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Makoto Aida “Ground No Plan”

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Makoto Aida “Ground No Plan”
at Aoyama Crystal Building
3-5-12 Kita-Aoyama, Minato-ku, Tokyo 107-0061
Media: Painting - Drawing - Architecture - Sculpture - Installation - Video and Film - Talks
(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.




Shukou Tsuchiya “La Mer”

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Shukou Tsuchiya “La Mer”
at Scène
B1F Ripple Square D, 3-15-6 Minami-aoyama, Minato-ku, Tokyo, 107-0062
Media: Painting
(2018-01-16 - 2018-02-24)

This show is part of the “Exhibition Voyage” series introducing the work of various artists under the theme “Art for your Voyage.” This second installment will present the paintings of Shukou Tsuchiya, an artist who works primarily in ink, having developed a unique style that combines the techniques of classical ink wash painting with more avant-garde approaches. Here you can see how Tsuchiya expresses the sea, a subject often featured in ink wash painting. Curators: Nanako Yamamoto, Kana Fujimaki




Toshimitsu Takahashi “Snaps Italia 2010-2017”

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Toshimitsu Takahashi “Snaps Italia 2010-2017”
at Pictorico Shop & Gallery Omotesando
1F Cabina Omotesando, 4-14-4 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 150-0001
Media: Photography
(2018-02-20 - 2018-02-24)

In the eight years between 2010 to 2017, Toshimitsu Takahashi visited towns and islands throughout Italy, Sicily in particular, shooting the moment he noticed a uniqueness about the smell, sound, atmosphere and people around him. These are documentary photographs taken from a very personal perspective that blends with the everyday. Approximately 40 images will be exhibited, including monochrome silver halide prints from digital color negatives presented here for the first time. Venue: Gallery 1 [Simultaneous Exhibition] Snaps Creators 2018: Portrait Snaps of 18 Creators Exhibition featuring portraits of 18 cutting-edge creators in their fields of art, design, gaming, music, events production. This is an exhibition where you can see the face of creativity in Japan now. Venue: Gallery 2




Black & White Part 1

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Black & White Part 1
at Dazzle
#101 2-12-20 Kita-Aoyama, Minato-ku, Tokyo 107-0061
Media: Illustration - Drawing
(2018-02-20 - 2018-02-25)

First installment of a two part exhibition presenting monochrome works that embody the essence of an art in their simplicity.




Come Together, People Vol. 2: Twelve Portraits

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Come Together, People Vol. 2: Twelve Portraits
at Art & Space Kokokara
202 Kudo Bldg., 2-27-20 Minami-Aoyama, Minato-ku, Tokyo 107-0062
Media: Painting - Drawing
(2018-02-20 - 2018-02-25)




In Between Sound & Vision

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In Between Sound & Vision
at Vacant
3-20-13, Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 150-0001
Media: Video and Film - Media Arts - Sound
(2018-02-24 - 2018-02-25)

New York-based artist and composer Aki Onda presents a two-night set of collaborations with sound artist Akio Suzuki and filmmaker Takashi Makino. These artists have presented their work internationally, and were the only Japanese artists invited to the international art exhibition “documenta 14” last year. Onda and Suzuki began collaborating together in 2005. Their first collaboration, presented on the first day they met, lasted over 5 hours. Since then, they have been exploring the possibilities of site-specific approaches to sound. Onda has also been consistently exploring the relationship between the visual and the sonic throughout his career, and has collaborated with filmmakers such as Ken Jacobs and Paul Clipson. For this event, Onda will debut new work with Japan’s most prolific and adventurous filmmaker Makiko Takashi, known for hallucinatory images and immersive live cinema works. [Event Outline] Date and Time: Feb. 24 Sat Aki Onda x Akio Suzuki, Feb. 25 Sun Aki Onda x Makino Takashi, Open: 19:00, Start: 19:30 Venue: VACANT Ticket: ADV ¥3000+drink, Door ¥3500+drink, 2days ¥5000+drink *Please see the website for further details.




Kazuhiro Imai “This Is Life”

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Kazuhiro Imai “This Is Life”
at The Blank Gallery
3F Osaki Bldg., 3-21-6 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 150-0001
Media: Graphics - Prints - Party
(2018-02-16 - 2018-02-25)

Since the early 1980s, Kazuhiro Imai has produced numerous artwork that has featured in the hardcore and punk scenes both in Japan and overseas. His art has played an important role as the “face” of different bands, expressing their philosophy in a direct and powerful way alongside the music. Having played in bands himself as of the 1980s, Imai’s approach and way of life is informed by both art and music. In this exhibition you can see original artwork made for flyers, album jackets and t-shirts, while merchandise such as limited edition silk screen posters and t-shirts will also be available for purchase.




Makoto Orui “Makoto Latest Ceramic Works”

Makoto Orui “Makoto Latest Ceramic Works”
at Vacant
3-20-13, Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 150-0001
Media: Photography - Ceramics
(2018-02-02 - 2018-02-25)

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




Preview

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Preview
at Eukaryote
3-41-3 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 155-0001
Media: Graphics - Illustration - Painting - Photography - Sculpture - Installation - Party
(2018-02-16 - 2018-02-25)

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




Sawako Ura “Versoa”

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Sawako Ura “Versoa”
at Spiral
5-6-23 Minami-Aoyama, Minato-ku, Tokyo 107-0062
Media: Product - Fashion
(2018-02-05 - 2018-02-25)

This exhibition is part of an original collaboration with Sawako Ura, a textile designer based in Finland whose concept of design is based on the aesthetics of nature and sceneries of people’s memories. Gaining a Master of Arts from Aalto University in 2011, she collaborated with Marimekko for her thesis and designs for the Marimekko 2012 spring collection. Since graduating, Ura has been working with Marimekko, Samuji and kokka as a freelance designer. The first part of this collaboration with Mina-to will present a variety of tote bags and pouches. The inspiration for these designs is drawn from the sprouting of plants in spring. To mark the release of these goods, this solo exhibition - Ura’s first in Tokyo for three years - introduces original design drawings and textiles that have not previously been show publicly in Japan. Venue: Mina-To (Spiral 1F)




Ukiyo-e from the end of the Edo Period to the Meiji Period

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Ukiyo-e from the end of the Edo Period to the Meiji Period
at Ota Memorial Museum of Art
1-10-10 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 150-0001
Media: Nihonga - Talks
(2018-01-05 - 2018-02-25)

150 years ago, Japan experienced historical changes, from the downfall of the Edo shogunate to the establishment of the Meiji Government. Ukiyo-e artists who were active from the end of the Edo Period (1603-1868) to the early Meiji Period (1868-1912) portrayed social changes such as those instigated by the Boshin War and the westernization of Japan, and explored new forms of art by accepting Western styles. 2018 is the 150th anniversary of the Meiji Restoration. To commemorate this milestone, the museums will introduce 150 ukiyo-e works produced in the years from the end of the Edo Period to the start of the Meiji Period. Presented in two halves, the works on exhibit will change between the first and second term. Enjoy seeing the rapid changes captured in these ukiyo-e that mirrored the turbulence of this era. 1st Term: Jan. 5 (Fri) - 28 (Sun) 2nd Term: Feb. 2 (Fri) - 25 (Sun) [Related Events] Talk and Slide Show by the Curator Dates: Jan. 8 (Mon), 18 (Fri), 23 (Tue), Feb. 6 (Tue), 12 (Mon), 23 (Fri), 14:00- (duration: approx. 40 mins) Admission: Free (exhibition admission ticket required, no booking required) Venue: Audiovisual Room, B1F Ota Memorial Museum of Art *Events in Japanese. *Please see the official website for details on further events.




Ayumi Hisatsune “Comic Goddess - My Music”

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Ayumi Hisatsune “Comic Goddess - My Music”
at Lamp harajuku
4-28-15 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 150-0001
Media: Sound - Party
(2018-02-14 - 2018-02-28)




Hiroyuki Yamada “Crayon”

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Hiroyuki Yamada “Crayon”
at Space Yui
Hayakawa Bldg. 1F, 3-4-11 Minami-Aoyama, Minato-ku, Tokyo 107-0062
Media: Illustration - Drawing
(2018-02-19 - 2018-02-28)

On this occasion artist Hiroyuki Yamada presents works in crayon, which feature patterns and landscapes achieved through scratching techniques.




Masami Yanagida + No Panties “Love Call”

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Masami Yanagida + No Panties “Love Call”
at Rocket
Omotesando Hills Dojunkan 3F, 4-12-10 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 150-0001
Media: Graphics - Illustration - Drawing - Product - Fashion - Party
(2018-02-22 - 2018-02-28)

Masami Yanagida presents more than 500 new works available for purchase, including drawings and stickers, while No Panties will show a selection of illustrations displayed on the gallery walls. There will also be original goods for sale, such as No Panties trainers and T-shirts, stickers and accessories.




Portraits

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Portraits
at Maho Kubota Gallery
1F 2-4-7 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 150-0001
Media: Painting
(2018-02-07 - 2018-02-28)

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




Yuki Anan “About Sunset”

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Yuki Anan “About Sunset”
at Block House
6-12-9 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 150-0001
Media: Sculpture
(2018-02-20 - 2018-03-03)

Venue: Block House 4F




Gallery Jy Exhibit 2018

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Gallery Jy Exhibit 2018
at Gallery Jy
U Bldg., 2-12-23 Kita-Aoyama, Minato-ku, Tokyo 107-0061
Media: Painting - Drawing - Photography - Installation
(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.




Harumichi Saito “The Light of Turkey”

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Harumichi Saito “The Light of Turkey”
at On Sundays
3-7-6 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 150-0001
Media: Photography - Talks
(2018-02-06 - 2018-03-04)

[Related Events] Harumichi Saito + Manami Moriyama Talk Event Event Date: Feb. 12 (Mon), 11:30-13:00 Venue: On Sundays B1 Admission: ¥1500 *With sign language interpretation *Please see the official website for further details




Roni Horn “The Selected Gifts, (1974-2015)”

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Roni Horn “The Selected Gifts, (1974-2015)”
at Rat Hole Gallery
B1F, 5-5-3 Minamiaoyama, Minato-ku, Tokyo 107-0062
Media: Photography
(2017-12-08 - 2018-03-04)

As the title of the work indicates, The Selected Gifts, (1974 – 2015), features a collection of 67 photographs documenting a history of gifts received by Roni Horn over a period of 41 years. The objects photographed encompass a diverse range of subjects such as letters, books, drawings and photographs by friends, a pair of leather gloves, gold bracelets, the petrified egg of a dinosaur, a stuffed swan, and a fortune cookie fortune. Almost all of the 67 objects are reproduced actual size, floating against a white backdrop and in the artist’s signature serial style. While possessing a documentary function, the photographic work creates what the artist describes as “a vicarious self-portrait.” Collectively, the gifts tell a story, through a language of the self as mediated through both objects and others- “a reflection through the warped optic of others that shows a level of accuracy beyond that of any mirror. A portrait I could not have imagined without the unwitting aid of friends, acquaintances, and knowing strangers,’ explains Horn. Embedded in ‘The Selected Gifts, (1974 – 2015)’ is not only the passage of time but also the unfolding of an intricate collaboration between the recipient and gift givers- the identities of which remain a mystery. The significance, history, and material value of the objects are also left ambiguous to the viewer. Horn’s process of sorting and selecting from her collection of personal treasures accumulated over four decades, roughly since the beginning of her career, further shapes the artist’s exploration and deep engagement with the mutability and contingent nature of meaning and identity, a recurring theme found throughout the artist’s oeuvre across visually and materially diverse mediums including drawings, photographs, artists’ books, and sculptures.




Tama Art University Department of Ceramic, Glass and Metal Works Graduation Exhibition 2018: Kagari

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Tama Art University Department of Ceramic, Glass and Metal Works Graduation Exhibition 2018: Kagari
at Spiral
5-6-23 Minami-Aoyama, Minato-ku, Tokyo 107-0062
Media: Product - Crafts - Ceramics
(2018-02-23 - 2018-03-05)

Two-part exhibition of graduation works by students of Tama Art University Department of Ceramic, Glass and Metal Works. See how each of these graduates approaches materials in their artistic process. Part 1: Feb. 23 (Fri) - 27 (Tue) Part 2: Mar. 1 (Thu) - 5 (Mon) *Closed on Feb. 28 (Wed) for rehanging Venue: Spiral Garden, 1F Spiral




Kenzo celebrates Japan

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Kenzo celebrates Japan
at Eye of Gyre
3F, 5-10-1 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 150-0001
Media: Fashion
(2017-12-07 - 2018-03-07)

Experience the world of fashion designer Kenzo with artwork inspired by his latest collection.




“Architecture Ahead of Completion / Erika Nakagawa Office”

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“Architecture Ahead of Completion / Erika Nakagawa Office”
at Prismic Gallery
Akimoto Minami-aoyama Bldg. 1F, 4-1-9 Minami-aoyama, Minato-ku, Tokyo 107-0062
Media: Architecture
(2018-01-27 - 2018-03-10)

This solo exhibition by architecture firm Erika Nakagawa Office will present the design process of two projects scheduled for completion in March 2018 in juxtaposition to each other. [Exhibition Project] projectA: Shinjuku Park Tower 8F Refresh Space Design: Living Design Center OZONE + Erika Nakagawa Office projectB: Archi-Depot Museum Renovation Plan Design: Erika Nakagawa Office




Bien “Woozy Wizard”

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Bien “Woozy Wizard”
at Block House
6-12-9 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 150-0001
Media: Painting - Drawing - Party
(2018-02-24 - 2018-03-11)

Bien is an artist who makes drawings with little awkward lines that trace a certain kind of shape, some generated from letters and signs and others born out of imagining manga and animation characters. The title of this exhibition, “Woozy Wizard,” reminds us of scenes from fairy tales or animations we read or saw when we were children. The story is: an immature wizard tries to make something appear, but it ends up being something undesired because his skill is not sufficient. This title represents the style of Bien, who creates new things with vague forms. [Event] Talk by Bien and Hiraku Suzuki Date: Mar. 3 (Sat) 18:00–20:00 Admission: 500 yen Please see the official website for details.




Yang Fudong “The Coloured Sky: New Women II”
Yang Fudong “The Coloured Sky: New Women II” at Espace Louis Vuitton Tokyo 7F, 5-7-5 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo 150-0001 Media: Installation - Video and Film (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 and what is false. “The Coloured Sky: New Women II” epitomizes Fudong’s artistic tendency to stylistically referencing different periods in both Chinese and Western cinema and culture. [...]



Setsuhi Shiraishi “Live every day as though it were the last.”

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Setsuhi Shiraishi “Live every day as though it were the last.”
at Paku Paku An
2-17-14 Minami-Aoyama, Minato-ku, Tokyo 107-0062
Media: Nihonga
(2018-02-23 - 2018-03-12)

Calligraphers do not simply show words on paper, but express the forms and meanings of individual characters through selecting specific tones and colors of ink, as well as varied brush thicknesses. Here in an homage to French painter Pierre Soulages and “ichi-go ichi-e,” a Japanese idiom that describes treasured encounters, calligrapher Setsuhi Shiraishi welcomes you to his world of “ichi” (singularity). Venue: 3F Exhibition Space




Mikiya Takimoto “Crossover”

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Mikiya Takimoto “Crossover”
at Laforet Museum Harajuku
Laforet Harajuku 6F, 1-11-6 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 150-0001
Media: Photography - Workshops - Talks
(2018-02-23 - 2018-03-14)

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




A Bouquet of Incense Containers

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A Bouquet of Incense Containers
at The Nezu Museum
6-5-1 Minami-Aoyama, Minato-ku, Tokyo 107-0062
Media: Product - Crafts - Ceramics
(2018-02-22 - 2018-03-31)

Lidded containers for incense known as kogo are one of the most popular utensils used at tea gatherings. Chinese lacquerwares were initially used as incense containers, but with an increase in the popularity of tea culture, Japanese ceramics such as Kiseto and Shino wares, as well as old lacquer boxes with gold maki-e and mother-of-pearl inlay designs and new Chinese wares such as blue-and-white ceramics and celadons, were also adopted for used in tea gatherings. These containers were made from a wide range of materials, from lacquer to ceramics, and their shapes were also richly varied, limited not only to round and square containers, but even taking the form of animals and musical instruments. Incense containers can be said to be the most diverse of tea utensils. This exhibition features approximately 170 incense containers that show how their world blossomed. [Event] Curator’s Slide Lecture Dates: Mar. 9 (Fri) and Mar. 16 (Fri) 13:30–14:15 In Japanese. Please see the official website for details.




Mike Kelley “Day Is Done”

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Mike Kelley “Day Is Done”
at Watari-um, The Watari Museum of Contemporary Art
3-7-6 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 150-0001
Media: Installation - Video and Film
(2018-01-08 - 2018-03-31)

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




Tower of the Sun 1967-2018: What did Taro Okamoto Question

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Tower of the Sun 1967-2018: What did Taro Okamoto Question
at Taro Okamoto Memorial museum
6-1-19 Minami-Aoyama, Minato-ku, Tokyo 107-0062
Media: Sculpture - Talks
(2017-10-13 - 2018-05-27)

In March 2018, Taro Okamoto’s themed pavilion titled “Tower of the Sun,” which became the symbol of the Osaka Expo ‘70, will finally be reborn. Taking advantage of the opportunity presented by seismic retrofitting work on the tower, the long-neglected interior has been renovated and transformed into a permanent exhibition space. This tower can be considered as a ‘living being’ with internal organs; Okamoto once stated, “”The Tree of Life” is the Tower of the Sun’s bloodstream, the folds in the interior walls are the ‘folds of its brain’.” The tower’s internal organs have been recovered and re-awoken after half a century, presenting an opportunity to once more ask ourselves, ‘What is the “Tower of the Sun”?’ This two-part exhibition will trace the fifty-year history of the tower - from 1967, when Okamoto participated as producer of Osaka’s Expo ’70, up to 2018, when the recreation of the interior will be completed - and consider Okamoto’s intentions in creating this themed pavilion. With the full cooperation of the Kaiyodo Company, a leading manufacturer of figurines, the museum has produced a miniature three-dimensional model of the tower. All that remained of the artistic exhibition space was photographs, but this model allows viewers to re-experience it in three dimensions. It is something that has never been tried to date. What were the questions that Okamoto confronted Japanese society with at the time? And what does it bring for us living in the present day? What will it become? Part 1: Oct. 13 (Fri), 2017 - Feb. 18 (Sun), 2018 Part 2: Feb. 21 (Wed), 2018 - May 27 (Sun), 2018 [Related Events] Gallery Talk Event Dates: Oct. 18 (Wed), Nov. 16 (Thu), Dec. 14 (Thu), Jan. 18 (Thu), Feb. 14 (Wed), Mar. 15 (Thu), Apr. 19 (Thu), May 17 (Thu) 14:00- *Event in Japanese.




Utopia & Chaos

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Utopia & Chaos
at Spiral
5-6-23 Minami-Aoyama, Minato-ku, Tokyo 107-0062
Media: Painting - Photography - Sculpture - Video and Film
(2018-02-26 - 2018-03-13)

Utopia is a term that refers to an ideal society far from reality. While it sounds like a place of dreams, it can also be seen to present a sharp contrast to the real world, critiquing reality while highlighting issues that exist. In a similar vein, though the work introduced in this exhibition seems as if it expresses an ideal world full of imaginary beauty, if you look closely at the objects and landscapes featured in the works you will notice the coexistence of chaos, hidden just under the surface. Erika Kusumi creates surreal worlds from digital collages comprised of landscapes and objects that she cuts out from images she herself has photographed. Meanwhile, Ayako Kuno produces metal sculptures that manifest the vision of Tokyo as a giant metropolis. Shunsuke Nanjo uses thermochromic painting techniques to depict familiar scenes that appear quiet but challenge the imagination of the viewer. Finally, Sumito Sakakibara expresses the chaotic coexistence of utopia and dystopia. This is an exhibition where we can discover our true form amidst the fantastical worlds these artists manifest. Venue: 1F Mina-to




Black & White Part 2

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Black & White Part 2
at Dazzle
#101 2-12-20 Kita-Aoyama, Minato-ku, Tokyo 107-0061
Media: Illustration - Drawing
(2018-02-27 - 2018-03-04)

Second installment of a two part exhibition presenting monochrome works that embody the essence of an art in their simplicity.