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

Rei Naito: on this bright Earth I see you

July 28, 2018, to October 8, 2018

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.



Skin-1 2017 Ceramic, wood, thread, bell
Photo: Rakutaro Ogiwara


Kanako Kitabayashi

July 28, 2018, to October 8, 2018

Kanako Kitabayashi (born in 1990), whose sculpture series Skin (2017) combines ceramics with soft materials, provoking questions of our organic existence and epidermal tactile sensations.


Let’s experience art in summer!

kodomo korabo rabo 2018 (Children's Collaboration Laboratory)

July 29 (Sun.), 2018   August 1 (Wed.),    2 (Thu.),    8 (Wed.),    9 (Thu.),    11 (Sat.),    12 (Sun.),   

VenueWorkshop room, Contemporary Art Gallery, Art Tower Mito, etc.

A workshop for children and families during the summer holidays.
The first half is a by-application program in which participants produce artworks in small groups. The second half on August 11th and 12th, is an open reservations-not-required program which anyone can attend.


Weekend Gallery Talk

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

VenueContemporary Art Gallery, Art Tower Mito
*A gallery talk could be canceled for some reason. On August 25 (Sat) and September 15(Sat), 16 (Sun), no gallery talk is held due to the exhibition-related events.

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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