'Leiko Ikemura Our Planet: Earth & Stars'

Art / Openings In Tokyo Jan 15, 2019

'Leiko Ikemura Our Planet: Earth & Stars'

by Yukari Tanaka

Jan. 18-April 1 Contemporary artist Leiko Ikemura's multimedia works blend painting, drawing, sculpture, watercolor, print, photography and video into installations that address gender issues and other societal observations. After studying at the University of Seville's Faculty of Fine Arts in Spain, Ikemura moved to Switzerland ...

'Toki no Hana'

Art / Openings In Tokyo Jan 15, 2019

'Toki no Hana'

by Yukari Tanaka

Jan. 19-Feb. 17 Ever since Naho Iino's elementary school marble and epoxy glue artwork was selected for a craftwork exhibition, the artist has been working exclusively with glass. A Musashino Art University graduate, she continued her studies at the Pilchuck Glass School in Seattle, before she ...

'Architectural and Spatial Works Designed for Children'

Art / Openings In Tokyo Jan 8, 2019

'Architectural and Spatial Works Designed for Children'

by Yukari Tanaka

Jan. 12-March 24 When the modern education system in Japan was established during the Meiji Era (1868-1912), the first school facilities were architecturally based on Western-style buildings. Throughout the ages, schools developed to steel-reinforced concrete buildings, with the introduction of open-classroom teaching during the 1970s. This ...

'Direct Perception by Soetsu Yanagi'

Art / Openings In Tokyo Jan 8, 2019

'Direct Perception by Soetsu Yanagi'

by Yukari Tanaka

Jan. 11-March 24 Soetsu Yanagi (1889-1961), a scholar who specialized in the philosophy of religion, was also a theorist and aesthetician credited for spearheading the mingei (Japanese folk crafts) movement. He is recognized as one of the first people to acknowledge the beauty and skill ...

'Tadanobu Asano 3634'

Art / Openings In Tokyo Dec 4, 2018

'Tadanobu Asano 3634'

by Yukari Tanaka

Dec. 7-March 31 Tadanobu Asano, is best known as an actor, but in 2013, he began sketching and drawing to kill time on sets during the long waits between scenes for "The Wasted Times" (2016). He doodled on scripts, on the reverse sides of schedule ...

'Michael Kenna: A 45 Year Odyssey 1973-2018'

Art / Openings In Tokyo Nov 28, 2018

'Michael Kenna: A 45 Year Odyssey 1973-2018'

by Yukari Tanaka

Dec. 1-Jan. 27 An internationally recognized landscape photographer, Michael Kenna has had more than 450 solo exhibitions and published around 70 photo books. With a focus on the mystical effects of lighting and the relationship of man-made structures and landscape, he often uses black-and-white film ...

'Randall Okita: A Place Between'

Art / Openings In Tokyo Nov 28, 2018

'Randall Okita: A Place Between'

by Yukari Tanaka

Nov. 29-Feb. 14 Working closely with sculpture, technology and performance, Japanese-Canadian artist and filmmaker Randall Okita creates innovative installations that challenge the conventional notions of artistic disciplines while addressing difficult subjects such as violence, conflict and reconciliation. His works combine sculpture, film, digital media and ...

'Romantic Russia'

Art / Openings In Tokyo Nov 20, 2018

'Romantic Russia'

by Yukari Tanaka

Nov. 23-Jan. 27 During the late 19th century, a number of young artists left the Russian Imperial Academy of Arts and established the Wanderers, a group that pursued realism and resisted the government-led academic rules of neoclassical art. The group's name referred to the artists' ...

"Grand Open': Marvelous Liberation'

Art / Openings In Tokyo Nov 20, 2018

"Grand Open': Marvelous Liberation'

by Yukari Tanaka

Nov. 22-Jan. 26 Chim↑Pom — artists Ryuta Ushiro, Yasutaka Hayashi, Ellie, Masataka Okada, Motomu Inaoka and Toshinori Mizuno — has built an international reputation for unusual works that comment on contemporary society and individuals, while highlighting the contradictions and borders that emerge as humanity strives ...