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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




Hiroko Koshino “Paintings Visible in Clothing”

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Hiroko Koshino “Paintings Visible in Clothing”
at KH Gallery (Ginza, Marunouchi area)
(2017-10-10 - 2017-11-25)

Hiroko Koshino has had an amazing 60-year career as a fashion designer and she still currently announces two collections a year, which continue to share beauty ahead of its generation. She has also tirelessly been releasing works of art in recent years, creating a unique world combing fashion and art. This exhibition displays clothing works from past collections in three categories of “quality, shape and color,” which have been re-defined from the design elements of paintings. Her fashion is captured in a new manner from an artistic perspective. The series with clothing works enclosed in flat and clear acrylic cases allows guests to view in detail this “quality” including different materials for each work of art, handmade decorations and the picturesque structure. Meanwhile, the optical installation features infinite “shapes” which can be imagined from one dress. You can also take in “colors” in KH gallery’s first exhibition of colorful giclée style paintings which sparkle in their own small worlds. Discovering “works of art” from past clothing could be another step forward in the fusion between fashion and art.




Keiko Iwakami Exhibition “Mileage 2017: Born in This Land”

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Keiko Iwakami Exhibition “Mileage 2017: Born in This Land”
at Gallery Hinoki B, C (Kyobashi, Nihonbashi area)
(2017-11-20 - 2017-11-25)

Cardboard installations by Keiko Iwakami.




Noriyuki Haraguchi “Grey”

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Noriyuki Haraguchi “Grey”
at Kenji Taki Gallery (Shinjuku area)
(2017-10-19 - 2017-11-25)




Takahiro Iwasaki “Light is made of Stars”

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Takahiro Iwasaki “Light is made of Stars”
at Urano (Tokyo: Others area)
(2017-10-21 - 2017-11-25)

Takahiro Iwasaki transforms our consciousness by visualizing the reality that we overlook on a daily basis, manipulating the distance and scale of objects. He has focused on the issue of electrical power since early on and presented works addressing the subject at Yokohama Triennale in 2011. These included two pieces produced using his own hair, one inspired by the temporary closure of the large waterfront Ferris wheel in Yokohama as a result of planned blackouts immediately following the Great East Japan Earthquake, and another that depicted the fallen no. 27 steel tower on the Yoru no Mori Line, which resulted in the loss of the external power supply at the Fukushima Daiichi Power Plant and caused the core meltdown to occur. At Venice Biennale, Iwasaki is currently showing works that present images of Japan from different perspective points, exploring further problems that surround this subject area, such as nuclear power and resource development, and the chemical plants that caused pollution while supporting the postwar economic growth of Japan. This exhibition will include the work “Out of order (ocean model),” a series that depicts oil rigs extracting oil from beneath the ocean floor in offshore Japanese territory and the surrounding islands. It is comprised of petroleum-based waste products, including disposable lunch boxes, straws, and plastic bags. The color of the works in the series is a uniform black, recalling the image of both crude oil and traditional ink and wash paintings by artists like Sesshu Toyo. The proportions of the table, the oil rig and the arrangement of the islands are based on the dimensions of the kare-sansui (dry landscape) at the famous Ryoan-ji garden in Kyoto. This work was made against the backdrop of recent disputes between China and Japan regarding the East Asian maritime border, which dictates rights over the exploitation of natural resources and has fallen into question with the territorial expansion of China. By using the technique of down-scaling in his work, Iwasaki facilitates a bird’s eye view perspective that links individual landscapes to a vision of the world as a whole. When viewed as part of history, our lifetime on earth can be understood as very short, the geography of the earth itself changing incredibly slowly during this time. Iwasaki’s unique point of view locates us in the here and now at the center of these goings on and suggests possibilities about how we may proceed from this point of origin. [Related Event] Talk Event & Party: “Venice Biennale and Beyond” Event Date: Oct. 22 (Sun) 15:30-16:30 Talk 16:30-19:00 Party (All-you-can-drink & buffet-style dinner) Speakers: Takahiro Iwasaki (artist), Mizuki Takahashi (Co-Director, MILL6 Foundation) Admission: ¥4000 (tax inc., booking required) Venue: T.Y. Harbor River Lounge (Tennozu) *Please see the official website for further details and booking. *Event in Japanese.




AGC Asahi Glass 110th Anniversary Exhibition

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AGC Asahi Glass 110th Anniversary Exhibition
at Space O in Omotesando Hills (Omotesando, Aoyama area)
(2017-11-20 - 2017-11-26)

Presenting a glass installation from Milan Design Week.




Arcus Project 2017 Ibaraki Open Studios

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Arcus Project 2017 Ibaraki Open Studios
at ARCUS Studio (Greater Tokyo area)
(2017-11-22 - 2017-11-26)

On Nov. 22–Nov. 26, Arcus Project in Moriya, Ibaraki holds open studios for these 2017 artists-in-residence: Julieta Aguinaco & Sarah Demoen, Daniel Nicolae Djamo, and Curtis Tamm. The artists will share the processes and results of what they have been working on since their arrival for this 110-day residency. [Special Programs by Artists] ■Julieta Aguinaco & Sarah Demoen ‘Facing the Earth. Facing Information. Facing our Lives.’ Lecture performance Date and Time: Nov. 22 (Web)16:30-17:00, 23(Thu) 15:30-16:00, 24(Fri)16:30-17:00, 25(Sat), 26(Sun) 15:00-15:30 Venue: ARCUS Studio Studio 1 Admission: Free Entry ■Daniel Nicolae Djamo ‘Selling hopes’ Date and Time: Nov. 23 (Thu) 18:00-19:00, 25(Sat) 15:30-16:30 Venue: ARCUS Studio 2nd Floor Admission: Free Entry ■Curtis Tamm ‘Center for Cellular Alignment’ Venue: ARCUS Studio, Studio 3 Capacity: 1 person or 1 group/20min Admission: Free *Booking Required [Related Event] 1. Artist Talks × Kenichi Kondo Date and Time: Nov. 23 (Thu) 16:30-18:00 2. Studio Talk × Fumio Nanjo(ARCUS Project Adviser/Director, Mori Art Museum) Date and Time: Nov. 25 (Sat) 16:30-18:00 Venue: ARCUS Studio Admission: Free Entry 3. Free Shuttle Bus service from Tokyo Date and Time: Nov. 25 (Sat) 14:00[Departure from Yaesu Exit, Tokyo station]→15:30[Arrival at ARCUS Studio, Moriya Manabi-no-sato] Admission: Free Capacity: 40 seats ※Booking required 4. Soba Party Date and Time: Nov. 25 (Sat) 18:00-19:00 ※Booking and admission charge (¥500) 5. Studio Guided Tour by Resident Artists Date and Time: Nov. 26 (Sun) 14:00-15:30 6. Open Discussion ‘March 11 and Ibaraki, Examined with Art : 2011-2017’ Date and Time: Nov. 26 (Sun) 16:00-18:00 Speakers: Yuu Takehisa(Curator, Contemporary Art Center, Art Tower Mito), Tohru Nakazaki(Artist), Gojing-Maru Hayashi(Artist) Moderator: Kenichi Kondo(ARCUS Project Guest Curator 2017) Film Screening Date and Time: Nov. 22 (Wed)-26 (Sun) 13:00 - 19:00 Artists: Alicia Framis, Meiro Koizumi, Song Ming Ang, Wojciech Gilewicz, Basir Mahmood, and Stephanie Bickford-Smith Admission: Free Entry *Please see the official website for further details.




Dan Isomura “Good Neighbors”

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Dan Isomura “Good Neighbors”
at On Sundays (Omotesando, Aoyama area)
(2017-10-31 - 2017-11-26)

Presenting “Home Party #2,” Dan Isomura’s Gold Prize-winning installation on themes of immigration and the refugee crises. Isomura created this work as a project for the Genron Chaos* Lounge New Art School.




Healthy Towns

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Healthy Towns
at Genron Chaos*Lounge Gotanda Atelier (Tokyo: Others area)
(2017-11-18 - 2017-11-26)

Works by 3rd-term Group B students in the Genron Chaos*Lounge New Art School question the meaning of health in the context of contemporary society.




Hiroshi Takizawa “Avalanche/Dual”

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Hiroshi Takizawa “Avalanche/Dual”
at Post / Limart (Ebisu, Daikanyama area)
(2017-11-07 - 2017-11-26)

Hiroshi Takizawa’s photographs of surfaces, ranging from those of boulders to architectural materials like stone and concrete to wrinkled hotel bed sheets, are encounters with mysteries of texture and time, unearthing new layers of monumental ruins.




Ikebana x Hyakudan Kaidan 2017

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Ikebana x Hyakudan Kaidan 2017
at Hotel Gajoen Tokyo (Ebisu, Daikanyama area)
(2017-09-26 - 2017-11-26)

The Japan Ikebana Art Association, Japan’s largest ikebana group, presents autumn-inspired flower arrangements on the Hyakudan Kaidan stairway of the Meguro Gajoen’s banquet hall, which has hosted artists representing the best of Japanese culture since the early Showa era.




Mika Nakamura-Mather “Japanory”

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Mika Nakamura-Mather “Japanory”
at Youkobo Art Space (Musashino, Tama area)
(2017-11-17 - 2017-11-26)

Japanory is a continuation of the artist’s investigation of memory and the notion of what ‘Home’ means in an increasingly disconnected and dislocated world. Japanory is a portmanteau word derived from a combination of the two words Japanese Story.




Naohiro Utagawa + Buku Akiyama “It Can Not Be Helped”

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Naohiro Utagawa + Buku Akiyama “It Can Not Be Helped”
at Talion Gallery (Tokyo: Others area)
(2017-10-28 - 2017-11-26)

Naohiro Utagawa produces photographs through improvisational editing and processing of the things around him, an irregular process he reflects in his works. He also creates installations bringing temporary formulations into their spaces. Buku Akiyama is a graphic designer who has worked on numerous artist books and catalogues while also practicing installation art since 2001. Both artists bring their own rules and approaches to this exhibition, which they will visit on and off to alter the continuously evolving space and set of works. A collection of photographs of the exhibition titled “photo unbound_003 Naohiro Utagawa: It can not be helped” will be published by edition.nord.




Tank 100

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Tank 100
at Roppongi Hills (Roppongi, Nogizaka area)
(2017-10-28 - 2017-11-26)

Contemporary artist Shingo Katori takes part in this show at a pop-up gallery celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Cartier Tank watch. Katori presents the original works “Needs More Time” and “Hyaku Nen no fuuu.” inspired by the Tank.




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




d design travel Gunma Exhibition

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d design travel Gunma Exhibition
at Shibuya Hikarie 8/ d47 Museum (Shibuya area)
(2017-10-13 - 2017-11-26)

This exhibition presents a three-dimensional expression of the content of a Gunma Prefectue guidebook from a design perspective. Various tools and decorative items will be installed in place of the guide book itself, recreating the attraction of what the publication, and Gunma, have to offer.




Petit Noël

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Petit Noël
at Gallery 219 (Omotesando, Aoyama area)
(2017-11-24 - 2017-11-27)

Four-day exhibition presenting various small scale works by artists who typically work on advertising, magazines, books, and picture books. There are all one-off original pieces.




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.




Meriyasu Kataoka “Biodiversity”

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Meriyasu Kataoka “Biodiversity”
at Lamp harajuku (Omotesando, Aoyama area)
(2017-11-01 - 2017-11-30)

A window installation by Meriyasu Kataoka. Biodiversity refers to the variety of plants and animals in the world. In this context, Kataoka produces soft toys without imposing any restrictions. Though this may sound like a theme, for the artist it is not a theme at all, instead allowing total freedom in his artistic practice.




To the Future — Colors and Shapes that Move the Heart

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To the Future — Colors and Shapes that Move the Heart
at Itochu Aoyama Art Square (Omotesando, Aoyama area)
(2017-11-16 - 2017-11-30)

Itochu Aoyama Art Square presents To the Future — Colors and Shapes that Move the Heart, the third art project exhibition showcasing works by students with superior artistic talent who attend Tokyo Metropolitan schools for special needs education. On display are around 50 artworks with a diverse range of themes, selected from among 813 entries received from students enrolled in 69 schools and reviewed in cooperation with Fine Arts faculty at Tokyo University of the Arts.




Toshitaka Nishizawa Exhibition

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Toshitaka Nishizawa Exhibition
at Tokyo Garden Terrace Kioicho (Chiyoda area)
(2017-10-05 - 2017-11-30)

Toshitaka Nishizawa believes that to be aware of the subject and context of something is to be conscious of the space that surrounds it. In order to explore the meaning of a space, Nishizawa sculpts the reverse of it - what lies behind it. For him, space is always adjacent to us, existing in all places. The reverse of the space, however, is ambiguous and lacks any concrete qualities. By unifying these contrasting elements - the “front” and what lies “beyond”, Nishizawa explores the meaning of the matter in question.




UnJapan

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UnJapan
at Kanzan Gallery (Bakurocho area)
(2017-11-03 - 2017-11-30)

Exhibition curated of Philip Brophy, an artist who currently resides in Melbourne and has an in depth knowledge of Japanese art and culture of the past and present. Even now that internationalization, globalization and socializing online is a given, it is fair to say that there have been no major changes in the way that Japan is considered an “exotic” country by many in the West. Furthermore, contemporary Japanese art continues to be evaluated in relation to ukiyo-e, and the influence of “cartoons” and “animation” often emphasized. Since the Taisho era (1912-1926), Japanese art has been plagued by two big questions: what makes someone a ‘Japanese’ artist? And can Japanese artists create art that is not ‘all about Japan’? Here Brophy introduces the work of three Japanese artists who at the same time can also be considered “Unjapan” in their approach to transgressing cultural boundaries. [Related Event] Talk Event Date: Nov. 3 (Fri) 17:00- Speakers: Utako Shindo, Kazuna Taguchi, Hiroharu Mori, Philip Brophy Capacity: 20 (booking required) *Please see the official website for further details.




Daisuke Nishijima “In Search of True End”

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Daisuke Nishijima “In Search of True End”
at Awaji Cafe & Gallery (Chiyoda area)
(2017-11-18 - 2017-12-02)

New paintings and sculptures inspired by the story “true end,” the climax in the story “Dog House” produced for Dommune.




Team Yameyo “Community Art”

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Team Yameyo “Community Art”
at Gallery Hashimoto (Bakurocho area)
(2017-11-11 - 2017-12-02)

Team Yameyo is a group of artists formed in Hiroshima in 2009. With the maturation of our social and personal relationships increases also the number of things we cannot stop doing even though we all know we should. Having realized that this is what causes the erosion of our society, Team Yameyo operates around the central theme of things we would like to abandon but are unable to. For this time, with newly joined Boat Zhang Xiaochuan, explores various “Arts of social”subjects in East Asia.




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




Michiko Fujita “Works for light and space”

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Michiko Fujita “Works for light and space”
at Chigasaki City Museum of Art (Yokohama, Kanagawa area)
(2017-11-11 - 2017-12-03)

Artist Michiko Fujita has developed an installation that captures the relationship between light, space, and things. See how light fills the museum entrance and changes over time. The last two days of the exhibition period will feature a collaboration with junior high school students. Venue: Entrance of Chigasaki City Museum of Art [Related Event] “Create your own work for light and space” Three-part event that will furnish junior high school students with the skills to create their own artworks, culminating in a collaboration with the artist. Event Dates: Nov. 18 (Sat) 10:30-12:00, Nov. 25 (Sat) 10:30-12:00, Dec. 2 (Sat) 10:30-14:00. Venue: Atelier, Chigasaki City Museum of Art Event organizer: Michiko Fujita Capacity: 12 (limited to junior high school students) *Event in Japanese. *Please see the official website for booking.




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.




Reborn-Art festival Tokyo exhibition: What went on?

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Reborn-Art festival Tokyo exhibition: What went on?
at Watari-um, The Watari Museum of Contemporary Art (Omotesando, Aoyama area)
(2017-10-20 - 2017-12-10)

This exhibition revisits Reborn-Art Festival, a brand new art, music, and food focused event that was held this summer at locations throughout Ishinomaki city center and Oshika Peninsula in Tohoku. Scheduled at a time when Tohoku is going through a dramatic period of rebirth, those visiting the festival had the unique opportunity to encounter new people and ideas that wouldn’t be found anywhere else in Japan. Here, visitors had the chance to discover a new aspect of themselves that they had not yet glimpsed. In this way, the event was not just about the reconstruction of the Tohoku region, but also a festival that offered visitors a chance to be reborn. This exhibition will present works and documentation that were exhibited at Reborn-Art Festival 2017, giving those who could not attend the event another opportunity to enjoy the work that was on offer there.




Mika Tajima “Touchless”

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Mika Tajima “Touchless”
at Taro Nasu (Bakurocho area)
(2017-11-11 - 2017-12-16)

New installation art, video, and sculpture by Mika Tajima, an artist who focuses on how technology is intimately involved in our lives. Through explorations of the human and the artificial, her practice considers the environments and societies people create themselves.




From the Taguchi Art Collection: Richard Mosse and Maria Taniguchi

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From the Taguchi Art Collection: Richard Mosse and Maria Taniguchi
at Museum of Modern Art, Gunma (Greater Tokyo area)
(2017-09-16 - 2017-12-17)

Exhibiting works by two young practicing artists featured in the Taguchi Collection, one of Japan’s leading contemporary art collections. The Irish photographer Richard Mosse (b. 1980) works with military-developed infrared film and is known for his photographs from civil conflicts in Africa and immigrant migrations from Africa to Europe. His work was featured at the 2013 Venice Biennale. Photographs from his series “Infra,” “Heat Maps,” and “Infra” are on display. Filipino artist Maria Taniguchi (b. 1981) received the 2015 Hugo Boss Asia Art Award for her genre-spanning practice that includes sculpture, installation art, video monitor pieces, and the “Brick Painting” series of modular brick-like motifs on large canvases. This exhibition presents Taniguchi’s paintings and video art from the Taguchi Collection along with new sculptures she presented at a Tokyo exhibition this April.




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.




Takeshi Masada Exhibition

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Takeshi Masada Exhibition
at The Mass (Omotesando, Aoyama area)
(2017-11-18 - 2017-12-17)

The Mass is pleased to present Takeshi Masada first solo exhibition in five years. Basing his work on a story of “Madness” and “Purification”, Masada once again awakens a unique expressive style taking three-dimensional forms, creating both sculptural works made using Cray-pas oil pastels in unconventional ways and oil paintings rendered on large canvases. On sale in our SHOP is a selection of collaborations produced by Takeshi Masada×fragmentdesign×NOMA t.d.




Atsushi Nishijima “Humor Identification”

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Atsushi Nishijima “Humor Identification”
at Shibuya Hikarie 8/ Art gallery (Shibuya area)
(2017-11-22 - 2017-12-20)

Atsushi Nishijima explores sound and music from diverse perspectives and presents performance, sound installations, and two and three-dimensional work based on acquired knowledge and matters in everyday life. This marks Nishijima’s first solo exhibition at 8/ ART GALLERY/ Tomio Koyama Gallery, and features new works as well as major pieces from his artistic career. 
 [Event] Atsushi Nishijima Date: Dec. 10 (Sat) 14:00–15:30




Everyday Holiday Squad “Open/Close City No. 1: Room in Shibuya”

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Everyday Holiday Squad “Open/Close City No. 1: Room in Shibuya”
at Snow Contemporary (Roppongi, Nogizaka area)
(2017-11-17 - 2017-12-22)

Current Shibuya is no longer “a city of youth and freedom,” which it used to be. In this exhibition, Everyday Holiday Squad will present new works about the distorted society that Shibuya exemplifies. Currently undergoing large reconstruction projects in preparation for the Olympics, Shibuya’s Miyashita Park, which was previously open to the public, is now surrounded by a white wall forbidding entry. EHS will showcase a work utilizing the space inside this wall. In another installation, the squad will focus on bicycle parking crackdowns by converting abandoned bicycles into public art. Other works also address the changes happening in Shibuya and Tokyo. EHS believes Shibuya’s current state gives it the potential to be a place where new street culture can be realized. The exhibition will be installed not only inside the gallery, also but on the streets of Shibuya and the Nishi Azabu area where Snow Contemporary is located. Bringing changes directly to the streets, EHS will not show a transformed city to viewers, but allow them to witness the process of how the squad transforms it, taking viewers along as accomplices. Building an accomplice relationship is an act of creating new public zones (said to have collapsed in the 19th century) – It attempts to revoke authority by playing pranks on the emotions and behaviors of the public. EHS makes a game out of building its own squad room, traditionally a place where police officers assemble for roll calls and duty assignments.




Takeshi Murata “Living Room”

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Takeshi Murata “Living Room”
at Yamamoto Gendai (Tokyo: Others area)
(2017-10-21 - 2017-12-22)

In addition to introducing video works that can be considered the foundation of Takeshi Murata’s creative practice, as well as his latest photographic works, this exhibition will present an eye-catching customized lowrider by Murata, an extravagantly decorated Japanese “decotora” truck, and various objects inspired by styles such as that advocated by Memphis Design, an avant-garde group formed by Ettore Sottsass in Italy in the 1980s. The exhibition space represents a proposition for postmodernity that questions the design and use of living rooms - with their connotations of social status - that pursue functionality and rationality. In his three-dimensional works utilizing industrial materials to realize pixelated digital expressions taken from sources including popular American comics, B movies, and experimental videos, Murata questions what we face with the continuing innovations in computer technology. He also explores whether it is possible to discover our physicality in these continuously evolving technologies and forms of expression. It is the first time in ten years that this internationally active artist has exhibited his work in Japan.




Various shapes, various colors 017

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Various shapes, various colors 017
at Kobo Chika (Ebisu, Daikanyama area)
(2017-11-16 - 2017-12-23)

Various colors and shapes are produced as a result of diverse techniques applied according to each artist’s particular approach, knowledge, and way of thinking. Every work is unique, just as with each recital of Beethoven’s “ninth,” though they also seem to chime with each other, coming together in chorus. See how these works function not only as individual pieces, but also as a harmonious whole.




Mitsuru Tokisato, Shota Yamauchi, Maaya Miki “Critical Selfies”

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Mitsuru Tokisato, Shota Yamauchi, Maaya Miki “Critical Selfies”
at Gallery To-Plus (Ebisu, Daikanyama area)
(2017-11-17 - 2017-12-24)

The three separate exhibitions that comprise this event are curated by Japanese art critic Yukiko Shikata. They will introduce three up-and-coming artist that represent the future of media art in Japan. Shikata and the artist presenting their work will give an introductory talk on the opening day of each exhibition. [Exhibition Details] Mitsuru Tokisato “Appearance Count Training #2” Date: Nov. 17 (Fri) - Nov. 26 (Sun) Opening Reception Date: Nov. 17 (Fri), 18:30-20:00 Shota Yamauchi “Potemkin” Date: Dec. 1 (Fri) - Dec. 10 (Sun) Opening Reception Date: Dec. 1 (Fri), 18:30-20:00 Maaya Miki “Hymn of birth” Date: Dec. 15 (Fri) - Dec. 24 (Sun) Opening Reception Date: Dec. 15 (Fri), 18:30-20:00




Mounir Fatmi “Peripheral Vision”

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Mounir Fatmi “Peripheral Vision”
at Art Front Gallery (Ebisu, Daikanyama area)
(2017-11-16 - 2017-12-24)




Scores - Sculpture, Music, Architecture

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Scores - Sculpture, Music, Architecture
at Tokyo Art Museum (Musashino, Tama area)
(2017-09-28 - 2017-12-24)

The sculptures presented here, formed of square aluminum pipes of varying widths and depths, can be viewed as a score. Replace the elements of the sculpture with sound and time, and you can produce music. For if the sound is produced by vibrations between the air and the shapes or objects that exist in the space, then music can be perceived as an invisible sculpture. This collaborative exhibition in two parts straddles the field of sculpture, music, and architecture. Part 1: Sep. 28 (Thu) - Nov. 5 (Sun) 2017, Kenichi Kanazawa (sculptor) + Hiroyuki Ura (Musician) Part 2: Nov. 9 (Thu) - Dec. 24 (Sun) 2017, Kenichi Kanazawa (sculptor) + Kyo Ichinose (Musician) + Kiyonori Sogabe (Musician) [Related Events] Performance Part 1 Scores: Live Performance Performers: Hiroyuki Ura, Satoko Inoue, Kenichi Kanazawa Event Date: Oct. 8 (Sun) 15:00-16:00, Nov. 3 (Fri) 19:00-20:00 Admission: Free (exhibition admission ticket required) Performance Part 2 Scores: Live Performance Performers: Kyo Ichinose, Kiyonori Sogabe, Kenichi Kanazawa Event Date: Nov. 26 (Sun) 19:00-20:00, Dec. 16 (Fri) 19:00-20:00 Admission: Free (exhibition admission ticket required)




The Eugene Studio “1/2 Century later.”
The Eugene Studio “1/2 Century later.” at Shiseido Gallery (Ginza, Marunouchi area) (2017-11-21 - 2017-12-24) The Eugene Studio presents an installation of previously unseen works based around the theme “1968” here in this exhibition titled “1/2 Century Later,” which refers to “the half century since then” (as well as “the half century from now”). The Eugene Studio has been exploring fresh new images of the future that “we of today” can create by connecting with today’s reality and contrasting such images with our previous images of the future. This exhibition space features a large glass-sheet installation piece on the motif “the legacy of ‘future images’ drawn by the stories of the past,” and around this are arranged works that reflect the next future. The futures these artists have contributed include: the 2D work “Agricultural Revolution 3.0,” which depicts a tranquil life in which biotechnology and agriculture have merged; portions of a script and sketch board for a story about an artificial intelligence agency; and “White Painting,” a work central to this exhibition and created through a collective method that adopts the structures characteristic of the social media era to convey small hopes for the new globalization. The legacy of “future images” from the past half-century come face-to-face in the gallery with the start of the new yet contiguous future in which we are living now. Visitors may get to experience the feeling of a new society as this refined worldview resonates the spectacle of the exhibition space. This is to perceive the values of the new future as illuminated by art along with the progress of 21st-century science and technology, and it is also the experience of expressing this in words. In recent years, The Eugene Studio has drawn on research and conferences featuring participants from Cambridge University, the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, OMA NY, and others, and these feature in the biotechnology and agricultural themes in “Agricultural Revolution 3.0.” It has also collaborated with science fiction writer Ken Liu (winner of three of the most prestigious American science fiction awards), and has been expanding its international presence to include full involvement in film production. Even as it takes an active look back on the history of art itself, art history and the circumstances of the past, The Eugene Studio also continues to renew the map of that “contiguous future,” in which the past and the present alike find connection, by purposefully involving itself in today’s real society through a multifaceted sphere of activity, including participation in cutting-edge R&D in fields like artificial intelligence, urbanization, and biotechnology. It can be said that these are the kinds of activities which, even while embracing the conceptual creativity, contextuality and forms of pure contemporary art, will be truly instrumental in creating th[...]



Omotesando Hills Christmas 2017

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Omotesando Hills Christmas 2017
at Space O in Omotesando Hills (Omotesando, Aoyama area)
(2017-11-08 - 2017-12-25)

French architect and designer Emmanuelle Moureaux presents a Christmas Tree Forest of 100 Colors at Omotesando Hills.




Smart Illumination Yokohama 2017

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Smart Illumination Yokohama 2017
at Zou-no-hana Terrace (Yokohama, Kanagawa area)
(2017-11-01 - 2017-12-31)

“Smart Illumination Yokohama” is the first ever project to create a night view by fusing eco-friendly technology and art. This event, celebrating its seventh anniversary, will see artists from around the world gathering in Yokohama, their works displayed not only at Zou-no-hana Park but also across downtown Yokohama. During this special period, citizens, artists, historical buildings, towns, and local businesses will take the stage, joining forces to boldly reinvent Yokohama’s creative night view on the stage of Yokohama city and its vibrant urban landscape. Artists: Taira Ichikawa, Kateryna Snizhko, Naho Kawabe, Yasue Kitamura, Takahito Kimura, Junichi Kusaka, Jaime Ibanez, Switch Research Institute, Asae Soya, Kyota Takahashi, Yasuhiro Chida, Rintaro Hara, Kenji Hirasawa, Martina Stock, Takayuki Mori, Lilian Bourgeat, and more.




Beautiful Rice - For a Sustainable Future

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Beautiful Rice - For a Sustainable Future
at National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation (Odaiba, Kachidoki area)
(2017-11-11 - 2018-01-08)

What can we do today to ensure delicious rice production over the next 1000 years? This exhibition analyzes the traditional rice cultivation methods that have continued for thousands of years in Asian farming villages from a scientific perspective. It highlights the impressive cyclical system of matter and nutrients that connects with the natural surroundings against the backdrop of the farming techniques that have been passed down through generations of villagers. Visitors are encouraged to use the hints provided by the cyclical system of cultivation to consider how science and technology should be used to ensure we can continue enjoying “delicious rice” in the future. This exhibition coincides with “Science Centre World Summit 2017” (SCWS2017: November 15 - 17), the first Science Centre World Summit to be held in Asia. [Related Events] Lecture & Mini talk: “What Asia can teach us about sustainability” Event Date: Nov. 11 (Sat) 11:30-12:45 Speaker: Yoichiro Sato (director of National Institutes for the Humanities) Venue: 1F Communication Lobby Admission: Free (booking required) Capacity: 50 (first-come-first-served basis) *All attendees will receive a complementary rice ball. *Please see the official website for booking and further details.




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




Science Centre World Summit 2017: No Choice? The Earth – Sold Out!

Science Centre World Summit 2017: No Choice? The Earth – Sold Out!
at National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation (Odaiba, Kachidoki area)
(2017-11-01 - 2018-01-08)

What would you do if you knew that the lifestyle you are enjoying right now is not sustainable? If we don’t change the way we live now, we may soon deplete all natural resources available on Earth denying future generations many choices we enjoy today. With the aim to protect the planet and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity, the United Nations set out 17 Goals for Sustainable Development that it strives to achieve by the year 2030. What should we know, and what choices should we make to ensure that these goals are achieved? The panel exhibit discusses our consumption behavior, and offer visitors the opportunity to share their ideas and opinions on a message board that will be part of the exhibit. In addition, by experiencing the hands-on exhibit “Backward from the Future”, situated next to the panel, visitors can think about the science, technology and lifestyles that will make global sustainability a reality.




“The Doraemon Exhibition Tokyo 2017”

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“The Doraemon Exhibition Tokyo 2017”
at Mori Arts Center Gallery (Roppongi, Nogizaka area)
(2017-11-01 - 2018-01-08)

Organized under the concept “Create Your Own Original Doraemon,” this exhibition brings together 28 artists and artist groups who will present their unique artworks capturing memories of the popular Japanese manga series, “Doraemon.” Since its birth in 1970, “Doraemon” has been capturing the imagination of audiences across Japan. There are also a great number of “Doraemon” fans among globally renowned artists who have been touched and inspired by this long-running manga. How exciting it is to see these artists expressing their feelings and memories of Doraemon through their work? This exhibition invites you to share in this special moment when “art” and “Doraemon” come together. [Artists] Makoto Aida, Kayo Ume, Motohiko Odani, Ryota Kuwakubo, Tomoko Konoike, Akinori Goto, Satomi Kondo, Tomoyoshi Sakamoto, Masaharu Sato, ShiShi Yamazaki, Ai Shinohara, Kotobuki Shiriagari, Yuta Nakazato, Suito Nakatsuka, Yoshitomo Nara, Yasuyuki Nishio, Mika Ninagawa, Miran Fukuda, Sebastian Masuda, Kumi Machida, Mr., Takashi Murakami, Yasumasa Morimura+Junko Koike, Akira Yamaguchi, Hidenori Yamaguchi + Wataru Ito, Ryuki Yamamoto, RenaRena, Nozomi Watanabe




Takashi Amano “Nature Aquarium”

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Takashi Amano “Nature Aquarium”
at Gallery AaMo (Tokyo: Others area)
(2017-11-08 - 2018-01-14)

Takashi Amano is internationally known as “The Master of Aquascape.” This exhibition focuses on his “Nature Aquarium” series, for which he recreated natural ecosystems, along with his large-scale professional photographs. Combining Amano’s unique view of nature and aquariums, this exhibition can be called a living art exhibition.




Sam Stocker “Surrogate Structures”

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Sam Stocker “Surrogate Structures”
at The Container (Ebisu, Daikanyama area)
(2017-11-06 - 2018-01-22)

Sam Stocker’s installation “Surrogate Structures” is inspired by research and visits the artist conducted around this area of Tokyo. One such location that influenced the work is a fujizuka situated just behind the gallery location. Fujizuka are small mounds - replicas of Mount Fuji - that can be found in and around the capital. These surrogates became popular during the Edo period to enable pilgrims who could not climb Mount Fuji to experience the ten stations of the mountain right to the summit. The irony of the concept intrigued the artist, while the nurturing nature of fujizuka, which comfort the needy like a womb, a vessel, or a box, also interested him. [Related Event] Opening night reception + launch of publication Event Date: Nov. 6 (Mon) 19:30-21:30 Reception includes live performances by Sam Stocker, Aquiles Hadjis, Alexander Sigman + Takao Hyakutome, and Jack McLean.




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.




Taro Okamoto and the development of Media Art: featuring works by Katsuhiro Yamaguchi

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Taro Okamoto and the development of Media Art: featuring works by Katsuhiro Yamaguchi
at Taro Okamoto Museum of Art, Kawasaki (Setagaya, Kawasaki area)
(2017-11-03 - 2018-01-28)

Taro Okamoto was a solitary artist who refused to succumb to the trends of the Japanese art scene. This said, he provided tremendous support to young artists who had become united in the process of seeking a new phase of artistic development, beyond their means as novices. Meanwhile, Katsuhiro Yamaguchi, an artist influenced by Okamoto’s artistic spirit and creations, successfully established his own depictions in a similar style to those of his associate. This exhibition, in addition to displaying Okamoto and Yamaguchi’s work, is set to introduce the works of ten contemporary artists who have played active roles in creating media art inspired by the great efforts of their mentors. It features some of the earliest pieces of media art, which originated as post-war Japanese contemporary art, as well as recently created works that expand into a new realm of artistic expression, seeking fusion between art and newfound, modern technology.




Plot: Process of Design

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Plot: Process of Design
at GA Gallery (Shibuya area)
(2017-11-25 - 2018-02-12)

The sixth “Plot: Process of Design” exhibition takes the same title as the 149th issue of GA Japan, a special publication focused on the design processes of 14 architects and firms, with on-site case study reports from their latest projects and reverse-engineering analyses of other examples of their work, offering an overview of these architects’ current design processes. This exhibition moves these same approaches to understanding architectural design from the magazine page to the gallery, introducing “Plot: Process of Design through models, drawings, and installations.




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.




Decoration Never Dies, Anyway

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Decoration Never Dies, Anyway
at Tokyo Metropolitan Teien Art Museum (Ebisu, Daikanyama area)
(2017-11-18 - 2018-02-25)

This decoration-focused exhibition features seven artists whom are all different in age, nationality, and genre. The means of expression they employ are diverse, including a trailer adorned with Gothic decoration, carpets that mix together patterns derived from various cultural spheres, and paintings that through the façade of windows imagines the life and personalities of the people who live there. In their works the artists juxtapose entirely different epochs and values, imagine worlds that do not actually exist, and attempt to interpret the concept of “decoration” as it exists in the context of daily life. In observing their endeavors, we as viewers recognize that the act of decoration is indeed the essential key to perceiving the vivid and complex reality that inextricably surrounds us. After all, “Decoration never dies, anyway.” [Related Events] Artist Talk On 18 November, Sat. 13:00− Short presentation by participating artists (with simultaneous interpreting English-Japanese) Venue: Annex Gallery 2, Tokyo Metropolitan Teien Art Museum Seating capacity: 120 Pre-registration required (available on TTM website from 18 Oct.) Free with museum admission




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.




Yayoi Kusama Museum Inaugural Exhibition - Creation is a Solitary Pursuit, Love is What Brings You Closer to Art

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Yayoi Kusama Museum Inaugural Exhibition - Creation is a Solitary Pursuit, Love is What Brings You Closer to Art
at Yayoi Kusama Museum (Ichigaya, Kagurazaka area)
(2017-10-01 - 2018-02-25)

This inaugural exhibition at the Yayoi Kusama Museum centers on the artist’s newest painting series, “My Eternal Soul.” Other new works by Kusama will be on display in addition to the sixteen paintings from this series, including pieces from the series entitled “Love Forever,” which forms the precursor to “My Eternal Soul” and is comprised of a collection of monochrome drawings. Furthermore, an installation work created by Kusama specially for the museum’s opening will be showcased, along with a new pumpkin. [Related Events] Lecture Event Museum Director Akira Tatehata will discuss Kusama’s works and artistic process, starting with “My Eternal Soul,” the focus on this inaugural exhibition. Event Date: Oct. 22 (Sun) 14:30- Venue: 3F Exhibition Space Speaker: Akira Tatehata Capacity: 30 Admission: Free (no booking required, museum admission ticket required) Gallery Talk by the Curator Bi-monthly gallery talks will be given by curators of the museum, who will point out exhibition highlights and offer explanations of the works on show. Event Dates: Oct. 7 (Sat) 14:30-, Oct. 28 (Sat) 14:30-, Nov. 12 (Sun) 14:30-, Nov. 18 (Sat) 14:30-, Dec. 9 (Sat) 14:30-. Further dates will be updated on the official website. Venue: Meeting place will be specified on the day of the event Capacity: 30 Admission: Free (no booking required, museum admission ticket required) *Events in Japanese.




Yang Fudong “The Coloured Sky: New Women II”
Yang Fudong “The Coloured Sky: New Women II” at Espace Louis Vuitton Tokyo (Omotesando, Aoyama area) (2017-10-18 - 2018-03-11) Produced and conceived under the artistic direction of the Fondation Louis Vuitton, this exhibition of Chinese artist Yang Fudong is part of the “Hors-les-murs” program, showcasing previously unseen holdings of the Collection at the Espaces Culturels Louis Vuitton in Tokyo, Munich, Beijing and Venice. Since the early 1990s, Yang Fudong has been examining the complexities of contemporary Chinese society from a symbolic, detached perspective through his art form. Formally trained as a painter, Fudong has developed an extensive body of work comprised of videos, films, installations and photographs; consistently creating a visual language enveloped in a dream-like mystery. Favoring multi-screen video projections, Fudong creates an experience that immerses the viewer. His characters, deliberately silent and disembodied, move according to choreographed gestures, always managing to transport the viewer into an aesthetically perfect environment. Often drawing stylistically on different periods in Chinese and Western cinema - as well as taking inspiration from Shanghai in the 1930s, and the landscape tradition rooted in Chinese art history - Fudong creates open-ended, existential narratives that interweave quotidian ritual with dream-like states. With a consciously romantic framework that is simultaneously contemporary and out-of-date, Fudong examines China through the eyes of young urban intellectuals as they grapple with their place in the modern world. He effortlessly references China’s cultural traditions, whilst making close observations of what makes these narratives relevant to contemporary society. The resulting timeless stories plunge viewers into an otherworldly, nostalgic atmosphere in which a generation that exists between modernity and tradition explores and questions the world. The Espace Louis Vuitton Tokyo invites the public to discover this now major figure in Chinese contemporary art and cinema, through the presentation of a poetic work, “The Coloured Sky: New Women II” (2014), which belongs to the Fondation Louis Vuitton Collection. Fudong usually creates works on 35mm black and white film; this five-channel video installation marks an aesthetic departure from his signature style, through the overwhelming use of vivid color - the first color film of the artist’s oeuvre. Portraying an artificial brightly colored world, the film depict[...]



Art is Science Ⅱ

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Art is Science Ⅱ
at Karuizawa New Art Museum (Greater Tokyo area)
(2017-10-07 - 2018-03-31)

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




Leandro Erlich: Seeing and Believing
Leandro Erlich: Seeing and Believing at Mori Art Museum (Roppongi, Nogizaka area) (2017-11-18 - 2018-04-01) An Argentinian contemporary artist of global repute, Leandro Erlich is perhaps best known in Japan as the creator of The Swimming Pool, a permanent installation at the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa. From massive installations to videos, Erlich’s works employ optical illusions and sound effects to shake up our notions of common sense. Though what the audience sees may at first glance seem familiar, on closer inspection it proves to be a surprising, unsettling deviation from the usual, in the form of, for example, a boat floating in the absence of water, or people sticking to the wall in various poses. Viewers begin to doubt whether what they see is actually reality, and notice just how much unconscious habit influences the way they look at things. Covering the entire 24 years of Erlich’s career to date, “Leandro Erlich: Seeing and Believing” will be the largest-ever exhibition devoted to the work of this fascinating artist. Of the approximately 40 works on display produced from 1995 to 2017, 80 percent will be making their Japanese debut. Through Erlich’s works, we will realize by ridding of our inertia, habit, preconceived notions, and received wisdom that the visible is not all there is to reality, and experience for ourselves, with our newly unclouded vision, the advent of a new kind of world. [Related Events] 1. Kids’ Workshop “Along with Mr. Erlich” Date and Time: 19th Nov (Sun) 10:00-12:00 Appearing: Leandro Erlich (Artist) For: Pre-school children (Ages 4 to 6) *Japanese-English consecutive interpretation available 2. Artist Talk “Antropocosmos -The Architecture of Reality” Date and Time: 20th Nov (Mon) 19:00-20:30 Speaker: Leandro Erlich *Japanese-English simultaneous interpretation available 3. Kids’ Workshop “Philosophy for Children @’Leandro Erlich’ Exhibition” Date and Time: 9th Dec (Sat) 10:00-12:00, Facilitators: Ijiri Takako, Shimizu Shogo, Ogawa Taiji (NPO Practical Philosophy Ardacoda) For: Elementary-school Children (ages 8-12) *Conducted in Japanese 4. Talk Session “A New Look at Art Prototypes, based on the Works of Leandro Erlich” Date and Time: 20th Dec (Sat) 14:00-15:30 Speakers: Elie During(Associate Professor of Philosophy, Paris Nanterre University), Tsubaki Reiko(Curator, Mori Art Museum) *Japanese-English simultaneous int[...]



MAM Project 024: Dane Mitchell

MAM Project 024: Dane Mitchell
at Mori Art Museum (Roppongi, Nogizaka area)
(2017-11-18 - 2018-04-01)

Dane Mitchell (b. 1976) researches the energies and dynamics of the invisible world from artistic, scientific, and historical perspectives. His investigations are frequently informed by the connection between our visual and olfactory senses, and Mitchell views the scents that lure our consciousness into invisible realms and ancient layers of memory as vital “sculptural materials.” For this show, Mitchell will present his new work Iris, Iris, Iris, the product of multi-faceted research during his stay in Japan that ranged from the world of traditional incense to the latest perfume technologies. Various areas of interest for the artist - such as the many meanings of the word “iris,” including the flower name, the colored part of the eyeball, the camera aperture that controls exposure, and the rainbow goddess Iris of Greek mythology; the fact that incense was also used to tell the time; and the presence of tsukumogami spirits in long-used tools - are assembled here in a single installation. Both scent as Japanese history and culture, and scent as scientific element, are sure to stimulate our perceptions and sensibilities in new ways. [Related Event] Talk Session “Musings on the Invisible” Date and Time: Nov. 19 (Sun) 15:00-16:30 (Door Open 14:30) Speakers: Dane Mitchell, Hata Masataka (President, Shoyeido Incense Co.) Moderator: Kataoka Mami (Chief Curator, Mori Art Museum) *Japanese-English simultaneous interpretation available *Please see the official website for further details.




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.




Ryuichi Sakamoto with Shiro Takatani “Installation Music 2: Is Your Time”

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Ryuichi Sakamoto with Shiro Takatani “Installation Music 2: Is Your Time”
at NTT ICC Inter Communication Center (Shinjuku area)
(2017-12-09 - 2018-03-11)

Presenting the second installment in the ‘Installation Music’ series following “Ryuichi Sakamoto, async” at The Watari Museum of Contemporary Art. “Is Your Time,” the work on display, is a new installation created for this occasion by musician and sound artist Ryuichi Sakamoto and Shiro Takatani, a member of the artist group Dumb Type and an internationally operating solo artist. After encountering a piano in a high school in Natori, Miyagi Prefecture devastated by the tsunami following the Great East Japan Earthquake in 2011, Sakamoto sensed that the forces of nature had retransformed this representative modern musical instrument into a mere object, and from there attempts to retrieve the music by creating occasions for experiencing music in other ways than perceiving physical sounds. [Events] Artist Talk Speakers: Ryuichi Sakamoto, Shiro Takatani Date: Dec. 9 (Sat) 15:00 Venue: ICC 4F Concert Date: Dec. 10 (Sun) 19:00 Venue: ICC 5F Gallery A Admission: 3500 yen Please see the official website for details and information on more related events.