HITOTZUKI – a cool husband-and-wife unit from Japan
draws giant wall murals at their first-ever exhibition in Hanoi
In celebration of the Japan – Vietnam Friendship Year 2013, the Japan Foundation Center for Cultural Exchange in Vietnam proudly presents a mural painting exhibition “ABILIGHT” by HITOTZUKI in Hanoi.
HITOTZUKI is an artistic collaboration formed in 1999 by KAMI and SASU, aimed at expanding the stage for creativity rooted in the dimension of street culture.
Their distinctive worldview stems from the fluid interaction between the dynamically flowing curves fashioned by KAMI, and the strong and flamboyant symmetric motifs engineered by SASU. This vision breathes new life into the sense of beauty derived from the street, and has succeeded in invigorating the era with a steady stream of vivid new landscapes.
“ABILIGHT” is a newly coined word by HITOTZUKI, deriving from “Abi[lity]” + “Light”. It conveys a positive message to the visitors in Vietnam to share a forward-looking feeling.
HITOTZUKI will start to draw mural paintings on the premises of the Japan Foundation from Friday 6 December, and will complete by the opening day on Saturday 14 December.
The exhibition will also introduce the series of products designed by HITOTZUKI, ranging from T shirts, bags, caps to skateboards, watches and mug cups. The development of their designs from artworks to commercial products will surely inspire young generation of Vietnam for their future creativity.
The exhibition is free admission and opens at the Japan Foundation (27 Quang Trung, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi) at 15:00 on Saturday 14 December with an opening dance by dancers from Youth Theatre Vietnam. The dancers will dance in front of the mural paintings, wearing blue dresses matching with the HITOTZUKI’s blue paintings.
|Duration:||Saturday 14 December 2013 – Sunday 16 February 2014|
|Venue:||The Japan Foundation Center for Cultural Exchange in Vietnam|
|27 Quang Trung, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi|
|[Opening hours 09:00 – 18:00]|
|[Closed on 29 Dec – 3 Jan, 28 Jan – 5 Feb]|
|TEL 04 3944 7419|
|Opening:||15:00 – Saturday 14 December 2013|
|– An opening dance|
|by dancers from Dance & Music Troupe, Youth Theatre Vietnam|
|– The attendance of the artists, HITOTZUKI (KAMI & SASU)|
|*Everyone can attend the opening.|
Selected exhibitions and works
|2013||HITOTZUKI Exhibition “PORTATION”, Pinebrookly, Osaka, Japan|
|2013||Mural, HITOTZUKI Project “A POSTED SCENERY”, Tokyo, Japan|
|2012||Mural, Exhibition “PUBLIC FAIR No. 1”, K11, Kowloon, Hong Kong|
|2011||“agnes b ART FAÇADE PROJECT”, Tokyo, Japan|
|2011||Mural, “Matsudo Art Line Project”, Matsudo, Chiba, Japan|
|2011||HITOTZUKI Exhibition “Continuum”, 72 and Sunny, Los Angeles, US|
|2010||HITOTZUKI Exhibition “OMNI”, Backwoods Gallery, Melbourne, Australia|
|2010||Group Exhibition “BASARA”, Spiral Hall Aoyama, Tokyo, Japan|
|2010||Group Exhibition “Roppongi Crossing 2010”, Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan|
|2009||Group Exhibition “Cultivate”, Hong Kong|
|2009||Mural, “Urban Art Guide”, Berlin, Germany|
|2008||Mural, “OYKOT”, Ginza Graphic Gallery, Tokyo, Japan|
|2008||Mural, “NAMES FEST”, Praha, Czech|
|2008||Mural, “AKASAKA ART FLOWER”, Akasaka, Tokyo, Japan|
|2007||Group Exhibition “Ginza Tropicalia”, Miami, US|
|2007||Mural, Residents’ Center Setagaya, Tokyo, Japan|
|2007||Mural, “ON THE WALL”, Sakuragicho, Yokohama, Japan|
For more past exhibitions and works, please visit their site at:
■ Selected Artworks
■ Press release:
■ For inquiries on the exhibition and interview with the artist, please contact at:
Ms. Da Huong or Ms. Nha (04-3944-7419 ext: 113 or 115) / Mr. Yoshioka (0123-384-4138)
The Japan Foundation Center for Cultural Exchange in Vietnam
27 Quang Trung, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi, Vietnam TEL 04 3944 7419
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