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Chiaki Okada Exhibition

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Chiaki Okada Exhibition
at Pinpoint Gallery
Media: Illustration
(2017-11-13 - 2017-11-25)

Original works featured in Chiaki Okada’s last four picture books will be presented here alongside other artworks by the artist.




Atsuhiko Misawa “Animal House: House of Enigmas”

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Atsuhiko Misawa “Animal House: House of Enigmas”
at The Shoto Museum of Art
Media: Painting - Sculpture - Workshops - Talks
(2017-10-07 - 2017-11-26)

Atsuhiko Misawa (1961-) is one of modern Japan’s leading sculptors. His life-sized “animals” are carved from logs of camphor wood using a chisel or sword according to a traditional woodcarving technique, and colored with oil paints. They exude a realistic sense of vitality, as if infused with actual souls (anima). The animals appear here and there throughout the distinctive architectural space of the Shoto Museum of Art, which was designed by Seiichi Shirai, emitting a powerful presence that seems to make the very air around them vibrate as they freely strut around the building. This is “Animal House: House of Enigmas.” It is worth paying attention to the settings and narratives that Misawa’s animals appear in, as these are the result of his close rapport with other artists, namely Katsura Funakoshi, Masato Kobayashi, Hiroshi Sugito, and Masashi Asada. [Related Events] House of Enigmas Artist Talk Series Animal House 1: Oct. 7 (Sat) 14:00-15:00 Animal House 2: Oct. 28 (Sat) 14:00-15:00 Animal House 3: Nov. 25 (Sat) 14:00-15:00 Venue: 2F Exhibition Space Speakers: Atsuhiko Misawa, Katsura Funakoshi, Masato Kobayashi, Hiroshi Sugito, Masashi Asada (speakers will vary for each talk event) “Atsuhiko Misawa x Katsura Funakoshi Work in Progress - Busts in Clay” See the two artists producing clay busts of visitors to the exhibition. Event Date: Oct. 21 (Sat), Nov. 18 (Sat) 15:00-16:00 Venue: 2F Exhibition Space *Events in Japanese. *Please see the official website for further details.




Elegant Enigmas: The Art of Edward Gorey

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Elegant Enigmas: The Art of Edward Gorey
at Utsunomiya Museum of Art
Media: Illustration
(2017-10-08 - 2017-11-26)

This exhibition of original Edward Gorey works that have toured the U.S. in a show organized by The Edward Gorey Charitable Trust and the Brandywine River Museum of Art presents some 350 items, including works from private collections, rare works, documents, and other articles from the elegant enigma of Gorey’s life as an artist.




Haitian Art Exhibition

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Haitian Art Exhibition
at Kawasaki City Museum
Media: Painting - Video and Film - Talks
(2017-09-02 - 2017-11-26)

Art from the Caribbean island nation of Haiti reflects the country’s beautiful natural setting, French colonial influence, and unique Hatian culture. With its vivid tropical colors, depictions of anthropomorphized animals, fantastic landscapes, and voodoo influence, Haitian art has attracted the interest of artists like leading Surrealist André Breton (1896-1966) and won international acclaim. Kawasaki City Museum showcases examples of Haiti’s vibrant art. [Events] Guided exhibition tour Date: Oct. 21 (Sat) 14:00–15:00 Family exhibition tour Date: Nov. 11 (Sat) 11:00–11:45 In Japanese. Please see the official website for reservations and details.




Zushi Art Festival 2017

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Zushi Art Festival 2017
at Zushi Beach
Media: Graphics - Illustration - Painting - Drawing - Photography - Sculpture - Installation - Product - Crafts - Sound - Performance Art - Art Festival - Workshops
(2017-10-07 - 2017-11-26)

Zushi Art Festival 2017 presents more than 70 works including photography, painting, installation, and more by artists on the international scene. A public exhibition, culture festival, music, and other events will also be held. Please see the official website for details. Venues: Zushibunka Plaza Hall, Zushi Kaikan, Zushi Catholic Church, Kameoka Hachimangu Shrine, Zushi City Hall, Kotsubo Fishing Port, Kikuchi Bldg. 2, others




d design travel Gunma Exhibition

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

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




100 Years of Japanese Animation: Pioneers of Moving Manga

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100 Years of Japanese Animation: Pioneers of Moving Manga
at Kawasaki City Museum
Media: Drawing - Manga - Animation - Workshops - Talks
(2017-09-02 - 2017-12-03)

This exhibition looks back on the origins of Japanese animation a century ago, spotlighting four pioneers in the field: Hekoten Shimokawa, Seitaro Kiyama, Junichi Kouchi, and Senpan Maekawa. It also looks at ties between prewar manga and animation culture, and screens the recently rediscovered “Namakura Katana” – Japan’s oldest animation – and a tribute by contemporary animators to Hekoten Shimokawa. [Screenings] Early Animation Date: Oct. 22 (Sun) 11:30 and 14:00 (two programs) Hekoten Shimokawa Tribute & Contemporary Animators’ Works Date: Nov. 19 (Sun) 13:30–16:00 Animation Masterpieces Every Saturday and Sunday Oct. 14 (Sat)–Nov. 26 (Sun) 11:30 and 14:00 In Japanese. Please see the official website for details and information on more events.




Michiko Fujita “Works for light and space”

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Michiko Fujita “Works for light and space”
at Chigasaki City Museum of Art
Media: Installation
(2017-11-11 - 2017-12-03)

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




Modern Fragrances and Cosmetics - The birth of Japanese Western-inspired aesthetics

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Modern Fragrances and Cosmetics - The birth of Japanese Western-inspired aesthetics
at Isehan-Honten Museum of Beni
Media: Graphics - Product
(2017-10-21 - 2017-12-10)

Encounters with Western technology and culture that followed the opening of Japan in the mid-nineteenth century introduced new values ​​to Japanese society. This year, marking 150 years since the country set out on its path to modernity, the museum will explore the modernization of fragrances and cosmetics in Japan. Domestic cosmetics from the Meiji era (1968-1912) through to the early Showa era (1926-1989) will be introduced alongside imported products and related print matter, which informed the subsequent manufacture of Japanese items. This is a chance to discover the progress and essence of modern cosmetics in Japan. From the Meiji era onward, the Japanese cosmetics industry was heavily influenced by products from countries such as France, Germany, England, and the United States. The introduction of scientific knowledge triggered the pursuit of safe materials, in turn promoting the manufacture of harmless cosmetics, while, at the same time, increasing the variety of products available. The strong aroma of overseas products is something that stood out as being completely different from the traditional fragrances of ancient Japan, imported perfumes thus becoming an essential factor in advocating these cosmetics of the new era. Meanwhile, the appearance of cosmetics and the gap between the design of foreign products and Japanese items was strongly apparent. The Japanese cosmetics industry thus grew with the help of inspiration from the beauty of the West. [Related Event] Talk Event: Meiji and Taisho era cosmetics - Japanese aesthetics reshaped by Western culture Event Date: Nov. 17 (Fri) 18:30-20:00 Speaker: Hiromi Yamamura (scholar of the culture of cosmetics) Capacity: 20 Admission: ¥500 *Event in Japanese. *Please see the official website for details on booking.




Spread the message! Communication Painters

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Spread the message! Communication Painters
at Atelier, Kawaguchi Art Gallery
Media: Painting
(2017-10-28 - 2017-12-10)

Artists in School is a program that was initially established in 2006 that allows professional artists to teach special art classes at public elementary and junior high schools. This exhibition presenting the work of Kensuke Miyazaki, one of these artist teachers, and that of 33 sixth grade students of Higashihongo Elementary School celebrates the renewal of this initiative. Their works are on the theme of wisdom, ways of living, and losing oneself in thought. The exhibition space is larger that in previous years and the event will run for a longer period. Works produced by the children at school will be on display as of November 11 (Sat). [Related Events] Workshop: “Share it with the world: Make a picture” Event Date: Nov. 11 (Sat) A: 10:30-12:00 (junior high school students and above), B: 14:00-15:30 (elementary school students) Workshop Leader: Kensuke Miyazaki Admission: ¥500 *Event in Japanese *Please see the official website for booking.




Shinkai Makoto “From “Voices of a Distant Star” to “Your Name””

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Shinkai Makoto “From “Voices of a Distant Star” to “Your Name””
at The National Art Center, Tokyo
Media: Illustration - Drawing - Manga - Video and Film - Animation
(2017-11-11 - 2017-12-18)

This exhibition presenting a range of works by Makoto Shinkai, from “Voices of a Distant Star” to “Your Name,” marks the 10th anniversary of The National Art Center, Tokyo. Shinkai debuted commercially with his short film “Voices of a Distant Star” in 2002. Since then, he has spent the last 15 years producing refined “stories of a man and a woman who cross their paths in a beautiful and magnificent world,” receiving widespread attention from audiences across the board. Shinkai’s journey will be introduced here through his production materials, such as storyboards, plannings, drawings, arts, and visual images, as well as other objects that enable visitors to experience his world. This is an opportunity to enjoy an in depth experience of Shinkai’s charming animations. “Voices of a Distant Star” marks his first self-production, while “The place promised in our early days” - which received the Mainichi Film Concours Award - can be considered his first feature length work produced with a professional team. Other key titles include “5 Centimeters Per Second,” which remains popular to this day, the young adult fantasy film “Children Who Chase Lost Voices,” “The Garden of Words,” which tells a story of visual literature in the digital era, and “your name,” which celebrated record-breaking success right after its release last year.




Animation Cabin Vol. 4: Masterpiece Contemporary Shorts From Italy

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Animation Cabin Vol. 4: Masterpiece Contemporary Shorts From Italy
at Au Praxinoscope
Media: Video and Film - Animation
(2017-09-15 - 2017-12-23)

Screening outstanding contemporary short animations from Italy: “Muto” (2008) by Blu, “La Piccola Russia” (2004) by Gianluigi Toccafondo, La Funambola (2002) by Roberto Catani, “Come Persone” (1995) by Ursula Ferrara, “Invacca” (2008) by Stefano Ricci, and “Cosmoetico” (2015) by Martina Scarpelli. [Screening Times] 13:00–13:37 14:00–14:37 15:00–15:37 16:00–16:37 17:00–17:37 18:00–18:37




Japan through the lens of an English-language newspaper - 120 years of The Japan Times

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Japan through the lens of an English-language newspaper - 120 years of The Japan Times
at Newspark - The Japan Newspaper Museum
Media: Photography
(2017-10-07 - 2017-12-24)

As the first domestic English-language newspaper to be published by the Japanese, The Japan Times looked to become a bridge between Japan and other countries. This exhibition presents around 120 pages of the newspaper, arranged into various time periods and themes, that have been carefully selected from the some 500,000 pages that have been printed since its launch in 1897. It will introduce how Japan has been reported on through a diverse range of examples, touching on subjects such as economic and political circumstances, as well as life and culture. [Related Events] Lecture: Considering media marketing strategies and subjects - From newspapers to digital formats Event Date: Oct. 29 (Sun) 14:00-15:45 Speakers: Tatsuo Ishii (Kao Corporation), Makiko Yamaguchi (IBM Japan) Lecture: How those looking to work internationally can use The Japan Times ST Event Date: Nov. 4 (Sat) 13:30-14:45 Speakers: Takahashi Toshiyuki (chief editor of The Japan Times ST) Lecture: The ups and downs of an English-language newspaper raised in Yokohama Event Date: Nov. 25 (Sat) 13:30-14:45 Speaker: Yuga Suzuki (professor at Sophia University) Lecture: How I read The Japan Times Event Date: Dec. 10 (Sun) 14:00-15:15 Speaker: Ken Mogi (brain scientist) *Events in Japanese. *Please see the official website for further details.




Livres d’enfance français, Collection Kashima Shigeru

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Livres d’enfance français, Collection Kashima Shigeru
at Gunma Museum of Art, Tatebayashi
Media: Illustration - Drawing - Workshops - Talks
(2017-09-23 - 2017-12-24)

This is the first time for these French picture books treasured for many years in the collection of rare Western books belonging to Shigeru Kashima, a scholar of French literature, to be shown in public. They date mainly from the late nineteenth century, when fine children’s books emerged, to the early twentieth century, when subtle, modern, and lively pictures played the leading role. The entirety of this collection rich in charming, beautiful French picture books is revealed here.




Smart Illumination Yokohama 2017

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Smart Illumination Yokohama 2017
at Zou-no-hana Terrace
Media: Painting - Drawing - Photography - Sculpture - Installation - Media Arts - Workshops
(2017-11-01 - 2017-12-31)

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




Beautiful Rice - For a Sustainable Future

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Beautiful Rice - For a Sustainable Future
at National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation
Media: Photography - Installation - Talks
(2017-11-11 - 2018-01-08)

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




Van Gogh & Japan

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Van Gogh & Japan
at Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum
Media: Painting - Nihonga - Workshops - Talks
(2017-10-24 - 2018-01-08)

Vincent van Gogh (1853-1890) was profoundly interested in Japan. From his Paris period to his early days in Arles, he collected ukiyo-e prints and writings on Japanese culture. Conversely, Japanese artists and intellectuals became enamored of Van Gogh after his death and made pilgrimages to his grave in Auvers-sur-Oise in France. This exhibition explores the mutual fascination between Van Gogh and Japan, presenting enlightening new perspectives through the display of roughly 40 of Van Gogh’s oil paintings and sketches, accompanied 50 or some works by Japanese ukiyo-e artists and Van Gogh’s contemporaries, as well as various historical materials. [Related Events] Evening Lecture Event Dates: Nov. 3 (Fri), Dec. 1 (Fri) 18:30-19:00 (doors open 18:10) Venue: Auditorium Lobby Floor, Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum Capacity: 225 (no booking required) Admission: Free (exhibition admission ticket required) *Event in Japanese.




“The Doraemon Exhibition Tokyo 2017”

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“The Doraemon Exhibition Tokyo 2017”
at Mori Arts Center Gallery
Media: Graphics - Painting - Drawing - Manga - Photography - Architecture - Sculpture - Installation - Video and Film - Animation - Media Arts - Sound
(2017-11-01 - 2018-01-08)

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




90 Years of Kinder book - The world of children traced through pictures and songs

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90 Years of Kinder book - The world of children traced through pictures and songs
at Printing Museum
Media: Graphics - Illustration - Workshops - Talks
(2017-10-21 - 2018-01-14)

Kinder book was born as “Observational Picture Books Kinder Book” in November 1927 and will be turning 90 years old in 2017. It was an early forerunner of monthly childcare picture books that were distributed directly to kindergartens and has been closely connected to early childhood education for many generations. Looking back over the many years over which this magazine has been published, the lives of the people involved and the affection with which the creators addressed their readers is even now vividly conveyed. With the improvements in printing technology, photographs could later be included in addition to illustrations, which have been a feature since the very first issue. Combining photographs and illustrations, the expression has greatly changed over the decades. The world of Kinder book will be revealed here. [Related Events] Akira Yuyama Children’s Songs Talk & Froebel Boys’ Choir Concert Event Date: Nov. 4 (Sat) 14:00-16:00 Venue: Toppan Hall Admission: ¥1500 (all free seating, includes admission to the Printing Museum)




Flap-flop, Clap-clop: A Place Where Words Are Born
Flap-flop, Clap-clop: A Place Where Words Are Born at Arts Maebashi Media: Graphics - Painting - Sculpture - Sound - Performance Art - Workshops - Talks (2017-10-20 - 2018-01-16) Hikkuri-ko, gakkuri-ko – the sound of footsteps under the influence of a little alcohol? Rendered in the exhibition’s English title as “Flap-flop, Clap-clop,” this is how Sakutaro Hagiwara, in an unpublished manuscript, transcribed the sound and feel of a nighttime walk around the city. We walk toward other places, encounter other people. Sometimes we have a purpose, sometimes we go where the wind blows. Because we cannot live alone, we turn to somebody else and speak words. Words are what connect us with other living people; to use words is also to live, to create, to weave, to sing, to think, to seek. Though we are never quite in touch with these words. The works of poets feature words that slip through our fingers, words that have sloughed off their meanings, words that carry an unbearable weight - but they also depict the faintest tremors of the heart that could not be captured without words. To us, words themselves also constitute the other - all the more reason why we must take a close look at their appearance, at their character. In recent times, the concerns of cultural anthropology - the formation of words tied to physical acts like speech and song, say, or regional writing and poetry - have borne on how we look at words. The technologies of printing and the internet radically transformed the character of words that once had a close connection with the body and with nature. Now, the increase in moving images is reaffirming to us the real variety of bodies and types of speech in existence. Then there is the experience of crises such as war and natural disasters. While these cast doubt and criticism on language-centric reason and rationalism, they can also be seen as opportunities to refine our delicate understanding of words. Think of strategies to avoid being dispossessed of one’s language by confining it to a private sphere, or of radical experiments to wrench words from their molds and set them free. It is a characteristic of times of crisis that such efforts become more apparent.  As we pass from the early period of internet democracy into the “post-truth” age, today’s words are confronted with issues of division and security. This exhibition has been planned with a view to drawing attention to what artists, who contemplate words through their own acute senses, feel and express - particularly in this so-called “post-truth” age. Welcome to a place where words come into being, born out of our existence and culture. Artists: Tomomi Adachi, Ryoji Arai, Hideki Uragami, Gakyu Osawa, Chikutai Osawa, Yoko Ono, oblaat, Tatsuo Kawaguchi, On Kawara, Francesco Cangiullo, Katsue Kitazono, Shinpei Kusano, John Cage, Mieko Shiomi, Kurt Shiwitters, Keiko Shiraishi, Hiraku Suzuki, Tullio D’Albisola, Tristan Tzara, Kazuo Tomiya, TOLTA, Seiichi Niikuni, ni_ka, Kyojiro Hagiwara, Sakutaro Hagiwara, Naoyo Fukuda, Yumi Fuzuki, Ben Vautier, George Maciunas, Maniackers Design, Filippo T. Marinetti, Futoshi Miyagi, MUTTONI, Fuyuki Yamakawa, Bocho Yamamura, Sofu Yokobori [Related Events] Today’s writing paper - Tour workshop by Tolta Event Date: Oct. 22 (Sun) 14:00- Meeting Place: 1F Information Desk, Arts Maebashi Admission: Free Capacity: 20 *Participants are asked to drink a wristwatch (or they may use the clock on a mobile phone). *Suitable for high school students and above. *Event in [...]



David Shrigley “Lose Your Mind”

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David Shrigley “Lose Your Mind”
at Contemporary Art Center, Art Tower Mito
Media: Drawing - Sculpture - Animation - Workshops - Talks
(2017-10-14 - 2018-01-21)

Art Tower Mito is holding Japan’s first large-scale solo exhibition of the work of acclaimed British artist David Shrigley, known for his darkly humorous take on everyday situations. David Shrigley works in a wide range of media, including drawing, animation, sculpture and photography. He moves easily between the worlds of high art and popular culture, collaborating with high-profile musicians and fashion brands, whilst also producing political cartoons and public artworks. The provocative title of the exhibition, “Lose Your Mind,” can be seen as an expression of a unique sense of humour that is present through the entire oeuvre of Shrigley. For the first time in Japan, the exhibition, presented in partnership with the British Council, comprehensively introduces the diverse activities of the artist, presenting an immensity of his drawings, darkly humorous animations, surreal sculptures and conceptual works that gently undermine the seriousness of art. Additionally, a balloon replica of his public artwork Really Good, which has been gaining attention since it was unveiled at Trafalgar Square in London in autumn 2016, will have its world premiere at the exhibition. Enjoy the world of David Shrigley, illuminated by dark humour, which, one may say, is unique to British culture. [Related Event] 1. Artist Talk Date and Time: 14th Oct (Sat), 2017 14:00-15:00 Guest: David Shrigley Venue: Workshop room, Contemporary Art Gallery, Art Tower Mito Capacity: 70 (reservation unnecessary, first-come-first-served basis) *Numbered tickets are distributed from 11:00 in front of the venue. *Fee is included in the admission for the exhibition. 2. Session! - Gallery Tour with the visually impaired Dates: 9th Dec (Sat) 2017, 13th Jan (Sat) 2018 Time: 15:00-17:00 Capacity: 5(reservation required, first-come-first-served basis) Fee: ¥1000(including the admission of the exhibition) *Only in Japanese. 3. Weekend Gallery Talk Date: 28th Oct (Sat), 2017, to 21th Jan (Sun), 2018. Every Saturday and Sunday during the period of the exhibition except 19th Nov (Sun), 6th Jan (Sat) and 7th Jan (Sun). Time: Starts at 14:30 (Gallery talk lasts approximately 40 minutes.) Venue: Contemporary Art Center, Art Tower Mito *A gallery talk might be canceled due to circumstances. *Fee is included in the admission for the exhibition. *Only in Japanese *Please see the official website for further details




The 100-Year History of Japanese Picture Books

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The 100-Year History of Japanese Picture Books
at Chihiro Art Museum Tokyo
Media: Illustration - Painting - Drawing
(2017-11-08 - 2018-01-31)

In the 1910s, several Japanese magazines for children, such as “Kodomo no Tomo (The Children’s Companion)” and “Akai Tori (Red Bird),” were launched one after the other. Against the backdrop of the prosperity that arrived to Japan after World War I - a period known as the Taisho Democracy - highly artistic illustrated magazines and picture books emerged from the movement at the time promoting fairy tales, nursery songs and pictures for children. Following World War II, picture books enjoyed a resurgence thanks to the contributions of Chihiro Iwasaki and other distinctive artists. This exhibition follows the progression of the uniquely rich expressiveness of Japanese picture books over the past 100 years.




Ancient Civilization of the Andes

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Ancient Civilization of the Andes
at National Museum of Nature and Science
Media: Sculpture - Crafts
(2017-10-21 - 2018-02-18)

The Ancient Civilization of the Andes exhibition examines several cultures, spotlighting the myths and religious beliefs their influences have brought about, the superior technology that allowed them to build temples and pyramids, and the unique lifestyles that developed amid harsh but diverse natural environments. A selection of some 200 artworks, artifacts, and other rare items are displayed.




Yasuhiro Suzuki “Spontaneous Garden”

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Yasuhiro Suzuki “Spontaneous Garden”
at Hakone Open Air Museum
Media: Sculpture - Installation
(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.




Leandro Erlich: Seeing and Believing

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Leandro Erlich: Seeing and Believing
at Mori Art Museum
Media: Sculpture - Installation - Media Arts
(2017-11-18 - 2018-04-01)

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




Love is Wonderful

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Love is Wonderful
at Snoopy Museum Tokyo
Media: Illustration - Drawing - Manga - Animation
(2017-10-07 - 2018-04-08)

In the comic strip “Peanuts,” there are various romantic episodes that excite the heart; Charlie Brown lets out a sigh upon seeing the Little Red Haired Girl in front of him, the crabby Lucy struggles with her unrequited love for Shroeder. Even Snoopy has a bitter experience when his brother Spike runs off with his bride-to-be just before their wedding. This exhibition on the theme of love has a dramatic atmosphere, introducing around 80 original comic strips and animation sequences depiciting the many romantic episodes in “Peanuts.”




Hakone Open-Air Museum Permanent Exhibits

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Hakone Open-Air Museum Permanent Exhibits
at Hakone Open Air Museum
Media: Sculpture - Installation

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.




Beautiful Books Can Change the World: The Universe of Tara Books, India

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Beautiful Books Can Change the World: The Universe of Tara Books, India
at Itabashi Art Museum
Media: Illustration - Prints - Product - Crafts - Party - Workshops - Talks
(2017-11-25 - 2018-01-08)

Tara Books is an independent publishing house based in Chennai, South India that creates handmade picture books akin to crafted objects. Since its establishment in 1994, it has published a number of titles, focusing mainly on picture books, with an emphasis on paintings, text, graphic design, and book building. Their beautiful handcrafted publications typically feature multicolored silkscreen prints on thick handmade paper and have attracted much attention around the globe. Though printing techniques and the methods by which books are constructed tend to be hidden from view, the essence of Tara Books is in its editorial policy; when working with folk artists they visit various places in India, meeting with the painters and working alongside them. They also work together with overseas artists and designers in countries such as Japan, seeing this as a way to challenge established approaches, and address social problems and the situation of commercial art in India, for example. By introducing titles such as “The Night Life of Trees” and “Waterlife,” which are well-known in Japan, this exhibition shines the spotlight on Tara Books’ method of book construction and their handmade book building process with folk artists. Enjoy the array of picture books, original artwork, photographs, videos, and other 300 or so objects on show that invite you to learn about their publishing activities. [Related Events] Opening Talk Event: “Making a Tara Books book - What publishers can do” Date; Nov. 25 (Sat) 14:00-16:00 Speakers: Gita Wolf, V. Gita (founders of Tara Books) Moderator: Kiyoko Matsuoka (Vice Director of Itabashi Art Museum) Venue: 1F Auditorium, Itabashi Art Museum Capacity: 80 (booking required, selected by lottery) Admission: Free *Event in Japanese and English. Make a dish from a banana leaf! All-you-can-eat South Indian cuisine! Date: Dec. 17 (Sun) 12:30-14:00 Speakers: Masalawala (Hiroyoshi Takeda, Shinji Kashima) Capacity: 60 (booking required, selected by lottery) Admission: ¥2500




Tube Socks

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Tube Socks
at Creation Gallery G8
Media: Product - Fashion
(2017-11-28 - 2017-12-23)

Starting November 28, Creation Gallery G8 and Guardian Garden - two galleries in Tokyo’s Ginza district - will host an exhibition focusing on tube Socks for this year’s addition of the annual “Creation Project.” It represents a collaboration involving 167 creative artists and a small manufacturing company based in Osaka. Higuchi Knitting Company, located in Hirakata City in Osaka Prefecture, is a producer of socks that was founded in 1933. Sock production in Japan peaked in the late 1980s and has been in decline ever since. In the face of inexpensive imports from Asia, the Japanese sock industry as a whole is in a severe state. Higuchi Knitting takes maximum advantage of its resilience as a small-scale producer, however, creating made-to-order socks on request from the customer - even responding to orders for a single pair. The items on exhibit here are based on tube socks developed by Higuchi Knitting at the request of its customers. The company’s tube socks are unusual in having no heel and being of extra-high quality. Those featured in the exhibition are all original articles with knitted designs created by artists from various fields and backgrounds. All items on show will be available for purchase. The absence of a heel, combined with outstanding elasticity, means that Higuchi Knitting’s tube socks fit all sizes, from children to adults. They make ideal gifts, for Christmas or other occasions, and for oneself. Proceeds from the sale of the tube socks will be donated to “Save the Children.” Under that program, funds are used locally in Japan for a number of important purposes: to relieve child poverty, prevent child abuse, support recovery in disaster-affected regions, etc.




Tube Socks

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Tube Socks
at Guardian Garden
Media: Product - Fashion
(2017-11-28 - 2017-12-23)

Starting November 28, Creation Gallery G8 and Guardian Garden - two galleries in Tokyo’s Ginza district - will host an exhibition focusing on tube Socks for this year’s addition of the annual “Creation Project.” It represents a collaboration involving 167 creative artists and a small manufacturing company based in Osaka. Higuchi Knitting Company, located in Hirakata City in Osaka Prefecture, is a producer of socks that was founded in 1933. Sock production in Japan peaked in the late 1980s and has been in decline ever since. In the face of inexpensive imports from Asia, the Japanese sock industry as a whole is in a severe state. Higuchi Knitting takes maximum advantage of its resilience as a small-scale producer, however, creating made-to-order socks on request from the customer - even responding to orders for a single pair. The items on exhibit here are based on tube socks developed by Higuchi Knitting at the request of its customers. The company’s tube socks are unusual in having no heel and being of extra-high quality. Those featured in the exhibition are all original articles with knitted designs created by artists from various fields and backgrounds. All items on show will be available for purchase. The absence of a heel, combined with outstanding elasticity, means that Higuchi Knitting’s tube socks fit all sizes, from children to adults. They make ideal gifts, for Christmas or other occasions, and for oneself. Proceeds from the sale of the tube socks will be donated to “Save the Children.” Under that program, funds are used locally in Japan for a number of important purposes: to relieve child poverty, prevent child abuse, support recovery in disaster-affected regions, etc.