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Past

《Less Than Zero》2013, Video installation, Courtesy of the artist

Darren Almond Second Thoughts

November 16, 2013, to February 2, 2014

Darren Almond (b. 1971, UK) is a British contemporary artist who uses different media including video, paintings, and photographs in order to question the concept and our cognition of time.
Using modern technology, Almond’s works also share something in common with landscape paintings by Romantic painters such as J.M. W. Turner and John Constable and Asian sensibility that believes in the non-physical spiritual existence.
This exhibition will explore the concept of time and our cognition of time through Almond’s broad range of artistic practice including large-scale video installations, paintings and sculptures.
Visitors will be invited into a meditative time-space that represents a fusion of Western and Asian sensibilities.

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Past

SOYA ASAE“sora”
Installation view at Contemporary Art Gallery, Art Tower Mito
Photo:Yamamoto Keita

SOYA ASAE EXHIBITION “sora iro”

(color of the air)

July 27, 2013, to October 27, 2013

As a graduate student at Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music, SOYA ASAE leaped into the spotlight with her paintings depicting casual everyday scenes and her personal things such as a bathtub full of soft light. In recent years, her activities have extended to the areas of installations and public art. Her artworks enfolding gentle all-encompassing light and colors as well as dynamic forms continue to fascinate viewers. In this exhibition, while her masterpieces, new paintings and installations are displayed, she faces challenges of showing her works on the street and making a video installation that utilizes the gallery space the best. Her new sphere of creation is showcased.

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Past

44th Mito City Art Festival
Art Exhibitions Part 2

June 26, 2013, to July 7, 2013

Part 2: Calligraphy, Photography, Design, Installations
Venue: Contemporary Art Gallery
Exhibitors: Selected from submissions by Mito City residents

A two-stage exhibition of works created by Mito residents, spanning a broad range of genres, including Japanese-style paintings (nihonga), Western paintings, sculpture, crafts, calligraphy, photography, design and installations. The best works from among those submitted by city residents will be displayed.


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44th Mito City Art Festival
Art Exhibitions Part 1

June 9, 2013, to June 21, 2013

Part 1: Japanese-style Paintings, Western Paintings, Sculpture, Crafts

Exhibitors: Selected from submissions by Mito City residents

A two-stage exhibition of works created by Mito residents, spanning a broad range of genres, including Japanese-style paintings (nihonga), Western paintings, sculpture, crafts, calligraphy, photography, design and installations. The best works from among those submitted by city residents will be displayed.


Past

Ikebana Exhibition

May 31, 2013, to June 2, 2013

Participating Ikebana schools (listed alphabetically): Ikenobo, Kagei-Adachi-ryu, Kinjo Koryu, Koryu Shoohkai, Koryu Shoutoukai, Kozan-ryu, Ohara School, Ryusei-ha, Sogetsu-ryu

The nine different schools of Ikebana will make use of the display space in the Contemporary Art Gallery, exhibiting bold, individualistic flower arrangements in each of the display rooms in a way that turns traditional ideas of ikebana on their head.


Past

Centre Pompidou-Metz
©Didier Boy de la Tour

Shigeru Ban – Architecture and Humanitarian Activities

March 2, 2013, to May 12, 2013

This is the first full scale Exhibition of one of the most important Japanese architects, Shigeru Ban.
It showcases his work and activity inclusively.

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Past

Tadasu Takamine’s Cool Japan

December 22, 2012, to February 17, 2013

Tadasu Takamine is known for a body of work that brims with both humor and a keen sense of criticality in relation to the systems of oppression and control concealed within contemporary society.
The “Cool Japan” in the title of the exhibition is a catchphrase devised by the Japanese government. It is a self-branding exercise that encapsulates its active attempts to promote various forms of Japanese culture to an international audience. Takamine uses the catchphrase in ironical way to search for what has built “Japaneseness”.
For this exhibition, Takamine will showcase installations in each of the galleries that draw our attention to words, slogans and images that the Japanese have unconsciously promoted, disseminated, and deployed in an oppressive way from the postwar period up until the present. These newly commissioned interactive works will offer visitors a taste of Takamine’s vision of a “Cool Japan”.

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Past

Artists and the Disaster - Documentation in Progress -

October 13, 2012, to December 9, 2012

This is an exhibition that introduces various activities and artworks made by Japanese artists in response to the devastating disaster of the earthquake that hit the east regions of Japan in March 2011.

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Past

Installation view at Contemporary Art Gallery, Art Tower Mito  Photo:Yuzuru Nemoto

Eiji Mitooka
Railway Design

from Ekiben to Shinkansen

July 7, 2012, to September 30, 2012

This exhibition of Eiji Mitooka, a designer mainly works for Kyushu Railway Company, features the diverse creation of his 25 years history with idea sketches, posters, chairs, desks and model vehicles.
The exhibition is especially designed to encourage children to get interested in public design. It is structured for visitors to explore a journey around the world of design.

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Past

Installation view at Contemporary Art Gallery, Art Tower Mito
Gerda Steiner & Jörg Lenzlinger 
Photo:Keizo Kioku

Gerda Steiner & Jörg Lenzlinger -Power Sources

February 11, 2012, to May 6, 2012

This exhibition is the largest exhibition in the history of the Swiss contemporary artists Gerda Steiner and Jorg Lenzlinger, known for the series of dynamic site specific installations.
Since 1997, Gerda and Jorg have been working together and presented wide range of works including installation, collage, photograph, painting and sculpture. Among them, site specific installation, which is created in accordance to the specific space, is well known. It often reveals the invisible and unknown cultural significance of the exhibiting site by the artists actually living there and communicating with local people during the creating process.

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