Illustrator/graphic designer Akira Uno has been leading the Japanese art industry for decades and is known for illustrations depicting young girls using touches of fantasy. He is now 82 years old, but his passion for creativity has not changed a bit.
On Feb 3, Japanese fashion brand Issey Miyake will present its new collection introducing the artworks of the late graphic designer Ikko Tanaka (1930-2002).
Until Aug 24, Nihonbashi Mitsukoshi department store’s windows will be decorated with ukiyo-e painter Hokusai’s works transformed under the hands of art director/graphic designer Yuni Yoshida.
Nobuyoshi Araki’s exhibit at Space O of Omotesando Hills features celebrities including Takeshi Kitano, Sadaharu Oh, Yoshio Harada, Tsutomu Yamazaki and Utamaru Katsura to Ryuhei Matsuda, Shota Sometani and Eita.
Digital artist group TeamLab will showcase two of their latest pieces at Expo Milano 2015 Japan Pavilion. On exhibit from May 1 to Oct 31.
Scai the Bathhouse, turned into an art gallery in 1993 and located in Yanaka, Tokyo, is currently hosting contemporary artist Kohei Nawa’s solo exhibit titled “Force.” Open from Mar 7 to Apr 18.
Japanese artist Kyosuke Tchinai will hold a solo exhibit from Mar 13 to Apr 12 at the Galerie Tamenaga Osaka.
Works receiving accolades from the the art, entertainment, animation and manga divisions of the 18th Japan Media Arts Festival is on exhibit at the National Art Center, Tokyo.
Kiss the Heart, the charitable event formed in 2012 in support of the Tohoku area through art, is currently being held at Isetan Shinjuku, Nihombashi Mitsukoshi and Ginza Mitsukoshi stores.
Mika Ninagawa will showcase works which express her “dark” side in contrast to the colorful and happy pieces she is well-known for. Her solo exhibit will be held at the Hara Museum of Contemporary Art located in Shinagawa, Tokyo.
Following our interview with CEO Fany Pechiodat of the French website “My Little Paris,” we interviewed the website’s illustrator Kanako Kuno (Kanako).
“Attack on Titan”, a popular manga and decided adaptation of the live-action movie starring Haruma Miura, Kiko Mizuhara and Satomi Ishihara, has arrived at the Ueno Royal Museum, in the form of an exhibit opened on Nov 28.
Ultra-technologists group teamLab led by Toshiyuki Inoko presents an installation titled “Infinity of Flowers” using Gucci’s symbolic Flora motif. The piece is currently on display on the third floor of Gucci Shinjuku store.
The art project “BCTION” will open from Sept 1 to 15 in a building located in Kojimachi, Tokyo. The building will be demolished after the event closes.
“Yokohama Triennale 2014,” directed by Yasumasa Morimura, is currently open. Main venues are Yokohama Museum of Art and Shinko Pier.
“Kunisaki Art Festival” will open from Oct 4 to Nov 30 in Oita prefecture of Japan.
The event “mayumi shimoda × ISETAN” featuring illustrator/artist Mayumi Shimoda is open at the art gallery space located on the second floor of Isetan Shinjuku. Until Jul 15.
Hanayuishi Takaya’s first photo exhibit titled “MEN” is currently open at the Gallery le bain in Roppongi, Tokyo. Until June 29.
The event “Glitch @ Tokyo Kaihouku” is open on the second floor of Isetan Shinjuku. Until July 1. The focus is on fashion items designed under the concept “Glitch.”
The “mission [SPACE × ART] - beyond Cosmologies” exhibit has opened at the Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo. Until Aug 31.
A remix of the theme music “Last Night, Good Night (Re:Dialed)” for contemporary artist Takashi Murakami’s debut film “Jellyfish Eyes” has been released.
GAP teams up with art/fashion magazine “VISIONAIRE” for the second time to line up limited edition T-shirts.
The first series of participating artists for “PARASOPHIA: Kyoto International Festival of Contemporary Culture 2015” has been announced. The festival will be held next year from Mar 7 to May 10.
The pop-up “LOVE LAB with Tanaka Katsuki” is currently open on the 3rd floor of Isetan Shinjuku. Until Apr 15.
The new magazine “ART FUSION 01” edited by artbeat publishers will go on stands from Mar 28. Priced at 2,000 yen and issued in Japanese and English by Little more Co., Ltd.
The theme “Black Symphony” of AMBELL’s 2014-15 AW collection presented on Mar 19 was inspired from US abstract painter Ad Reinhardt.
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The exhibit “Edo Sakura Renaissance & Banquet” by art aquarium producer Hidetomo Kimura has opened at Nihonbashi Mitsui Hall.
The event “Over the Borders,” welcoming fashion journalist Yoshiko Ikoma and contemporary artist Kohei Nawa as creators, is open at Isetan Shinjuku (4F). Until Mar 11.
Uniqlo kicks off its new project “SPRZ NY” (coined from “Surprise New York”) with the full support of the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA).
Details of the all-night art festival “Roppongi Art Night” to be held from Apr 19 to 20 have been presented.
Art aquarium producer Hidetomo Kimura will showcase his latest exhibit titled “Edo Sakura Renaissance & Banquet.” From Mar 7 to 30 at Nihonbashi Mitsui Hall.
Details have come through for “DOGO ONSENART 2014”, the unique art festival opening on Apr 10 to be held in the region surrounding Japan’s oldest hot spring “Dogo Onsen” of Matsuyama, Ehime.
From March 6 to April 2, Kaikai Kiki Gallery (Azabu, Tokyo) is holding exhibit “May All Things Dissolve in the Ocean of Bliss” by Aya Takano.
A solo exhibit of contemporary artist Hanayo will open from Feb 13 at the gallery of CoSTUME NATIONAL’s Aoyama flagship store. The title of the exhibit is “Grauzone.”
Italian eyewear brand SUPER teams up with graphic designer Keiichi Tanaami this season.
Eiki Mori is the winner of the 39th Kimura Ihei Award (2013) given by the Asahi Shimbun Company.
An exhibit of works awarded at the 17th Japan Media Arts Festival will open from Feb 5 to 16. In Roppongi with the primary venue as the National Art Center, Tokyo.
On Jan 27, a press conference for “Art Fair Tokyo 2014,” the largest art fair in Japan, was held at the Palace Hotel Tokyo, the main partner hotel of the event.
“Media Ambition Tokyo 2014,” a cutting-edge exhibit of technology art, will open from Feb 7 to Mar 30. The event is being held for the second time, and this time, it will be bigger and held at two venues
The Hermes Foundation will organize the “Condensation” exhibit to introduce its project “Artists' Residencies.” From Mar 20 at Maison Hermes Forum of Ginza, Tokyo.
“Kiss the Heart #3,” an event providing support for the recovery of Tohoku through art and also supporting young artists, opened at three Isetan Mitsukoshi stores in the metropolitan area on Jan 22.
The special exhibit “Sky TV for Hokkaido” by Yoko Ono is open at P3 art and environment Gallery in Shinjuku, Tokyo. Until Mar 22.
The biggest art fair in Japan, “Art Fair Tokyo 2014” will take place at the exhibition hall (B2F) of Tokyo International Forum in March.
The “Traces of Disappearance” exhibition is being held at the Espace Louis Vuitton Tokyo from Jan 18. A private viewing of the event, the ninth to be held at the Omotesando art space, was held on the 16th.
The art festival DOGO ONSENART 2014 will be held in Ehime prefecture this April.
From Jan 18 to March 9 at the Tokyo Station Gallery in Marunouchi, exhibit “Private Utopia: Contemporary Art from the British Council Collection”
The “Sapporo International Art Festival 2014” will be held for a total of 72 days from July 19 to Sep 28 of next year. This year Ryuichi Sakamoto has joined the committee as guest director.
LUMINE hosted art competition “LUMINE meets ART AWARD 2013 (LMAA)” was held, and 5 artworks by the winners will be exhibited at LUMINE Shinjuku and LUMINE EST Shinjuku. From Feb 1 to Mar 5.
The “Andy Warhol Exhibit: 15 Minutes Eternal” will be held at Mori Art Museum from Feb 1 to May 6, 2014.
Artist Kengo Nakamura is the director of the “GIFT of ART” exhibit at the Global Closet Gallery of Isetan Shinjuku (2F). Till Dec 31.
Art director Chie Morimoto opens an exhibit at Spiral Garden in Aoyama, Tokyo. From Dec 18 to 26.
A taste of sculptor Kohei Nawa’s atelier “SANDWICH” can be enjoyed at the EYE OF GYRE art space in the Tokyo Omotesando GYRE, where an exhibit is being held till Feb 16 2014.
From 5:30 pm to 11 pm on Dec 11 and 12, Van Cleef & Arpels will hold a projection mapping show at the restaurant Joel Robuchon Ebisu located within Yebisu Garden Place.
The art festival DOGO ONSENART 2014 (Ehime prefecture) will be held in commemoration of the 120th anniversary since the reconstruction of Dogo Onsen. The event will pre-open from Dec 24 and hold its grand opening on Apr 10, 2014. Until Dec 31, 2014.
EACH×OTHER will open a pop-up event dubbed “Art Language” at select shop RESTIR Midtown in Roppongi, Tokyo. From Dec 5 to 19.
At VACANT in Harajuku, a solo exhibit titled “Scene to know” by art group “Nerhol” is being held until Dec 6. “Nerhol” was launched in 2007, by graphic designer Yoshihisa Tanaka and contemporary artist Ryuta Iida.
Illustrator Heisuke Kitazawa or PCP will hold his first solo exhibit in Japan at Gallery Speak For in Daikanyama, Tokyo. From Dec 6 to 18.
The Chanel Ginza boutique opened in 2004 in 3-chome along Ginza Chuo-dori. The architecture and interior design was handled by world renowned Peter Marino.
Isetan teams up with photo magazine IMA for the first time to produce an event that brings together contemporary artists and interior brands. The event titled “Living with Photography” is open from Nov 20 to 25 on the 7th floor of Isetan Shinjuku.
Alexander McQueen presents a limited scarf collection in collaboration with contemporary artist Damien Hirst.
Cafe dubbed “Bar Zingaro” produced by Takashi Murakami opened on the 2nd floor of Nakano Broadway.
On Nov 14, a lighting ceremony was held at Shibuya PARCO featuring artist Asami Kiyokawa and actor/musician Nobuaki Kaneko as guests.
TARO HORIUCHI (designer: Taro Horiuchi) will hold pop-ups at Isetan Shinjuku from Nov 20 to Dec 3, at Matsuya Ginza from Dec 4 to 10, and at Nihonbashi Takashimaya from Dec 11 to 17.
The all night art event “Roppongi Art Night” is being held for the fifth time. From 10 am on Apr 19 to 6 pm of Apr 20, 2014.
Christian Bonnefoi, one of the artists representing France, opens his first solo exhibit in Japan. From Dec 13 at Ginza Maison Hermes FORUM.
At (marunouchi) HOUSE of Shin Marunouchi Building (7F), an art event “Japanese Artists in New York” is being held.
“Toward a DESIGN MUSEUM JAPAN” is being held at 21_21 DESIGN SIGHT located in Roppongi, Tokyo until Feb 9, 2014.
The anime “Six Heart Princess (6HP) Pink or Black” directed by Takashi Murakami has been viewed on YouTube over 190,000 times in the past 3 weeks since its release.
C.E teams up with contemporary artist Oliver Payne to line-up limited edition tees on its website. From Oct 29.
Creator fantasista utamaro is drawing attention from around the world with his edgy design works.
CoSTUME NATIONAL is holding contemporary artist Hiroshi Sugimoto’s exhibit “Architecture of Time” at art gallery “LAB” located in its Minami-Aoyama flagship store. From Oct 19 to Jan 13, 2014.
They say fall is the season of art. So I decided to take a little art event tour of Kyoto before the opening of the Tokyo Fashion Week which began this Monday.
On the 4th floor of Dior Omotesando store (address: 5-9-11 Jingumae Shibuya-ku, Tokyo), an installation by creative director Kris Van Assche and Michael Amzalag and Mathias Augustyniak of artist duo M/M Paris is on display. Until Oct 20.
Contemporary artist Yasumasa Morimura holds the exhibit titled “Rembrandt Room Revisited” at the Hara Museum of Contemporary Art in Shinagawa, Tokyo. This exhibit reproduces his first solo exhibit which was held at the museum in 1994.
The Towada Oirase Art Festival and Yoshitomo Nara Music Festival (held this weekend) offer art and music installations that strive to harmonize with the beauty of their environment.
Hiroshi Sugimoto is a versatile contemporary artist best known for his monochrome photographs but also renowned for his architectural as well as sculptural artworks. Now, his latest project can be savored in a newly opened restaurant dubbed "STOVE"
An exhibition titled, “Taimo no Soyogi ga Kurayami ni Kikoeru” by Kuristina culina, who creates wear, accessories and installations, will be held at the select shop Wut berlin in Omotesando, Tokyo. From Nov. 1 to 10.
This fall, the 5th Shibuya Art Festival, the 8th Shibuya Music Festival and Tokyo Work Design Week 2013 (TWDW) will be held in Shibuya, Tokyo.
The New York based and world renowned artist Mariko Mori is holding her exhibition “Infinite Renew” at the Omotesando Espace Louis Vuitton Tokyo from September 28th.
Isetan Shinjuku hosts the “Park Art Show” at West Park on its 3rd floor. From Oct 1 to 8.
OPAQUE Marunouchi store launches an art fair from Oct 3. In line with the fair, a solo exhibit of Louis Terai titled “See-Through @ OPAQUE” will be held at “The Style,” on the 1st floor. Until Oct 9.
As part of the “TOKYO CULTURE CREATION PROJECT”, Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo (4-1-1 Miyoshi, Koto-ku, Tokyo) is holding the fourth Tokyo Art Meeting from October 3rd to January 19th, 2014.
Artist Asami Kiyokawa will hold her first exhibit of male portraits titled “danshi.” From Nov 15 to Dec 9 at Parco Museum in Shibuya, Tokyo.
Gucci collaborates with Japanese actor Yusuke Iseya led REBIRTH PROJECT. The exhibit titled “Meoncentric theory” is open at the event space located on the 3rd floor of Gucci Shinjuku store. Until Oct 6.
H.P. FRANCE hosts the annual Aosando Art Fair from Oct 24 to 27, for the seventh year.
Parco Gallery X, a new space within Shibuya Parco to introduce an artist in Japan or overseas every month, will open on Sept 14. As the opening exhibit, a solo exhibit by Jamie Reid will be held.
A joint exhibit titled “The Wardrobe and The Mattress” of Chilean architect Smiljan Radic and sculptress Marcela Correa is being held at Maison Hermès in Ginza, Tokyo. Until Nov 30.
An installation by foxy illustrations is on exhibit until Sept 10 at Isetan Girl Gallery on the 2nd floor of Isetan Shinjuku. foxy illustrations is known for his girly and slightly erotic drawings.
A joint exhibition of Chilean architect Smiljan Radic and sculptress Marcela Correa will be held at the Maison Hermès in Ginza, Tokyo, on its 8th floor forum. From September 4th to November 30th.
For the Christmas Collection, shu uemura presents the “Six Heart Princess by takashi murakami for shu.”
At 21_21 DESIGN SIGHT in Tokyo Midtown, exhibit "DESIGN MUSEUM JAPAN" explores the roles 21st century design museums should play in society. From Oct 25.
yoshi47’s solo exhibit titled “Monsters in your mind” is open until Nov 24 at “studio 55” in Omotesando, Tokyo.
Designer Tokujin Yoshioka, known for the store designs of Issey Miyake and Swarovski, will hold a large scale exhibit at Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo. From Oct 3.
US designer Susan Cianciolo holds a solo exhibit titled “Objects and Shapes” at Mitsubishi-Jisho Artium in Fukuoka. From Aug 30 to Sept 23.
Japanese illustrators Keiko Ogawa and Keisuke Saito open an exhibit titled “Melting Dreams” on the 2nd floor of Isetan Shinjuku. Open at Isetan Girl Gallery until Aug 26.
The “Yoshitaka Amano×HYDE Providence and Immortality~ NIPPON EVOLUTION~” exhibit is open at Laforet Museum Harajuku from Aug 9.
French graffiti artist André Saraiva (Monsieur André) will hold a street art exhibit at Maison Kitsune from Sept 4.
“Lucerne Festival Ark Nova Matsushima 2013” will be held for the first time this year, as an initiative by Swiss based Lucerne Festival to provide support through music to disaster stricken areas of Tohoku, Japan.
The “The Me that I Adore” café, imaged after the world of artist Yayoi Kusama, is open at Roppongi Hills until Aug 18. At the same time, the “All You Need Is LOVE ‐ from Chagall to Kusama and Hatsune Miku Exhibit" is being held at the Mori Art Museum.