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Lu Yang “Electromagnetic Brainology”

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Lu Yang “Electromagnetic Brainology”
at Spiral (Omotesando, Aoyama area)
(2018-01-05 - 2018-01-22)

This is Shanghai-based media artist Lu Yang’s first large scale exhibition in Japan. An artist symbolic of the “Millennial” generation, Yang expresses her ideas about science and spirituality using digital media such as video, installation, animation, games and 3D CG. In 2015, she was chosen to exhibit at the China Pavilion at Venice Biennale, and in the summer of 2017 participated in the Asia Corridor Contemporary Art Exhibition at Kyoto Art Center, here introducing a new and unforgettable high impact video work that made her presence known. Considering the human body as something common to all individuals regardless of cultural or social background, Yang boldly features bodies and organs, as well as reactions in the brain and nervous system as subjects in her work. Though at times these expressions can become the focal point, her work as a whole is full of empathy for the fragility of life, looking to resolve feelings caused by distortions that prevail in contemporary society in a physical way. In this exhibition, Yang will present a video installation on the topic of gods as objects of faith, as well as a brand new video work created in the style of a Chanmomo (member of the Japanese idol group Band ja naimon!) music video. By focusing on subjects such as the brain and consciousness, here she humorously visualizes the boundaries between science and consciousness, reality and the imagination through elements and techniques familiar from games and other forms of entertainment. Venue: Spiral Garden, 1F Spiral




Iku Dekune Exhibition

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Iku Dekune Exhibition
at Gallery House Maya (Omotesando, Aoyama area)
(2018-01-05 - 2018-01-27)

Iku Dekune is an artist working out of Prague who primarily creates illustrated books. This exhibition will focus on original works produced by Dekune’s for her first collection of essays, “December in the Czech Republic - Living in a Land of Fairytales,” as well as artworks depicting children.




Open Site 2017-2018

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Open Site 2017-2018
at Tokyo Arts and Space Hongo (Chiyoda area)
(2017-10-14 - 2018-01-28)

This program aims to provide a platform for artistic activities in all creative fields, fostering new forms of expression and opening up opportunities to introduce innovative projects. It received even more applications from the general public than last year. From among them, 7 projects were chosen during the strict selection process, and they will be realized at Tokyo Arts and Space. There will also be one recommendation program. While development of cross-genre and interdisciplinary creation is accelerating in contemporary society, these selected projects go beyond the boundaries of existing genres. Part 1: Oct. 14 - Nov. 26, 2017 Part 2: Dec. 9, 2017 - Jan. 28, 2018 [Related Event] Part 1 Opening Talk Event Date: Oct. 15 (Sun) 15:00-16:30 Speakers: Minoru Hatanaka, Kim Woojin, Arata Hasegawa *Event in Japanese Part 2 Opening Talk Event Date: Dec. 9 (Sat) 15:00-16:30 Speakers: Mizuki Endo, Daisuke Kuroda, IP Yuk-Yiu Admission: Free With Japanese-English interpreter / No booking required




Projects by Assa Ashuach + Marcel Helmer

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Projects by Assa Ashuach + Marcel Helmer
at Kyoto Institute of Technology - Kyoto Design Lab Tokyo Gallery (Chiyoda area)
(2017-12-20 - 2018-02-04)

The Projects exhibition centres on recent work developed at Kyoto Design Lab during recent residencies by two designers. Assa Ashuach is a pioneer in the use of additive manufacturing and was D-lab’s 2017 Designer-in-Residence. Assa studied the natural geometrical growth patterns of the bamboo and translated this into producible 3D structures. He created a 3D structural growth algorithm inspired by the bamboo bio-microstructures which took into consideration the limitations of the 3D printing process. On show are the many 3D printed prototypes and developed and the final STEM chair that the process inspired. Marcel Helmer, a communication and interaction designer from the RCA’s Design Interactions course was Kyoto Design Lab’s 2016 Design Associate. His science education design project centred on finding a new way of communicating the qualities of drosophila and their value as scientific tools within medical research and biology.




Lawrence Weiner “Water & Some of Its Forms”

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Lawrence Weiner “Water & Some of Its Forms”
at Taro Nasu (Bakurocho area)
(2018-01-13 - 2018-02-10)

Solo exhibition by New York-based artist Lawrence Weiner, who since the 1960’s has pursued an interest in language, symbols and the imaginative power that they evoke. For Weiner, who has consistently considered his art as “information,” artworks are initially communicated to the audiences by becoming an imaginary event; each viewer has a unique background from which their draw on and experience things, something that Weiner considers to be a positive factor. The brand new works presented here are composed of words such as “water,” “salt water,” “freshwater,” “neutrons” and “graphite” as well as sentences, symbols and figures that relate to them. Water, saltwater and freshwater are types of physical matter, but they are classified by language in a way ​​that indicates their functions, properties, conditions of existence and so forth. The relationships created by sentences, symbols, and figures have the power to produce skewed connections that do not exist in reality. For Weiner, his works approach the viewer’s recognition of logic, time and space. In this exhibition, several Japanese translations that have been prepared by the gallery appear alongside the English text written by Weiner. In order to complete the work, these translations have been written in consultation with the artist, who has selected the words in the texts according to their nuance.




Hiroko Koshino “It Is As It Is”

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Hiroko Koshino “It Is As It Is”
at KH Gallery (Ginza, Marunouchi area)
(2017-12-19 - 2018-02-24)

This exhibition celebrates the publication of “Hiroko Koshino | It Is As It Is” celebrating Hiroko Koshino’s 60th anniversary as a designer. The book features Hiroko Koshino’s collection looks from the 1978 to 2017 Autumn/Winter and paintings that she drew over the years. The exposition space will be designed by the graphic designer Ken Miki who also designed the book. Eight-meter three-dimensional art objects will visualize Hiroko Koshino’s philosophy according to the seven chapters of the book titled through “emptiness”, ”naturalness”, ”essentiality”, ”pairings”, ”cultivation”, ”play” and ”form”.




Where Ideas Come From

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Where Ideas Come From
at Advertising Museum Tokyo (Ginza, Marunouchi area)
(2017-12-01 - 2018-02-24)

What is behind the good ideas that create instant hits and useful everyday items? Conceiving of such ideas is not a product of talent and or a person’s sensibilities, but the result of rigorous thought processes and commitment to finding a new way to think. This exhibition looks to explore the act of thinking and the fun that is behind where ideas come from.




Kumagusu Minakata: An Informant-savant 100 Years Ahead of his Time

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Kumagusu Minakata: An Informant-savant 100 Years Ahead of his Time
at National Museum of Nature and Science (Ueno, Yanaka area)
(2017-12-19 - 2018-03-04)

The late Kumagusu Minakata has long been known as a researcher who explored natural phenomena, but in recent years the vast body of work that he left behind has been re-evaluated and his role reconsidered as that of an information provider. In this exhibition, you can take a trip inside the mind of Minakata by looking at key exhibits pertaining to his work, such as diaries, letters, illustrated texts, and diagrams of fungi. This show is complemented by the simultaneously held exhibition “Lichen - A Fungi and Algae Composite.” Venue: Special Exhibitions Space, 1F Japan Building, National Museum of Nature and Science [Related Events] Gallery Talk: “Kumagusu Minakata, Our Contemporary” Date: Jan. 26 (Fri), 18:00-18:30 Venue: Special Exhibitions Space, 1F Japan Building Speaker: Yoshiya Tamura (Academic Trustee of Kumagusu Minakata Archives) Gallery Talk: “Mysteries of the Life and Illustrated Works of Kumagusu Minakata” Date: Feb. 23 (Fri), 18:00-18:30 Venue: Special Exhibitions Space, 1F Japan Building Speaker: Tsuyoshi Hosoya (Chair of the National Museum of Nature and Science Department of Biology Division of Fungi and Algae Research Group) *No booking required. *Events in Japanese. *Please see the official website for further details.




World Book Design 2016-17 feat. Book Design of the Czech Republic in the 21st Century

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World Book Design 2016-17 feat. Book Design of the Czech Republic in the 21st Century
at P&P Gallery (Ichigaya, Kagurazaka area)
(2017-12-01 - 2018-03-04)

This exhibit features some 200 books, including books of superior design from Japan, Germany, Holland, Switzerland, Canada, China, and the Czech Republic, as well as books accepted for the “Best Books From All Over the World” 2017 competition, which is hosted in March each year at the Leipzig Book Fair. There are books whose binding, printing, and typography are flawlessly designed in a traditional manner, as well as many surprisingly unconventional books. All the books on display make you realize just how impressive the level of design and bookbinding techniques are today. 2017 is the “Year of Czech Culture in Japan,” so in addition to the works awarded at “Nejkrásnější české knihy roku 2016,” there will be a special section that focuses on Czech book design of the 21st century, introducing around 50 books in total. *Some limited editions will not be on exhibit; this is not a complete exhibition of all of the prize-winning titles. [Related Events] Talk Event “Recent trends in Czech book design and the impact of comics” Date: Jan. 27 (Sat) 14:00-18:00 Speakers: Pavel Kořínek (Researcher at the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, Institute of Czech Literature), Jean-Gaspard Páleníček (Former Director or Czech Center Paris) Venue: Gutenberg Room, Printing Museum Tokyo (basement) Admission: Free (Printing Museum Tokyo admission ticket is required) Capacity: 80 (booking required)




Angela Detanico and Rafael Lain, Antonio Dias, Mira Schendel “Dialogue”

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Angela Detanico and Rafael Lain, Antonio Dias, Mira Schendel “Dialogue”
at The Club (Ginza, Marunouchi area)
(2018-01-20 - 2018-03-24)

The Club is pleased to present “Dialogue,” a group show introducing Brazilian artists. It features Antonio Dias and Mira Schendel, two critically acclaimed artists that have been active internationally since the 1960s, the heyday of the Concretismo Brazilian Art Movement. Their influence, and in particular their works’ relationship with Japanese poetry, is clearly explored by the young duo Angela Detanico and Rafael Lain. Although from different generations, they all share similar experiences of living both in Brazil and Europe and working in multilingual surroundings. You are invited to enjoy the dialogue between these conceptual artists, each of whom addresses the underlying possibilities of language, not only in the way words’ meanings and their phonetics are related and give birth to each other, but also in finding ways to visually sublimate that process in art.




Film History in Posters Part 3: Science Fiction and Monster Films

Film History in Posters Part 3: Science Fiction and Monster Films
at National Film Center (Kyobashi, Nihonbashi area)
(2018-01-04 - 2018-03-25)

Voyages to outer space, timeless worlds, destruction of the earth, unbelievable futures … throughout film history, inexhaustible human imagination has undoubtedly been most freely demonstrated in the genre of Science Fiction. Those stories and visual expressions, which go way beyond our reality, have given and will give tremendous impact to audiences all over the world. As the third installment of the series “Film History in Posters”, this exhibition is for posters of this extraordinary genre, mainly from NFC’s collection. Sci-Fi started as a minor film genre then achieved mainstream status. The exhibition traces the rich genealogy from classic masterpieces such as Metropolis (1926) and King Kong (1933), through Japanese monster films with outstanding special effects technology that attracted hardcore fans inside and outside of Japan from the first Godzilla in 1954, to new generations gaining power from the 1960s such as Stanley Kubrick, and the golden age of Sci-Fi film after the worldwide success of the Star Wars series from 1977. We invite you to enjoy the flights of imagination woven into the design of these magnificent posters. Venue: 7F Exhibition Space [Related Events] Cinematic Science Fiction Landscapes Inspired by Literature Date: Jan. 13 (Sat) Speaker: Ryohei Takahashi (science fiction critic) Admission: Free (no booking required, exhibition admission ticket required) *Event in Japanese. *Please see the official website for further details and information on other related events.




Shuntaro Tanikawa Exhibition

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Shuntaro Tanikawa Exhibition
at Tokyo Opera City Art Gallery (Shinjuku area)
(2018-01-13 - 2018-03-25)

Shuntaro Tanikawa is a leading Japanese poet who made a striking debut in 1952 with his anthology “Two Billion Light-Years of Solitude.” Now 85 years old, his fresh and vibrant language continues to resonate with the hearts and minds of many Japanese readers. In addition to showcasing Tanikawa’s past and present work, this exhibition introduces ephemera from his childhood, sharing his favorite music, collections and so forth. Be captivated by brand new poems written for the occasion and encounter his exciting collaborations with musician Keigo Oyamada (Cornelius) and others. [Related Events] Kyoichi Tsuzuki and Shuntaro Tanikawa In Conversation Date: Jan 27 (Sat), 14:00- (doors open 13:45) Keigo Oyamada (Cornelius) and Shuntaro Tanikawa In Conversation Date: Feb. 10 (Sat), 14:00- (doors open 13:45) Venue: Meeting Hall, 7F Tokyo Opera City Building Capacity: 160 (per event, unreserved seating) Admission: Free (numbered admission ticket required for access to event; exhibition admission ticket charged separately) *Free numbered admission tickets for the event will be distributed at the Art Gallery entrance from 11:00 on the day of each event. Only one ticket is issued per person. *Attendees will be asked to line up in order of their numbered admission tickets from 13:40 ahead of the doors opening. *Events in Japanese.




Fragments of Graphic Design

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Fragments of Graphic Design
at Creation Gallery G8 (Ginza, Marunouchi area)
(2018-01-23 - 2018-02-22)

Japanese graphic design culture evolved through the 20th century with its own aesthetics and techniques different from Western design culture. Now in the 21st century, this past has become a rich historical source from which to draw. What directions will Japanese graphic design take in the years to come? What possibilities will emerge? An understanding of the past is indispensible when considering these questions. With the cooperation of Idea, Seibundo Shinkosha’s magazine reporting from the front lines of international graphic design since 1953, this exhibition gives an overview of 20th century Japanese graphic design from the perspectives of 20th century leaders in the field. Notable ideas, works, people, and events are introduced.




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

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

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