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Emi Fukuyama ”I Had Seen The Shore“

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Emi Fukuyama ”I Had Seen The Shore“
at Poetic Scape (Ebisu, Daikanyama area)
(2016-05-11 - 2016-06-18)

We are pleased to announce Emi Fukuyama’s solo show at POETIC SCAPE “I Had Seen the Shore” which is her 2nd solo exhibition at POETIC SCAPE since “A Trip to Europe” in 2012.




Hiroshi Miyamoto “Self Community - Family(box archive)”

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Hiroshi Miyamoto “Self Community - Family(box archive)”
at 20202 (Shibuya area)
(2016-05-27 - 2016-06-18)

Hiroshi Miyamoto brings together three cds of family conversation with surveys of 9 families and a 129 page photography book reflecting on the contemporary state of the family from a personal perspective.




Naohiro Ukawa + Dommune University of the Arts “The 100 Japanese Contemporary Artists / Season 4”

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Naohiro Ukawa + Dommune University of the Arts “The 100 Japanese Contemporary Artists / Season 4”
at Yamamoto Gendai (Shirokane, Hiroo area)
(2016-05-28 - 2016-06-18)

Dommune, organized and directed by Naohiro Ukawa, is an online streaming platform for broadcasting talk shows and live performances from the leading edge of culture to the world. Since its inauguration in March 2010, its viewers have grown over 10,000 per program and the total number of viewers has reached 45 million. Naohiro UKAWA is an omnidirectional artist known for his extremely wide range of creative activities as a video artist, graphic designer, VJ, writer, college professor, and “Genzai (just now)” artist among many others. Dommune’s latest and ongoing project, The 100 Japanese Contemporary Artists features 100 leading artists whose distinctions are at the forefront and towards the next generation of Japanese contemporary art, and broadcasts live talk programs that thoroughly cover these artists’ personal histories and artistic perspectives. After live-streaming, the show is archived and brought into the gallery’s white cube, and made viewable exclusively as a part of the exhibition, along with the artists’ original artworks. THE 100 Japanese Contemporary Artists was first presented at 3331 Arts Chiyoda in 2014. This project continues to explore the intricately entangled issues of live and recorded experiences, and of aura and catharsis. [Related Event] DOMMUNE broadcasting talk shows schedules 05/10 (Tue) 18:00- “THE 100 JAPANESE CONTEMPORARY ARTISTS#028 Shiro TAKATANI” Shiro TAKATANI x Mayu Tsuruta (Actress) 05/23 (Mon) 19:00- “THE 100 JAPANESE CONTEMPORARY ARTISTS#029/Susumu KOSHIMIZU” Susumu KOSHIMIZU x Hozu YAMAMOTO (Director of Tokyo Gallery + BTAP) 05/26 (Thu) 19:00- “THE 100 JAPANESE CONTEMPORARY ARTISTS#030/Yoshitomo NARA” Yoshitomo NARA x Michihiko YANAI (Creative director, Associate professor of Tokyo University of the Arts Department of Design) 06/03 (Fri) 19:00- “THE 100 JAPANESE CONTEMPORARY ARTISTS#031/Akira YAMAGUCHI” Akira YAMAGUCHI x Naohiro UKAWA 06/13 (Mon) 19:00- “THE 100 JAPANESE CONTEMPORARY ARTISTS#032/Taro OKAMOTO” Yoshitaro INAMI (Curator of Setagaya Literary Museum) x Hajime NARIAI (Curator of Tokyo Station Gallery) Talk shows and more detail information can be seen at www.dommune.com Videos of broadcasts during exhibition viewable at venue from the day after recording.




200 Years of Gyokusendo

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200 Years of Gyokusendo
at Pola Museum Annex (Ginza, Marunouchi area)
(2016-06-04 - 2016-06-19)

Presenting 20 new works by Gyokusendo, a metal craft company in Niigata Prefecture celebrating its 200th anniversary in 2016.




30th Anniversary Exhibition “Exquisite Views of East and West”

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30th Anniversary Exhibition “Exquisite Views of East and West”
at Shizuoka Prefectural Museum of Art (Greater Tokyo area)
(2016-04-12 - 2016-06-19)

For its 30th anniversary, the Shizuoka Prefectural Museum of Art presents works of Eastern and Western art portraying sublime and beautiful landscapes by a range of traditional and contemporary artists featured in its unique collection.




Hidden Treasures from the National Museum, Kabul

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Hidden Treasures from the National Museum, Kabul
at Tokyo National Museum (Ueno, Yanaka area)
(2016-04-12 - 2016-06-19)

Since ancient times, Afghanistan has thrived as a “crossroads of civilizations” in Central Asia, developing a distinctive culture at the center of the Silk Road. This exhibition comprised of 231 ancient artworks from the National Museum of Afghanistan illustrates some of the most magnificent cultures that flourished from around 2100 BC–200 AD, presenting “hidden treasures” excavated at four ancient sites in Afghanistan. For this occasion an official arrangement between the exhibition organizers and the Afghanistan government was made to include a selection of the Displaced Cultural Properties of Afghanistan. [Related Events] Special Lecture “Protecting World Heritage Treasures: Overcoming the Approaching Crisis” Date: May 28 (Sat) 13:30–15:00 Reservations required. Golden Week Kids’ Corner Coloring, pipe-cleaner doll making, and other workshops Dates: May 3 (Tues)–May 5 (Thurs) 9:30–18:00 Events in Japanese. Please see the official website for reservations and details.




Julia Lohmann + Gero Grundmann “Making the Known New”

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Julia Lohmann + Gero Grundmann “Making the Known New”
at Kyoto Institute of Technology - Kyoto Design Lab Tokyo Gallery (Chiyoda area)
(2016-05-28 - 2016-06-19)

An exhibition of new work from the first participants in Kyoto Design Lab’s Designer in Residence, Julia Lohmann and Gero Grundmann. Lohmann utilized the latest technology in the D-lab to work with seaweed and bamboo, forming light furnishings and art works based on motifs of the sea. Grundmann on other hand made use of the Kyoto Institute of Technology’s historic printing press to produce “Making the Known New” in a form of communication design. [Related Event] Gallery Talk Speakers:Julia Lohmann + Gero Grundmann(via skype), Yuki Yokoyama, Julia Cassim Date: May 28(Sat) 18:00-19:00




The Kawabata Yasunari Collection: His Passion for Fine Arts

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The Kawabata Yasunari Collection: His Passion for Fine Arts
at Tokyo Station Gallery (Ginza, Marunouchi area)
(2016-04-23 - 2016-06-19)

Yasunari Kawabata was a leading Japanese author known for his classics such as The Dancing Girl of Izu and Yukiguni. His collection – including earthen figures of the Jomon Period (around 12,000 to 300 BC) and haniwa (hollow unglazed terracotta figures) of the Tumulus Period (5th-6th Century) , as well as early modern paintings (e.g. Frozen Clouds, Sifted Snow [National Treasure] by Urakami Gyokudo and Ten Advantages (of Country Life) [National Treasure] that was made by Ike no Taiga and Yosa Buson) and handicrafts by Tatsuaki Kuroda and Tokuro Kato – reveals Kawabata’s exquisite taste toward traditional beauty and his deep understanding toward the world of fine arts. At the same time, Kawabata also showed a profound understanding toward modernism and avant-garde art. He held an interest from a young age toward the sculptures of Rodin and the sketches of Picasso, as well as pieces by Harue Koga, Yayoi Kusama and Hideo Murakami. These were also included in his collection. The same can also be said for the literary works of Yasunari Kawabata. His novels in which traditional Japanese art works appear (e.g. the Shino water jugs and hand-molded earthenware teacups in Thousand Cranes and Buddhist art in The Dancing Girl) are too numerous to mention. We can say the same for modern and contemporary arts, for example, his writing extended to include abstract paintings as well as Klee, Matisse and Chagall in The Old Capital. Moreover, another point of interest is that these art works are treated as a motif concerning the essential parts of his novels. This exhibition, focused on his collection that indicated interest in both tradition and modernism, the development of attempts to approach Kawabata’s exquisite taste with a view to the development of his literature like those mentioned above and his interactions with literary persons.




Cinderella in America: Works From the Masanao Kawata Collection

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Cinderella in America: Works From the Masanao Kawata Collection
at The Hibiya Library Museum (Ginza, Marunouchi area)
(2016-04-23 - 2016-06-22)

The story of Cinderella has many variations throughout the world. Versions by Charles Perrault and the Brothers Grimm spread throughout Europe and later to America, where Cinderella came to embody the American Dream and its premise that anyone can achieve success through diligent effort. With the full-fledged support of the antique picture book collector Masanao Kawata, this exhibition introducing the Cinderella who came to America presents valuable picture books and printings published in America in the 19th and 20th centuries. It also features a dress modeled after one from a century-old picture book, a dry plate animation, and more. Revisit the Cinderella story with 150 rare works, many of which can only be seen here. [Related Event] Workshop “Make Cinderella’s Dress Out of Flowers” Date: May 19 (Thurs) 13:00–14:00 Admission: 500 yen Reservations required. Please see the official website for details and information on more related events.




Motoyuki Daifu “A Quiet Day When Nothing Happens”

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Motoyuki Daifu “A Quiet Day When Nothing Happens”
at Guardian Garden (Ginza, Marunouchi area)
(2016-06-07 - 2016-06-24)

Motoyuki Daifu reconstructs 26 select photographs from his oeuvre as large scale inkjet prints. Everyday images of family and home, scenes of the dinner table, the surrounding residential streets and people that the artist encounters appear here as his main subject in an iconic and colorful form, which although seemingly taken by instinct, come to appear with meaning as each image gathers with another. [Related Event] Talk Event Osamu Kanemura x Motoyuki Daifu Date: June 11(Sat) 19:10-21:40 Reservation required




Japanese Quilts x Hyaku Kaidan 2016

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Japanese Quilts x Hyaku Kaidan 2016
at Meguro Gajoen (Ebisu, Daikanyama area)
(2016-06-01 - 2016-06-26)

The culture of quilting was born in Europe and developed further in America, needle and thread drawing through the fabrics of everyday life to bring warmth from, more often than not, female hands. The first “Japanese Quilts x Hyaku Kaidan” exhibition was held here in 2014, with the rich space of Meguro Gajoen coming together in a duet with the inspiring textiles of contemporary quilt makers. Two years on a further installment to this exhibition takes on the theme of celebration with an impressive array of fine creations.




Noriyoshi Konno, the Kazuhiro Motomura Collection, and Robert Frank

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Noriyoshi Konno, the Kazuhiro Motomura Collection, and Robert Frank
at Ricoh Imaging Square Ginza 8F, A.W.P Gallery zone (Ginza, Marunouchi area)
(2016-05-11 - 2016-06-26)

An exhibition of some thirty works by photographer Noriyoshi Konno, with a focus on his gelatin-silver prints, plus recent color images and previously unreleased works. Konno shared artistic ideas with photographer Robert Frank, and was also heavily influenced by encounters with editor and photography collector Kazuhiko Motomura. Along with Konno’s works, collections of Frank’s photography published by Motomura are featured at this exhibition. [Related Event] Talk by Noriyoshi Konno Please see the official website for details.




Trees in French Landscape Paintings, 1850 to 1920 – From Corot to Monet, Pissarro and Matisse

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Trees in French Landscape Paintings, 1850 to 1920 – From Corot to Monet, Pissarro and Matisse
at Seiji Togo Memorial Sompo Japan Nipponkoa Museum of Art (Shinjuku area)
(2016-04-16 - 2016-06-26)

With a focus on Impressionist paintings, this exhibition explores the evolution of French modern landscape paintings, using trees as the motif. This exhibition traces the roles trees have played in the history of French landscape paintings, beginning with the Romantic and Barbizon schools, followed by Impressionism and up until Fauvism. Painters depicted trees as the independent subject of their paintings, carefully showing the light filtered through and the shadows cast by the trees, construing their colors and shapes as elements of their paintings. Through a display of nearly 110 works from mainly French museums, as well as museums and private collections from Japan and around the world, this exhibition evokes the painters’ strong fascination with trees and examines how their depictions of trees changed over time.




Yamatane Museum of Art Nihonga Award Seed 2016 - Meet the Future of Nihonga

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Yamatane Museum of Art Nihonga Award Seed 2016 - Meet the Future of Nihonga
at Yamatane Museum of Art (Ebisu, Daikanyama area)
(2016-05-31 - 2016-06-26)

Yamatane Museum of Art was first opened in 1966 and went on to establish the Yamatane Museum of Art Award for Nihonga in 1971, running every year up until 1997. To celebrate the 50 year anniversary of the museum the Award has been updated to contemporary times and presents 40 recommended pieces selected from an open call, along with 12 award winning works. [Related Event] Talk Event Date: May 6(Sun) 14:00-15:30 Speakers: Yoshio Suzuki, Emi Miyako, Masaya Hasegawa, Kosuke Karimata, Makoto Toyama




Tokyo Type Directors Club Exhibition 2016

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Tokyo Type Directors Club Exhibition 2016
at Ginza Graphic Gallery (Ginza, Marunouchi area)
(2016-06-03 - 2016-06-27)

TDC Exhibition 2016 presents the results of the Tokyo TDC Annual Awards 2016, an annual international design competition sponsored by the Tokyo Type Directors Club. The Tokyo TDC Annual Awards 2016 drew a total of 2,800 entries (1,703 from Japan and 1,097 from overseas.) After a rigorous screening process, the following prizes were awarded: 1 Grand Prize, 1 Type Design Prize, 1 RGB Prize, 1 Special Prize, and 5 TDC Prizes. Recipients of the Type Design Prize last year, Henrik Kubel and Scott Williams of the UK were awarded the Grand Prize for their exceptionally polished suite of custom alphabetic typefaces for the New York Times Magazine. Their rigorous commitment to advanced techniques and exquisite sense for expressing nuance makes them a unique presence in today’s type design world. The TDC Exhibition features more than 150 typographical works including the nine award-winners, nominated works, and a selection of other entries that were evaluated especially highly.




Shinro Ohtake “Time Memory”

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Shinro Ohtake “Time Memory”
at Take Ninagawa (Roppongi, Nogizaka area)
(2016-05-14 - 2016-06-30)

Shinro Ohtake presents his latest work on the “Time Memory” series, which he has been developing since 2011, accompanied by the release of two new catalogues. [Related Event] Shinro Ohtake “SO x TN” Talk Date: May 15(Sun) 18:30-20:00 Venue: NADiff A/P/A/R/T  Admission: 1000 yen




Trans/Real - The Possibilities of Immaterial Art vol.2 Tatsuo Gocho

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Trans/Real - The Possibilities of Immaterial Art vol.2 Tatsuo Gocho
at Gallery αM (Bakurocho area)
(2016-05-28 - 2016-07-02)

Tatsuo Gocho attempts to reveal our processes of perception and judgement through his “Transparent/Space” and the air pocket/hole which lies between on layer and another, as the space where the object is placed, the space of the work and the space of art experience are piled one upon the other. [Related Event] Artist Talk Date: June 4 18:00-19:00




Kigi in Clematis no Oka

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Kigi in Clematis no Oka
at The Vangi Sculpture Garden Museum (Greater Tokyo area)
(2016-04-02 - 2016-07-03)

The creative unit Kigi was established in 2012 by Ryosuke Uehara and Yoshie Watanabe, working in the field of art direction and product design as well as producing original art works. Combining the conceptual prowess and logical thinking of Ryosuke Uehara and the soft, delicate sensibility of Yoshie Watanabe, the two come to form a unique merging of skill and perspective. In this exhibition they present their art work recently featured at various art museums and galleries.




Leaves Fumio Tachibana

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Leaves Fumio Tachibana
at Sagacho Archives (Chiyoda area)
(2016-05-20 - 2016-07-03)

Fumio Tachibana is known for his prints, collages, and installations of scrap paper. It has been 20 years since his debut with “Made in U.S.A.” Works from this and other collections, as well as an artist book, are on display.




Tatsumi Orimoto “Art x Life”

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Tatsumi Orimoto “Art x Life”
at Kawasaki City Museum (Setagaya, Kawasaki area)
(2016-04-29 - 2016-07-03)

The performance artist Tatsumi Orimoto, a resident of Kawasaki, has been at the forefront of contemporary art for more than 40 years. His international presence includes a show at the Venice Biennale. His works are full of unique ideas with the power to surprise. For instance in “Bread Man” from the 1990s, he attached baguettes to his body and travelled the world holding performances with local people he encountered along the way. In the late 1990s, he became known worldwide for his “Art Mama” series in which his mother, who suffers from Alzheimer’s disease and for whom Orimoto is a caretaker, makes appearances. These collaborations with his beloved mother have been picked up by the media, appearing on TV and in newspapers. Orimoto’s works are born out of spontaneous interactions with all kinds of people, from those he meets on travels around the world, to his mother, to the elderly and the hospitalized. Some of his performances also involve animals including rabbits, pigs, birds, alpacas, ducks, and fish. His ground-breakingly creative world turns communication with all forms of life into art. Through film, photography, graphics, drawings, and other works, this exhibition introduces Orimoto’s ever-expanding creativity from the 1990s through today. [Related Event] Kids’ Workshop “Anything Can Be a Canvas!” Date: May 5 (Thurs) 13:00–15:30 Admission: 500 yen For elementary school students & up. Early-grade elementary schoolers should be accompanied by guardians. Reservations required. Talk “Get to Know Tatsumi Orimoto” Speakers: Tatsumi Orimoto and art journalist Rika Yamashita Date: May 7 (Sat) 14:00–15:30 Reservations required. New Performance by Tatsumi Orimoto “Wheelchair Stress” Date: Jun. 11 (Sat) 14:00–15:00 All events in Japanese. Please see the official website for details and information on more related events.




The Dignity of Life – Taro Okamoto’s Jomon

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The Dignity of Life – Taro Okamoto’s Jomon
at Taro Okamoto Memorial museum (Omotesando, Aoyama area)
(2016-03-02 - 2016-07-03)

Experience the artwork of Taro Okamoto together with pottery from Japan’s ancient Jomon period (14,000–300 BC) in the first exhibition of Jomon artifacts at the Taro Okamoto Memorial Museum. Curated by Takumi Ishii of the Kokugakuin University Museum, who is simultaneously researching the Jomon period and Okamoto’s art, this show presents a “lost” Japan exuding a vital force that Okamoto saw in Jomon pottery. [Related Event] Gallery Talks Dates: Mar. 17 (Thurs), Apr. 14 (Thurs), May 13 (Fri), Jun. 17 (Fri) from 14:00




Toshiya Motai “Printworks Portfolio”

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Toshiya Motai “Printworks Portfolio”
at Gallery Taga 2 (Setagaya, Kawasaki area)
(2016-06-09 - 2016-07-04)

“The Place of Appearance” is, for the artist, a place where a picture appears, where there is a slight overlay of the real world (Real) and another world (Idea). Toshiya Motai has previously attempted to direct interest toward pictures that exist in such a place through installation. The monotype print consists of one transcribed image achieved from pressing paper to an aluminum plate. Howeverm this manner of applying pressure to bring forth an image is, for the artist, reminiscent of the “Shroud of Turin,” the burial cloth believed to bear the printed form of the crucified Jesus Christ. Motai says that the shroud has made him think about the place of pictures and where they appear.




Seiichi Motohashi “Sense of Place”

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Seiichi Motohashi “Sense of Place”
at Izu Photo Museum (Greater Tokyo area)
(2016-02-07 - 2016-07-05)

Documentary artist Motohashi Seiichi (1940–) has used the two modes of photography and film to document the lives of ordinary people since the 1960s. His work has received acclaim both on a national and international scale, including such acknowledgements as the receipt of the Domon Ken Award for his book “Nadya’s Village” and the grand prize at the St. Petersburg “Message to Man” film festival for “Alexei and the Spring.” Motohashi’s fields of observation have included coalmines, popular entertainment, the circus, a slaughterhouse, and a train station, where he has portrayed the rich diversity of human endeavor that forms the foundation of society. He has also published three books and directed two documentaries that focus on people who have continued to live in the vicinity of the Chernobyl power plant even after the nuclear accident. 2016 marks the 30th anniversary of the Chernobyl accident, and Motohashi’s photographs of an irradiated homeland have taken on a new urgency for us, in the wake of Japan’s nuclear meltdowns after the March 11 tsunami. The exhibition will trace the half-century journey of a photographer, featuring more than 150 of Motohashi’s images. The selection will include previously unreleased early photographs from his points of origin, along with a range of his representative work.




Jiro Takamatsu: Visiting an Artist’s Studio

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Jiro Takamatsu: Visiting an Artist’s Studio
at Yumiko Chiba Associates | Viewing Room Shinjuku (Shinjuku area)
(2016-06-16 - 2016-07-09)

In May 1974 Jiro Takamatsu appeared on the TV program “Visiting an Artist’s Studio”, introducing a number of his works and his own perspective on art. A number of years ago the tape of this broadcast was rediscovered and it was broadcast on CS in conjunction with the National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo’s “Jiro Takamatsu Mysteries” exhibition and the National Museum of Art, Osaka’s “Jiro Takamatsu - Trajectory of Work”. The exhibition here screens the important document of this broadcast, alongside the exhibition of documentary photographs recording the interior of Takamatsu’s studio, including photos taken by Tadasu Yamamoto and Ryudai Takano. [Related Event] Talk Session Date: June 25(Sat) 17:00-18:30 Venue: Yumiko Chiba Associates viewing room shinjuku Speakers: Hiroyuki Nakanishi x Shigeru Matsui




Ichinosuke Shunputei + Akira Yamaguchi “Rakugo: An Amusing Introduction”

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Ichinosuke Shunputei + Akira Yamaguchi “Rakugo: An Amusing Introduction”
at Capsule (Setagaya, Kawasaki area)
(2016-06-04 - 2016-07-10)

An exhibition celebrating the release of “Ichinosuke Shunputei’s Amusing Rakugo,” a book illustrated by Akira Yamaguchi and published by Shogakukan. [Related Event] Rakugo Event: Ichinosuke Shunputei’s Amusing Rakugo Date: July 1 (Fri) 19:00 Venue: Sunday




Philippe Weisbecker “Hand Tools”

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Philippe Weisbecker “Hand Tools”
at Pearl Bookshop & Gallery (Shibuya area)
(2016-06-11 - 2016-07-10)

Presenting new illustrations by the Kyoto-based artist Philippe Weisbecker, whose book of drawings of Japanese carpentry tools “Hand Tools” was recently published by 888 Books.




Roppongi Crossing 2016: My Body, Your Voice

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Roppongi Crossing 2016: My Body, Your Voice
at Mori Art Museum (Roppongi, Nogizaka area)
(2016-03-26 - 2016-07-10)

Staged by the Mori Art Museum triennially since 2004, “Roppongi Crossing” is a series designed to offer a comprehensive survey of the Japanese contemporary art scene. For the 5th edition, through the different methods of art production of the 20 artist groups selected by the curators from Japan, South Korea and Taiwan working together, the exhibition will examine a wide spectrum of Japanese contemporary art and contemplate the society and art of today. With globalization, the continuing development of IT and the proliferation of SNS platforms, people now more than ever have the ability to communicate with the world as an individual. As well, with increased opportunity for virtual communication via the Internet, there is an inevitable change in self identities and in relationship between the self and others. Thus a review of the variety of existing frameworks in the society as well as the sets of values that until now have been taken for granted is needed. This exhibition features artists that shine a spotlight on individual events and stories based on their own research - through which alternative histories, images on physical body and gender, as well as alternative landscapes emerge. Who am “I”? How is my body connected to history and to other people? The sense of past and future, of oneself and other people - through art we will explore new relationships between the world and oneself.




Sion Sono “The Whispering Star”

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Sion Sono “The Whispering Star”
at Watari-um, The Watari Museum of Contemporary Art (Omotesando, Aoyama area)
(2016-04-03 - 2016-07-10)

The scenery of a decaying city we faced as a result of 3.11, our tiny hope crushed by someone. “The Whispering Star” is a film where you can only talk in whispers, though it somewhat coincides with the Japan of our time. Taking the form of a visual installation, this exhibition develops a message Sono could not fully put forward in his film.




Yasuo Kuniyoshi Exhibition

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Yasuo Kuniyoshi Exhibition
at Sogo Museum of Art (Yokohama, Kanagawa area)
(2016-06-03 - 2016-07-10)

Yasuo Kuniyoshi (1889–1953) was a painter, photographer, and printmaker active in America during the turbulent first half of the 20th century. His work is currently back in the limelight, with a retrospective at the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington D.C. last year. Focusing on the Fukutake Collection, the largest of Kuniyoshi’s work in the world, this exhibition presents selections offering a look back on his career. Around 50 works, including the painting “Clown,” are shown publicly in Japan for the first time.




“Hello Work “

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“Hello Work “
at Open Muji Tokyo (Ginza, Marunouchi area)
(2016-06-03 - 2016-07-10)

Whilst the rapid economic development of Japan has come to an end, it appears our working environment and our awareness towards our occupations has not followed this change. Whilst we must work for our own development and independence, it is not just for money but also for constructing a society and future which we can continue to live in. “Working” and “Living”, how closely are these intertwined? Whilst there are numerous jobs in the world, but this exhibition presents the work of making things, which adults and children alike can enjoy together. [Related Event] Talks and hands on workshops etc are planned throughout the exhibition period




Philippe Weisbecker “En Noir et Blanc et En Couleur”

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Philippe Weisbecker “En Noir et Blanc et En Couleur”
at Claska Gallery (Ebisu, Daikanyama area)
(2016-06-08 - 2016-07-18)

Following “Manufacturing” held in 2013, Phillipe Weisbecker presents his third exhibition at Claska, featuring a selection of his latest works. [Related Event] -Talk event by Phillipe Weisbecker and Kunihiro Moriguchi (Yuzen dyeing artist, designated as Living National Treasure)*Translation only in Japanese Date: June 8 (Wed) 17:00~ Fee: 1,000 JPY (tax included, postcard set for souvenir) -Autograph Session *Purchase of portfolios will be necessary. Date: June 19 (Sun) 11:00~




Animation Cabin Vol. 3 “Nonsense for Kids?!”

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Animation Cabin Vol. 3 “Nonsense for Kids?!”
at Au Praxinoscope (Setagaya, Kawasaki area)
(2016-05-13 - 2016-07-23)

Children find special meaning in “non-sense,” as seen in these animated works.




Good Ideas for Good

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Good Ideas for Good
at Advertising Museum Tokyo (Ginza, Marunouchi area)
(2016-05-17 - 2016-07-30)

Today advertising is not only directed at promoting products and services, but is also increasingly focused upon social issues and aims to bring out the good in us, as witnessed in this exhibition.




Toile de Jouy, Printed Textiles from France

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Toile de Jouy, Printed Textiles from France
at Bunkamura Museum of Art (Shibuya area)
(2016-06-14 - 2016-07-31)

Jouy-en-Josas is a town in the southwest suburbs of Paris near Versailles. The European chintz crafted at the factories in this area is called “Toile de Jouy,” widely known as traditional fabrics from France. In full cooperation with the Musée de la Toile de Jouy, this exhibition will be the first full-scale opportunity in Japan to see the world of Toile de Jouy. Tracing back the origin of this textile’s symbolic pastoral motifs to tapestries in Flanders and introducing the world of Indian chintz that caused a sensation in Europe and Japan, the exhibition guides its visitors to the elegant and delightful world of Toile de Jouy causing them to be captivated by the Europeans of that time including Marie Antoinette. [Related Event] The Life and Work of Christophe-Philippe Oberkampf Date: June 15(Wed) 19:30-21:00




Haruki Murakami and Illustrators Exhibition

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Haruki Murakami and Illustrators Exhibition
at Chihiro Art Museum Tokyo (Musashino, Tama area)
(2016-05-25 - 2016-08-07)

Japan’s leading novelist Haruki Murakami has worked with a range of illustrators in the production of his novels, essays and picture books. This exhibition follows the relation between text and image through the work of four illustrators Maki Sasaki, Ayumi Oohashi, Makoto Wada and Mizumaru Anzai, alongside Haruki Murakami.




The Works of Keiko Minami and Ichi Ogawa

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The Works of Keiko Minami and Ichi Ogawa
at Musee Hamaguchi Yozo / Yamasa Collection (Kyobashi, Nihonbashi area)
(2016-05-21 - 2016-08-07)

Keiko Minami’s copperplate prints combine nostalgia with tinges of solitude. Trees stand in rows birds and young girls linger about, the sky opens up endlessly. The people in these works neither beckon nor refute the viewer. They simply exist. This nonchalance gives peace of mind. Along with around 40 of Minami’s works – early oil paintings as well as copperplate prints – this exhibition presents 15 oil paintings by her long-time friend and fellow artist, Ichi Ogawa. Minami and Ogawa met during the postwar restoration period, a time when there were still few prominent women artists. Together they spoke of their great hopes and dreams for art. Actively exhibiting in group shows aimed at nurturing female artists, Ogawa attracted attention as a young creator. Even while living and working in different countries, Minami and Ogawa continued their heartfelt correspondence as artists and friends. Now, for the first time in nearly 25 years they present their works together. Through their own unique methods they tirelessly portrayed their ideals and beliefs, demonstrating their distinctive presences as female artists. Fifteen copperplate prints by Yozo Hamaguchi are also displayed. [Related Event] Handmade Notebook Workshop Date: June 20 (Mon) 10:30–13:00/14:00–16:30 Please see the official website for reservations, details, and information on more related events.




Our Permanent Collection!

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Our Permanent Collection!
at Hara Museum of Contemporary Art (Tokyo) (Tokyo: Others area)
(2016-05-28 - 2016-08-21)

For the first time since its 35 Year Anniversary Celebrations in 2014, the Hara Museum of Contemporary Art utilizes all of its exhibition spaces to present its rich and diverse collection which in total exceed over 1000 pieces brought together since it was first founded in 1979. This exhibition features a select choice from this collection including the work of Tadanori Yokoo, Izumi Kato, Christo and Jeanne-Claude, William Kentridge, Ai Weiwei and Tomie Otake. [Related Events] Kuniko Kato Concert Date: June 3(Fri), 4(Sat) Hitoshi Toyoda Slide Show Date: August 13(Sat), 14(Sun)




The Beauty of Traditional Japanese Porcelain and Elegant Edo Porcelain: The World of Ko-imari

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The Beauty of Traditional Japanese Porcelain and Elegant Edo Porcelain: The World of Ko-imari
at Okada Museum Of Art (Yokohama, Kanagawa area)
(2016-04-08 - 2016-08-30)

The first porcelain in Japan was produced in Arita Town in the mountains of Hizen (Saga Prefecture today) at the beginning of the Edo period (1603–1868). Hizen porcelain was developed into the three major Japanese porcelain styles; Ko-Kutani ware with its brilliant colors and bold designs, Kakiemon ware with its gentle milky-white body, and Nabeshima ware which was produced as a gift to the Tokugawa shogunate or the feudal lord in control of the Saga domain. In this exhibition, approximately 70 pieces from the three major styles of Hizen porcelain are introduced, including the newly acquired pieces in our collection. The porcelain produced widely in the region of Hizen, with Arita as the center, was referred to as Imari, which was named after the port from which the porcelain ware was shipped. Imari ware produced during the Edo period (1603 – 1868) was referred to as Ko-Imari. Porcelain pieces for daily-use, including plates, bowls, choko (sake cups) and mame-zara (small plates) are exhibited. They are more familiar to people than the high-quality “Hare” (gorgeous and special occasion) ware for wealthy people including Ko-Kutani, Kakiemon and Nabeshima. We hope you enjoy the world of Ko-Imari. [Related Event] Lecture “The Special Traits of Japanese and Chinese Ceramics” Date: May 29 (Sun) 13:00-14:30 In Japanese. Please see the official website for details and information on more related events.




Modern Beauty – Art and Fashion in France

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Modern Beauty – Art and Fashion in France
at Pola Museum of Art (Yokohama, Kanagawa area)
(2016-03-19 - 2016-09-04)

This exhibition commemorating the 20th anniversary of The Pola Art Foundation spotlights “feminine beauty,” a special focus of the museum’s collection. The Industrial Revolution had a profound effect on fashion in 19th century France, giving rise to fashion media and changing the ways in which styles spread across society. The art critic and poet Pierre Baudelaire noted that fashion, which reflects trends, was a form of modern art that revealed the eternal in the temporary and exerted an important influence on painting. Exploring changes in fashion over a century, this show centered around 19th and 20th century painting considers the contexts and significance of fashion, as seen in some 210 items including fashion plates, accessories, cosmetics sets, and dresses.




Buffet and the 1940’s-50’s - Paintings Confronting Absurdity

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Buffet and the 1940’s-50’s - Paintings Confronting Absurdity
at Bernard Buffet Museum (Greater Tokyo area)
(2015-06-21 - 2016-09-06)

In the late 1940s Bernard Buffet debuted his young talent in the galleries of Paris, unveiling paintings filled with isolation and emptiness, filled with a feeling of repression, underscored by the aggressive cuts of his lines upon the canvas. These creations were born from a time when France was in exhaustion and confusion after the war, while art and culture brought an explosive energy within a specific political context and certain patrons rallied to support young artists’ work. This exhibition places a new focus upon the early works of Buffet and the background from which they emerged, opening a question towards the very “shock” of his distinct expressions. [Related Event] Gallery Talk Date: Every 4th Sunday 14:00- *Entrance ticket required *For information on further events please refer to the official website




Heart-Moving Realist Paintings – Living Artists in Japan

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Heart-Moving Realist Paintings – Living Artists in Japan
at Hoki Museum (Greater Tokyo area)
(2016-05-19 - 2016-11-13)

A single realist painting can take two to three months to complete. What does the viewer feel upon encountering these finished products, the culmination of the artist’s long creative process and period of contemplation? Take in 70 works by 27 realist painters in their thirties through eighties currently practicing in Japan. A museum survey will ask visitors about the works that speak to them the most.




Open Space 2016 Media Conscious

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Open Space 2016 Media Conscious
at NTT ICC Inter Communication Center (Shinjuku area)
(2016-05-28 - 2017-03-12)

“Open Space 2016: Media Conscious” is an exhibition introducing works of media art and other forms of artistic expression born out of today’s media environments, to a broad audience. Literally a beginner’s guide to media art, the exhibition features leading works from the realm of media art, artworks incorporating cutting-edge technologies, works with a critical standpoint, and in addition, projects that are currently in progress at various research institutions. All of them are being displayed along with explanatory notes designed to help the visitor gain a better understanding, according to our aim to present media art in a fun and easily accessible way. This 11th installment of “Open Space” is a “media conscious” themed exhibition focusing on the nature of media art as a vehicle for discovering new values through a conscious approach to media. Also on the schedule during the exhibition period are a number of related programs including talk sessions, lectures, symposia and workshops with artists and experts, as well as guided tours around the exhibits with explanations by the curatorial staff. Artist: Nelo Akamatsu, Toshio Iwai, Exonemo, Christa Sommerer & Laurent Mignonneau, Taniguchi Akihiko, Tsuda Michiko, Gregory Barsamian, Fujii Naotaka + Grinder-Man + Evala, Fujimoto Yukio, Horio Kanta, Goh Uozumi, Watanabe Keita Laboratory(Meiji University), Kubo Gaëtan, Aoyagi Natsumi, Ichihara Etsuko




Kazumi Kurigami “Dedicated — Yasuyuki Shuto”

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Kazumi Kurigami “Dedicated — Yasuyuki Shuto”
at アートスペースAM (Omotesando, Aoyama area)
(2016-06-17 - 2016-07-22)

Always facing her subjects with a passion and human wamrth Kazumi Kurigami here turns her camera towards the ever disciplined body and mind of dancer Yasuyuki Shuto, capturing the depth and strength of his physical expressions which have been fostered since childhood. [Related Event] Artist Talk Date: July 22(Fri) 19:00-20:00 Speakers: Kazumi Kurigami, Yasuyuki Shuto




Fumie Hiratai + Tamihito Yoshikawa + Etsuko Yamagami “Cycle - Wind, Water, Land”

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Fumie Hiratai + Tamihito Yoshikawa + Etsuko Yamagami “Cycle - Wind, Water, Land”
at Gallery Satoru (Musashino, Tama area)
(2016-06-18 - 2016-07-03)

[Related Event] Artist Talk Date: July 3(Sun) 14:00-