-8212
Media: Prints
(2018-02-14 - 2018-02-27)

Yayoi Kusama is a top contemporary artist who has spent her career continuing to depict a fantastical world using watercolors, pastels, oil paint and various other media, utilizing polka dot and mesh pattern motifs that she discovered back in early childhood. She received the Order of Culture in 2016, more than 520,000 people visited her “Yayoi Kusama: My Eternal Soul” exhibition held from February 22, 2017 at the National Art Center, Tokyo, and she even opened her own Yayoi Kusama Museum in Shinjuku, Tokyo on October 1 last year. Here you can see a variety of print works by the prominent artist.




Next to Taimei Gallery Vol. 2: Takahiro Imai

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Next to Taimei Gallery Vol. 2: Takahiro Imai
at Taimei Gallery
1F&B1F Hulic G7 Bldg., 7-3-5, Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo 104-0061
Media: Painting
(2018-01-01 - 2018-02-28)

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




Hiroshi Toyofuku + Yoshihiko Yaegashi Exhibition

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Hiroshi Toyofuku + Yoshihiko Yaegashi Exhibition
at Art For Thought
1F, Wako Ginza Hatchome Bldg., 8-10-4 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo 104-0061
Media: Painting - Nihonga - Sculpture
(2018-02-22 - 2018-03-03)

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




Kaoru Sugasawa “Fragments of Feelings”

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Kaoru Sugasawa “Fragments of Feelings”
at Gallery Art Morimoto
3-7-20-2F Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo 104-0061
Media: Painting
(2018-02-22 - 2018-03-03)

Studying to become an art teacher, Kaoru Sugasawa is an artist who pays attention to both the fun and depth of painting as a medium. Here in her first solo exhibition she will introduce around 17 new works featuring heart-shaped patterns produced as a result of relationships with others. The artist’s ideas appear to be expressed via the various facial expressions of the girls she depicts.




Shogo Takarada Exhibition

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Shogo Takarada Exhibition
at Gallery Hirota Bijutsu
Zenya Bldg. 1F, 7-3-15 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo 104-0061
Media: Painting
(2018-02-16 - 2018-03-03)

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




Fujiko Nakaya + Ukichiro Nakaya “Greenland”

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Fujiko Nakaya + Ukichiro Nakaya “Greenland”
at Maison Hermès
5-4-1 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo 104-0061
Media: Drawing - Installation - Video and Film - Performance Art
(2017-12-22 - 2018-03-04)

Exhibition devoted to the internationally active fog artist Fujiko Nakaya and her father, Ukichiro Nakaya. In 1936, Ukichiro Nakaya, a famous scientist known for the quote, “Snow crystals are letters sent from heaven,” successfully made the world’s first artificial snow crystals. Ukichiro believed that the realization of scientific truths depended on a collaboration between human beings and nature. This continues to have a strong influence on Fujiko Nakaya, who uses fog as a medium of artistic expression. Born in 1933 as the second daughter of Ukichiro Nakaya, Fujiko started her artistic career as a painter. She later participated in E.A.T. (Experiments in Art and Technology), an experimental group focusing on collaborations between art and science that was formed in New York in 1966, and in the ’70s and ’80s produced and exhibited video works while based in Japan. Fujiko’s first “fog sculpture,” a type of work made with artificial fog that has come to be synonymous with the artist, was exhibited at the Pepsi Pavilion at Expo ’70, held in Osaka in 1970. She subsequently created over 80 installations and performances all over the world. Fujiko also has consistently collaborated with artists from various other genres, including architecture, music, dance, and light. In this exhibition, whose title refers to the site of Ukichiro’ s later research on snow and ice, Ginza Maison Hermès’ glass block is likened to the icy terrain of the Arctic, as Fujiko undertakes a fog experiment in the interior of the space. Ukichiro’ s numerous memorable phrases, such as, “To understand ice, you have to listen to ice,” convey the mental and physical impressions that transcend science when we are united with sublime nature, and the rigor and reverence that Ukichiro felt when closely examining a subject in natural science research. From 1957, around the time that Ukichiro began to spend the last summers of his life in the Arctic, Fujiko was in Paris and Madrid studying painting, which later provided a foundation for her artistic expression. The natural scientific motifs of the sun and clouds, which she depicted at the time, convey two physically separate but resonating sensibilities. Along with “Glacial Fogfall,” a new work by Fujiko, the exhibition focuses on the endlessly curious and challenging spirits of these two talented individuals. Enjoy the dialogue, straddling two generations, between Ukichiro and Fujiko Nakaya, who saw the process of observing, recording, reproducing, and understanding the ever-changing character of nature and the environment as a highly significant activity and one that is increasingly important for us today.




Seiki Kikuchi + Kinya Koyama “Encounters with Nishinouchi Paper”

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Seiki Kikuchi + Kinya Koyama “Encounters with Nishinouchi Paper”
at Tachikawa Blind Ginza Space Åtte
B1F Tachikawa Ginza Showroom, 8-8-15 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo 104-0061
Media: Crafts
(2018-02-21 - 2018-03-04)

Nishinouchi Washi, a type of paper created by the Mito domain during the Edo period (1603–1868), is an Intangible Cultural Property of Ibaraki Prefecture. This exhibition presents collaborations between paper artist Kinya Koyama and Seiki Kikuchi, an artisan passing down the traditional techniques of Nishinouchi Washi to the next generation. While introducing fine materials from the nature-rich area of Nasukozo, Ibaraki and the techniques used to make the paper, this show also displays 20 items including paper cloth goods made by both artists and paper clothing made by Koyama.




Splendid Form – Five Artists

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Splendid Form – Five Artists
at Wako Hall
4-5-11 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo 104-0061
Media: Product - Crafts
(2018-02-23 - 2018-03-04)

Exhibiting works by five leading practitioners of traditional Japanese crafts.




Kosuke Ichikawa + Hiro Kikai “Sprinkling A-side”

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Kosuke Ichikawa + Hiro Kikai “Sprinkling A-side”
at Basement Ginza
B1F Ploom Shop Ginza, 4-3-5 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo 104-0061
Media: Drawing - Photography
(2018-02-08 - 2018-03-09)

An exhibition of work by photographer Hiro Kikai and visual artist Kosuke Ichikawa curated by Ichikawa.




Lecture Series “The Dawn of Design – From the Oldest Stone Tools to Handaxes”

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Lecture Series “The Dawn of Design – From the Oldest Stone Tools to Handaxes”
at Intermediatheque
2F, 3F JP Tower, 2-7-2 Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 100-7003
Media: Product - Talks
(2018-02-09 - 2018-03-09)

This lecture series is organized to accompany the special exhibition “The Dawn of Design – From the Oldest Stone Tools to Handaxes” currently being held at Intermediatheque and The University Museum, the University of Tokyo (UMUT) (Hongo Campus). This is a collaborative exhibition introducing some of the oldest stone tools discovered in Ethiopia that focuses on the design of the stone tools in their formative periods. The lecture series will be given by the staff and faculty members behind the planning of this exhibition. “African Human Fossils and Stoneware Date: Feb. 9 (Fri), 18:00-19:30 Speaker: Gen Suwa (Professor at The University Museum, the University of Tokyo (UMUT) specializing in physical anthropology and paleontology) Venue: Academia Lecture Theater, 2F Intermediatheque Capacity: 48 Admission: Free (no booking required) *Event in Japanese. *Please see the official website for further details and information on other events.




Tabaimo “flow-wer arrangement”

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Tabaimo “flow-wer arrangement”
at Gallery Koyanagi
Koyanagi Bldg. 9F, 1-7-5 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo 104-0061
Media: Drawing - Installation - Video and Film - Party
(2018-02-10 - 2018-03-15)

Presenting Tabaimo’s “flow-wer” (2013), a series of drawings depicting flowers grown from human bodies, and her “flow-wer arrangement” wall drawing projection. “flow-wer arrangement” was exhibited in the much-discussed 2017 exhibition “Hammer Projects: Tabaimo” at the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles. This exhibition recreates “flow-wer arrangement” in its first showing since the Hammer Museum exhibition. [Related Exhibition] Zuntentonchinshan by Tabaimo Dates: Feb. 9–Mar. 4 Venue: Kido Press (3331 Arts Chiyoda)




18th “1_WALL” Graphics Exhibition

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18th “1_WALL” Graphics Exhibition
at Guardian Garden
Hulic Ginza 7chome Bldg., B1F 7-3-5 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo 104-8227
Media: Graphics - Talks
(2018-02-20 - 2018-03-16)

The 1_WALL Graphics Exhibition aims to discover the next generation of young graphic designers. A panel of judges chooses six finalists based on their portfolios, and each finalist is given a single wall on which to display their work at the exhibition. This year’s final judging session open to visitors will take place on Tuesday, February 27. After presentations by the finalists, the judges will hold a debate and a Grand Prix winner will be named. This winner will be given a solo exhibition in a year’s time and a prize of 200,000 yen. The six finalists for the 18th 1_WALL Graphics Exhibition are: Manami Kawamura, whose tracings depict “what she’s looking at now,” Shimizu, whose illustrations create original worlds from the toys of the 1960s and 1970s, Kobushi Tanaka, whose picture books feature a donkey as their protagonist, Naoya Hirata, who assembles imaginary “sculptures” from images taken from the internet, Thought Fukunishi, who combines his own poetry and graphics, and Monyochita Pomichi, whose works feature colorful girl characters. [Event] Judging Session Date: Feb. 27 (Tues) 18:00–21:00 Please see the official website for reservations.




H et H “f450-number book”

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H et H “f450-number book”
at Un Petit Garage
1F Ginza Musashino Bldg., 7-17-1 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo 104-0061
Media: Sculpture - Party
(2018-01-09 - 2018-03-16)

H et H is an art unit formed by Bujin Hirai and Tadaaki Hyodo in 1989. The group was prominent in the 1990s, holding shows at Roentgen Kunst Institut and around Europe. Inspired by Fahrenheit 451, the sci-fi novel titled after the temperature at which paper burns, this exhibition shifts the focus from the analogue material of paper into the digital realm.




Kouga Hirano and Shobunsha

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Kouga Hirano and Shobunsha
at Ginza Graphic Gallery
DNP Ginza Building 1st floor, 7-7-2 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo 104-0061
Media: Prints - Product
(2018-01-22 - 2018-03-17)

For roughly three decades between 1964 and 1992, Kouga Hirano was in sole charge of the covers on books published by Shobunsha. Indeed, it is rare for a single designer to handle all of a publisher’s output. Shobunsha was the standard-bearer of the counterculture days, and Hirano’s unique style blew a breath of fresh air through the publishing establishment. Here, some 600 of the more than 7,000 titles Hirano produced over nearly half a century are on display, focusing mainly on his work for Shobunsha. There will also be around 80 works printed on Japanese paper on display, including distinctive decorative hand-written letters, works freshly returned from an incredibly popular exhibition in Taiwan this spring, and many of his theater and concert posters and flyers that have been retouched by Hirano himself, some even with added notes. Visitors are able to take the book covers in hand - just as if they were in a secondhand bookstore - to see and feel the close bond between books, publishing, cover designers, and the times.




Legendary Movie Stars: Audrey and Others

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Legendary Movie Stars: Audrey and Others
at Art Gallery M84
5F, 4-11-3 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo, 104-8001
Media: Photography
(2018-01-29 - 2018-03-17)

The 70th exhibition at Art Gallery M84 features images of movie stars by the likes of Warner Brothers Studio and Columbia Pictures photographer George Hurrell; Clarence Sinclair Bull, who photographed Hollywood actresses like Greta Garbo; and Denis Stock, who summoned the American spirit in his portraits of stars like James Dean. A selection of photographs from film studios and The Kobal Collection are also featured. Enjoy these 40 valuable vintage silver gelatin prints.




Pola Museum Annex Exhibition 2018 Part 1 - Ignorance and Visibility

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Pola Museum Annex Exhibition 2018 Part 1 - Ignorance and Visibility
at Pola Museum Annex
Pola Bldg. 3F, 1-7-7 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo 104-0061
Media: Painting
(2018-02-23 - 2018-03-18)

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




Shigeki Fujishiro Exhibition

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Shigeki Fujishiro Exhibition
at Maison Hermès
5-4-1 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo 104-0061
Media: Installation - Talks
(2018-01-18 - 2018-03-18)

Product designer Shigeki Fujishiro is behind the current installation marking the 100th Ginza Maison Hermès window display. Organized around the 2018 Hermes theme “Let’s Play,” Fujishiro has installed a game in the window space. Watch as a rotating sphere disappears and reappears among the Hermès items also on display behind the glass. In addition, a special website for Ginza Maison Hermès window displays, talk show events and other means has been created to commemorate this landmark 100th occasion. Here you can trace the origins and history of this mission to date. Furthermore, design critic Alice Rawsthorn writes about the social and creative meaning of window displays by referring to diverse range of works at Ginza Maison Hermès windows. [Related Events] Talk by Alice Rawsthorn Date: Mar. 17 (Sat), 15:00-16:00 Venue: Forum, Ginza Maison Hermès Admission: Free Capacity: 80 Alice Rawsthorn x Kazunari Hattori In Conversation Date: Mar. 18 (Sun), 15:00-16:00 Venue: Forum, Ginza Maison Hermès Admission: Free Capacity: 80 *Please see the official website for further information.




Delicate Crafts

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Delicate Crafts
at Matsuya Design Gallery
Matsuya Ginza 7F, 3-6-1 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo 104-8130
Media: Product - Crafts - Ceramics
(2018-02-20 - 2018-03-19)

The woodcraft artisan Ryuji Mitani, respected among the Japanese design community for his fine taste, introduces the work of five selected artisans and antique dealers in an exhibition asking how crafts are perceived in today’s society, how they should be understood, and how their roles in our lives are changing.




Herend: Porcelain from Hungary

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Herend: Porcelain from Hungary
at Shiodome Museum | Rouault Gallery
Panasonic Tokyo Shiodome Bldg. 4F, 1-5-1 Higashi-Shimbashi, Minato-ku, Tokyo 105-8301
Media: Product - Crafts - Ceramics - Workshops - Talks
(2018-01-13 - 2018-03-21)

The town of Herend in western Hungary became a legendary site of porcelain production in the 19th century as it flourished under the patronage of the Habsburg Dynasty with works treasured by European heads of state. Herend: Porcelain from Hungary presents some 250 works of Herend porcelain, from early pieces to items in Baroque and Rococo styles and Eastern-inspired works based on study of Asian ceramics. Experience 190 years of history in the timeless grandeur of Herend, a name that stands for the highest quality. *Some of the items on display will be replaced midway through the exhibition period. The initial display will be from January 13 to February 13; the second display will be on show from February 15 to March 21. [Related Events] Victorian Table Coordination Exhibition Dates: Jan. 13 (Sat) - Mar. 21 (Wed), 10:00-17:00 (closed on Weds. but open Mar. 21) Venue: Reform Park, Panasonic Living Showroom Tokyo, 1F Panasonic Tokyo Shiodome Building Tea Tasting Event Dates: Feb. 9 (Fri) - Feb. 12 (Mon), 11:00-16:30 *No booking required. *Please be aware that there may be a wait involved if the event is crowded. *The event may end early if the tea runs out.




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

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Angela Detanico and Rafael Lain, Antonio Dias, Mira Schendel “Dialogue”
at The Club
6-10-1 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo 104-0061
Media: Graphics - Painting
(2018-01-20 - 2018-03-24)

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




Iro-e: Japan Cute!

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Iro-e: Japan Cute!
at Idemitsu Museum of Arts
Teigeki Bldg.9F, 3-1-1 Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 100-0005
Media: Ceramics
(2018-01-12 - 2018-03-25)

Iro-e - ceramic pieces utilizing polychrome overglaze enamels - flourished as a colorful ceramic style during the Edo period (1603 - 1868), represented by porcelain such as Kokutani, Kakiemon and Nabeshima ware, as well as by Kyoyaki ceramics. Fashionable Kokutani designs were adapted for kimono, while design-oriented Kakiemon pieces drew international popularity. Meanwhile, subtle seasonal aesthetics made Nabeshima an ideal gift, and the cuteness and literary features of decorated Kyoyaki are of note. Delight in the multi-faceted nature of Japanese culture through the gorgeous world of iro-e.




Koichi Watanabe “Moving Plants”

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Koichi Watanabe “Moving Plants”
at Shiseido Gallery
Shiseido Bldg. B1, 8-8-3 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo 104-0061
Media: Photography - Video and Film - Talks
(2018-01-13 - 2018-03-25)

Watanabe has been photographing “itadori” (Japanese knotweed) for over 10 years. This plant, also known as “skanpo,” is found all over Japan, and has been known throughout history as a medicinal and edible plant. However, few people know that roughly 200 years ago, Philipp Franz von Siebold, who was living in Nagasaki at the time, brought it back from Japan to Europe for use in gardening, and its hardiness has led to its spread throughout the world, reproducing so widely that it is now changing local ecosystems. Ever since coming across Japanese knotweed while photographing the scenery of Hokkaido, Watanabe has researched the ecology of this weed and traveled far and wide to see it with his own eyes. While consulting reference works, both old and new, from around the world, he has contacted local botanists, delving into the world of this plant in countries such as the U.K., the Netherlands, Poland, and the U.S. This exhibition will feature 18 photographic works and two video works from Watanabe’s “Moving Plants” series. Watanabe’s depictions of Japanese knotweed in this project convey these plants, with their profound life force, as possessing a natural, organic beauty despite being highly invasive. The exhibition features not only photographic works captured by large-lensed cameras, but also documentary films of Japanese knotweed in their natural environments around the world, and rare materials used by Watanabe in his research. This is the first time the entirety of Watanabe’s Japanese knotweed project has been shown, and the giant prints of itadori, as tall as people, fill the entire exhibition area with the strong presence of these plants. [Related Events] Talk Event: Koichi Watanabe x Tomoki Yamauchi Date: Mar. 3 (Sat), 14:00-16:00 Speakers: Koichi Watanabe, Tomoki Yamauchi (Lecturer in Kyoto University of Education Faculty of Arts, gardener) Venue: Word Hall Capacity: 60 Admission: Free *Event in Japanese.




Masters of Soft Focus: Shotaro Akiyama, Shoji Ueda, and Takashi Kijima

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Masters of Soft Focus: Shotaro Akiyama, Shoji Ueda, and Takashi Kijima
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
(2018-02-21 - 2018-04-01)

High-definition camera lenses can be used not only for crisply captures shots but those with softer images as well. In the past such effects were achieved by using “soft filters” or by placing an oiled cloth over the filter. This exhibition presents soft-focus 37 photographs on washi paper, most exhibited publically for the first time, by three important Japanese photographers: Shotaro Akiyama, Shoji Ueda, and Takashi Kijima.




Go! Go! Limited Express Trains!

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Go! Go! Limited Express Trains!
at Railway History Exhibition Hall, former Shimbashi car park
1-5-3 Higashi Shinbashi, Minato-ku, Tokyo 105-0021
Media: Sculpture - Product
(2017-11-21 - 2018-04-08)

The advent of “limited express” trains began with the Kodama, a popular shinkansen (bullet) train that started running between Tokyo and Osaka/Kobe in 1958. Over the last six decades various types of trains have been added to the railroads that connect Hokkaido and Kyushu, offering all kinds of services and running speeds. This exhibition traces the history of limited express trains, introducing them through photographs, ephemera, videos, models and so on. It will cover both Japan Railway trains and those operated by private companies. Here you can encounter the latest E353 series now running on the Chuo main line “Azusa” service, as well as the now defunct 583 series that was taken out of circulation in spring 2017 after 50 years in operation.




Special Exhibition “The Dawn of Design – From the Oldest Stone Tools to Handaxes”

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Special Exhibition “The Dawn of Design – From the Oldest Stone Tools to Handaxes”
at Intermediatheque
2F, 3F JP Tower, 2-7-2 Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 100-7003
Media: Crafts
(2017-12-12 - 2018-04-08)

On the occasion of collaboratively exhibiting in Japan some of the oldest stone tools discovered in Ethiopia, Intermediatheque is holding a special exhibition focusing on the design of the stone tools in their formative periods. [Related Exhibition] Special Exhibition “The Oldest Stone Tools and Handaxes – The Dawn of Design” Schedule: 2017.10.20–2018.01.28 Venue: The University Museum, the University of Tokyo (UMUT) (Hongo Campus)




Tokyo Mosaic (3) – Urban Textures

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Tokyo Mosaic (3) – Urban Textures
at Intermediatheque
2F, 3F JP Tower, 2-7-2 Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 100-7003
Media: Media Arts
(2017-12-12 - 2018-04-08)

In the run up to the 2020 Olympics and Paralympics, the identity and attractiveness of Tokyo is again being publicized on an international scale. However, Tokyo in itself is rather a heterogeneous aggregate of signs, a complex entity irreducible to a single concrete image. In an attempt to capture the evanescent visual identity that characterizes Japan’s capital, the exhibition series “Tokyo Mosaic” has been allocated a dedicated area within Intermediatheque, where each exhibition focuses on a particular aspect of 20th-century Tokyo. A new presentation of documents pertaining to Tokyo in all its diversity (maps, urban planning projects, administrative reports, design manuals, news, advertisements, pamphlets in foreign languages, touristic guides, stamps1 etc.) gives insight into the images of Tokyo conveyed by visual communication tools in Japan and abroad. By including both official documents related to urban planning and public relations as well as rare ephemera produced by individuals and private organizations, it becomes possible to confront the idealized view of Tokyo with its reality. Through concrete examples, you can consider how graphic design and visual culture have assimilated the image of Tokyo, reducing it to a given form, abstracting it and at times idealizing it.




Gift: What Design Offers Us – The Keiji Nagai Collection

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Gift: What Design Offers Us – The Keiji Nagai Collection
at Atelier Muji
Muji Yurakucho 2F, 3-8-3 Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 100-0005
Media: Crafts - Talks
(2018-01-26 - 2018-04-15)

In this exhibition, “gift” themed products have been specially selected from Keiji Nagai’s vast product design collection that looks to enrich everyday life. In the last 50 years, he has traveled all around the world from his home in Fukuoka. Using his hands, eyes and feet, he has been carefully gathering individual items for his collection. Here only a small portion of his entire collection - from his own residence, as well as from four separate warehouses (now consolidated into two) - is on display. It covers a wide range of product genres, from furniture, home décor, electrical appliances to welfare products and books. The Nagai collection is filled with beautiful yet functional objects, with each item telling a story that answers the fundamental question of what design means for human beings and their lives. [Related Events] Keiji Nagai’s Collection, according to Keiji Nagai himself Date: Jan. 26 (Fri), 13:30-15:00 *Event in Japanese. *Please see the official website for further details.




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 - 2018-04-30)

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.




Flore d’Odilon Redon

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Flore d’Odilon Redon
at Mitsubishi Ichigokan Museum, Tokyo
2-6-2 Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 100-0005
Media: Painting - Drawing - Prints - Talks
(2018-02-08 - 2018-05-20)

Odilon Redon was a French painter active in France in the second half of the nineteenth century, when artists such as Monet and Renior were championing the Impressionist movement. Though Redon was of the same generation, he chose a different path, focusing instead on the fantastic world of dreams, fantasy and the imagination. This exhibition will explore the plants that Redon depicted in his work. It will present “Grand Bouquet,” his largest pastel work that once hung in the dining room of Baron Domecy’s castle and is now part of the Mitsubishi Ichigokan Museum collection. You can enjoy this alongside 15 wall paintings on loan from the Musée d’Orsay that once hung in the same space. This large-scale exhibition of Redon’s work presents elegant pieces from art collections around the world under one roof. [Related Event] Date: Feb. 14 (Wed), 14:00-15:30 (doors open 13:30-) Speakers: Hiroo Yasui (Senior Curator of Mitsubishi Ichigokan Musuem, Tokyo, curator of this exhibition) Venue: Conference Square M + Success Admission: Free *Event in Japanese. *Please see the official website for further details.




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 [...]



Quai Branly Tokyo “Wild Eyes – Creative Thinking Directed Toward Personification”

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Quai Branly Tokyo “Wild Eyes – Creative Thinking Directed Toward Personification”
at Intermediatheque
2F, 3F JP Tower, 2-7-2 Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 100-7003
Media: Sculpture
(2018-01-23 - 2019-01-14)

This sixth installation in the Quai Branly Tokyo series consists of anthropomorphic wooden sculptures from Nigeria. About Quai Branly Tokyo: Opportunities to experience the startling diversity of the bold and enigmatic forms produced by civilizations throughout the world are rare in Japan. This thematic presentation of masterpieces selected from the collections of the Musée du Quai Branly - Jacques Chirac in Paris, addressing the major preoccupations of humankind in resonance and in confrontation with the University of Tokyo collections, is the place for such encounters. This perennial embassy of a French national museum in the heart of Tokyo emanates from a cultural and scientific collaboration of a new kind between the Musée du Quai Branly - Jacques Chirac and Intermediatheque: a selection of emblematic items from Africa, Asia, Oceania, and the Americas will be regularly exhibited to the Japanese public, prompting a conversion of our worldview. Resolutely working at the crossroads of all cultures, periods and domains, both institutions share a novel approach to interdisciplinary museum activities. Organized by The University Museum, The University of Tokyo (UMUT) + Musée du Quai Branly - Jacques Chirac With the support of Mr. Christian Polak + K.K. SERIC




Masaaki Fukuda “Think! Don’t Be Blown Away by the Winds of Society”

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Masaaki Fukuda “Think! Don’t Be Blown Away by the Winds of Society”
at Ai Gallery
1-5-2-2F Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo 104-0061
Media: Painting
(2018-02-26 - 2018-03-03)

Artist’s statement: I want to think on my own, without being pulled along with social values or individual experiences.




Noriyo Nishida “cinéma”

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Noriyo Nishida “cinéma”
at Gallery 58
4-4-13-4F Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo 104-0061
Media: Painting
(2018-02-26 - 2018-03-03)




Takashi Yoshikawa Exhibition

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Takashi Yoshikawa Exhibition
at K's Gallery
Daiwa Ginza Ichi Bldg. 6F, 1-13-4 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo 104-0061
Media: Prints
(2018-02-26 - 2018-03-03)




Toshiyuki Kita “Use Native Materials As New Materials”

Toshiyuki Kita “Use Native Materials As New Materials”
at Good Design Marunouchi
1F Shin Kokusai Bldg., 3-4-1 Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 100-0005
Media: Product - Talks
(2018-02-26 - 2018-03-11)

Products made with bamboo from Shimane Prefecture and timber from Akita Prefecture for collections debuting in Milan over the past two years are on display. These items demonstrate the concept of “making Japanese original products into world products with craftsmanship technology.”




Yoshiko Katsumata Exhibition

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Yoshiko Katsumata Exhibition
at K's Gallery
Daiwa Ginza Ichi Bldg. 6F, 1-13-4 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo 104-0061
Media: Prints
(2018-02-26 - 2018-03-03)

Venue: Ginza K’s Gallery-an




Hana Matsuri: Worship Flowers

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Hana Matsuri: Worship Flowers
at Park Hotel Tokyo
Shiodome Media Tower, 1-7-1 Higashi Shimbashi, Minato-ku, Tokyo 105-7227
Media: Ceramics - Party
(2018-02-27 - 2018-04-30)

Each March Paku Paku An produces an art lounge and all-day dining event for Park Hotel Tokyo guests that runs from morning to lunch to after-dinner drinks. Welcome in spring with the floral motifs of this year’s event.




Hideyasu Moto “Rock and Manga”

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Hideyasu Moto “Rock and Manga”
at Creation Gallery G8
Recruit GINZA 8 Bldg. 1F, 8-4-17 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo 104-0061
Media: Illustration - Manga
(2018-02-27 - 2018-03-29)

Hideyasu Moto is an illustrator and manga artist with a large fan base that takes avidly to his style: pop on the surface, but containing stories and a worldview ripe with cynicism. Moto started working as a freelance illustrator in 1990 and in 1995 made his debut as a manga artist. After publishing manga including “Recosuke-kun” and “Wild Mountain,” in recent years he has shifted the focus of his activities to illustration for use in commercials, magazines, picture books and other media. Meanwhile Moto is also known as a record collector and an authority well-versed in the realm of music. He regularly contributes to music magazines and the like, and he is on familiar terms with many musicians. From these musical connections, Moto‘s works have many fans within the music industry, while he has been involved in creating CD jackets and booklets for popular Japanese musicians such as Unicorn and Spitz. In 2014 Moto also founded his own record label, Rhion Records, specializing in the production of 7-inch (EP) records. Here he personally handles all aspects from planning and jacket design to product release. His ongoing and unique activities in this sphere are in sync with his unsurpassed love of music. This exhibition will showcase more than 200 of Moto’s original illustrations and manga drawings that have served as the source of his creative activities in book production. His chosen theme is “rock (music) and manga (stories).” [Related Events] Gallery Tour Date: Mar. 27 (Tue), 19:10-20:10 Admission: Free (booking required) Capacity: 40 *Event in Japanese *Please see the official website for further details.




ART in PARK HOTEL TOKYO 2018 (AiPHT)

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ART in PARK HOTEL TOKYO 2018 (AiPHT)
at Park Hotel Tokyo
Shiodome Media Tower, 1-7-1 Higashi Shimbashi, Minato-ku, Tokyo 105-7227
Media: Graphics - Illustration - Painting - Drawing - Photography - Prints - Sculpture - Installation - Crafts - Ceramics - Media Arts
(2018-03-09 - 2018-03-11)

The third annual Art in Park Hotel Tokyo (AiPHT) co-hosted by Park Hotel Tokyo and Art Osaka features works from 42 galleries in places including Osaka, Tokyo, South Korea, and Taiwan. The hotel’s guestrooms are transformed into galleries displaying and selling works of many genres, from paintings to photographs to installation art, and offer a chance to encounter these works that could hang in your home in a different environment than the typical gallery experience. Artists who have created works for the guest rooms will also give talks (please make reservations).