With life as it was before the outbreak of the new coronavirus, many industries around the world are responding to the “new normal”. In the art world, too, there is no exception. From those who work in the industry to viewers and collectors, the upheaval caused by corona must have affected the way we interact with art in various ways, including the cancellation, postponement, and restriction of exhibitions and art fairs.
In the midst of all this, some of Japan’s leading galleries have decided to take the lead in organizing new exhibitions, while paying close attention to visitors. In this article, we will introduce three galleries: Tomio Koyama Gallery, MAHO KUBOTA GALLERY, and Mizuma Art Gallery.
Tomio Koyama Gallery will hold the exhibition “heavenly peach” by Masahiko Kuwahara from July 10 to August 8. This will be the artist’s twelfth solo exhibition at the gallery, and he will also be showing new works.
Since the latter half of the 1990s, Kuwabara has consistently focused on “changes caused by human desire for the environment in which we live” in his work.
Kuwabara’s works depict the various changes that accompanied his childhood memories of Japan’s rapid economic growth in the 1960s and 1970s through images of strange creatures, animals as pets, toys, landscapes, unnamed girls on inserts, and houses for sale.
Kuwabara says that the title of this exhibition, “heavenly peach,” is an image of the faint scent that remains after something is over, like an air freshener. The exhibition title “heavenly peach” is an image of the faint scent that remains after something is over, like an air freshener. How about reconsidering your own way of thinking about the “new normal” world in the future by getting in touch with the world of Kuwabara’s works, which have focused on “changes caused by human desires to the environment we live in now”?
Title: “heavenly peach”
Period: July 10 (Fri) – August 8 (Sat)
Participating Artist: Masahiko Kuwahara
Venue: Tomio Koyama Gallery Roppongi (6-5-24 complex665 Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo)
Opening Hours: 11:00 – 19:00
MAHO KUBOTA GALLERY will hold Yuki Murai’s solo exhibition “YURAI MUUKI” from July 1, 2012.
Yuki Murai has been pursuing her own interpretation of the physicality of painting, such as the use of “omelette paints” invented by herself, “wearing paintings” and “moving paintings”. In this exhibition, based on Murai’s steel practice, a group of works with an overwhelming amount of heat that goes beyond easy painting theory will appear.
This exhibition will feature installations of non-standard works, including a large “moving painting” that transcends the stereotypical discourse on the “physicality” of painting, and a “painting with a moving object. The exhibition offers a glimpse into the inner life of Murai, who has always confronted existing systems and structures with anarchy.
While art is an object with vague boundaries that cannot be put into a mold, artists have often created new expressions through repeated dialogues between themselves and the world. By encountering Murai’s works in depth, viewers will be able to understand the inner workings of an artist who is living and working in a new era, with the initiative of their imagination being shaken. Apparently, there is much to be learned from art and artists in living in the “new normal” era.
Title: “Yuki Murai” Exhibition
Period: July 1 – August 1
Participating Artist: Yuki Murai
Venue: MAHO KUBOTA GALLERY (1F, 2-4-7 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo)
Hours: 12:00 – 19:00
Closed: Mondays, Sundays and national holidays
Artist Ai Kato’s (Ai☆Madonna) solo exhibition will be held at Mizuma Art Gallery in Ichigaya, Tokyo from June 24 to July 18.
The exhibition is organized around the series “I can’t remember her face,” which she began creating six years ago. In this series, she depicts her current face as a kind of record, triggered by her disconnection from the face that is closely related to her identity: “When I close my eyes, I can’t remember what I used to look like. The series, which was created to preserve the current “now face” and to confront himself, has become his representative work, and Kato continues to produce the “I can’t remember her face” series with the same attitude.
The title of this exhibition was chosen because he felt that the works that were to be exhibited at Art Fair Tokyo, which was canceled due to the Corona disaster, were placed in a corner of the room with no place to go. By comparing the work with the current living conditions, viewers will be able to feel something.
Period: June 24 – July 18
Participating Artist: Ai Kato
Venue: Mizuma Art Gallery (1F, 2-4-7 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo)
Hours: 11:00 – 19:00
Closed: Mondays, Sundays, national holidays
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