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'Prayers to Water'

Dec 15, 2015

'Prayers to Water'

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Dec. 16-Feb. 7 As an island, Japan has always been strongly influenced by water. Water has not only been revered in religion and culture, but also in the Japanese language, with references to it in idioms such as “mizu no shitataru,” which literally translates ...

'Group Show of Contemporary Artists 2015'

Dec 8, 2015

'Group Show of Contemporary Artists 2015'

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Nov. 26-Dec. 20 This is the fourth edition of Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum’s series of annual exhibitions showcasing Japan’s contemporary artists. As a group show to support up-and-coming artists, five exhibitions — “You Can See it (But You Can’t Feel it),” “Is it possible: ...

'The Art of Furuya Usamaru'

Dec 1, 2015

'The Art of Furuya Usamaru'

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Dec. 1-Jan. 11 To commemorate the 20th year of Usamaru Furuya’s career as an manga author, the Vanilla Gallery is holding what will be the artist’s second exhibition of works in his lifetime. Known for his cult horror series “Lychee Light Club,” which has ...

'Gabriel Orozco: Visible Labor'

Nov 17, 2015

'Gabriel Orozco: Visible Labor'

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This show runs concurrent with Gabriel Orozco’s solo show at the Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo, his first large-scale exhibition in Japan. During his recent stay here, Orozco created a new series of works titled “Visible Labor,” featuring pieces inspired by Japanese architecture and ...

Nov 10, 2015

'Generations of Mitsui Family Treasures'

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Nov. 14-Jan. 23 This year is the 10th anniversary of Mitsui Memorial Museum and the 50th anniversary of its original name, Mitsui Bunko. Mitsui Bunko museum was established in 1965 by the Mitsui Group, one of the world’s largest corporate groups, and became known ...

'Takashi Murakami: The 500 Arhats'

Nov 3, 2015

'Takashi Murakami: The 500 Arhats'

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Oct. 31-March 6 The Mori Art Museum is holding a special solo exhibition of contemporary artist Takashi Murakami. It has been 14 years since Murakami’s last large-scale exhibition in Japan, though he has been continually internationally praised, working on giant installations at prestigious venues, ...

'Yoko Ono: From My Window'

Nov 3, 2015

'Yoko Ono: From My Window'

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Nov. 8-Feb. 14 Though particularly famous for her Plastic Ono Band and being John Lennon’s wife, Yoko Ono, has been involved in many creative fields over the past 60 years. She was a pioneer of conceptual art, using poetry as the core of her ...

'24 FPS: JR's Video Exhibition'

Oct 20, 2015

'24 FPS: JR's Video Exhibition'

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Oct. 24-Nov. 29 The Watari-Um (Watari Museum of Contemporary Art) first held an exhibition of the French artist and photographer known as “JR” in 2013. For that show the museum’s exterior was covered with his giant monochrome photographs. This current exhibition displays three new ...