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  • 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

    HITOTZUKI, 2013, Yokohama, Japan

    HITOTZUKI, 2011, Matsudo, Japan

    HITOTZUKI, 2010, Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan

    HITOTZUKI, 2010, Melbourne, Australia

    HITOTZUKI, 2009, Berlin, Germany

    HITOTZUKI, 2008, Praha, Czech

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    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