Contemporary art exhibition from Japan: WINTER GARDEN (HCMC) « Japan Foundation Japan Foundation

The “Micropop” Imagination in Contemporary Japanese Art

In celebration of the Japan – Vietnam Friendship Year 2013, the Japan Foundation Center for Cultural Exchange in Vietnam and Consulate-General of Japan in Ho Chi Minh City, in cooperation with the Embassy of Japan in Vietnam, proudly present the cutting-edge contemporary art exhibition “Winter Garden” from Saturday 8 June to Sunday 21 July 2013 in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City.

Curated by art critic Midori Matsui, the exhibition “Winter Garden: The Exploration of the Micropop Imagination in Contemporary Japanese Art” features 35 works – drawings, paintings, and video works – by 14 young Japanese artists active from the latter half of the 1990s throughout the first decade of the 21st century.

The artists presenting their distinctive views of the world through the combination of fragments and imbuing the obsolete or the commonplace with new functions or meanings, share the similar style of expression, which Ms. Matsui calls “Micropop.”

It is noteworthy that this exhibition includes three video works by Koki Tanaka, who has been selected as the representative artist for the Japan pavilion at the 55th International Art Exhibition – la Biennale di Venezia in Italy (The biennale runs from 1 June to 28 November 2013).

How do Japan’s artists, living in an increasingly globalized world and in a time when shared values are hard to establish, see our contemporary world? We hope that visitors to “Winter Garden” will nurture the understanding of empathy with the insights and perspectives of the artists through the exhibited works.

Exhibition information

Organized by: The Japan Foundation Center for Cultural Exchange in Vietnam
Consulate-General of Japan in Ho Chi Minh City
In cooperation with: The Embassy of Japan in Vietnam
Curated by: Midori Matsui
Introduced artists in the exhibition:
Ryoko Aoki / Masaya Chiba / Chim ↑ Pom / Masanori Handa / Taro Izumi / Makiko Kudo / Mahomi Kunikata / Tam Ochiai / Hiroe Saeki / Hiroshi Sugito / Aya Takano / Koki Tanaka / Keisuke Yamamoto / Lyota Yagi
Ho Chi Minh City
Opening: 17:00 – Friday 5 July 2013
– Opening speech by Mr. Harumitsu Hida
(Consul General of Japan in Ho Chi Minh City)
– A gallery tour
Duration: Saturday 6 – Sunday 21 July 2013
[Opening hours] 09:00 – 19:00, no closed days
Venue: The Exhibition House
Ho Chi Minh City Labor Culture Palace
55B Nguyen Thi Minh Khai, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
Hanoi *The exhibition in Hanoi has been already held.
Opening: 18:00 – Friday 7 June 2013
With a gallery tour
Duration: Saturday 8 – Sunday 23 June 2013
[Opening hours] 8:30 – 16:45, no closed days
Venue: Vietnam Fine Arts Museum
66 Nguyen Thai Hoc, Ba Dinh, Hanoi

Selected Artworks

For the usage of the following images for your media, please contact the staffs in charge above. We will provide a bigger size of each image upon your request.

Ryoko Aoki
fiction house (parts), 2009
pen, watercolor on paper, 42.0 x 94.6 cm

Makiko Kudo
sky-flying fish, 2006
oil on canvas, 130.5 x 162.0 cm

Taro Izumi
Curos Cave, 2005
DVD, 8’37’’

Keisuke Yamamoto
Untitled, 2006
oil and color pencil on paper, 50.0 x 65.0 cm

Koki Tanaka
Cause is Effect, 2005
DVD, 1’29’’

Hiroe Saeki
Untitled, 2007
pencil, acrylic on paper, 82.0 x 179.0 cm

Hiroshi Sugito
to the emerald sea, 2007
oil on canvas, 45.6 x 53.0 cm

Lyota Yagi
Vinyl, 2005 – 2008
silicone, purified water, record player, freezer

Press release


For inquiries on the exhibition, please contact at:

Ms. Nha (Ext. 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