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Mito City Arts Festival Special Exhibition
"Tracing the Footsteps of Seiji NOJIMA
- Commemoration of the Mito-shi Bunka Eiyo-sho (Mito citizen's honor award)"

May 30 (Sun) to June 27 (Sun), 2010 (closed Mondays)
Contemporary Art Gallery, Art Tower Mito


One of Japan's representative sculptors, Seiji NOJIMA has made great contributions throughout the years to the development and stimulation of artistic culture in Mito City. A solo exhibition of his works will be presented at Art Tower Mito from May 30 to June 27.

Nojima's talents blossomed at a young age, having placed in the annual Nitten (The Japan Fine Arts Exhibition) for the first time when he was still a student at Ibaraki University, where he majored in visual arts in the school's Education Division. Thereafter, he has sculpted countless representations of the human form with a rich sensibility, winning further glorious Nitten prizes as well as others.

In 2004, his sculpture "Jiai - Komorebi - (Mercy – Light Filtering through the Trees -)" won the 61st Japan Art Academy Prize, and two years later he joined the Japan Art Academy. In honor of those achievements, he was awarded the Mito-shi Bunka Eiyo-sho (Mito citizen's honor award) in 2008.

The exhibition at Art Tower Mito will exhibit 60 sculptures of Nojima's, starting with the work that won him his first Nitten prize, "Onna no Kubi (The Head of a Woman)," down to more recent artworks, thus tracing his footsteps over the years.

A parallel exhibition will also be held simultaneously – "Mito no Kaze (Wind of Mito) 2010" – introducing the paintings, sculptures, crafts and calligraphy of 11 artists active in Mito City and the art circles of Japan at large.




"Asuka" (2007) "Yume no Naka e (Into a Dream)" (2008) "Muso - Haha to Ko - (Reverie – Mother and Child –)" (2009)


Mito City Arts Festival Special Exhibition "Tracing the Footsteps of Seiji Nojima – Awarded the Mito-shi Bunka Eiyo-sho (Mito citizen's honor award)"
May 30 (Sun) to June 27 (Sun), 2010
Contemporary Art Gallery, Art Tower Mito
Opening Times: 9:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. (no entry allowed after 5:30 p.m.)
Closed: Mondays
Opening Hours: 9:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. (no admittance after 5:30 p.m.)
Admission: ¥800 General, ¥600 Advance purchase/Groups of more than 20 people
Note: Ticket also valid for "Wind of Mito 2010" exhibition
Free Children through junior high school (9th grade), Seniors 65 and older, People with certified disabilities (along with one attendant each)

One-year passes: ¥1,000 High Teen Pass "H.T.P." for youth aged 15-19, ¥2,500 Adult Pass for people aged 20-64

Organized by: Mito City, Mito Board of Education, Executive Committee for Artistic Culture Stimulation Activities, Mito Arts Foundation,
Supported by: Ibaraki Shimbun
Grants from: Asahi Beer Arts Foundation
Cooperation from: League of Mito Artists, Asahi Breweries, Ltd.
Planning: Toshihiro ASAI (Artistic Director, Contemporary Art Center. ATM), Sayako KADOWAKI (Curator, Contemporary Art Center. ATM)



Seiji NOJIMA (b. 1941)
Sculptor, member of Japan Art Academy, director of Nitten (The Japan Fine Arts Exhibition), chairman of the Japan Sculpture Association, chairman of the Ibaraki Annual Art Exhibition, chairman of the League of Mito Artists

Mito-shi Bunka Eiyo-sho (Mito citizen's honor award)
The Mito-shi Bunka Eiyo-sho was established in 1988 through an ordinance passed by the city of Mito. It is given to people or organizations associated with Mito who have made distinguished achievements toward the improvement and development of Japan's culture, thereby giving distinction to Mito City nationwide and promoting greater hometown pride among the city's residents.




Mito City Arts Festival Special Exhibition: "Wind of Mito 2010"

May 30 (Sun) to June 27 (Sun), 2010 (closed Mondays)
Contemporary Art Gallery, Art Tower Mito


Opening Times: 9:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. (no entry allowed after 5:30 p.m.)
Closed: Mondays
Admission: ¥800 General, ¥600 Advance purchase/Groups of more than 20 people
Free Children through junior high school (9th grade), Seniors 65 and older, People with certified disabilities (along with one attendant each)

One-year passes: ¥1,000 High Teen Pass "H.T.P." for youth aged 15-19, ¥2,500 Adult Pass for people aged 20-64

Organized by: Mito City, Mito Board of Education, Mito Arts Foundation
Supported by: NHK Mito, Ibaraki Shimbun
Grants from: Asahi Beer Arts Foundation
Cooperation from: League of Mito Artists, Asahi Breweries, Ltd.
Planning: Toshihiro ASAI (Artistic Director, Contemporary Art Center, ATM), Sayako KADOWAKI (Curator, Contemporary Art Center, ATM)

The "Wind of Mito" exhibition displays works by artists who are active primarily in Mito but who also are involved in Japan's art circles at large. This year's exhibition is the third to be held since 2001.

Previous "Wind of Mito" exhibitions (information in Japanese):
- 34th Mito City Arts Festival Art Exhibit Special Exhibition "Wind of Mito 2001"
http://www.arttowermito.or.jp/13nendo/a13nendo.html
- 40th Mito City Arts Festival "Wind of Mito 2007"
http://www.arttowermito.or.jp/mitokaze07/mitokaze07.html

This exhibition introduces recent works by 11 artists selected from the fields of painting, sculpture, crafts, and calligraphy. It is being held simultaneously with the "Tracing the Footsteps of Seiji Nojima" exhibition, commemorating his receipt of the Mito-shi Bunka Eiyo-sho (Mito citizen's honor award)


Western Style Painters


Tadashi ISAKA (b. 1929)
Board member, Nika-kai art organization
Chairman, Nika-kai Ibaraki Branch
Vice-chairman, Ibaraki Annual Art Exhibition
Image: "Folk Tale of Heritage (Vietnam)"



Toshimitsu ISOZAKI (b. 1942)
Director, Toko-kai art organization
Member, Nitten
(The Japan Fine Arts Exhibition)
Vice-chairman, Ibaraki Annual Art Exhibition
Image: "Omotesando"





Masaru SHIMIZU (b. 1947)
Member, Nitten
Board member, Kofu-kai art organization
Member, Ibaraki Annual Art Exhibition
Image: "Onahama '03"



Toshiyuki SUZUKI (b. 1935)
Member, Ibaraki Annual Art Exhibition
Member, Tokyo-ten art exhibition
Image: "CONSTRUCTION OF BLUE '09-12"





Hideo TATSUMI (b. 1940)
Member, Ibaraki Annual Art Exhibition
Trustee and director-general, Niki-kai art organization
Image: "Thunder God Raijin"



Hirobumi MACHIDA (b. 1953)
Board member, Kofu-kai art organization
Member, Nitten
Member, Ibaraki Annual Art Exhibition
Image: "Yuki-bare no Asa (Clear Morning after Snowfall)"




Sculptors


Shiro HIRATO (b. 1940)
Member, Nitten
Member, Japan Sculpture Association
Member, Ibaraki Annual Art Exhibition
Image: "Wind"



Jin'ichi MAKINO (b. 1943)
Member, Ibaraki Annual Art Exhibition
Delegate, Nitten
Member, Japan Sculpture Association
Image: "Sound of a Stream"




Craft artists


Juhaku INOUE (b. 1941)
Member, Japan Contemporary Arts and Crafts Association
Vice-chairman, Ibaraki Annual Art Exhibition
Friend, Nitten
Image: "Signs of Spring"



Ryozo SUTOH (b. 1930)
Member, Ibaraki Annual Art Exhibition
Advisor, Daiichi Art Association
Image: "Unenlightened Civilization"




Calligrapher

Tesshi YOSHIZAWA (b. 1954)
Member, Ibaraki Annual Art Exhibition
Artist without jurying, Nitten
Image: "Nihon Shosakuin-chu Hachi-ken-ka (eight-sage-members' poets, Nihon shosakuin)"







Related Event:
Tour of the exhibition "Session!" for visually-impaired people


This tour is primarily intended for the visually impaired (although non-visually-impaired people are also invited), with verbal explanations given about the artworks in the exhibition. The participants will be divided into small groups, with patient explanations given. The tour allows participants to become aware of the appeal of new works, letting them learn new ways to perceive things.
- June 20 (Sun), 2010, 2:00-4:00 p.m.
- Capacity: 20 people (first-come, first-served, apply by calling 029-227-8120)
*Please let us know at the time of application whether you are visually impaired.
- Navigator: Kenji SHIRATORI
- Tour fee included in the admission charge to the main exhibition.

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