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Railroad Siding 2017

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Railroad Siding 2017
at Former Tokorozawa-shi Dai-ni Gakko Kyusyoku Center (Greater Tokyo area)
(2017-08-26 - 2017-09-24)

Tokorozawa City in Saitama Prefecture has a history of hosting experimental and independent exhibitions by contemporary artists. This event is the sixth edition of Railroad Siding, a bi-annual art festival that was initiated by local artists in 2008. Unlike with most large-scale art exhibitions, there is no unified theme or direction determining this event. Instead, artists and critics active in various fields will come together to face each other on the site of a former school dinner center, creating their expressions from scratch. This event has three strands: ① Exhibition taking place in an alternative non-gallery/museum setting, namely a former school dinner center (closed in 2009, used as emergency supply store since 2011). ② “Another Place for Expression” book to be published following the exhibition (including various essays and photographs documenting the event). ③ Talk events with various artists and writers scheduled throughout the exhibition period. *Please see the official website for further details on related events.




Ground Under

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Ground Under
at Sezon Art Gallery (Omotesando, Aoyama area)
(2017-09-18 - 2017-09-25)

Eleven cutting-edge contemporary artists explore the city’s “wealth of provisions” in relation to architecture, engineering, natural disasters, and the Olympics. Curator and participating artist Yuta Akiyama is involved with the Barrackout project centered around a Koto Ward house to be demolished. In this exhibition he again seeks out overlaps between the present and memories of the 1923 Great Kanto Earthquake and the Tokyo airstrikes by reimagining the space as a barrack. He also presents a new installment of his “Jizodo Shufuku” (restored Buddhist sanctuary) originally presented in Fukushima. [Event] Live Painting by Whole9 Date: Sep. 18 (Mon, public holiday) 19:00–22:00 Admission: 1500 yen




PinkQueendom

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PinkQueendom
at Shinjuku Ophthalmologist Gallery (Shinjuku area)
(2017-09-15 - 2017-09-27)

Group exhibition featuring works by artists Alma, Ankaramy, Ummmi, Sage Kobayashi, sac, Tabitha Nikolai, Takumi Fukuhara, Piroyo Masuda and Lilium Kobayashi. Venue: Space M, S.




20th Japan Media Arts Festival Exhibition of Award-winning Works

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20th Japan Media Arts Festival Exhibition of Award-winning Works
at NTT ICC Inter Communication Center (Shinjuku area)
(2017-09-16 - 2017-09-28)

The 20th Japan Media Arts Festival received 4,034 entries from 88 countries and regions in its four divisions: Art, Entertainment, Animation and Manga. The Exhibition of Award-winning Works will present selected works featuring a wide range of styles, genres and forms of expression, as well as materials documenting the lifetime accomplishments of Special Achievement Award winners. The festival program will also include symposia, artists’ talks, workshops and other related events. Gathering diverse artists and creators from Japan and abroad, the thirteen days of the festival will offer a precious opportunity to experience works representing the most contemporary trends in Media Arts (in Japanese: Media Geijutsu).




20th Japan Media Arts Festival Exhibition of Award-winning Works

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20th Japan Media Arts Festival Exhibition of Award-winning Works
at Tokyo Opera City Art Gallery (Shinjuku area)
(2017-09-16 - 2017-09-28)

The 20th Japan Media Arts Festival received 4,034 entries from 88 countries and regions in its four divisions: Art, Entertainment, Animation and Manga. The Exhibition of Award-winning Works will present selected works featuring a wide range of styles, genres and forms of expression, as well as materials documenting the lifetime accomplishments of Special Achievement Award winners. The festival program will also include symposia, artists’ talks, workshops and other related events. Gathering diverse artists and creators from Japan and abroad, the thirteen days of the festival will offer a precious opportunity to experience works representing the most contemporary trends in Media Arts (in Japanese: Media Geijutsu).




Julie Marie Duro “Looking for My Japanese Family”

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Julie Marie Duro “Looking for My Japanese Family”
at Youkobo Art Space (Musashino, Tama area)
(2017-09-20 - 2017-09-28)

Julie Marie Duro was on a train in Japan when her mother explained how her grandfather, who died before she got the chance to really meet him, had had a son with a Japanese woman in the 1970s. Her mother doesn’t know her Japanese brother’s exact age or where he lives. She doesn’t even know his name. It is because of this that Duro began observing the faces of men in their forties who shared Japanese and European features, and started hearing an increasingly strong voice in her head saying, “This might be him!” Since the revelation, she has continued to wonder who her uncle is. What does he look like? What kind of life does he lead? Two years ago, while the cherry blossom started to bloom, she decided to look for him. The project, “Looking for my Japanese Family,” is actually composed of two chapters: “I am a cloud and Today” and “Autumn” - “Kyoaki” in Japanese. Venue: Studio 1




Forms of time, the poiesis and the way - thinking from Koki Tanaka’s artworks and texts

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Forms of time, the poiesis and the way - thinking from Koki Tanaka’s artworks and texts
at Aoyama|Meguro (Ebisu, Daikanyama area)
(2017-09-03 - 2017-09-30)

Koki Tanaka received a special mention award from the jury of the 55th International Art Exhibition at the Venice Biennale in 2013 and was then awarded Artist of the Year by Deutsche Bank in 2015. He is regarded as a leading artist not only in Japan but also overseas, considered a key figure in contemporary art since Relational Aesthetics. In this exhibition, curator Sekai Kozuma begins by looking at Tanaka’s earliest works and lengthily texts, describing in detail his underlying ideas and approaches through these works. From here you will be taken on a journey that follows the path of his creation and thinking, extending the possibilities of his work by looking back to his origins.




Deep Ocean 2017 - “Life” and the “Earth”

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Deep Ocean 2017 - “Life” and the “Earth”
at National Museum of Nature and Science (Ueno, Yanaka area)
(2017-07-11 - 2017-10-01)

In the summer of 2013, the museum hosted a special “Deep Sea” exhibition, which included the display of a 5-meter long giant squid alongside a video of a deep-ocean dwelling giant squid that was considered the scoop of the century. Four years on, and this exhibition will focus on bioluminescent animals, giant creatures, and dwellers of the deep ocean hadal zone, presenting the latest videos shot of them in their natural habitat alongside live specimens recently procured from the ocean. Furthermore, there will be videos and CG reconstructions that show the circumstances surrounding large-scale natural disasters related to the deep sea, including the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami that took place off of the Pacific coast, as well as those introducing deep sea resources. The team that captured the giant squid have banded together once again and are now working on the new NHK deep sea series special, “Deep Ocean.” This is a perfect opportunity to develop a deeper understanding of the water that surrounds us.




Grand Projects: How Far Will You Go?

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Grand Projects: How Far Will You Go?
at 21_21 Design Sight (Roppongi, Nogizaka area)
(2017-06-23 - 2017-10-01)

Filled with the joy of making things, creators proceed on a journey toward a Grand Project. The exhibition will showcase Grand Projects by such creators who give shape to their bold and innovative ideas that transcend existing modes of expressions. In June 2016, Christo and Jeanne-Claude realized “The Floating Piers” on Lake Iseo in Italy. The piers covered with fabric that is 3 kilometers-long appeared on the lake. Along with sidewalks also covered with the same fabric, the floating piers dramatically changed the landscape, and uplifted the spirit of people. The starting point for this exhibition will be these artists who conceived projects of incredible scale that transforms bridges in cities, landscapes over some ten kilometers, and even the house of parliament to artworks, and ultimately realized what was initially thought to be impossible. From that starting point, creators from diverse fields who carry out unique activities using dynamic techniques and methods, will gather and display their works. The process of meticulous planning and giving shape to a project while receiving the cooperation and support of many people, together with the finished works that are displayed on a huge scale, evoke a feeling of awe among the visitors who are likely to wonder, “How far will you go?” The creators’ attitudes make us feel their strong will, passion, endless series of trial-and-error, and determination to take action with conviction, to confront all sorts of hardships, such as technical challenges in natural environments, as well as financial challenges and changes in times and social circumstances. Their grand projects may also be said to be grand urban projects proposed by artistic creators. By temporarily or permanently changing the city and natural landscapes, their works permeate through our daily lives. By taking part in the project and being involved from the production process, cooperators from public institutions, corporation, and other interested persons, too, get to experience the fun of working together and the joys of creating things. This is another major characteristic of this exhibition. The works they express encourage us to experience new things, and make us aware of enjoyment and sets of values we had never thought of previously. The exhibition will convey the extraordinary power that such creations have, and the joys that spread from there.




Hiroyuki Oki “Sei sei ◯”

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Hiroyuki Oki “Sei sei ◯”
at Art Center Ongoing (Musashino, Tama area)
(2017-09-13 - 2017-10-01)

Hiroyuki Oki expresses his expansive thoughts and ideas frankly through video, installations and performances, producing distinctive and chaotic works with a live focus that overpowers viewers. In his third solo exhibition at Art Center Ongoing, Oki - for the first time - experiments with developing a dialog with the video works projected at the venue. The words and objects that come into being in this facing up to his video works create a new space with a fresh impression that departs from the past. Meanwhile, both the videos and the installation space will continue to evolve subject to their relationship with each other, allowing the form of the works to change day by day. Oki’s video work “Sei sei,” which is also the name of this exhibition, was filmed in Colombia in March 2017. Here he will draw out and reflect upon words such as “purification”, “creation,” “relief,” and “holiness” - which are all pronounced “seisei” in Japanese. Other video works featured include “M · I,” “Western breeze,” and “KenjiLow.”




Yuji Hayata: Photographer of Showa Stars

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Yuji Hayata: Photographer of Showa Stars
at Newspark - The Japan Newspaper Museum (Yokohama, Kanagawa area)
(2017-07-01 - 2017-10-01)

Celebrating the 100th anniversary of the birth of Yuji Hayata, who photographed postwar celebrities such as singer Hibari Misora, actor Ken Takakura, and actress Ruriko Asaoka.




Yukiko Iioka “Eternal Scenes”

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Yukiko Iioka “Eternal Scenes”
at Kanzan Gallery (Bakurocho area)
(2017-09-05 - 2017-10-01)

The Kanzan Curatorial Exchange series wonders, “What do documentary media like photography and video preserve?” The special qualities of images give them expressive abilities, but there are also things they struggle to convey. Yukiko Iioka, who researches documentary techniques, and artist Yuki Harada, who focuses on the relationships between artists and artworks, will each present a solo exhibition exploring documentation and expression.




Lucerne Festival Ark Nova 2017

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Lucerne Festival Ark Nova 2017
at Tokyo Midtown (Roppongi, Nogizaka area)
(2017-09-19 - 2017-10-04)

Having celebrated its 10th anniversary this spring, Tokyo Midtown presents Lucerne Festival Ark Nova this fall, the first time for the event to come to Tokyo. Tokyo Midtown Grass Square will host to the massive Ark Nova mobile concert hall, an 18 meter tall, 30 meter wide, 36 meter deep structure that has aided recovery from the East Japan Earthquake via music and art. The interior will also be open to the public for some of the time, allowing you to look back on the events that were held in the disaster regions as well as experiencing concerts or movie screenings inside this massive work of art. From the desire to support the disaster regions, which are still in the process of recovery, take this opportunity to participate in events involving the very embodiment of such hopes – the incredible Ark Nova.




Autumn Moon-Viewing at Miraikan 2017

Autumn Moon-Viewing at Miraikan 2017
at National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation (Odaiba, Kachidoki area)
(2017-09-13 - 2017-10-06)

At this annual event, the Miraikan’s Geo-Cosmos display presents lunar surface data from the Kaguya moon satellite along with footage of the entire moon. Enjoy moon-viewing as only possible at the Miraikan National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation. There will also be film screenings, panel displays, and mini talks offering astronomical wonder for children and adults alike.







BCL “Resist/Refuse”

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BCL “Resist/Refuse”
at Ai Koko Gallery (Kiyosumi, Ryogoku area)
(2017-08-19 - 2017-10-09)

Resist/Refuse is a collaboration between researcher Georg Tremmel and the Austria-based ceramic artist Matthias Tremmel. During World War II, ceramic biological bombs were used for biological warfare by delivering rats, which carried fleas, which in turn carried deadly bacteria. Resist/Refuse re-imagines and re-creates these ceramic biological bombs, repairs them with the Japanese kintsugi method, and symbolically undos the harm of the deadly bacteria by growing antibiotics in them. [Related event] Gallery talk “A short history of biological warfare in Japan” Date: September 17th Sun, 17:00-18:00 Speaker: Reto Hofmann (Waseda University) and Georg Tremmel (BCL)




Pocorart Exhibition vol. 7

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Pocorart Exhibition vol. 7
at 3331 Arts Chiyoda (Chiyoda area)
(2017-09-16 - 2017-10-09)

The Pocorart National Open Call Exhibition was initiated in 2011 as a place for free expression for those with and without disabilities, as well as artists in general. Since its creation, the event has presented artworks born from this creative core, and has offered point of departure linked to a wider society. For this 7th volume of the exhibition, 128 works have been selected from a total of 1383 that were submitted. They will be presented over six exhibitions, with this installment at Arts Chiyoda focusing on “looking.” A series of workshops have also been selected through a new open call category, including projects that propose communication through creative actions (draw, make, touch, hear, feel) and activities stemming from the expressive activities of the artists. Here you can encounter the expressions and experiences unique to Pocorart, a term coined from “Place of Core + Relation Art.” Venue: 1F Main Gallery *Please see official website for further information on related events.




Double Line – Drawing Show and Workshop in Tokyo  

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Double Line – Drawing Show and Workshop in Tokyo  
at Art Trace Gallery (Kiyosumi, Ryogoku area)
(2017-09-15 - 2017-10-10)

The “Double Line” project is a continuation of a Polish-Japanese artistic cooperation that started during the International Triennial of Contemporary Drawing in Wrocław in 2016. As a part of the project a pair of events is going to take place in Tokyo and Wrocław in September and December 2017. The artists invited to take part in the initiative are members of collectives operating in both cities. Both Drawing Lab from Wrocław and Art Trace Collective from Tokyo are artistic groups dealing with issues at the crossroads of drawing and other media in the context of urban space and in relation to the historical and present-day affairs of a city. The concept assumes that the Polish artists are going to create their projects specifically for the Art Trace Gallery interior. The artwork presented during the exhibition will utilize not only the rudimentary function of drawing i.e. fast and accurate notation on paper, cardboard or canvas, but also activities involving physical space, site-specific objects and video installations, activities at the crossroads of music and drawing. It is highly engaging and inspiring for us to observe how the two exhibitions in Tokyo and Wrocław are going to be different and how they are going to be received by the public. The project will be summarized by a publication describing all the prepared events. [Related Event] Drawing lab – Drawing Workshops September 15, 2017 13:30-15:00 Drawing by burning (max 12 active participants) 17:00-19:00 Filmmaking (max 16 participants) Content: This workshop open to the public will present typical drawing techniques like direct filmmaking (drawing directly on film reel) and drawing by burning and destroying paper or other materials. How to apply: Please write (1)Your name (2) Part 1 or Part 2 or Both Send an e-mail to the address below: double.line.show@gmail.com




Anibal Catalan “The Peak”

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Anibal Catalan “The Peak”
at Eitoeiko (Ichigaya, Kagurazaka area)
(2017-09-15 - 2017-10-14)

In the world that Anibal Catalan produces in his artworks, space expands and contracts as if it were breathing; cities appear to be repeatedly created and destroyed, his use of colors accentuating the structures that form his world. In this exhibition - the artist’s first solo show in Japan - Catalan attempts to express the relationship between natural forms of elevation and greatness and architecture as a growing and expanded field. The installation will incorporate a selection of paintings, works on paper and video.




Japanese Expanded Cinema Revisited

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Japanese Expanded Cinema Revisited
at Tokyo Photographic Art Musem (Ebisu, Daikanyama area)
(2017-08-15 - 2017-10-15)

Centered around works in the Tokyo Photographic Art Museum collection, this exhibition will look back over the history of moving images while simultaneously exploring the possibilities the future holds for this field. The focus will be on works that employ methods or forms other than conventional movie theater projection to consider the ‘Expanded Cinema’ concept that was developed from the mid-sixties onward by artists and experimental filmmakers based largely in Europe and the United States. Japan was quick to carry out experiments in ‘Expanded Cinema,’ beginning in the 1960s, and here Japanese film history will be explored in order to reconsider its uniqueness and foresight. The results of this trend are now familiar to us all through multi-projection, loop projection and live performances, but it also responded to the intermedia art and technology that flourished during the same period, rediscovering the diversity that has always existed in film. More than fifty years have now passed since the birth of this movement and the hope is that by re-exploring ‘Expanded Cinema,’ it is possible to trace the transition and contemporariness of moving images from their emergence to the present day. [Related Events] 8mm film workshop This two-day workshop will explore how to make an 8mm monochrome film, from shooting and developing to projection. Event Dates: Sep. 23 (Sat) - 24 (Sun) 10:15-19:00 both days Workshop Leader: Ryo Ishikawa (The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo Film Center engineer, video artist), Mariko Goda (film technician) Capacity: 12 (booking required, selected by lottery) Suitable for all Admission: ¥5000 *Event in Japanese




MAM Screen 006: Camille Henrot

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MAM Screen 006: Camille Henrot
at Mori Art Museum (Roppongi, Nogizaka area)
(2017-07-05 - 2017-10-23)

This exhibition presents nine films made by Camille Henrot between 2002 and 2011, in a single screening around an hour in duration. Together, these works challenge traditional assumptions about memory, film, and cultural dialogues, prompting the viewer to question the conventions by which the world is understood. Through this process, the program is sure to offer us new ways of looking at the world. Henrot’s diverse practice encompasses video, sculpture, drawing, and installation. She takes inspiration from a breadth of disciplines, including anthropology, literature, and natural history. Through these fields, Henrot offers her own unique observations on the ways in which knowledge is recorded, and how such knowledge becomes transformed as it moves across cultures. Her exploration of these themes is coupled with an awareness of how the rise of the digital has altered our relation to everything from the natural world to spirituality. In two of Henrot’s early works, “Metawolf” (2002) and “Dying Living Woman” (2005), found footage from sci-fi and horror films is obscured by the artist’s scribbles, subtly subverting the narrative conventions of both genres. “Natural History of Art” (2009) places an anthropological gaze on both plants in a greenhouse and art-handlers installing an exhibition. “Le Songe de Poliphile /The Strife of Love in a Dream” (2011) focuses on various techniques employed to conquer fear, such as pilgrimages to holy places, the production of anti-anxiety medication, and the extraction of snake venom. In her film, Henrot explores the snake as an ambiguous symbol in both Eastern and Western cultures, at once deadly and protective. The snake emerges as the source of human knowledge and imagination, and her work encourages the viewer to consider the relation between cultural myths and fear. Henrot gained international recognition in 2013 when she was awarded the Silver Lion at the 55th Venice Biennale for her video “Grosse Fatigue.” In recent years Henrot’s profile has continued to grow through a number of solo and group exhibitions in international institutions, including solo show at Kunsthalle Wien (Vienna, 2017), Fondazione Memmo (Rome, 2016), and the New Museum (New York, 2014). This fall, she will present a carte blanche at Paris’ Palais de Tokyo. [Screening Times] The duration of the program is around 55 minutes and screenings will commence at the following times: 10:00-, 11:00-, 12:00-, 13:00-, 14:00-, 15:00-, 16:00-, 17:00-, 18:00-, 19:00-, 20:00-, 21:00- (On Tuesdays: 10:00-, 11:00-, 12:00-, 13:00-, 14:00-, 15:00-, 16:00- only)




Sunshower: Contemporary Art from Southeast Asia 1980s to Now

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Sunshower: Contemporary Art from Southeast Asia 1980s to Now
at Mori Art Museum (Roppongi, Nogizaka area)
(2017-07-05 - 2017-10-23)

With its population totaling around 600 million, the multi-ethnic, multi-lingual, multi-faith region of Southeast Asia has nurtured a truly dynamic and diverse culture. Contemporary art from this emerging economic powerhouse is currently earning widespread international attention. The “sunshower” – rain that falls from clear skies – is an intriguing yet frequently seen meteorological phenomenon in Southeast Asia, and serves as a metaphor for the vicissitudes of the region. This exhibition, the largest-ever of its kind, seeks to explore the many practices of contemporary art in Southeast Asia since the 1980s from nine different perspectives. It showcases the inconceivable dynamism of a Southeast Asia that is somewhat nostalgic yet extraordinarily new. *Held simultaneously with the exhibition of the same title at The National Art Center, Tokyo. [Related Event] Artists’ Talk “My Work” Apichatpong Weerasethakul and Chai Siris will talk about their new work “Sunshower” (2017) and Chiang Mai, Thailand, where they are currently based. * Japanese-English simultaneous interpretation available Moderator: Hirokazu Tokuyama (Associate Curator, Mori Art Museum) Date & Time: 19:00-20:30, Monday, July 10, 2017 (Doors open: 18:30) Free (Exhibition ticket valid for the day of issue for the admission to the Mori Art Museum required) Reservations required. Please see the official website for details.




Yu Araki “Bivalvia: Act I”

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Yu Araki “Bivalvia: Act I”
at SNAC / Mujin-to Production (Kiyosumi, Ryogoku area)
(2017-09-16 - 2017-10-28)

“Bivalvia” is the Latin name that was given by Carl Linnaeus (1707-78), who is referred to as the father of taxonomy, to molluscs with a shell consisting of two hinged parts. Yu Araki was fascinated by the European flat oyster shells that he found while walking along the beach in the Galician region of Spain. The unevenness of the shell’s surface, formed over a period of many years, is a feature officially termed “sculpture.” In this exhibition, the first in the Bivalvia series, Araki will present new video works and photographs on this theme that were shot in Spain and South Korea.




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

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

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




miCo. “Practice and Consideration”

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miCo. “Practice and Consideration”
at Prismic Gallery (Omotesando, Aoyama area)
(2017-09-16 - 2017-10-29)

Exhibition presenting recent works that demonstrate miCo’s practice, the awareness it brings, and consideration. This will be presented in a number of formats, such as models, drawings, mock-ups, videos, and installations, which form not only an exhibition space but also a meeting space within the gallery setting.




Forest - the shape of life

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Forest - the shape of life
at Bernard Buffet Museum (Greater Tokyo area)
(2017-04-22 - 2017-10-31)

The Bernard Buffet Museum is surrounded by trees and has hosted various tree themed exhibitions in the past, such as “The Story of Trees” in 2013. In addressing this topic, the relationship between trees and people is explored, and the life of the forest grows. In this exhibition you can see the work of three artists who express the form that the life of trees, and our living together with trees, takes. These works will encourage you to contemplate how you live. [Related Events] Hikaru Sato Cello Concert Cellos are made from wood, so it could be said that the sound they make is the voice of the forest. Date: Sep. 3 (Sun) 14:30-16:00 (Doors open: 14:00) Venue: Clematis no Oka Hall Capacity: 200 (booking required) Admission: ¥3500 (¥2000 for students and under, includes admission to the museum) *Booking can made by calling the museum: 055-986-1300 *Please see website for further details and other events




Koganecho Bazaar 2017 - Double Façade: Various ways to encounter others

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Koganecho Bazaar 2017 - Double Façade: Various ways to encounter others
at Site-A gallery and shop (Yokohama, Kanagawa area)
(2017-08-04 - 2017-11-05)

This is the 10th edition of Koganecho Bazaar, an annual art festival hosted by the Koganecho Management Center, an NPO that uses art to revitalize the Yokohama City Naka Ward Koganecho urban area. At one time the number of illegal business in the Koganecho area of Yokohama reached about 260, which caused many long-established shops and local residents from the area to move away and sparked the degeneration of the living environment, which became a growing problem for the surrounding communities. After the Kanagawa Prefectural Police Department began an all-round crackdown in 2005, various regional initiatives and projects lead by the police, the government, businesses, and universities looked to restore the area to its former thriving state, making it a safe and secure place once again. The first Koganecho Bazaar was held in 2008 with an aim of community development through the arts, welcoming guest artists from various cultural backgrounds to present works based on their experiences and understanding of everyday life in Koganecho. Considering these artists as new residents, their activities, and the coexistence of such diverse cultures, allowed new relationships to form between individuals in the town and a new sense of time to emerge. *This event is in two parts: Vol. 1: August 4 (Fri) - September 13 (Thu) Vol. 2: September 15 (Fri) - November 5 (Sun) [Related Events] “Bazaar Collectors Auction” Koganecho Bazaar is an art festival where artists host activities in local private spaces and shops. A “free” (money-less) auction will be held for residents on August 4 (Fri) to mark the opening of the event, with artist Hiroyuki Matsukage acting at the auctioneer. The works auctioned will be exhibited in the homes/shops of those who have claimed them for the duration of the event. During this time Matsukage will photograph the works in situ and exhibit these records. Event Date: August 4 (Fri) 18:30-20:00 (doors open: 18:00-) Venue: Site-D gallery meeting space (1-6 Kogane-cho, Naka-ku, Yokohama-shi) *No booking required *There will be a social gathering following the auction *Please see the official website for further details




Nissan Art Award 2017: Exhibition of New works by Five Finalists

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Nissan Art Award 2017: Exhibition of New works by Five Finalists
at BankArt Studio NYK (Yokohama, Kanagawa area)
(2017-09-16 - 2017-11-05)

Exhibition presenting a wide range of works, including installations, paintings, videos, and photographs, that have been produced for the Nissan Art Award and will be presented to the public for the first time here. In addition to talk events and guided tours of the gallery led by the finalists, a program aimed at children and families has been implemented with the aim of increasing opportunities for encounters with the works on show. Visitors can place votes for their prefered finalist from September 16 to 26, demonstrating their support. The person who gathers the most votes will be presented with the Audience Prize at the award ceremony held on September 27. The Grand Prix, as selected by the International Jury, will also be announced at this event, with details scheduled to be published on the official website along with press release the following day. The Nissan Art Award is a biennial award presented to the emerging generation of Japanese artists to further their careers, enhance their presence in the international art world and create a social environment where people familiarize themselves with art. The award is intended to celebrate new developments in Japanese contemporary art and help provoke debate about visual art by promoting creative emerging artists. Venue: 2F *Please see the official website for details on related events.




Yokohama Triennale 2017 - Islands, Constellations & Galapagos

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Yokohama Triennale 2017 - Islands, Constellations & Galapagos
at Yokohama Museum Of Art (Yokohama, Kanagawa area)
(2017-08-04 - 2017-11-05)

The title of the sixth edition of the Yokohama Triennale is “Islands, Constellations and Galapagos.” Together with the concept, it was conceived following a series of discussions by directors and experts of different generations who work in a variety of fields and form the triennale’s Conception Meeting committee. The words “islands,” “constellations,” and “galapagos” open up possibilities for the discussion of issues such as isolation and connectivity, imagination and guidance, and distinctness and diversity. In contemplating what we should consider wisdom for our future during this time of uncertainty, this event hopes to engage people in discussion through imagination and creativity. In addition to the exhibition, “Yokohama Round,” a series of public forums that kicked off in January 2017, is being hosted as a platform for conversations, contemplation and sharing of ideas around the 2017 triennale theme. Venues: Yokohama Museum Of Art, Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse No. 1, Yokohama Port Opening Memorial Hall (Basement)




John Dove & Molly White “Sensibility and Wonder”

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John Dove & Molly White “Sensibility and Wonder”
at Diesel Art Gallery (Shibuya area)
(2017-08-25 - 2017-11-09)

This exhibition features the origin of street fashion and the punk movement while reflecting on the works of John Dove and Molly White. The T-shirt has been a clothing staple in Street fashion for quite a while, and its history dates back to 1968 when John Dove and Molly White produced fully printed T-shirts under the label “Wonder Workshop” at their atelier in London. The pair used the same silkscreen techniques for making prints to forge their work of art; they applied their printing skills and uniquely developed inks for textiles to make prints on T-shirts for people to wear on the street with an affordable price instead of making small editions on paper or canvas. Their T-shirts allowed the images, which used to exist only on canvas or posters for a limited number of people reach a global audience. Through screen printings, collage and sculpture, the show traces modern art and fashion techniques born in the 60’s and 70’s. It also follows the origin of ideas that have become commonplace today, along with a sense of moment and a sense of wonder.




Haitian Art Exhibition

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Haitian Art Exhibition
at Kawasaki City Museum (Setagaya, Kawasaki area)
(2017-09-02 - 2017-11-26)

Art from the Caribbean island nation of Haiti reflects the country’s beautiful natural setting, French colonial influence, and unique Hatian culture. With its vivid tropical colors, depictions of anthropomorphized animals, fantastic landscapes, and voodoo influence, Haitian art has attracted the interest of artists like leading Surrealist André Breton (1896-1966) and won international acclaim. Kawasaki City Museum showcases examples of Haiti’s vibrant art. [Events] Guided exhibition tour Date: Oct. 21 (Sat) 14:00–15:00 Family exhibition tour Date: Nov. 11 (Sat) 11:00–11:45 In Japanese. Please see the official website for reservations and details.




Yuichiro Tamura “Essay: Glory and the End, or that Weekend / Week End”

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Yuichiro Tamura “Essay: Glory and the End, or that Weekend / Week End”
at Oyama City Kurumaya Museum of Art (Greater Tokyo area)
(2017-09-23 - 2017-11-26)

Yuichiro Tamura and Hiroyuki Hattori have been traveling to Oyama City regularly for the last year, making observations and developing dialogs. During this process, Hattori took an interest in the Oyama City Kurumaya Museum of Art’s unique sense of scale, as well as it’s potential as a public facility, where the boundary between the public and the private are eroded. Meanwhile, Tamura singled out the Nissan Gloria vehicle used by the museum. This car was once a symbol of abundance in the period of high economic growth following the war, but now it seems that it cuts through the present and future of this regional art museum. This exhibition is a chance to think about how we can live better in the years to come. [Related Event] Opening Ceremony: Gallery Tour by the Curator and Artists Event Date: Sep. 23 (Sat) 14:00- Venue: Oyama City Kurumaya Museum of Art *Event in Japanese




Kawasaki History

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Kawasaki History
at Kawasaki City Museum (Setagaya, Kawasaki area)
(2017-08-11 - 2017-12-03)

Exhibition introducing Kawasaki during in the Showa years (1926-1989) through materials such as maps, news reels and a diorama of the area in front of Kawasaki Station.




Masuo Ikeda × Chiaki Shuji “Dance of Autumn Color”

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Masuo Ikeda × Chiaki Shuji “Dance of Autumn Color”
at Park Hotel Tokyo (Ginza, Marunouchi area)
(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.




Animation Cabin Vol. 4: Masterpiece Contemporary Shorts From Italy

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Animation Cabin Vol. 4: Masterpiece Contemporary Shorts From Italy
at Au Praxinoscope (Setagaya, Kawasaki area)
(2017-09-15 - 2017-12-23)

Screening outstanding contemporary short animations from Italy: “Muto” (2008) by Blu, “La Piccola Russia” (2004) by Gianluigi Toccafondo, La Funambola (2002) by Roberto Catani, “Come Persone” (1995) by Ursula Ferrara, “Invacca” (2008) by Stefano Ricci, and “Cosmoetico” (2015) by Martina Scarpelli. [Screening Times] 13:00–13:37 14:00–14:37 15:00–15:37 16:00–16:37 17:00–17:37 18:00–18:37




100 Years of Japanese Animation Part 1: Song, Dance, and Aikatsu Stars!

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100 Years of Japanese Animation Part 1: Song, Dance, and Aikatsu Stars!
at Suginami Animation Museum (Musashino, Tama area)
(2017-09-06 - 2018-01-14)

2017 marks the 100th anniversary of animation in Japan. To celebrate the occasion, Suginami Animation Museum presents a two-part song and dance-themed tribute to the art form. Part 1 looks back on the history of song and dance in Japanese anime through epoch-making works and the culture and eras they came out of. It also introduces the latest from “Aikatsu Stars!,” a five year-old series loved by children and adults alike. From memory-making blockbusters to new-to-you series, experience the wonderful world of Japanese animation through sight and sound. Please see the official website for information on related events.




Japanese Film Heritage: Works from the Collecton of the National Film Center

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Japanese Film Heritage: Works from the Collecton of the National Film Center
at National Film Center (Kyobashi, Nihonbashi area)

The National Film Center was established in 1952 as the first film department in a national institution in Japan. Entering the second century since the birth of film, the Center’s task to protect the accumulated items from over 50 years as historically and culturally significant documentation and heritage is becoming increasingly more important. The collection includes 30,000 films, 20,000 books, 30,000 scripts, 42,000 posters and 372,000 still photos. This exhibition presents a selection of rare items from the collection including historical equipment, mementos of prominent figures in the film industry and newly discovered films, as well as the achievements of past film restorations to trace the history of the Japanese film conservation movement.




Jean-Pierre Melville: Cinéaste du Noir

Jean-Pierre Melville: Cinéaste du Noir
at National Film Center (Kyobashi, Nihonbashi area)
(2017-09-26 - 2017-12-10)

The name of film director Jean-Pierre Melville shines with a special brightness in French film history. Having devoted himself to American films in his youth, he made his debut with the feature length independent film Le Silence de la Mer (1949) without any training as a film director whatsoever. Melville came to prominence when he was commissioned to direct Les Enfants Terribles (1950) by Jean Cocteau, who wrote the original novel. His independent spirit was loved and respected by young Nouvelle Vague filmmakers. He gradually gained recognition as a great director of film noir, and built up his reputation in French cinema with hard-boiled crime films such as Le Doulos [The Finger Man] (1962), Le Deuxième Souffle [Second Breath] (1966), Le Samouraï [The Godson] (1967), and Le Cercle Rouge [The Red Circle] (1970), as well as the big budget war film Army of Shadows (1969), based on his own experiences in the Resistance. Notably, it is not too much of a stretch to say that two major film stars, Jean-Paul Belmondo and Alain Delon, broke new ground with Melville’s films. Depicting complicated human beings who have both good and evil sides, and weaving men’s ties of friendship and betrayal into drama, Melville also had a strong influence on Asian films including those from Japan. To commemorate Melville’s centenary in 2017, NFC is looking back at his distinguished life and achievements by showing materials mainly collected over a period of many years by film director Olivier Bohler, who made the documentary “Code Name Melville” (2008).




Haikara-san ga Toru (Mademoiselle Anne):” Taisho Girls & The World of Waki Yamato!

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Haikara-san ga Toru (Mademoiselle Anne):” Taisho Girls & The World of Waki Yamato!
at Yayoi Museum (Ueno, Yanaka area)
(2017-09-29 - 2017-12-24)

Girls who ride pushbikes and wear patterned kimonos with traditional hakama, lace-up boots, and big bows in their hair… This is the adorably cute “hakama” style that was popular with young women during the Meiji (1868-1912) and Taisho (1912-1926) eras, when fashion in Japan was transitioning from traditional modes to Western trends. The “hakama” style was later brought back into the spotlight by manga artist Waki Yamato, with the release of his hit work “Haikara-san ga Toru (Mademoiselle Anne)” (1975) which was awarded the 1st Kodansha Manga Award. This exhibition will introduce original artwork from “Mademoiselle Anne,” as well as ephemera related the culture of girlhood enjoyed by female students and young working women of the Taisho and early Showa eras. There will also be roughly 200 other works by Yamato, including those from the early part of his career and masterpieces from titles such as “The Tale of Genji,” “Yokohama Monogatari” and “The Daughter of Ishtar.” [Related Events] Screening: “The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari” Event Date: Nov. 3 (Fri) 17:40-19:00 Venue: 1F Exhibition Room, Yayoi Museum Speaker: Nanako Yamauchi (narrator), Ayumi Kamiya (piano) Capacity: 60 Admission: Adults ¥1500, Students ¥1400 (inc. exhibition admission) *Please see the official website for booking.




Iron Island Fes

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Iron Island Fes
at Buckle Kôbô (Tokyo: Others area)
(2017-09-30 - 2017-10-01)

Iron Island Fes evokes chemical reactions between creators in a culture festival like SXSW, encompassing music, contemporary art, performance, film screenings, camping, and other events. Held on Keihin Island – 1.03 square kilometers of reclaimed land in front of Haneda Airport – the two-day festival aims to revitalize the island in creative and exciting ways. Please see the official website for a schedule and other details.