poster for From the Cave
[Image: Fiona Tan "News from the Near Future" (2003) Video projection collection of the artist ©Fiona Tan, courtesy of Wako Works of Art]

Ends in 2 days

In this exhibition presents photographic and video works that employ a ‘cave’ as a motif or metaphor to attempt to rethink the way in which images or perceptions are created. The use of a ‘cave’ as a motif to explore the origins of cognition has an unexpectedly wide application.

The works in this exhibition are extremely diverse. There is a drawing of a cave by the 19th-century chemist and photographic pioneer who first coined the term, ‘photography’, John Herschel, which was created using a camera lucida, in an effort to satisfy his desire to capture the view he could see in front of his eye to transmit to others.

Osamu James Nakagawa presents an installation, fusing contemporary technology and his own original techniques to present a visualization of an Okinawan cave (gama), overlapping history with his own identity. Ken Kitano’s new photograms of babies, which are being shown here for the first time, encouraging people to think of their bodies or existences as being similar to the existence of a cave. Lieko Shiga presents a recent work that forces people to reconsider their identity. Fiona Tan’s video work starts with the view from a cave in a bay, dexterously weaving together various old news films to create a prediction of the future. Finally, there is the work by Gerhard Richter that forces people to reconsider the fact that their image comprises of a complicated structure resembling a cave.



from October 01, 2019 to November 24, 2019


Adults ¥800, University Students ¥700, Junior High and High School Students and 65 and older ¥600

Venue Hours

From 10:00 To 18:00
thursdays closing at 20:00, fridays closing at 20:00
Closed on Mondays
Note:Open on a public holiday Monday but closed the following day. Closed during the New Years holidays.


Address: Yebisu Garden Place, 1-13-3 Mita, Meguro-ku, 153-0062 Tokyo
Phone: 03-3280-0099 Fax: 03-3280-0033

7 minute walk from the East Exit of Ebisu Station on the JR Yamanote and Hibiya lines.

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