Must-See Art Guide: Tokyo
This week's guide includes Dinh Q. Lê, Toshikatsu Endo, Yayoi Kusama, and more.
Known for its constant reinvention, growth, and obscure art spaces, Tokyo’s art scene is unlike any other. Whether you live in Tokyo or are just here on vacation, this guide has the ins and outs of what you need to see in this colorful city during the hot summer months.
If triennials, bullet trains, and rural landscapes are your thing, you’re in luck as the Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennale opens this Saturday and features artists Cai Guo-Qiang and Seizo Tashima. This 50-day event highlights artworks and artists from all over Asia, celebrates local sites, and hosts performances at various hubs.
If you’d rather stay local, there are a number of exhibitions happening. One such exhibition is at one of Tokyo’s most prestigious galleries, SCAI The Bathhouse, which is hosting a solo exhibition by local artist Toshikatsu Endoshow titled “Void–Water Place.” 10 years after his last show at the gallery, he has transformed the gallery space by excavating a hole in the floor embedded with a metal box full of water. This powerful piece is a real treat for your senses, and is not one to miss. If you came to see Japanese photography, look no further as Taka Ishii Gallery is hosting its seventh solo show by artist Yuki Kimura, in which she displays an enlarged image of a tennis court in a carefully staged sculptural arrangement. To see one of the best panoramic views of the city and the first solo exhibition by Vietnamese artist Dinh Q. Lê, take the elevator to the 52nd and 53rd floors of the Mori Tower, where you can see “Memory for Tomorrow” at the Mori Art Museum, which opens this Saturday.
As you use this guide to navigate from exhibition to exhibition, you might want to rely on your GPS to get around; it’s too hot out to be meandering the streets of Tokyo.
Exhibition: “Kubbe Makes an Art Museum”
When: July 18–October 4, 2015
Where: Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum, 8-36 Uenokoen, Taito, Tokyo, Japan
Exhibition: “Dinh Q. Lê: Memory for Tomorrow”
When: July 25–October 12, 2015
Where: Mori Art Museum, 53F Roppongi Hills Mori Tower, 6-10-1 Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo, Japan
Exhibition: “Yuka Goto—The Second Part: Pleasure”
When: July 29–August 16, 2015
Where: Hiromart Gallery, 1st floor, Mimura Bldg, 1-30-7, Sekiguchi, Bunkyo, Tokyo, Japan
Exhibition: “Toshikatsu Endo: Void—Water Place”
When: July 3–August 1, 2015
Where: SCAI The Bathhhouse, 6-1-23 Yanaka, Tokyo, Japan
Exhibition: “Yuki Kimura “THUS AND SO RATHER THAN OTHERWISE”
When: July 4–August 1, 2015
Where: Taka Ishii Gallery, 3-10-11 B1 Sendagaya Shibuya-ku, Tokyo, Japan
Exhibition: “Walk in Asia”
When: June 27–August 8, 2015
Where: OTA Fine Arts, Piramide Bldg. #3F, 6-6-9 Roppongi, Minatoku, Tokyo, Japan
When: July 11–August 9, 2015
Where: G/P Gallery, 1-18-4 NADiff A/P/A/R/T #2F, Ebisu, Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan
Exhibition: “Passage in the Air”
When: July 11–August 8, 2015
Where: NANZUKA, Shibuya Ibis Bldg. #B1F, 2-17-3 Shibuya Shibuya-ku Tokyo, Japan
Exhibition: “GUTAI, KUSAMA, Others”
Where: Whitestone Gallery, 5-1-10 Ginza, Chuo-ku Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan
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