Sunday, 25 July 2010

Agenda: July 26 - August 01 / feat. "Ferita"

This week’s feature:
"Ferita" by Takushi Aono at GalleryrellaG, Kyoto
Ferita is Italian and means "wound" or "injury". But "injury" is only the anticipation of proceeding further into this room. Needles, tied to thin threads, like a thicket of thorns, seem to deny any access.
However, you don’t have to be a martyr. After a while, when your eyes got used to the glitter and twinkle, you will discover a way to enter -- without a scar.

The silent but intense installation is shown at GalleryrellaG, on the 5th floor of the Kotobuki building (map), south of the Shijo Kawaramachi crossing. The former bank building, constructed in 1927 with high ceilings and a wooden art deco staircase, now hosts the lovely Minä Perhonen shops and galleries dedicated to fashion, textile and jewellery design.


On Sunday starts Kyoto Arts 2010. The festival aims to provide a look at art in Kyoto "that spans over genres and generations" -- during the whole month of August.
As a part of Kyoto Arts 2010, Super Window Project will show "100 Cars On Karl Marx Allee" by Mathieu Mercier, off-site at Cafe Oku in Gion (August 1 - 29, 11:00 - 19:00, closed on Tuesdays, opening July 30, 17:00 - 20:00).

Exhibition Yasuhiko Kida's world at Shibunkaku (until August 01; 10:00 - 17:00, closed on Mondays; admission 800 Yen).

Exhibition "Xの謎" (X-Ray riddles) at the museum of the University of Kyoto (until August 29; 9:30 - 16:30, closed on Mondays and Tuesdays; admission: 400 Yen).

Antiques flea market on the grounds of Toji Temple (August 01, 7:00 - 16:00, on the first Sunday every month).


A thicket of thorns -- accessible
Exhibition "Ferita" by Takushi Aono at GalleryrellaG (until July 31; 12:00 - 19:00, closed on Thursdays).

tommy "oden" toy cars, works from the breaker project and more
"paramodel solo exhibition : the world according to P" at Mori Yu Gallery Kyoto (until August 28; 12:00 - 19:00, closed on Sunday, Monday and national holidays).

Blurring the borders of art, science, research and experiment
Light / Sound / BrainExhibition "Trouble in Paradise/Medi(t)ation of Survival" at the National Museum of Modern Art Kyoto (until August 22; 9:00 - 17:00, on Fridays until 20:00, closed on Mondays; admission: 850 Yen). Featured here.

Material, transcending itself
Exhibition "Direction of Materials" by Soshi Matsunobe at Super Window Project (until August 08; on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays 14:00 - 19:00). Featured here.

Shintoism physically

Mitarashi festival at Shimogamo Shrine, one of my favourite traditional festivals so far in Kyoto. The core of the festival is a purification ritual: After wading barefooted through a cold creek on the grounds of the shrine -- with a candle in your hand --, you will receive some fresh spring water to drink. This is believed to bring health and energy for the whole summer. (until July 26; 17:30 - 22:30; donation: 200 Yen).



Constructing endless possibilities
Exhibition "The world according to Paramodel" at Otani Memorial Art Museum (until August 1; 10:00 - 17:00; closed on Wednesday; admission: 500 Yen). Featured here.


Exhibition "Animals in Contemporary Art" at Amagasaki Cultural Center (July 24 - August 29; 10:00 – 17:00, on Friday and Saturday until 18:00, closed on Tuesday; Admission: 600 Yen).


Exhibition "Shigeo Fukuda’s Visual Jumping" at ddd gallery (July 13 - September 4; 11:00 - 19:00, on Saturdays until 18:00; closed on Sunday, Monday and on national holidays; opening: July 13, from 17:30 on).

Exhibition "The Complete Posters of Tadanori Yokoo" at the National Museum of Art, Osaka (July 13 - September 12:; 10:00 – 17:00, on Friday until 19:00, closed on Monday; admission: 1100 Yen).

Exhibition "Planet Antiques" by Toshiyuki Shibakawa at YOD Gallery (until July 31; 11:00 - 19:00; closed on Sunday and Monday).


Creative gatherings organized by OOO
Shovel Vol. 4 - creative networking in Osaka"SHOVEL" summer tour at graf salon (from 15:00 on Sunday August 01; admission: 1200 Yen including one drink; reservation required). More here.

Foreigner’s Live Art Guide
For more exhibitions and events about art and design in Osaka rely on FLAG.

On the Agenda are events in Kyoto - and also in Osaka and Kobe - that I'm interested in and plan to attend -- shamelessly subjective.
Although the list isn't meant to be complete, I hope it provides some valuable tips for those interested in art and design in Kansai.

Kindly note that the above dates and times are subject to change.

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