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  • Tokujin Yoshioka

    《 Prismatic Cloud 》

    2F Central Atrium

    2020.2.27 - Scheduled for late 2020.10

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The artist Tokujin Yoshioka is active in the fields of art, design, and architecture. His magnificent lyrical installations on natural themes have won international acclaim. The installation here at GINZA SIX is a sculpture of light which conjures up an image of an enormous cloud that transcends sensation.

Tokujin Yoshioka

Artist. Born in 1967. Studied design under Shiro Kuramata and Issey Miyake; established Tokujin Yoshioka Inc. in 2000. Active in the fields of design, architecture, and contemporary art; his lyrical installations have earned him international acclaim. Major works include Water Block, on permanent display at Musée d’Orsay; Rainbow Church, an architectural work made of crystal prisms; VENUS, a crystal chair; KOU-AN, a glass tea house; and the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Torch. His works are in the permanent collections of The Museum of Modern Art, New York, Musée National d’Art Moderne in Paris, and other major museums around the world. Recipient of Mainichi Design Award, Minister of Education’s Art Encouragement Prize for New Artists, Design Miami – Designer of the Year, Milano Design Award – Winner, and numerous other international awards. Named one of Newsweek magazine’s 100 Most Respected Japanese in the World.

A retail promotion titled "Celebration of Life in the Astral Sea," was specially arranged and executed by Ginza Six. It features the vast world of the "Astral Sea," a design creation originally conceived by Finnish artist Klaus Haapaniemi. With the universe as its stage, the Lightning Whales travel the universe beyond space-time and come to life for all to see and experience in the central atrium.

Klaus Haapaniemi

Born in 1970 in Helsinki, Finland, Klaus Haapaniemi was influenced by the natural and traditional beauty of his native land. His work embodies a unique perspective, style, and feel, a fusion of fantasy and realism. In addition to the creative development of his original artworks, he has collaborated with a range of companies, including Iittala and Established & Sons. In 2015, he designed the costumes and stage decorations for the Finnish National Opera. In 2019, Kadokawa published the first collection of his works, Klaus Haapaniemi~ Yume no Fukei.

© 2019 KLAUS HAAPANIEMI All Rights Reserved.
Rights Management: Bluefolio Inc.

“Six Boats,” an installation of six five-meter-long boats held aloft in the central atrium space, depicts boats setting sail on Ginza’s sea of memories, navigating a host of postwar difficulties toward a grand recovery.

Chiharu Shiota

Born 1972 in Osaka Prefecture, currently based in Berlin. In 2008, Shiota received the Art Encouragement Prize from the Japanese Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology. In addition to solo exhibitions held across the world including Art Gallery of South Australia (2018), Yorkshire Sculpture Park (2018), Smithsonian Institution Arthur M. Sackler Gallery (2014), the Museum of Art, Kochi (2013), MIMOCA Marugame Genichiro-Inokuma Museum of Contemporary Art (2012), and the National Museum of Art, Osaka (2008), she has participated in numerous international exhibitions such as the Biennale of Sydney (2016), the Kiev Biennale (2012), and the Yokohama Triennale (2001). In 2015, she represented Japan at the 56th Venice Biennale International Art Exhibition. Plans to hold her largest individual exhibition ever at the Mori Art Museum in June 2019.

Photo: Ken Kato

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    Nicolas Buffe

    《 "Fantastic Gift" The Story of the Kingdom of Winter and the Kingdom of Summer 》

    2F Central Atrium

    November 12, 2018 - February 20, 2019

    Fantastic Gift Story

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During the 2018 holiday season, the central atrium space featured “Shining Elephant,” a work three meters high and more than four meters long. The installation showed the Putti, or little angels, delivering the elephant by drone from the Kingdom of Summer to the Kingdom of Winter, reenacting one of the scenes from the story.

Nicolas Buffe

Born in Paris, France, in 1978, and relocated to Tokyo in 2007, Nicolas Buffe creates his own unique worlds through a remarkable blending of Japan’s anime culture, an influence since his youth, with American subcultures, based on the background of baroque art, and traditional forms of European culture from the medieval and Renaissance periods. Inspired by the humanist concept of serio ludere, or serious play, his works incorporate visual elements and interactive experiences fused with narrative elements.

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    Daniel Buren

    《 Like a flock of starlings: work in situ 》

    2F Central Atrium

    April 2, 2018 - October 31, 2018

    Supervised by Mori Art Museum
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On its first anniversary, the central atrium space at GINZA SIX hosted a new art installation by French artist Daniel Buren, who has produced numerous artwork globally over fifty years, featuring his signature 8.7-cm-wide striped flags. A total of 1,500 of the flags in red and blue enlivened the space.

Daniel Buren

Artist. Born in Paris, France, 1938. Starting in 1965, based on a self-conceived notion, Buren has produced numerous works that feature 8.7 cm wide stripes. His works have appeared in many forms, genres, media, and locations, including paintings, sculpture, murals, and buildings. To date, he has exhibited several thousands of works. In 1986, he was awarded the Golden Lion after entering the Biennale di Venezia as the French representative. He was the 2007 laureate of the Praemium Imperiale in the painting field. In 2016, his exhibition at the Fondation Louis Vuitton art galleries in Paris, designed by Frank Owen Gehry, caused a sensation. In Japan as well, he has participated in numerous art festivals and installed permanent exhibitions, including the Yokohama Triennale 2005 and Ibaraki’s Kenpoku Art (2016).

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Under the supervision of the Mori Art Museum, the grand opening will be celebrated with the latest installations of the avant-garde artist Yayoi Kusama. Ever since her involvement in the 60s New York art scene, Yayoi Kusama has gained international attention, becoming one of the best known Japanese artists in the world.

Yayoi Kusama

Yayoi Kusama was born in 1929 in Matsumoto, Nagano Prefecture. She studied Japanese art before relocating to the United States in 1957, and began her creative career in New York. Her innovative expressions captured admiration internationally, and in 1998 she became the first Japanese artist to have a solo exhibition at MoMA.

© YAYOI KUSAMA / Photo: Ken Kato

SHOW WINDOW

We’ve set the scene for a jam session featuring various onomatopoeic food textures. The session features many foods sold on the floor. Chewing deliberately is said to have health and beauty benefits—and doesn’t luxury these days mean maintaining health and beauty? Exercising the jaws is said to stimulate brain activity, reduce stress, improve focus and concentration, and even slow the aging process. Exercising facial muscles is known to provide various beauty benefits—it fights sagging skin for a slimmer face, stimulates one’s satiety center, and prevents overeating. The substances in saliva secreted by the exercise also promote skin metabolism for more beautiful skin. In addition to promoting digestion and absorption, saliva prevents tooth decay and gum disease. Come delight in an onomatopoeic soundscape paced by the rhythm of chewing and highlighted by culinary grace notes.

Art director: Yasuko Sato

PUBLIC ART GINZA SIX suggests a rich lifestyle where art can be accessed easily by providing its guests a chance to see various types of art up close. Under the supervision of Mori Art Museum, GINZA SIX exhibits a choice of three globally praised artists and their art pieces at all times.

A sculpted peice combining Edo-komon-style printed morning glories, Chinese bellflowers, chrysanthemums, and butterflies. Edo-komon is an exquisite Japanese style of print that brings out the uniqueness in detailed, strictly-formatted prints. This design is the end result of Japanese craftsmen competing for a more detailed, smaller, and thinner patterned designs, which was encouraged by the law established during the Edo period to ban extravagant, flashy kimonos. *Writer’s Message “Arranging an eternal flower that will pass on the accumulation of time, memories, culture and emotions that lie here amongst us to the future.”

Shinji Ohmaki

Born in Gifu Prefecture in 1971. Ohmaki continues to announce dynamic installations and public art pieces which awake the viewers’ physical senses.

Photo: Ken Kato

Featuring “Paradise and Boundaries” as the theme, Funai captures the full space as her canvas and expresses the intersection of the painted world and reality through using mirrors. The person standing in front of the piece is reflected in the painting, consequently transforming the viewer into the leading character. By painting a fictional paradise that resides in anyone's mind, people passing by and the scenery of reality mix with the imaginary world, turning over each the ideal and reality – the 2 dimensional and 3 dimensional, the existent and nonexistent, the past and the present – into one, thus creating a new world and vision. This symbolizes that the future is shaped by people’s imagination.

Misa Funai

Born in Kyoto in 1974. Graduated from Tsukuba University with a Master’s degree in art research in 2001. Exhibits include “VOCA An outlook of contemporary paintings – artists with a new dimension” at Ueno Royal Museum in 2009/2010, “Wonderful World” at Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo in 2014.

The piece newly made for GINZA SIX is painted by layering dramatic shapes onto drifting colors, thus creating a deep and massive space. The spacious and infinite feeling of the piece gives us the impression of the unconscious mind, while the shapes drawn as though they were dancing brings out what we can visualize (our conscious minds). The painting located just steps away from the retail area lures viewers into Domoto’s artistic space where the conscious and unconscious coincide.

Yuumi Domoto

Born in Paris, 1960. After graduating from Tama Art University with a degree in painting, graduated from Cooper Union Art Division (New York). Starting off with her private show at Sagacho Exhibit Space, she participated in numerous exhibitions within Japan and overseas.

LIVING WALL ARTOn the two 12m-long living walls (located on the Chuo-dori side and the Mihara-dori side open-ceiling space) are two paired art pieces, produced by JTQ Junji Tanigawa.

  • teamLab

    《 Universe of Water Particles on the Living Wall 》

    Living Wall Chuo-dori Side Open-Ceiling Space

    Size: H11,810×W1,920 mm
    Art Type: Digital Installation, LED, Endless

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An installation piece portraying a waterfall that changes its appearance according to the changing light of the sun. "In other words, there are 1000 times more water particles behind the countless lines, and the mutual influence among them is what decides the curve of the lines. By creating the rock inside an imaginative three-dimensional space, we let the water fall. The water is expressed by countless particles of water, and is calculated by the mutual influence among the particles. The waterfall is constructed as a physical simulation of water, and through the movement of a randomly selected 0.1% water particle, we draw a line over the space. The waterfall is created by the sum of those lines."

teamLab

A group of digital technology experts including programmers, engineers, CG animators, illustrators, mathematicians, architects, web designers, graphic designers, and editors. Under the concept of collective creation, they work beyond the boundaries of art, science, technology and creativity.

© KOZO TAKAYAMA

  • Patrick Blanc

    《 Living Canyon 》

    Living Wall Mihara-dori Side Open-Ceiling Space

    Size: H11,020×W2,700 mm

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A Patrick Blanc original, this vertical two-dimensional art piece, which contains no soil, mixes numerous plants including those particular to the Japanese land. As can be seen from the title, the piece expresses a deep, shaded ravine illuminated from sunlight from the top of a cliff. The reason why different plants survive under the ever-changing weather is because each species adapts perfectly to a particular type of light energy. The diversity of vegetation reflects the beauty, creativity, and tactics of the biological world.

Patrick Blanc

Born in 1953 in Paris. A botanist and artist, he is known for creating vertical gardens. His major works include “Green Bridge,” which features plants growing over a glass corridor.

© KOZO TAKAYAMA