Events

Miyuki Tsugami, View, Elbe, Hamburg 11:52 am 1 Nov 2018/2019, 2019, pigment, acrylic paint and other media on canvas, 27,5 x 41,2 cm.

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Miyuki Tsugami. View - Life and Waterways
Opening: Fr., October 25, 2019, 6-10pm
7:30 artist talk with Wolf Jahn

In the works by Japanese painter Miyuki Tsugami (born 1973 in Tokyo, grew up in Osaka, lives and works in Kamakura) past, present and future regularly merge into painterly timescapes. The direct experience of a place and its history is always the basis of her work. Capturing urban and landscape sceneries as an expression of time is the declared aim of the artist. For this Tsugami makes sketches, to which she likes to add notes and thoughts on light conditions or even historical and archaeological information. In these small-scale preparatory works, she already begins to reduce what she sees to its essentials. On her canvases, which are produced later in the studio, contours dissolve much or less completely and give space for a sensory filled color landscape. In the abstraction of form Tsugami finds a way of visualizing time. Because the artist knows: everything is in motion, in sync with the flow of time. The preliminary work for View - Life and Waterways brought Tsugami for the first time to Hamburg from late October to early November 2018, where she made numerous sketches in the city and port area. Her sketches for Osaka, on the other hand, were made in late 2015 and early 2016, in the area around the central wholesale market by the Aji River near her parents' home. The results of her preparatory work form the basis for the current exhibition.In ... read more
In the works by Japanese painter Miyuki Tsugami (born 1973 in Tokyo, grew up in Osaka, lives and works in Kamakura) past, present and future regularly merge into painterly timescapes. The direct experience of a place and its history is always the basis of her work. Capturing urban and landscape sceneries as an expression of time is the declared aim of the artist. For this Tsugami makes sketches, to which she likes to add notes and thoughts on light conditions or even historical and archaeological information. In these small-scale preparatory works, she already begins to reduce what she sees to its essentials. On her canvases, which are produced later in the studio, contours dissolve much or less completely and give space for a sensory filled color landscape. In the abstraction of form Tsugami finds a way of visualizing time. Because the artist knows: everything is in motion, in sync with the flow of time.

The preliminary work for View - Life and Waterways brought Tsugami for the first time to Hamburg from late October to early November 2018, where she made numerous sketches in the city and port area. Her sketches for Osaka, on the other hand, were made in late 2015 and early 2016, in the area around the central wholesale market by the Aji River near her parents' home. The results of her preparatory work form the basis for the current exhibition.... show less
[f.l.t.r.] Hiroshi Takeda, portrait 232, 2015, wooden panel, Japanese paper, acryl, urethane varnish, gold leaf, lamé, printed matter, 53,0 x 35,5 x 2,5 cm // Shimpei Yoshida, Dear letter to you, oil on canvas, 24 x 30 cm.

HIROSHI TAKEDA & SHIMPEI YOSHIDA
PORTRAIT
OPENING: FR., SEPTEMBER 6, 2019, 6-11 PM

Shimmering neon colors and experimental brushstrokes ... read more
Shimmering neon colors and experimental brushstrokes here, muted tones and controlled application of color there. With great dedication, Japanese artists Hiroshi Takeda and Shimpei Yoshida address the question of the importance of portraiture in contemporary art and come up with very unique results. A selection of current works by both artists will be shown in this upcoming exhibition Portrait.... show less

SUMMER FESTIVAL AT GALERIEHAUS HAMBURG
AKIHIRO HIGUCHI, NOBUYUKI OSAKI, KEN'ICHIRO TANIGUCHI, RIKUO UEDA, MOTOI YAMAMOTO
FRIDAY, JULY 26, 2019, 6PM

Akihiro Higuchi, Hana, H0818_H20xW18, 2018, insect with color, 20x18cm (frame)

BEATING WINGS - INSECTS IN CONTEMPORARY ART

Group Exhibition with Akihiro Higuchi
Museum Sinclair-Haus
July 7 - October 13, 2019
https://www.museumsinclairhaus.de/ausstellungen/vorschau/artenreich/
Rikuo Ueda, Wind Drawing Ota Garden, 2019, Wind, Ink on Paper, 32,5 x 25 cm.

OPENING:
RIKUO UEDA @ ITO RAUM, STUTTGART
JUNE 27, 2019, 7-9 PM

More details will follow shortly
https://www.ito-raum.de

RIKUO UEDA - WIND-PERFORMANCE
SA, JUNE 22, 2019, 10am-3pm
HAFENCITY, BUENOS AIRES KAI
(U4 HafenCity Universität, south exit - next to Baakenhafenbrücke)

During his brief stay in the Hanseatic city, Rikuo Ueda will use the wind in the HafenCity to create several wind drawings. Anyone who has not yet witnessed the creation of one of these works should not miss this timely ... read more
During his brief stay in the Hanseatic city, Rikuo Ueda will use the wind in the HafenCity to create several wind drawings. Anyone who has not yet witnessed the creation of one of these works should not miss this timely opportunity. We are looking forward to your coming.

A tip for those who make their way to the Elbe: In the Grunder + Jahr building on Baumwall, the Rikuo Ueda ArtShirts are still being sold for the 40th anniversary of the art magazine ART. A walk to the harbor on 22.06.2019 is therefore worth twice.... show less
Ken'ichiro Taniguchi, Linienstraße 142, Berlin, Germany, Hecomi: 238 x 62 cm, Fitting Year: 2011.

Long Night of Museums

On Saturday, May 18, 2019, it is that time again: The Long Night of Museums invites you to turn night into day. We also keep our doors open for you until O0:00 am on this day. Further information about the event can be found here.

Artist Talk: Ken'ichiro Taniguchi
Sunday, April 14, 2019, 3pm
RSVP

Nobuyuki Osaki - „Grand Reopening Exhibition: Aichi Art Chronicle 1919-2019“ (Aichi Prefectural Museum of Art)

From April 2 - June 23, 2019 Nobuyuki Osaki will participate in the group exhibition „Grand Reopening Exhibition: Aichi Art Chronicle 1919-2019“ at the Aichi Prefectural Museum of Art. For further information click here.
Ken'ichiro Taniguchi in his studio

KEN'ICHIRO TANIGUCHI - HECOMI & CITY STUDY #40
Opening: Fr, March 22, 2019, 6pm
Exhibition: March 23 - May 4, 2019

Photo: Andreas Weiss

Yoshiaki Kaihatsu - "Islands of Freedom II" (Zeppelin University)
Exhibition is prolonged to September 14, 2019

Yoshiaki Kaihatsu - „Islands of Freedom“ (Zeppelin University)
ZF Campus, White Box
Opening: March 8, 2019, 6pm-0am
Exhibition: March 8 - September 14, 2019
https://www.zu.de/veranstaltungen/2019/yoshiaki_kaihatsu_maerz2019.php
Akihiro Higuchi, Mitate-Urushi, K0418_H20xW25cm, 2018, insect, urushi, gold, silver, 20x35cm (frame)



PURE LUXURY - EAST ASIAN LACQUER


Group Exhibition with Akihiro Higuchi
MKG - Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe Hamburg
February 28 - May 26, 2019
https://www.mkg-hamburg.de/en/exhibitions/upcoming/6523.html
Shiro Masuyama, Making a saddle for the Bactrian camel I sheared using its own wool, Mongolia, 2015

Shiro Masuyama - Self Sufficient Life

Group Exhibition with Shiro Masuyama
Kyoto-ba
February 15 - March 10, 2019
http://kyoto-ba.jp/exhibition/shiro-masuyama-self-sufficient-life/
Shiro Masuyama, Self Sufficient Life, exhibition view, The 7th Sapporo Odori 500m Underground Walkway Gallery Award (2019)

Shiro Masuyama - Group Exhibition
The 7th Sapporo Odori 500m Underground Walkway Gallery Award

500m Museum (Sapporo, Japan)
January 26 - March 27, 2019
http://500m.jp

small is beautiful
Opening: Fr, November 23, 2018, 6pm
Exhibition: November 24 - Dezember 19, 2018

The trend is clear: Away with style, away with anything handmade - instead, intensive research and artistic data. The contemporary art of the West needs to be primarily conceptual but not well crafted anymore. Hence, the works have been hiding for some ... read more

The trend is clear: Away with style, away with anything handmade - instead, intensive research and artistic data. The contemporary art of the West needs to be primarily conceptual but not well crafted anymore. Hence, the works have been hiding for some time behind the unattractive and the problematic concept of the documentary. Today's art travels lighter than it used to. It has rid itself from the burden of beauty from of the last centuries. Has art lost its sensuality?

No must be the answer at the sight of the works exhibited in this group exhibition entitled small is beautiful, all of which captivate with their unmistakable beauty: Here you find fine lacquer painting or silver dust carefully applied to insect wings and shiny black chitinous exoskeletons as well as resolutely executed brush strokes in acrylic paint on canvas or monumental landscape photography. Misjudging beauty as evidence of a missing conceptual foundation or political message is a serious but frequently made mistake. All participating artists share a sincere respect for nature, whose manifold existence is known to be increasingly endangered by humans. Admittedly, they do not always see this political level at first glance. But this is precisely the reason why the work escapes current fashions that cause art to try to force itself into the guise of the mass media, inevitably forfeiting its genuine qualities.

With sensitivity and elegance that has become rare, these artists ask: What is the place for nature in view of the rapidly advancing technical progress? That this concern is by no means a phenomenon of the 21st century show artists such as William Morris (1834-1896) - co-founder of the Arts and Crafts Movement - or the British economist E.F. Schumacher (1911-1977), whose ideas were first published in the 1973 Small is beautiful. A full study of economics as if people mattered. In essence, both Morris and Schumacher argue for a rebalancing of economic and human needs. Schumacher's thoughts on the relevance of environmental protection as well as the problems of atomic energy and the growing scarcity of resources still have relevance today. Their approaches are reminiscent of a common Japanese proverb, which, in free translation, means "Do not forget your initial modesty." This aphorism goes to Zeami Motokiyo (1363-1443), an important playwright of Nô-theater during the Muromachi period (1336-1573). The appeal to never forget one's modesty and curiosity is key to these words. Where is our modesty when it comes to the dire condition of our planet?

Modern man does not experience himself as a part of nature but as an outside force destined to dominate and conquer it. He even talks of a battle with nature, forgetting that, if he won the battle, he would find himself on the losing side. (Schumacher, 1973)

small is beautiful - neither the book nor the exhibition - is not a critique of progress per se. It is a reminder to all of us not to lose our modesty. We do not live alone on this earth, but share it with countless larger and especially smaller creatures. It is up to us to recognize that we are still part of the natural whole today. But it seems as if we have already forgotten the importance of this harmony with nature. We lose the sense of the basic. To look again at the little wonders of nature right in front of us would be a first step in the right direction.... show less
Ken'ichiro Taniguchi, Hecomi Study - Green Remains, Apeldoorn, the Netherlands, 2016, Compressed PVC, Brass, Steel, Hinges, Rotatable devices, 135 x 162 x 155 cm

Ken'ichiro Taniguchi - Hecomi Study at the Rijksmuseum (Amsterdam)

Rijksmuseum, The Asian Pavilion
October 15, 2018 - April 30, 2019
https://www.rijksmuseum.nl/

ARTIST TALK: SHINGO YOSHIDA IN A CONVERSATION WITH DR. WOLF JAHN
FR, JULY 13, 2018, 6:30PM

On Friday, July 13, 2018, there will be an artist talk between Yoshida Shingo and Dr. Wolf Jahn. The conversation coincides with the last day of the current solo exhibition Hidden Places. We hope that this will be a kind of intermediate conclusion as well as an outlook on ... read more
On Friday, July 13, 2018, there will be an artist talk between Yoshida Shingo and Dr. Wolf Jahn. The conversation coincides with the last day of the current solo exhibition Hidden Places. We hope that this will be a kind of intermediate conclusion as well as an outlook on future developments in the artist's oeuvre. We ask for registration by e-mail - please click here.

Information about the artist:
For the artist Shingo Yoshida (born 1974), born and raised in the urban jungle of Tokyo, places in the midst of untouched nature have an irresistible attraction. As a result, the artist regularly visits remote places around the globe, such as the humid Amazon rainforest or the bitterly cold ice deserts of Siberia. In these places people's lives - to a certain extent - are still determined today by nature as well as by myths and popular beliefs. Yoshida, who likes to refer to himself as superstitious, is fascinated by this relationship between humans and their natural environment. With the help of his video and photo camera, he documents the topographical as well as cultural characteristics of each region - always intuitively and with much respect for his subjects. The different, yet unknown cultural and natural spaces provide Yoshida with a means of self-reflection.... show less

LECTURE BY JAN-FREDERIK RUST: PROVOCATIVE MATERIALS FOR THOUGHT - THEORY AND PRACTICE IN NAKAHIRA TAKUMA'S PHOTOGRAPHY FOR PROVOKE (1968-1970)
FRIZE KÜNSTLERHAUS HAMBURG E.V.
(Arnoldstrasse 26, 22765 Hamburg)
SUN, APRIL 22, 2018, 3PM

1968 marks a turning point in the history of Japanese photography. This year, Nakahira Takuma (1938-2015), ... read more

1968 marks a turning point in the history of Japanese photography. This year, Nakahira Takuma (1938-2015), together with a small group of young intellectuals and photographers from within the heart of Tokyo, published the first issue of the coterie magazine Provoke. Their stated goal was to create a new photography that would exist independently from common linguistic codes and in this way provoke completely new concepts of thought. Provoke eventually appeared in only four issues between 1968 and 1970. The striking imagery of predominantly grainy, blurry and out-of-focus black-and-white photography (better known under the Japanese term are-bure-boke) and the theoretical foundation of the magazine are nevertheless today more than ever inspiration for artists around the world.
The main subject of the talk will be Nakahira Takuma's photographic contribution to Provoke. It is the most radical as well as consistent attempt at putting the medium of photography to its inherent limits. At the center of the analysis is the complex and often counterintuitive relationship between theory and practice.

About the speaker:
Jan-Frederik Rust is an art historian specializing in the history and theory of photography. He studied art history, media studies and Japanese in Marburg, Tokyo and Berlin. In his master's thesis he examined the so-called are-bure-boke aesthetics, which is particularly associated with the publication of the photo magazine Provoke (1968-1970). Since 2013, he has published texts on Japanese photobooks and related topics on his website Faraway Eyes. He is currently working on his dissertation at the Bauhaus University Weimar.

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3/9 アート - THANK YOU ART DAY - A LECTURE BY JAN-FREDERIK RUST: „JAPANESE PHOTOGRAPHY AFTER 1945 - AN INTRODUCTION”
MARCH 9, 2018, 7PM

This year we would like to invite you to celebrate with us the annually "3/9 - Thank You Art Day" on Friday, March 9, 2018 at 7pm. Launched in 2000 by our artist Yoshiaki Kaihatsu, this Day of Appreciation of Contemporary Art takes place ... read more
This year we would like to invite you to celebrate with us the annually "3/9 - Thank You Art Day" on Friday, March 9, 2018 at 7pm. Launched in 2000 by our artist Yoshiaki Kaihatsu, this Day of Appreciation of Contemporary Art takes place on an international level every year and brings the current art scene even more clearly into the public consciousness with a variety of events. In Japanese dates are often reduced to the two most important numbers (month/day). The 3rd of March - 3/9 - is pronounced as san kyû which sounds similar to the English words "Thank You". From this coincidence, the selection of that particular date for the "Thank You Art Day" can be explained.

For the 18th anniversary, the art historian and staff member, Jan-Frederik Rust, will give a lecture entitled "Japanese Photography after 1945 - An Introduction". We look forward to an interested audience.

About the speaker:
Jan-Frederik Rust is an art historian specializing in the history and theory of photography. He studied art history, media studies and Japanese in Marburg, Tokyo and Berlin. In his master's thesis he examined the so-called are-bure-boke aesthetics, which is particularly associated with the publication of the photo magazine Provoke (1968-1970). Since 2013, he has published texts on Japanese photobooks and related topics on his website Faraway Eyes. He is currently working on his dissertation at the Bauhaus University Weimar.

For reasons of space, we ask for timely registration by email with details of the participating persons. Thank you for your understanding.... show less