“DOMANI: The Art of Tomorrow” Exhibition 2021
Contemporary Japanese Artists from the Overseas Study Program of the Agency for Cultural Affairs

KAGABU Shiho Sunrise Surfer/ Escapeways, Waymarks, Guideposts 2015
※Reference Photo : Wakabayashi Hayato

OTAGURO Emi sun bath 2019

Overview

Preparations are now underway for the twenty-third of the “DOMANI: The Art of Tomorrow" exhibitions held at the beginning of each year at the National Art Center, Tokyo, this staging scheduled for January 30–March 7, 2021. We expect the pandemic that began early in the year, and serious disruption to the cultural scene that followed, to present numerous obstacles before then, but it is these very circumstances that prompted the Agency for Cultural Affairs to stage its first online exhibition, the popular “DOMANI plus Online 2020,” this summer past, to demonstrate its continued support for emerging and mid-career artists, and its commitment to returning to the real-life display of art at The National Art Center, Tokyo.

This year's exhibition—featuring seven promising newcomers with overseas study program* experience over the past ten years, plus earlier program participants and now Japanese art scene frontrunners Kito Kengo, Takemura Kei, and Hakamata Kyotaro—will showcase Japanese contemporary art expression in all its real, globally-attuned rawness as we head into the 2020s. The subtitle is "Creating Space," chosen in the hope that almost ten years on from the Tohoku earthquake and tsunami, the spaces/blanks in the landscape created by a disaster still very fresh in our minds, and the time blank experienced during COVID-19 lockdowns, have encouraged us to reconsider what it truly important, and opened the door to a new era.

The Agency for Cultural Affairs is proud to present what is sure to be an extremely thoughtful, and thought-provoking, exhibition showing what can develop when artists with careers predicated on ease of international movement and display, find themselves in an art scene deprived of air for far too long.

* The Agency for Cultural Affairs launched the Program of Overseas Study for Upcoming Artists.

Date January 30 (Sat.) - March 7 (Sun.), 2021
Closed on Tuesdays
*Open on February 23 (Tue.) and closed on February 24 (Wed.) instead
Opening Hours 10:00-18:00
*No extended hours until further notice
(Last admission 30 minutes before closing)
Venue The National Art Center, Tokyo, Special Exhibition Gallery 2E
7-22-2 Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo 106-8558
Organized by Agency for Cultural Affairs; The National Art Center, Tokyo
In cooperation of JAPAN AIRLINES; Photographers' Laboratory; Frameman Co., Ltd.; HORIUCHI COLOR LTD.; TARO NASU; KAYOKOYUKI; SHISEIDO CO., LTD.
Production Art Venture Office SHOU
Admission(tax included)
General 1,000 yen (Adults), 500 yen (College students)
Advance 800 yen (Adults), 300 yen (College students)
  • Visitors who are under 18, including high school students will be admitted 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.
  • It has been decided that Group Tickets will not be sold for this exhibition.
  • Tickets both Advance and General are available through the exhibition website (ONLINE TICKETS), Lawson Ticket (L-code:34368), eplus. Service charges may apply. Advance tickets on sale from January 4 (Mon.) until January 29 (Fri.), 2021. Advance tickets not on sale at the National Art Center, Tokyo.
  • Reduction (200 yen off) applies to visitors who present the ticket stub of a concurrent exhibition at The National Art Center, Tokyo; or Suntory Museum of Art (Art Triangle Roppongi).
  • Students, faculty and staff, of “Campus Members”, can view this exhibition for 300 yen (students) and 800 yen (faculty/staff).
  • Credit card (UC, Master Card, VISA, JCB, AMEX, Diners Club, DISCOVER) , e-cash (Suica, PASMO, ICOCA, etc.), iD, J-Debit and Union Pay are available for purchasing tickets.
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Artists

Artists: (format category of the work, year selected for the Program, length of study)

OTAGURO Emi

Contemporary art
2018, 1 yr., Berlin, Germany
Born 1980, in Fukuoka, Japan. MFA Painting, Tokyo University of Art. Live and works in Aichi, Japan.
Selected Exhibitions and Awards:
Solo exhibition "Mesa" Künstlerhaus Bethanien(Berlin, Germany/2020), Solo exhibition "spot" KAYOKOYUKI(Tokyo/2020), Solo exhibitions "project N 55" Tokyo Opera City ART GALLERY(Tokyo/2014), Grand prize of Art Award Tokyo 2008(2008), The Winner of the Allotment Travel Award 2016(2016)

OTAGURO Emi sun bath 2019
OTAGURO Emi sun bath 2019

KAGABU Shiho

Contemporary art, Sculpture
2006, 2 yrs., Milan, Italy
Born 1981, in Kanagawa, Japan. MFA Sculpture, Tama Art University. Live and works in Tokyo, Japan.
Selected Exhibitions:
Solo Exhibition “Mantle Plume -The Anger of Izanami and Pele”
KAYOKOYUKI(Tokyo/2019), "Tokorozawa Biennial of Contemporary Art "railroad siding 2015" in Saitama (Saitama, Japan/2015), "Artist File 2013:The NACT Annual Show of Contemporary Art” at The National Art Center, Tokyo (2013), "Signals//Itabashi//2011 Live the landscape" at Itabashi ArtMuseum (Tokyo/2011), "VOCA2010" at The Ueno Royal Museum (Tokyo/2010)

KAGABU Shiho Sunrise Surfer / Escapeways, Waymarks, Guideposts 2015 Photo: WAKABAYASHI Hayato (Reference) 
KAGABU Shiho Sunrise Surfer / Escapeways, Waymarks, Guideposts 2015
Photo: WAKABAYASHI Hayato (Reference)

SASAKAWA Haruko

Contemporary art
2019, short term, Leipzig, Dresden, Berlin, Dusseldorf, Germany
Born 1980, in Fukuoka, Japan. MFA Intermedia Art, Tokyo University of the Arts. Lecturer, Tokyo University of the Arts. Lives and works in Ibaraki, Japan
Selected Exhibitions:
“On the Verge of Fiction” Kuandu Museum of Fine Arts(Taipei/2019), “Foujita in the 1940's: Tributes” Chinretsukan Gallery Tokyo University of the Arts (Tokyo/2018), “SENSOU-GA STUDIES” Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum (Tokyo/2015), “Art Award Tokyo Marunouchi 2011” Marunouchi Gyoko-dori Underground Gallery (Tokyo/2011)

SASAKAWA Haruko Beautiful Smile 2019 (Reference)
SASAKAWA Haruko Beautiful Smile 2019 (Reference)

TAKAGI Daichi

Painting
2018, 1 yr., Haarlem, Netherlands
Born 1982, in Gifu, Japan. MFA, Tama Art University. Live and works in Kanagawa, Japan.
Selected Exhibitions:
“Daichi Takagi, Lucía Vidales, Hiroka Yamashita”Taka Ishii gallery(Tokyo/2020), Solo exhibition “Intuition” TIME&STYLE Amsterdam(Amsterdam, Netherlands/2019), Solo exhibition “aspect” KAYOKOYUKI(Tokyo/2018), “The Way of Painting” Tokyo Opera City Art Gallery(Tokyo/2014)

OTAGURO Emi sun bath 2019
TAKAGI Daichi Wanderer 2020

NIISATO Akio

Ceramic art
2011, 1 yr., Boston, USA
Born 1977, in Chiba, Japan. Diploma, The Tajimi City Ceramic and Design Center. Live and works in Gifu, Japan.
Selected Exhibitions and Awards:
"Contemporary Japanese Crafts Reinterpretation, Exquisite Craftsmanship, and Aesthetic Exploration" Panasonic Shiodome Museum of Art (Tokyo/2020), “The present of porcelain seen in a tea room” Tea House-Hikinsai/Ichiju-an Nezu Museum (Tokyo/2017), “Contenporary Ceramics for the Tea -Rikyu ni misetai!-”Ibaraki Ceramic Art Museum (Ibaraki, Japan/2017), Award for Honorable Mention, U-50 INTERNATIONAL HOKURIKU KOGEI AWARDS (2017)

NIISATO Akio luminescent vessel 2019 (detail)
NIISATO Akio luminescent vessel 2019 (detail)

HARUKI Maiko

Contemporary art
2017, 1 yr., Paris, France
Born 1974, in Ibaraki, Japan. BFA, Tamagawa University. Lives and works in Paris, France.
Selected Exhibitions:
Solo exhibition “vision | noisiv” TARO NASU (Tokyo/2017), “Moment” The Museum of Modern Art, Gunma (Japan/2018), “Azamino Photo Annual” Yokohama Civic Art Gallery Azamino(Kanagawa, Japan/2014), “elan photographic – Contemporary Japanese Photography vol. 10” Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography (2011)

HARUKI Maiko vision | noisiv 08A 2017 © HARUKI Maiko Courtesy of TARO NASU
HARUKI Maiko vision | noisiv 08A 2017
© HARUKI Maiko
Courtesy of TARO NASU

YAMAMOTO Atsushi

Contemporary art, Video
2018, 1 yr., Hue, Vietnam
Born 1980, in Tokyo, Japan. BFA Painting, Tama Art University. Live and works in Tokyo, Japan.
Selected Exhibitions:
“DOMANI plus Online 2020: Living on the Eve” Online Exhibition (2020), Solo Exhibition “Forms of Pray” Art Center Ongoing, (Tokyo/2020), “How to live #2 at Roppongi” ShugoArts (Tokyo/2018), “OKU-NOTO TRIENNALE “OKU-NOTO Oral Tradition Museum” Kodomari Preschool (Ishikawa, Japan/2017)

YAMAMOTO Atsushi I 2019-2020
YAMAMOTO Atsushi I 2019-2020

TAKEMURA Kei

Contemporary art
2004, 3 yrs., Berlin, Germany
Born 1975, in Tokyo, Japan. MFA Painting, Tokyo University of Art. Live and works in Gunma, Japan.
Selected Exhibitions:
“Yokohama Triennale 2020” Yokohama Museum of Art (Kanagawa, Japan /2020), “Nagashima Yurie x Takemura Kei Now ⇆ Then” The Museum of Modern Art, Gunma(Japan/2019), Solo exhibition “Which Second is the Most Excited?” Pola Museum of Art (Kanagawa, Japan/2018), “Naka-Boso International Art Festival Ichihara Art x Mix” Tsukide Kousya (Chiba, Japan/2014)

TAKEMURA Kei Prosaic Verse 2012 Photo: TAKAHASHI Kenji
TAKEMURA Kei Prosaic Verse 2012
Photo: TAKAHASHI Kenji

KITO Kengo

Contemporary art
2009, 2 yrs., Berlin, Germany
Born 1977, in Aichi, Japan. MFA Painting, Kyoto City University of Art. Professor, graduate school, Kyoto University of the Arts. Live and works in Gunma, Japan.
Selected Exhibitions and Awards:
Solo exhibition “Full Lightness” Kyoto City KYOCERA Museum of Art (Kyoto, Japan/2020), “ROPPONGI ART NIGHT” The National Art Center, Tokyo (Japan/2018), Solo exhibition “MULTIPLE STAR I-III” Hara Museum ARC (Gunma, Japan/2017), “DOMANI plus” KYOTO ART CENTER (Kyoto, Japan/2016), City of Kyoto Best Young Artst Award (2020)

KITO Kengo cartwheel galaxy(savannah) 2020 Photo: KIGURE Shinya
KITO Kengo cartwheel galaxy(savannah) 2020
Photo: KIGURE Shinya

HAKAMATA Kyotaro

Sculpture
1994, 1yr., Philadelphia, USA
Born 1963, in Shizuoka, Japan. BFA Sculpture, Professor, Musashino Art University. Live and works in Kanagawa, Japan.
Selected Exhibitions and Awards:
Solo exhibition “Kyotaro Hakamata/Non Circulating Lemon Yellow” Museum Haus Kasuya (Kanagawa, Japan/2019), Solo exhibition "Human, Smoke, etc." The Hiratsuka museum of art (Kanagawa, Japan/2014), "MINIMAl / POST MINIMAL" Utsunomiya Museum of Art (Tochigi,Japan/2013), "Colorful Sculptures-Revival an Aesthetics" Gunma Museum of Art, Tatebayashi (Gunma, Japan/2012), The 22th Takashimaya Art Award ,Takashimaya Culture Foundation(2012)

HAKAMATA Kyotaro Alanis 2014 (detail)
HAKAMATA Kyotaro Alanis 2014 (detail)