Miwa Yanagi: Myth Machines

Kanagawa Prefectural Gallery

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Miwa Yanagi (b. 1967) has been creating unforgettable scenes in both contemporary art and theater since the 1990s. She first attracted attention with “Elevator Girls,” then won global renown for the following photo series “My Grandmothers” and “Fairytale.” She was the Japan representative at the 2009 Venice Biennale and in 2010 produced a full-scale stage project.

Theater productions such as the three-part “1924” about the Shinko Geijutsu art movement in Taisho-era Japan and the outdoor play “Wings of the Sun” performed on a stage trailer have been met with great renown. Yanagi is now debuting a new photography series in Japan. Focused on peaches, it once again draws from Japanese mythology as her stage work does.

Ahead of this exhibition, Yanagi also launched a mobile theater project with universities in Kyoto, Takamatsu, Maebashi, and Fukushima. Mythological worlds and exhibition sites are created by a machine. Interchanging spectacular and documentary elements, Yanagi’s work repeated crosses over into the realm of the unreal. Her first solo show in ten years retraces the sources of her creativity.


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from October 20, 2019 to December 01, 2019
Closed on Thursday. Exhibition Hours: 10:00–18:00.


Miwa Yanagi



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