Atsuhiko Misawa “Animal House: House of Enigmas”

The Shoto Museum of Art

poster for Atsuhiko Misawa “Animal House: House of Enigmas”
[image: Atsuhiko Misawa, Katsura Funakoshi, Masato Kobayashi, Hiroshi Sugito, Masashi Asada with Animals / 2017 Photographs by Masashi Asada]

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Atsuhiko Misawa (1961-) is one of modern Japan’s leading sculptors. His life-sized “animals” are carved from logs of camphor wood using a chisel or sword according to a traditional woodcarving technique, and colored with oil paints. They exude a realistic sense of vitality, as if infused with actual souls (anima). The animals appear here and there throughout the distinctive architectural space of the Shoto Museum of Art, which was designed by Seiichi Shirai, emitting a powerful presence that seems to make the very air around them vibrate as they freely strut around the building. This is “Animal House: House of Enigmas.” It is worth paying attention to the settings and narratives that Misawa’s animals appear in, as these are the result of his close rapport with other artists, namely Katsura Funakoshi, Masato Kobayashi, Hiroshi Sugito, and Masashi Asada.

[Related Events]
House of Enigmas Artist Talk Series
Animal House 1: Oct. 7 (Sat) 14:00-15:00
Animal House 2: Oct. 28 (Sat) 14:00-15:00
Animal House 3: Nov. 25 (Sat) 14:00-15:00
Venue: 2F Exhibition Space
Speakers: Atsuhiko Misawa, Katsura Funakoshi, Masato Kobayashi, Hiroshi Sugito, Masashi Asada (speakers will vary for each talk event)

“Atsuhiko Misawa x Katsura Funakoshi Work in Progress - Busts in Clay”
See the two artists producing clay busts of visitors to the exhibition.
Event Date: Oct. 21 (Sat), Nov. 18 (Sat) 15:00-16:00
Venue: 2F Exhibition Space

*Events in Japanese.
*Please see the official website for further details.



from October 07, 2017 to November 26, 2017
Closing at 20:00 on Fridays.


Adults: ¥500, University Students: ¥400, High School Students and Seniors 60 & Over: ¥250, Junior High & Elementary School Students: ¥100, Persons with a Disability Certificate + 1 Companion: Free.

Venue Hours

From 10:00 To 18:00
fridays closing at 19:00
Closed on Mondays
Note:Open on public Holiday Monday but closed on the following day.


Address: 2-14-14 Shoto, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 150-0046
Phone: 03-3465-9421

5 minutes walk from Shinsen station on the Keio Inokashira line, 15 minutes walk from Shibuya station.

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