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Ana Aragão "My Plan for Japan"

Daikanyama Hillside Forum


Ana Aragão
Ana Aragão is a Portuguese artist who decided to live from her art while a doctorship student at the acclaimed Faculty of Architecture (Porto University). Her art focuses, inevitably, on architecture and cities, which she has studied for a long time, and which she has self-named “Paper Arquitectures.”
Using simple materials such as Bic ballpens and coloring pencils, Ana Aragão creates highly detailed drawings, all painstakingly handmade by the artist. The central theme of this exhibition is “Japan metabolic architectures.” The works of Kenzo Tange, Kisho Kurokawa, and Kiyonori Kiutake drift in the air, grow plants, have hills at the top, and encompass strange creatures inside of them. The artist proclaims that drawing is an act of thinking, and she creates her work always having in mind that failure is inevitable.
Come and meet Ana Aragão’s fantastic “architectural drawings,” which are influenced by Tanizaki’s “In Praise of Shadows,” as well as the works on “perspective” by Hugh Ferris and the “Obscure Cities” of Benoît and François Schuiten.
This exhibition is also an opportunity to celebrate the deep and long relationship between Portugal and Japan. It is thus the highlight of the celebrations that mark the 480 years since the Portuguese first arrived in Japan in 1543, as well as the National Day of Portugal on June 10th.


May 30 (Tue) 2023-Jun 4 (Sun) 2023 

Opening Hours Information

Until 14:00 on June 3.
Until 17:00 on the last day.
VenueDaikanyama Hillside Forum
Location18-8 Sarugakucho, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 150-0033
Access3 minute walk from Daikanyama Station on the Tokyu Toyoko Line.
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