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MADE IN UMUT - The University of Tokyo Collection

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MADE IN UMUT - The University of Tokyo Collection
at Intermediatheque

(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




Hernan Bas “Insects from Abroad”

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Hernan Bas “Insects from Abroad”
at Gallery Perrotin Tokyo
Media: Painting - Party
(2018-01-18 - 2018-03-11)

“Insects from Abroad” exhibits Bas’s newly-created series of paintings and drawings inspired by “Insects Abroad: Being a popular account of foreign insects, their structure, habits, and transformations,” an entomology book published in 1874. Bas found the extensive poetics used to describe insects compelling as an approach to the visual representation of the Dandy, a figure which came to prominence in Europe during the same time in the nineteenth century. There the Dandy was a foppish effeminate male, excessively conscious of fashion (some even resorted to using a corset to reform their bodies.) By contrast, in Japan the figure of the “Dandy” has a different and more recent history, referring to restrained but sophisticated stylish men, traditionally called “Date-Otoko,” although this figure is undeniably masculine. A closer contemporary comparison can be made to those who identify with “Visual Kei,” a specific musical subculture whose members are similarly concerned with altering their appearance through fashion and makeup. (However, there is no exact equivalent in Japan to the European Dandy.) In nineteenth-century Europe, Dandies were ridiculed and, according to Bas, they were described as if they were insects, often depicted as “’monstrosities,’ [given] the appearance of some otherworldly species completely separate from ‘common decent society.’” Thus, he has taken the poetic framing of the scientific text, which renders the otherwise abject insects accessible, as an inspiration to develop complex visual descriptions to similarly portray his male figures as approachable, if not attractive.




Leandro Erlich “Cosmic & Domestic”

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Leandro Erlich “Cosmic & Domestic”
at Art Front Gallery
Media: Installation - Party
(2018-01-19 - 2018-02-25)

Leandro Erlich questions viewers’ senses of ‘reality’ by offering unexpected combinations and relationships. For the past few years, his interests have centred on reorganizing the meaning of things used in everyday life. He is especially concerned with items wh ere forms manifest themselves in functionality. His new work Laundry , lines up eight spin-dryer windows. Dryers take their expected form from their function in drying clothes. But Erlich’s dryers, in fact, are without clothes, and the windows show videos of spinning clothes. The action of laundry is a fiction. The moment viewers notice this pure absence in the window, they start a quest for real meaning. Previously people had never interrogated the sense, or existence, of dryers, but Erli ch dexterously causes a blurring of recognition, and an ambivalence.




Preview

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Preview
at Eukaryote
Media: Graphics - Illustration - Painting - Photography - Sculpture - Installation - Party
(2018-02-16 - 2018-02-25)

The new contemporary art gallery Eukaryote will open on March 2, 2018 (Friday) but before the official opening date, this exhibition featuring the work of 12 artists will be held as a preview event. The artists who will participate include those who used to be represented by the gallery’s predecessor Sezon Art Gallery, such as photographer Kazuto Ishikawa and painter Soichi Yamaguchi. The current artist collective represents a shore of catharsis, and includes Dan Isomura, Junya Ogawa, Keisuke Katsuki, Haruna Shinagawa, Natsuki Takayama, Ryosuke Tanaka, Haruya Nakajima, Taishi Hatayama and Yang Bo. This group exhibition will give you a sense of the direction that Eukaryote wishes to take, which is to be beyond conventional boundaries and genres of art, and to be centered on young artists in their 20s.




Project N 70: Hozumi Miyamoto

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Project N 70: Hozumi Miyamoto
at Tokyo Opera City Art Gallery
Media: Painting
(2018-01-13 - 2018-03-25)

Hozumi Miyamoto’s warmly toned oil paintings evoke sepia photographs and postcards, resulting in unusual perspectives of distance. The people appearing in these works resemble dolls or figurines in a diorama. Miyamoto uses photographs printed on regular paper with insufficient ink to create these works, deepening the relationship between this process and the faded colors on the canvas while rejecting Western traditions of perspective to create a unique sense of space.




Joint Graduation Exhibition of 5 Art Universities in Tokyo

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Joint Graduation Exhibition of 5 Art Universities in Tokyo
at The National Art Center, Tokyo
Media: Painting - Sculpture
(2018-02-22 - 2018-03-04)

Exhibiting sculpture by students graduating from five leading Tokyo art universities: Tama Art University, Joshibi University of Art and Design, Tokyo Zokei University, Nihon University College of Art, and Musashino Art University. This joint exhibition demonstrates these artists’ educational achievements and creative ambitions. [Related Event] Tokyo Zokei University Exhibition Tour Dates: Feb. 25 (Sun) 14:00–15:00, Mar. 4 (Sun) 14:00–15:00 Please see the official website for details and information on more related events.




Mike Kelley “Day Is Done”

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Mike Kelley “Day Is Done”
at Watari-um, The Watari Museum of Contemporary Art
Media: Installation - Video and Film
(2018-01-08 - 2018-03-31)

A solo exhibition for the American artist Mike Kelley. Born in 1954 to a working-class family in the Detroit suburbs, from his student days Kelley used a variety of materials in works that earned him a reputation as a “spokesman for American popular culture and youth culture.” This exhibition includes his series ‘Extracurricular Activity Projective Reconstruction,’ comprising 365 films and installations, and a major work “Day is Done.” In the model “Educational Complex” based on schools Kelley attended, he channels individual and societal traumas through strange figures that appear in typical events like Halloween and school plays.




Shuntaro Tanikawa Exhibition

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Shuntaro Tanikawa Exhibition
at Tokyo Opera City Art Gallery
Media: Graphics - Photography - Video and Film - Sound
(2018-01-13 - 2018-03-25)

Shuntaro Tanikawa is a leading Japanese poet who made a striking debut in 1952 with his anthology “Two Billion Light-Years of Solitude.” Now 85 years old, his fresh and vibrant language continues to resonate with the hearts and minds of many Japanese readers. In addition to showcasing Tanikawa’s past and present work, this exhibition introduces ephemera from his childhood, sharing his favorite music, collections and so forth. Be captivated by brand new poems written for the occasion and encounter his exciting collaborations with musician Keigo Oyamada (Cornelius) and others. [Related Events] Kyoichi Tsuzuki and Shuntaro Tanikawa In Conversation Date: Jan 27 (Sat), 14:00- (doors open 13:45) Keigo Oyamada (Cornelius) and Shuntaro Tanikawa In Conversation Date: Feb. 10 (Sat), 14:00- (doors open 13:45) Venue: Meeting Hall, 7F Tokyo Opera City Building Capacity: 160 (per event, unreserved seating) Admission: Free (numbered admission ticket required for access to event; exhibition admission ticket charged separately) *Free numbered admission tickets for the event will be distributed at the Art Gallery entrance from 11:00 on the day of each event. Only one ticket is issued per person. *Attendees will be asked to line up in order of their numbered admission tickets from 13:40 ahead of the doors opening. *Events in Japanese.




Mikiya Takimoto “Crossover”

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Mikiya Takimoto “Crossover”
at Laforet Museum Harajuku
Media: Photography - Workshops - Talks
(2018-02-23 - 2018-03-14)

Leading Japanese photographer Mikiya Takimoto is a genre-crossing artist whose works captivate viewers with the power of their ideas and creative expression, seen in projects ranging from commercial and art photography for clients including Toyota, Mr. Children, and Japan Rail, to photography direction for films such as Hirokazu Kore-eda’s Palme d’Or-nominated “Soshite Chichi ni Naru” (Like Father, Like Son) and the Japan Academy Prize-winning “Umimachi Diary” (Our Little Sister). This exhibition surveys Takimoto’s career in more than 400 works. [Event] Talk Speakers: Mikiya Takimoto, film director Hirokazu Kore-eda Date: Feb. 24 (Sat) 19:00–20:30 Gallery tour by Mikiya Takimoto Date: Mar. 10 (Sat) 19:00–20:00 Please see the official website for details and reservations.




Portraits

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Portraits
at Maho Kubota Gallery
Media: Painting
(2018-02-07 - 2018-02-28)

Maho Kubota Gallery is proud to present a thematic exhibition on “Portrait,” presenting works by seven artists.




Makoto Orui “Makoto Latest Ceramic Works”

Makoto Orui “Makoto Latest Ceramic Works”
at Vacant
Media: Photography - Ceramics
(2018-02-02 - 2018-02-25)

Presenting a lineup of new ceramic works by Paris-based art director Makoto Orui, who has spent the last 10 years working with ceramics. Orui’s pieces are recognizable for their distinctive distorted shapes, palettes carefully combining the colors of glazes and clay, and occasional hand-painted natural motifs. He is someone who pushes the boundaries of expression in this medium while expanding and deepening his own vision. This exhibition will introduce Orui’s latest ceramics as well as his works presented at “0fr.” in Paris in November. “Makoto Ceramic Works,” a book published to accompany “0fr.,” will also be available for purchase at the venue.




NEWoMan Art Wall vol.10: Masahito Koshinaka

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NEWoMan Art Wall vol.10: Masahito Koshinaka
at Newoman Art Wall
Media: Photography - Video and Film
(2018-02-01 - 2018-02-28)

Video installations and pictures from Masahito Koshinaka’s series “double word” (2008) will be on view at NEWoMAN New South Gate (Shinjuku JR station) for the NEWoMan ART wall. The video installations have been specially re-edited for this exhibition, and Koshinaka’s video works will be on display on the building billboard and column monitors.




Eyal Segal “Ground Level”

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Eyal Segal “Ground Level”
at Loko Gallery
Media: Installation - Video and Film - Artist in Residence - Party - Talks
(2018-02-17 - 2018-03-17)

This first solo exhibition in Japan by Israeli artist Eyal Segal is the result of a residency program that was made possible through a collaboration between the gallery and Embassy of Israel in Japan, as well as the partnership program of Yebisu International Festival for Art & Alternative Visions. On this occasion the gallery will present volume two of a project entitled “Displace,” which includes solo exhibitions by Japanese and Israeli artists. The key word in Segal’s work is “place.” Here, memory, history, human activities and the traces of particular places are epically depicted on screen. Furthermore, his video projects are composed and positioned such that they mutually influence each other, creating a sublimated site-specific installation in which the exhibition space itself forms an element of the work. His solid video images are as if three-dimensional objects, and the artist’s own body appears on the screen and transforms the space as a heavy bronze sculpture would. The title of the exhibition, “Ground Level” (= Ground State) refers to the state in quantum mechanics with the lowest energy that an atom or molecule can have. There is the least motion in that state. However, in this exhibition, movement can be found in the videos. These are not only physical displacements such as vertical and horizontal movements and rotation, but the flow of history, circulation of images and exchanges of life and death. Segal has created ground level by balancing the energies of different vectors in the multi-layered space of the gallery. The last piece of the exhibition puzzle, which will be completed during the residency period in Tokyo, has as motifs two stories of history involving life and death in the two cultures, Judea and Japan. Focusing on the place as a trace that continues to exist even after many years have gone by, Segal will show the shapes of lost characters in the stories and in ourselves, who exist in the same historical line as them. [Related Event] Artist Talk Date: Feb. 17 (Sat), 19:00–




Naha Kanie + Akane Nakajima “Preparation Time is the Most Exciting.”

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Naha Kanie + Akane Nakajima “Preparation Time is the Most Exciting.”
at Open Letter
Media: Graphics - Drawing - Installation
(2018-01-27 - 2018-02-25)

Contemporary poet Naha Kanie and painter Akane Nakajima work respectively on poetry and painting - their media of choice - but in recent years they have also have been participating in the creation of video works, performances and other pieces. In this exhibition, Naha and Nakajima will attempt to display the “preparation process itself of the two artists’ collaboration,” presenting sites, siutations and instances where “poetry” and “painting” interact with each other. An example of their previous collaborations can be seen with poetry collections such as “Yoisareta Shokutaku (The Laid Table)” (2015), awarded the 2016 Nakahara Chuya Prize and featuring Naha’s poetry and Nakajima’s book-cover design, “Uma Hiku Otoko (The Man Pulling Horse)” (2016), and “IC” (2017). Here they will explore a new type of collaboration through their first ever exhibition together. Preparation Themes: Jan. 27 (Sat), 28 (Sun): Junbi-bantan (Completely Ready) Feb. 3 (Sat), 4 (Sun): Junbi-taisou (Preparation Gymnastics) Feb. 10 (Sat), 11 (Sun): Junbi-chu (In Preparation) Feb. 17 (Sat), 18 (Sun): Junbi-chan (Preparatoin-chan) Feb. 24 (Sat), 25 (Sun): Junbi-busoku (Lack of Preparation) *Exhibition contents will change every weekend.




Yusuke Suga “afterburning”

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Yusuke Suga “afterburning”
at Ex-chamber Museum
Media: Sculpture
(2018-02-10 - 2018-02-25)

Sculptor Yusuke Suga employs a variety of materials to produce unique creations that embody his own ideas while also expressing realities that originate from phenomena. This solo exhibition is comprised of wood carvings that epitomize the core of his sculptural expression and invites viewers get familiar with Suga’s fascinating approach.




Mirror behind Hole - Photography into Sculpture vol. 7 Zai Nomura

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Mirror behind Hole - Photography into Sculpture vol. 7 Zai Nomura
at Gallery αM
Media: Photography - Party - Talks
(2018-02-17 - 2018-03-24)

Zai Nomura’s photographs presented here focus on disappearing substances. The matter that forms the subject of his works loses shape through liquefaction, evaporation and other processes, causing visible outlines to fluctuate and eventually fade away. For this reason the substances can be considered as subjects rather than objects, moving and changing as if organisms in a process that ends with “death.” See how through photography Nomura is able to give material form to unstable matter. [Related Event] Artist Talk: Zai Nomura x Yuri Mitsuda Date: Feb. 17 (Sat), 18:00-19:00




Media Ambition Tokyo 2018

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Media Ambition Tokyo 2018
at Roppongi Hills Tokyo City View
Media: Installation - Video and Film - Media Arts - Sound
(2018-02-09 - 2018-02-25)

2018 will be the sixth consecutive year of Media Ambition Tokyo (MAT), an event showcasing top-notch technological culture that takes an experimental approach to urban implementation. Here you can see edgy artwork, as well as video, music, live performances, and talk shows hosted at venues situated in Roppongi, as well as satellite locations in Harajuku, Daikanyama, Ginza, Iidabashi, Suidobashi, Odaiba, Marunouchi and other areas. MAT continues to grow as spreads organically throughout the city, offering varied programs when innovators and companies active in various fields both in Japan and overseas come together to participate in events. With 2020 and beyond in mind, the event will address the potential of technology in creating Tokyo’s future, not omitting the largely evolving systematic designs of transportation, communication and information. MAT aims to substantiate the reformative movement in technology art through experimental validations unbound by genre or category. This year’s event brings together leading artists on the media art scene, including Rhizomatiks, who are known for blending advanced technology with design, and TeamLab, which develops works beyond the boundaries of art and entertainment, as well as individuals such as Yoichi Ochiai, who explores digital nature in his art and research, and other cutting-edge artists.




Theater Commons ‘18

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Theater Commons ‘18
at Goethe Institute Tokyo
Media: Installation - Video and Film - Performance Art - Art Festival - Workshops - Talks
(2018-02-22 - 2018-03-11)

Theater Commons Tokyo is a project to create a collective space for society that harnesses the collective wisdom of theater. By using theater – that is, by applying theatrical ideas – in the context of everyday life and the urban space, it aims to propose a model for theater(s) to come. Theater Commons Tokyo and its artists use the imagination of theater to create experiences in which diverging elements and time periods intersect, and the ordinary is defamiliarized through dialogue and discovery. This means that, as well as theatrical productions, it also hosts lecture-style performances, workshops in which participants share in the creative process, dialogues featuring a range of different voices, and more. Venues: Goethe-Institut Tokyo; Taiwan Cultural Center, Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office in Japan; Minato Gender Equality Center “Libra;” Keio University Mita Campus, Ex Noguchi Room; Shibaura House. *Please see the official website for tickets and further information.




Fujiko Nakaya + Ukichiro Nakaya “Greenland”

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Fujiko Nakaya + Ukichiro Nakaya “Greenland”
at Maison Hermès
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.




Leandro Erlich: Seeing and Believing

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Leandro Erlich: Seeing and Believing
at Mori Art Museum
Media: Sculpture - Installation - Media Arts
(2017-11-18 - 2018-04-01)

Argentinian artist Leandro Erlich is known for works like “The Swimming Pool” at the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa that employ optical illusions to shake up our preconceptions. This exhibition, his largest solo show to date, presents some 40 works including new pieces. Eighty percent are shown in Japan for the first time, including the installation series “Building,” which invites visitors to pose in disorienting structures switching around walls and floors. [Related Events] 1. Kids’ Workshop “Along with Mr. Erlich” Date and Time: 19th Nov (Sun) 10:00-12:00 Appearing: Leandro Erlich (Artist) For: Pre-school children (Ages 4 to 6) *Japanese-English consecutive interpretation available 2. Artist Talk “Antropocosmos -The Architecture of Reality” Date and Time: 20th Nov (Mon) 19:00-20:30 Speaker: Leandro Erlich *Japanese-English simultaneous interpretation available 3. Kids’ Workshop “Philosophy for Children @’Leandro Erlich’ Exhibition” Date and Time: 9th Dec (Sat) 10:00-12:00, Facilitators: Ijiri Takako, Shimizu Shogo, Ogawa Taiji (NPO Practical Philosophy Ardacoda) For: Elementary-school Children (ages 8-12) *Conducted in Japanese 4. Talk Session “A New Look at Art Prototypes, based on the Works of Leandro Erlich” Date and Time: 20th Dec (Sat) 14:00-15:30 Speakers: Elie During(Associate Professor of Philosophy, Paris Nanterre University), Tsubaki Reiko(Curator, Mori Art Museum) *Japanese-English simultaneous interpretation available 5. Poetry Reading / Performance “Reading Leandro Erlich” Date and Time: 27th Feb (Tue) 19:00-20:00 Appearing: Tatehata Akira(Poet / Art Critic), Adachi Tomomi(Performer / Composer / Sound Poet) *Conducted in Japanese ■Gallery Talk 1. Gallery Talks by the Exhibition Curator Date and Time: [Day 1] 29th Nov (Wed) 19:00-20:00, [Day 2] 14th Mar (Wed) 19:00-20:00 Speaker: Tsubaki Reiko (Curator, Mori Art Museum) *Conducted in Japanese 2. Gallery Talks Date and Time: [Day 1] 20th Dec (Wed) 14:00-15:00, [Day 2] 24th Jan (Wed) 19:00-20:00 *Conducted in Japanese *Please see the official website for further details and other events.