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TOKYO

“Shigemori Mirei: Hokutoshichisei no Niwa Ten”

WATARI MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART

by Yuhei Wada

Staff Writer

From Dec. 4, the Watari Museum of Contemporary Art explores the essence of Japanese aesthetics through a retrospective exhibition of Mirei Shigemori (1896-1975), a Japanese garden designer and historian.

Shigemori designed more than 200 gardens, basing his work on extensive research. He is well known for his karesansui (traditional rock-garden) creations that are serene yet contrasting scenes of white stone and vibrant greenery.

For this exhibition, two of Shigemori’s representative Kyoto gardens have been recreated full-size inside the museum. His unique sense of beauty is also highlighted through interior works such as his designs for a fusuma sliding door and a lamp, as well as a number of his early ink drawings and calligraphy pieces; from Dec. 4, till March 25, 2012.

Watari Museum of Contemporary Art; (03) 3402-3001; 3-7-6 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku; 8-min walk from Gaienmae Station, Ginza Line. 11 a.m.-7 p.m. ¥1,000. Closed Mon. and Dec. 31-Jan. 3; open on Dec. 5, 12, 19, 26 and Jan. 9. www.watarium.co.jp.