Tsubaki-kai 2014— Shoshin (Beginner’s Mind)

Shiseido Gallery

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The Tsubaki-kai is a group show held at Shiseido Gallery every year since 1947. While its members change, the exhibition has continued for nearly 70 years. Last year’s joining members were Genpei Akasegawa, Naoya Hatakeyama, Rei Naito, Zon Ito, and Ryoko Aoki. With the March 11th, 2011 disaster prominently in their minds, these new members chose the exhibition subtitle “Shoshin”. According to the New Shinmeikai Kokugo Jiten (Sanseido), the phrase “shoshin” (beginner’s mind) refers to that purity of thought and feeling occurring when one first sets out to do something new. The 14th century Noh actor and playwright Zeami explained the expression “keep a beginner’s mind” as maintaining, throughout all the stages of life, that same spirit of challenge first experienced when first taking up a new endeavor. In the wake of such an unexpected disaster as the earthquake on March 11th in 2011, the process of picking up the pieces and moving forward has furnished these new Tsubaki-kai members with an opportunity to reconsider questions like what a beginner’s mind means, and what their reasons have been for creating things, and this mutual awareness among all of the members led them to select this as the theme for their coming exhibitions.

Genpei Akasegawa presents dozens of pencil drawings of classic cameras, Naoya Hatakeyama displays two series of photographs capturing the artificial in natural environments, Rei Naito unveils “Color Beginning”, a new work expressing the origins of color with vivid overlapping hues, Zon Ito exhibits new drawings for “Architecture of Invisible Lands”, a work about the lives of living things that exist alongside human beings, and Ryoko Aoiki offers new watercolors of plants.

[Related Event]
Special Talk: Naoya Hatakeyama × Kiyokazu Washida (Philosopher, Director of Sendai Mediatheque,Professor at Otani University)
Date & Time: May 9th, 2014 18:00 - 20:00
Venue: Shiseido Hanatsubaki Hall (Shiseido Ginza Building 3F)
Capacity:150 guests (reservations required)
Free
Please see the official website for details.

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from April 10, 2014 to May 25, 2014
11:00-18:00 on Sunday and holidays.

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