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Speaking of department store, I was Ginza Matsuzakaya for family in the days of child. Mother opened small shop at 8 in the 80s and ran in women for 27 years. It became "the spot" of art that galleries scattered after oneself got job concerned with art in the 90s. Town, that of main street special where intimacy of place where we got used to lives together with gaiety are Ginza.
"Ginza" is condensed in GINZA SIX. Voice that became exalted in shop to display the eaves like Suk if we look into colonnade whispers, and hierarchy of floor to surround conjures up Balcony of opera house. And he/she gives time that small space stops incidentally and thinks for public art and gallery installed in each site in the hall.
From this autumn to winter, artist from France based in Japan, Nichola byufu dealt with artwork of all the buildings including installation of the center colonnade. Title "story - of Fantastic Gift ..." "kingdom of winter" and "summer kingdom." About 3m in height, elephant of balloon of about 4m in total length are led to drone to handle of small angel Putsch and leave for icebound "winter kingdom" from scorching "summer kingdom".
Nichola byufu was born in Paris for 1,978 years. In the Middle Ages and Renaissance in Europe, oneself made the story world that fused in Japanese animation and American subculture affected for period for childhood to base in traditional decoration art and literature of baroque. Molding sense that we acquired by experience with deep knowledge and body for classical art gives persuasion characteristics in his work. It is "climate change of the earth" that he who assumes "Serio Ludere" (play seriously) concept chose as motif with this product.
"We hit on layer of story this summer in very hot season. To solve problem to princess of winter kingdom where prince of selfish summer kingdom and pull * ride are cold like anger; if give a present? Idea of elephant which carried Obelisk which was symbol of intellect got hint from this soenyu rino "dream of porifiro" published for Italy renaissance period. Of course saying diplomatic history to link Asia to Europe and caricature to contemporary international community are included in background; Nichola.
Criticism of civilization-like approach to symbolize world composition gives this installation complicated layer while adopting procedures of fantasy which can access anyone.
In addition, we want to take a walk through the hall as we can come across his work world in the main entrance (two pieces of photographs of this column beginning) and B2F shopwindow facing the Ginza Street.
On the other hand, do you know that many public art is established permanently in GINZA SIX building?
For example, there is sculpture of daikanshinshi attracting attention by dynamic activity out of the country in the south elevator hall. Against "extravagance ban" announced in the Edo era, craftsmen compete for the skill, and flower and butterfly which we put chic Edo-dyed clothe print that we refined for speak for disposition of craftsman culture of Ginza and symbolize history of outfitting of modern Ginza.
There is work which Misa Funai constituted using mirror under the theme of "paradise and border" in the north elevator hall. Own figure is reflected in piece of mirror and is crowded when we stand before this product. We may taste feeling that it was the leading role of "paradise" which ideal and reality turn over every moment in the world of mirror with depth, and is mixed.
In addition, it seems to be Ginza that several galleries open a store originally in hall.
Above all, we pay attention to a certain young gallery THE CLUB in Ginza TSUTAYA BOOKS. Curation to scoop old and new contemporary Aristrist which are not introduced in Japan carefully is developed with it is this space that director, Yukako Yamashita with study has command of in Sotherby's of London. First private exhibition "Blue" of young person Aristrist Naoya Inose playing an active part based in London is started on December 1, 2018 until January 31. We are elected in the past by 20th DOMANI, tomorrow exhibition and are up-and-coming writer with a history of display in National Art Center, Tokyo.
We have impression that is closed toward the name such as membership system club called "THE CLUB" and enigmatic milky glass door, but are hard to set foot from flower with art gallery of Ginza. Gallery name comes from 8th Street Club which opened to shortly after New York after the war in 1949, gallery called popular name The Club. "Club" which was place that is HIP where the highest Aristrist and cultured people gather revives in the ground of Ginza and wants to expect that he/she opens the way for in Asian viewpoint in context of contemporary art led by Europe and America in those days.
Ginza was said to be town difficult to approach. We want there to be so from now on if possible.
While is opened by all people of the world, this is because it thinks that cityscape "keeping posture highly" which cannot but polish intelligence and sense of beauty naturally is just necessary for Japan (Tokyo) so that it is invited into the depths.
It may be right honor of such an "art" that Ginza advocates, and attracted people.
Text: Chie Sumiyoshi Photos: Sai, Jun Koike (Naoya Inose) Edit: Yuka Okada
Whenever my family mentioned the department store in my childhood, it always meant Ginza Matsuzakaya. Back in the 80s, Ginza was where my mother opened a little store in 8-chome and ran it herself for 27 years. Since I took a job in the art world in the 90s, Ginza has been my workplace, with galleries scattered here and there. For me, Ginza is a special place, a place where a bustling main street and intimate places I’ve known very well stand side by side.
GINZA SIX distills the essence of Ginza. Peering into the atrium, you see stores stand side by side, like a bazaar. The atmosphere is lively. The surrounding floors evoke the balconies of an opera house. The public art displays and little gallery spaces installed throughout the facility provide opportunities to stop for a moment and contemplate.
This autumn and winter, Nicolas Buffe, the Japan-based French artist, has mounted an atrium installation and various other artworks throughout the facility. The title of the exhibit is “Fantastic Gift: The Story of the Kingdom of Winter and the Kingdom of Summer.” A balloon measuring three meters high and four meters long, in the shape of an elephant, is lofted along by drone, steered by little angels called the Putti, away from the scorching heat of the Kingdom of Summer to the icy reaches of the Kingdom of Winter.
Born in Paris in 1978, Nicolas Buffe draws on traditional European decorative art and literature from the medieval, the Renaissance, and the Baroque periods. He also blends the childhood influences of Japanese anime and American subcultures to create story worlds. His in-depth knowledge of classical art and his skill at modeling, acquired through hands-on experiences, lend persuasiveness to his works. As the motif for this piece, in a spirit of serio ludere (serious play), he chose global climate change.
“I came up with the story layers during a really hot spell this summer,” he says. “The prince of the Kingdom of Summer is hot-tempered and selfish. The princess of the Kingdom of Winter is reclusive and cold-hearted. What possible gifts could resolve their problems? The idea of an elephant carrying an obelisk, a symbol of knowledge, came to me partly from Hypnerotomachia Poliphili (The Dream of Poliphilus), an illustrated book published during the Renaissance in Italy. In the background we see the history of diplomatic relations linking Europe and Asia and a caricature of modern international society.”
The approach, a fantasy format accessible to anyone, also functions as a critique of a civilization that illustrates how the world is linked and put together and gives this installation multiple layers.
You can see his works at the main entrance (two photographs at the beginning of this column) facing Ginza Street and in the B2F show window. They make a stroll around the facility worthwhile for any visitor.
Did you know a number of public artworks are on permanent display inside GINZA SIX?
In the South Elevator Hall, for example, there’s a sculpture by Shinji Ohmaki, who’s drawing attention for dynamic efforts both in Japan and overseas. In the Edo Period, the government issued an edict banning extravagance. Craftsmen responded by competing to refine their skills in producing sophisticated patterns known as Edo Komon. This forms the basis for the flowers and butterflies comprising the sculpture. Flowers and butterflies represent the spirit of the Ginza craftsman culture. They also symbolize the history of modern attire in Ginza.
In the North Elevator Hall, you’ll find a work by Misa Funai comprised of mirrors, whose theme is the Paradise/Boundary. Stand before the piece and you’ll see your own image reflected in the mirror fragments. This can inspire the sense that you stand in a world behind the mirrors, as the primary figure in a paradise of shifting interacting ideals and realities one after another.
In the spirit of Ginza, the facility also houses several galleries, each with their own exhibition. Of these, I’m interested in the THE CLUB, a young gallery located inside the Ginza Tsutaya Books. The space is managed by Director Yukako Yamashita, who gathered her expertise at Sotheby’s in London. Her curation painstakingly highlights the talents of contemporary artists, both old and new, whose work has yet to be exhibited in Japan. Between December 1, 2018 and January 31, the gallery will host Naoya Inose’s first solo exhibition, titled “Blue.” He is a young artist based in London who’s attracted considerable attention. His work has been selected for the 20th DOMANI Tomorrow Exhibition and displayed at the National Art Center, Tokyo.
The name THE CLUB conjures up visions of a private members’ club. Its mysterious milky white glass doors create a sense of a space closed off to outsiders. This is on top of the sense of anxiety Ginza art galleries typically inspire in those who dare enter. The name THE CLUB comes from the 8th Street Club (often simply referred to as “The Club”), which opened in New York in 1949, soon after the war. During those days, the word club came to denote a hip location where artists and others in the cultural vanguard gathered. I hope the version resurrected here in Ginza will prove as groundbreaking a source of an Asian perspective on the context of modern art, something with foundations in the West.
Ginza has long had a reputation for places that seem somewhat intimidating or closed to outsiders, and I hope an aspect of this will remain in place. I believe Japan (Tokyo) today needs places, dedicated to the loftiest standards, that still invite anyone to tackle the implicit challenge, places that naturally inspire a sense of responsibility to hone one’s intelligence and aesthetic sense.
People may very well look to Ginza precisely for this uncompromising advocacy of serious art.
Text：Chie Sumiyoshi Photos：Sai, Jun Koike (Naoya Inomata） Edit：Yuka Okadaｚ
Chie Sumiyoshi is an art producer and writer. Born in Tokyo. She obtained a degree in Aesthetics and Science of Arts from Keio University and began working as an art journalist in the 1990s. After presiding over the TRAUMARIS art space, she has gone on to organize exhibitions and performance art events at various locations. She also directs the RealTokyo, a bilingual cultural review website, and is a representative for the Dance Nursery School!! Steering Committee, a platform that supports artists and audiences of parenting age. www.realtokyo.co.jpGINZASIX_OFFICIAL Instagram
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