CAFE in Mito 2011
-- Relationships in Color

July 30, 2011, to October 16, 2011

Installation view at Contemporary Art Gallery, Art Tower Mito  Photo:Ken Kato

The city of Mito was hit by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami over an extensive area. Accordingly, due to some damage on the buildings, we had to close the Contemporary Art Center, Art Tower Mito for a time. Now we are pleased to announce that we resume activities with the exhibition, "CAFE in Mito 2011-- Relationships in Color."
CAFE in "CAFE in Mito," which started in 2002, stands for the initials of "Communicable Action for Everybody." With the objective to encourage many citizens to have interest in art and consequently help the city be revitalized, this project has presented various programs, introducing artworks in which visitors can participate, outdoor installations, and interactive events. This time, in consideration of the aftermath of the great earthquake, "CAFE in Mito" is open mainly around the Contemporary Art Center. In cooperation with artists and collaborators whom we have worked with in the Center's history of 20 years, we go back to the starting point of our activities, "to create a place where people come to experience art and have relations with each other through art." With programs including exhibitions of paintings and photographs by artists who showed their works in the past here at the Contemporary Art Center, events and workshops in cooperation with local residents, and Admission-Free Day, we have produced a place where you can enjoy art in a relaxed mood and in different ways of involvement.


Sayaka Akiyama, Ryoko Aoki, Satoru Aoyama, Yuusuke Asai, Christo and Jeanne-Claude, Ichiro Endo, Gojing-Maru Hayashi, Katsuhiko Hibino, Kodue Hibino×Kaiji Moriyama×Kohske Kawase, Rieko Hidaka,
Naoki Honjo, Akira the Hustler, Zon Ito, Izuru Kasahara, Hideaki Kawashima, Takanobu Kobayashi, Midori Mitamura, Nadegata Instant Party "Tohru Nakazaki + Daisuke Yamashiro + Tomoko Noda", Yurie Nagashima, Yoshitomo Nara, Mika Ninagawa, Yoshinari Nishio, Minako Nishiyama, Shinji Ohmaki, O Jun, Julian Opie, Otomo Yoshihide, Rico (Satoko Motohashi), Sakiho Sakai, Asae Soya, Hiroshi Sugito, Tomoko Sugiyama, Yasuhiro Suzuki, Akiko & Masako Takada, Masakatsu Takagi, Tanotaiga, Toeko Tatsuno, Kaoru Ueda, Akira Yamaguchi

(c) Sayaka Akiyama
photo: Hideto NAGATSUKA

(c) Ryoko Aoki
photo: Mie Morimoto

(c) Satoru Aoyama
"Maria" 2005

(c) Zon Ito
"Circle Game" 2010

(c) Izuru Kasahara
"ignis fatuus/Labrador" 2009

(c) Christo and Jeanne-Claude
"The Umbrellas, Joint Project for Japan and U.S.A." 1998

(c) Hideaki Kawashima
"head wind" 2011

(c) Takanobu Kobayashi
"Cloud" 1994-2004

(c) Sakiho Sakai
"I've been there before" 2001-

(c) Julian Opie
"View of Lake Motosu and Mount Fuji from Route 300. From the series, 8 views of Japan." 2007

(c) Hiroshi Sugito
"Snail" 2011

(c) Tomoko Sugiyama
"each - all" 2005

(c) Yasuhiro Suzuki

(c) Asae Soya
"Circles" 2008

(c) Akiko & Masako Takada
photo: Tsuyoshi Saito

(c) Toeko Tatsuno
"Center Concentrate"

(c) Yoshinari Nishio
"Family Uniforms" 2011

(c) Yoshinari Nishio
"Family Uniforms" 2011

(c) Minako Nishiyama
"Untitled" 2007

(c) Mika Ninagawa
"Everlasting Flowers" 2005
photo: Yoshitaka Uchida

(c) Naoki Honjyo
"Tokyo" 2005

(c) Rico (Satoko Motohashi)

(c) O JUN

(c) Akira the Hustler
"Red String" 2010

(c) Akira Yamaguchi

(c) Kaoru Ueda 1988

(c) Yurie Nagashima
"Family Portrait" 2005

(c) Rieko Hidaka
"Looking up the Trees VI" 1992

(c) Yusuke Asai 2010

(c) Midori Mitamura
"Beyer" 2002

(c) Masakatsu Takagi

(c) Yoshitomo Nara
photo: Kenji Otani



CAFE in Mito 2011
-- Relationships in Color


Contemporary Art Gallery, Art Tower Mito



Closing dates

Mondays (Tuesdays if Monday is a national holiday)

Opening hours

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 Admission Free: Child aged under 15/Senior Citizen over 65/Disabled pass holder and an attendant each/One year pass holders

Organized by

Mito Arts Foundation

Grant from

Asahi Beer Arts Foundation

Sponsored by

Citizens Group Loving Art Tower Mito

Supported by


Curated by

Contemporary Art Center, Art Tower Mito

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Katsuhiko Hibino

"Asatte Asagao Mito 2012 Harvest Festival"

November 10 (Sat.), 2012

Venue ATM Plaza

Date: Saturday, November 10, 10:00-17:00
Venue: Plaza, Art Tower Mito, Mito Keisei
Fee: Free
Meet the artist at the Plaza
Organized by: Assate Asagao Project Mito, Mito Arts Foundation
Grants from: Asahi Group Arts Foundation
Supports from: Asahi Breweries,Ltd. , Mito Agricultural High School, Mito Keisei,
MITO Junior Chamber Inc.

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