From March 6 to April 2, Kaikai Kiki Gallery (Azabu, Tokyo) is holding the exhibit “May All Things Dissolve in the Ocean of Bliss” by Aya Takano.

It will be the first solo exhibit in Japan after eight years for the artist internationally known for her manga-esque, SF-like landscape paintings with additives of eroticism. In recent years, Takano had been busy presenting her works outside Japan, such as at solo exhibits held in Germany and the Netherlands.

The current exhibition is titled with hopes that “all things- both ‘brutal’ and ‘magnificent’- dissolve in bliss when the world is seen from afar.” Takano presents a 6m high large-scale work that is themed after the 3.11 disaster of 2011 as well as a collaborative installation “forest” that looks upon the relationships between plants and humans with flower artist Makoto Azuma. The collection includes more works of Takano that reflect the 20 years of her artistic maturation since her debut to the present.

Live talk events with guests such as cultural anthropologist Shinichi Tsuji, editor of magazine “Mu” Takeharu Mikami, and poet Emma Yukifune will take place on March 7 and 29.

Catalog “May All Things Dissolve in the Ocean of Bliss” (3,500 yen), which includes approx. 40 artworks and interview with art critic Midori Matsui, and an independent collection of drawings will be sold during the exhibition.

Aya Takano was born in Saitama Prefecture in 1976. Since graduating the Tama Art University in 2000, Takano has held solo exhibits worldwide, from Paris to LA, NY, and Barcelona. Takano collaborated with designer Naoki Takizawa for the Issey Miyake 2004-05 AW collection.

[Exhibit Information]
“May All Things Dissolve in the Ocean of Bliss”
Venue: Kaikai Kiki Gallery
Address: Motoazabu Crest Bldg. B1F
2-3-30 Motoazabu, Minatoku, Tokyo
Term: March 6 - April 2
Hours: 11:00 - 19:00
*Opening Reception: March 6, 18:00
Closed: Sundays, Mondays, holidays