Rei Naito: on this bright Earth I see you

July 28, 2018, to October 8, 2018

human, 2012, Gallery Koyanagi, Tokyo photo: Keizo Kioku

Admission: ¥900 (¥700 for advance ticket and group of more than 20 people)
Free of charge for High school student, seniors over 70, the disabled and one accompanying attendant
→ Student card or other identification with age required.
One-year Pass: ¥2,000 for a one-year pass
“First Friday” special discount for students and senior citizens
→ Student card holders and seniors 65 to 69 get a discount rate of ¥100
each first Friday (August 3, September 7, October 5)

Contemporary artist Rei Naito’s work asks us “Is our existence on the Earth a blessing in itself?” Her installations have earned critical acclaim at home and abroad, distilling our existence on Earth—in which we receive inexhaustible nature, such as light, air, wind, water, and gravity, and the colors and sounds they produce—into the form of a quiet yet certain hope. To date, she has produced permanent works that respond to nature and architectural space, such as Being Given (Kinza, Naoshima, 2001) and Matrix (Teshima Art Museum, 2010), and she has also had exhibitions at historical sites including Karmeliterkloster in Frankfurt am Main (1997) and Tokyo Metropolitan Teien Art Museum, Tokyo (2014).

This will be her first domestic solo exhibition since 2014, and her largest one to date. In this presentation, Naito, who has come to treat light itself as a primary source in her work, creates spaces from natural light alone for the first time. In these spaces we can gaze at “scenes of our Earth-bound existence” where light, life, and art cannot be distinguished from one another.

Naito says that one time she became aware of “the unconscious activity of those (myself) who are within Earth-bound existence stepping outside existence, taking on the gaze of the other, and gazing within existence,” and came to feel that “it seems we are being gazed at from afar, and are receiving grace.” Taking the rich natural light that changes throughout the day as its basis, this exhibition presents itself as both a site of exchange between the deceased, those who will come to be born, the flora and fauna, the spirits, and us who exist on the Earth; and as a space that makes sensible the enduring continuity maintained by the stirrings of nature and by us.

- In line with the artist’s objectives, this exhibition deals exclusively with natural light. Accordingly, starting September 1st the exhibition opening hours will change, with the usual closing time of 18:00 shifting to 17:00 (last entry by 16:30).

Press Image Stock

Untitled (matrix), 2008, Yokobuean, Sankeien Garden, Kanagawa [YOKOHAMA 2008: International Triennale of Contemporary Art] photo: Naoya Hatakeyama

untitled, 2009(2008-), The Museum of Modern Art, Kamakura, Kanagawa photo: Naoya Hatakeyama

tama / anima (please breathe life into me), 2005, Asahi Beer Oyamazaki Villa Museum of Art, Kyoto photo: Noboru Morikawa

Matrix, 2010, Teshima Art Museum, Teshima, Kagawa photo: Noboru Morikawa

Rei Naito’s Biography

Rei Naito

contemporary artist

Born in 1961, Hiroshima prefecture, lives and works in Tokyo. 1985 graduate, Visual Communication Design, College of Art and Design, Musashino Art University.
She first came to public recognition with One Place on The Earth, at Sagacho Exhibit Space, Tokyo (1991). This led to her being invited to install the same piece within the Japanese Pavilion at the 47th Venice Biennale in 1997. Notable solo exhibitions include Migoto ni harete otozureru wo mate (The National Museum of Art, Osaka, 1995), Being Called (Karmeliterkloster, Frankfurt am Main, 1997), Tout animal est dans le monde comme de l’eau à l’intérieur de l’eau (The Museum of Modern Art, Kamakura, Kanagawa prefecture, 2009), the emotion of belief (Tokyo Metropolitan Teien Art Museum, Tokyo, 2014), the emotion of belief (The Japan Cultural Institute in Paris, 2017), and Two Lives (Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Tel Aviv, 2017).
Permanent installations include Being given, (Kinza, Art House Project, Naoshima, Kagawa prefecture, 2001), Matrix (Teshima Art Museum, Teshima, Kagawa prefecture, 2010).
Awards received include Promising Artists and Scholars of Contemporary Japanese Arts, Installation field, by Japan Arts Foundation (1995), and 1st Asahi Beer Arts Awards, by Asahi Beer Arts Foundation (2003).



Rei Naito: on this bright Earth I see you


Contemporary Art Gallery



Open Hours

July 28 - August 31, 9:30 - 18:00 (no admittance after 17:30)
September 1 – October 8, 9:30 - 17:00 (no admittance after 16:30)

Organized by

Mito Arts Foundation


Asahi Group Arts Foundation

Sponsored by

Tokyo Systec Co., Ltd., Shiseido Co., Ltd.

Supported by

Asahi Group Holdings, Ltd.

Curated by

Yu Iseki (Curator, Contemporary Art Center, Art Tower Mito)

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Rei Naito: on this bright Earth I see you

Curator Talk

August 25 (Sat.), 2018, to September 15 (Sat.), 2018

The curator of the exhibition will talk about the exhibition.


Session! - Gallery Tour with the visually impaired

September 16 (Sun.), 2018

Venue Contemporary Art Gallery, Art Tower Mito


This tour, which is guided by SHIRATORI Kenji, who is blind, has been held since 2010. Formed into a pair or group of a mixture of blind or partially sighted individuals and people of normal vision, participants are invited to experience the exhibition by sharing thoughts and impression through a conversation.


Let’s create together! "Big Big MARUIRO workshop"

September 15 (Sat.), 2018, to September 16 (Sun.), 2018


Venue Upstairs of corridor, Art Tower Mito
* In case of rain: Workshop room, Contemporary Art Gallery, Art Tower Mito

We will collect unwanted clothing, andmake a four-meter diameter mattress.


Pre-school Program

September 19 (Wed.), 2018, to September 27 (Thu.), 2018

*Applications are based on a pre-school as a unit.
This project is a combined program of appreciation of the exhibition and production workshop designed for older children of kindergartens and nursery schools in Mito City. For more information, please contact the office.


Weekend Gallery Talk

August 18 (Sat.), 2018, to October 7 (Sun.), 2018

Venue Contemporary Art Gallery, Art Tower Mito

CAC (Contemporary Art Center) gallery volunteer talkers guide visitors to explore the exhibition together.


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