The Moving Past

Kotaro Nukaga

poster for The Moving Past
[Image: Tomoko Yoneda "Freud's Spectacles-Looking at Jung's Text II" (1998) Copyright the artist, Courtesy of ShugoArts]

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Kotaro Nukaga has coordinated artworks for the lounge, restaurant, and guest rooms of The Hiramatsu Karuizawa Miyota, an auberge that opened in March this year in Miyota-machi, adjacent to Karuizawa-machi in Nagano Prefecture. Under the theme of “A Stay to Encounter Memories,” the exhibition was curated by carefully uncovering the history of Miyota and the memories of the land, and introduced a wide range of artworks from Jomon pottery excavated from the grounds of the auberge to contemporary art. In this exhibition, based on the concept for the Auberge, the relationship between the past and present mediated by memory will be further explored through the works of nine artists.

The artists featured in the exhibition are very diverse. Jean-Eug ne Atget, the father of modern photography, painstakingly documented the ever-changing “old Paris,” including historical buildings, old streets, storefronts, gardens, and the people who lived there. Darren Almond, the father of modern photography, has produced works that change the course of time through a series of long exposure photographs using the light of the full moon to capture landscapes. Gentaro Ishizuka presents images of light captured at the Abbey of La Tourette, a masterpiece located in the suburbs of Lyon, which is a collaboration between Le Corbusier, who is regarded as the father of modern architecture, and Xenakis, a contemporary musician. He transforms a color photograph into sepia and paints the frame with the colors that once existed in the photograph. Hirofumi Isoya reconsiders perception in a unique way. Kyoji Takubo, involved in various revitalization projects, has been actively presenting works since the 1970s on the theme of “landscape art,” which survives as a site of expression even after the artist has finished creating it. Kiuichi Tabata, through the “gaps” that exist between media and in the supports themselves, does not limit himself to a single way of looking at the object in front of him, but carefully brings to light a variety of images that can be internalized through the flow of time and space. Ritsue Mishima has received high praise for her works that express the energy of the place by capturing the air and light, and in recent years she has been active across genres such as architecture, fashion, and design. Tomoko Yoneda is internationally acclaimed for her suggestive works that give viewers room for free imagination and interpretation while incorporating a journalistic perspective. Man Ray, who joined the Surrealist movement and expressed his talent through various means of expression such as photography, painting, graphics, and experimental film, is still talked about today as one of the most representative artists of his time. Although their methods of expression vary, they can be said to be artists who recapture the past and leave room for interpretation.

In addition to the works of these artists, this exhibition will feature Jomon pottery and pottery fragments. Pottery and artworks have the same characteristics in the sense that they retain the memories of the people who created them. In today’s information society, where data recording is the norm, this exhibition unravels the memories that reside in materials through pottery and artwork.



from August 07, 2021 to October 16, 2021

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From 11:00 To 18:00
fridays closing at 20:00
Closed on Mondays, Sundays, Holidays


Address: 3F, Terrada Art Complex 1-33-10 Higashi-Shinagawa, Shinagawa-ku, Tokyo 140-0002
Phone: 03-6433-1247​ Fax: 03-6433-1257​

9 minute walk from exit B at Tennozu Isle Station on the Rinkai line, 10 minute walk from the South exit of Tennozu Isle Station on the Tokyo Monorail line, 9 minute walk from the North exit of Shimbamba Station on the Keikyu line.

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