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PORTRAIT

August 25 - September 23, 2018

UPCOMING

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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.

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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
 
In conjunction with the exhibition, Komura’s book Small Ship (Graphite on paper, 14.8 × 21 cm, 136 pages, edition of 300) will be available during the exhibition.

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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 × fragmentdesign × NOMA t.d.

NOVEMBER 18 - DECEMBER 17, 2017

Hours 12:00 – 19:00

Closed Tuesday and Wednesday

Admission: Free

 

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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SHOWstudio 01

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.
 
SHOWstudio 01
 
This is a limited-edition box set of prints and photographs, published by SHOWstudio in 2001. Entitled ‘SHOWstudio 01’, the set contains artworks and artefacts brought together in the spirit of Andy Warhol’s ‘time capsules’. Gathering pieces from the fields of fashion, music, art and design, ‘SHOWstudio 01’ features works by the likes of Alexander McQueen, Juergen Teller, David Chipperfield and Kate Moss.
 
Moving Kate Postcard set • Edition of 500
 
Nick Knight
Flora
A comprehensive volume of wonderfully composed flowers and plants which Knight discovered in the Natural History Museum. The book reveals 46 of the most striking specimens, providing the first ever photographic insight into the collection. (Signed copies)
 
Nick Knight
Nick Knight
This retrospective monograph brings together over 300 images by Nick Knight, reflecting his extraordinary vision and fearless experimentation in photography and image making. (Signed copies)
 
Nick Knight
SKINHEAD
Nick Knight’s debut publication that presents an unflinching vision of Skinhead culture from the early ’80s. The book features both written and visual musings on the style, music and behaviour that came to define the skinhead movement. This book is an essential fashion reference which helps to contextualise Nick Knight’s artistic and photographic trajectory. (Signed copies)
 
Nick Knight
NICKNIGHT
Published in 1994, this book reviews Nick Knight’s first fifteen years of artistic activity. This truly luxurious volume is bound in purple velvet suede and designed by Peter Saville. (Signed copies)

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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)
 
71-84 Book fully illustrated in nine volumes boxed with in a slipcase

(W23.5 x H31.1 x D15.8 ), 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

 
DOCUMENT Postcard set ・ Edition of 500
DOCUMENT 3 Posters ・ Edition of 200 each

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12×12 ART×MUSIC

FEBRUARY 25 – MARCH 19, 2017

Hours 12:00 – 19:00

Closed Tuesday and Wednesday

Admission: Free

 
12×12 ART×MUSIC catalog will be available in our store during the exhibition. Edition of 2000

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Fumio Tachibana ‘Plastic’

NOVEMBER 25 - DECEMBER 18, 2016

Hours 12:00 – 19:00

Closed Tuesday and Wednesday

Admission: Free

 
A selection of collaborations produced by Fumio Tachibana × The Mass will be available in our store during the exhibition.

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FRAGMENT x AMKK x S.U.C.C. x The Mass

AUGUST 27 - SEPTEMBER 25, 2016

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

 
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 the first exhibition organized by The Mass, representative Russian avant-garde artworks from the poster collection of Ruki Matsumoto will be introduced with a focus on graphics. Created in the 1920s at a time straddling the Russian Revolution, these poster artworks exist as examples of propaganda (political and philosophical) and movie advertisements serving 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 represent 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.