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Artists’ Book Exhibition Sendai–Tokyo

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Artists’ Book Exhibition Sendai–Tokyo
at void + (Omotesando, Aoyama area)
(2017-11-07 - 2017-11-25)

One in a series of exhibitions from early November through mid January at six locations in Sendai and Tokyo. Featuring the work of 22 artists, the series will include paintings, sculpture, installation art, performances, and more. This show focuses on artist books: See how each artist chooses printing and binding styles, typography, and artwork, using words and images as tools to convey information. Examine the essence of the art book. [Event] Crazed Reading Participants: Kinya Sekimoto, (Gallery Turnaround owner), Toshiki Koike (graphic designer), artists including Fumiaki Aono, Kenshu Shintsubo, and O Jun




Everyone in Edo is interesting. Homage to the Edo era.

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Everyone in Edo is interesting. Homage to the Edo era.
at Gallery Kopis (Kiyosumi, Ryogoku area)
(2017-11-19 - 2017-11-25)

Art and accessories inspired by the lifestyles and customs of the Edo era (16th to 19th centuries).




Kazumi Tachikawa Exhibition

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Kazumi Tachikawa Exhibition
at Space Yui (Omotesando, Aoyama area)
(2017-11-20 - 2017-11-25)

Embroidered cushions, chairs, and pictures with designs of plants, birds, letters, and other familiar motifs.




Sopheap Pich “desire line”

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Sopheap Pich “desire line”
at Tomio Koyama Gallery (Roppongi, Nogizaka area)
(2017-10-28 - 2017-11-25)

Sopheap Pich creates sculptures with organic and geometric structures, inspired by bodily organs, vegetal forms, or cityscapes. Made with local materials such as bamboo, rattan, wire, and beeswax, his work embraces a sense of lightness, yet fills up the space energetically with its volume and functional structure. Pich’s work has been featured in numerous international museum exhibitions and biennials such as his solo exhibition at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in 2013 and Documenta 13. This year his work has featured in the Venice Biennale, Viva Arte Viva (running until November 26), and “Sunshower: Contemporary Art from Southeast Asia 1980s to Now” at Mori Art Museum. His work is included in major collections including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, Centre Georges Pompidou, M+ (Hong Kong), Singapore Art Museum, and San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. [Related Event] Sopheap Pich Artist Talk Event Date: Nov. 4 (Sat) 16:00-18:00 (doors open 15:30) Venue: 8/court Shibuya Hikarie 8F, 8/ art gallery/ Tomio Koyama Gallery Admission: Free (booking required) *Please see the official website for further details and booking.




7th Haruo Sofue + Mitsue Sofue Exhibition

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7th Haruo Sofue + Mitsue Sofue Exhibition
at Gallery Kabutoya (Ginza, Marunouchi area)
(2017-11-21 - 2017-11-26)




F/Style

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F/Style
at Claska Gallery (Ebisu, Daikanyama area)
(2017-10-28 - 2017-11-26)

Shoes, wool-knit garments, kitchenware, and other new items by the design studio F/style.




Important Cultural Property - Tohaku Hasegawa’s Screens: Nanzen-ji Tenjuan and Fujitaka Hosokawa

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Important Cultural Property - Tohaku Hasegawa’s Screens: Nanzen-ji Tenjuan and Fujitaka Hosokawa
at Eisei-Bunko Museum (Ichigaya, Kagurazaka area)
(2017-09-30 - 2017-11-26)

Established in 1340, Tenjuan Temple is one of the sub-temples situated inside the grounds of Nanzen-ji Temple and is connected to the Hosokawa family. This exhibition will present 32 screens produced by Tohaku Hasegawa that usually decorate the length of Tenjuan. Hasegawa is an artist representative of the Momoyama period who produced many works for Toyotomi Hideyoshi and Sen no Rikyu, in addition to the Hosokawa family. This exhibition, which will be re-hung midway through the exhibition period, will present works by Hasegawa from Honpo-ji Temple and Koto-in Temple that have been deemed as Important Cultural Property, as well as the 32 screens from Tenjuan Temple.




Lake of Grace #001 “Chikubu Island’s Green”

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Lake of Grace #001 “Chikubu Island’s Green”
at Our Favourite Shop (Shirokane, Hiroo area)
(2017-11-09 - 2017-11-26)

Ceramics, furniture, textiles, and other products inspired by Lake Biwa’s Chikubu Island. These items were created by Kikof, a brand collaboration between Kigi and artisans from the Lake Biwa area.




LÄMPÖ by Kauniste

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LÄMPÖ by Kauniste
at Case Gallery (Shibuya area)
(2017-11-18 - 2017-11-26)

Displaying and selling wool clothing and other winter items by the Helsinki-based textile brand kauniste.




Sheep Adventures

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Sheep Adventures
at Gallery Re: tail (Musashino, Tama area)
(2017-11-21 - 2017-11-26)

Scarves and other accessories by a wool craft group.




The Living Treasures of France

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The Living Treasures of France
at Tokyo National Museum (Ueno, Yanaka area)
(2017-09-12 - 2017-11-26)

Modeled on the Japanese certification of a “Living National Treasure,” the French equivalent, called “Maître d’ Art” or “Master of Art,” was established in 1994 by the Ministère de la Culture et de la Communication, the ministry in charge of cultural and artistic affairs. The purpose of this certification is to preserve and pass down traditional craftsmanship to future generations while promoting innovation. This is the first exhibition of its kind in the world to introduce one artist from each of the fifteen classified fields, including ceramics, glass, leather, tortoiseshell, feathers, umbrellas, fans, and wallpaper. Visitors are invited to view and experience outstanding craftsmanship and tradition, as well as splendid beauty that will inspire future generations. Venue: Hyokeikan inside Tokyo National Museum




Zushi Art Festival 2017

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Zushi Art Festival 2017
at Zushi Beach (Yokohama, Kanagawa area)
(2017-10-07 - 2017-11-26)

Zushi Art Festival 2017 presents more than 70 works including photography, painting, installation, and more by artists on the international scene. A public exhibition, culture festival, music, and other events will also be held. Please see the official website for details. Venues: Zushibunka Plaza Hall, Zushi Kaikan, Zushi Catholic Church, Kameoka Hachimangu Shrine, Zushi City Hall, Kotsubo Fishing Port, Kikuchi Bldg. 2, others




Loewe International Craft Prize

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Loewe International Craft Prize
at 21_21 Design Sight (Roppongi, Nogizaka area)
(2017-11-16 - 2017-11-30)

Gallery 21_21 Design Sight displays works by 26 nominees featured in the first edition of the Loewe Craft Prize. This is the third of three touring exhibitions showcasing the merits of modern craftsmanship. The imagination, diversity, and techniques on display all attest to the crucial role artisans have in the ongoing construction of cultural heritage.




The Shape of Paper 2

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The Shape of Paper 2
at Mihoncho Honten (Chiyoda area)
(2017-10-06 - 2017-12-01)

Following up on a 2015 exhibition on the same theme, in this exhibition three groups of young architects explore the shapes and forms paper can take. Experience the new possibilities of paper.




The beauty of Spanish embroidery - Spanish embroidery and the everyday

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The beauty of Spanish embroidery - Spanish embroidery and the everyday
at Instituto Cervantes Tokyo, Japones (Ichigaya, Kagurazaka area)
(2017-11-15 - 2017-12-01)

There are various ethnic and cultural influences evident in embroidery from Spain. Furthermore, there are variations in method depending on the specific region. The temperate southern part of the country, for example, is known for tulle embroidery and vainica calados. Traditionally, these techniques have been passed down from mothers to children. A selection of works by Momoko Uchida will be on show here.




Ryota Shimamoto Exhibition

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Ryota Shimamoto Exhibition
at Gallery N Kanda Branch (Chiyoda area)
(2017-11-11 - 2017-12-02)

Ryota Shimamoto marks artworks using both his own body and materials related closely to his person, whether it’s creating brushes comprised of body hair, bandaging up his entire body, or producing paintings of new and original spectral beings inspired by foreign loan words in the Japanese language. He studied pottery at university and often adopts craft approaches while working various genres such as painting, photography, and video. A lineup of recent works are presented here. [Related Event] Artist Talk Event Date: Nov. 11 (Sat) 18:00- Speaker: Kinpei Nakamura (ceramicist at Tokyo Pottery, professor at Tama Art University) *Event in Japanese.




Textile Art Miniatures 5 - 100 Artists

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Textile Art Miniatures 5 - 100 Artists
at Gallery 5610 (Omotesando, Aoyama area)
(2017-11-24 - 2017-12-02)

100 artists will present works of fixed dimensions (20×20×20cm) that incorporate various basic textile techniques such as dyeing, weaving, knitting, braiding, and sewing. [Related Events] Symposium Date: Dec. 2 (Sat) 13:00-15:30 Venue: Aoyama Gakuin Women’s Junior College, South Building 5101 Speaker: Kazuko Todate *Event in Japanese




Amazing Craftsmanship! From Meiji Kogei to Contemporary Art

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Amazing Craftsmanship! From Meiji Kogei to Contemporary Art
at Mitsui Memorial Museum (Kyobashi, Nihonbashi area)
(2017-09-16 - 2017-12-03)

Exhibition focusing on newly accredited exceptional works of Meiji Kogei craft from the Kiyomizu Sannenzaka Museum collection of Masayuki Murata, as well as inspired and technically impressive works by contemporary artists who have inherited the DNA of Meiji forerunners working in the craft tradition. Many of these current artists are still largely unknown, but 100 or 200 years from now the value of their craftsmanship is sure to be recognized. This collaboration between Meiji Crafts and contemporary art invites a re-evaluation of traditional crafts within the so-called hierarchy of art and the art history discipline. Discover for yourself how the transcendental DNA of uniquely Japanese crafts has been passed on. [Related Events] Night Museum The museum will be open until 19:00 every Friday as well as Sep. 30 (Sat) during the exhibition period “Eco Edo Nihombashi 2017: Yukata Art Aquarium” Mitsui Memorial Museum has teamed up with Eco Edo Nihombashi 2017 so that those who turn up to the exhibition wearing kimono or yukata, or have an admission ticket to an Art Aquarium 2017 event, will be able to enjoy a special discount: Adults: ¥1000, University and high school students ¥600.




Art Library IKI Vol.15 - Colors and flowers -

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Art Library IKI Vol.15 - Colors and flowers -
at Park Hotel Tokyo (Ginza, Marunouchi area)
(2017-08-28 - 2017-12-03)

Artworks available for sale will be displayed and on the bookshelves of the lobby lounge on the 25th floor. These seasonal works are designed by the artist group Project IKI, produced according to the concept, “A study where one can feel Japan.” The theme for this season is “Colors and flowers.” Venue; 25F Lobby Lounge, Pacific Hotel Tokyo




Ikuo Hirayama & the Heritage of the Silk Road

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Ikuo Hirayama & the Heritage of the Silk Road
at Sogo Museum of Art (Yokohama, Kanagawa area)
(2017-10-27 - 2017-12-03)

Known as a major star in Japanese painting, Ikuo Hirayama (1930-2009) was long-time president of Nihon Bijutsuin (Japan Art Institute) and focused his energies not only on the Japanese art world, but also on the preservation of cultural property from around the globe. He was born in Hiroshima Prefecture and later graduated from Tokyo Art School (presently: Tokyo University of the Arts). Influenced by his experience of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima at the age of 15, Hirayama’s early paintings depicting Buddhist themes began receiving attention, these works in turn sparking his interest in walking the Silk Road in pursuit of the origins of Japanese culture. He began following the road, which was not only a path for civilization but also the route by which Buddhism traveled to the East, in 1968, continuing his journey for 40 years thereafter. This exhibition will introduce roughly 170 cultural items gathered from various countries by Hirayama together with his wife Michiko, including precious gold and silver jewelry and other artifacts unique to specific regions. They are presented alongside around 40 paintings by Hirayama, recording his travels along the Silk Road, befre and after depictions of the destroyed Buddhas of Bamiyan, his wall painting at Yakushiji Temple in Nara, and other subjects. The attraction of Hirayama’s art and the culture of the Silk Road are interwoven with the perspective of the artist and his wife. [Related Events] Lecture: Ikuo Hirayama and his preservation of cultural heritage Event Date: Oct. 28 (Sat) 14:00- Venue: Inside the exhibition space at Sogo Museum of Art Speaker: Masaaki Miyasako (Professor at Tokyo University of the Arts Graduate School) Capacity: 40 Admission: ¥500 Lecture: Ikuo Hirayama and the Silk Road Event Date: Nov. 4 (Sat) 14:00- Venue: Inside the exhibition space at Sogo Museum of Art Speaker: Tamon Goto (Director of Hirayama Ikuo Museum of Art) Capacity: 40 Admission: ¥500 *Please see the official website for booking. *Events in Japanese.




Seasonal Poetry - 140 years since the birth, and 50 years since the death of poet Utsubo Kubota

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Seasonal Poetry - 140 years since the birth, and 50 years since the death of poet Utsubo Kubota
at Bunkyo Museum (Chiyoda area)
(2017-10-21 - 2017-12-03)

Utsubo Kubota (1877-1967) spent more than 50 years studying Japanese poetry and literature from his base in Bunkyo Ward, Tokyo. During his long literary career, which spanned the Meiji (1868-1912), Taisho (1912-1926) and Showa (1926-1989) eras, Kubota penned more than 14,000 poems, counting those in his anthologies alone, while also researching classical Japanese waka poetry, and teaching at Waseda University. He supported the growth of many successors who continue to dedicate themselves to Japanese poetry. This exhibition celebrating the 140th anniversary of his birth, and marking 50 years since his death, will focus on Kubota’s seasonal poetry about Bunkyo and other related works. [Related Event] Talk but the curator Event Dates: Nov. 1 (Wed), 16 (Thu) 14:00-14:30 *Event in Japanese. *Please see the official website for further details.




Climb Every Mountain vol. 1: The Lives and Embroidery of the Miao people

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Climb Every Mountain vol. 1: The Lives and Embroidery of the Miao people
at Setagaya Culture Life Information Center, Seikatsu-Kobo (Setagaya, Kawasaki area)
(2017-11-11 - 2017-12-10)

The first installment of the “Climb Every Mountain” series, which will introduce the lives of peoples residing in mountainous regions around the world, focuses on the Miao people of Guizhou Province in southwestern China. Roughly 60 traditional ethnic garments will be presented here, tracing a single year in the life of the Miao people who celebrate so many festivals that they are often said to “hold a small festival every day.” Here you can discover the lives of this ethic group through their embroidery. Venue: Seikatsu-Kobo Gallery, Workshop room B [Related Events] Business trip tour counter: Let’s visit Guizhou Event Date: Dec. 2 (Sat) 11:00-16:00 Speakers: Koji Arai (Eatable of Many Orders), Ryoko Ando (Design Musica), Kao Kanamori (Drifters International) Venue: Workshop room A Admission: Free (fee applies to mini workshop and food) *Event in Japanese. *No booking required. *You can join and leave the event freely at any time. *Please see the official website for further details and other events.




The Beauty of Chanoyu Curated by Sen So-oku — Selected Works from the Collection

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The Beauty of Chanoyu Curated by Sen So-oku — Selected Works from the Collection
at MOA Museum of Art (Greater Tokyo area)
(2017-10-27 - 2017-12-10)

MOA Museum of Art presents an exhibition of chanoyu (the Japanese Way of Tea) to showcase its beauty, with arrangements of items carefully selected from the museum’s exclusive collection of tea utensils. Sen So-oku, a hereditary successor of the Mushakojisenke tea school and an innovator of modern chanoyu with expertise in fine arts from antiques to modern art, is a guest curator for the exhibition. Sen So-oku has created the arrangements of the utensils, recreating the ambience of a tea room in a special display case using Japanese traditional materials to maximize the enjoyment of these utensils. The case was designed by New Material Research Laboratory led by an internationally renowned modern art creator Hiroshi Sugimoto and architect Tomoyuki Sakakida. The exhibition extends outside the gallery with a special display in the Golden Tearoom. There will also be a lecture and demonstration by Sen So-oku.




Newspace

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Newspace
at Waitingroom (Ichigaya, Kagurazaka area)
(2017-11-18 - 2017-12-17)

The first exhibition in Waitingroom’s new space after moving from Ebisu to Bunkyo presents works by Yuki Iiyama, Nobuaki Itoh, Rikako Kawauchi, Naho Kawabe, Yusuke Shibata, Koichiro Takesue, Masaya Nakahara, Yuichi Hirako, Saori Miyake, Shoko Morita, and a new artist, Saya Okubo, who will have her first solo exhibition at the gallery in February 2018. Several artists are showing brand new works specifically made for this exhibition, Waitingroom’s largest group show to date. Others present works on view for the first time in Tokyo. These artists actively seek new ideas and concepts with their own distinctive perspectives and expressions. Waitingroom is excited to introduce their works at this new space marking new beginnings for the artists and the gallery.




Pinnacle of Elegance: Sword Fittings of the Mitsumura Collection

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Pinnacle of Elegance: Sword Fittings of the Mitsumura Collection
at Nezu Institute of Fine Arts (Omotesando, Aoyama area)
(2017-11-03 - 2017-12-17)

The soft-metal fittings affixed to Japanese sword mountings became increasingly more detailed and decorative from the Edo period onward, with flamboyant works that in some cases it is hard to believe are even metal. Toshimo Mitsumura (1877-1955), a businessman in the Meiji period, built a large collection of sword fittings and published them in a monumental tome entitled, “Tagane no Hana (Flowers of the Chisel).” Concerned that sword fittings were starting to be deemed unnecessary and that the techniques used to produce these fittings could be lost, Mitsumura brought attention to the plight of the craftsmen by paying tribute to the beauty of sword fittings through a wide range of activities. In doing so, he not only imparted a deeper understanding of sword fittings, but also preserved the craft. Currently, the Nezu Museum has approximately 1200 pieces from the Mitsumura Collection. Centered on items in the museum’s collections, this exhibition introduces the metallic beauty that fascinated Mitsumura, with around 130 sword fittings, as well as a selected number of swords and paintings, on exhibit. [Related Events] Talk event with slideshow: Pinnacle of Elegance Event Date: Nov. 17 (Fri) 13:30- Venue: Auditorium, Nezu Institute of Fine Arts Speakers: Naoko Naito (deputy curator of the Osaka Museum of History), Shigeru Matsubara (head of curatorial department at Nezu Institute of Fine Arts) Capacity: 130 *Events in Japanese *Please see the official website for booking and details of other events.




Yurie Nagashima + Miyo Stevens-Gandara “Forever is Composed of Nows”

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Yurie Nagashima + Miyo Stevens-Gandara “Forever is Composed of Nows”
at Maho Kubota Gallery (Omotesando, Aoyama area)
(2017-11-21 - 2017-12-22)

This exhibition brings together works that give insight into the creative origins of Yurie Nagashima and Miyo Stevens-Gandara with works representing current threads or pointing to future directions in the careers of the two artists. The idea of putting on a joint exhibition came to the pair suddenly, during one of their conversations. After spending time during their twenties together in California, when they were both heavily influenced by the riot grrrl movement, the two artists were separated when Nagashima moved back to Japan. Since then, they have continued exploring the possibilities of artistic expression on opposite sides of the Pacific. Nagashima’s preoccupation with the relationship between self and other, as well as the issues associated with being a female artist, have come together in her artistic focus on the course of women’s lives. Stevens-Gandara, while teaching at Rio Hondo College in Los Angeles, creates work around the themes of feminism, identity, and environmental destruction. Representing Nagashima’s early work are five skateboard works made in 1997 while the artist was living in America. These mixed-media pieces were realized by coating actual skateboards with photographic emulsion and directly printing photographs onto their surfaces. Also exhibited are several of Nagashima’s botanical photographs captured over the last few years in various locations around the United States, presented for the first time. Several pieces from Stevens-Gandara’s Wunderkammer series make their Japan debut, along with distinctive work from her ‘The Wilderness of Childhood’ series, which depicts scenes from the Indiana and Kentucky countryside that are deeply interwoven with her childhood memories. In addition to her photographs, embroidery works entitled “In Mourning” are exhibited. If all of the works making up this exhibition are the culmination of these two artists’ daily insights and thoughts, they also present a picture of the great changes the world has undergone over the past twenty-something years and some of the many problems it has faced. One thing that the pair’s recent work seems to have in common is a particular attitude to artistic creation—that of taking a step back from the gushing torrent of worldly affairs and retreating to a place of mental solitude, so as to take one’s time and create at one’s own pace, without being carried along by others. Appropriate, then, that the title of this exhibition is drawn from “Forever—is Composed of Nows,” the work of 19th century American poet Emily Dickinson.




Orbis 30th Anniversary Exhibition: The Beauty of Everyday Life

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Orbis 30th Anniversary Exhibition: The Beauty of Everyday Life
at Pola Museum Annex (Ginza, Marunouchi area)
(2017-11-17 - 2017-12-24)

Haré and Ke form a duality within traditional Japanese culture: Haré is the remarkable and Ke is the usual. Moments of Haré are transformative and celebratory, when occasions rise, whereas Ke are the routines of ordinary life, best when uneventful. In contemporary society it can seem that glamorous Haré gets all of the attention, even though we know that rare and special Haré is only possible upon the repletion of humble Ke. In this exhibition we turn our attention to Ke, and illuminate the aesthetic propositions by creators for beauty that resonates deep within everyday life. [Artists] Yukiko Ishimura, Shinichiro Ogata, Ito Ogawa, Kengo Kuma, Kundo Koyama, Izumi Shiokawa, Fumie Shibata, Sooku Sen, Yoshiharu Doi, Ikuko Harada, Tomi Matsuba, Akira Minagawa, Karoku Yanagiya, Kaoru Yokoo




Art Lounge “Fragment of This Star”

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Art Lounge “Fragment of This Star”
at Park Hotel Tokyo (Ginza, Marunouchi area)
(2017-10-30 - 2017-12-27)

Artwork inspired by the shape, colors, brilliance, and other properties of stars. [Event] Opening Reception Date: Oct. 30 (Mon) 18:00–21:00




The Japanese Modern World, a Kaleidoscope of Beauty: With a Focus on the Teruhiko Kaneko Collection

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The Japanese Modern World, a Kaleidoscope of Beauty: With a Focus on the Teruhiko Kaneko Collection
at Tobacco & Salt Museum (Kiyosumi, Ryogoku area)
(2017-11-03 - 2018-01-08)

Takahiko Kaneko, Chairman of Japan Export Crafts Research Association, has built his collection around Japanese craft exports produced from the end of the Tokugawa era (1603-1868) to the late Meiji Period (1868-1912), focusing primarily on yosegi-zaiku (traditional Japanese marquetry), shibayama (lacquer art form), and mugiwara-zaiku (Japanese straw craft). This said, he has a deep interest in ceramics and lacquerware, also collecting resources demonstrative of what we now refer to as “Japanese Modern” sensibilities, including items related to tobacco. This exhibition presenting works from Kaneko’s archive will introduce not only examples of art and crafts, but also address the beauty of objects. Venue: 2F Special Exhibition Space, Tobacco & Salt Museum [Related Events] Gallery Talk Event Date: Nov. 3 (Fri), Nov. 26 (Sun), Dec. 16 (Sat), Jan. 7 (Sun) 14:00- Speaker: Teruhiko Kaneko (chairman of Japan Industrial Exports Research Association) Venue: 2F Special Exhibition Space Admission: Free (special exhibition admission ticket required) *Please see the official website for booking and further details. *Event in Japanese.




Hiroko Joshin “Edibles”

Hiroko Joshin “Edibles”
at Nihonbashi Takashimaya 2F / Art Avenue (Kyobashi, Nihonbashi area)
(2017-11-22 - 2018-01-16)

Presenting Hiroko Joshin’s playful cloisonne art inspired by food and light.




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

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Quai Branly Tokyo “Treasures from Foreign Lands – The Jewelry of Desert Tribes”
at Intermediatheque (Ginza, Marunouchi area)
(2017-01-31 - 2018-01-21)

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




Yuta Nakamura “Willow Festival Little Willow Festival”

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Yuta Nakamura “Willow Festival Little Willow Festival”
at Gallery Koyanagi (Ginza, Marunouchi area)
(2017-11-18 - 2018-01-27)

Gallery Koyanagi is proud to present a solo show by Yuta Nakamura, titled “Willow Festival Little Willow Festival” from Nov.18 (sat) 2017 to Jan. 27 (sat) 2018. He will construct a metaphorical cityscape of Ginza, using documents and merchandise from “Toho Koyanagi (Koyanagi Ceramics)” and other commercial entities such as Shiseido, in the form of an installation art. The effect is to visualize the efforts made by the predecessors to make believe a happy and ideal lifestyle, despite the catastrophic events like the Kanto Great Earthquake and WWII. The work was made possible by the artist’s research, looking into the archive of the Koyanagi’s, formerly a small department store specialized in ceramics, established in 1852.




Ancient Civilization of the Andes

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Ancient Civilization of the Andes
at National Museum of Nature and Science (Ueno, Yanaka area)
(2017-10-21 - 2018-02-18)

The Ancient Civilization of the Andes exhibition examines several cultures, spotlighting the myths and religious beliefs their influences have brought about, the superior technology that allowed them to build temples and pyramids, and the unique lifestyles that developed amid harsh but diverse natural environments. A selection of some 200 artworks, artifacts, and other rare items are displayed.




History and Folklore of Musashino: From the Collection of the Former Musashino Folk Museum

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History and Folklore of Musashino: From the Collection of the Former Musashino Folk Museum
at Edo-Tokyo Open Air Architectural Museum (Musashino, Tama area)
(2017-09-26 - 2018-03-04)

In 1993, Edo-Tokyo Open Air Architectural Museum took over the collection of the Former Musashino Folk Museum, which was located on the Edo-Tokyo Open Air Architectural Museum’s site from 1954 to 1991. This exhibition offers a sampling of some 250 artifacts from the Former Musashino Folk Museum, including documents and other exhibits on the archeology, industry, lifestyles, beliefs, and amusements of Musashino culture. Displays include earthen earrings designated as Important Cultural Properties.




Ninsei and Kenzan – Kyoto Pottery and Painting

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Ninsei and Kenzan – Kyoto Pottery and Painting
at Okada Museum Of Art (Yokohama, Kanagawa area)
(2017-11-03 - 2018-04-01)

Ninsei Nonomura and Kenzan Ogata were two important ceramics artists during the Edo period. The former perfected the Kyoto Kyoyaki style of painting in color on fired ceramics, creating masterpieces of beautiful form and color favored by nobility and daimyos. The latter, brother of painter Korin Ogata, produced painted dishes combining the arts of painting and pottery, carrying on the torch of Kyoyaki tradition from Ninsei Nonomura. Ceramics by these two artists from the Okada Museum of Art collection, including Important Cultural Properties, are displayed along with paintings by Korin Ogata and Jakuchu Ito.




Metal Art Museum Hikarinotani Permanent Exhibition

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Metal Art Museum Hikarinotani Permanent Exhibition
at Metal Art Museum Hikarinotani (Greater Tokyo area)

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.




Picasso Pavilion

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Picasso Pavilion
at Hakone Open Air Museum (Yokohama, Kanagawa area)

The Hakone Open-Air Museum’s Picasso Collection consists of a substantial number of Picasso’s ceramic creations, purchased from his eldest daughter Maya Picasso, as well as his paintings, prints, sculptures, gold objets d’art. They are permanently exhibited to the public. The photographs of David Douglas Duncan, who documented the artist’s last 17years, also play a vital role in this collection.




“Time-Travel! The World of the Ancient Orient”

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“Time-Travel! The World of the Ancient Orient”
at Ancient Orient Museum (Tokyo: Others area)

A variety of cultures and civilizations have emerged since humans first walked the lands of the ancient Orient 1.8 million years ago. When thinking about the history of the world and its ties to contemporary people, the role of the ancient Orient cannot be overlooked. This exhibition introduces pieces of this history with ancient artifacts and art from the Paleolithic era through the flourishing of Islam. Venue: Main Exhibition Room




Beautiful Books Can Change the World: The Universe of Tara Books, India

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Beautiful Books Can Change the World: The Universe of Tara Books, India
at Itabashi Art Museum (Tokyo: Others area)
(2017-11-25 - 2018-01-08)

Tara Books is an independent publishing house based in Chennai, South India that creates handmade picture books akin to crafted objects. Since its establishment in 1994, it has published a number of titles, focusing mainly on picture books, with an emphasis on paintings, text, graphic design, and book building. Their beautiful handcrafted publications typically feature multicolored silkscreen prints on thick handmade paper and have attracted much attention around the globe. Though printing techniques and the methods by which books are constructed tend to be hidden from view, the essence of Tara Books is in its editorial policy; when working with folk artists they visit various places in India, meeting with the painters and working alongside them. They also work together with overseas artists and designers in countries such as Japan, seeing this as a way to challenge established approaches, and address social problems and the situation of commercial art in India, for example. By introducing titles such as “The Night Life of Trees” and “Waterlife,” which are well-known in Japan, this exhibition shines the spotlight on Tara Books’ method of book construction and their handmade book building process with folk artists. Enjoy the array of picture books, original artwork, photographs, videos, and other 300 or so objects on show that invite you to learn about their publishing activities. [Related Events] Opening Talk Event: “Making a Tara Books book - What publishers can do” Date; Nov. 25 (Sat) 14:00-16:00 Speakers: Gita Wolf, V. Gita (founders of Tara Books) Moderator: Kiyoko Matsuoka (Vice Director of Itabashi Art Museum) Venue: 1F Auditorium, Itabashi Art Museum Capacity: 80 (booking required, selected by lottery) Admission: Free *Event in Japanese and English. Make a dish from a banana leaf! All-you-can-eat South Indian cuisine! Date: Dec. 17 (Sun) 12:30-14:00 Speakers: Masalawala (Hiroyoshi Takeda, Shinji Kashima) Capacity: 60 (booking required, selected by lottery) Admission: ¥2500




A Very Vintage Christmas

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A Very Vintage Christmas
at Isetan Shinjuku Store (Shinjuku area)
(2017-11-29 - 2017-12-05)

A selection of vintage European design in ceramics, glassware, furniture, jewelry, and other works by René Lalique and brands like Dome (France), Meissen (Germany), and Georg Jensen (Denmark). 5F Art Gallery