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Contemporary Art Gallery to Close Temporarily for Remodeling

July 10, 2017, to September 30, 2017

From mid-July to late-September, the Contemporary Art Gallery are closed for remodeling work. For that reason, the "Children's Collaboration Laboratory" (Kodomo Korabo Rabo) normally held during the summer vacation will not be conducted this year. Please be advised of the situation.


Terunobu Fujimori: Architecture with Nature, and "ROJO"

Fuji's Tea Gathering—green tea meeting

March 19, 2017, to May 14, 2017

A tea ceremony is held in a new teahouse designed by Fujimori. Matcha (powdered green tea) is prepared by Mito-based tea master Sadaharu Sakai, and Taneya sweets are served.



《Kusayane》 La Collina ©Nacása & Partners Inc.

Terunobu Fujimori: Architecture with Nature, and "ROJO"

March 11, 2017, to May 14, 2017

Terunobu Fujimori, who was born in 1946, lived in Chino City, Nagano Prefecture until he graduated from high school. After graduating from Tohoku University, he entered the University of Tokyo graduate school. After making a great achievement as the leading expert in modern history of architecture and history of cities, Fujimori, at the age of 45, made his debut as an architect designing Jinchokan Moriya Historical Museum in Chino City, Nagano in 1991. Since then, he has been producing more than forty original creative architectural works in about 25 years.

A house with dandelions and leeks growing on the roof and a teahouse with pillars of unpeeled timber which looks like a birdhouse:―the Fujimori’s work is known as extremely ingenious architecture that shows us both originality that exceeds conventional architectural ideas and nostalgia reminiscent of the distant past.

In this exhibition, conforming to the themes of ‘how natural materials can be adopted to contemporary architecture’ and ‘how plants can be incorporated into architecture,’ which Fujimori has been tackling in order to regain the relationship between architecture and nature, we introduce architect Terunobu Fujimori’s works through his representative architecture with sketches, models and photographs, as well as sample materials used for roofs, walls, plastering, etc. and furniture in his architecture.


Naoki Ishikawa Capturing the Map of Light on This Planet

Naoki Ishikawa x Yasuhiro Morinaga VJ+DJ Event “Light and Voice of the Planet”

February 12, 2017

Naoki Ishikawa and sound designer Yasuhiro Morinaga present their first combined visual arts & DJ event, using photographs Ishikawa took and sound materials Morinaga recorded all over the world.

Date: Sunday, February 12, 2017, 14:00-15:00 (Doors open at 13:30.)
Venue: ACM Theatre, Art Tower Mito
Artists: Naoki Ishikawa, Yasuhiro Morinaga
Admission: Open Seating; tickets are 1,000yen at the door, 800yen in advance.
*Pre-school children are not permitted at this event.



From the series K2, 2015

Naoki Ishikawa Capturing the Map of Light on This Planet

December 17, 2016, to February 26, 2017

This is the first large-scale solo exhibition by Naoki Ishikawa, a photographer who is active around the globe. Ishikawa completed a human-powered journey from the North Pole to the South Pole at the age of 22, succeeded in summiting the Seven Summits at 23, and continues to journey to diverse places. He has drawn much attention by shedding new light on our everyday and on the world through his unique style of photography, which integrates the perspectives of anthropology and folklore.

In this exhibition Ishikawa’s early works through the present—numerous series including ones on polar regions, Himalayan eight-thousanders and old-growth forests in New Zealand; CORONA, in which he visited Polynesian islands as if guided by the stars; NEW DIMENSION, in which he visited cave paintings around the world; and ARCHIPELAGO, in which he explored the islands that spread north–south in the Japanese archipelago, among others—are introduced in a comprehensive fashion, interwoven with his unpublished works.



Drawing, 1990. In two parts  
©CHRISTO, 1990 Photo : Wolfgang Volz

Christo and Jeanne-Claude: The Umbrellas Japan-USA 1984-91 A Documentation Exhibition

October 1, 2016, to December 4, 2016

The Umbrellas, Japan-USA, 1984-91 documentation exhibition is to be held at Art Tower Mito. The Umbrellas was realized by Christo (born in 1935) and Jeanne-Claude (1935-2009), the couple who have been internationally famous for such large-scaled projects as to transform the landscape. It was completed in autumn 1991 in Southern California, US and the northern part of Ibaraki Prefecture, Japan simultaneously.



Yuan Goang-ming
Landscape of Energy-Stillness
Digitally-altered inkjet print

Memories through Cycle
―Images by RongRong & inri and Yuan Goang-ming

July 23, 2016, to September 19, 2016

It seems that, due to the progress of East Asia, such uniquely new photography and moving images that we have never seen before are increasing in this region. In this exhibition, we introduce two units of artists who reinterpret ordinary life and traditions through new media and depict nature, family and communion between people by beautifully poetic photographs and videos: RongRong & inri (born in 1968 in China and born in 1973 in Japan / photography) and Yuan Goang-ming (born in 1965 in Taiwan / video art).



Provisional Studies: Workshop #4 Possibilities for being together. Their configuration.(Production Still)
2015-2016|6-day communal retreat with workshops, video documentation

Koki Tanaka Possibilities for being together. Their praxis.

February 20, 2016, to May 15, 2016

This exhibition marks the first large solo exhibition of Koki Tanaka in Japan. The artist has drawn much attention in recent years for his activities of seeking an alternative perspective and attitude to current social situations and existing frameworks, conducted through a variety of means such as video documentation, installation, writing, performance and organizing events. In the 55th Venice Biennale in 2013, Tanaka presented video works that included one that showed five potters working together on one pottery. Representing the beauty and difficulty of the act of collaborating on one thing, his works received international acclaim.
This exhibition focuses on Tanaka's activity after 2010, when he started to be interested in the activities of collaboration, with his new work at the center along with his recent works.
The new work produced for this exhibition is based on the six-day lodging and a series of workshops conducted during that time, in which general participants, facilitators and camera crews stayed together under one roof. Throughout the six days, which consisted of reading, cooking, making pottery, workshop related to social movement, discussion, interviews and so forth, the opportunity was there for everyone to think, to have dialogues and to practice about moving and community. In the exhibition, several video works based on the video documentation of the workshop are exhibited, along with items such as notes the artist made during the production.

*The new video work is estimated to be 230 minutes long in total.



ITO Toyo + INUI Kumiko + FUJIMOTO Sou + HIRATA Akihisa + HATAKEYAMA Naoya, “Home-for-All” in Rikuzentakata Photo: HATAKEYAMA Naoya

Architecture since 3.11

November 7, 2015, to January 31, 2016

“Architecture since 3.11” exhibition is on at Contemporary Art Gallery, Art Tower Mito from Saturday, November 7, 2015 to Sunday, January 31, 2016.
The Great East Japan Earthquake on March 11, 2011 has brought a big change in the consciousness of both architects and architectural circles. The overwhelming destructive power of tsunami made them realize that they were faced with problems that could not be solved through strengthening buildings alone, and at the same time, how important it is to make software-oriented approaches in view of human ties and people’s relations with the community. Furthermore, the nuclear accident, which became an unprecedented disaster, has raised their consciousness of energy problems as well as awareness of crisis, and plans giving special consideration in terms of environment and energy are required more urgently than ever. From a macroscopic point of view, since the birthrate declines and the population ages with oversupplied housing and public facilities, how architects will play their parts depicting the future is regarded important in both critical and expectant views.
This exhibition which introduces how participating architects of 21 units are dealing with the said social change in their own approaches and methods is a traveling exhibition of “Architecture since 3.11” held at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa from November 1, 2014 to May 10, 2015. At Contemporary Art Gallery, Art Tower Mito, the exhibition has been updated adding some exhibits localized to Mito, a disaster-stricken area of the Great East Japan Earthquake and also those which show the development of some participating architects’ projects since the exhibition at Kanazawa.



CAFE in Mito R

August 1, 2015, to October 18, 2015

Art Tower Mito Contemporary Art Center is pleased to present the exhibition “CAFE in Mito R” from August to October 2015.
This is the fifth “CAFE in Mito” and this time the key letter is “R.” There are many words which begin in R, such as revive, recollection, renewable energy. Inside the gallery, nine artists and units selected by our curators based on the key letter “R” exhibit their artworks.
 Outside the gallery, we invite Katsuhiko Hibino as project director to implement the project “Re MITO 100.” Focusing on various local “cultures” known to only a limited number of Mito residents, we produce 100 programs to enjoy interacting with many of them. The concept of the project is to encourage them to take a new look at some aspects of Mito unknown even to the locals. Therefore, going beyond arts in a narrow sense, we shed new light on cultures ranging from the forgotten local heritages to people’s skills buried in obscurity. It will provide a great opportunity for the residents to reconsider Mito, with which they imagine that they are well acquainted, in a new perspective.

Artists exhibiting their works inside the gallery
Alexandre Dang, Chino Otsuka, Ai Sasaki, Nobuhiro Shimura, Katsuhiko Hibino, Aiko Miyanaga, Me, Karoku Yanagiya, Mai Yamashita+Naoto Kobayashi


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