• 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

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