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Find art contained at affordable prices

by Mio Yamada

Staff Writer

The Container, the freight-container-sized gallery in Nakameguro that has been impressively punching above its weight in Tokyo’s art scene since 2011, is taking its mantra of “art for everyone” one step further with its latest show. Described as “shamelessly” manufacturing and retailing contemporary art to make it accessible and affordable to anyone, “Multi(Multi)(ple(s))” has basically turned the gallery in to an art shop.

“Just in time for Christmas,” says Shai Ohayon, The Container’s curator, who has become well-known for introducing top artists to the public via not only the gallery, but also a number of free art events.

For “Multi(Multi)(ple(s)),” artists have contributed limited-edition works that can be bought at prices from just below ¥2,000 to the ¥10,000s. These include prints, books, photographs, sculptures, objects and more. For the more daring, a special vending machine will also deliver surprise “Message in a Bottle” signed artworks for ¥2,000.

Most pieces are humorous, so expect the unusual and surreal. They are also all signed by the artists, who include Beatriz Inglessis, Zevs, Chim↑Pom and Shibuhouse. If you miss the show, but are still interested in art, check out The Container’s new online store (www.the-container.com/shop), which will continue to run after the exhibition period.

“Multi(Multi)(ple(s))” at The Container runs till Feb. 17, open Mon.-Fri. 11 a.m.-9 p.m. (Sat. Sun. 10 a.m.-8 p.m.). For more details, visit www.the-container.com.