Villa Tokyo

Villa Tokyo

poster for Villa Tokyo

This event has ended.

One year after Reykjavík inhabitation we meet again. This time in the heart of the Tokyo metropolis, in the developing Kyobashi district – a place with great potential to boost the artistic atmosphere. Like last year ten cutting edge European art galleries will get together this time with Japanese partners: the Taka Ishii Gallery, the Tomio Koyama Gallery and New Tokyo Contemporaries – an energetic association of seven contemporary art galleries. We will share one building for a week-long program of exhibitions and many additional events: concerts, performances, screenings and formal and informal talks by Japanese and European artists and musicians.

Villa Tokyo is another incarnation of the idea of the international gallery meetings initiated by the Raster Gallery from Warsaw. It is a site-specific project – wherever it transpires, it immerses itself curiously in its context. An essential element of the project is studying the art scene in each edition’s location and engagement with local partners and artists. The prime motive of the project is to gather artists and exhibitors so that they can actively and collectively contemplate different methods of presenting contemporary art. It is an attempt to create a friendly alternative to the primarily commercial atmosphere of art fairs, established as the natural habitat for gallery gatherings. Villa Tokyo is driven by the desire to reveal the less obvious aspects of gallery work: its social dimension, flexibility and creativity, as well as its risk factor. In line with Villa’s tradition, rather than simply showing off what it knows and possesses, its main aim is to learn and to initiate various forms of stimulating international dialogue.

Villa Tokyo is a continuation of the previously organised Villa Warszawa (2006) and Villa Reykjavík (2010), both conceived and developed by Raster.



From 2011-11-11 To 2011-11-18
Exhibition Hours: 11:00-19:00

Opening Reception on 2011-11-11 from 15:00 to 21:30



Emily Wakeling tablog review

Villa Tokyo: Europe Comes to Town

Project over profit in this site-specific art event

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