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Future of Creation: Japanese paper craftsman Rogier Uitenboogaart x architect Kengo Kuma

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Future of Creation: Japanese paper craftsman Rogier Uitenboogaart x architect Kengo Kuma
at LIXIL Gallery 1 & 2 (Kyobashi, Nihonbashi area)
(2017-07-06 - 2017-09-26)

Established in September 2014, “Future of Creation” is an exhibition series curated by four leading creators in the worlds of art and architecture: Toshio Shimizu (art director), Ryohei Miyata (goldsmith), Toyo Ito (architect), Kengo Kuma (architect). Taking place over three-month intervals, the exhibitions present progressive ideas from various disciplines. For the 12th edition, architect Kengo Kuma will collaborate with washi (Japanese paper) craftsman Rogier Uitenboogaart. Uitenboogaart works out of the small town of Yusuhara in Kochi Prefecture. Located 1483m above sea level and surrounded by the majestic mountains of Shikoku Karst, 91% of the land in the town is occupied by forest. Kuma’s relationship with Yusuhara dates back more than 30 years, starting with “Hotel above the clouds,” his first ever design for wooden-framed architecture. He went on to design further buildings for the town, the interiors of which utilized the washi produced by Uitenboogaart. In this exhibition you can see various types of tosa washi paper covering the entire gallery space, creating a cave-live atmosphere where you can experience the depths of this soft yet powerful handcrafted material. In addition, there will also be various items on display, such as objects produced by Uitenboogaart, tosa washi paper samples, paper making tools and plants. The method by which this paper is created is now registered by UNESCO as an Intangible Cultural Heritage. Explore the charm of this paper through the work of Uitenboogaart. [Related Events] Tosa washi paper workshop Event Date: July 19 (Wed) 14:00-16:00 Workshop Leader: Rogier Uitenboogaart Admission: ¥3500 (includes materials and teaching fee) Capacity: 12 (booking required) Venue: Lixil Ginza 1F *Please check the official website for further details




Secrets of Art – Five Approaches to Encountering Me

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Secrets of Art – Five Approaches to Encountering Me
at Arts Maebashi (Greater Tokyo area)
(2017-07-21 - 2017-09-26)

This Collection+ exhibition features works by young artists along with pieces from Arts Maebashi’s collection. It invites visitors to rediscover parts of themselves by letting the artworks remind them of their own origins, memories, and past experiences. The secrets of art lie not within the artworks themselves but in the messages the viewer receives from them.




Mayumi Arai + Dan Isomura “Final Exhibition of London Tokyo Y-AIR Exchange Program 2017”

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Mayumi Arai + Dan Isomura “Final Exhibition of London Tokyo Y-AIR Exchange Program 2017”
at Youkobo Art Space (Musashino, Tama area)
(2017-09-20 - 2017-09-27)

Mayumi Arai and Dan Isomura will hold an exhibition and presentation for their final activities of the London/Tokyo Y-AIR Exchange Program. They have just finished their residency and studio program in London (Acme Studios) and Tokyo (Youkobo Art Space). Venue: Studio 3




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).




Andre Dubois “Montkyo Gardens”

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Andre Dubois “Montkyo Gardens”
at Youkobo Art Space (Musashino, Tama area)
(2017-09-23 - 2017-09-28)

Andre Dubois’s Montkyo Gardens project highlights the elements of nature at the heart of a creative process that rests on the recovery and transformation of social materials. Using everyday objects and materials, he makes, builds, and revisits our contemporary living spaces, which are both fascinating and open to interpretation. Bringing art to the discursive frontiers of sculpture, painting, collage and installation, his exploration sheds an innovative light on the hypotheses of a living and timeless beauty. Light is a recurring element in Dubois’s work, as is the interplay between empty spaces and full ones. Venue: Studio 2




Cosmic Wonder

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Cosmic Wonder
at Lamp harajuku (Omotesando, Aoyama area)
(2017-09-15 - 2017-09-30)

New pieces from the 2017 autumn line.




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.




Takahiro Okubo “Evil - Painting / Architecture”

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Takahiro Okubo “Evil - Painting / Architecture”
at Gallery K (Kyobashi, Nihonbashi area)
(2017-09-25 - 2017-09-30)

Takahiro Okubo explores the creation of painted space through the movement of lines, this process also allowing him to develop an understanding of the lineage of modernist painting and the tensions that play out between surface and depth. See how his latest experiments challenge the rules of flat plane.




203gow “Strange world of knit”

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203gow “Strange world of knit”
at Yokosuka Museum of Art (Yokohama, Kanagawa area)
(2017-07-15 - 2017-10-01)

203gow (pronounced Ni-maru-san-go) is a knitting instructor who also produces highly unique knitted works of various forms. For someone like 203gow, once you discover the threads and start seeing everything in the world in knitted terms, it seems that there is nothing you can do but keep knitting. The colorful three-dimensional objects that 203gow produces can range from small pieces to works measuring a massive 8 meters in length. The focus on this exhibition is sea creatures, though works such as “Forest caterpillar” and knitted scenes from daily life will also be presented. Discover the cute, if slightly strange, knit world of 203gow.




Haruna Morohoshi “Deafhood—In the Near Future”

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Haruna Morohoshi “Deafhood—In the Near Future”
at Art Lab AKIBA (Bakurocho area)
(2017-09-19 - 2017-10-01)

This is the third and last show in a series by Haruna Moroshi ongoing since 2015. Following on previous installments about the past and present of “Deafhood,” the theme of this show is “the future.”




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.”




I’m still alive. by skydiving magazine and Dan Isomura

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I’m still alive. by skydiving magazine and Dan Isomura
at Pass the Baton (Omotesando, Aoyama area)
(2017-09-08 - 2017-10-01)

This 101st exhibition to be held at the gallery will present a collaboration between artist unit Skydiving Magazine, which was established by Minori Murata and Masako Hirano in 2016 and publishes a bi-annual magazine as well as offering art direction, graphic design and other services, and contemporary artist Dan Isomura, who produces work on subjects such as immigration, refugees, and the border between this world and hell. The shared theme of this exhibition will be “hell.”




Papier Labo. “Objects on the Books”

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Papier Labo. “Objects on the Books”
at Utrecht / Now Idea (Omotesando, Aoyama area)
(2017-09-12 - 2017-10-01)

Book-based objects d’art.




Post Living Room

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Post Living Room
at Shibuya Hikarie 8/ Cube 1, 2, 3 (Shibuya area)
(2017-09-22 - 2017-10-01)

A quirky and fun-filled group exhibition that freely moves across the boundaries of art, architecture and interior design. Works of various genres and the unexpected relationships that form between them offer a fresh and unique experience for viewers. It will bring together creators such as Ittah Yoda, who is based in both London and Berlin, Takashi Kunitani, who works out of Kansai, and The Copy Travelers, whose work can rarely be seen in Tokyo, architect Daisuke Motoki, Katsuyoshi Kameda of Alternative Antiques, and cynical conceptual artist Taiyo Kimura. [Related Event] “Art and Architecture/Interiors” Talk Event Jun Aoki and Jo Nagasaka - two architects deeply involved with the art world - discuss art, architecture, and interiors. *Please see the official website for details on how to book. *Event in Japanese.




TWS-Emerging 2017

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TWS-Emerging 2017
at Tokyo Wonder Site Hongo (Chiyoda area)
(2017-06-10 - 2017-10-01)

TWS-Emerging is a program associated with the open call exhibition, “Tokyo Wonder Wall” (TWW), which provides talented young artists with a gateway to success. For the 48 artists selected from among the large number of applicants last year, TWS-Emerging offers the opportunity to take part in yet another exhibition at TWS based on artist-led exhibition proposals. On this occasion, nine young artists have been chosen to show their works at TWS Hongo in a three-part exhibition. [Part 3] September 2 (Sat) - October 1 (Sun) Opening Talk Date: September 2 (Sat) 16:30-18:00 (Reception: 18:00-19:00) Artists: Hitomi Watanabe, Nao Hayashi, Yuuka Ishii Speaker: Kazuhiro Yamamoto (Senior Curator, Tochigi Prefectural Museum of Fine Arts) Past events: [Part 1] June 10 (Sat) - July 9 (Sun) Opening Talk Date: June 10 (Sat) 16:30-18:00 (Reception: 18:00-19:00) Artists: Minako Kuroishi, Yasuaki Kuroda, Sachiko Jin Speaker: Itaru Hirano (Chief Curator, the Museum of Modern Art, Saitama) [Part 2] July 22 (Sat) - August 20 (Sun) Opening Talk Date: July 22 (Sat) 16:30-18:00 (Reception: 18:00-19:00) Artists: Shota Yamauchi, Natsumi Ito, Yohei Shikano Speaker: Hitoshi Nakano (Curator, Kanagawa Arts Foundation)




I Want to be Tamio Okuda

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I Want to be Tamio Okuda
at Parco Museum (Tokyo: Others area)
(2017-09-14 - 2017-10-02)

After establishing his own label “Ramen Curry Music Record” (RCMR), Tamio Okuda released the original solo album “Saboten Museum” on September 6. With the film “Okuda Tamio ni Naritai Boy to Deau Otoko Subete Kuruwaseru Girl” (The Boy Who Wants To Be Tamio Okuda and the Girl Who Drives All the Men She Meets Mad) set to come out on September 16, we are witnessing an autumn of Tamio Okuda. This exhibition introduces his work.




A piece of Gitai (Tomohisa Mihori) Exhibition

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A piece of Gitai (Tomohisa Mihori) Exhibition
at The White (Chiyoda area)
(2017-09-26 - 2017-10-07)

Tomohisa Mihori’s installations imitate systems found in machinery, biology, economics, and other fields.




Juuso Noronkoski “This Place is Nowhere”

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Juuso Noronkoski “This Place is Nowhere”
at Loko Gallery (Ebisu, Daikanyama area)
(2017-09-08 - 2017-10-07)

Part of an ongoing project by Juuso Noronkoski consisting of photo, video, object and text-based works. Noronkoski examines the limits of the photographic image in relation to discrepancies with real world perception – the demarcation between objects, images and written language. More specifically, Noronkoski is interested in how each individual means of expression, with its different temporal and material qualities, contributes to a common conversational space. The photographs that are taken or found by the artist are conceptually and physically modified in various ways. An intervention in an image, made with a definite intention, both disambiguates and reconstructs the meaning of the subject and obscures the boundary that separates the surface from the surrounding space, and the “real” from the “imaginary.” By stressing the physicality of an object in relation to photographic imagery, Noronkoski aims to bridge the gap between the here, the now, the there, the latent and the displaced. The text, which is in the form of a poetic short story, narrates the artist’s thinking process; however, it is left to the viewer to decide if the textual information accurately conveys the meanings indicated by the visual images. In this exhibition - Noronkoski’ s first in Japan - he poses a question on subject and place, the perceptive space in which an image is ever-evolving and displaced: what is an image that exists between the actual and the imaginary and where is that liminal space? [Related Event] Artist Talk Event Date: Sep. 8 (Fri) 19:00-




Mamoru “Upper Sange 2017”

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Mamoru “Upper Sange 2017”
at Yuka Tsuruno Gallery (Tokyo: Others area)
(2017-09-02 - 2017-10-07)

In this exhibition, a new sound installation from the series “a long listening journey of a Possible thiStory especially of Japanese & Dutch & something more” will be presented. This series departs from a geographical book published in the 17th century Holland, which was the first Western publication to discuss the people, life, culture, and history of “Japan” comprehensively. This book presented the imaginary “Japan” based on the letters and reports of the missionaries and merchants of the time with numerous illustrations. Though the picture of Japan in this book may have been misleading, it was eventually read widely in Europe and was accepted as the “real” Japan. In this series, such a stereotyped representation and artifact is used as a starting point for an attempt to connect multiple worlds that “are (or could have been) possible” while synthesizing the research, conducted first in The Royal Academy of Art and The Royal Conservatory in The Hague then in Japan and in Indonesia, with the imagination of the artist himself. [Talk and live performance] October 7th, 2017 17:00-







Yuji Honbori “Yakushido”

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Yuji Honbori “Yakushido”
at Nanzuka (Shibuya area)
(2017-09-09 - 2017-10-07)

Yuji Honbori produces statues of Buddha through means of used cardboard and paper cartons. Such works appear permeable from the front, while at the same time fragments of cardboard emerge stereoscopically when viewed from the side. Honbori finds significance in reusing materials that we consume in our daily lives - wood, paper, newspapers, milk cartons - in the context of his work. This said, he does not define the concept of his practice as specifically pertaining to ecological issues and recycling, but rather as more concerned with metempsychosis as articulated in Buddhism. Honbori began working with materials such as cardboard, which is both easily attainable and highly malleable, as a result of his hesitation to use new materials after experiencing the Great Hanshin Earthquake. The strength and dignity of Honbori’s works lie in the almost discrepant act of creating statues of Buddha - a subject of admiration and worship - from used cardboard that has already fulfilled its initial purpose. The exhibition is comprised of an installation work that replicates the Yakushido (hall of worship for the Yakushi Buddha), and a large-scale statue of the Fudo Myo-o (a dharmapala primarily revered in Vajrayana Buddhism). Born in Kobe in 1958, Honbori graduated with a degree in sculpture from Aichi Prefectural University of Fine Arts and Music, and currently lives and works in Kobe in Hyogo Prefecture.




Nakajo Biennale 2017

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Nakajo Biennale 2017
at Tsu-un Bldg. (Greater Tokyo area)
(2017-09-09 - 2017-10-09)

Nakanojo in Gunma Prefecture is a beautiful town not far from the city that is surrounded by magnificent nature. Picture a rural landscape covered with morning dew, historic and highly atmospheric onsen (hot springs), wooden school buildings of the past, and traditional farm houses. It is as if the scenery in this mountain village has been left behind by the modern world. With the advent of Nakanojo Biennale, however, artists have begun living and creating in this town, making their own platforms and establishing many new human connections. The 6th edition of this large-scale art event will present works by artists and local residents alike. [Related Events] Artist Talk Event Date: Sep. 16 (Sat) - 18 (Mon), 23 (Sat), 24 (Sun), 14:00-17:00 *Speakers and venues will vary each day. *Events in Japanese.




New “Artists Today” Exhibition 2017 Compilations of Memories and Records

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New “Artists Today” Exhibition 2017 Compilations of Memories and Records
at Yokohama Civic Art Gallery (Yokohama, Kanagawa area)
(2017-09-22 - 2017-10-09)

This group exhibition on the theme of “Today” examines contemporary art and contemporary forms of expression. The artists chosen to participate incorporate elements of the past in their practice, through approaches such as investigating land and history, and interviewing people, hence the exhibition subtitle “Compilations of Memories and Records.” In recent years, and especially since the Great East Japan Earthquake which shook people to the core, artists who feature memories and records as key elements in the work are speading. Scheduled alongside “Yokohama Triennale 2017: Islands, Constellations & Galapagos” (August 4 - November 5), which looks to address issues such as connectivity and isolation, this exhibition will also respond to the event and provide an opportunity to look again at the “now” and “us” through their works. Venue: Exhibition Room 1, B1 Yokohama Civic Art Gallery [Related Events] Sakura Koretsune Performance: Reading from “The Common Whale” Event Date: Sep. 23 (Sat), 24 (Sun) 13:00-13:30 Venue: Exhibition Room B1 Admission: Free (no booking required) Talk Event: The shape succession takes Event Date: Sep. 23 (Sat) 14:30-16:00 Venue: 4F Atelier Speakers: Haruka Komori, Natsumi Seo, Tadahito Yamamoto (Teaching Assistant at Aoyama Gakuin Women’s Junior College) Admission: Free (no booking required) *Events in Japanese




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.




Shin Miyazaki “The Earth Which Absorbs All Things”

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Shin Miyazaki “The Earth Which Absorbs All Things”
at Tama Art University (Musashino, Tama area)
(2017-07-15 - 2017-10-09)

After serving in the army during the Second World War and witnessing the absurdity of modern society first hand, Shin Miyazaki (b. 1922-) began to explore expressions of what is it to be human and to understand what life is through art. This practice has been directly informed by his experiences in a harsh Siberian detention center where he saw the damage and harm caused by the vortex of war up close. The university art museum previously held an exhibition introducing Miyazaki’s early works in 2009, titled “Wandering.” This time around it will show works produced in the 1990s and thereafter. You can see planar works as well as three-dimensional pieces, including numerous drawings and monotype prints that resonate with the artist’s energy, showing his personal regrets and scenes from the past, as well as expressions of the now.




Spectrum File 18 Toru Urakawa

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Spectrum File 18 Toru Urakawa
at Spiral (Omotesando, Aoyama area)
(2017-09-25 - 2017-10-09)

A spectrum is the band of colors created when light shines through a prism. To celebrate its 30th anniversary in 2015, Spiral showcased a wide range of creative talent who were inspired by this idea and looked ahead for new potential across conventions and borders in their current and future activities. Today up-and-coming artists and designers continue to work in ways that transcend medium, category, nationality, and generation. “Spectrum File” is an irregular series of exhibitions inviting various guest curators to select and introduce overlooked talent, while encouraging discussion on how art can raise awareness about society. During each exhibition there will also be talks and other opportunities to share ideas. For this installment, the work of multidisciplinary artist Toru Urakawa, known as a programmer and stage technician who in recent years has showed interest in establishing everyday things in mathematical terms, will be presented following recommendation by Kunihiko Morinaga, the designer behind the fashion label Anrealage. In 2016, an artificial intelligence managed to beat a top-class human chess player for the very first time, becoming a hot news topic. Concerned about the impact of progress around machine learning on society, in one of his “collaborations between computers and people,” Urakawa developed the idea of a dictionary based on data obtained by a self-learning machine. A dictionary can be referred to as a “dictionary of consciousness,” emphasizing the flow of consciousness and sensibilities of a certain era, or a group or individual sharing a culture. In this exhibition, master of modern Japanese literature Soseki Natsume’s stream of consciousness will be presented as a single book. Gathering a huge number of words from several of Natsume’s novels, Urakawa analyzes the similarity and frequency of the contexts that surround the appearance of certain words. This is a dictionary designed in a completely new way that allows for an overview of consciousness. When Natsume thought about “the future,” what else was he thinking of at the same time? Discover for yourself here. Venue: Mina-to, 1F Spiral




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.




Ken Nakazawa Exhibition

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Ken Nakazawa Exhibition
at Ando Gallery (Kiyosumi, Ryogoku area)
(2017-09-05 - 2017-10-14)

Ken Nakazawa was born in Tokyo in 1970 and graduated from Tama Art University with a postgraduate degree in oil painting. His major exhibitions include “MOT Annual 1999: Modest Radicalism” (Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo) and “Yokohama 2001: International Triennale of Contemporary Art” (Pacifico Yokohama). Nakazawa has won acclaim in Japan and internationally with installation works using visually insubstantial materials, such as wires and nylon filaments, to meld his works with the space of the venue. At this exhibition, Nakazawa displays a new installation work employing 3mm-diameter steel materials painted white. Entitled “Walls,” the work consists of 106 inverted U-shaped objects standing some 50cm high, arranged parallel to and following the gallery walls. The ends of two steel rods, extending horizontally at either side of each U-shaped object, are fixed to the wall at a height of about 10cm from the floor. Such is the basic form of the objects. Each object differs in height and depth, and the repetition of their slightly distorted forms recalls paintings exhibited by Nakazawa in 2008. In his installation work, this time, he intentionally positions the objects lower than the viewer’s eyeline to diminish their presence so that the viewer’s attention will go naturally to the overall space. A seemingly empty space—what can we possibly discover in it? The answer to this question is always inside us. In October this year, Nakazawa will publish his first collected works from Akaaka Art Publishing Inc. The publication will feature five installation works exhibited in the years 2012 to 2017: “Four Lines,” “30Pairs,” “Vertical,” “Legs,” and “Walls.” Art director Kaoru Kasai is undertaking the book design. We invite you to enjoy at your leisure a new work by an artist of great promise. Nakazawa’s first art book surveying five of his works from 2012 through 2017 will be published by Akaakasha in October. Book design is by art director Kaoru Kasai.




Tamaki Shindo “Inhabited Island”

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Tamaki Shindo “Inhabited Island”
at Gallery Art Unlimited (Roppongi, Nogizaka area)
(2017-09-16 - 2017-10-14)

Tamaki Shindo, who has traveled to and photographed various remote islands in recent years, set out on a journey in search of an old hermit said to inhabit the island of Kitagi-shima in Okayama Prefecture. This exhibition presents an installation comprised of collage works and straight photographs - a first for Shindo. [Related Events] Roppongi Art Night Event Event Date: Sep. 30 (Sat) 19:30-21:00 (doors open: 19:15) Artists: Tamaki Shindo, Mari Shirayama (Head of Research, Japan Camera Industry Institute) Capacity: 30 *Bookings can be made via: info@artunlimited.co.jp *Event in Japanese.




Yu Okawa, Seiko Matsushita, Miyuki Ichijo “Don’t tell the truth - Regional Intersection”

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Yu Okawa, Seiko Matsushita, Miyuki Ichijo “Don’t tell the truth - Regional Intersection”
at Hagiso (Ueno, Yanaka area)
(2017-09-20 - 2017-10-15)

Yu Okawa, Seiko Matsushita, and Miyuki Ichijo have come together through their mutual interest in the social nature of art to present an installation that transcends the individuality of the artist, creating a place where people and things are free to come and go. Visitors to the exhibition will become part of the work that they have come to see, and will likely want to ask where the piece actually begins and ends, and who is responsible for what. [Related Event] Talk Event Event Date: Oct. 6 (Fri) 19:00-21:00 Speakers: participating artists, Machi Tanaka (author, translator) Admission: ¥1000 (inc. one drink) A short reception party will follow the talk. *Event in Japanese.




Yuichi Hirako “Greening”

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Yuichi Hirako “Greening”
at Waitingroom (Ebisu, Daikanyama area)
(2017-09-16 - 2017-10-15)

Yuichi Hirako is an artist who mainly creates painting, but also works with many different mediums including drawing, sculpture, installation as well as sound performance, in the theme of coexistence between human and nature as well as the questions to their relationship. In this exhibition, he set the theme “Greening” which is the title of the exhibition and selected three keywords “Yamaonna, Repose of Souls, System” for the new series. It is the artist’s new challenge to compose the exhibition with only sculptures and installation work even if his main medium is painting. In the past series, he was creating his works to research about the relationship between human and plants, city and nature, in the history, religion, fable and modern society. At this time, however, he focuses more on the relationship between human and plants in our daily living in the society, especially, home center, production green space, planters, park, flower arrangement, succulents and so on, to add more private perspective. The main piece in the exhibition is the installation work with several layers of different scenes and objects that used to exist in his painting but become more sculptural this time. Other exhibiting works are all brand new sculptures or semi-three-dimensional works as well.




Yuya Koyama “Remaining Methods”

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Yuya Koyama “Remaining Methods”
at 3331 Arts Chiyoda (Chiyoda area)
(2017-09-22 - 2017-10-15)

Yuya Koyama has stated that the motivation for his activities “lies in the exploration of the future, through disassembling and reassembling elements of communication, while visualizing and eroding the frameworks of existence.” At the 3331 Art Fair, Koyama exhibited the video piece, “Dancing by myself” (video, 8min 43sec, 2015), a performance of the artist himself dancing inside the train or in the city streets to music being leaked from someone else’s earphones. Koyama has always been conscious of the boundaries between the private and public sectors, communication, and the flow of contact. For this exhibition titled, “Remaining Methods,” rather than using different methods or replacement methods, he approaches these issues with “remaining methods” presented through installation. Venue: 1F, 3331 Gallery




Katsuhisa Sato + Haruna Shinagawa + Marie Takeda “Trancient Color”

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Katsuhisa Sato + Haruna Shinagawa + Marie Takeda “Trancient Color”
at Kodama Gallery | Shirokane (Shirokane, Hiroo area)
(2017-09-22 - 2017-10-21)

Presenting works by three artists who pay particular attention to color, this exhibition considers the possibilities of color within various frameworks, in everything from paintings to installations. As visitors wander around the space taking in the exhibits, they are encouraged to leave behind preconceptions in order to grasp the colors which drift through their sight lines and thoughts as they mediate each of the works and seek out their own place.




Tatsuhiko Shibusawa Exhibition: Museum of Illusions

Tatsuhiko Shibusawa Exhibition: Museum of Illusions
at Librairie 6 (Ebisu, Daikanyama area)
(2017-09-09 - 2017-10-22)

Second exhibition to commemorate the 30th anniversary of translator and critic Tatsuhiko Shibusawa’s death. A selection of works by artists who interacted with Shibusawa in the 1960s and 1970s will be on display. Artists: Kunio Iwaya, Akira Uno, Kuniyoshi Kaneko, Mitsuo Kano, Sawako Goda, Shuzo Takiguchi, Natsuyuki Nakanishi, Yuri Nonaka, Eikoh Hosoe, Seiichi Horiuchi, Shimon Yotsuya, H. Bellmer, Pierre Molinier.




Sunshower: Contemporary Art from Southeast Asia 1980s to Now

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

With its population totaling around 600 million, multi-ethnic, multi-lingual, multi-faith Southeast Asia has nurtured a truly dynamic and diverse culture. Contemporary art from the emerging economic powerhouse of Southeast Asia 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 in scale, seeks to explore the many practices of contemporary art in Southeast Asia since the 1980s from nine different perspectives. It aims to showcase the inconceivable dynamism of Southeast Asia that is somewhat nostalgic yet extraordinarily new. This event will be held simultaneously with the event of the same name hosted at Mori Art Museum.




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.




Satoru Hoshino “Beginning Form – Spiral ‘17”

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Satoru Hoshino “Beginning Form – Spiral ‘17”
at LIXIL Gallery 1 & 2 (Kyobashi, Nihonbashi area)
(2017-09-15 - 2017-10-24)

This first solo show in Tokyo in 18 years for Satoru Hoshino, a member of the avant-garde ceramics group Sodeisha. [Event] Artist’s Talk Date: 9/15 (Fri) 18:00–18:30




Natsuyuki Nakanishi Exhibition

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Natsuyuki Nakanishi Exhibition
at SCAI The Bathhouse (Ueno, Yanaka area)
(2017-09-15 - 2017-10-28)

Produced in 2013, Natsuni Nakanishi’s “Touching Down on Land and Touching Down on Water XIV: Itsuura Coast” is modeled after Rokkakudo, a small hexagonal temple erected on the edge of Itsuura Coast in Ibaraki prefecture. The minimalist temple designed by Okakura Tenshin had an area of approximately 6m2, and Nakanishi’s sculptural work has a foundation of the exact same size, also featuring six brass rectangular plates hung from above. As the painting stands vertically, it emphasizes the weak and unstable axis of the horizontal plane. In search of the perfect horizon, Nakanishi finds a clue in tea ceremony rituals continued since the Muromachi period. Known for its simplicity of fusing Buddhism and the “Way of Tea,” this temple was a place of meditation where one could gaze at the flat water plane in a tea cup, while overlooking the horizon of the Pacific Ocean. The work makes a tribute to the Rokkakudo temple, which was destroyed by the Great East Japan Earthquake, through insinuating subtle references: thin brass plates hung vertically and reflections of small metal balls glitter on sand. “Touching Down on Land and Touching Down on Water XIV: Itsuura Coast” is conceived from the artist’s profound thoughts about painting. The exhibition aims to reflect the legacy of the artist, who passed away in October last year, and offers an opportunity to reconsider painting and how it is composed. [Related Event] Talk Event by Kuniichi Uno, a philosopher with strong connections to the artist Event Date: Sep. 15 (Fri) 17:00- Capacity: 50 (booking required) *Bookings can be made via the official website. *Event in Japanese.




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.




Emmanuel Saulnier “ATM tempo I/II/III: Tribute to Thelonious Monk”

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Emmanuel Saulnier “ATM tempo I/II/III: Tribute to Thelonious Monk”
at Maison Hermès (Ginza, Marunouchi area)
(2017-07-14 - 2017-10-31)

Born in 1952 in Paris, Emmanuel Saulnier has been active as an artist since the late 1970s. He was artist-in-residence at the Villa Médici in Rome in 1985, and is known primarily for his works employing glass. As a sculptor, Saulnier transcends the limits of academic art to actively engage with society and emphasize reinterpretation of history through dialogues with people. In addition to practicing as an artist, he is employed as a researcher and educator at the renowned École Supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris. Based between Paris and Turkey currently, Saulnier has a close relationship with Fondation d’entreprise Hermès. He held a solo exhibition at the foundation’s La Verrière gallery in Brussels, in 2002, and served as a mentor for its residence program for young artists fro 2010 to 2014. Saulnier’s sculptural works reference historical events and tragedies with which he is familiar, and consistently pose primal questions about the nature of human existence. His glass objects filled with water or black ink represent the human figure in its essence, and seem to hint at both the weight of the human body covered or trapped in thin film, and its fragility and transience when it becomes transparent. In the work, “Place noire,” Saulnier laid down black fragments of asphalt in a courtyard to create a temporary earth-surface, creating a rich yet stunningly silent metaphor for the uncertainty of the footing beneath us, and in which we place such confidence, and the fate of history to be overwritten and obscured. This exhibition developed out of Saulnier’s solo show, “Black Dancing,” held at the Palais de Tokyo in Paris in February 2017, and was conceived as a tribute to jazz pianist Thelonious Monk. Inspired by the performances of Monk, who played in Japan in 1963, the artist has assembled three parts (tempo I/II/III) like a piece of music. The exhibition also presents works by other artists with whom Saulnier is closely involved and shares artistic practices and philosophy in various contexts, highlighting the ways in which contemporary artists expand their activities through various networks.




Artists in FAS 2017

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Artists in FAS 2017
at Fujisawa City Art Space (Yokohama, Kanagawa area)
(2017-09-05 - 2017-11-05)

Artists in FAS is an artist in residence program which allows artists to stay and make work at Fujisawa City Art Space. This program attracted 125 applications from around the country with three artists selected by a special jury. These artists, Natsumi Ito, Yumiko Segawa, and Tamao Narukawa spent up to two months at FAS creating paintings, sculpture, video art, and other works. 8hotel Prize-winner O. Sujin unveils special products made with Shonan sand for guest rooms. Works by these four artists are on display.




BankART Life Ⅴ (5) —Kanko

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BankART Life Ⅴ (5) —Kanko
at BankArt Studio NYK (Yokohama, Kanagawa area)
(2017-08-03 - 2017-11-05)

The Kanko tour starts out at BankArt Studio NYK with a stroll around fields of flowers by the sea, then heads up to an “island” room of architecturally enclosed light. The river bank features flora and fauna. The group will also visit a house floating on the water. The next part of the program goes to Koganecho, the NYK Maritime Museum, and Kitanaka, an area currently undergoing redevelopment that once served as an epicenter of Japan’s modernization and that hosted the Kitanaka Brick & Kitanaka White studio hosting 253 artists just over a decade ago.




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.




YCC Gallery Nissan Art Award Collection

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YCC Gallery Nissan Art Award Collection
at YCC Yokohama Creative City Center (Yokohama, Kanagawa area)
(2017-09-18 - 2017-11-05)

Photographs and tile art reproducing 2013 Nissan Art Award Winner Tatzu Nishi’s installation “Perry’s Squadron.”




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)




Paola Pivi “They All Look The Same”
Paola Pivi “They All Look The Same” at Gallery Perrotin Tokyo (Roppongi, Nogizaka area) (2017-08-26 - 2017-11-11) Solo exhibition by Paola Pivi organized to coincide with her participation in the Yokohama Triennale. The series of artworks Paola Pivi presents in Tokyo exemplifies her phantasmagorical and unbridled world, “as beautiful as the chance encounter of a sewing machine and an umbrella on an operating table,” as Lautréamont would say. Here, polar bears and feathered wheels live in lighthearted harmony, as if floating in a space that looks out over the city and attracts the glances of passers-by. The work of Pivi is undisputedly compelling, leaving no viewers feeling indifferent. Her series of multicolored bears captivated viewers at the “Ok, you are better than me, so what?” exhibition for the opening of Perrotin, New York. Pivi’s bears will be put on a show once again here, striking poses and playing with the space that opens onto the exterior of the gallery. One extra large polar bear — the biggest ever made by Pivi — is caught mid-air as if it has just boldly leaped into the void, while another is pointing down in a fearless dive. The bears are covered with feathers in colors that range from white to electric blue. Massimiliano Gioni describes the spectacular nature of Pivi’s work in the following terms: “Paola Pivi’s work moves to the fevered beat of a Carnival party. And in fact, she has often thought of her work as a kind of festivity.” The impression of movement is accentuated by a series of wall-mounted wheels in motion, captivating metal creations adorned with natural feathers. The artworks in the new series “They all look the same” have been specially produced for the exhibition with feathers sourced in Japan. Evoking in turn the wheel of a peacock’s tail, Native American dream catchers, Marcel Duchamp’s bicycle wheel, or a hypnotic pendulum, Pivi’s wheels offer a minimalist counterpoint to the feathered bears on display. The very placement of Pivi’s installations is central to her creative process, boldly moving beyond the conventional codes of practice for staging exhibitions. Paola Pivi invites us to a joyful show that seems to pay no heed to any principles of reality or laws of gravity, true to her epicurean vision of creation. Proposing “an implied collective,” Pivi’s works appeal to our personal experience, our perceptions, our imagination, as opposed to a rational logic. Absurd but above all free, nature revisited by the artist affords a radical, parodying vision of our contemporary artifacts — objects, animals or similar creatures — within a strange and magical, topsy-turvy world. [...]



15th Anniversary Exhibition: The Tree of Life

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15th Anniversary Exhibition: The Tree of Life
at The Vangi Sculpture Garden Museum (Greater Tokyo area)
(2017-04-22 - 2017-11-30)

Trees remain a source of fascination to people even in contemporary times. For its 15th anniversary, the Vangi Sculpture Garden Museum presents an exhibition focused on works from its collection on the theme of “the tree of life.” Trees have been depicted in culture throughout the ages. The Bible speaks of the “tree of life” and the “tree of knowledge.” Today not only painters and sculptors but other artists including photographers take up trees as their subjects, creating dialogues with them. Manabu Miyazaki, for instance, spent two years photographing a single hilltop persimmon tree in Nagano Prefecture, recording the changes in its landscape as the months and seasons went by. Seiichi Motohashi has documented the baobab trees of a Senegalese village and the people who live there in photographs and film, interpreting the meanings of the carvings on the trunks of the trees. Sculptor Shigeo Toya heads into forests of Japan with a chainsaw in pursuit of his art. Similarly, Koji Tanada converses with the wood he uses in his carvings of children and youth, imbuing them with the life of their materials. Furthermore, numerous painters feature trees in their works, portraying them on enormous canvases like figures in dreams. See how 15 contemporary artists bring life to their works in dialogue with trees. [Related Event] Performance Artist Kasetsu will give a performance on the theme of “the tree of life.” Artworks created during the performance will displayed at the exhibition. Date: April 28 (Fri) 13:30–15:30 Please see the official website for details and information on more related events.




Asakusabashi_Next

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Asakusabashi_Next
at Makii Masaru Fine Art (Bakurocho area)
(2016-12-11 - 2017-12-10)

This exhibition marks the start of the next year’s worth of activities at Makii Masaru Fine Art, which will involve the gallery being turned into an “artist run space.” Various artists will have the chance to get involved and collaborate in the project, exploring what may be possible in this space. Artists will be able to work in a variety of media, including painting, installation, performance, and actions. Those involved will also have the opportunity to engage with the community and evolve their practice, investigating the possibilities of collaboration and exchange. Maki Masaru will be the artist at the center of the project.




Kengo Kito “Multiple Star Ⅲ”

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Kengo Kito “Multiple Star Ⅲ”
at Hara Museum Arc (Gunma) (Greater Tokyo area)
(2017-09-16 - 2018-01-08)

This is the third and final installment of the three part ten-month exhibition currently being held in Gallery A at Hara Museum Arc. In Part I, Kengo Kito unveiled an installation comprising 1,300 hula hoops, a favorite motif of the artist, which filled the large space with color and liveliness. For Part II, Kito captivated viewers with mostly new, energetic works that imbued the exhibition space with a special kind of tension. For the artist, who recently celebrated his 40th birthday, Part III represents a culmination of his creative activities to date in the form of a new large-scale installation. Made specifically for the venue, the installation follows Kito’s past creations in the way they changed appearance depending on the light or movement of the viewer. This aspect was manifested in such pieces as a rotating disk comprised of numerous discrete mirrors that produced an ever-changing pattern from the reflected image or scene, or numerous scarves stitched together, each with a totally different pattern. In the new installation, elements from previous explorations interact in complex ways to form a single work of art. Kito’s ambitious use of space is sure to surprise and delight. Kito produces artworks incorporating colorful materials common in everyday life using a variety of expressive methods, including large-scale installation, sculpture and painting. Featured in the exhibition title, the term “multiple star” refers to a system of three or more stars that appear to be in close proximity to each other when viewed from the earth.




Layered Forms - Selections from the Hara Museum Collection

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Layered Forms - Selections from the Hara Museum Collection
at Hara Museum Arc (Gunma) (Greater Tokyo area)
(2017-09-16 - 2018-01-08)

The keyword behind the works from the Hara Museum Collection featured in this exhibition is “layer,” a reference not only to a work’s structural aspect, but also to the idea of “layers of meaning.” In his assemblage of stacked portraits, Christian Boltanski has created an altar with each young girl’s face a metaphor for a memory of life and death. Lee Ufan’s work is comprised of a repeating pattern of dark, fading lines against white negative space. In Yoshitomo Nara’s work, we sense both hope and despair in the eyes of a girl standing in a war zone, eyes that seem to trace the lyrics of an anti-war song. In Kohei Nawa’s work, a stuffed doe is covered with transparent spheres that transform its existence into a “PixCell” (i.e., “picture” + “cell”). Explore the layered meanings in these and other works. [Featured Artists] Arman, Koji Enokura, Shinro Ohtake, Gilbert & George, Yayoi Kusama, Christian Boltanski, Jae-Eun Choi,Tokihiro Sato, Tabaimo, Yoshitomo Nara, Kosai Hori, Tomio Miki, Tadanori Yokoo, Katsuro Yoshida, Lee Ufan, Louise Nevelson, Robert Rauschenberg and others




Geneto “The Wall”

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Geneto “The Wall”
at Diesel Art Gallery (Shibuya area)
(2017-02-18 - 2018-02-16)

Every year Diesel Shibuya, the one-and-only concept-based store where you can experience the Diesel lifestyle, invites an architect, interior designer, or artist to create a freely inspired space showcasing the home collection. This year’s installation is by Geneto, who works in urban planning, architecture, product design, and art. Geneto calls this display “The Wall” because it presents a single scene created with wall arrangements altering perceptions of size and space. Its design will change with the seasons, so the viewing experience is different each visit. Discover the new possibilities of the wall, an element of interior design that has been with us since antiquity.




Yasuhiro Suzuki “Spontaneous Garden”

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Yasuhiro Suzuki “Spontaneous Garden”
at Hakone Open Air Museum (Yokohama, Kanagawa area)
(2017-08-05 - 2018-02-25)

Installation artist Yasuhiro Suzuki reexamines commonplace natural phenomena and translates fresh perceptions into works of art. Hakone Open Air Museum’s seventh exhibition showcasing new forms of contemporary creative expression features 40 of his works, including 10 new pieces. Multipurpose Hall 2 also displays Suzuki’s signature piece “Mabataki no Ha” (Blinking Leaves), plus three other blinking-themed installations. Let a stroll around the Hakone Open Air Museum grounds be the start of new memories and discoveries for you.




Hakone Open-Air Museum Permanent Exhibits

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Hakone Open-Air Museum Permanent Exhibits
at Hakone Open Air Museum (Yokohama, Kanagawa area)

The Hakone Open-Air Museum was opened in 1969 to create a harmonic balance of the great nature of Hakone and Art. The unique experiences of open-air museum await you, as different seasons and weather create an ever-changing sensation of true art. The Museum realizes the philosophy of Henry Moore “Sculpture is an art of the open-air” with a grand backdrop of Hakone's great nature.




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.




Motohiro Tomii "Special Exhibition = Permanent Collection Exhibition"

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Motohiro Tomii "Special Exhibition = Permanent Collection Exhibition"
at ARCUS Studio (Greater Tokyo area)

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) (Greater Tokyo area)

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.