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KS Cover no. 75 2006 August

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Escalate: Gary McLeod exhibition

Aug 15-20

Kaigan Dori Gallery Caso, Osaka

For two years, the traffic lights of Osaka have been quietly showcased in the work of British artist Gary McLeod. After coming here in 2003, the sheer number of lights had a profound effect on the artist's works and methods, resulting in several video installations and photographic works along the way. This exhibition at Osaka's Kaigan Dori Gallery CASO marks Gary fifth in Japan and signals a move away from his more familiar subject matter and towards new pastures. In this video installation work, the view from all 232 escalators from each station of the Osaka city subway network have been filmed and collated into a never-ending video. Played randomly, the experiences within Escalate (2006) vary from empty modernist spaces to commuter rushes to intimate encounters with strangers but with one constant: the pulse of the city embodied by the steady speed of the escalator. In a place inhabited only by commuters, initially we are the flâneur of this environment, watching and studying, whilst shifting effortlessly between the worlds above and below. However in time we become less the flâneur and more the dweller trapped between two places, our origin and our destination, in a world, which is neither here nor there.

A limited edition of 232 DVD copies of the video (signed and numbered) will be available to purchase during the exhibition. More information about this piece and Gary's previous works can be found on his website: www:macinosaka.com

Getting there: Subway Chuo, Technoport line,
Osaka-ko stn, exit 6
Open: 11am-7pm (last day 5pm). Closed Mon
Admission: Free
Tel: 06-6576-3633

Tomimoto Kenkichi Exhibition

Thru Sep 10

The National Museum of Modern Art Kyoto

The exhibition commemorates the 120th anniversary of the birth of Tomimoto Kenkichi, a ceramicist, who was born in Ando village, Nara Prefecture in 1886. He graduated from the Tokyo Fine Arts School Design Department and during his studies, he visited England. The meeting with Bernard Leach right after after his trip proved to be a turning point of his career as he became inspired by the potter. Tomimoto is known as a master of modern ceramics and he was designated a Living National Treasure in 1955 and received the Order of Cultural Merit in 1961.

Getting there: From JR/Kintetsu Kyoto stn, take 5 bus,
get off at Kyoto-Kaikan-Bijyutsukan-mae.
Open: 9:30am–4:30pm. Closed Mon
Admission: ¥830/¥450/¥250
Tel: 075-761-4111

Angkor Wat and the Glory of the Khmer Dynasty

Thru Sep 12

Osaka Museum of History, Osaka

Angkor Wat and the Glory of the Khmer Dynasty exhibition, comprised of exhibits from the Phnom Penh National Museum, is being held to commemorate the cultural exchange between Cambodia and Japan. The Angkor archaeological region, which attracts visitors worldwide, is the stage for one of the world's largest stone monuments that exemplifies glory of a great dynasty. In the beginning of the 9th century, kings of the Khmer dynasty commissioned numerous temples and statues venerating Buddhist and Hindu gods. The elegantly serene and intricately carved works in stone and bronze are fine examples of the Khmer's humble respect toward nature and their hope for peace. Indeed, Angkor Wat and the monuments of Angkor may well be referred to as the ultimate “Art of Tranquility”. Through this exhibition, which showcases masterpieces from the Phnom Penh National Museum, you can experience and appreciate the philosophical world of paradise created by the pious hands of the Khmer people centuries ago. In 1992, the Angkor archaeological region was designated a World Heritage by UNESCO but was also listed as an endangered monument. Today, in cooperation with the Cambodian Government many countries including Japan are taking an active role to restore and conserve this significant region. We hope this exhibition will also serve to strengthen the awareness toward this effort and will contribute to developing the friendly ties between these two nations.

Getting there: ?????
Open 9:30am–4:30pm. Closed Mon.
Admission: ¥1,300/¥900
Tel: 06-6946-5728

Tickets Giveaway

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Suntory Museum, Osaka is giving away 10 pairs of tickets for the 'Happiness is the 55th Anniversary -SNOOPY Life Design Exhibition'. In order to collect your free tickets, just send your name, nationality and complete postal address to [email protected] by 31st Aug. The exhibition is open till 24th Sep. (Open: 10:30am-7:30pm, close on 4th & 11th Sep. Tel: 06-6577-0001)

Kansai Art Listings August



Gram Media GM
Thru Aug 27

More than 30 artists and creators giving lectures, workshops, live performances, etc.
Subway Yotsubashi line, Higobashi stn
Open: 12–8pm. Closed Mon
Admission: free
Tel: 06-6459-2082

2006 ADC Exhibition

DDD Gallery
Thru Aug 31

Nishi-Umeda stn or Higobashi stn
Open: 10am–6pm. Closed Sat/Sun/Hol
Admission: Free
Tel: 06-6347-8780

Masquerade–Sawada Tomoko Exhibition

Kirin Plaza Osaka (4-5F)
Thru Sep 3

Subway/JR Namba stn
Open: 11am–9pm
Admission: ¥500/¥300
Tel: 06-6212-6578

Photographer - Kumano Makiko Exhibition

Belgium Glanders Exchange Center
Thru Sep 15

International House Osaka 3F,
Subway Tanimachi 9-chome/Kintetsu Uehonmachi stn
Open: 11am–12:30pm, 1:30pm–5pm.
Closed Sat/Sun/Hol
Admission: free
Tel: 06-6773-8850

Three Individuals Exhibition

Kokuritsu Kosai Bijutsukan
(The National Museum of Art Osaka)
Thru Sep 18

Featuring Japanese contemporary artists, Imamura Hajime,
Ito Zon and Suda Yoshihiro.
Subway Yotsubashi line, Higobashi stn, exit 3
Open: 10am–4pm. Closed Mon
Admission: ¥830/¥450/¥250
Tel: 06-6447-4680

Snoopy Life Design: Happiness is the 55th Anniversary

Suntory Museum Tenpozan
Thru Sep 24

Subway chuo, Technoport line, Osaka-ko stn, exit 1
Open: 10:30am-7pm. Closed Mon
Admission: ¥1,000/¥700/¥500
Tel: 06-6577-0001

Spain's Prado Museum Exhibition

Osaka Municipal Museum of Art
Thru Oct 15

JR/subway Tennoji stn
Open: 9:30am–4:30pm. Closed Mon
Admission: ¥1,500/¥1,100
Tel: 06-6771-4874

Meipin - Bridging Koryou and Japan

The Museum of Oriental Ceramics Osaka
Thru Jan 28, '07

Subway Midosuji line, Yodoyabashi Stn
Open: 9:30am–4:30pm. Closed Mon
Admission: ¥500/¥300/free
Tel: 06-6223-0055


Korean Lettering Exhibition

Koryo Museum of Art
Thru Aug 6

JR Kyoto stn 9 bus, get off at Kamogawa Chugakko mae
Open: 10am–4:30pm. Closed Mon
Admission: ¥500/¥400/¥300
Tel: 075-491-1192

Bridging Traditions

Thru Aug 27
Kyoto National Museum

The 110th Anniversary Exhibition of the Kyoto National Museum
Keihan Shichijo Stn
Open: 9:30am–5pm. Closed Mon
Admission: ¥1,300/¥900/¥400
Tel: 075-541-1151

Shizuho Funaki Exhibition on Glassware

Asahi Beer Oyamazaki Villa Bijutsukan
Thru Aug 27

JR Yamazaki/Hankyu Oyamazaki stn
Open: 10am–4pm. Closed Mon
Admission: ¥700/¥500/free
Tel: 075-957-3123

Annual museum collection exhibition

Hosomi Bijutsukan
Thru Sep 10

Over 50 works selected by visitors.
Okazaki Saishoji-cho
Open: 10am–5:30pm. Closed Mon
Admission: ¥700/¥500
Tel: 075-752-5555

Tomimoto Kenichi Exhibiton: 120th Anniversary of his birth

The National Museum of Modern Art Kyoto
Thru Sep 10

From JR/Kintetsu Kyoto stn, take 5 bus, get off at Kyoto-Kaikan-Bijyutsukan-mae
Open: 9:30am–4:30pm. Closed Mon
Admission: ¥830/¥450/¥250
Tel: 075-761-4111


Ceramic Now - Japanese contemporary ceramic artists

Hyogo Togei Bijutsukan
Thru Aug 27

JR Fukuchiyama line, Aino stn, bus bound for the museum
Open: 10am–6pm. Closed Mon
Admission: ¥800/¥600/¥400
Tel: 079-597-3961

Children's Books Collection Exhibition

Himeji Shiritsu Bijutsukan
Thru Aug 30

JR/Sanyo Himeji stn
Open: 10am–4:30pm. Closed Mon
Admission: ¥500/¥300/¥200
Tel: 0792-22-2288

Alberto Giacometti and Yanaihara Isaku

Hyogo Prefecture Museum
Aug 8–Oct 1

Hanshin Iwaya stn
Open: 10am–5pm. Closed Mon
Admission: ¥1200/¥900/¥500
Tel: 078-262-0901

Uematsu Keiji Exhibition

Bologna Fiera Del Libro Per Ragazzi
Aug 19–Sep 24

The 2006 Bologna, Italy International Storybook Exhibition
Hanshin Koroen Stn
Open: 10am–4pm. Closed Wed
Admission: ¥800/¥600/¥400
Tel: 0798-33-0164


The Kojima Mandala - A National Treasure

Nara National Museum
Thru Aug 20

Kintetsu Nara stn inside Nara Park
Open: 9:30am–5pm. Closed Mon
Admission: ¥420/¥130/free
Tel: 0742-22-7771

Museum collection

Nara Kenritsu Bijutsukan
Thru Sep 24

Tanaka Ikko, Tanaka Atsuko, Kunutani Koji and other Nara-related artists.
Kintetsu Nara stn
Open: 9am–4pm. Closed Mon
Admission: ¥400/¥250/¥150
Tel: 0742-23-3968

ART section compiled by Maki Nibayashi

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