With a string of new exhibitions opening in the Japanese capital in spring 2013, Tokyo Art Beat selects the best.
In April 2013, blogger Emily Wakeling from Tokyo Art Beat picked out ten art exhibitions taking place in and around Tokyo during April and May 2013. The top ten ranges across exhibitions showcasing emerging photographers, surrealists and Southeast Asian art.
Tokyo Art Beat’s ten picks include
- “All You Need is Love: From Chagall to Kusama and Hatsune Miku” , Mori Art Museum, 26 April to 1 September 2013. The museum marks its tenth anniversary with an exhibition dedicated to love, including works by artists such as Frida Kahlo, Yayoi Kusama, Damien Hirst and Yoko Ono.
- “Welcome to the Jungle: Contemporary Art in Southeast Asia”, Yokohama Museum of Art, 13 April to 16 June 2013. Tran Luong, Francis Ng and Vandy Rattana join 22 fellow Southeast Asian artists in this group showing of works from eight countries.
- “Yuki Katsura: A fable“, Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo, 6 April to 9 June 2013. A solo exhibition of one of Japan’s few female Surrealist painters to celebrate the centennial of Katsura’s birth.
- “Francis Alÿs: Mexico Survey/Gibraltar Focus“, Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo, 6 April to 8 September 2013. A solo show by Belgian-born, Mexico-based Alÿs, a multimedia artist concerned with socio-political themes.
- “Spiral Independent Creators Festival” (SICF), Aoyama, 3 to 5 May 2013. An annual festival seeking out Japan’s emerging artists and creatives.
- Kayo Ume exhibition, Tokyo Opera City Art Gallery, 13 April to 23 June 2013. The first solo show for Kayo, whose photographs capture the beauty of everyday situations.
- “Memento Mori – Eros & Thanatos”, Shirokane Art Complex, 13 April to 18 May 2013. A collection of connected events all curated by photographer Hiroshi Sugimoto.
- “For the Last and First Time“, Sophie Calle, Hara Museum of Contemporary Art, 20 March to June 30. French contemporary artist presents a multi-channel video installation at her first Japan show in a decade.
- “Spinning the Word: Sophie Calle and Miranda July from the Museum Collection“, Hara Museum Arc, 16 March to 26 June 2013. Installation artist and videographer July joins Calle in this two artist show.
- “Ainu Crafts – Patterns with a Prayer”, Japan Folk Craft Museum, 2 April to 2 June 2013. Exhibition of traditional art and culture.
Do you agree with Tokyo Art Beat’s list of top ten exhibitions in Tokyo in spring 2013? Are there any must-see shows missing from the list? Leave your suggestions in the comments box below.
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