Gerda Steiner & Jörg Lenzlinger -Power Sources

February 11, 2012, to May 6, 2012

Installation view at Contemporary Art Gallery, Art Tower Mito
Gerda Steiner & Jörg Lenzlinger Photo:Keizo Kioku

This exhibition is the largest exhibition in the history of the Swiss contemporary artists Gerda Steiner and Jorg Lenzlinger, known for the series of dynamic site specific installations.
Since 1997, Gerda and Jorg have been working together and presented wide range of works including installation, collage, photograph, painting and sculpture. Among them, site specific installation, which is created in accordance to the specific space, is well known. It often reveals the invisible and unknown cultural significance of the exhibiting site by the artists actually living there and communicating with local people during the creating process.

The installation usually holds poetic ambiguity which is always full of ideas how our world can be. Gerda and Jorg have strong interests in human activities, mysteries and wonders of life, relationships between body and mind and the surrounding environment. Those interests are reflected to their creations in the forms of various dimensions that the work retains; cultural, psychological, scientific, biological and social. It enables viewers to relate and to interpret in any way they like. Also beds and chairs in the installations help visitors to enjoy seeing, staying, and being a part of it comfortably, and suggest to experience with senses.

At Art Tower Mito Contemporary Art gallery, Gerda and Jorg will present both their latest and past works created from 1998, which was previously only introduced fragmentarily in Japan. It includes new and never-before-seen works. They will stay in Mito for more than one month and explore the very current environmental and social situations after the massive earthquake on 3.11 and create the latest installations under the theme ‘Power Sources.’ It is not only about bringing the world into shape, but making the latest Japan cultural map in epitome by revealing the social and cultural phenomenon which is not visible to people inside.

During this exhibition period, we will have one year memorial from the earthquake. Showcasing a panoramic view on the artists’ over 10 year history and their latest activities, this exhibition will be the power source to each and every one of the viewers.


Gerda Steiner

Born in 1967 Switzerland

Jörg Lenzlinger

Born in 1964 Switzerland

Art works

High Water

Arp Museum Bahnhof
Rolandseck, 2011,
photo: Mick Vincenz

Falling Garden

Venice Biennale, 2003,
Gerda Steiner & Jörg Lenzlinger

The Horse Ghosts

On the Lousberg hill in Aachen, 2008-09, Gerda Steiner & Jörg Lenzlinger

Comment rester fertile?

Centre Culturel Suisse, 2010, Gerda Steiner & Jörg Lenzlinger

The Conference

Art Basel, 2010,
Gerda Steiner & Jörg Lenzlinger

Soul Warmer

Abbey Library of St. Gallen, 2005, Gerda Steiner & Jörg Lenzlinger

The Dream of the Office Plant

CCBB Rio de Janeiro, 2008,
Gerda Steiner & Jörg Lenzlinger

The Office

CCBB Brasilia, 2007,
Gerda Steiner & Jörg Lenzlinger



Gerda Steiner & Jörg Lenzlinger -Power Sources


Contemporary Art Gallery, Art Tower Mito



Closing dates

Mondays (Tuesdays if Monday is a national holiday)

Opening hours

9:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. (no admittance after 5:30 p.m.)


Adult ¥800, Advanced purchase and Group discount(more than 20 people) ¥600, Free: Under 15/Seniors over 65/Disabled pass holder and an attendant each/One year pass holders

Organized by

Mito Arts Foundation

Sponsored by


Grants from

ProHelvetia, Asahi Beer Arts Foundation, Abteilung Kultur Basel-Stadt, Bildungs-, Kultur-und Sportdirektion Kanton Basel-Landschaft /

In cooperation with

Asahi Breweries, Ltd., Tedy Ltd., Mito City Museum, Ibaraki Prefectural Museum, Swiss Embassy

Curated by

Sayako Kadowaki (Curator, Contemporary Art Center, ATM)

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Artists in Gallery

February 11 (Sat.), 2012

Gerda and Jörg will stay in the gallery for an hour to share the experience with visitors.

Date: Saturday, February 11 14:00-15:00
Language: English, French and German. Japanese through an attending curator.
*Ticket to the exhibition required.

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Curator Talk

February 25 (Sat.), 2012

Sayako Kadowaki, the curator of the exhibition, will talk about the exhibition. Reservation is not essential. Meet at the Contemporary Art Gallery entrance. Please view the exhibition in advance.

Date: Saturday, February 25, 14:00-15:00
Venue: Contemporary Art Gallery, Art Tower Mito
Language: Japanese

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Ricca Fukuda Workshop – Making and Eating Crystals

March 4 (Sun.), 2012

Find crystals in everyday life, grow edible crystals and taste them with Ricca Fukuda, Cuisine Professional.

Date: Sunday 4 March, 13:30-15:30
Venue: Workshop Room, Contemporary Art Gallery, Art Tower Mito
Capacity: 16 (reservation required) Fee: \500

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Spring Meditation in the gallery and breakfast of Hotoke dish*

March 11 (Sun.), 2012

Morning meditation session in the quiet gallery, before opening time, instructed by Shoyo Yoshimura (Zen Monk / Clinical Psychotherapist). After the meditation, Hotoke breakfast will be served by Kakuho Aoe (Monk / Buddhist Cuisine Professional). Accompanied by a Buddhist talk. It is a great way to start 3.11 in good state of mind.

Venue: Contemporary Art Gallery and Workshop Room, Art Tower Mito
Capacity: 25 (reservation required) Fee: 1500
Supported by: Soto Zen Temple Gion-ji
*Hotoke dish is designed by contemporary monks. It is a way to experience Buddhism through food. A special care is taken to waste no parts of the ingredients.

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Fumi Oki Workshop – Stitch Your Own Tear Crest

March 31 (Sat.), 2012

Make an emblem of your own crystallized tear pattern using Japanese traditional stitching, taught by Fumi Oki, the Japanese stitch artist.
Date: Saturday, March 31 and April 7, 13:00-17:00
Venue: Workshop Room, Contemporary Art Gallery, Art Tower Mito
Capacity: 10 (reservation required) Fee: 4000
Supported by: CLOVER MFG. CO. LTD.

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Sakiho Sakai Photography Workshop – What Lies in Between Taking and Being Taken

April 22 (Sun.), 2012

Workshop about exploring relationships between a photographic subject and a shooter through photography with Sakiho Sakai, the photographer.

Date: Sunday, April 22, 13:00-16:00
Venue: Workshop Room, Contemporary Art Gallery, Art Tower Mito
Capacity: 10 (reservation required) Fee: \1000

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Weekend Gallery Talk

October 27 (Sat.), 2012, to December 2 (Sun.), 2012

CAC (Contemporary Art Center) gallery volunteer talkers will lead you to explore the exhibition together.


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