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Artist talk by Chu Enoki: "Scrap Heap Hero"
Fujiko Nakaya Artist Talk
The Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme
It Only Happens in the Movies? Japanese Cinema and Encounters
Metamorphosis of Japan After the War
The Modern Lens: International Photography and the Tate collection

Artist talk by Chu Enoki: "Scrap Heap Hero"   org

Chu Enoki is a seminal figure in Japanese contemporary art renowned for his varied artistic practice, ranging from avant-garde public performances through to controversial and compelling sculptural works. Enoki’s first notable works were events he staged, including his 1977 pioneering performance and long-term project Going to Hungary with HANGARI, a piece reacting to the societal upheavals in Japan at the time in which Enoki, playing on the Japanese term hangari meaning ‘half-shaved’, removed all the hair from one side of his body. Much of Enoki’s more recent sculpture and installation works have been created from found objects such as deactivated weapons, ammunition and scrap metal. Using these materials he has produced sculptures of Kalashnikov and Colt guns, stunning futuristic cityscapes, and a series of functional cannons which he fires at performances to commemorate openings of exhibitions.

Despite having no formal art education, Enoki has continued to receive increasing attention from his work, albeit both from media and authorities, and his practice has inspired other prominent artists, such as Takashi Murakami who cites Enoki as a great influence. Although Enoki’s reputation was already established, there has been a recent resurgence of exhibitions evaluating Enoki’s contribution, consolidating his presence as a significant figure in contemporary Japanese art, including Roppongi Crossing, Mori Art Museum (2007) and Enoki Chu: Unleashing the Museum, Hyogo Prefectural Museum of Art (2011).

On the special occasion of his first solo show in Europe, Chu Enoki: Enoki Chu held at the White Rainbow Gallery, London, Enoki has been invited to explain his artistic career and expression identified in his work often described as iconic and employing dark motifs.  Drawing on his experience as an artist coming out of postwar Japan and living through drastic social changes over time, Enoki will also reflect on how such surroundings may have made an impact upon his practice and helped mould the artist he is today.

After Enoki's presentation, he will be joined in conversation by Simon Grant, editor of TATE ETC. art magazine published by Tate and co-founder of the art quarterly Picpus.

Date: 9 February 2015 from 6.30pm

Banqueting Hall, Chelsea College of Arts
16 John Islip Street, London SW1P 4JU


This event is free to attend but booking is essential. To reserve a place, please e-mail your name and the title of the event you would like to attend to 

Image: SALUTE C2H2, Hyogo Prefectural Museum of Art, 2012-2013, © Chu Enoki, photo by Seiji Toyonaga (SANDWICH GRAPHIC) (part)

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Fujiko Nakaya Artist Talk   org

Artist Fujiko Nakaya is a pioneer of installation and video art in Japan. In 1970 she created the world’s first fog sculpture at the Pepsi Pavilion, Expo’ 70 in Osaka. A member of Experiments in Art and Technology (E.A.T.), she opened Japan’s first video art gallery in Tokyo in 1980 and has collaborated with renowned artists including Robert Rauschenberg, Trisha Brown and Bill Viola.

This talk is a unique opportunity to learn about Ms Nakaya’s practice and influential explorations of nature and technology throughout her forty year career, coinciding with Fujiko Nakaya’s Fog Bridge installation presented by In Between Time running from 13 to 23 February 2015 in Bristol.

Date: 17 February 2015 from 6.30pm

Starr Auditorium, Tate Modern, London

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Organised in association with Tate.

Image: Fog Bridge #72496 Exploratorium, San Francisco, 2013 Photo: Gayle Laird Ⓒ Exploratorium

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The Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme
It Only Happens in the Movies? Japanese Cinema and Encounters

This year’s Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme will provide an exciting programme of films under the narrative framework of ‘encounters’. Showcasing a vast variety of styles and tones, from popular contemporary films, classics through to animation, the programme will include titles in which characters experience seemingly unusual meetings, plunge into unexpected circumstances and new environments, as well as collide with different generations, ideals and ideas – asking the question, does it really only happen in the movies?

For full details of the lineup and participating venues, please visit the Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme website.

Date: 30 January 2015 - 26 March 2015


Image, clockwise from top: Wood Job! (part), The Handsome Suit (part), Short Peace (A Farewell to Weapons) (part)

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Metamorphosis of Japan After the War   org

In 1945, postwar Japan made a new start from the ashes of devastation, and, in the twenty years leading up to the Tokyo Olympics of 1964, it succeeded in undergoing a dramatic transformation, embarking on a path towards becoming an economic power.

These two decades constituted a period truly brimming with creative energy – a time in which democracy led to the restoration of vitality through free photographic expression and in which new talent pioneered postwar photography.

This new exhibition looks back on this turbulent period that followed the war, exhibiting over 100 black and white photographs by 11 leading artists of postwar Japan photography, including Yasuhiro Ishimoto, Shomei Tomatsu, Eikoh Hosoe and Ken Domon. Rather than arranging the works by period and author, this exhibition is divided into three sections - "The Aftermath of the War," "Between Tradition and Modernity," and "Towards a New Japan."

Although the arrangement may seem arbitrary, the sequence in fact provides a vivid narrative of the convoluted aspects of this complicated era.

Date: 22 January 2015 - 26 April 2015

Open Eye Gallery, Liverpool

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Image: Shigeichi Nagano, Completing management training at a stock brokerage firm. Ikebukuro. Tokyo 1961

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The Modern Lens: International Photography and the Tate collection   JPsupported

The Modern Lens: International Photography and the Tate Collection is an exhibition surveying key developments in international photography from the 1920s to the 1960s. The exhibition - the largest display of photographic works ever to be exhibited at the gallery - will uncover the sense of curiosity and experimentation as artists harnessed the medium in new ways. In addition to including artists from across Europe and the Americas, the exhibition will also feature work by pioneering Japanese artists Shoji Hamada, Kiyohiko Komura, Shikanosuke Yagaki and Iwao Yamawaki.

Date: 14 October 2014 - 10 May 2015

Tate St Ives

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Image: Shikanosuke Yagaki, Still Life 1930 or 1939
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