From the series K2, 2015

Naoki Ishikawa Capturing the Map of Light on This Planet

December 17, 2016, to February 26, 2017

This is the first large-scale solo exhibition by Naoki Ishikawa, a photographer who is active around the globe. Ishikawa completed a human-powered journey from the North Pole to the South Pole at the age of 22, succeeded in summiting the Seven Summits at 23, and continues to journey to diverse places. He has drawn much attention by shedding new light on our everyday and on the world through his unique style of photography, which integrates the perspectives of anthropology and folklore.

In this exhibition Ishikawa’s early works through the present—numerous series including ones on polar regions, Himalayan eight-thousanders and old-growth forests in New Zealand; CORONA, in which he visited Polynesian islands as if guided by the stars; NEW DIMENSION, in which he visited cave paintings around the world; and ARCHIPELAGO, in which he explored the islands that spread north–south in the Japanese archipelago, among others—are introduced in a comprehensive fashion, interwoven with his unpublished works.


Naoki Ishikawa Capturing the Map of Light on This Planet

Weekend Gallery Talk

January 7 (Sat.), 2017, to February 26 (Sun.), 2017

Dates: Saturdays and Sundays between January 7 and February 26, 2017
Starts at 14:30 (Gallery talk lasts approximately 40 minutes.)
Fee: Free (included in the admission, reservation unnecessary)
Meeting place: The gallery entrance

CAC (Contemporary Art Center) gallery volunteer talkers will lead visitors to explore the exhibition together.


Naoki Ishikawa Capturing the Map of Light on This Planet

Art Bus 2016

January 25 (Wed.), 2017, to February 3 (Fri.), 2017

Dates: Jan. 25 (Wed.), 27 (Fri.), Feb. 1 (Wed.), 2 (Thur.) and 3 (Fri.), 2017

This project is a combined program of appreciation of the exhibition and workshop for expressing one’s feelings in words, designed for elementary and junior high school children in Mito City. The art center provides a shuttle bus for the transit service of participants. They are divided into small groups, and each group makes a guided tour with trained staff, mostly university students.

* Applications are based on a school as a unit.


Naoki Ishikawa Capturing the Map of Light on This Planet

Gallery Tour for Family with Babies

February 9 (Thu.), 2017, to February 10 (Fri.), 2017

Dates: Thursday, February 9 and Friday, February 10; 10:00-12:00
Fee: 1000 (the admission included)
Capacity: 15 families per day (reservation required)
Cooperation: Penguin Club, NPO to support parenting
*For reservation, call Contemporary Art Center at 029-227-8120.

The staff will tour the exhibition giving support to those with small children. This tour is designed particularly for pre-school children and their family.


Naoki Ishikawa Capturing the Map of Light on This Planet

Naoki Ishikawa x Yasuhiro Morinaga VJ+DJ Event “Light and Voice of the Planet”

February 12, 2017

Naoki Ishikawa and sound designer Yasuhiro Morinaga present their first combined visual arts & DJ event, using photographs Ishikawa took and sound materials Morinaga recorded all over the world.

Date: Sunday, February 12, 2017, 14:00-15:00 (Doors open at 13:30.)
Venue: ACM Theatre, Art Tower Mito
Artists: Naoki Ishikawa, Yasuhiro Morinaga
Admission: Open Seating; tickets are 1,000yen at the door, 800yen in advance.
*Pre-school children are not permitted at this event.


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