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David Shrigley “The Artist” 2012
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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.

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David Shrigley: Lose Your Mind

Weekend Gallery Talk

October 28 (Sat.), 2017, to January 21 (Sun.), 2018

VenueContemporary Art Center, Art Tower Mito
Dates: Saturdays and Sundays between 28 October 2017 and 21 January 2018
Time: Starts at 14:30 (Gallery talk lasts approximately 40 minutes.)
*No talk is held on 19 November, 6 and 7 January. A gallery talk might be canceled due to circumstances.

Fee is included in the admission for the exhibition.

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

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Hello World―For the Post-Human Age

February 10, 2018, to May 6, 2018

Art as radar acts as “an early alarm system,” as it were, enabling us to discover social and psychic targets in lots of time to prepare to cope with them.*1

These were the words of media theorist Marshall McLuhan, writing in Understanding Media with sharp insight in the 1960s and predicting the social revolution that new technology would bring. Half a century has now passed since McLuhan published his important work, and the Internet has permeated our society and new technological innovations like artificial intelligence are rapidly advancing. “Any technology tends to create a new human environment.”*2 As McLuhan said, technology generates an entirely new world for mankind. While these changes will open up the door to a new age full of incredible promise, there is apprehension about the various problems and confusion that will also be ushered in. In what ways are artists responding to the positive and negative aspects that technological innovation brings? This exhibition presents the work of seven artists and one artist group from Japan and overseas, who are responding astutely to our current crossroads in history as well as the future. Their work offers us opportunities to think about the future of the society that technology makes.

*1: Marshall McLuhan, Understanding Media: The Extensions of Man (1964)
*2: Marshall McLuhan, The Gutenberg Galaxy: the Making of Typographic Man(1962)

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《binder》2016

CRITERIUM 93

Shoko Masunaga

February 10, 2018, to May 6, 2018

Criterium is a series of exhibitions at Contemporary Art Center, Art Tower Mito focusing on new works by young artists. Every Criterium exhibition is formed jointly by the artist and the curator.
Through her work that reveals the traces of everyday behavior and ideas, the artist Shoko Masunaga explores the relationship between painting and space, and the possibilities of painting. She focuses on the two- and three-dimensional nature of painting, employing not only paper and canvas as painting support but also tiles and folded canvases in order to create work that shuttles between the two. This exhibition features a series of Masunaga’s new paintings specially presented as an installation for the Criterium.


Dates: Saturday, February 10, 2018 - Sunday, May 6, 2018
Venue: Gallery 9, Contemporary Art Gallery, Art Tower Mito
Organized by: Mito Arts Foundation
Curated by: Yu Iseki (Curator, Contemporary Art Center, Art Tower Mito)
Fee: Included in the admission

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Gallery Tour for Family with Babies

February 28 (Wed.), 2018, to March 2 (Fri.), 2018

Date & Time: Wednesday, February 28 & Friday, March 2, 2018 10:30 – 12:00
Workshop will be conducted by Takashi Yashiro (Body Percussionist and Educator)
Capacity: 15 families per session (Reservation required, first-come-first-served basis)
Participants: Pre-school children and their parents
*For reservation, please call Contemporary Art Center at 029-227-8120. Reservation is required from 10 a.m., January 23, 2018.
Cooperation: Penguin Club (NPO for child rearing support)

Fee: ¥1,000 per adult (including the admission for the exhibition)

In this guided gallery tour, participants can enjoy the exhibition together with museum guides and volunteers while looking after the infants. The gallery tour will be followed by a body percussion workshop for children and their parents.

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High School Students' Weeks 2018

March 11, 2018, to April 8, 2018

It is an annual exhibition free invitation project for high school students. At a cafe, which visitors come across in the middle of the gallery during the exhibition period, workshops concerning the exhibition are held and various programs for reading, sewing, etc. can be enjoyed every day. The cafe is not limited to high school students, but anyone can use it.

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High School Students' Weeks 2018

March 11 (Sun.), 2018, to April 8 (Sun.), 2018

VenueWorkshop room, Contemporary Art Gallery, Art Tower Mito

It is an annual exhibition free invitation project for high school students. At a cafe, which visitors come across in the middle of the gallery during the exhibition period, workshops concerning the exhibition are held and various programs for reading, sewing, etc. can be enjoyed every day. The cafe is not limited to high school students, but anyone can use it.

Dates: Sunday, March 11 – Sunday, April 8, 2018
Invitees: High school students or those aged 15 – 18 (Please present your ID at the entrance.)
Venue: Workshop room, Contemporary Art Gallery, Art Tower Mito
Cafe open hours: Tuesday to Friday 15:00 – 18:00, weekends and holidays 13:00 – 18:00

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