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Tokyo Gallery 70th Anniversary (Part 2)

2020/11/28–12/24

Tokyo Gallery + BTAP celebrates its 70th anniversary this year. We extend our sincere thanks to our friends and patrons across the globe for their continued support.

Since Tokyo Gallery was established by Takashi Yamamoto, together with Kusuo Shimizu, in Ginza in 1950, the gallery has presented numerous exhibitions. When Tokyo Gallery first opened, and there were only a few other galleries in the area, it predominantly showcased modern Japanese representational paintings, working with artists such as Sōtarō Yasui. The gallery then shifted its focus to contemporary art after presenting a solo exhibition of the avant-garde artist Yoshishige Saitō. Since then, Tokyo Gallery continues to actively participate in the culture of contemporary art by engaging with a wide range of Japanese and international artists. Now operating as Tokyo Gallery + BTAP, the gallery is proud to have presented over 700 exhibitions in its history.

To celebrate its 70th anniversary, Tokyo Gallery is delighted to hold a two-part exhibition reflecting the gallery's history. Part 1 focuses on the 1960s, during which the gallery promoted leading postwar Japanese artists, by showcasing original works of this period featuring Yoshishige Saitō, Yuki Katsura, Jiro Yoshihara and Kim Whanki of the Kyushitsu-kai (Ninth Room Association); Kazuo Shiraga and Sadamasa Motonaga from the Gutai group; Masunobu Yoshimura and Ushio Shinohara from the Neo Dada Organizers; and Jiro Takamatsu of the Hi Red Center. Part 2 brings together the Mono-ha artists of the late 60s as well as contemporary Chinese and Korean artists that Tokyo Gallery first introduced to Japanese audiences in the 70s and the 80s. Through this small yet important selection of works, Tokyo Gallery hopes to portray this pivotal period in the development of East Asian contemporary art.

To combat the spread of Covid-19, Tokyo Gallery+BTAP currently implements reduced opening hours and requires guests to sign up for their choice of viewing session in advance online. Bookings can be made here.

WORKS

Title
Oneness of Paper, No.315
Artist
高松次郎 / Jiro Takamatsu
Year
1971
Size
47 x 34 cm
Material
Paper
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Title
Still Life (Bottles) No.1-5
Artist
成田克彦 / Katsuhiko Narita
Year
1974
Size
90 x 45 x 3.5 cm (Set of 5)
Material
Liquitex on canvas
Title
Aligned with Branches
Artist
菅木志雄 / Kishio Suga
Year
1983
Size
54.5 x 48 x 7 cm
Material
Plywood board, wood
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Title
Untitled
Artist
菅木志雄 / Kishio Suga
Year
1985
Size
21 x 30 x 3.3 cm
Material
Wood, acrylic
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Title
Boundary Above
Artist
菅木志雄 / Kishio Suga
Year
1998
Size
39 x 38 x 19.2 cm
Material
Wood, plastic
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Title
Scraps of Iron from Sakai
Artist
小清水漸 / Susumu Koshimizu
Year
1975
Size
35 x 38 x 12 / 28.5 x 16 x 9 / 67.5 x 18.5 x 13.5 cm
Material
Iron
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Title
Ecriture No.8-77
Artist
朴栖甫 / Park Seo-Bo
Year
1977
Size
73.4 x 92 cm
Material
Pencil and oil on canvas
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Title
From Point No.80021
Artist
李禹煥/ Lee Ufan
Year
1980
Material
Blue pigment on canvas
Size
61 x 73 cm
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Title
Waterdrops
Artist
金昌烈 / Kim Tschangyeul
Year
1978
Size
99 x 72 cm
Material
Oil on canvas
Title
UMBER-BLUE
Artist
尹享根 / Yun Hyong Gun
Year
1978
Size
92.5 x 30.5 cm
Material
Oil on canvas
Title
Moving Cloud (Ed. 37/50)
Artist
徐冰 / Xu Bing
Year
1988
Size
52 x 71.8 cm /sheet 66 x 91 cm
Material
Woodcuts print
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Title
Life Pond (Ed. 37/50)
Artist
徐冰 / Xu Bing
Year
1988
Size
50.5 x 68.5 cm /sheet 66.7 x 90.5 cm
Material
Woodcuts print
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Title
Cropland (Ed. 37/50)
Artist
徐冰 / Xu Bing
Year
1988
Size
55.2 x 72.6 cm /sheet 66.8 x 90.5 cm
Material
Woodcuts print
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Title
Impression of a Landscape
Artist
蔡国強 / Cai Guo-Qiang
Year
1988
Size
14.7 x 10.2 cm
Material
Gunpowder and ink on paper
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Kishio Suga

Kishio Suga was born in 1944, Iwate prefecture, Japan. Suga graduated from the Painting Department of Tama Art University in 1968. From the late 1960s onwards, he has been active as one of the central figures of Mono-ha, a sculptural and installation based art movement that emerged in the late 1960s. Through his practice of assembling natural, industrial or found materials into a room size installation piece, he intends to examine the relation between objects, space, and human perception in tandem to the surrounding environment. Suga’s solo exhibitions have been organized by numerous museums in Japan including Kishio Suga Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art, 1997; Stance, Yokohama City Museum, 1999; Uncertain Void: Installation by Kishio Suga, Iwate Museum of Art, 2005. His most recent solo show Situated Latency was held at the Contemporary Art Museum, Tokyo in 2015.

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Susumu Koshimizu

Susumu Koshimizu was born in Uwajima in Ehime Prefecture in 1944. He enrolled in the Department of Sculpture of Tama Art University in 1966 and left school due to student protest in 1971. Koshimizu became a prominent artist in the Mono-ha movement from the 1960s, creating minimal sculptures and installation pieces from basic materials such as iron, wood and paper. He was a faculty of the Department of Sculpture at Kyoto City University of Arts from 1994 to 2010, and currently serves as a president of Takarazuka University. He is now based in Kyoto, Japan. Koshimizu participated in various international art exhibitions including Tokyo Biennale: Man and Matter, Venice Biennale and São Paulo Biennale. He is a recipient of numerous awards in Japan including the prize at 3rd Contemporary Sculpture Exhibition held at Suma Palace Garden, Kobe (1972); Prize for Excellence, 11th Teijiro Nakahara Award (1980); 10th Denchu Hirakushi Prize (1981); 38th Minister of Education’s Art Encouragement Prize for Freshman (1988); 2nd Kyoto Culture Prize (1989); Prize for Merit, Kyoto Prefectural Cultural Award (1999); 2nd Enku Garden Award (2003); Medal with Purple Ribbon (2004).

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Park Seo-Bo

Park Seo-Bo is a leading figure in contemporary Korean art and the Dansaekhwa movement. Park was born in 1931 in Yecheon, Gyeongsang, Korea. He graduated from Hongik University, Department of Painting in 1954.
Park is best known for his Ecriture series of paintings. Ecriture is French for “writing”. The series has continuously evolved since its inception in 1967. But the shared simple form of the works in this series reflects Park’s unyielding pursuit of spirituality through repetitive but focused acts of “drawing.”
Park first exhibited at Tokyo Gallery in the 1975 group exhibition Five Hinsek ‘White’: Five Korean Artists. This exhibition has often been referred to as the original presentation of Korean monochrome painting. Since then, Park has now held six solo exhibitions at Tokyo Gallery with the latest in 2016.
Park is highly acclaimed for own his artistic as well as his promotion of contemporary Korean art throughout his career. He received the Korea’s National Medal (Medal of Seokryu) in 1984, Order of Cultural Merit (Silver Crown) in 2011, and Asia Society’s (Hong Kong) Asia Arts Game Changer Award in 2019. His works are collected by public institutions such as the Guggenheim Museum (New York and Abu Dhabi), Museum of Modern Art, New York, Hirshhorn Museum, National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Korea and Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo.

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