10 Things in Tokyo: March 2019

Events and exhibitions happening this month in Tokyo and beyond

poster for Meiro Koizumi “We Mourn the Dead of the Future”

Meiro Koizumi “We Mourn the Dead of the Future”

at Kitasenju Buoy
in the Tokyo: Others area
This event has ended - (2019-02-22 - 2019-03-10)

poster for exonemo “LO”

exonemo “LO”

at Waitingroom
in the Ichigaya, Kagurazaka area
This event has ended - (2019-02-23 - 2019-03-24)

poster for First Lingering Mist of Spring

First Lingering Mist of Spring

at Tokyo Arts and Space Hongo
in the Chiyoda area
This event has ended - (2019-02-23 - 2019-03-24)

poster for Uma Kinoshita + Ryuichi Yahagi “Pairing Fukushima”

Uma Kinoshita + Ryuichi Yahagi “Pairing Fukushima”

at Emon Photo Gallery
in the Shirokane, Hiroo area
This event has ended - (2019-03-01 - 2019-03-30)

poster for An Encounter of Two Colorists: David Hockney | Heihachiro Fukuda

An Encounter of Two Colorists: David Hockney | Heihachiro Fukuda

at The Club
in the Ginza, Marunouchi area
This event has ended - (2019-02-16 - 2019-03-30)

poster for Kyosai Kawanabe “Nothing Escaped His Brush”

Kyosai Kawanabe “Nothing Escaped His Brush”

at Suntory Museum of Art
in the Roppongi, Nogizaka area
This event has ended - (2019-02-06 - 2019-03-31)

poster for Leiko Ikemura “Our Planet – Earth & Stars”

Leiko Ikemura “Our Planet – Earth & Stars”

at The National Art Center, Tokyo
in the Roppongi, Nogizaka area
This event has ended - (2019-01-18 - 2019-04-01)

poster for Toshiko Okanoue “Photo Collage: The Miracle of Silence”

Toshiko Okanoue “Photo Collage: The Miracle of Silence”

at Tokyo Metropolitan Teien Art Museum
in the Ebisu, Daikanyama area
This event has ended - (2019-01-26 - 2019-04-07)

poster for Hiroko Tsuchida “Where There’s A Will, There’s A Way”

Hiroko Tsuchida “Where There’s A Will, There’s A Way”

at Hiratsuka Museum of Art
in the Yokohama, Kanagawa area
This event has ended - (2018-12-08 - 2019-04-07)

In Features by Jennifer Pastore 2019-03-01

Kyosai Kawanabe (L) 'Bishamonten (Vaisravana)' (1848), (R) 'Frog Rickshaw and Postman', Kawanabe Kyosai Memorial Museum

Art fair season returns to Tokyo! Of course there’s the big-tent AFT, but we’d also like to mention 3331 Art Fair 2019, held March 6–10 at 3331 Arts Chiyoda. As in past years, you can take home a piece of the Japanese contemporary art scene in affordable price ranges. Choose from works by established and rising-star artists represented by galleries from across the country.

Theater Commons Tokyo is an omnibus of drama, readings, and other events around the city. The multilingual program includes Koki Tanaka’s short film “Vulnerable Histories (A Road Movie)” about tensions and reconciliation between Zainichi Koreans and the Japanese. (In English). We Mourn the Dead of the Future by Meiro Koizumi is a stark consideration of nationalism, heroism, and self-sacrifice. (In Japanese). The festival ends March 13.

The New York-based exonemo has been a leader in internet art for some 20-odd years. Waitingroom presents LO, the duo’s first exhibit in Japan in six years showing new and remixed screen installations concerned with the allusive phrase “Message Incomplete.” Ends March 24.

Tokyo Arts and Space Hongo features First Lingering Mist of Spring, a group exhibit spotlighting Masaharu Sato, Yu Nishimura, and Nao Yoshigai. Each contemporary artist experiments with landscapes, reinterpreting them as “physical, intuitive scenes in changing seasons.” Until March 24.

Two more takes on the landscape: Pairing Fukushima at Emon Gallery brings together Ryuichi Yahagi’s moseki stone sculptures and Uma Kinoshita’s documentary photography from post-3/11 Fukushima Prefecture. The Club shows Colorist contemporaries David Hockney and Heihachiro Fukuda in arrangements of quiet domestic scenes and sweeping natural vistas. Both exhibitions end March 30.

Kawanabe Kyosai: Nothing Escaped His Brush at Suntory Museum of Art surveys the prolific output of a Nihonga painter who detailed the mid-19th century change between the Edo and Meiji periods. He did so with imaginative genius, technical prowess, gentle humor, fierce satire, and also a twinge of melancholy. Growling ogres and frolicking animals are crowd pleasers, but keep on eye on how this well-curated show reveals the social and historical influences that drove Kyosai’s indefatigable brush. The English audio guide is recommended. Until March 31.

Leiko Ikemura, another artist fascinated by all creation, is the star of Our Planet – Earth & Stars at The National Art Center, Tokyo. This show demonstrates how her 40 years of painting, drawing, and sculpture-making have channeled both micro and macrocosms. It is a pleasure to get lost in what feels like the maze of an artist’s imagination, filled as it is with recurring motifs and wondrous surprises around every corner. Ends April 1.

Toshiko Okanoue offers a markedly different but no less immersive mindscape in Photo Collage: The Miracle of Silence at Tokyo Metropolitan Teien Art Museum. Okanoue’s mid-century assemblages of images pulled from fashion and news magazines read as candidly surreal portraits of an era. This show is eligible for discounts with the TAB and MuPon apps. Through April 7.

Hiratsuka Museum of Art in Kanagawa Prefecture hosts Hiroko Tsuchida’s Where There’s a Will There’s a Way. Tsuchida’s intricate and stunning sculptures painstakingly crafted from Q-tips, combs, and other seemingly inconsequential objects are testaments to the exhibition’s title. Through April 7.

Jennifer Pastore

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