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Tomo Hirai “Pottery Fragments and Reminiscences”

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Tomo Hirai “Pottery Fragments and Reminiscences”
at LIXIL Gallery 1 & 2 (Kyobashi, Nihonbashi area)
(2018-01-06 - 2018-02-20)

Tomo Hirai, a resident of Italy since 1972, has received awards such as the Florence International Ceramics Exhibition Prize and exhibited works in shows across Italy. His mosaic tile works have also been featured in parks, monuments, and public architecture. Serving as an advisor for an exhibition for the Italian contemporary ceramics master Carlo Zauli, Hirai has deepened cultural ties between Japan and Italy. Installations of Hirai’s Majolica Fragments series started from the 1990s are on display. [Event] Artist Talk Date: Jan. 12 (Fri) 18:00–18:30







Joji Sato + Hiroyuki Kozu “Generic, Otherwise Something Like Noise”

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Joji Sato + Hiroyuki Kozu “Generic, Otherwise Something Like Noise”
at Art Lab AKIBA (Bakurocho area)
(2018-02-12 - 2018-02-24)

You see objects and images, but which came first, objects or images? Without classifying things into two categories, such as material and immaterial, but instead by mixing everything up, creative action can begin through the experience of visual sensation. The scenery that the Lumière brothers watched through the finder lens of their camera was not the same as the projected image on the screen, although both can be considered as part of the same motion. The images on the screen are only superficial cut-ups and expressions of visual representation. Embracing the gaps and mysteries, the soundtrack-less film shot by the Lumière brothers may wander back and forth between classification as an object or image, because it is silent. If one can catch the subtle and obscure relation between objects and images purely by the physical sense, which mainly consists of visual sensation, what kind of world will emerge there? Are objects and images covering each other? Or they are colliding ceaselessly? Noise is always generated on the boundary between different objects. This exhibition is the result of a collaboration between two artists, where each artist’s work will be deconstructed in the space between object and image, and something different and unknown, accompanied by noise, will be born from this other dimension.




Makoto Aida “Ground No Plan”

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Makoto Aida “Ground No Plan”
at Aoyama Crystal Building (Omotesando, Aoyama area)
(2018-02-10 - 2018-02-24)

“Visions of the City - Obayashi Foundation Research Program” gives an opportunity for an artist or a group of artists from Japan or abroad endowed with an abundance of free-ranging ideas and a strong interest in cities, chosen on the recommendation of the five-member selection committee once every two years, to make suggestions or proposals for innovative or ideal cities, or a city that he/she would like to live in. As the first grant recipient, Makoto Aida, a Japanese artist who deals with everything from nymphets, the erotic and grotesque to war, violence, and politics in his work, and who has been, and continues to be, scathingly critical of contemporary Japanese society, was selected. Aida plans to make use of various media, including drawings, conceptual drawings, scale models, paintings, installations, film and texts to depict the future “City-” and ”Land-” scape that he envisions.




Tohoku University of Art and Design Art Walk 2018: Sayaka Ohba

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Tohoku University of Art and Design Art Walk 2018: Sayaka Ohba
at Gallery Hinoki B, C (Kyobashi, Nihonbashi area)
(2018-02-19 - 2018-02-24)

Negotiating with both the concrete and the natural, Sayaka Ohba focuses on the moment when memories, time and space come into contact with things. Here she presents a lineup of 18 assemblages, installations and drawings. Venue: Gallery Hinoki B




Vajiko Chachkhiani “Moment In and Out of Time”

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Vajiko Chachkhiani “Moment In and Out of Time”
at SCAI The Bathhouse (Ueno, Yanaka area)
(2018-01-26 - 2018-02-24)

The young Georgian artist Vajiko Chachkhiani uses societal events as media in symbolic sculptures and installations. These works shed light on the deep inner psychology of the viewer while uncovering the divides between individual experience and reality. The sculptural work of the same title as the exhibition, “Moment In and Out of Time” (2014), is a rusting metal door with an open hatch taken from a solitary confinement chamber. The watch hole of the door is plugged with wax of the candle found inside the prison cell, separating the two worlds and underscoring the violent nature of the chamber’s door. The single channel “Winter Which Was Not There” (2017) unfolds complex, layered narratives in which a concrete statue is pulled out of the sea, and dragged along the road by car, gradually forming implications and metaphors latent in visual clues, which translate into an alternative metanarrative. Crossing over topics of current affairs, literature and poetry of his country and beyond, Chachkhiani’s work suggests a poignant interpretation of the themes of life and death, disclosing conditions such as loneliness, violence and anger.




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)

Spotlighting the decorative arts, this show explores motifs from different eras and cultures through the works of seven artists of different ages, nationalities, and genres. Kour Pour references Persian carpets in his paintings. Yoshikazu Yamagata is a designer for the fashion brand writtenafterwards. Akiko and Masako Takada overturn viewer’s preconceptions and sense scale with architectural structures presented as small everyday items. Explore the significance of decoration from diverse perspectives including painting, fashion, and sculpture in this exhibition marking the Tokyo Metropolitan Teien Art Museum’s first opening since April. [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




Gozo Yoshimasu “La Broderie de feu”

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Gozo Yoshimasu “La Broderie de feu”
at NADiff a/p/a/r/t (Ebisu, Daikanyama area)
(2018-02-08 - 2018-02-25)

Spotlighting work by leading poet Gozo Yoshimasu, this exhibition features his poem “Kaibutsu-kun” (Dear Monster) inspired by themes of “deconstruction and reconstruction” and “rubble” in the wake of the Great East Japan Earthquake, and his “La Broderie de feu” (Fire Embroidery) encompassing photography, video, and poetry. This exhibition is part of the Tokyo Photographic Art Museum’s 10th Yebisu International Festival for Art & Alternative Visions program. [Event] Performance Gozo Organic Fukubukuro Orchestra Vol. 5 Date: Feb. 23 (Fri) 19:00–20:30 Featuring: Gozo Yoshimasu, Maryla, Whitelight Admission: 2500 yen in advance, 2700 yen same-day Please see the official website for reservations another details.




Leandro Erlich “Cosmic & Domestic”

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Leandro Erlich “Cosmic & Domestic”
at Art Front Gallery (Ebisu, Daikanyama area)
(2018-01-19 - 2018-02-25)

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




Maki Toshima “Imaginary Lines”

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Maki Toshima “Imaginary Lines”
at MEM (Ebisu, Daikanyama area)
(2018-02-08 - 2018-02-25)

Maki Toshima’s video installations and drawings question “whether it is possible to apply human imagination.” The exhibition’s title “imaginary lines” typically refers to fictional lines created for the filming or production of films or narratives, particularly lines that unite two characters or single lines showing the direction of vehicles. The show features new video installations and a drawing series of imaginary cities created overseas. *This exhibition will be held as one of the Partnership Programs of Yebisu International Festival for Art & Alternative Visions.




Mami Kosemura + Yuki Hayashi + Ken Matsubara “Recall”

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Mami Kosemura + Yuki Hayashi + Ken Matsubara “Recall”
at MA2 Gallery (Ebisu, Daikanyama area)
(2018-02-07 - 2018-02-25)

This group exhibition by three artists is organized around the concept “invisible” - the theme of this year’s Yebisu International Festival for Art & Alternative Visions. In contemporary society, elusive aspects such as time and existence are experienced as bodily sensations. Meanwhile, media consumption is a consciousness act. Here you can encounter a selection of works that speak to the senses. Each of the artists approaches time in a unique way and presents works that allow viewers to experience the familiar - Mami Kosemura through her video works that take advantage of the gallery space, Yuki Hayashi through his multidimensional pieces, and Ken Matsubara through his use of repetition. [Related Events] Lounge Talk: “Invisible - Recalling Memories” Date: Feb. 21 (Wed), 17:15-18:15 Speakers: Ken Matsubara (artist), Kotaro Iizawa (photography critic) Venue: Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography




Media Ambition Tokyo 2018

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Media Ambition Tokyo 2018
at Roppongi Hills Tokyo City View (Roppongi, Nogizaka area)
(2018-02-09 - 2018-02-25)

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




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

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Naha Kanie + Akane Nakajima “Preparation Time is the Most Exciting.”
at Open Letter (Chiyoda area)
(2018-01-27 - 2018-02-25)

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




Preview

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Preview
at Eukaryote (Omotesando, Aoyama area)
(2018-02-16 - 2018-02-25)

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




Rikako Nagashima “Musubi”

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Rikako Nagashima “Musubi”
at Clinic (Setagaya, Kawasaki area)
(2018-02-04 - 2018-02-25)

Rikako Nagashima recreates her installation “Human Nature,” originally an homage to Anish Kapoor inspired by her art direction for a 2017 Kapoor exhibition, at the site of a former clinic.




Tsuyoshi Ozawa “Imperfection: Parallel Art History”

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Tsuyoshi Ozawa “Imperfection: Parallel Art History”
at Chiba City Museum of Art (Greater Tokyo area)
(2018-01-06 - 2018-02-25)

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




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.




Yasuko Toyoshima + Eri Takayanagi + Yuki Okumura “Knowledge and Belief in the World”

Yasuko Toyoshima + Eri Takayanagi + Yuki Okumura “Knowledge and Belief in the World”
at Komagome Soko (Ueno, Yanaka area)
(2018-02-03 - 2018-02-25)

Group exhibition by three artists who each take a unique approach in their work, using differing methodologies to design various structures expressing diverse subjects, concepts, systems as so forth. These artists explore a range of possibilities at a time when ideas circulating around knowledge and belief are changing.




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.




Flowers By Naked 2018 Rondo

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Flowers By Naked 2018 Rondo
at Coredo Muromachi (Kyobashi, Nihonbashi area)
(2018-01-23 - 2018-02-26)

Flowers By Naked is an experiential flower art exhibition organized by artist Ryotaro Muramatsu that has welcomed more than 250,000 visitors to date. With the anticipation of spring, this is a show where you can enjoy a cherry blossom viewing experience with all five senses ahead of the actual flowers blooming. It is organized around the theme “Rondo,” featuring a combination of flowers, music and dance. Venue: Coredo Muromachi 1, 5F Nihonbashi Mitsui Hall




Kazuhiro Nomura + Kenji Shibata “Her Fingertips and Legend”

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Kazuhiro Nomura + Kenji Shibata “Her Fingertips and Legend”
at Harmas Gallery (Kiyosumi, Ryogoku area)
(2018-01-19 - 2018-03-03)

This exhibition is a collaboration between Kazuhiro Nomura, whose paintings and installations examine the meaning and functions of materials, and Kenji Shibata, who produces paintings with a mysterious sense of space that seems to simultaneously recede and protrude from the picture surface. What is common to their practice is the theme of “uncertain entities.” Here Nomura presents installations featuring earrings and stools, while Shibata exhibits smooth mirror-like paintings that reflect the appearance of the viewer. The exhibition is jointly produced by Harmas Gallery and Artto’s educational program “Curation Practice.”




Break Zenya - The Next Generation of Artists

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Break Zenya - The Next Generation of Artists
at Bunkamura Gallery (Shibuya area)
(2018-02-01 - 2018-03-04)

“Break Zenya - The Next Generation of Artists” is the name of a 5-minute television program that airs each Friday from 21:55 on BS Fuji and introduces artists who are about to take the art scene by storm. This exhibition brings together works by around 60 of the roughly 100 highly-anticipated artists who have been featured to date, presenting examples of artworks across diverse fields such as oil painting, Japanese-style nihonga painting, photography, installation, calligraphy, puppets, sculpture and so forth. The exhibition will be divided into two parts. Part I: Feb. 1 (Thu) - 12 (Mon) Part II: Feb. 24 (Sat) - Mar. 4 (Sun)




Couch “Pixel Works « Duplication Prohibited »”

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Couch “Pixel Works « Duplication Prohibited »”
at Institut français du Japon - Tokyo (Ichigaya, Kagurazaka area)
(2018-02-09 - 2018-03-04)

Based in Yokohama, the duo Couch is formed of multidisciplinary artists Hiroki and Reiko Miyazaki. Couch is the winner of Digital Choc Prize 2017, awarded to up-and-coming Japanese creators in the field of digital arts and organized by the Festival Digital Choc - French Institute of Japan, Scopitone Festival in Nantes and Biennale Némo in Ile de France. “Pixel works: Reproduction Prohibited” is a project that transforms an existing landscape on a computer screen into a life-sized image in situ. Here in this attempt to “unplug” the digital arts the world of pixelated computer images becomes a real landscape.




Digital Choc 2018: Spaceship Earth

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Digital Choc 2018: Spaceship Earth
at Institut français du Japon - Tokyo (Ichigaya, Kagurazaka area)
(2018-02-09 - 2018-03-04)

The Digital Choc festival introduces cutting-edge media art with exhibits, live performances, talks, and other events. Its seventh session imagines us all to be passengers on “Spaceship Earth,” where we must consider how best to use our limited resources. These creative works give us the chance to reconsider our current situation as we hurtle through space. [Events] Talk, live performance, radio broadcast Date: Feb. 10 (Sat) 17:00 CCMC 2018 Contemporary Computer Music Concert Date: Mar. 3 from 15:00, Mar. 4 from 15:15 Admission: 1500 one-day pass, 2500 yen two-day pass Please see the official website for details.




Fujiko Nakaya + Ukichiro Nakaya “Greenland”

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Fujiko Nakaya + Ukichiro Nakaya “Greenland”
at Maison Hermès (Ginza, Marunouchi area)
(2017-12-22 - 2018-03-04)

Exhibition devoted to the internationally active fog artist Fujiko Nakaya and her father, Ukichiro Nakaya. In 1936, Ukichiro Nakaya, a famous scientist known for the quote, “Snow crystals are letters sent from heaven,” successfully made the world’s first artificial snow crystals. Ukichiro believed that the realization of scientific truths depended on a collaboration between human beings and nature. This continues to have a strong influence on Fujiko Nakaya, who uses fog as a medium of artistic expression. Born in 1933 as the second daughter of Ukichiro Nakaya, Fujiko started her artistic career as a painter. She later participated in E.A.T. (Experiments in Art and Technology), an experimental group focusing on collaborations between art and science that was formed in New York in 1966, and in the ’70s and ’80s produced and exhibited video works while based in Japan. Fujiko’s first “fog sculpture,” a type of work made with artificial fog that has come to be synonymous with the artist, was exhibited at the Pepsi Pavilion at Expo ’70, held in Osaka in 1970. She subsequently created over 80 installations and performances all over the world. Fujiko also has consistently collaborated with artists from various other genres, including architecture, music, dance, and light. In this exhibition, whose title refers to the site of Ukichiro’ s later research on snow and ice, Ginza Maison Hermès’ glass block is likened to the icy terrain of the Arctic, as Fujiko undertakes a fog experiment in the interior of the space. Ukichiro’ s numerous memorable phrases, such as, “To understand ice, you have to listen to ice,” convey the mental and physical impressions that transcend science when we are united with sublime nature, and the rigor and reverence that Ukichiro felt when closely examining a subject in natural science research. From 1957, around the time that Ukichiro began to spend the last summers of his life in the Arctic, Fujiko was in Paris and Madrid studying painting, which later provided a foundation for her artistic expression. The natural scientific motifs of the sun and clouds, which she depicted at the time, convey two physically separate but resonating sensibilities. Along with “Glacial Fogfall,” a new work by Fujiko, the exhibition focuses on the endlessly curious and challenging spirits of these two talented individuals. Enjoy the dialogue, straddling two generations, between Ukichiro and Fujiko Nakaya, who saw the process of observing, recording, reproducing, and understanding the ever-changing character of nature and the environment as a highly significant activity and one that is increasingly important for us today.




Gallery Jy Exhibit 2018

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Gallery Jy Exhibit 2018
at Gallery Jy (Omotesando, Aoyama area)
(2018-02-06 - 2018-03-04)

This annual open call exhibition will be divided into four parts. With each section featuring the work of three artists and showing for one week at a time, you can expect a lineup of oil paintings, pen works, models, collages, installations, photographs and various other media.




Akira Wakita “Symptom Visualized - Visualized Sign“

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Akira Wakita “Symptom Visualized - Visualized Sign“
at Art & Science Gallery Lab AXIOM (Roppongi, Nogizaka area)
(2018-01-20 - 2018-03-10)

Akira Wakita produces works that reinterpret the world by visualizing entities that exist before us but cannot be perceived as such. In this solo exhibition, Wakita expresses social phenomena such as ideological conflict, unstable economic systems, accelerated consumerism from a macro perspective using methodologies typically employed in chemistry and physics as his base. There will also be spin off work inspired by Wakita’s live performance with Tetsuya Komuro at MUTEK / RedBull Music Festival.




Chiharu Shiota Exhibition

Chiharu Shiota Exhibition
at Kenji Taki Gallery (Shinjuku area)
(2018-01-25 - 2018-03-10)

Chiharu Shiota presents an installation comprised of black thread and old brushes.




Naoki Koide and 15 Kings and Queens - Enriching the Creativity of Children

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Naoki Koide and 15 Kings and Queens - Enriching the Creativity of Children
at Tokyo Shibuya Koen-dori Gallery (Shibuya area)
(2018-01-18 - 2018-03-10)

Sculptor Naoki Koide has built a place for children to enrich their creativity at Kodomo Mirai En’s art class. Just as Koide usually produces his artworks made of a wide range of materials, he encourages children to use a variety of media such as clay, pencils and soil - as well as the artist himself - to boost their spontaneity. Koide and each of the children interact with each other in creative moments in order to pursue their own unique ideas and interests. This exhibition will trace the process of how 15 children worked together with Koide to expand their creativity.




Hyakudan Hinamatsuri: Vintage Ornamental Dolls from Omi, Mino and Hida

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Hyakudan Hinamatsuri: Vintage Ornamental Dolls from Omi, Mino and Hida
at Hotel Gajoen Tokyo (Ebisu, Daikanyama area)
(2018-01-19 - 2018-03-11)

Meguro Gajoen’s celebration of Hinamatsuri, also known as Girls’ Day, has become a popular annual event. This year marks the ninth time this exhibition has been held. It will highlight antique “hina” dolls from Omi, Mino and Hida, presenting a total of around 500 dolls from nine regions spread throughout Gifu and Shiga prefecture, south of Tokyo. Take this opportunity to learn about these charming ornamental dolls.




My Favorites: Toshio Hara Selects from the Permanent Collection (Part 1)

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My Favorites: Toshio Hara Selects from the Permanent Collection (Part 1)
at Hara Museum of Contemporary Art (Tokyo) (Tokyo: Others area)
(2018-01-06 - 2018-03-11)

Since he started the Hara Museum in 1979 as one of Japan’s first museums dedicated to contemporary art, the director Toshio Hara has devoted himself to the promotion of international exchange and the advancement of art and culture through the holding of special exhibitions, international traveling shows and other activities. This permanent collection show, which stands out as the first to be curated by Toshio Hara himself, features works that he personally selected from the collection’s approximately 1,000 pieces of post-1950s art which spans the entire spectrum of media from painting, sculpture and photography to video art and installation. The first half of this two-part exhibition focuses on artworks collected during the first decade or so of the collection’s history, from the late ‘70s through the first half of the ‘80s, while the second will showcase works that have appeared in exhibitions held at the museum over the years. Together they provide an introduction to the museum over its almost 40-year history, as well as the major art trends that have prevailed from the middle of the 20th century onward. Part 1: Jan. 6 (Sat) - Mar. 11 (Sun) Part 2: Mar. 21 (Wed) - Jun. 3 (Sun) [Artists featured in Part 1] Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko, Andy Warhol, On Kawara, Lee Ufan, Yayoi Kusama, Nam June Paik, Ai Weiwei, Aiko Miyawaki and others.




Natsumi Wada “Tacit Creole”

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Natsumi Wada “Tacit Creole”
at NTT ICC Inter Communication Center (Shinjuku area)
(2017-12-19 - 2018-03-11)

This exhibition brings together three works that have been produced in collaboration with individuals who take a variety of different approaches to perception. Based on the unique perceptions and memories of each collaborator, the works presented explore the possibility of constructing the world from scratch through different experimental actions. A maze of sound and tactile experiences, “altag” is a work that can be experienced only through touch and the auditory. Meanwhile, “An image of” uses three experimental videos on the theme of memory and imagination to express things that are hard to communicate through language, as if tracing them by hand. Finally, “Signed” is a work that invites a highly personal viewer experience, whereby the individual movement of a hand in front of the device generates a unique narrative. As Michael Polanyi demonstrates with his concept of “tacit knowing,” there are areas of knowledge that cannot be taught or learned simply through language. In this exhibition an attempt is made to open up the world by reworking how people’s individual worlds can be understood, and how they can connect with others’ experiences. Furthermore, through these works the aim is to explore the possibility of extracting tacit knowledge and making it Creole - a new mother tongue to be shared by the community. [Related Event] Artist Talk Date: Feb. 24 (Sat), 14:00- Speakers: Mai Nagumo, Yukio Nozawa, Yuriko Kawasaki Moderator: Minoru Hatanaka(ICC) Venue: ICC 4F special stage Capacity: 150 (first-come-first-served basis) Admission: Free *Event in Japanese with sign language interpretation




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)

Centering on a new installation by Ryuichi Sakamoto and Shiro Takatani, “Is Your Time” follows on from the recent “Ryuichi Sakamoto, async” exhibition at The Watari Museum of Contemporary Art. After encountering a piano in a school in Natori, Miyagi Prefecture devastated by the tsunami following the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake, Sakamoto sensed the forces of nature had retransformed this representative modern musical instrument into a mere object. Witness how they attempt to retrieve the music by creating occasions for experiencing music in ways other 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.




Shogo Shimizu + Hideo Takasugi + Yasuaki Hamada + Chiaki Yoshioka “Pretty Waste”

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Shogo Shimizu + Hideo Takasugi + Yasuaki Hamada + Chiaki Yoshioka “Pretty Waste”
at Akibatamabi 21 (Chiyoda area)
(2018-02-04 - 2018-03-11)

The exhibition title “Pretty Waste” refers not to the works of art that these artists are creating, but to factors in contemporary life that divert their attention during the process of production. Rather than ignoring what’s going on around them, however, they latch onto this “noise,” using it to create the works you see here. What does it mean to live in the present day and to produce artworks while looking it at contemporary life head on? [Related Event] Talk Event Beginning with the theme “Hyper Individualism,” here the artists and other speakers will address individual works of art. Date: Feb. 25 (Sun), 15:00-16:30 Speaker: Takuya Nakao and others *Event in Japanese.




Tsuyoshi Anzai “Shadows Cast Shadows”

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Tsuyoshi Anzai “Shadows Cast Shadows”
at Plaza North / North Gallery (Greater Tokyo area)
(2018-02-18 - 2018-03-11)

Tsuyoshi Anzai is an artist who produces kinetic sculptures and video works that address the relationship between people and things. Here he will exhibit works of machinery and equipment featuring daily necessities as motifs. Via dialogue with incomplete machines that cannot be fully controlled, visitors can visualize a world inaccessible through standard human-centered objects.




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 depicts five young women, naïve and seductive, wearing vintage swimwear on a deliberately synthetic beachfront setting. Filmed in slow-motion against sounds of laughter, sighs, ocean rumbles and cricket song, they play a game of seduction. Five screens depict images of the sun, the sea, the beach, games, food and references to Western art interspersed with the appearances of a horse and a stag. One real, the other stuffed, the animals refer to a Chinese political story from 3rd century B.C., referring to the proverb, “point to a deer and call it a horse,” connoting a moral play on what is true a[...]



Tabaimo “flow-wer arrangement”

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Tabaimo “flow-wer arrangement”
at Gallery Koyanagi (Ginza, Marunouchi area)
(2018-02-10 - 2018-03-15)

Presenting Tabaimo’s “flow-wer” (2013), a series of drawings depicting flowers grown from human bodies, and her “flow-wer arrangement” wall drawing projection. “flow-wer arrangement” was exhibited in the much-discussed 2017 exhibition “Hammer Projects: Tabaimo” at the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles. This exhibition recreates “flow-wer arrangement” in its first showing since the Hammer Museum exhibition. [Related Exhibition] Zuntentonchinshan by Tabaimo Dates: Feb. 9–Mar. 4 Venue: Kido Press (3331 Arts Chiyoda)




Eyal Segal “Ground Level”

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Eyal Segal “Ground Level”
at Loko Gallery (Ebisu, Daikanyama area)
(2018-02-17 - 2018-03-17)

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




Shigeki Fujishiro Exhibition

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Shigeki Fujishiro Exhibition
at Maison Hermès (Ginza, Marunouchi area)
(2018-01-18 - 2018-03-18)

Product designer Shigeki Fujishiro is behind the current installation marking the 100th Ginza Maison Hermès window display. Organized around the 2018 Hermes theme “Let’s Play,” Fujishiro has installed a game in the window space. Watch as a rotating sphere disappears and reappears among the Hermès items also on display behind the glass. In addition, a special website for Ginza Maison Hermès window displays, talk show events and other means has been created to commemorate this landmark 100th occasion. Here you can trace the origins and history of this mission to date. Furthermore, design critic Alice Rawsthorn writes about the social and creative meaning of window displays by referring to diverse range of works at Ginza Maison Hermès windows. [Related Events] Talk by Alice Rawsthorn Date: Mar. 17 (Sat), 15:00-16:00 Venue: Forum, Ginza Maison Hermès Admission: Free Capacity: 80 Alice Rawsthorn x Kazunari Hattori In Conversation Date: Mar. 18 (Sun), 15:00-16:00 Venue: Forum, Ginza Maison Hermès Admission: Free Capacity: 80 *Please see the official website for further information.




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.




Mike Kelley “Day Is Done”

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Mike Kelley “Day Is Done”
at Watari-um, The Watari Museum of Contemporary Art (Omotesando, Aoyama area)
(2018-01-08 - 2018-03-31)

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




Leandro Erlich: Seeing and Believing

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Leandro Erlich: Seeing and Believing
at Mori Art Museum (Roppongi, Nogizaka area)
(2017-11-18 - 2018-04-01)

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




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.




MOVE! into the wild life

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MOVE! into the wild life
at National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation (Odaiba, Kachidoki area)
(2017-11-29 - 2018-04-08)

This hands-on exhibit will teach you about the ecology of living things while engaging all of your senses! Experience the unique survival secrets of creatures by actually “becoming” one yourself, and learn how humans can sustain a harmonious relationship with other living creatures by experiencing life from their perspective. This means the chance to wear a suit that simulates the rounded armor-like shell of a woodlouse, and an opportunity to try running on the surface of water like a lizard. Ideal for children and adults of all ages. Venue: Special Exhibitions Zone, 1F National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation [Related Event] Experiential Dino-a-live performance Dates: Everyday from 11:30-, 15:30- (duration: approx 15-20 mins) *Please see the official website for further details.




Hello World - For the Post-Human Age

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Hello World - For the Post-Human Age
at Contemporary Art Center, Art Tower Mito (Greater Tokyo area)
(2018-02-10 - 2018-05-06)

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




Odors fill the world! ~ Deep inside the olfactory realm ~

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Odors fill the world! ~ Deep inside the olfactory realm ~
at National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation (Odaiba, Kachidoki area)
(2017-12-13 - 2018-05-21)

Smells play an important role in all areas of life, whether it is to do with the way we taste food or the relaxing effect that bath fragrances have on our mind and body. This exhibition will look at our sense of smell from two perspectives, exploring of how the nose receives odors, and how the brain experiences these smells, looking also at how this affects our emotions. This is a chance to dive deep inside the olfactory world. Venue: Media Lab Permanent Exhibition Space 3F, National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation




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.




Tohoku University of Art and Design Graduation Exhibition [Tokyo Exhibition]

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Tohoku University of Art and Design Graduation Exhibition [Tokyo Exhibition]
at Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum (Ueno, Yanaka area)
(2018-02-21 - 2018-02-26)

Here selected works from the Tohoku University of Art and Design Graduation Show are presented in Tokyo. This is a rare opportunity to see unique, large-scale dynamic works by graduates of this university in the capital. Venue: Exhibition Space 4, Lobby Floor; Exhibition Space 4, 1F; Gallery A




Theater Commons ‘18

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Theater Commons ‘18
at Goethe Institute Tokyo (Roppongi, Nogizaka area)
(2018-02-22 - 2018-03-11)

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




Shinji Ohmaki “Where the Gaze Falls”

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Shinji Ohmaki “Where the Gaze Falls”
at Chihiro Art Museum Tokyo (Musashino, Tama area)
(2018-03-01 - 2018-05-12)

With Chihiro Iwasaki’s worldview as a source of inspiration, Shinji Ohmaki, a modern artist, presents a travel experience using the five senses in large-scale sculptures. Iwasaki’s focus throughout her life on painting images of children is linked to a new perspective, evoking beauty and “the circle of life” for all people, children as well as adults. Ohmaki also focuses on Chihiro Iwasaki’s story and develops space to weave the threads of a new story with the participants as the subjects. Picture books, which may be people’s first contact with art, are recreated from a new context.




My Favorites: Toshio Hara Selects from the Permanent Collection (Part 2)

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My Favorites: Toshio Hara Selects from the Permanent Collection (Part 2)
at Hara Museum of Contemporary Art (Tokyo) (Tokyo: Others area)
(2018-03-21 - 2018-06-03)

Since he started the Hara Museum in 1979 as one of Japan’s first museums dedicated to contemporary art, the director Toshio Hara has devoted himself to the promotion of international exchange and the advancement of art and culture through the holding of special exhibitions, international traveling shows and other activities. This permanent collection show, which stands out as the first to be curated by Toshio Hara himself, features works that he personally selected from the collection’s approximately 1,000 pieces of post-1950s art which spans the entire spectrum of media from painting, sculpture and photography to video art and installation. While the first half of this two-part exhibition focused on artworks collected during the first decade or so of the collection’s history, from the late ‘70s through the first half of the ‘80s, the second part showcases works that have appeared in exhibitions held at the museum over the years. Together they provide an introduction to the museum over its almost 40-year history, as well as the major art trends that have prevailed from the middle of the 20th century onward. Part 1: Jan. 6 (Sat) - Mar. 11 (Sun) Part 2: Mar. 21 (Wed) - Jun. 3 (Sun) [Artists featured in Part 2] Nobuyoshi Araki, Jan Fabre, Izumi Kato, William Kentridge, Yasumasa Morimura, Yoshitomo Nara, Kohei Nara, Mika Ninagawa, Malick Sidibe, Hiroshi Sugimoto, Tabaimo, Mickalene Thomas, Miwa Yanagi and others.