Maiko Haruki “Still Life”

Taro Nasu

poster for Maiko Haruki “Still Life”
[Image: Hello Kitty, 2021 (c)Maiko Haruki Courtesy of Taro Nasu]

Ends in 4 days

*Taro Nasu will open from May 18 (Tue) by appointment only.
*The exhibition period has been shortened. (Originally 2021/4/3–4/24).

For Maiko Haruki’s fifth solo exhibition with the gallery, she has chosen to focus on pop culture icons in the form of around ten soft toy characters including Hello Kitty, the emblem of Japanese “kawaii culture,” and American equivalent Mickey Mouse. Haruki has taken studio portraits of these characters in the style of promotional stills of stars of the silver screen in days gone by. The silhouettes on the black and white screen give off a completely different effect to the bright, colorful images that we normally associate with these characters. They seem somehow lonely, isolated, bored even. Right now at this instant, these characters are being reborn as new products with new images and stories, and they continue to be sold and consumed throughout the world. What does their enduring existence tell us? Listen to a different story that comes from the shadows of these major icons of our consumerist society.



from April 03, 2021 to May 22, 2021
By appointment only.


Maiko Haruki



Venue Hours

From 11:00 To 18:00
Closed on Mondays, Sundays, Holidays


Address: 4F Piramide Bldg., 6-6-9 Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo 106-0032
Phone: 03-5786-6900 Fax: 03-5786-6902

2 minute walk from exit 1b at Roppongi Station on the Hbiya or Toei Oedo line, 12 minute walk from exit 3 at Nogizaka Station on the Chiyoda line, 13 minute walk from exit 7 at Azabu-juban Station on the Namboku or Toei Oedo line.

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