Leiko Ikemura Our Planet - Earth & Stars

Leiko Ikemura, Sinus Spring, 2018

Leiko Ikemura, Sinus Spring, 2018


This large-scale solo exhibition focuses on the work of Leiko Ikemura, internationally acclaimed artist who has been based in Europe for many years. After moving to Spain and beginning to study art there in the 1970s, Ikemura launched her career as a contemporary artist in Switzerland before permanently relocating to Germany in the early ’80s.

Exploring a wide range of media including painting, sculpture, drawing, watercolor painting, printmaking, photography, and video, Ikemura depicts various aspects of creation and change as well as the latent potential for these things. Ikemura’s singularly ambiguous vision, exemplified by her integrated landscapes populated with young girls, spirits, small fantastic hybrid creatures, people and animals, easily assumes different forms from one image to the next. Her work conveys the unyielding notion that as living beings we should strive to accept the diverse existence of all things exactly as we find them. Alternatively infused with humor, affection or pain, it is precisely the modest and introspective quality of Ikemura’s art that makes it such an incisive critique of today’s more and more stifling society.

After some 40 years of artistic quests, Ikemura has recently turned to large landscape paintings to manifest primordial narratives on a mythic scale. In this exhibition, made up of approximately 210 works in 16 installations, we hope to share the overarching vision and worldview that Ikemura has realized in the past and continues to explore in the present.

Date January 18 (Fri.) – April 1 (Mon.), 2019
Closed on Tuesdays
Opening hours 10:00-18:00
*10:00-20:00 on Fridays and Saturdays
(Last admission 30 minutes before closing)
Venue The National Art Center, Tokyo (Kokuritsu-Shin-Bijutsukan), Special Exhibition Gallery 1E
7-22-2 Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo 106-8558
Organized by The National Art Center, Tokyo; Kunstmuseum Basel
With the support of Embassy of Switzerland in Japan
Admission(tax included)
General 1,000 yen (Adults), 500 yen (College students)
Advance/Group 800 yen (Adults), 300 yen (College students)
  • Free admission on February 24 (Sun.), 2019 to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Emperor's enthronement.
  • Visitors who are under 18, including high school students will be admitted for free.
  • Disabled persons (along with the one assistant) will be admitted for free upon presenting the Disabled Person’s Booklet or an equivalent form of government issued ID.
  • Advance tickets on sale from November 14 (Wed.), 2018 - January 17 (Thu.), 2019.
  • Tickets, both Advance and General, are available through the National Art Center, Tokyo (open days only), ONLINE TICKETS(e-tix), and Lawson Ticket (L code 34610). Service charges may apply. (These services are only available in Japanese.)
  • Group tickets (for groups of a minimum of 20 people) can only be purchased at the National Art Center, Tokyo.
  • Visitors who present a ticket or ticket stub from another exhibition currently underway at the National Art Center, Tokyo, the Suntory Museum or the Mori Art Museum(the three facilities that make up the Roppongi Art Triangle) will be eligible for the group discount.
  • Visitors 65 and over(I.D. with proof of age required)who present a ticket stub from Artist Associations’ Exhibition held at the National Art Center, Tokyo during “Leiko Ikemura:  Our Planet - Earth & Stars” will be admitted to the exhibition at the college student group rate.
  • Students, faculty and staff, of “Campus Members”, can apply for group discounts.
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