Daniel Arsham “Relics of Kanto Through Time”


poster for Daniel Arsham “Relics of Kanto Through Time”
[Image: Daniel Arsham × Pokemon Logo (White) 2020 clear quartz, selenite, hydrostone 52×152.4×12.7cm ©2020 Pokémon. TM, ® Nintendo. ©Daniel Arsham Courtesy of NANZUKA]

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*Due to COVID-19, admission to the gallery is by appointment only.

An exhibition of new works by American artist Daniel Arsham. This show is planned as a part of The Pokémon Company’s first collaborative project with a contemporary artist, and marks the second installment of this venture following “Daniel Arsham x Pokémon Collection” that has already been released from Uniqlo UT.

Arsham continues to seek out devices for creating unreality through constantly continuing to explore and experiment with new materials. These endeavors derive from Arsham’s interest in architecture and the environment (earth science) as also observed in his activities as a co-organizer of the architectural project unit, Snarkitecture. From environments with eroded walls, stairs going to nowhere, to landscapes where nature overrides artificial structures, Arsham meticulously unveils spaces and moments that seemingly confuse and confound our expectations, resolving such experiences within the context of his work.

In this exhibition, Arsham transforms various Pokémon into artworks. For instance, through encountering a sculpture of Pikachu that has fossilized with crystals observed on the inside, we as viewers can perceive a character that is familiar to us within the two-dimensional world of video games and animation in three-dimensional world that we live in. However, these works also come to harbor a four-dimensional context that includes the concept of time, as we are led to imagine the very time that it takes for us too to fossilize.

In addition to those that reference the Pokémon logo and Pokémon Trading Card Game, the exhibition will feature works of various familiar Pokémon like Pikachu, Charmander, Squirtle, Snorlax, and Eevee. It depicts the world of Pokémon Red and Pokémon Blue video games as unearthed in the year 3020.



from June 09, 2020 to July 04, 2020
By appointment only.


Daniel Arsham



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