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Ota Ward Cultural Arts Information Paper "ART bee HIVE" vol.8 + bee!

Issued April 2021, 10

vol.8 Autumn issuePDF

The Ota Ward Cultural Arts Information Paper "ART bee HIVE" is a quarterly information paper that contains information on local culture and arts, newly published by the Ota Ward Cultural Promotion Association from the fall of 2019.
"BEE HIVE" means a beehive.
Together with the ward reporter "Mitsubachi Corps" gathered by open recruitment, we will collect artistic information and deliver it to everyone!
In "+ bee!", We will post information that could not be introduced on paper.

Featured article: New art area Omorihigashi + bee!

Omorihigashi is the place where a very important movement occurred in art history
"Mr. Moenatsu Suzuki, Ph.D. student at Tokyo University of the Arts (2020 Honeybee Corps)"

Entrance of Roentgen Art Institute * State at that time.Currently not.
Shooting / Mikio Kurokawa

What kind of facility was the "Roentgen Art Institute" in "Omorihigashi"?

The Roentgen Art Institute was an art gallery in Omorihigashi from 1991 to 1995 that opened as a branch of the contemporary art department of Ikeuchi Art, which handles antique art and tea utensils, with a store in Kyobashi. It is known as a space that symbolizes the art scene of the 1990s.At that time, it was one of the largest in Tokyo (190 tsubo in total), and various young artists and curators made their debut exhibitions.At that time, there were few museums and art galleries specializing in contemporary art in Japan, and artists had lost their place of presentation and activities.Under these circumstances, the Roentgen Art Institute continued to support the activities of young artists in their 20s and 30s.It was at the Roentgen Art Institute that art critic Noi Sawaragi made her curation debut, and Makoto Aida and Kazuhiko Hachiya made their debut as writers.Many other artists presented at the space are still active, such as Kenji Yanobe, Tsuyoshi Ozawa, Motohiko Odani, Kodai Nakahara, and Norimizu Ameya, and about 40 exhibitions have been held in about five years. rice field.Innovative projects are always talked about, and events that invite DJs and solo exhibitions of new artists named "One Night Exhibition" are held irregularly, and energetic activities that continue the party until morning are carried out. I was struck.

Exhibition scenery: Venue scenery of "Anomaly Exhibition" held from September 1992th to November 9th, 4
Shooting / Mikio Kurokawa

What the "Roentgen Art Institute" brought

Since art museums and other facilities where we usually come into contact with art are centered on art history, we have no choice but to focus on the works of veteran artists and deceased artists.Speaking of the place for young people to announce at that time, it was a rental gallery centered on Ginza where the rent was 25 yen a week.Of course, it was a high threshold to hold a solo exhibition at a gallery for rent because young people who were trying their best to cover the production costs did not have such financial resources.At that time, the Roentgen Art Institute suddenly appeared in Omorihigashi.Since the director was 20 years old (the youngest artist at the time), young artists in their 30s and XNUMXs of the same generation came to seek a place for presentation.Today, the Roentgen Art Institute is treated as a "legend" and many writers have left this place.It also influences the young people who saw the exhibition there.

I was born and raised in Rokugo, and have been researching the Roentgen Art Institute since my second year at university.Currently, I am enrolled in a doctoral course at Tokyo University of the Arts, where I am studying the influence of the Roentgen Institute of Arts on contemporary art in Japan.Art critic Noi Sawaragi looks back on Tokyo in the 2s and left the sentence "The Age of the Roentgen Art Institute."So much, the Roentgen Art Institute had a great influence on art.It is not well known that Omorihigashi is the place where a very important movement took place in art history.It is no exaggeration to say that the history of contemporary art began here.

Appearance of Roentgen Art Institute * State at that time.Currently not.
Shooting / Mikio Kurokawa

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Art place + bee!

The eyes of everyone watching the painting are very shining.
"Eiko OHARA Gallery / Artist / OharaEikoEikoMr. "

Eiko OHARA Gallery is an all-glass building on the first floor in a quiet residential area along the Kyunomigawa Ryokuchi Park.Centering on the entrance, the gallery is on the right and the atelier is on the left. This is a private gallery run by Ms. Eiko Ohara, an artist who has been active since the 1s.

An open gallery that is entirely glass-walled and full of natural light, overlooking the rich greenery of the former Nomigawa Ryokuchi Park.

A gallery of bright spaces full of light

What was your encounter with art?

"I was born in Onomichi, Hiroshima. Onomichi is a city where art is natural. A Western-style painter, Wasaku Kobayashi *, was there to make sketches in various places in Onomichi. I grew up looking at him since I was a kid, and my dad loved photography, and when I was six I had my grandfather buy me a camera, and since then I've been doing photography for the rest of my life, and my ancestors. Is a rooted * sculptor Mitsuhiro *, and my mother's parents' house was a sponsor of Onomichi Shiko. Art has been familiar to me since I was a child. "

Please tell us why you opened the gallery.

"It's a coincidence. I happen to have a lot of chances. I happened to be thinking of rebuilding my house, and when I was looking at the newspaper, the Kanto Finance Bureau was selling the land. I thought it would be nice to have a park behind it. I was thankful when I applied for it. It was 1998. It seems that this land was originally a seaweed drying area of ​​a seaweed shop. It would be nice to be like Omori. I got a large space, so the gallery I wanted to try it. That was the trigger. "

It's an open and comfortable space.

"With an area of ​​57.2m3.7, a height of 23m, and a wall surface of XNUMXmXNUMX, this simple and spacious space cannot be experienced in other art galleries in Tokyo.It is an open gallery that is entirely covered with glass and overflows with natural light, with wide windows on the other side and a view of the rich greenery of Kyunomigawa Ryokuchi Park. "

At will.As it springs up.It is life itself.

When will the gallery open?

"It's 1998. Professor Natsuyuki Nakanishi * came to see this house during construction and suggested that we should hold a two-person exhibition. The two-person exhibition with Professor Nakanishi is this gallery. This is Kokeraotoshi. I had an exclusive contract with a gallery by Professor Nakanishi, and I couldn't open an exhibition at another gallery, so I did it under the name "ON Exhibition".After that, in 2000, I held my solo exhibition "Kizuna".Taking advantage of the high ceiling and large space of the gallery, the wire of the 8th line wrapped with the advertisement section of the Nikkei newspaper was spread all over the gallery.The Nikkei newspaper's stock section has also been added to the floor and walls.The stock columns of the Nikkei newspaper are all numbers and the colors are beautiful (laughs).Bringing the doors and windows of an old school there, the activities of humankind that continue into the past, present, and future, the joy, sadness, anger, and worries of the 60 billion people on earth who are living at the same moment, of course. I made it while thinking about.At that time, it became popular and about 600 people came during the session.Unfortunately, this work was an installation work, so I had to clean it up after the end. "

What is the concept of Mr. Ohara's work?

"As you wish. As it springs up. Life itself."

Another space in the gallery

I lend it to those who have a relationship and writers I like.

Are artists other than Mr. Ohara also exhibiting at this gallery?

"A sculptor born in Omori and living in OmoriHiroshi HirabayashiLet's open upMr. Miss.Iwate sculptorSuganuma MidoriSuganuma RokuIs it about 12 times?I lend it to those who have a relationship and writers I like.There are some people who have been asked but haven't answered. "

Please tell us about your future plans for the gallery.

"From Monday, November 11st, we are planning to exhibit works by people who are related to Eiko Ohara's work. Please contact the gallery for details such as the date and time and contents."

It's like an art version of a vegetable box in the city (laughs).

What are you doing with the locals?

"Since May of last year, I have been displaying copperplate prints in a bag on the window glass outside the atelier. For 5 yen each, please peel off your favorite one and take it home. I sell it. I have bought more than 1 pieces so far (as of June 1000), mainly from my neighbors. I buy the pictures myself. At the art exhibition, I am vaguely drawing pictures. It's easy to see. Right now, I have 6 prints in all. When I buy it, I choose one that I like. When you choose, everyone really chooses it seriously. "

The first floor with a glass front.A print in a bag is pasted on the window

That's the good thing about buying a picture.Have a one-on-one dialogue with the work.

"That's right. Besides, many people say that it was even better to buy it and put it in the frame."

If you have real art in your room = everyday, your life will change.

"One day, there was a mantis work. So an elderly man said," I'm from Miyazaki prefecture, and in the countryside of Miyazaki, it's said that a mantis appears on the tray in August with the spirit of his ancestors on his back. That's why we take great care of the mantis. So please give me this mantis. " "

It means that personal memories and art are connected.

"When I work in an atelier, I sometimes see the faces of the people who are choosing the work through the window. The eyes of the people who are watching the painting are very shining."

It's a wonderful exchange with the local people.

"It's like an art version of a vegetable box in the city (laughs)."


* Wasaku Kobayashi (1888-1974): Born in Aio-cho, Yoshiki-gun, Yamaguchi Prefecture (currently Yamaguchi City). In 1918 (Taisho 7), he switched from Japanese painting to Western painting, and in 1922 (Taisho 11), he moved to Tokyo and received guidance from Ryuzaburo Umehara, Kazumasa Nakagawa, and Takeshi Hayashi. 1934 (Showa 9) Moved to Onomichi City, Hiroshima Prefecture.After that, he continued his creative activities in Onomichi for 40 years until his death.Order of the Rising Sun, XNUMXrd Class, Gold Rays.

* Netsuke: A fastener used in the Edo period to hang cigarette holders, inro, purse, etc. from the obi with a string and carry them around.Most of the materials are hard wood such as ebony and ivory.Finely carved and popular as a work of art.

* Mitsuhiro (1810-1875): He became famous in Osaka as a netsuke engraver, and was later called by Onomichi and played an active part in Onomichi.The tomb with the words Kirisodo and Mitsuhiro is located at Tenneiji Temple in Onomichi.

* Natsuyuki Nakanishi (1935-2016): Born in Tokyo.Japanese contemporary artist. In 1963, he exhibited "Clothespins insist on stirring behavior" at the 15th Yomiuri Independent Exhibition, and became a representative work of the times.In the same year, he formed the avant-garde art group "Hi-Red Center" with Jiro Takamatsu and Genpei Akasegawa.


Mr. Ohara sitting in front of the work

Artist. Born in Onomichi, Hiroshima Prefecture in 1939.Graduated from Joshibi University of Art and Design.Sogenkai member.Lives in Ota Ward.Produced paintings, prints, sculptures, and installations. He has been running Eiko OHARA Gallery in Omori since 1998.

  • Location: 4-2-3 Omoriminami, Ota-ku, Tokyo
  • Access / 7 minutes walk from the west exit of Tokyo Monorail "Showajima Station". From the east exit of JR "Omori Station", get off at the Keihin Kyuko Bus bound for "Morigasaki" and get off at the end point.
  • Business hours / 13: 00-17: 00 * Advance reservation required.There are no holidays.
  • Phone / 03-5736-0731

Art person + bee!

It's true that the center of art is Europe and America, but I want to turn it over
"Psychiatrist / Contemporary Art Collector Ryutaro Takahashi"

Ryutaro Takahashi, who runs a psychiatric clinic in Kamata, Ota-ku, is one of Japan's leading contemporary art collectors.It is said that museums around the world, including Japan, cannot hold Japanese contemporary art exhibitions since the 1990s without renting out the Ryutaro Takahashi collection. In 2020, he received the Agency for Cultural Affairs Commissioner's Commendation for the 2nd year of Reiwa for his contribution to the promotion and popularization of contemporary art.

A number of contemporary art works are on display in the clinic waiting room

An art exhibition will be held this fall where you can see Mr. Takahashi's collection and the masterpieces of modern Japanese painting masters at the same time.This is a collaboration exhibition of the Ota Ward Ryuko Memorial Hall "Ryuko Kawabata vs. Ryutaro Takahashi Collection-Makoto Aida, Tomoko Konoike, Hisashi Tenmyouya, Akira Yamaguchi".

Contemporary art is on fire

What inspired you to collect contemporary art?

"In 1998, Yayoi Kusama * saw a new exhibition of oil (oil painting) for the first time in 30 years, and also a representative theme, the net (mesh). Happening * in New York in the 1960s. Kusama-san was a goddess for me at that time.
Of course, I've been following the trends since then, but when I saw the oil work for the first time in 30 years, my former enthusiasm revived at once.Anyway, the work was wonderful.I bought it immediately.Red net work "No. 27 ”.It was the first exciting experience with an art collection. "

Why did you start collecting more than just the first point?

"There is another person, Makoto Aida *. In 1, I got the cel" Giant Fuji Member VS King Ghidorah ". After that, the 1998 work" Zero Fighter Flying Over New York " String training air strike map ( Nyuyoku Ubaku no Zu 』Buy.With the two wheels of Aida and Kusama, it feels like the collection is getting more and more driven. "

What is Aida's charm?

"It's completely different from the so-called ideological art-like art of contemporary art. It's technically at a very high level. Moreover, the world depicted is not only ordinary narrative content but also rich in criticism. And because the subculture as a play is attached to it, it's fun to have multiple layers. "

What is Japanese contemporary art for Mr. Takahashi?

"The traditional Japanese painting scene has two worlds, Japanese painting and Western painting. Each of them forms a group, and in a sense it is a quiet and well-behaved world.
On the other hand, contemporary art is on fire.The title and expression method have not been decided.A world freely expressed by people who are out of the order of the art world.If you are looking for a work that is full of energy and has a strong stimulus, I would like you to see Japanese contemporary art. "

Please tell me the selection criteria for the works in the collection.

"I like works that are edgy, strong, and energetic. Generally, writers focus on the largest works and express them. If you choose the best work in the solo exhibition, you will buy it. The size of the work will inevitably get bigger and bigger. If it was a work that I intended to decorate in the room, I think it wouldn't last so long because there was a limit to the space. It became a collection. "

Mr. Takahashi standing in front of his favorite collection shelf

Do not let Japanese contemporary art leak overseas

What is the reason for the collection centered on Japanese artists?

"It's true that the center of art is Europe and America, but I want to turn it over. There is another center in Japan like an ellipse. By collecting Japanese art works, I have a feeling that I will vote for Japanese people somewhere. . "

What kind of person is an art collector?

"The 1990s, when I started my collection, was a time when the bubble burst and the budget for purchasing museums all over Japan was almost exhausted. That situation continued for about 10 years. From 1995 to 2005, it was finally There were new generations of great artists such as Makoto Aida and Akira Yamaguchi, but no one was politely collecting them. If I hadn't bought them, I would have bought them by foreign museums and collectors. I am.
The aesthetics of collectors are not public, but I think they can play a role in making the archives (historical records) of the times visible by collecting them when the museum is absent.The Ryutaro Takahashi collection has more works than museums in collections since the 1990s.I think I was able to play a role in keeping Japanese contemporary art from leaking overseas. "

Is there an awareness of contributing to society by making it open to the public?

"No, I usually have big works sleeping in the warehouse rather than contributing to society. There are many paintings that I will meet for the first time in years by having them exhibited at an art exhibition. Above all, contributing to society. It's like contributing to myself, and I'm grateful (laughs).
When Aki Kondo *, who I also collect, was a college student who was worried about creating, he saw the Ryutaro Takahashi collection exhibition and said, "You can draw as you like." "Thanks to the Ryutaro Takahashi collection, I am now," he says.I'm not so happy. "

Meeting room full of natural light

Battle between innovators

A collection exhibition will be held at the Ryuko Memorial Hall this fall, is this the first time in Ota Ward?

"I think this is the first time in Ota Ward. This exhibition" Ryuko Kawabata vs. Ryutaro Takahashi Collection-Makoto Aida, Tomoko Koike, Hisashi Tenmyouya, Akira Yamaguchi- "is from the Ryutaro Takahashi Collection. seed ( Seed It is a project that came out of an effort to leave Ota Ward in some way.
When Ryuko Kawabata and contemporary artists who are fascinated by Ryuko are lined up, the story that it is surely interesting came out spontaneously.The result of accumulating it is the next exhibition. "

Please tell us about the concept and features of the art exhibition.

"There are many works in Ryuko, but this time we will be exhibiting selected works. And the powerful works of contemporary artists who match them are selected. It is decided in the sense of collaboration, so it is far from being enjoyable twice. I think the structure is such that you can enjoy it many times.
Ryuko Kawabata was an extremely large-scale writer in the Japanese art world, and was not a person who could fit in the so-called art world.It's a confrontation between Ryuko Kawabata, who is out of the art world, and an innovator, who is a contemporary artist who is out of the order of the art world (laughs). "

Finally, do you have a message for the residents?

"Taking this art exhibition as an opportunity, I would like Ota Ward to appeal to all over Japan as well as Tokyo as a ward with a new art space that has expanded to contemporary art with Ryuko as a breakthrough. A lot of contemporary artists live in it. There are a lot of troops following Ryuko. In addition, various art-related private movements will appear near Haneda Airport, and I feel that it will become a wing that spreads around the world. ..
If they can be shared as a big move, I think Ota Ward will be a ghost and a ghost.I would like you to make full use of the Ryutaro Takahashi collection and make Ota Ward the center of art in Tokyo. "


* Yayoi Kusama: Japanese contemporary artist. Born in 1929.He experienced hallucinations from an early age and began to create paintings with mesh patterns and polka dots as motifs. Moved to the United States in 1957 (Showa 32).In addition to producing paintings and three-dimensional works, he also performs radical performances called happenings. In the 1960s, he was called the "queen of the avant-garde."

* Happening: Refers to one-time performance art and exhibitions held in galleries and urban areas, which were developed mainly in the 1950s and early 1970s.Often performed guerrilla activities without prior permission.

* Makoto Aida: Japanese contemporary artist. Born in 1965.In addition to painting, he has a wide range of fields of expression, including photography, XNUMXD, performances, installations, novels, manga, and city planning.Masterpiece: " String training air strike map ( Nyuyoku Ubaku no Zu (War Painting RETURNS) ”(1996),“ Juicer Mixer ”(2001),“ Gray Mountain ”(2009-2011),“ Telephone Pole, Crow, Other ”(2012-2013), etc.

* Aki Kondo: Japanese contemporary artist. Born in 1987.By engraving his own experiences and emotions, he goes back and forth between the world of memory and the present and imagination, creating paintings full of energy.He is also known for his unconventional work presentations, such as filmmaking, live painting with musicians, and mural painting in hotel rooms. The first directorial work "HIKARI" in 2015.



Psychiatrist, Chairman of the Medical Corporation Kokoro no Kai. Born in 1946.After graduating from Toho University School of Medicine, entered the Department of Psychiatry and Neurology, Keio University.After dispatching to Peru as a medical expert of the International Cooperation Agency and working at the Metropolitan Ebara Hospital, Takahashi Clinic was opened in Kamata, Tokyo in 1990. In charge of a psychiatrist for telephone life counseling on Nippon Broadcasting System for over 15 years.Received the Agency for Cultural Affairs Commissioner's Commendation for the 2nd year of Reiwa.

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Collaboration exhibition
"Ryuko Kawabata vs. Ryutaro Takahashi Collection-Makoto Aida, Tomoko Konoike, Hisashi Tenmyouya, Akira Yamaguchi-"

photo: Elena Tyutina

Date and Time May 9th (Sat) -June 4th (Sun)
9: 00-16: 30 (until 16:00 admission)
Regular holiday: Monday (or the next day if it is a national holiday)
Place Ota Ward Ryuko Memorial Hall
(4-2-1, Central, Ota-ku, Tokyo)
Prices Adults 500 yen, children 250 yen
* Free for 65 years old and over (certification required) and under 6 years old
Organizer / Inquiry Ota Ward Ryuko Memorial Hall

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OPEN STUDIO 2019 Exhibition Hall

Date and Time October 10th (Sat) -9th (Sun)
12: 00-17: 00 (until 16:00 on the last day)
No regular holiday
Place ART FACTORY Jonanjima 4F Multipurpose Hall
(2-4-10 Jonanjima, Ota-ku, Tokyo)
Prices Free * Reservation required by date and time
Organizer / Inquiry ART FACTORY Jonanjima (Operated by Toyoko Inn Motoazabu Gallery)

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OTA Art Project
Magome Writers' Village Fancy Theater Festival 2021-Drama Performance & Talk Event

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Date and Time 12 month 5 (day)
① 13:00 start (12:30 open), ② 16:00 (15:30 open)
Place Daejeon Bunkanomori Hall
(2-10-1, Central, Ota-ku, Tokyo)
Prices All seats reserved 2,000 yen each time
Organizer / Inquiry (Public interest incorporated foundation) Ota Ward Cultural Promotion Association

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