Roppongi Gallery Building Closes

Five of Tokyo’s key commercial galleries party out their last night in Roppongi (or not) before heading their separate ways.

poster for

"Force Quit" Closing Party

at Radium von Roentgenwerke AG
in the Bakurocho area
This event has ended - (2008-02-23)

In Photo Reports by Ashley Rawlings 2008-02-24

A crowd is spilling out onto the street. Something's going on...

The attention is focused on Magical Artroom......where a strange and at moments very loud noise band was performing.

On the 2nd floor, Taro Nasu Gallery, apparently not in a hurry to leave, was seeing the night out with a typically quiet reception for a group exhibition. Except for the grinding noise vibrating through the floor from Magical Artroom below.

Gallery Min Min didn't seem to be in the mood for partying.Meanwhile the writing was clearly on the wall at Ota Fine Arts...

... which seemed very much packed up and ready to go. Note the Yayoi Kusama works bundled in with the rest of their stuff.

Goodbye to the distinctive staircase leading up to Weissfeld-Roentgenwerke AG......and hello to the one-night-only mirrorball.

Calling their closing party 'Force Quit', Roentgenwerke celebrated by ripping up the white floor and tearing down the white walls to host a full on DJ disco party.

A Taiko drum is rolled out...

Driven by the beat of The Knack's 'My Sharona', some felt compelled to use it as a dance podium...

...until gallery owner Tsutomu Ikeuchi came out to deliver a captivating performance.

Next door, people were clustered into bar Traumaris, which will keep operating until the end of the month before moving on.

During the bar's last week, artist Kohei Nawa will be coming in to unpeel his work from the wall.

Basic details of relocations:

Magical Artroom will move to Ebisu, sharing a building with the Nadiff bookshop, which recently left its well-known location in Harajuku. Taro Nasu Gallery will move to nearby Azabu Juban while Ota Fine Arts will relocate to Kachidoki. Gallery Min Min is moving to Daikanyama. Lastly, Weissfeld-Roentgenwerke AG is moving to Asakusabashi, reopening with the name “Radi-um”. All gallery locations will be updated on TAB in due course.

Ashley Rawlings

Ashley Rawlings. Ashley Rawlings was the editor of TABlog from 2006 to 2008. More information about his work can be found at www.ashleyrawlings.com » See other writings

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