'Retrospective of Munakata Shiko: Woodcut Prints'

Art / Openings In Tokyo May 21, 2019

'Retrospective of Munakata Shiko: Woodcut Prints'

May 25-July 7 Born in Aomori, Shiko Munakata (1903-1975) is internationally celebrated as a 20th-century master of Japanese woodcut prints, having won several awards, including first prize at the 1955 Sao Paulo Biennial and the Grand Prix at the 1956 Venice Biennale. Munakata moved to Tokyo ...

'Roppongi Art Night 2019'

Art / Openings In Tokyo May 14, 2019

'Roppongi Art Night 2019'

by Yukari Tanaka

May 25-26 Roppongi Art Night, an annual overnight multi-disciplinary art event, is celebrating it's 10th anniversary of contemporary art, photography, design, music, video and performances — most of which is free to view. This year's theme is "Night Journey, Daydream," and the event features 50 ...

'Aguri Uchida: Incarnated Painting as Inselberg'

Art / Openings In Tokyo May 14, 2019

'Aguri Uchida: Incarnated Painting as Inselberg'

by Yukari Tanaka

May 20-June 16 In an exploration of the meaning of human existence and the human body, Aguri Uchida pushes the potential of contemporary nihonga (Japanese-style painting). This exhibition brings together Uchida's earlier figurative paintings of the 1970s and '80s, which express human emotions, with her more ...

'Between Dimensions'

Art / Openings In Tokyo Apr 30, 2019

'Between Dimensions'

by Yukari Tanaka

April 20-June 1 Ayako Ishiba is inspired by the idea that human perception can deceive us on a daily basis — whether it's through visual illusions, the imagination, emotions clouding judgement, or simply the result of not paying enough attention. She documents everyday life with ...

'Rut Bryk: Touch of a Butterfly'

Art / Openings In Tokyo Apr 23, 2019

'Rut Bryk: Touch of a Butterfly'

by Yukari Tanaka

April 27-June 16 Finnish artist Rut Bryk (1916-1999) was a pioneer of modern Finnish ceramic art and was particularly well-known for her designs for the ceramics brand Arabia. Throughout her career she explored various styles, ranging from expressionist ceramic wall tiles to large-scale abstract mosaic ...

'Tabaimo: Ghost Running'

Art / Openings In Tokyo Apr 23, 2019

'Tabaimo: Ghost Running'

by Yukari Tanaka

April 27-May 26 In 1999, mixed-media artist Tabaimo won the Kirin Contemporary Art Grand Prize award for "Japanese Kitchen," part of her university graduation project, and has since been featured in major museum exhibitions and festivals, including representing Japan at the 2011 Venice Biennale. Her latest ...

'Tom Sachs: Tea Ceremony'

Art / Openings In Tokyo Apr 16, 2019

'Tom Sachs: Tea Ceremony'

by Yukari Tanaka

April 20-June 23 Based in New York, Tom Sachs is best-known for his "readymade" reinterpretations of everyday objects and iconic pop culture into satirical art. Despite his humorous and at times critical commentary, he has been acclaimed by international brands, including Prada, whose shoe boxes ...

'PGI 40th Anniversary Exhibition'

Art / Openings In Tokyo Apr 16, 2019

'PGI 40th Anniversary Exhibition'

by Yukari Tanaka

April 19-May 25 On April 5, the Photo Gallery International (PGI), which specializes in showcasing original works by renowned and up-and-coming photographers from all around the globe, celebrated its 40th anniversary. Reflecting on the past 40 years of exhibitions, this anniversary presentation includes a focus on ...

'Bizen Swords: The Flower of Japanese Swords'

Art / Openings In Tokyo Apr 9, 2019

'Bizen Swords: The Flower of Japanese Swords'

by Yukari Tanaka

April 13-June 2 Bizen Province, now the southwest area of Okayama, was once known as the sword kingdom. Possessing talented bladesmiths and nearby high-quality raw materials accessible by water transportation, Bizen produced the most swords in Japan during the Heian Period (794-1185), beating Yamashiro, Yamato, Sagami ...

'Moomin the Art and the Story'

Art / Openings In Tokyo Apr 2, 2019

'Moomin the Art and the Story'

by Yukari Tanaka

April 9-June 16 Tove Marika Jansson (1914-2001) was born to a family of artists — her father was a sculptor and her mother an illustrator/designer. In 1945, as a form of escapism from World War II, Tove wrote and illustrated her first Moomin book, a ...