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Ginza Six Editors Vol.24(lifestyle)
It may be expected, "we are continuing always evolving while the latest things gather that it is old" if we express town called Ginza with a word. On the other hand, long-established store treating Japanese traditional handicrafts includes implication to coexist while receiving it that is the highest thing from home and abroad quickly. It is GINZA SIX to show the way of new lifestyle by adopting factor called latest art and design as if we symbolize such a nature of the occasion, and Ginza TSUTAYA BOOKS which, above all, occupies most space of the sixth floor floor is unprecedented eager bookstore to raise under the theme of "Art Is Life".
When we have art and design and fashion-related book more than regular approximately 60,000 books and walk popular name "art street" where the overwhelmed art book links the eaves, the seriousness degree of this bookstore may be keenly aware of. The shop such as maze is divided into Japanese culture, photograph, literary arts, Western art, Japanese art, fashion, design, building, magazine each and should be able to come across one touching by all means own heartstrings even if art is not person to like particularly.
It is lineup of book which one step two pawns stepped into more from bookstore added to art museum of high level such as Tate Modern of London and MoMA (exterior design of this GINZA SIX was right done Yoshio Taniguchi that construction of MoMA was dealt with if we said so) of New York and we are filled with online shopping in the real powerful charm that we cannot taste for granted and overflow.
To my delight "door of art" which was own book was established properly. It is two books which wrote personality about European and American Aristrist and photographer, but book about painter and photographer of approximately 150 whom we delivered in book is prepared approximately all here. Matisse and Picasso, Giacometti and clay, Man Ray and William Klein……Besides, there will not be bookstore which has even anthology and catalogue about SAI toomburi (is known for letter which we scribbled with Aristrist representing modern art and picture which put line and sign together) which came to attract attention at exhibition held in Kawamura Memorial Museum of Art and Hara Museum at a bound or out-of-print book, and is sold any place other than world wide shitoiedomoosorakukoko.
By the way, it is adjacent right next to Ginza TSUTAYA BOOKS…I mean do you know that there is space in toiu place in "place where we get and do not come" to? There are "THE CLUB" and modest signature at entrance. Honestly, it is art gallery which CCC (Culture Convenience Club) runs as well as Ginza TSUTAYA BOOKS here. When nyu rizuraimoshiremasenga opens door decisively a little in the first one, the art work sensitive over there thinks that displayed space opens and is surprised a little.
We seemed to hold plan exhibition at 4-5 times of paces in THE CLUB in year, and group exhibition "DIALOGUE" by Brazilian artists was performed when it came this time. Language pays its attention to possibility to have and intellectual work which let you sublimate is displayed to art and sees it, and, including minimal work "LIGHTNESS using fluorescent lamp with detaniko and rain based in Paris," there is meeting enough now.
As we seem to want sensitive people indicating interest to see in fashion and culture not THE CLUB displaying uncommon work in Japan, and being specialized for modern art fan, it seems to have possibilities to be said that it is little-known spot-like place of GINZA SIX which can touch art genuine casually.
It is membership lounge LOUNGE SIX where only special customer having the enigmatic appearance of the black plaster standing still in the depths of the fifth-floor floor can access that bring on atmosphere that is hard to enter more from THE CLUB (laugh). Space that only Sugimoto work including "coast landscape" is displayed in calm space reminding of lobby which there is not now of Hotel Okura which was representative of Japan modernism architecture at "new material research institute" which Hiroshi Sugimoto that it is the front line of modern art world to have dealt with space and furniture design and is played an active part presides over in Toshiyuki Sakakida of architect is impressive.
And it is MARK'STYLE GALLERY which MARK'STYLE TOKYO handling products "with" style in floor which it has the same as LOUNGE SIX to introduce last as art connection runs. It is place that wants to still expect creative plan that there is not like being in normal art gallery and is particular about here as it is MARK'STYLE TOKYO treating discerning goods which wore quality that Japan boasts of to the world in gallery space added to direct management Shops.
GINZA SIX where various designs are given to have you feel art closer. Display seems to be over soon, but art object by opening of business from the first central Yayoi Kusama who is displayed so that it blows, and there is on part of April, 2017 will be a pleasure now, and it will decide to wait as art work new again seems to be installed in this place with coming of spring.
Text: Taka Kawachi Photos: Kaori Imakiire Edit: Yuka Okada
To sum up the district of Ginza in a single phrase, I’d say it’s a place with both old and new that’s constantly evolving. In other words, there’s the sense that Ginza quickly takes in the latest from around the country and the world while serving as a home for older established purveyors of Japan’s traditional handicrafts. GINZA SIX exemplifies the character of Ginza itself because it incorporates elements of the latest in art and design to present possibilities for new lifestyles. This is especially true for Ginza Tsutaya Books, occupying a large part of the sixth floor. It takes the “Art is Life” mantra more seriously than probably any bookstore I know.
Ginza Tsutaya Books features more than 60,000 art, design, and fashion titles at any given time. When you walk the aisles of Art Street, as the section is known, with its overwhelming number of art books, you sense for yourself just how serious the bookstore is about art. The interior is like a maze constructed of walls of books on Japanese culture, photography, literature, Western art, Japanese art, fashion, design, architecture, and magazines. Even if you’re not someone who loves art, you’re bound to run into at least one book here that will strike a chord.
The lineup of books is actually a step or two beyond that of bookstores attached to high-end art museums like the Tate Modern in London or the Museum of Modern Art in New York (incidentally, Yoshio Taniguchi, the architect who redesigned the MoMA building in New York, also designed the exterior of GINZA SIX). It goes without saying that the bookstore here is steeped in a charm of authenticity nowhere to be found at online booksellers.
I was happy to see my two-volume series “Art no Iriguchi” on the shelves as well. The two books delve into the characteristics of European and American artists and photographers. The bookstore carries titles on nearly all of the 150 or so people featured in the books, including Matisse, Picasso, Giacometti, Klee, Man Ray, William Kline, and many others. There’s no bookstore such as Ginza Tsutaya Books anywhere else in the world offering books, catalogs, and even out-of-print titles on the artist Cy Twombly, one of the major figures of modern art known for his works of seemingly scrawled letters, lines, and symbols, whose exhibitions at the Kawamura Memorial DIC Museum of Art and Hara Museum have brought him significant attention.
Did you know an art gallery is located, in the most unassuming of locations, right next to Ginza Tsutaya Books? You’ll find only a modest sign at the entrance that reads, THE CLUB. Like Ginza Tsutaya Books, it’s managed by the Culture Convenience Club (CCC). It can be a bit intimidating for first-timers, but go ahead and open the door: You’ll be surprised by a spacious gallery, featuring art of the rarest sensibility.
THE CLUB holds exhibitions at a pace of four or five times a year. On my visit this time, the event was “DIALOGUE,” a group exhibition of Brazilian artists. Beginning with “LIGHTNESS,” a minimalist work featuring fluorescent lights by Paris-based artists Angela Detanico and Rafael Lain, the gallery is currently showing a number of intelligent works focused on the possibilities of language and the sublimation of language into art. It’s well worth seeing.
THE CLUB shows work one normally doesn’t see in Japan, work not necessarily geared exclusively to modern art fans. Rather, it seeks visitors of keen sensibilities with an interest in fashion and culture. You might say it’s one of the hidden gems of GINZA SIX, a place for casual encounters with authentic art.
I say this laughing, but there’s a place that’s even more intimidating to enter than THE CLUB. That’s LOUNGE SIX, a members-only lounge on the fifth floor, accessible only to special visitors, with an enigmatic exterior of deep black plaster. At the same time, it’s a striking space with a subdued atmosphere reminiscent of the now defunct lobby of the Okura Hotel, which was one of the leading works of modernist Japanese architecture. Designed by New Material Research Laboratory, led by Hiroshi Sugimoto, a key figure at the forefront of the contemporary art world, and by architect Tomoyuki Sakakida, the space is dedicated exclusively to exhibiting Sugimoto’s works, including “Seascapes.”
The final place connected to art I’d like to tell you about is MARK’STYLE GALLERY, on the same floor as LOUNGE SIX and managed by MARK’STYLE TOKYO, which handles “products with style.” This gallery space is established in parallel with the directly managed store. As befits MARK’STYLE TOKYO and its lineup of products, which showcase Japan’s world-renowned quality, the gallery’s much-anticipated exhibitions focus on works not typically encountered at ordinary art galleries.
GINZA SIX strives in various ways to bring you closer to the world of art. From the time it opened in April 2017, Yayoi Kusama’s object d’art has hung from its central atrium, an exhibition now approaching its end. But with the spring comes new art; new works will appear in this space, something we can begin to look forward to today.
Taka KawachiDirector of Benrido’s overseas business division, and editor. Studied abroad at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco after graduating from high school. Moved to New York, curating and compiling numerous exhibitions and photography collections there, returned to Japan in 2011 after many years in the United States. Published a two-volume series “Art no Iriguchi” (Art Entrance) on art and photography based on his experiences overseas. He’s currently involved in a project at Benrido in Kyoto, an atelier active for 130 years, to promote collotype, a classic photographic technique.
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