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THE UMBRELLAS, JOINT PROJECT FOR JAPAN AND USA
Drawing, 1990. In two parts  
©CHRISTO, 1990 Photo : Wolfgang Volz

Christo and Jeanne-Claude: The Umbrellas Japan-USA 1984-91 A Documentation Exhibition

October 1, 2016, to December 4, 2016

The Umbrellas, Japan-USA, 1984-91 documentation exhibition is to be held at Art Tower Mito. The Umbrellas was realized by Christo (born in 1935) and Jeanne-Claude (1935-2009), the couple who have been internationally famous for such large-scaled projects as to transform the landscape. It was completed in autumn 1991 in Southern California, US and the northern part of Ibaraki Prefecture, Japan simultaneously.

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Yuan Goang-ming
Landscape of Energy-Stillness
2014
Digitally-altered inkjet print

Memories through Cycle
―Images by RongRong & inri and Yuan Goang-ming

July 23, 2016, to September 19, 2016

It seems that, due to the progress of East Asia, such uniquely new photography and moving images that we have never seen before are increasing in this region. In this exhibition, we introduce two units of artists who reinterpret ordinary life and traditions through new media and depict nature, family and communion between people by beautifully poetic photographs and videos: RongRong & inri (born in 1968 in China and born in 1973 in Japan / photography) and Yuan Goang-ming (born in 1965 in Taiwan / video art).

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Provisional Studies: Workshop #4 Possibilities for being together. Their configuration.(Production Still)
2015-2016|6-day communal retreat with workshops, video documentation

Koki Tanaka Possibilities for being together. Their praxis.

February 20, 2016, to May 15, 2016

This exhibition marks the first large solo exhibition of Koki Tanaka in Japan. The artist has drawn much attention in recent years for his activities of seeking an alternative perspective and attitude to current social situations and existing frameworks, conducted through a variety of means such as video documentation, installation, writing, performance and organizing events. In the 55th Venice Biennale in 2013, Tanaka presented video works that included one that showed five potters working together on one pottery. Representing the beauty and difficulty of the act of collaborating on one thing, his works received international acclaim.
This exhibition focuses on Tanaka's activity after 2010, when he started to be interested in the activities of collaboration, with his new work at the center along with his recent works.
The new work produced for this exhibition is based on the six-day lodging and a series of workshops conducted during that time, in which general participants, facilitators and camera crews stayed together under one roof. Throughout the six days, which consisted of reading, cooking, making pottery, workshop related to social movement, discussion, interviews and so forth, the opportunity was there for everyone to think, to have dialogues and to practice about moving and community. In the exhibition, several video works based on the video documentation of the workshop are exhibited, along with items such as notes the artist made during the production.

*The new video work is estimated to be 230 minutes long in total.

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ITO Toyo + INUI Kumiko + FUJIMOTO Sou + HIRATA Akihisa + HATAKEYAMA Naoya, “Home-for-All” in Rikuzentakata Photo: HATAKEYAMA Naoya

Architecture since 3.11

November 7, 2015, to January 31, 2016

“Architecture since 3.11” exhibition is on at Contemporary Art Gallery, Art Tower Mito from Saturday, November 7, 2015 to Sunday, January 31, 2016.
The Great East Japan Earthquake on March 11, 2011 has brought a big change in the consciousness of both architects and architectural circles. The overwhelming destructive power of tsunami made them realize that they were faced with problems that could not be solved through strengthening buildings alone, and at the same time, how important it is to make software-oriented approaches in view of human ties and people’s relations with the community. Furthermore, the nuclear accident, which became an unprecedented disaster, has raised their consciousness of energy problems as well as awareness of crisis, and plans giving special consideration in terms of environment and energy are required more urgently than ever. From a macroscopic point of view, since the birthrate declines and the population ages with oversupplied housing and public facilities, how architects will play their parts depicting the future is regarded important in both critical and expectant views.
This exhibition which introduces how participating architects of 21 units are dealing with the said social change in their own approaches and methods is a traveling exhibition of “Architecture since 3.11” held at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa from November 1, 2014 to May 10, 2015. At Contemporary Art Gallery, Art Tower Mito, the exhibition has been updated adding some exhibits localized to Mito, a disaster-stricken area of the Great East Japan Earthquake and also those which show the development of some participating architects’ projects since the exhibition at Kanazawa.

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CAFE in Mito R

August 1, 2015, to October 18, 2015

EXHIBITION CONCEPT
Art Tower Mito Contemporary Art Center is pleased to present the exhibition “CAFE in Mito R” from August to October 2015.
This is the fifth “CAFE in Mito” and this time the key letter is “R.” There are many words which begin in R, such as revive, recollection, renewable energy. Inside the gallery, nine artists and units selected by our curators based on the key letter “R” exhibit their artworks.
 Outside the gallery, we invite Katsuhiko Hibino as project director to implement the project “Re MITO 100.” Focusing on various local “cultures” known to only a limited number of Mito residents, we produce 100 programs to enjoy interacting with many of them. The concept of the project is to encourage them to take a new look at some aspects of Mito unknown even to the locals. Therefore, going beyond arts in a narrow sense, we shed new light on cultures ranging from the forgotten local heritages to people’s skills buried in obscurity. It will provide a great opportunity for the residents to reconsider Mito, with which they imagine that they are well acquainted, in a new perspective.

Artists exhibiting their works inside the gallery
Alexandre Dang, Chino Otsuka, Ai Sasaki, Nobuhiro Shimura, Katsuhiko Hibino, Aiko Miyanaga, Me, Karoku Yanagiya, Mai Yamashita+Naoto Kobayashi

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47th Mito City Art Festival

Art Exhibitions Part 2

July 1, 2015, to July 12, 2015

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.

Hours: 9:30-18:00 (no admittance after 17:30)
Admission free


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47th Mito City Art Festival

Art Exhibitions Part 1

June 14, 2015, to June 26, 2015

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.

Hours: 9:30-18:00 (no admittance after 17:30)
Admission free

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47th Mito City Art Festival

Ikebana Exhibition

June 5, 2015, to June 7, 2015

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.

Hours: 9:30-18:00 (no admittance after 17:30)
Admission free

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Stepping back to seek the underneath 2014
pen, sumi (Japanese ink), watercolor on paper 
36.6 x 28.9 cm
©YAMAGUCHI Akira,
Courtesy Mizuma Art Gallery

YAMAGUCHI Akira Stepping Back to Seek the Underneath

February 21, 2015, to May 17, 2015

We present the solo exhibition of YAMAGUCHI Akira, who is known for depicting figures, buildings and other motifs with exquisitely detailed brushwork reminiscent of the style of ukiyo-e or yamato-e. His works are exceptionally highly acclaimed both in Japan and abroad.

The exhibition’s title, ‘Stepping Back to Seek the Underneath’, expresses Yamaguchi’s unique perspective on both art and philosophy of life, while also evoking the composition of the exhibition itself: revealing the world of his art room by room, and hinting at the creation of his epic masterworks. As you stroll through the space, you feel that you have caught a glimpse of the artist’s thinking process.

We invite you to experience the world of Yamaguchi Akira, overflowing with subtle wit which blends the present and the past, the ordinary and the extraordinary, into a perfect whole.

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Adolescence #16 2011 C-print

Jung Yeondoo Just Like the Road across the Earth

November 8, 2014, to February 1, 2015

I thought: hope cannot be said to exist, nor can it be said not to exist. It is just like roads across the earth. For actually the earth had no roads to begin with, but when many men pass one way, a road is made.
From “My Old Home” by Lu Xuin
In November 2014, Contemporary Art Center, Art Tower Mito will present the first major solo museum exhibition in Japan of work by Jung Yeondoo. From photography to video installation, “Jung Yeondoo: Just Like the Road across the Earth” will present a wide range of works following his artistic practice of engaging society by communicating with local people.

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