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Art New Year’s Cards Exhibition 2018

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Art New Year’s Cards Exhibition 2018
at Atelier, Kawaguchi Art Gallery
1-76 Namiki-motomachi, Kawaguchi-shi, Saitama 332-0033
Media: Illustration - Drawing - Prints
(2018-01-07 - 2018-01-21)

Brimming with originality, these handmade New Year’s cards are perfect for conveying your feelings for a bright 2018.




David Shrigley “Lose Your Mind”

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David Shrigley “Lose Your Mind”
at Contemporary Art Center, Art Tower Mito
1-6-8 Goken-cho, Mito-shi, Ibaraki, 310-0063
Media: Drawing - Sculpture - Animation - Workshops - Talks
(2017-10-14 - 2018-01-21)

Art Tower Mito is holding Japan’s first large-scale solo exhibition of the work of acclaimed British artist David Shrigley, known for his darkly humorous take on everyday situations. David Shrigley works in a wide range of media, including drawing, animation, sculpture and photography. He moves easily between the worlds of high art and popular culture, collaborating with high-profile musicians and fashion brands, whilst also producing political cartoons and public artworks. The provocative title of the exhibition, “Lose Your Mind,” can be seen as an expression of a unique sense of humour that is present through the entire oeuvre of Shrigley. For the first time in Japan, the exhibition, presented in partnership with the British Council, comprehensively introduces the diverse activities of the artist, presenting an immensity of his drawings, darkly humorous animations, surreal sculptures and conceptual works that gently undermine the seriousness of art. Additionally, a balloon replica of his public artwork Really Good, which has been gaining attention since it was unveiled at Trafalgar Square in London in autumn 2016, will have its world premiere at the exhibition. Enjoy the world of David Shrigley, illuminated by dark humour, which, one may say, is unique to British culture. [Related Event] 1. Artist Talk Date and Time: 14th Oct (Sat), 2017 14:00-15:00 Guest: David Shrigley Venue: Workshop room, Contemporary Art Gallery, Art Tower Mito Capacity: 70 (reservation unnecessary, first-come-first-served basis) *Numbered tickets are distributed from 11:00 in front of the venue. *Fee is included in the admission for the exhibition. 2. Session! - Gallery Tour with the visually impaired Dates: 9th Dec (Sat) 2017, 13th Jan (Sat) 2018 Time: 15:00-17:00 Capacity: 5(reservation required, first-come-first-served basis) Fee: ¥1000(including the admission of the exhibition) *Only in Japanese. 3. Weekend Gallery Talk Date: 28th Oct (Sat), 2017, to 21th Jan (Sun), 2018. Every Saturday and Sunday during the period of the exhibition except 19th Nov (Sun), 6th Jan (Sat) and 7th Jan (Sun). Time: Starts at 14:30 (Gallery talk lasts approximately 40 minutes.) Venue: Contemporary Art Center, Art Tower Mito *A gallery talk might be canceled due to circumstances. *Fee is included in the admission for the exhibition. *Only in Japanese *Please see the official website for further details




“Join the Dots” Workshop

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“Join the Dots” Workshop
at Art Museum & Library, Ota
15-16-30 Higashi Honcho, Ota-shi, Gumma 373-0026
Media: Workshops
(2018-01-20 - 2018-01-21)

This two-day art workshop has been organized as part of a collaborative project between Art Museum & Library, Ota and Sydney Opera House in Australia with a view to bringing together children from the two cities. It is the first time the project has held an event in Japan. Artists will travel from Ota to Sydney, and Sydney to Ota to facilitate simultaneous workshops at each of the venues, creating artworks with the local children and connecting the two venues in real time by way of the Internet. [Event Details] Times: 10:30-, 11:30-, 12:30-, 13:30-, 14:30-, duration approx 40 mins. per session Venue: 3F Audiovisual Hall, Art Museum & Library, Ota Capacity: 30 per session Suitable for participants aged 5 to 12 years. Preschoolers must be accompanied by a guardian. *Please see the official website for booking and further details.




Traditional Kogei in Everyday Life

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Traditional Kogei in Everyday Life
at MOA Museum of Art
26-2 Momoyama-cho, Atami-shi, Shizuoka 413-8511
Media: Product - Crafts - Ceramics
(2017-12-16 - 2018-01-23)

National Treasures, demonstrate the beauty and utility of kogei (traditional Japanese crafts). From textiles to lacquer ware to ceramic tea bowls and sake cups, these 60 diverse works bring traditional artists into the modern lifestyle. [Event] Workshops by Kogei Artists Date: Dec. 23 (Sat) 13:30–15:30 In Japanese. Please see the official website for reservations and details.




Tomiyuki Kaneko “Asian Deities”

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Tomiyuki Kaneko “Asian Deities”
at Gallery Ohrin
1F Ohrinkan, Hitachinokuni Izumotaisha, 2001 Fukuhara, Kasama-shi, Ibaraki 309-1634
Media: Painting - Nihonga - Party
(2017-10-15 - 2018-01-28)

Tomiyuki Kaneko’s work has been garnering attention for the high impact it has on viewers, with works like “Red Banas Pati Raja” (2012) selected for use as the main visual for the “Domani: The Art of Tomorrow” exhibition held at The National Art Center, Tokyo last year, and “World Serpent” (2012) selected for the group exhibition “SerpentiForm,” organized by BVLGARI and hosted at the Art Science Museum, Singapore this year. . Kaneko has been interested in the world of morality since childhood, and after majoring in Japanese-style nihonga painting at Tohoku University of Art and Design, he traveled to Cambodia and worked on figurative sketches based on the art of Buddhism, Hinduism, and other spiritual beliefs. He continues to work on depictions of invisible spiritual entities, such as Japanese yokai (spirits) and kami (gods), while working out of Yamagata in the north of Japan. This exhibition will present Kaneko’s manifestation of figures such as the trinity of Hindu gods of creation, preservation, and destruction, which were later adopted by Buddhism and brought to Japan, as well as to Indonesia in the form of the mythological character Barong Macan.




Junko Sato Exhibition

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Junko Sato Exhibition
at Itamuro Onsen Daikokuya
856 Itamuro, Nasushiobara-shi, Tochigi 325-0111
Media: Fashion - Crafts
(2018-01-06 - 2018-01-30)

Naturally colored knitted, scarves, hats, and other items dyed with plants found in Nasu, Tochigi Prefecture.




Naobummi Seimiya “Beyond the sunset”

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Naobummi Seimiya “Beyond the sunset”
at Takasaki Museum of Art
110-27 Yashima-cho, Takasaki-shi, Gunma-ken 370-0849
Media: Painting - Prints - Workshops - Talks
(2017-12-10 - 2018-01-31)

Though the late woodcut printer Naobummi Seimiya (1917-1991) was born 100 years ago, the quiet poetry of his works continues to fascinate viewers. At the center of his practice is a deep empathy for people’s occupations and for sharing the unlimited possibilities of the imagination with others. This exhibition following a quarter of a century after his death explores the essence of image making and looking. The woodblock prints for which Seimiya is principally known are often clearly distinguished from his other works, which include watercolors, glass paintings, and monotypes. This exhibition will pursue the transitions his artistic practice underwent in chronological order, looking at the different forms of expression this poet used to render his poetry in pictorial form. [Related Events] Watercolor monotype workshop (paint on glass, print on paper) Date: Jan. 21 (Sun) 13:00-16:00 Workshop leader: Art museum staff Capacity: 20 (suitable for elementary students and above. First to third grade elementary students will need to be accompanied by a guardian) Admission: ¥200 (for materials) *Participants should bring their own set of watercolors to the workshop. *Event in Japanese. *Please see the official website for booking and details on further events.




The Story of Bonsai - The History of Bonsai from Ancient Tmes to the Present

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The Story of Bonsai - The History of Bonsai from Ancient Tmes to the Present
at The Omiya Bonsai Art Museum, Saitama
2-24-3, Toro-cho, Kita-ku, Saitama-shi, Saitama 331-0804
Media: Nihonga - Sculpture
(2017-12-16 - 2018-02-04)

Bonsai have a long history that can be traced through everything from ancient Chinese murals to medieval Japanese picture scrolls, the garden maps of legendary Daimyo, and ukiyo-e prints. Venue: Exhibition Room




Yukio Fukazawa “Adiós Amigo”

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Yukio Fukazawa “Adiós Amigo”
at Ichihara Lakeside Museum
75-1 Funyu, Ichihara-shi, Chiba 290-0554
Media: Drawing - Prints - Ceramics
(2018-01-06 - 2018-02-12)

Exhibition commemorating the life and work of Yukio Fukazawa, a copperplate printer who represented Japan in the postwar years and passed away at the age of 92 in January 2017, while recognized as an honorary citizen of Ichihara City. The title of this show - “Adiós Amigo” - is an expression that Fukazawa often used when seeing off guests or students at the end of a lesson. In this exhibition introducing the passion and warmth of his works, you can see roughly 100 pieces in total, including copperplate print masterpieces from both early on in his career and his latter years, as well as glass paintings, ceramics and other works. Follow the trajectory of Fukazawa’s style as it changed over his 60-year career. [Related Event] Print Workshop Date: Jan. 14 (Sun), Feb. 11 (Sun), 14:00-17:00 Facilitator: Akio Yakushiji (Kyoritsu Women’s University part-time lecturer, member of The Japan Print Association) Capacity: 15 Admission: ¥500 *Event in Japanese *Please see the official website for booking and further information.




Collection Masterpieces

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Collection Masterpieces
at The Omiya Bonsai Art Museum, Saitama
2-24-3, Toro-cho, Kita-ku, Saitama-shi, Saitama 331-0804
Media: Sculpture
(2017-11-23 - 2018-02-14)

Introducing masterpiece examples of collection bonsai, bonsai pots, and rock gardens. These bonsai display the beauty of the changing seasons. Venue: Collection Gallery




Treasured Swords of the Uesugi Clan

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Treasured Swords of the Uesugi Clan
at Sano Art Museum
1-43 Nakatacho, Mishima-shi, Shizuoka 411-0838
Media: Crafts
(2018-01-07 - 2018-02-18)

During the Sengoku era, Daimyo Kenshin Uesugi was gifted swords from the Emperor and shoguns. This exhibition introduces 60 swords and historical articles from the Uesugi clan, including 15 Important Cultural Properties.




Tsuyoshi Ozawa “Imperfection: Parallel Art History”

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Tsuyoshi Ozawa “Imperfection: Parallel Art History”
at Chiba City Museum of Art
3-10-8 Chuo, Chuo-ku, Chiba City, Chiba 260-8733
Media: Installation - Workshops - Talks
(2018-01-06 - 2018-02-25)

A major solo show for contemporary artist Tsuyoshi Ozawa, who turned heads at Yokohama Triennale 2017 and has built a career with works drawing from art history and his own surroundings with humor and sharp insight. The new installation “Imperfection” considers “plaster figures/plaster figure-drawing” and incisively reinterprets Western subjects from Japanese perspectives. Ozawa also spotlights Japanese art history with new arrangements of works such as “The Return of Painter F,” offering food for thought about what art and art history really are. [Related Events] Volunteer-led Multi-layer Woodcut Print Workshop Date: Jan. 20 (Sat), 10:30-12:00, 13:00-15:00 Venue: 1F Project Room Capacity: 100 Admission: Free Symposium: ”The history of a plaster figure - its Reception and Expansion” Tsuyoshi Ozawa and guests discuss the unique history of plaster figures in Japan and Ozawa’s new installation work. Date: Feb. 4 (Sun), 14:00- (Doors open: 13:30) Speakers: Tsuyoshi Ozawa (Artist), Tadashi Kanai (Professor, Shinshu University Department of Philosophy & Art Communication), Shinya Arai (Art History / Part-time Lecturer, Tama Art University Faculty of Art and Design General Education) Venue: 11F Chiba City Museum of Art Capacity: 150 Admission: Free (exhibition admission ticket required) *Numbered admission tickets are available on the day of the event from 12:00 and will be issued on a first-come-first-served basis. *Events in Japanese. *Please see the official website for further details and information on other events.




Mt. Fuji and Shizuoka Artists

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Mt. Fuji and Shizuoka Artists
at Shizuoka Prefectural Museum of Art
53-2 Yada, Shizuoka-shi, Shizuoka-ken 422-8002
Media: Painting
(2017-12-19 - 2018-02-28)

Different Shizuoka artists are chosen each time for the museum’s exhibition of works depicting Mt. Fuji, offering a rich array of variations on the theme. This time as always, the show opens with works by international artists and proceeds to portrayals of Mt. Fuji by Japanese artists. Rediscover the culture and landscape of Shizuoka through the works of artists who were born here, have lived here, or have otherwise spent time in the prefecture.




The Riddle of Art - Takahashi Collection

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The Riddle of Art - Takahashi Collection
at Shizuoka Prefectural Museum of Art
53-2 Yada, Shizuoka-shi, Shizuoka-ken 422-8002
Media: Painting - Sculpture
(2017-12-23 - 2018-02-28)

Psychiatrist Ryutaro Takahashi is a prolific collector of contemporary art who has purchased around 2500 works to date. This exhibition introduces the essence of contemporary Japanese art since the 1990s through works picked out by Takahashi, arranging these according to three riddles. By exhibiting works produced by multiple artists within the same space, a sense of the expressive characteristics that have emerged in Japanese art over the last quarter of a century becomes dramatically apparent. Meanwhile, there will be works from the Shizuoka Prefectural Museum of Art Collection displayed alongside these pieces in a move that is inspired by Takahashi’s belief that Japan’s traditional art and contemporary Japanese of the 1990s and thereafter is inextricably linked. Here you can explore the relationship between these works that transcend time and exhibit somewhat similar motifs, but whose meanings also differ greatly in context of when they were produced. Enjoy the strange delight of seeing these two collections combined.




Tree of Life

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Tree of Life
at The Vangi Sculpture Garden Museum
Higashino Clematis no Oka, 347-1 Sunto-gun, Nagaizumi-cho, Shizuoka 411-0931
Media: Painting - Photography - Sculpture
(2017-04-22 - 2018-03-04)

This show commemorating the 15th anniversary of Vanji Sculpture Garden Museum presents works mainly from the collection that focus on trees, a subject that has continued to attract human interest to this day. It can be said that the “tree of life” and “tree of wisdom” motifs began with the Old Testament, though they are both prevalent in different cultures throughout various ages. In photographer Manabu Miyazaki’s studies of a single persimmon tree standing isolated in a village in Ina Valley, Nagano Prefecture that he shot over a two-year period, you can see the change in seasons and movement of time. Glean a sense of “life” and the shape of modern living through the works of 15 different artists presented here.




Natsuko Isaka Exhibition

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Natsuko Isaka Exhibition
at Gallery Pepin
1470-10 Omaki, Midori-ku, Saitama-shi, Saitama 336-0922
Media: Prints
(2018-01-18 - 2018-03-08)

Natsuko Isaka started out by using clay to give shape to her ideas, this instinctive slant toward movement informing her subsequent artistic practice. As she continues to produce work and evolve towards a mature style, this initial approach remains unfettered by art education. Though her expressive methods are diverse, including assemblages, stone painting and mask making, this exhibition will focus on copperplate prints. See how Isaka depicts woman-like creatures by combining free drawing with etching and aquatint techniques to produce copperplate prints.




Kenji Suzuki: A Retrospective

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Kenji Suzuki: A Retrospective
at Tochigi Prefectural Museum of Fine Arts
4-2-7 Sakura, Utsunomiya-shi, Tochigi-ken 320-0043
Media: Painting - Prints
(2018-01-13 - 2018-03-21)

Kenji Suzuki (1906–1987) was a Showa-era printmaker who vividly depicted the lives of townspeople. His outstanding expressions of form flourished in his manga and sketches that became part of the prewar proletariat movement and the Northern Kanto print movement. Through all the changes of his life and era, he kept a steadfast and affectionate gaze on farm villagers, city laborers, and children. With the support of the Kenji Suzuki Print Museum, this comprehensive retrospective for Suzuki, an artist with ties to Tochigi City, presents 300 items including prints, sculptures, and documentation of Suzuki’s life.




A View of Prints: Trajectory of the Gendai Hanga Center

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A View of Prints: Trajectory of the Gendai Hanga Center
at Museum of Modern Art, Saitama
9-30-1 Tokiwa, Urawa-ku, Saitama-shi, Saitama 330-0061
Media: Prints
(2018-01-16 - 2018-03-25)

The Gendai Hanga Center in operation from 1974 to 1985 produced works that brought out the special qualities of the printmaking medium and cultivated a practice of collecting prints. More than 80 artists including sculptors, artisans, filmmakers, and architects as well as 2D artists created over 700 works at the Gendai Hanga Center, which also printed art criticism in the Gendai Hanga Center News and exhibition catalogues exerting important influences on the art world. Through documentation and examples of the center’s works, this exhibition looks back how the center brought the potential of printmaking to its zenith. Part 1: Jan. 16 (Tues)–Feb. 18 (Sun) Part 2: Feb. 20 (Tues)–Mar. 25 (Sun)




Art is Science Ⅱ

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Art is Science Ⅱ
at Karuizawa New Art Museum
1151-5 Karuizawa-cho Karuizawa, Kitasaku-gun, Nagano 389-0102
Media: Painting - Drawing - Sculpture - Installation - Video and Film - Media Arts - Sound
(2017-10-07 - 2018-03-31)

This summer, Karuizawa New Art Museum hosted “Art is Science,” focusing on artistic expressionism that has emerged from the advancement of scientific technology. From the early 20th century and into the post-war period, there was experimental use of scientific technology in art. We now notice that this has influenced our esthetic sensibilities and contributes to their diversity. In “Art is Science Ⅱ,” the museum will continue to address the idea of new horizons, looking at artists who have been working on links with science in contemporary art. In 1973 a British-born artist Harold Cohen (1928-2016) invented “Aaron,” an automatic drawing machine. Through numerous trial-and-error experiments with his computers, Cohen pursued not only artistic expressions generated from human drawings and colors, but also sought out creations by Artificial Intelligence that could learn and develop autonomously. John Cage (1912-1992) is well known as an avant-garde composer of experimental music, who presented “Radio Music” (1958) and “Cartridge Music” (1960) by making use of the capacities of machines such as radios and microphones. Through examples such as these, we can see there has been use of scientific technologies to embody ideas in conceptual aspects. In this exhibition you can encounter a variety of works that are the result of artists’ unflagging enthusiasm for fresh expressions in the new era. While some works are sure to astonish visitors with their novelty appeal, others may elicit strange feelings, challenging stereotypical views.




3rd “My Best Work” Exhibition - Painting the Ideal Landscape: Scenes Unlike Photographs Emerge

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3rd “My Best Work” Exhibition - Painting the Ideal Landscape: Scenes Unlike Photographs Emerge
at Hoki Museum
3-15 Asumigaokahigashi, Midori-ku, Chiba-shi, Chiba 267-0067
Media: Painting - Talks
(2017-11-18 - 2018-05-20)

This museum – the first in Japan to specialize in realist painting – introduces a variety of works from more than 20 new collections by popular painters of realism. Comprised of around 140 items displayed throughout nine galleries, you can discover the ideal landscapes pursued by these artists. Gallery 8 has undergone a total rehang, now displaying 14 masterpieces by big names such as Hiroshi Noda, Hiroshi Hada, Fumihiko Gomi, and Osamu Ono. Check out the gallery talks by various exhibiting painters on December 2, 9, 16 (events in Japanese, booking required).




Forever (and again)

Forever (and again)
at Izu Photo Museum
347-1 Higashino Clematis no Oka, Nagaizumi-cho, Shizuoka 411-0931
Media: Photography - Talks
(2018-01-14 - 2018-07-06)

Presenting the work of five women photographers: Yurie Nagashima, Rinko Kawauchi, Rika Noguchi, Shizuka Yokomizo, and Terri Weifenbach. Standing before these photographs carving out single moments in time evokes associations of memories and the past. The title “Forever (and again)” refers to photograph’s ability to revisit specific moments by preserving them for eternity. *In addition to the Izu Photo Museum, Clematis no Oka is also home to The Vangi Sculpture Garden Museum and the Bernard Buffet Museum. A free shuttle bus runs to and from Mishima Station. Please see the official website for details. [Events] Talk by Takashi Homma and Rika Noguchi Date: Jan. 20 (Sat) 14:30–16:00 Venue: Clematis no Oka Hall (2 min. from museum) Talk by Rinko Kawauchi and Yurie Nagashima Date: Mar. 11 (Sun) 14:30–16:00 Venue: Clematis no Oka Hall (2 min. from museum) Please see the official website for details.




Ibaraki Museum of Modern Art Permanent Exhibition

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Ibaraki Museum of Modern Art Permanent Exhibition
at Museum of Modern Art, Ibaraki
666-1 Higashi-Kubo, Senbacho, Mito, Ibaraki 310‐0851
Media: Painting

With works from the Ibaraki area as the nucleus, objects in the museum’s permanent collection are shown systematically so that the history of modern and contemporary art can be easily understood.




Ikeda Museum of 20th Century Art Permanent Exhibition

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Ikeda Museum of 20th Century Art Permanent Exhibition
at Ikeda Museum of 20th Century Art
614 Totari, Ito-shi, Shizuoka-ken 414-0052
Media: Painting - Sculpture

The museum collection consists of 1210 pieces centering upon 20th century works depicting the . 540 are works by Renoir, Bonnard, Picasso, Matisse, Leger, Chagall, Kokoschka, Milo, Dali, and de Kooning, and 670 are by unique Japanese artists. 130-200 selections from the permanent collection are on display at any given time, and will rotate every quarter.




Metal Art Museum Hikarinotani Permanent Exhibition

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Metal Art Museum Hikarinotani Permanent Exhibition
at Metal Art Museum Hikarinotani
2465 Yoshitaka, Inba-mura, Inba-gun, Chiba-ken 270-1603
Media: Sculpture - Installation - Crafts

Our permanent exhibition, held on the first floor, features the work of metal-cast artists Hotsuma Katori and Shinobu Tsuda. Both being born in the same period, in the Hokuso area of Chiba Prefecture, the two were opposites in artistic viewpoints; Katori emphasized tradition while Tsuda called for revolution. Works on display will be rotated every three months.




Motohiro Tomii "Special Exhibition = Permanent Collection Exhibition"

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Motohiro Tomii "Special Exhibition = Permanent Collection Exhibition"
at ARCUS Studio
Moriya Manabinosato, 2418 Itatoi, Moriya-shi, Ibaraki 302-0101
Media: Installation - Party

Artist Motohiro Tomii will create sculptural works using ready-made objects. The sculptures will then become permanent collections of ARCUS Project and exhibited inside Building B. Moriya Manabi-no-sato, where ARCUS Studio is located, has a music room, cooking room, and craft shop, and the facilities are used by neighborhood residents regularly. The exhibition does not have a closing date, and all works will be exhibited until they decay naturally. Opening Reception: March 22nd (Sat), 18:30- at ARCUS Studio Please contact venue to attend by phone or fax. (0297-46-2600)




Permanent Outdoor Installation Exhibition

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Permanent Outdoor Installation Exhibition
at Hara Museum Arc (Gunma)
Ikaho Green Bokujo, 2855-1 Kanai, Shibukawa-shi, Gunma-ken 377-0027
Media: Sculpture - Installation

New permanent installations by three internationally renowned contemporary artists debut in the fall of 2016 at Hara Museum ARC: Olafur Eliasson’s “Sunspace for Shibukawa,” Lee Bul’s “A Fragmentary Anatomy of Every Setting Sun,” and Jean-Michel Othoniel’s “Kokoro.” The museum hopes visitors will enjoy these outdoor installations together with exhibitions of contemporary art and traditional art on view art ARC.




Tenshin Okakura Memorial Room Exhibition

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Tenshin Okakura Memorial Room Exhibition
at Tenshin Memorial Museum Of Art, Ibaraki
2083 Tsubaki, Otsu-cho, Kitaibaraki-shi, Ibaraki-ken 319-1702
Media: Painting

Works by artists from Izura who were tutored by Tenshin Okakura will be on display. Exhibits will rotate six times a year.




Hello World - For the Post-Human Age

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Hello World - For the Post-Human Age
at Contemporary Art Center, Art Tower Mito
1-6-8 Goken-cho, Mito-shi, Ibaraki, 310-0063
Media: Photography - Sculpture - Installation - Product - Video and Film - Animation
(2018-02-10 - 2018-05-06)

Art as radar acts as “an early alarm system,” as it were, enabling us to discover social and psychic targets in lots of time to prepare to cope with them.(1) These are the words of media theorist Marshall McLuhan, writing in “Understanding Media” with sharp insight in the 1960s and predicting the social revolution that new technology would bring. Half a century has now passed since McLuhan published his important work, and the Internet has permeated our society and new technological innovations like artificial intelligence are rapidly advancing. “Any technology tends to create a new human environment.”(2) As McLuhan said, technology generates an entirely new world for mankind. While these changes will open up the door to a new age full of incredible promise, there is apprehension about the various problems and confusion that will also be ushered in. In what ways are artists responding to the positive and negative aspects that technological innovation brings? This exhibition presents the work of seven artists and one artist group from Japan and overseas, who are responding astutely to our current crossroads in history as well as the future. Their work offers us opportunities to think about the future of the society that technology makes. (1) Marshall McLuhan, “Understanding Media: The Extensions of Man” (1964) (2) Marshall McLuhan, “The Gutenberg Galaxy: the Making of Typographic Man” (1962)