Five of Tokyo’s key commercial galleries party out their last night in Roppongi (or not) before heading their separate ways.
A crowd is spilling out onto the street. Something's going on... Photo: AR
The attention is focused on Magical Artroom... Photo: AR ...where a strange and at moments very loud noise band was performing. Photo: AR
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. Photo: AR
Gallery Min Min didn't seem to be in the mood for partying. Photo: AR Meanwhile the writing was clearly on the wall at Ota Fine Arts... Photo: AR
... which seemed very much packed up and ready to go. Note the Yayoi Kusama works bundled in with the rest of their stuff. Photo: AR
Goodbye to the distinctive staircase leading up to Weissfeld-Roentgenwerke AG... Photo: AR ...and hello to the one-night-only mirrorball. Photo: AR
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. Photo: AR
A Taiko drum is rolled out... Photo: AR
Driven by the beat of The Knack's 'My Sharona', some felt compelled to use it as a dance podium... Photo: AR
...until gallery owner Tsutomu Ikeuchi came out to deliver a captivating performance. Photo: AR
Next door, people were clustered into bar Traumaris, which will keep operating until the end of the month before moving on. Photo: AR
During the bar's last week, artist Kohei Nawa will be coming in to unpeel his work from the wall. Photo: AR
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.