NPO Aoyama Design Forum presents the recommended exhibitions of art galleries and museums in July 2024. In addition to the schedule of events, we will provide you with detailed information such as the works on display. Please check the website of each museum for current opening hours before visiting.

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©CLAMP・ShigatsuTsuitachi CO.,LTD./CLAMP展製作委員会

The National Art Center, Tokyo "CLAMP Exhibition"

The National Art Center, Tokyo and the CLAMP Exhibition Production Committee will present an exhibition tracing the trajectory of CLAMP, a creative collective of four women who produce diverse manga across various genres including boys’, girls’, and young men’s comics. The exhibition will primarily showcase original manga drawings from their debut to the present day, created for a wide range of publishers and magazines. This major mid-career retrospective revisits messages that CLAMP has conveyed over the years in works that have long captivated readers of all ages, genders and nationalities.

  • Dates: July 3 - September 23, 2024
  • Closed: Tuesdays
    [Opening Special Viewing Day] July 3 - July 5 (for those who with a special ticket)
  • Hours: 10:00 - 18:00
    *Opens until 20:00 on Fridays and Saturdays
    *Admission ends 30 minutes before closing
  • Venue: The National Art Center, Tokyo Special Exhibition Room 2E
  • Fee: 2,100 yen for adults, 1,400 yen for university students, 1,000 yen for high school students.
  • URL : https://tinyurl.com/2ej32udv

"The Whispering Land: Artists in Correspondence with Nature" at Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum

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This exhibition will feature five artists whose art springs from a deep engagement with nature. Their works depicting wild animals, mountain people’s livelihoods, landscape and vegetation transformation, the radiance of life, and the wonder of nature all brim with the fresh joy of living with nature. At the same time, they evoke nature with teeth bared and claws unsheathed, engaged in resilient strategies for survival, and the sense of awe and respect for nature’s immense power we tend to lose in sheltered city life. Their works, born not from remote wilderness but places where people lives and nature are inextricably entwined, question the relationship between human beings and nature.

In ancient times, people kept eyes and ears attuned to the workings of nature and developed ways of coexisting with it for centuries. Artworks by artists who push into the backcountry, experience fear and wonder, and open themselves to the spirit of the land have a power to convey the voices of the land we can no longer hear in our human-centered lifestyle. The world of people who live close to nature, experienced through the keen senses of artists responsive to nature’s subtle signs and whispers, can awaken our own sense of wonder.

"Special Feature: 100th Anniversary of Akutagawa Saori's Birth" at Yokosuka Museum of Art

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From July 13 to October 20, 2024, the Yokosuka Museum of Art will hold the "2nd Holding Exhibition: Special Feature: 100th Anniversary of Akutagawa Saori's Birth". This exhibition is part of the "Museum to Museums: A Journey of Retrospection," a project commemorating the 100th anniversary of the birth of Saori Akutagawa. This project aims to create opportunities for visitors to visit other museums in 2024, the 100th anniversary of Saori's birth, and to develop interest not only in Saori's works but also in the person of Saori herself, through permanent exhibitions organized by 10 museums nationwide that hold Saori's works. The project was organized by the Saori Akutagawa Archive Executive Committee with the aim of creating opportunities for visitors to visit other museums and develop an interest not only in Saori's works but also in the artist herself. The name of the project, "Museum to Museums," expresses the hope that visitors will come into contact with more Saori works by touring exhibitions at museums.

The works are richly colored using the wax-dyeing technique, in which the cloth is painted with melted wax, dyed, and then washed with water after the wax is removed.

She has produced a number of works titled "Onna" (woman), which depicts a woman who seems to be making a strong cry. These works are the outstanding feature of Saori's works and are said to be self-portraits.

She is a great admirer of the Kojiki, the oldest chronicle of Japanese culture, and her unique interpretation of the mythological and folkloric characters in it will never fade away, and its powerful energy will overwhelm the viewer.

The fact that her work has changed completely by painting inorganic abstract paintings after moving to the U.S. is the very life of Saori Akutagawa, who is full of abundant ambition and is always searching for new themes and techniques, and continues to open new horizons as a painter.

"Plaza Gallery 35th Anniversary Noto Peninsula Earthquake Charity Exhibition" at Plaza Gallery

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Plaza Gallery presents "Plaza Gallery 35th Anniversary Noto Peninsula Earthquake Charity Exhibition". On New Year's Day this year, there was a major earthquake in Ishikawa Prefecture, which triggered a tsunami along the coast of Suzu and other areas, and many people were affected by the disaster. Plaza Gallery has been planning to hold a commemorative exhibition for its 35th anniversary, and we have decided to hold a charity exhibition for the victims of the Noto Peninsula earthquake. Paintings, sculptures, accessories, ceramics, miscellaneous goods from overseas will be exhibited.

"Discovery Now Under Way by Yasuhiro Suzuki" at Futakotamagawa Rise Studio & Hall

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Bunkamura The Museum will hold "Discovery Now Under Way by Yasuhiro Suzuki" at Futakotamagawa Rise Studio & Hall. Yasuhiro Suzuki (1979-) is an artist who focuses on the ordinary things that exist around us and creates works by recapturing small observations from his own unique perspective. His humorous works are spiced up by changes in the location in which they are placed, or by the viewer's perspective and discoveries, and show a new expression from time to time.
This exhibition will feature about 50 works, including his representative works "Blinking Leaves" and "Air People," which were created based on Yasuhiro Suzuki's sensitive point of view and innovative ideas of "seeing" (i.e., associating one thing with something else and recomprehending it from a new point of view).

Yamaguchi Center for Arts and Media [YCAM] "Yamaguchi Seasonal 2024 / Otomo Yoshihide + Aoyama Yasutomo + Ito Takayuki without records"

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画像クレジット:山中慎太郎(Qsyum!)

Yamaguchi Center for Arts and Media [YCAM] will exhibit the installation work "without records by Otomo Yoshihide + Aoyama Yasutomo + Ito Takayuki as part of the exhibition series "Yamaguchi Seasonal 2024," which displays installation works that YCAM has produced and presented in the past in the city center and historical sites of Yamaguchi City. This work is a sound installation work consisting of many portable record players, and is one of the representative works from YCAM, created in collaboration between the artist and YCAM using media technology. Since its first exhibition in 2008, it has been exhibited in various forms both domestically and internationally, and has received high praise. Following last year, it will be exhibited again at Satellite A, a branch of YCAM in the city center of Yamaguchi City.

Special Exhibition "Katsuro Yoshida Exhibition: Touching Objects, Landscapes, and the World" at Saitama Museum of Modern Art

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画像クレジット:《Work "8"》1970年|シルクスクリーン、紙|東京都現代美術館蔵(前期展示)
©️The Estate of Katsuro Yoshida/ Courtesy of Yumiko Chiba Associates

Saitama Museum of Modern Art holds a special exhibition titled "Katsuro Yoshida Exhibition: Touching Objects, Landscapes, and the World," running from July 13 to September 23, 2024. Yoshida Katsuro (1943-1999) was a pivotal artist of the Mono-ha movement, which revolutionized postwar Japanese art in the late 1960s. He later pursued experimental techniques in painting. This exhibition is the first comprehensive retrospective of Yoshida's work, offering a deep dive into his artistic journey and contributions.

  • Dates: July 13 - September 23, 2024
  • Closed: Mondays (except July 15, August 12, September 16, and September 23)
  • Hours: 10:00 - 17:30
    *Admission ends 30 min. before closing.
  • Venue: Saitama Museum of Modern Art
  • Fee: 1,100 yen for adults, 880 yen for university and high school students
    *Free for those who present a disability certificate (including one accompanying person)
  • URL: https://tinyurl.com/252rwhv2

Collection exhibition "Proliferation and Loop" at Toyota Municipal Museum of Art

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画像クレジット:ジュゼッペ・ペノーネ《まぶた》1989-91 年、石膏、木炭、布、サイズ可変

In daily life, repetitive actions and states are often seen negatively. However, a shift in perspective reveals that even monotonous activities differ slightly with each repetition. Lines are composed of points, and planes consist of countless lines and surfaces. This exhibition showcases works that evoke images of structures that proliferate, expand, or repeat, including: Giuseppe Penone's Eyelids, depicting the skin of the eyelid. Tony Cragg's Secretion, resembling a giant molecule made up of an almost infinite number of atoms. Nomura Jin's Analemma: Planets, visualizing a majestic circulation. Three-dimensional spatial expansions by Tokutomi Mitsuru and Lucio Fontana. Discover the beauty and variety of expressions arising from seemingly indifferent phenomena as they overlap and create something new.

Kouichi Tabata + Hirofumi Isoya “To design the misalignment” at Yutaka Kikutake Gallery

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Kouichi Tabata brings irregular elements to his paintings, chief among them misalignments in his surfaces and support structures, which open up various interpretations for the viewer. Hirofumi Isoya uses a wide variety of media such as sculpture, photography, and drawing to raise considerations surrounding the pathways of cognition. This exhibition, To design the misalignment, brings together Tabata’s paintings and Isoya’s framed photographs. Taking the sky as a thematic center, both artists conceived and composed the new work for this show by using Isoya’s photographs as a starting point, and then creating work which referenced the material approaches of the other. The viewer is invited into a tautological structure supported by the absence of the original. A new individual painting by Tabata will also be on display during this exhibition.

Automoai's solo exhibition "Transparent Thread Connecting Me to Hell" at Paichu

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Automoai's solo exhibition is ongoing until August 3, 2024 at Paichu in Roppoongi. The same motifs Automoai has drawn repeatedly such as an anonymous human body, eyes looking back at us, animals outside of language are to be exhibited. The  exhibition consists of mural, soft sculpture and drawings and it is a good showcase for Automoai's history.

"Reflection / Reverb" Exhibition by Koji Yamaguchi + Fumitake Ezaki at MAHO KUBOTA GALLERY

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山口幸士「Untitled」2024 年 Oil on linen 100 x 100 cm

MAHO KUBOTA GALLERY is hosting the "Reflection / Reverb" exhibition by Koji Yamaguchi and Fumitake Ezaki from June 28 to July 27, 2024. In this unique collaboration, artist Koji Yamaguchi's paintings are paired with music composed by Fumitake Ezaki, inspired by the landscapes depicted. Curated by Kensuke Yamamoto, the exhibition features eight pieces, each displayed with its corresponding canvas and handwritten sheet music. An automatic piano will play the pieces in sequence, offering a synchronized visual and auditory experience.

Rhizomatiks Solo Exhibition " Rhizomatiks Beyond Perception" at KOTARO NUKAGA (Tennoz)

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KOTARO NUKAGA(天王洲) | 「Rhizomatiks Beyond Perception」メインビジュアル

To celebrate the relocation of its gallery space, KOTARO NUKAGA (Tennoz) presents "Rhizomatiks Beyond Perception," an exhibition by the creative collective Rhizomatiks, from June 29 to September 28, 2024. Led by Daito Manabe and Motoi Ishibashi, Rhizomatiks is known for exploring new possibilities in technology and expression through experimental projects with strong research and development elements. This marks Rhizomatiks' first large-scale gallery exhibition and will focus on "AI and generative art." The exhibition will transform the "creative thought process" itself into an artwork, visualizing how AI models learn and generate new images. It will also address the liberation from the manipulation of images due to biases influenced by ethical and social norms inherent in AI services provided by Big Tech.

Special Exhibition "Fukuda Zoo" at Fukuda Art Museum 

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画像:山内信一《春光》(部分)

This summer, a total of 78 "animal paintings" selected from the Fukuda Collection will be gathered at the Fukuda Art Museum, creating an animal paradise in Arashiyama. Before the early modern period, animals were sometimes favourably depicted as objects of worship, with special powers, or as congratulatory symbols , such as longevity and prosperity of offspring, sometimes as meaningful beings. From the Edo period (1603 – 1868) onwards, painters such as Maruyama Ōkyo and Itō Jakuchū began to observe animals closely, sketch them and depict them in a more realistic manner. This exhibition introduces the animals depicted by Japanese painters from 17th to 21st century, from such early modern painters to Konoshima Ōkoku, Hayami Gyoshū and Kayama Matazō, together with explanations of the meaning and ecology behind the animals. The exhibition also draws attention to the keen eye for detail, the detailed drawing of hair and the refined colours, not to mention the differences in expression between the different artists.

"Saga Arashiyama Birds & Flower Garden" at Saga Arashiyama Museum of Arts & Culture

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Saga Arashiyama Museum of Arts & Culture will host  "Saga Arashiyama Birds & Flower Garden" from July 13 to October 1, 2024. Kachoen, known for allowing visitors to interact freely with birds in a natural-like indoor setting, was created with the traditional Japanese value of "kachofugetsu" in mind, a term that signifies beautiful natural scenery and elegance. The exhibition combines the concepts of "art museums" and "kachoen," both of which celebrate Japanese aesthetics.