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Roses, Photo Paintings

NOVEMBER 10 - DECEMBER 16, 2018

ON VIEW

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Roses, Photo Paintings

NOVEMBER 10 - DECEMBER 16, 2018

Hours 12:00 – 19:00

Closed Tuesday and Wednesday

Admission: Free

 

The Mass is pleased to present Nick Knight’s first solo exhibition in Japan.

 

For the past four decades Nick Knight has consistently challenged the standards of beauty and, as a result, is celebrated as one of the world’s most influential and visionary photographers working today. His groundbreaking creative collaborations with leading designers including Yohji Yamamoto, John Galliano, Gareth Pugh and Alexander McQueen, alongside his vanguard advertising campaigns for prestigious clients such as Dior, Shiseido, Tom Ford, McQueen or Nike have secured him as a major figure in fine art and fashion.

 

Alongside his success commercial career, Knight has a rather more personal side of his practice that is demonstrative of a constant desire to experiment and challenge himself. In ‘Still’, Knight brings this somewhat more private work to Tokyo, in three distinct bodies of work: ‘Flora’, ‘Roses, Photo Paintings’ and ‘Roses From My Garden’ which are all exceptional examples of Knight’s restless journey with aesthetic margins. Unlike the images of flowers we are used to seeing, Knight’s compositions are balanced, harmonious compositions that move us to think about the innate power of nature and its fleeting beauty.

 

In contrast to his paired back ‘Flora’ compositions, Knight’s ‘Roses, Photo Paintings’ series is positively opulent. This body of work, while taking its roots from 16th century still life painting, is a true hybrid; literally part photograph, part painting. To create them, Knight introduces heat and water during the printing process to make the color run. It’s a dynamic, physical process that took him and master-printer Allan Finamore ten years to perfect. These wonderfully balanced and seductive, large-scale still lives have a stunning romanticism as major washes of color rip though traditional compositions that are anchored by antique vases, of the formal trappings of flower paintings. Stunning, joyous highlights push against the deep angst of darker areas. Knight pulls on the history of vanitas painting, encapsulating the fragility of a rose’s life cycle both in the composition and the medium; the roses are dying, the paint is dripping. He is documenting a moment slipping from our grasp.

 

As the first show outside of the UK to exhibit these bodies of work together, ‘Still’ lends insight into Knight’s relentless desire to find and capture new versions of beauty and new visions of the familiar.

 

Nick Knight OBE (b. 1958) is a British fashion photographer who is also founder and director of SHOWstudio.com. He is an honorary professor at University of the Arts, London and was awarded an honorary Ph.D. by the same university. For the last forty years, Nick has shot award-winning images for commercial and editorial purposes. His groundbreaking creative collaborations with leading designers including Yohji Yamamoto, John Galliano, Gareth Pugh and Alexander McQueen, alongside his vanguard advertising campaigns for prestigious clients such as Dior, Lancôme, Tom Ford, Calvin Klein or Yves Saint Laurent have helped to make him a household name in both fine art and fashion.

 

His stories in British Vogue, Paris Vogue, Dazed & Confused, Another, Another Man, i-D and W magazine have all pushed the industry past the classic parameters of fashion photography, while his award winning music videos for Björk, Lady Gaga and Kanye West have firmly established Knight as an eminent Director and Image Maker. His first book of photographs ‘Skinheads’ was published in 1982, winning a D&AD award in 1996. He then went on to published ‘Nicknight’, a twelve year retrospective of his work, and ‘Flora’, a series of inimitable still lives, both published by Schirmer/Mosel. His latest book, entitled ‘Nick Knight’, was published by HarperCollins in 2009. His work has been exhibited at such international art institutions as the Tate Modern, Victoria & Albert Museum, Saatchi Gallery, the Photographers’ Gallery, Hayward Gallery, the Daelim Museum, and the Gagosian Gallery.
 

© Nick Knight, Rose VI, 2012

PAST

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PORTRAIT

AUGUST 25 - SEPTEMBER 23, 2018

Hours 12:00 – 19:00
Closed Tuesday and Wednesday
Admission: ¥500 (free for students)

The Mass is pleased to present PORTRAIT curated by Seika University Culture Club (*S.U.C.C.)

Taking the theme of portrait, this exhibition will draw connections between manifold artists of different ages and genres, providing an opportunity to see works with distinct expressions all in one space.

*S.U.C.C. is a group of popular culture studies (creation and PR) formed by Hiroshi Fujiwara who is currently a visiting professor at the Kyoto Seika University.

Julian Opie • Hannah, school girl. 2 • 35 x 26.6 cm © The Mass

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War and Flowers

JULY 20 - AUGUST 15, 2018

Hours 12:00 – 19:00
Closed Tuesday and Wednesday
Admission: Free
 
The Mass is pleased to present ‘War and Flowers’. Curated by AMKK led by flower artist Makoto Azuma and The Mass; this exhibition includes a selection of photographs relating to war and flowers that Azuma and his team have collected intermittently over the past eight years forming the foundations for the exhibition, which brings together images that reflect on the subject of war from various aspects, compiled with the cooperation of international photo agencies: Magnum Photos, Asahi Shimbun and Kyodo News.
 
From birth to death, flowers occupy a familiar place in people’s lives; as gifts of celebration and encouragement, or in moments of mourning and prayer. From long ago people have offered flowers, investing their radiant appearance and transient existence with the role of conveying feelings, desires, and tenderness that sometimes cannot be expressed in words. Such actions can even be glimpsed within the darkest events of human history like war. The world has seen dramatic developments in science and technology over the last few centuries, together with a diversification of conflicts. We wish that through these photographs bringing together and connecting in one lens the seemingly contradictory elements of “war” and “flowers”, the negative historical facts of humankind are faced squarely in the hope that many visitors, and especially younger generations, will be given the opportunity to think deeply about peace.
 
AMKK
 
Azuma Makoto and Shiinoki Shunsuke were born in Fukuoka, Japan. Together they opened the on-demand ‘haute couture’ flower shop “JARDINS des FLEURS” in Ginza district in 2002. The shop is currently located in Minami-Aoyama, Tokyo. Around 2005 they launched a second line of operations when Azuma invented the genre ‘botanical sculpture’ and Shiinoki captured those creations in his photographs. Following a solo exhibition in New York, their audacious works have been repeatedly shown in Europe. They set up the experimental botanical lab Azuma Makoto Kaju Kenkyujo (AMKK) in 2009, they went on to exhibit their works at art museums, galleries and public spaces all over the world. In recent years, they have been focusing on projects that explore the connections between human beings and flowers.
 
AZUMA MAKOTO • Flower Artist
 
Azuma Makoto has been in the flower business since 2002, and is the owner of the ‘haute couture’ floral shop, “JARDINS des FLEURS” in Minami-Aoyama, Tokyo. In addition to the flower shop business, Azuma began to explore the expressive potential of plants in 2005. He invented the genre of the ‘Botanical sculpture’, creating works for which he soon received orders also from outside Japan. Following a solo exhibition in New York, his audacious works have been repeatedly shown in Europe. While launching the experimental botanical lab Azuma Makoto Kaju Kenkyujo (AMKK) in 2009, he went on to exhibit his works at art museums, galleries and public spaces all over the world. Every activity of Azuma Makoto focuses on elevating value of flowers and plants by finding unique and mysterious forms that they posses. Respecting the existence of nature and keeping its dignity, he converts and expresses these beautiful elements to aesthetic level of artwork.
 
Photo © Bernie Boston / The Washington Post / Getty Images / Kyodo News
 
The gallery will exceptionally open on August 14th and 15th, 2018

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Marefumi Komura ‘Big ship’

MAY 19 - JUNE 17, 2018

Hours 12:00 – 19:00
Closed Tuesday and Wednesday
Admission: Free
 
The Mass is pleased to present Marefumi Komura’ solo exhibition Big Ship.


 
In his new “subtraction” series, instead of building up layers of paint, Komura takes away thin washes of colour down to lines and scrapes in an attempt to express fragility, impermanence and imperfection.
 


The title Big Ship, a metaphor for the beleaguered state of Japan adrift on the sea of globalisation or even a symbol of the chaotic course of the cosmos, came to Komura in an intuitive flash after the death of his grandmother.
 


The word ship, or scip in Old English, derives from the Indo-European skep, meaning “cut” or “trim”, yet partakes of the notion of skipan “shaping” that suffixes such compounds as friendship or relationship — hence it somehow reflects elements of Komura’s method of “shaping by removing”. His images hint at lost senses, evoking hidden landscapes, reawakening primal memories.

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ECAL Design for Luxury & Craftsmanship

MARCH 24 - APRIL 22, 2018

Hours 12:00 – 19:00
Closed Tuesday and Wednesday
Admission: Free
 
The Mass is pleased to present ‘ECAL Design for Luxury & Craftsmanship’, a selection of student projects of ECAL/University of Art and Design Lausanne from their Master of Advanced Studies in Design for Luxury & Craftsmanship.
 
The exhibition highlights some of the many collaborations undertaken with international brands from the fields of luxury and craftsmanship. In addition to the exhibited prototypes, a selection of mock-ups and sketches illustrates the students’ creative process.
 
ECAL / University of Art and Design Lausanne (Switzerland)
 
As a school of international renown in the fields of design, photography, graphic design, cinema, new technologies and art, ECAL has been constantly ranked among the top 5 art and design schools. Since 2011, ECAL has been headed by Alexis Georgacopoulos and it has grown and established itself as a leader in the creative world. This could not have been achieved without the involvement of skilled practitioners, artists and designers of global renown or the many collaborations and commissions for cultural companies and institutions. As a consequence, ECAL students acquire a sound knowledge and benefit from a challenging practice-oriented education.
 
The Master of Advanced Studies in Design for Luxury & Craftsmanship (MAS DLC)
 
This unique course is specifically aimed at Bachelor and Master graduates who wish to further their design education in areas of excellence as varied as ne watchmaking, tableware, fashion, gastronomy, ‘Métiers d’Art’ or who wish to learn particular techniques with regards to the use of noble materials. The students (fifteen or so each year from all over the world) are able to work in collaboration with high-profile companies, which can draw on a heritage of a hundred years or more, and to gather skills from workshops organized by major players from the international design scene.

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Takeshi Masada

NOVEMBER 18 - DECEMBER 17, 2017

Hours 12:00 – 19:00
Closed Tuesday and Wednesday

Admission: Free

 

ARTIST TALK on November 25th from 14:00 to 15:00.

Takeshi Masada × Tomoaki Ishihara (Guest Artist)

Entrance: Free

 

The Mass is pleased to present Takeshi Masada first solo exhibition in five years.

 

Basing his work on a story of “Madness” and “Purification”, Masada once again awakens a unique expressive style taking three-dimensional forms, creating both sculptural works made using Cray-pas oil pastels in unconventional ways and oil paintings rendered on large canvases.

 

A selection of collaborations produced by Takeshi Masada × fragmentdesign × NOMA t.d. will be available in our store during the exhibition.

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Moving Kate

JUNE 30 - JULY 30, 2017

Hours 12:00 – 19:00

Closed Tuesday and Wednesday

Admission: Free
 
The Mass is pleased to present a SHOWstudio takeover.
 
Kate Moss is one of SHOWstudio’s most prolific and valued contributors. The Mass will introduce some of her many collaborations with Nick Knight and SHOWstudio, including early works from 2000 (the year SHOWstudio began) and her more modern and contemporary projects with Knight, showcasing Moss’ ability to surprise and transform before the camera. To celebrate her magnetism on the runway, as well as on the screen, thirty of the world’s best fashion illustrators interpreted her most iconic catwalk looks, each hand selected by Kate Moss.
 
Kate Moss says: ‘It was such a pleasure to have the chance to look back on the incredible clothes I have worn on the catwalks and to see how these have inspired SHOWstudio’s amazing selection of fashion illustrators – it brings back many memories and feels like a fitting tribute to the wonderful designers I have worked with.’
 
Nick Knight says: ‘I asked 30 of the world’s best fashion illustrators to draw Kate’s most iconic catwalk looks, all chosen specially by her, for the amazing designers she has worked with including McQueen, Galliano and Westwood. The result is a uniquely beautiful exhibition that shows the many exciting ways each artists sees the model who has come to symbolise what fashion means for a whole generation and someone who has been a consistent inspiration for me over the many times she and I have worked together. Fashion Illustration is one of the most artistic mediums to portray fashion and I am thrilled to bring this show to The Mass, one of Tokyo’s most exciting new galleries.’

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71-84

MAY 27 - JUNE 25, 2017

Hours 12:00 – 19:00
Closed Tuesday and Wednesday
Admission: ¥1,000 (free for students)
 
This exhibition explores movements such as music, art and fashion that were created during 1971 and 1984.
 

71-84 Book fully illustrated in nine volumes boxed with in a slipcase, 1,468 pages. Designed by mo’des book.

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Henry Leutwyler ‘DOCUMENT’

MARCH 24 - APRIL 15, 2017

Hours 12:00 – 19:00
Closed Tuesday and Wednesday

Admission: Free

 

We are happy to present Henry Leutwyler’s first solo exhibition in Japan. Document, an exhibit chronicling a twelve-years project.
Henry Leutwyler was born in Switzerland in 1961. He lived and worked in Paris for a decade before finding his way to New York City in 1995, where he established his reputation as portrait and still life photographer.

 

Steidl published Leutwyler’s first book Neverland Lost: A Portrait of Michael Jackson, in 2010. The first edition of Ballet was published in 2012, the second edition in 2015. The images from Ballet and Neverland Lost have been exhibited in solo shows in Los Angeles, New York, Paris, Moscow, Madrid and Zurich. His work has graced the pages of numerous magazines around the world and has earned him countless honors and awards.

 

A glove worn by Michael Jackson, James Dean’s door at the Iroquois Hotel symbolize the only stability in the nomadic existence of a young actor whose career was skyrocketing, Jean-Michel Basquiat’s hip Issey Miyake sunglasses, James Gandolfini’s Cadillac – his favorite possession, Astronaut and Apollo 14 crew member Alan Shepard’s golf club used to play golf on the moon, to name a few.
Leutwyler says “The people I was really interested in died before I could photograph them, so I thought, Let me make a list of my heroes and some villains and research what they owned.” (ARTE FUSE, 2016)

 

We will exhibit a selection of 45 photographs from Document which features the issues of American History over 100 years.

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12×12 ART×MUSIC

FEBRUARY 25 – MARCH 19, 2017

Hours 12:00 – 19:00

Closed Tuesday and Wednesday

Admission: Free

 

The Mass is pleased to present 12×12 ART×MUSIC – Contemporary Art meets Music on 12 inch square − produced with Seika University Culture Club *(S.U.C.C.).
 
In this exhibition, we are featuring about 80 record jackets designed by artists such as Richard Prince, Damien Hirst, Banksy to name a few.
 
12×12 ART×MUSIC catalog will be available in our store during the exhibition. Edition of 2000
 
*S.U.C.C. is a group of popular culture studies (creation and PR) students formed by Hiroshi Fujiwara who is currently a visiting professor at the Kyoto Seika University.

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Fumio Tachibana ‘Plastic’

NOVEMBER 25 - DECEMBER 18, 2016

Hours 12:00 – 19:00
Closed Tuesday and Wednesday
Admission: Free
 
Tachibana continues to produce work by freely unraveling, collecting, accumulating and arranging letters and paper.
Within his ever-changing 2D and 3D forms, which directly question the origin of letters, it is possible to discover new “characters.”
In this exhibition, sculptural works made in bronze will be presented together with 2D works.
 
Fumio Tachibana is a Japanese artist and graphic designer. Born in 1968 in Hiroshima.

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FLOWER HUDDLE

AUGUST 27 - SEPTEMBER 25, 2016

Hours 12:00 – 19:00
Closed Tuesday and Wednesday
Admission: ¥500

 
The Mass is pleased to present ‘FLOWER HUDDLE’ of collaborations produced by FRAGMENT, Seika University Culture Club (S.U.C.C.) , AMKK. Following showcase produced by S.U.C.C. on December 2015 in Osaka, this is the second installment of “FLOWER HUDDLE”.
 
The walls were filled with framed flower-themed pieces and we’ll also exhibit “Drop Time”, an installation produced by AMKK.
 
A selection of collaborations produced by FRAGMENT×S.U.C.C.×AMKK will be available in our store during the exhibition.

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Avant-Garde Symbolism

JULY 29 – AUGUST 14, 2016

Hours 12:00 – 19:00
Closed Tuesday and Wednesday

Admission: Free

 

In this inaugural exhibition organized by The Mass, we are pleased to present Russian avant-garde artworks from the poster collection of Ruki Matsumoto. Created in the 1920s at a time straddling the Russian Revolution, these posters are examples of propaganda (political and philosophical) and movie advertisements that served national cultural policies—as can be inferred from the word “avant-garde”, which was originally a military term—and encapsulate works of visual art that reflect strong political elements. The works shown in this exhibition are referred to as examples of Russian Constructivism, and can be said to directly communicate their meaning through the arrangement and extreme restriction of characters, images and colors in a single image, making it possible to express and convey the essence of “graphics”. This exhibition of Russian avant-garde posters, which represented a new culture within a chaotic era that was by no means positive, will provide a valuable opportunity to question the significance of their existence as graphic design forms that stand as innovative and groundbreaking symbols, while retaining the identities of their creators.