Misa Shin Gallery is on the same street as the building housing Yamamoto Gendai, Nanzuka Underground and Kodama Gallery.
The first show for the new gallery is ‘Cube Light’ by Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei, who recently received buckets of press attention for his sunflower seeds work at the Tate Modern’s Turbine Hall, and his house arrest over his attempts to join a party protesting the closure of his Shanghai studio.
‘Cube Light’ is a large installation work: a ceiling-high grid of glass crystals and light, with the ‘scaffolding’ of the construction visible.
It is the largest example so far of Ai Weiwei’s chandelier series and the first to be shown in a cube shape. The artist was initially inspired by an image from a Sergei Eisenstein Soviet propaganda film.
On display until the end of January 2011, the exhibition also marks the Ai Weiwei’s commercial gallery solo debut in Japan.