Hiraki Sawa – Installation view of “Under the Box, Beyond the Bounds” at
Tokyo Opera City Art Gallery, 2014. Photo Kioku Keizo.
A survey of the year’s most memorable exhibitions in the greater Tokyo area, including a heavy dose of the postwar avant-garde group Hi-Red Center, galleries making history, the Yokohama Triennale 2014, and the reopening of a 1930s-era Art Deco icon. Hiraki Sawa’s “Under the Box, Beyond the Bounds” (pictured), at Tokyo Opera City Art Gallery, is one of the year’s most spectacular exhibitions.
Wolfgang Tillmans – Guide Star, ESO (2012). © Wolfgang Tillmans,
courtesy the artist and Wako Works of Art, Tokyo.
Reviewing the year through ART iT’s interviews, starting with Wolfgang Tillmans at Wako Works of Art, Carlos Garaicoa as part of “The Marvelous Real” at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo, and Elizabeth Price on the occasion of “Private Utopia” at the Tokyo Station Gallery. Filmmakers Lav Diaz, Wang Bing and Tsai Ming-liang also make the list.
Parasophia: Kyoto International Festival of Contemporary Culture 2015
Prelude [Exhibition] William Kentridge: The Refusal of Time (2013), the
former Rissei Elementary School, Kyoto, 2014. Photo Kunihiro Shikata,
courtesy Parasophia Office.
Spotlighting the inaugural edition of Parasophia: Kyoto International Festival of Contemporary Culture 2015, as well as other international exhibitions including the next iterations of the Yebisu International Festival for Art & Alternative Visions and the Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennale. Also upcoming: architect Kenzo Tange’s photographs, Mono-ha artist Kishio Suga and Gabriel Orozco at MOT, and the NMAO’s take on Jiro Takamatsu.
Florian Pumhösl – Left: BlauesRaster (2014). Right: Expanse 5 (2014).
Both: Courtesy the artist and Taka Ishii Gallery, Tokyo.
The Austrian artist Florian Pumhösl was recently in Tokyo for a two-person exhibition with Silke Otto-Knapp at Taka Ishii Gallery, “Ratio of Distance” (Nov 22-Dec 20), and will soon return to Japan for the inaugural Parasophia: Kyoto International Festival of Contemporary Culture 2015. ART iT spoke with Pumhösl about the complex history of modernism, both past and present, and his interest in the Japanese avant-garde of the 1920s and ’30s.
Annette Messager – Installation view, K21 Ständehaus, 2014. Photo
Achim Kukulies, © Kunstsammlung NRW.
The subject of not one but two retrospectives in 2014 at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, and the Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, Düsseldorf, respectively, Annette Messager passed through Tokyo in October of this year for a site visit for the upcoming Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennale 2015. This will be Messager’s first project for the festival, where she will be working with a centuries-old thatch-roofed farmhouse. ART iT spoke with Messager about her broader practice and her impressions of Echigo-Tsumari.
Things Worth Remembering 2014: Index