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The Ishii Collection

Hiromi Ishii, a businessman based in Tokyo Japan, has collected over a period of over thirty years antique everyday objects from Japan that in part reach back to the 16th century. A special passion of Hiromi Ishii are katagami, stencils made of mulberry paper, which were used to apply colored patterns on kimono fabrics.

The cat did it. – New jewellery by Akiko Kurihara

A series of works using physical tricks: necklaces which can change the color of the left and right chains, necklaces where the color of the ball changes at the entrance and exit, and necklaces/pierces/earring rings which move against gravity.

Orie Inoue – Wunderkammer

The works of Orie Inoue are a dreamlike reinterpretation of the natural world, from which she collects elements, which she then transforms with poetry and humor to recreate strange, hybrid, graceful and delicate life forms.

EXPLORATIONS – New Positions in Photography and Photorealism

As digitalisation has led to far-reaching changes in almost every aspect of everyday life, it has certainly changed photography, especially since artistic photography is constantly changing, regardless of whether one is using analogue or digital technology, in the search for new expressive possibilities and presentation forms.

COLLECT

Let yourself be captivated by the timeless elegance of Ryo Sekino’s glassworks, the flamboyance of Kayoko Mizumoto’s most recent ceramic vases, a new, colourful textile collage by Ai Kijima and many more artworks and objects of applied art.

“KIRI GA II“ – new contemporary paper cut-outs by Risa Fukui

Our western idea of a paper cut out is usually linked to side view portraits cut from black paper dated 18th or 19th century. It is probably less known that paper cut-out art originated in North China from where is found its way to Japan. As most things that came to Japan from China, it was adapted and improved to suit the Japanese taste. Paper cut-out artist from Tokyo, Risa Fukui, born in 1975 has substantially contributed to the transition for paper cut-out art into the 21st century. The complexity and perfection of her work has little to do with the relatively simple cutting techniques of earlier paper cut-out works.

Carving the floating world

The history of Japanese woodblock printing reaches back to the 8th century c.e. For several centuries only religious depictions were produced and printed because of the print monopoly held by Shinto and Buddhist monasteries. First commercial publishers emerged around 1600 in Kyoto and in the following decades in Osaka and Edo (now Tokyo). Popular fiction with a high content of illustrations became hugely popular in all layers of the population. In the second half of the 17th century first single prints in black and white appeared, soon also in monochrome and bichrome. From 1740 tricoloured and from around 1765 finally also polychromatic prints were published. Till the end of the Edo period (approx. 1865) many millions coloured woodblock prints were produced and so became the most popular art form in Japan, which is still being taught in art classes and continuously perfected. Despite the former popularity of this art form, only few contemporary artists still use woodblock prints to express their creativity.

Circles, new photographic works by Tomohide Ikeya

Micheko is delighted to present new photographic works by Tomohide Ikeya. Since his past two solo shows at Micheko Gallery in 2010 and 2012, the artist continued to add new photographs to his series „Breath“ and „Moon“ and experimented with painting techniques using his photographs as a starting point. We will also show one work each from his series „Wave“ and „Ocean“, which make their debut at this solo show.

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