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The Life and Work of Jiro Takamatsu - Talk by Yumiko Chiba
Summer Explorers 3: A special free film programme all about food
Mr Potsunen's Peculiar Slice of Life by Kentaro Kobayashi
Jiro Takamatsu: The Temperature of Sculpture
British Museum presents: Hokusai

The Life and Work of Jiro Takamatsu - Talk by Yumiko Chiba   org

An influential artist, theorist and teacher in the 1960s and 1970s, Jiro Takamatsu (1936-98) is central to the development of sculpture in Japan and is considered to be one of the most important Japanese artists of the post-war era. A founding member of the legendary collective Hi Red Center and key figure of the Mono-ha (School of Things) movement, Takamatsu, over the four decades of his career, sought to explore the boundaries of reality and relationships with the physical world through a diverse body of work including sculpture, photography, painting, drawing and performance art. Takamatsu took part in landmark international exhibitions such as the Venice Biennale (1968) and documenta 6 (1977), but in recent years has received an increasing amount of critical acclaim, with many seeking to revisit Takamatsu’s challenging but undoubtedly influential work.

In celebration of the first institutional exhibition outside his home country, Jiro Takamatsu: The Temperature of Sculpture at the Henry Moore Institute (13 July - 22 October 2017), Yumiko Chiba, founder of Yumiko Chiba Associates and representative for the Estate of Jiro Takamatsu, will explore Takamatsu’s diverse career, providing a personal insight into the man behind such ground-breaking and diverse work. Drawing on her experience in organising a vast number of exhibitions focusing on the artist, Chiba will also discuss the significance of Takamatsu’s work and the undeniable influence he has had upon the art world in Japan and worldwide.

Preceded by an introduction by Lisa Le Feuvre, Head of Sculpture Studies at the Henry Moore Institute, Chiba’s talk will be followed by an informal discussion chaired by writer and curator Ellen Mara De Wachter.

Date: 13 July 2017 from 6.30pm

The Art Workers Guild, 6 Queen Square, London WC1N 3AT
For details of how to reach the venue, please click here


This event is free to attend but booking is essential. To book your place via Eventbrite, please visit:


The exhibition Jiro Takamatsu: The Temperature of Sculpture will be held at the Henry Moore Institute from 13 July to 22 October 2017, supported by the Japan Foundation. For more information, please visit:

Image: 'Smashing of Everything', 1972, Mixed media and wooden boxes, 15.0 x 55.0 x 35.0cm
© The Estate of Jiro Takamatsu, Courtesy of Yumiko Chiba Associates, Stephen Friedman Gallery and Fergus McCaffrey.

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Summer Explorers 3: A special free film programme all about food   org

Satisfy your appetite for Japanese cinema with this free series of mouth-watering movies
all about food, exploring various aspects of food production through to consumption!

Part One: Saturday, 15 July 2017
Prince Charles Cinema, London - 7 Leicester Place, London WC2H 7BY

12:00pm: Oyster Factory

Located in the remote town of Ushimado in Okayama, where oyster shucking has traditionally been a job for local men and women, this documentary observes the Hirano oyster factory upon their decision to bring in two workers from China.

Dir. Kazuhiro Soda, 2015, 145 min | Image: © Laboratory X, Inc.

2:45pm: Akanezora - Beyond the Crimson Sky

Eikichi, a young tofu maker, ventures from Kyoto to Edo (present-day Tokyo) to open a tofu shop. Years later with the rock-solid business still going strong, Eikichi and his family are thrown into a critical situation that threatens to pull them apart.

Dir. Masaki Hamamoto, 2006, 120 min | Image: © 2006 Akanezora Beyond the Crimson Sky LLP

Part Two: Saturday, 22 July 2017
BAFTA, London - 195 Piccadilly, London W1J 9LN

11:00am: Silver Spoon

At a vocational high school for dairy farming in Hokkaido, where students can try their hands at farming, city boy Yugo, whose decision to enrol was an attempt to avoid his parents and classmates, is struggling to adapt to his new “nature-oriented” surroundings.

Dir. Keisuke Yoshida, 2014, 111 min  | © 2014 "Silver Spoon" Movie Project, © H.A./S

1:10pm: There Is No Lid on the Sea

In an adaptation of a story by Banana Yoshimoto, Mari, tired of city life, returns to her hometown of Nishiizu to open a shop selling her favourite childhood treat: kakigori (shaved ice dessert). As Mari finds that the nostalgic flavours help soothe the emotional wounds of her customers, she begins to come to terms with her own.

Dir. Keisuke Toyoshima, 2015, 84 min | © 2015 Banana Yoshimoto / “There Is No Lid Sea” Production Committee

2:55pm: A Drop of the Grapevine

In a film about soul food set in the picturesque Sorachi region of Hokkaido, anti-social farmer Ao tends a vineyard and dreams of making the perfect pinot noir, while his younger brother Roku grows wheat to make bread. One day, out of the blue, a friendly traveller appears and breathes new life into their days.

Dir. Yukiko Mishima, 2014, 117 min | © 2014 「A Drop of the Grapevine」Film's Partners

Japanese Language Activities

On Saturday, 22 July at BAFTA, join us for drop-in food-themed Japanese language activities between the films. The workshops are free and suitable for all ages. No booking is required – please feel free just to drop in!


These screenings are free to attend but booking is essential.
To book a place via Google Forms, please visit the following links:

Booking for Part One  - Booking for Part Two


Main image (Clockwise, left to right): There is No Lid on the Sea, Akanezora - Beyond the Crimson Sky, A Drop of the Grapevine

Date: 15 July 2017 - 22 July 2017
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Mr Potsunen's Peculiar Slice of Life by Kentaro Kobayashi   JPsupported

The Japan Foundation is delighted to support Mr Potsunen's Peculiar Slice of Life, a one-man show by the award-winning performance artist Kentaro Kobayashi. Following the show's sold-out run in London in 2015, Kobayashi will return to the UK for a limited run of this imaginative and magical show. Following the daily existence of one man, the mysterious 'Mr Potsunen', Kobayashi playfully combines mime-based live performance with film and projection in a story which is touching, eccentric and wonderfully funny.

Date: 5 July 2017 - 8 July 2017

Print Room at the Coronet, London

For more information, please click here.
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Jiro Takamatsu: The Temperature of Sculpture   JPsupported

The Japan Foundation is delighted to support the first institutional solo exhibition of Jiro Takamatsu to take place outside of Japan, presented by the Henry Moore Institute. Comprising over seventy sculptures, drawings and documents loaned from collection in Japan, USA and Europe, the exhibition celebrates the work of this leading figure of post-war art, tracing Takamatsu's artistic practice through his exhibition history.

Date: 13 July 2017 - 22 October 2017

The Henry Moore Institute
74 The Headrow, Leeds LS1 3AH

For more information, please click here.

Jiro Takamatsu, documentary photography of 'Temporary Enclosure of Carioca Building Construction Site' (1971). Unidentified photographer. © The Estate of Jiro Takamatsu. Courtesy Yumiko Chiba Associates / Stephen Friedman Gallery / Fergus McCaffrey

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British Museum presents: Hokusai  

British Museum presents: Hokusai is a groundbreaking documentary offering an exclusive private view of the British Museum major exhibition Hokusai: beyond the Great Wave. Filmed in Japan, the US and the UK, the film focuses on Hokusai’s work, life and times in the great bustling metropolis of Edo, modern Tokyo. Using Ultra HD video technology and stunning close-ups, the film will reveal the extraordinary detail in the work of Hokusai on the big screen – a real feast for the eyes!

From Sunday, 4 June 2017, the film will be screened at a vast number of cinemas across the United Kingdom. To find your nearest venue, please visit:

Date: 4 June 2017


Image: Clear day with a southern breeze ('Red Fuji') from Thirty-Six Views of Mt Fuji. Colour woodblock, 1831. © British Museum.

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