Leiko Ikemura “Pioon”
at The Vangi Sculpture Garden Museum
Media: Painting - Drawing - Sculpture
(2014-04-20 - 2014-10-14)
Leiko Ikemura offers up a sense of transformation imbued in the depths and surfaces of her sculptural work, showcased at Vangi Sculpture Garden Museum for the first time in 8 years. Here the lines of the countless drawings she made in the late 1980s, seemingly in the search for a chart of life, appear to undergo metamorphosis along with the terracotta works she produced at the same time, with heads springing two long ears in a “rabbit” form. The wild freedom which pervades these works seems to deign permission for their leap to the outside world, and here they gather in a collection of sculptures dating from the 1990s onwards and including the 3.4m high “Usagi Kannon”. [Related Event] Opening Talk Leiko Ikemura x Yoshitomo Nara Date: 4/20(Sun) 14:00-15:30 Reservation required [Image: Leiko Ikemura “Baby Hare” (2002) photo: Philipp von Matt]
Media: Media Arts - Performance Art
Why not sample music while waiting on some delicious food? At EatBeat!, a culinary event that indulges the five senses, you can do just that. Enjoy the sounds of vegetables being cut, boiled, and grilled at the festival’s food and music booths. The auditory pleasures of the dishes being prepared before your eyes will be sampled and turned into music by henlywork, who will use keyboards and laptops to produce music and images in a live, on-site performance integrating the sounds of fragrant cooking. The food will be prepared by Yusuke Hotta, the culinary researcher of foodscape!, which has attracted much attention with its mosaic food art. Special guests DJ Misoshiru and MC Gohan, rising stars in the gourmand hip hop scene, will also take part.
Ei-Q and the Avant-garde Artists
at Tochigi Prefectural Museum of Fine Arts
Media: Painting - Prints
(2014-04-19 - 2014-06-22)
The avant garde pioneer of the 1950s, Ei-Q(1911-60) made acquaintance with artistic leader and art education proponent Sadajiro Kubo(1909-96) before the war, and through such a connection came into contact with Kanekichi Usami(1916-1999), who came to build up an important collection of etchings, lithographs and paintings of the 1950s artists under the support of Kubo and donated this collection to Mooka city in 1994. This exhibition draws on this collection to place a spotlight on the work of Ei-Q and his associates in the Democratic Artists Association such as Tamiji Kitagawa, Toshinobu Onosato, Ay-O, Yukihisa Isobe, Masuo Ikeda along with work of other contemporaries, reflecting the wide patronage of Kubo.
Yoshihiko Ueda “M. Ganges”
at Gallery 916
(2014-04-18 - 2014-06-21)
50 works carefully selected from the newest editions of the M series, chasing after the origins of memory across forests, rivers and seas towards our very humanity.
Kyotaro Hakamata “People and Smoke, Others”
at Hiratsuka Museum of Art
Media: Sculpture - Installation - Art Talk
(2014-04-19 - 2014-06-22)
Kyotaro Hakamata has emerged as one of the most-watched sculptors of his generation. Starting out as an artist in the late 1980s, his works have a fresh style that turns the concept of sculpture on its head. This uniqueness is not limited to style, however. His surprising, unconventional works are made from plywood, plastics, electric cords, and other materials, forming dynamic and sometimes humorous puzzles. Bewildering us with their appearances, Hakamata asserts that the key to making his works interesting is continually asking himself “What is sculpture?” To him, the answer lies in a belief that “sculpture is created from an antagonism between the surface and the invisible interior.” This philosophy becomes the standard of his art, leading him to find new forms of expression while getting at the heart of what sculpture is. In recent years Hakamata’s sculptures have taken figurate forms composed of overlapping, brightly multicolored acrylic panels. At first glance these colorful works strike the viewer as pop art, while still fitting with Hakamata’s ideas about sculpture and its dual properties of visibility and invisibility, fiction and reality. This exhibition introduces works from throughout Hakamata’s career, including recent and new works, demonstrating his unique approach. [Related Events] Gallery Talks by Kyotaro Hakamata Dates: May 3 (Sat) and May 31 (Sat) 14:00–14:40 Admission ticket required. “Making Invisible Things” Workshop Instructor: Kyotaro Hakamata Date: May 17 (Sat) 13:00–16:00 Application period: Apr. 10 (Thurs)–May 1 (Thurs) Please see the official website for details and information on other related events. [Image: Kyotaro Hakamata “Disguised Person/Bear 4” (2012–2013) MA Gallery Collection]
“Kineo Kuwabara’s Photographs”
at Setagaya Art Museum
Media: Photography - Film - Art Talk
(2014-04-19 - 2014-06-08)
Following the 1993 exhibition “Love You Tokyo - Kineo Kuwabara and Nobuyoshi Araki” the Setagaya Art Museum has built up a significant collection of work from Kuwabara and here showcases 200 monochrome and color prints which extend his career of 60 years. With his work focusing on the unseen underside of the Tokyo metropolis the exhibition also features photographs taken during his time in Paris, as well work produced during the war in Manchuria, combined with contact prints, scrap books and other rare materials. [Related Events] Lecture: The Work of Kineo Kuwabara - The Power and Critical Eye of the Photograph Date: 5/3(Sat) 14:00-15:30 For information on other events please refer to the official website.
Yu Hara “Hamidashikko”
at Sagamihara Civic Art Gallery
(2014-04-19 - 2014-06-15)
Sagamihara based Yu Hara, after graduating from Tokyo Zokei University and Tokyo University of the Arts, came to actively exhibit across Japan and internationally joining in art museum solo exhibitio prns and international art festivals and continuing to move from strength to strength. Here in this exhibition she presents two of her major series, “Face” series, transforming canvases into characterized heads and “Flying School” series in which masses of traced images of leaflets and other print materials are built up into multiple layers on the canvas surface, combining the bold and the delicate.
Exhibition Of Wonderwall Archives 02 10 Project Models
at Pola Museum Annex
(2014-04-18 - 2014-05-25)
4 years on from the first Wonderwall exhibition, led byMasamichi Katayama, this event continues to grow in scale and ambition, incorporating not only interior design but also strengthening an architectural vision, seeking out the possibilities of the future of the design and making them visible. The maquette plays a vital role in this process, the simple analogue tool which gives birth to structures of the latest design and technology. This exhibition presents a collection of maquettes produced for 10 different projects realized across the world, revealing new insight into the ideas and development behind these works.
Tota and So Explain “Everyday”
at Shibaura House
Media: Art Talk
Once a month from April through September 2014, there will be an “Everyday” workshop aimed at discovering unconventional ways of seeing, thinking, and using things. The first session welcomes the creative directors Tota Hasegawa and So Hashizume, who will give a talk explaining the “Everyday” workshops. Scheduled topics include “the everyday and the practical,” “feet and stomachs,” “two and three,” “bread and the economy,” “cages and adlibs,” “sponges and saws,” and “cities and food.” Please see the official website for reservations and details.
Jun Kumayama “Little Bear Exhibition - 3rd Birthday”
at Raum 1F
Media: Photography - Sculpture - Fashion - Art Talk
(2014-04-18 - 2014-04-20)
Celebrating 3 years since the birth of “Little Bear - mini kuma-chan”, the character invented by Jun Kumayama, who has become an icon of many things but essentially taken the role as an avatar for communication, both virtually and across numerous regions of Japan, Nepal, Malaysia, Taiwan and Macao. This exhibition features a collection of 300 photographs and original goods featuring the Little Bear. [Related Event] Talk Session Part 1 “The Work of Toy Development”, Part 2 “Doll Play for the Mind” Date: April 18(Fri) 20:00- For further details please refer to the official website
Funnel of Life vol.15
at 3331 Arts Chiyoda
Media: Illustration - Performance Art
Combining music, art, handmade goods and original coffee, Funnel of Life is a day jam packed with fun now in its 15th volume. For further details please refer to the official website. Venue: B104, Preparation Room
Tadasu Yamamoto “Light, Water, Electricity”
at Gallery Hashimoto
Media: Photography - Art Party
(2014-04-18 - 2014-05-17)
Tadasu Yamamoto takes as the subject of his photography light, water and electricity as he asserts one many only capture that which appears before the lens. Here he approaches these forms of energy as phenomenon to be caught with depth and directness, to leave lasting impressions. Here he presents a collection of silver gelatine prints with new large scale works of 1m.
at Yoshizawa Garden Gallery
Media: Product - Art Talk - Performance Art
(2014-04-19 - 2014-06-01)
Having celebrated their 20th anniversary last year Maywadenki continue their fervent invention of nonsense machines, coupled with international live performances and exhibitions as well as launching popular products “Omatone”, pushing ever further the bounds of art and science. This exhibition takes up Maywadenki’s Edelweiss series, a flower symbolizing questions of the feminine. Here the whole collection of strange objects which make up the Edelwiess series is put on display, accompanied by various gallery talks, live performances, tea parties and signing events. [Related Events] Automatic Performance (3 times a day) 1. 11:00-, 2. 13:00-, 3 15:00- Signing Event Date: May 3(Sat), 4(Sun) 15:00- Those who purchase more than ￥2000 worth of goods will receive an admission ticket Gallery Talk Speaker: Nobumichi Tosa Date: May 4(Sun) 14:00-15:00 Tea Party Dates: May 3(Sat), 4(Sun) 1. 10:00-, 2. 11:00-, 3. 12:00-, 4. 13:00-, 5. 14:00-, 6. 15:00- Admission: ￥500, reservation required Live Performance Featuring: Nobumichi Tosa Date: May 5(Sat) doors open 17:00, Start 17:30 Admission: ￥1500 reservation required For further information please refer to the official website.
“Ignore Your Perspective 24 - Conjunction of Concept Image and Material”
at Kodama Gallery Tokyo
(2014-04-19 - 2014-05-24)
Kumiko Inui + Tokyo University of the Arts Inui Lab “Little Spaces”
at Gallery Ma
Media: Photography - Architecture - Art Talk
(2014-04-18 - 2014-06-21)
Through recent engagements in the Home-for-All project in Rikuzentakata (2012), a redevelopment project for the area around Nobeoka Station in Miyazaki and school building projects in Shichigahama, Miyagi and Kamaishi, Iwate, architect Kumiko Inui has been brought to reconsider the diversity of the Japanese landscapes and the public spaces it offers for people to gather in. As a result of this interest she has initiated an urban research project conducted together with her students in the Tokyo University of the Arts Inui Lab. This exhibition, titled “little spaces”, places its focus on the research materials that Inui, her students, and her staff members have gathered up to this date through their day-to-day investigations. Through continuing to take photographs of scenes they encountered across a period of over half a year in more than 200 municipalities in 45 prefectures, they have collected a total of over 18,000 photographs that they have categorized typologically to identify and analyze the various perspectives from which the photographs were taken. Here a selection of 200 photographs are on show alongside other research materials, provoking new thoughts towards the future of architectural construction.
World Tour of Nihonga - Sato Sakura Museum Collection
at Tenshin Memorial Museum Of Art, Ibaraki
(2014-04-19 - 2014-06-08)
Taking up the theme of journeys Tenshin Memorial Museum Of Art, Ibaraki presents a select range of 60 nihonga paintings from the eminent collection of the Sato Sakura Museum, filled with scenes and colors ready to move the heart. [Related Events] Gallery Talk Date: May 11(Sun), May 31(Sat) 13:30- Film Screening Dates: Each screening starts from 14:00 May 3(Sat) “Sette uomini d’oro” 1965 color, Italy May 4(Sat) “Fan Fan La Tulipe” 1952 b&w, France May 5(Mon) “The African Queen” 1951 color, UK June 1(Sun) “Romeo and Juliet” 1936 b&w, USA
Stephen Powers “Today Is Already Tomorrow”
at Gallery Target
Media: Painting - Prints - Art Party
(2014-04-18 - 2014-05-06)
The first solo show in Japan for the Stephen Powers, formerly known as the graffiti artist Espo (Stephen Powers). Now launching a sign shop, Powers had his art featured along with works by Barry McGee and Todd James in a 2000 exhibition at Parco Gallery. Original mural images on enamel and silk screen prints from the “Love Letters To…” series are on display in the first exhibition of Espo’s art in 14 years.
Mountain Film Special - From Early German Film to Japanese Greats
at Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography
(2014-04-19 - 2014-05-02)
A special tribute is paid to the genre of mountain films, as pioneered by German filmmaker Arnold Fanck, tracing from the early 20th Century to the current day. For the full screening schedule please refer to the official website. [Related Events] Screening After Talk Date: April 22(Tues) 16:00- After “The Daughter of the Samurai” Guest: Taeko Ihshii (Non-fiction Writer) Special Guest: Tomiko Kishi (Former film editor) Screening After Talk Date: April 24(Thurs) 10:20 After “Yama no Sanka” Guest: Masahiro Shinoda(film director) Film Commentary and Screening Date: April 26(Sat) 14:00- Guests: Kinichi Fukawa、Ryoichi Yoshii