Tomoaki Ishihara “34 LIGHT YEARS”

Dates|July 14 – August 12, 2018
Venue|MEM map
Open hours|12:00-20:00
Closed|Mon. (open on holiday Mon. and closed on the following days)
Tel.|+81 (0)3-6459-3205

Date|July 14, 18:00 –
Guest|Michio Hayashi (art historian/critic)

*Admission free, Japanese version only
*Opening reception will be held after the talk.

Tomoaki Ishihara (1959–) studied at Kyoto City University of Arts. In the 1980s he was identified with the Kansai New Wave, a group of notable young artists from the Kansai region. In 1988 he participated in the Venice Biennale’s Aperto section, presenting an installation that centered on a work consisting of a self-portrait photograph printed onto a spindle-shaped canvas. In the 1990s he released, in quick succession, works that spanned different materials and media, including painting, photograph and sculpture. As well as Japan’s major galleries, his art has been shown in museums in the United States, Europe, Australia and South Korea. In 1998, the Tochigi Prefectural Museum of Fine Arts hosted his exhibition “A Constellation of Work from 1983 to 1998″; in 2004, “the imaginary number” opened at the Otani Memorial Art Museum, Nishinomiya City. His works are held at the Tochigi Prefectural Museum of Fine Arts, Yokohama Museum of Art, National Museum of Art Osaka, Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo, and elsewhere.