Recent works by the artist. Most of these works were exhibited at the Baur Foundation in Geneva.
"In Praise of the Light"
A dialogue between the works of the great painter of abstraction Pierre Soulages and the famous bamboo artist Tanabe Chikuunsai IV.
𝐄𝐱𝐡𝐢𝐛𝐢𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧 𝐚𝐭 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐁𝐚𝐮𝐫 𝐅𝐨𝐮𝐧𝐝𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧, 𝐌𝐮𝐬𝐞𝐮𝐦 𝐨𝐟 𝐅𝐚𝐫 𝐄𝐚𝐬𝐭𝐞𝐫𝐧 𝐀𝐫𝐭𝐬 𝐢𝐧 𝐆𝐞𝐧𝐞𝐯𝐚.
𝟖 𝐑𝐮𝐞 𝐌𝐮𝐧𝐢𝐞𝐫 𝐑𝐨𝐦𝐢𝐥𝐥𝐲
𝟏𝟐𝟎𝟔 𝐆𝐞𝐧𝐞𝐯𝐚, 𝐒𝐰𝐢𝐭𝐳𝐞𝐫𝐥𝐚𝐧𝐝
The yūgen translates as deep beauty, mysterious beauty, or subtle charm.
It is a concept of Japanese aesthetics applied to the arts, literature and poetry.
It has been theorized by poets like Fujiwara no Shunzei and Fujiwara no Teika as well as the playwright Zeami.
The yūgen refers to the understanding and nostalgic evocation of the mysterious beauty of the world. It is not about appealing to the imaginary or describing concrete reality, but seeing the world as endowed with an implicit depth that artists can subtly express.
The yūgen therefore often takes the form of mystery, depth, elegance and nostalgia associated with the ancient aristocratic culture.
𝐅𝐫𝐨𝐦 𝐌𝐚𝐧 𝐑𝐚𝐲 𝐭𝐨 𝐓𝐨𝐬𝐡𝐢𝐦𝐚𝐬𝐚 𝐊𝐢𝐤𝐮𝐜𝐡𝐢, 𝐚 𝐦𝐞𝐞𝐭𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐛𝐞𝐭𝐰𝐞𝐞𝐧 𝐚𝐫𝐭 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐦𝐚𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐦𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐜𝐬 𝐚𝐫𝐨𝐮𝐧𝐝 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐜𝐨𝐥𝐥𝐞𝐜𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧 𝐨𝐟 𝐦𝐨𝐝𝐞𝐥𝐬 𝐨𝐟 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐇𝐞𝐧𝐫𝐢 𝐏𝐨𝐢𝐧𝐜𝐚𝐫𝐞́ 𝐈𝐧𝐬𝐭𝐢𝐭𝐮𝐭𝐞, 𝐨𝐧 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐨𝐜𝐜𝐚𝐬𝐢𝐨𝐧 𝐨𝐟 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐂𝐀𝐑𝐓𝐄 𝐁𝐋𝐀𝐍𝐂𝐇𝐄 𝐛𝐲 𝐓𝐨𝐬𝐡𝐢𝐦𝐚𝐬𝐚 𝐊𝐢𝐤𝐮𝐜𝐡𝐢 𝐚𝐭 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐍𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧𝐚𝐥 𝐌𝐮𝐬𝐞𝐮𝐦 𝐨𝐟 𝐀𝐬𝐢𝐚𝐧 𝐀𝐫𝐭𝐬 𝐆𝐮𝐢𝐦𝐞𝐭.
The installation presented at the MNAAG Paris brings together a series of slender lacquered wood sculptures that represent mathematical models, in the tradition of the famous photographs taken of such objects by Man Ray.
𝐌𝐮𝐬𝐞́𝐞 𝐧𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧𝐚𝐥 𝐝𝐞𝐬 𝐚𝐫𝐭𝐬 𝐚𝐬𝐢𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐪𝐮𝐞𝐬 𝐆𝐮𝐢𝐦𝐞𝐭
𝟔, 𝐏𝐥𝐚𝐜𝐞 𝐝'𝐈𝐞𝐧𝐚
The Mingei gallery participates in the first edition of GURU, a new specialized contemporary Craft & Design fair. From September 11 to 16, 2021, during Paris Design Week, the private mansion of the Cornette de Saint Cyr auction house will host the very first edition of GURU, a specialized contemporary Craft & Design fair.
Cornette de Saint-Cyr
6, avenue Hoche, 75008 Paris
Here, these abstract forms, hung from the ceiling like mobiles or placed on the ground like devotional pieces, display a level of skill and virtuosity that is rare in contemporary art.
The works are perfect stalactites and eternal concretions that impress with their sculptural beauty at the same time as they open perspectives to a dimension that sculpture cannot attain – that of pure conceptual forms. The fusion between Art and Science at the heart of Kikuchi’s sculpture was primarily inspired by his work as a researcher at the Tokyo University Museum where he continues to organize exhibitions and restore old artworks.
Contemporary japanese artworks.
𝐘𝐨𝐧𝐞𝐳𝐚𝐰𝐚 𝐉𝐢𝐫𝐨 𝐢𝐬 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐆𝐔𝐈𝐌𝐄𝐓-𝐌𝐈𝐍𝐆𝐄𝐈 𝐩𝐫𝐢𝐳𝐞 𝐰𝐢𝐧𝐧𝐞𝐫 𝟐𝟎𝟐𝟏
𝐓𝐡𝐞 𝐍𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧𝐚𝐥 𝐌𝐮𝐬𝐞𝐮𝐦 𝐨𝐟 𝐀𝐬𝐢𝐚𝐧 𝐀𝐫𝐭𝐬 - 𝐆𝐮𝐢𝐦𝐞𝐭 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐌𝐢𝐧𝐠𝐞𝐢 𝐆𝐚𝐥𝐥𝐞𝐫𝐲 𝐚𝐫𝐞 𝐩𝐥𝐞𝐚𝐬𝐞𝐝 𝐭𝐨 𝐚𝐧𝐧𝐨𝐮𝐧𝐜𝐞 𝐭𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐟𝐢𝐫𝐬𝐭 𝐌𝐢𝐧𝐠𝐞𝐢 𝐁𝐚𝐦𝐛𝐨𝐨 𝐏𝐫𝐢𝐳𝐞, 𝐰𝐚𝐬 𝐚𝐰𝐚𝐫𝐝𝐞𝐝 𝐛𝐲 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐩𝐫𝐢𝐳𝐞 𝐣𝐮𝐫𝐲 𝐨𝐧 𝐓𝐮𝐞𝐬𝐝𝐚𝐲, 𝐉𝐚𝐧𝐮𝐚𝐫𝐲 𝟐𝟔, 𝟐𝟎𝟐𝟏 𝐭𝐨 𝐉𝐚𝐩𝐚𝐧𝐞𝐬𝐞 𝐚𝐫𝐭𝐢𝐬𝐭 𝐓𝐀𝐍𝐀𝐁𝐄 𝐂𝐡𝐢𝐤𝐮𝐮𝐧𝐬𝐚𝐢 𝐈𝐕 𝐟𝐨𝐫 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐰𝐨𝐫𝐤 𝐃𝐢𝐬𝐢𝐧𝐭𝐞𝐠𝐫𝐚𝐭𝐞𝐝 𝐁𝐚𝐦𝐛𝐨𝐨 𝐃𝐚𝐫𝐮𝐦𝐚.
The Mingei gallery warmly thanks the National Museum of Asian Arts - Guimet, its president Ms. Sophie Makariou and the entire museum team where the 11finalist works are exhibited until May 3rd, 2021.
Eleven works have been selected and will be exhibited at the Musée national des arts asiatiques - Guimet from October 21st through May 3rd 2021.
Galerie Mingei has been championing the Japanese wickerwork and bamboo arts for ten years, and has established itself as the first and virtually only European gallery with this area of specialty.
Promoting the continued and enduring recognition of this art and encouraging contemporary creation are Galerie Mingei’s main objectives as it sets out to award an annual prize. The competition for this prize is open to all Japanese artists regardless of age, and particularly to those who use bamboo as their medium. Artists may also enter the competition as many times as they wish.
The installation he is presenting at Asia Now brings together a series of slender lacquered wood sculptures that represent mathematical models, in the tradition of the famous photographs taken of such objects by Man Ray. Here, these abstract forms, hung from the ceiling like mobiles or placed on the ground like devotional pieces, display a level of skill and virtuosity that is rare in contemporary art.
𝐈𝐈𝐙𝐔𝐊𝐀 𝐇𝐨̄𝐬𝐚𝐢 𝐈 (𝟏𝟖𝟓𝟏-𝟏𝟗𝟏𝟔)
𝐈𝐈𝐙𝐔𝐊𝐀 𝐇𝐨̄𝐬𝐚𝐢 𝐈𝐈 (𝟏𝟖𝟕𝟐-𝟏𝟗𝟑𝟒)
𝐈𝐈𝐙𝐔𝐊𝐀 𝐑𝐨̄𝐤𝐚𝐧𝐬𝐚𝐢 (𝟏𝟖𝟗𝟎-𝟏𝟗𝟓𝟖)
𝐈𝐈𝐙𝐔𝐊𝐀 𝐒𝐡𝐨̄𝐤𝐚𝐧𝐬𝐚𝐢 (𝟏𝟗𝟏𝟗-𝟐𝟎𝟎𝟒)
𝐌𝐀𝐓𝐒𝐔𝐌𝐎𝐓𝐎 𝐇𝐚𝐟𝐮̄ (𝐛𝐨𝐫𝐧 𝟏𝟗𝟓𝟐)
" When one examines woods like Zelkova serrata (keyaki) and cherry (sakura), one comes to realize that there are no straight lines or right angles in the natural world. The same is true of the human world, but modern life demands and values rationality and productivity, and compels us to violate the principles of the natural world. Our environment becomes fragmented and our overall vision tends to get blurred. "
Opening 20th June
3 - 9 pm
12 - 16 Juin 2019
@Galerie Desmet, 39 rue des Minimes, Bruxelles
pendant AAB 2019
During Salone del Mobile 2019 - Via Gesù, 17 - Milano @ Renzo Freschi Gallery
Tradition and simple form
Since the 8th century, finely made bamboo baskets have been used in Buddhist ceremonies and later in the Japanese tea ceremony. Master-apprentice lineages that enabled the knowledge required to create them to be passed down through the ages were established early on.
During the twentieth century, individual kagoshi (basket makers) reinterpreted these traditions to create imaginative forms and vases for the ikebana, the art of flower arrangements. Now, in the twenty-first century, a new generation of artists, from diverse backgrounds, are creating an amazing variety of artworks that can be appreciated as contemporary sculptural forms.
The Mingei Gallery is pleased to present its collection of Japanese baskets whose creations range from the late 19th century to the present day.
Chikuunsai IV creates two kinds of bamboo works. The first, which are made using traditional techniques transmitted from generation to generation, are functional objects destined for used in ikebana and in the tea ceremony. His other works fall squarely into the realm of contemporary creation. Tanabe Chikuunsai IV is an artist of his time who expresses his individuality through various organic sculptural forms. Both his functional and contemporary works are part of many notable international private and public collections.
He has been awarded many prizes in Japan as well as abroad, and was the recipient of the prestigious Lloyd Cotsen Bamboo Prize in the United States in 2007.
Since 2015, he has produced a number of monumental installations: at the MET in New York, the Japan House in Sao Paulo, Takashimaya in Tokyo, the MNAA-Guimet in Paris, the Château de la Celle-Saint-Cloud, and the Domaine de Chaumont-sur-Loire (through November 2018), among other places.
A catalog with photographs by Japanese artist Tadayuki Minamoto will accompany the exhibition.
𝟔𝟎 𝐩𝐚𝐢𝐧𝐭𝐢𝐧𝐠𝐬 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐨𝐛𝐣𝐞𝐜𝐭𝐬 𝐫𝐞𝐩𝐫𝐞𝐬𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐘𝐮̄𝐫𝐞𝐢 (𝐠𝐡𝐨𝐬𝐭𝐬), 𝐃𝐨𝐤𝐮𝐫𝐨 (𝐬𝐤𝐮𝐥𝐥𝐬 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐬𝐤𝐞𝐥𝐞𝐭𝐨𝐧𝐬) 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐁𝐚𝐤𝐞𝐦𝐨𝐧𝐨 (𝐬𝐮𝐩𝐞𝐫𝐧𝐚𝐭𝐮𝐫𝐚𝐥 𝐜𝐫𝐞𝐚𝐭𝐮𝐫𝐞𝐬).
𝐒𝐨𝐦𝐞 𝐨𝐟 𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐬𝐞 𝐢𝐭𝐞𝐦𝐬, 𝐨𝐧 𝐥𝐨𝐚𝐧 𝐛𝐲 𝐮𝐬, 𝐰𝐞𝐫𝐞 𝐞𝐱𝐡𝐢𝐛𝐢𝐭𝐞𝐝 𝐢𝐧 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐞𝐱𝐡𝐢𝐛𝐢𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧 "𝐄𝐧𝐟𝐞𝐫𝐬 𝐞𝐭 𝐅𝐚𝐧𝐭𝐨̂𝐦𝐞𝐬 𝐝'𝐀𝐬𝐢𝐞 " (𝐇𝐞𝐥𝐥𝐬 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐆𝐡𝐨𝐬𝐭𝐬 𝐨𝐟 𝐀𝐬𝐢𝐚") 𝐚𝐭 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐌𝐮𝐬𝐞́𝐞 𝐝𝐮 𝐐𝐮𝐚𝐢 𝐁𝐫𝐚𝐧𝐥𝐲-𝐉𝐚𝐜𝐪𝐮𝐞𝐬 𝐂𝐡𝐢𝐫𝐚𝐜.
𝐀𝐦𝐨𝐧𝐠 𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐬𝐞 𝐩𝐢𝐞𝐜𝐞𝐬, 𝐚𝐧 𝐞𝐱𝐜𝐞𝐩𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧𝐚𝐥 𝐉𝐚𝐩𝐚𝐧𝐞𝐬𝐞 𝐕𝐚𝐧𝐢𝐭𝐚𝐬, 𝐚 𝐰𝐨𝐨𝐝𝐞𝐧 𝐨𝐤𝐢𝐦𝐨𝐧𝐨 𝐛𝐲 𝐈𝐳𝐮𝐦𝐢 𝐒𝐮𝐤𝐞𝐲𝐮𝐤𝐢 (𝟏𝟖𝟑𝟖-𝟏𝟗𝟐𝟎) 𝐰𝐡𝐢𝐜𝐡 𝐝𝐞𝐩𝐢𝐜𝐭𝐬 𝐚 𝐬𝐧𝐚𝐤𝐞 𝐰𝐢𝐧𝐝𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐢𝐭𝐬 𝐰𝐚𝐲 𝐭𝐡𝐫𝐨𝐮𝐠𝐡 𝐚 𝐬𝐤𝐮𝐥𝐥 𝐰𝐢𝐭𝐡 𝐚𝐧 𝐚𝐫𝐭𝐢𝐜𝐮𝐥𝐚𝐭𝐞𝐝 𝐥𝐨𝐰𝐞𝐫 𝐣𝐚𝐰 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐚𝐝𝐝𝐞𝐝 𝐭𝐞𝐞𝐭𝐡. 𝐈𝐭𝐬 𝐞𝐲𝐞𝐬 𝐚𝐫𝐞 𝐢𝐧𝐥𝐚𝐢𝐝 𝐰𝐢𝐭𝐡 𝐩𝐢𝐞𝐜𝐞𝐬 𝐨𝐟 𝐛𝐥𝐨𝐧𝐝 𝐜𝐨𝐥𝐨𝐫𝐞𝐝 𝐡𝐨𝐫𝐧 𝐬𝐞𝐭 𝐨𝐧𝐭𝐨 𝐠𝐨𝐥𝐝 𝐟𝐥𝐚𝐤𝐞𝐬, 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐢𝐫 𝐩𝐮𝐩𝐢𝐥𝐬 𝐚𝐫𝐞 𝐫𝐞𝐧𝐝𝐞𝐫𝐞𝐝 𝐰𝐢𝐭𝐡 𝐭𝐰𝐨 𝐬𝐦𝐚𝐥𝐥 𝐩𝐢𝐞𝐜𝐞𝐬 𝐨𝐟 𝐛𝐥𝐚𝐜𝐤 𝐛𝐮𝐟𝐟𝐚𝐥𝐨 𝐡𝐨𝐫𝐧. 𝐓𝐡𝐞 𝐭𝐨𝐧𝐠𝐮𝐞 𝐢𝐬 𝐬𝐢𝐥𝐯𝐞𝐫. 𝐓𝐡𝐞 𝐡𝐞𝐚𝐝 𝐢𝐬 𝐚 𝐧𝐚𝐭𝐮𝐫𝐚𝐥 𝐛𝐥𝐨𝐧𝐝 𝐜𝐨𝐥𝐨𝐫. 𝐁𝐨𝐭𝐡 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐫𝐞𝐩𝐭𝐢𝐥𝐞 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐢𝐭𝐬 𝐭𝐞𝐞𝐭𝐡 𝐚𝐫𝐞 𝐢𝐧 𝐬𝐡𝐚𝐝𝐞𝐬 𝐨𝐟 𝐨𝐜𝐡𝐫𝐞 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐛𝐫𝐨𝐰𝐧.