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HIBINO Katsuhiko “Asatte Asagao Project 2017 Mito Harvest Festival”

November 11, 2017

Seedlings of asagao (morning glory) were planted with participants before the rainy season, and refreshing flowers were in bloom during the summer. Now it is time for harvest. How about harvesting together the seeds filled with memories of Mito, thinking of asatte (the day after tomorrow) or next year as well as other places where the same project is taken place? We plan to make huge Christmas wreaths with asagao vines.



David Shrigley “The Artist” 2012
Animation 2 min. 24 sec.
Courtesy: Artist and Stephen Friedman Gallery, London

David Shrigley: Lose Your Mind

October 14, 2017, to January 21, 2018

We are pleased to announce that Art Tower Mito is holding Japan’s first large-scale solo exhibition of the work of acclaimed British artist David Shrigley, known for his darkly humorous take on everyday situations.



Katsuhiko Hibino “HIBINO CUP”

July 23, 2017

Participants in this annual workshop can enjoy both art and sports together. In the morning, each team of participants makes soccer goals, ball and uniforms using corrugated cardboard and packing materials. In the afternoon, they enjoy playing the original mini-soccer game. Parents, children and friends can enjoy the game together.

Date: Sunday, July 23; 10:00-17:00



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).


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