CAFE in Mito 2011 -- Relationships in Color

30 July - 16 October 2011
Christo&Jeanne-Claude, The Unbrellas, Joint project for Japan and U.S.A. 1987

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.

*The exhibition 'Jeppe Hein' is cancelled due to the earthquake.


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 and Masako Takada, Masakatsu Takagi, Tanotaiga, Toeko Tatsuno, Kaoru Ueda, Yamaguchi Akira

▼Visiting Information

CAFE in Mito 2011 -- Relationships in Color
30 July - 16 October 2011
Contemporary Art Center, Art Tower Mito
9:30~18:00 (Last admission 17:30)
Mondays except 19 September and 10 October. 20 September and 11 October are closed
Adult Y800, Advanced purchase and Group discount(more than 20 people) Y600
Admission Free
Every Wednesday/Child aged under 15/Senior Citizen (over 65)/Disabled pass holder and an attendant each/One year pass holders

▼Exhibition Information

Organized by
Mito Arts Foundation
Asahi Beer Arts Foundation
Sponsored by
Citizens Group Loving Art Tower Mito
Supported by

Yoshitomo Nara

“Unfinished and unexhibited works from my studio in July, 2011” 2006-2011 Photo:Kenji Otani

Hiroshi Sugito

“Snail” 2011

Hideaki Kawashima

“head wind” 2011

Naoki Honjo

“Tokyo” 2005


“Riverside” 2011

Toeko Tatsuno

“Center Concentration” 2010

Julian Opie

“View of Lake Motosu and Mount Fuji from Route 300.From the series, 8 views of Japan” 2007

Christo and Jeanne-Claude

“The Umbrellas,Joint project for Japan and U.S.A.” 1988

Midori Mitamura

“Beyer” 2002

Yasuhiro Suzuki

“Pencil to Draw the Sea Horizon”

Minako Nishiyama


Sayaka Akiyama

“Mito WALK July 18th,2007 Wed Cloudy,occasionally Fair Chilly” 2007 Photo:Hideto NAGATSUKA

Tomoko Sugiyama

“each - all” 2005

Takanobu Kobayashi

“Cloud” 1994-2004

Zon Ito

“Circle game” 2010

Izuru Kasahara

“ignis fatuus/Labrador” 2009

Yurie Nagashima

“Family Portrait” 2005

Rieko Hidaka

“Looking Up The Trees Ⅵ” 1992

Asae Soya

“Circles” 2008

Kaoru Ueda

“Fresh Egg R” 1988

Masakatsu Takagi


Mika Ninagawa

“Everlasting Flowers” 2005 Photo: Yoshitaka Uchida

Yamaguchi Akira

“Original Drawing for Front Cover ‘MIYAZAWA Kenji’ ” 2006

Yuusuke Asai

“Into the living things” 2010

Satoru Aoyama

“Maria” 2005

Yoshinari Nishio

“Familial Uniform-Higashid&Zatsuno” 2011

Yoshinari Nishio

“Familial Uniform-Higashid&Zatsuno” 2011