Tikotin Museum of Japanese Art, Israel Solo exhibition “BLINKING – Waiting for the Future”

My solo exhibition will be held at the Tikotin Museum of Japanese Art* in Haifa, Israel. The exhibition is curated by Etty Glass Gissis, curator of the Tikotin Museum of Japanese Art.
The exhibition is organized around the themes of “language,” “time,” “Mitate,”* and “waiting.”
I will be exhibiting “Blinking Leaves” for the second time in Israel, and “inter-reflection”, one of my early representative works. I will also be exhibiting about 60 new works, including “Aerial Luggage Bag”, ” Bucket Puzzle”, “Present/Past” and “Here/There” made in Hebrew, which have been reconstructed for this exhibition, as well as new works. This will be my first solo exhibition at an overseas museum.

In the patio, where five pine trees grow high in the sky, “Unexpected Little Cuckoo” will be exhibited. The work, which was created in commemoration of the 100th anniversary of Hamamatsu City’s municipal government, was inspired by Tokugawa Ieyasu’s phrase, “If it doesn’t sing, let’s wait until it does,” and was recreated to fit the courtyard of the Tikotin Museum of Japanese Art.
In this exhibition, entitled “Blinking: The Meeting Place of the Future,” I am pleased to have the opportunity to think and feel anew in Israel the encounter between people and people, between people and nature, and the disappearance of the world the moment we close our eyes, which is hidden in “waiting” for something.

Although the new coronavirus is still spreading, if you have a chance to visit Haifa before the spring of 2022, I hope you will visit there.

*1. Tikotin Museum of Japanese Art, Haifa Museums
The Museum of Japanese Art on the crest of Mount Carmel is dedicated exclusively to the preservation and exhibition of Japanese art works, and is the only one of its kind in the Middle East. The Museum is a municipal foundation, set up in 1959, on the initiative of Felix Tikotin (1893-1986) from Holland, and Abba Khoushy (1898-1969), Mayor of Haifa at that time. The Museum aims to allow Israelis to learn and become acquainted with Japanese culture; to promote mutual understanding between Israel and Japan, and between East and West; and to encourage research into the arts and culture of Japan.

*2. A traditional Japanese allusive method of looking at one thing as another, a point of view known as the Japanese garden and tea ceremony.

Yasuhiro Suzuki “BLINKING – Waiting for the Future”
Venue: Tikotin Museum of Japanese Art, Haifa Museums
Period:November. 13. 2021 – around mid-April. 2022
Address:89 Hanassi Ave. Haifa 34529
Tikotin Museum of Japanese Art

©︎Yossi Souva

Zip-Fastener Ship-Between Water-
This fall, Zip-Fastener Ship will “open” Sumida River!


Zip-Fastener Ship, which has been participating in Sumida River Sumi-Yume Art Project (Sumiyume) since 2018, will be coming to Sumida River again this fall. In Sumiyume, the Zip-Fastener Ship will run between Azuma Bridge and Sakura Bridge on the Sumida River, which has been a boundary line of the city since olden times, opening the water surface and bonding the two banks.

Over the past few years, as we have focused our eyes on the Sumida River, we have thought about the many stories that the river has told us, and we have looked at the “now” of the water that flows from far away and then moves on to another place. The shimmering ripples and spray of the waves, the sparkling reflection of the landscape, and the endless circulation of water. Therefore, I hope to create a Water Puzzles with everyone by capturing the expressions of water that lurk around us in images and putting them into puzzle pieces that may one day lead to each other.

“Between Water” – the undertow becomes a zipper, and the puzzle pieces show the various forms of water.
(Excerpt from the website of “Sumida River Sumi-Yume Art Project”)

 

Zip-Fastener Ship at Sumida River
Period: Saturday, October 30, 2021 – Sunday, November 7, 2021
Location: Sumida River (between Azumabashi and Sakurabashi)
Zip-Fastener Ship by Sumiyume2021

Water Puzzles-Between Water
If you look at the water surface of the Sumida River for a while, you will see its expression changing moment by moment as it is affected by light and current.
Each of them will be a puzzle of water with a different appearance.
The videos you send in will become pieces of the water puzzle and will be played on the website!

Please send us a video (YouTube URL) of a river or other water surface.
Water Puzzles-Between Water

Hara Museum ARC “Bench of the Japanese Islands”

I am exhibiting my work “Bench of the Japanese Islands”, in “A Nexus of Rainbows: Works from the Hara Museum and the Hara Rokuro Collections”, the first exhibition at the newly consolidated Hara Museum ARC.
A bird’s eye view of the museum grounds shows a large arc.In the courtyard located in the center of the arc, “Bench of the Japanese Islands” is placed in the same direction as the Japanese archipelago.On the floor, the annual rings of the fir tree planted when the museum first opened were drawn in line with the direction in which the tree grew.Located in the middle of Japan, the jet-black architecture with its abundant use of wood makes the subtle changes in nature due to the seasons and weather even more striking. It also reminds us of our connection and relationship with the environment.
We hope you will spend a relaxing time in the wide space filled with greenery.
We look forward to seeing you at the exhibition.

*In 1979, the Hara Museum of Contemporary Art was opened in Shinagawa, Tokyo, and in 1988, the Hara Museum ARC was opened as an annex in Shibukawa, Gunma Prefecture. In January 2021, the Hara Museum, which was built as a house in 1938 and is a unique building using a Western-style building, was closed due to the support and popularity of many people.
Later, in April 2021, the two museums were integrated and reopened as the Hara Museum ARC in Shibukawa City, Gunma Prefecture.

 

It is said that two-thirds of Japan’s land area is covered by forests.  The trees that exist as countless “dots” in these forests draw their own arcs through interaction with the surrounding environment. The unique overlap of lines can be said to be the result of the memory of the land. If we compare the two large arcs drawn by the pavement around the perimeter of the Hara Museum ARC to the annual rings of a large tree, the beautiful architecture that makes abundant use of wood seems to be an invisible compass that has lived in the land since ancient times, revealing itself and opening up to the present. This led to the discovery of the countless small islands of Japan hidden in the individual trees that form the Japanese archipelago. I hope that people from all over the world, including Japan, will visit and sit with the “Bench of the Japanese Islands ” to visualize the centripetal force of Shibukawa as well as to feel the “power of attraction” that acts between distant places. (Yasuhiro Suzuki)

 

Hara Museum ARC
A Nexus of Rainbows: Works from the Hara Museum and the Hara Rokuro Collections

Dates :
Part I: April 24 (Saturday) – September 5 (Sunday), 2021
Part II: September 11 (Saturday), 2021 – January 10 (Monday/national holiday), 2022
Hours: 9:30 am – 4:30 pm (last entry at 4:00 pm)

Featured Artists (slated)
Parts I and II: Anish Kapoor, Void , Yayoi Kusama, Mirror Room (Pumpkin), Tatsuo Miyajima, Time Link, Yasumasa Morimura, Rondo Neo (tentative title), Yoshitomo Nara, My Drawing Room, Yasuhiro Suzuki,Bench of the Japanese Islands , Tabaimo, Midnight Sea

Hara Museum ARC web

Tansei: UTokyo’s Official Magazineine interview
UTokyo artists in the spotlight

The interview was featured in the 38th issue of “Tansei,” a biannual publication by the Public Relations Office at the University of Tokyo.
The special feature of this issue is “Art of Todai, Art of Todai.

Suzuki has been a member of the Research Center for Advanced Science and Technology at the University of Tokyo for 17 years. In this special issue, you can read about his recent activities, how he came to be a member of RCAST, the photo of a boat with a zipper that opened up the Sumida River, and more in the two-page spread. You can read it from the following link.

Tansei

Shibuya MIYASHITA PARK Public Art “SHIBUYA HACHI COMPASS”

In July 2020, Shibuya’s Miyashita Park will be reborn as MIYASHITA PARK, a new complex integrating park, commerce, and a hotel through redevelopment. As a permanent public art project, I created the “SHIBUYA HACHI COMPASS” on the roof of Miyashita Park in Shibuya Ward.

In Miyashita Park, where you can see the sky, I designed a bench where you can feel the direction of the city of Shibuya with your body. There, a statue of Hachiko, a loyal dog, came early. It is looking up at Professor Ueno, who has become a star. Today, HACHI are like an endless “universe” that is passed on to people all over the world. The imagination that has grown between animals and humans for others may be calling to people’s hearts beyond national borders. Miyashita Park, which stretches from north to south along Meiji Dori Avenue, is like a compass needle that casually tells the direction to people on the street. I hope that through encounters with people from all over the world, from the neighborhood to the globe, Miyashita Park will become the “Compass of Shibuya” for the future. (Yasuhiro Suzuki)

At night, HACHI’s body is lit up and a “constellation” emerges.

 

“SHIBUYA HACHI COMPASS”
Venue: MIYASHITA PARK

 
DESIGNART, which promotes the spread of public art, collaborated with Future Design Shibuya, General Incorporated Association to produce this project.
CG: Kazuya Kuriyama(CREATURE INC.)

Towada Art Center “Inter+Play: Arts Towada 10th Anniversary Exhibition”

Arts Towada celebrates its tenth anniversary in 2020. This city-wide initiative is unlike any other in Japan, promoting art throughout the city of Towada and along its main thoroughfare, Kanchogai Avenue. At the center of the Arts Towada initiative is the Towada Art Center. The museum promotes creative synergy with unforgettable art experiences, showcasing the latest in contemporary art and promoting exchange between artists, citizens, and visitors to the city.

Arts Towada has taken an approach that pursues the combination of cutting-edge contemporary expression with a universal appeal. Inter+Play, which commemorates a decade since the start of the initiative, embodies that very attitude and will be a year-long exhibition divided into three parts, each with unique content. Inter+Play is a bridge between society, the city and its architecture, and even our own bodies, inside and out. As such, each of its three parts will feature works and artists that allow visitors to go between each as freely as they please and open up new possibilities in the spaces that we inhabit.(Excerpt from the Towada Art Center WEB)

*Exhibiting artists will rotate throughout the exhibition

Part 1: Saturday 18 April 2020 – Sunday 30 August 2020
Part 2: Saturday 19 September 2020 – Monday 11 January 2021
Part 3: Saturday 23 January 2021 – Sunday 30 May 2021

Above image: Yasuhiro Suzuki’s sketch for the “Arts Towada 10th Anniversary Outdoor Sculpture Project”

 

【Inter+Play: Arts Towada 10th Anniversary Exhibition】
Date:Apr 18th, 2020 – May 30th, 2021
Location:Towada Art Center
Hours:9:00–17:00 (Last admission 30 minutes before closing)
Closed:Mondays except for National Holidays, in which case the museum is open on the holiday and closed the following Tuesday
Admission:Exhibition + Permanent Collection: 1,200 yen, Exhibition only: 800 yen, 100 yen/ticket discount for groups of 20 or more, High school students and younger: Free
Supported by
The To-o Nippo Press, The Daily-Tohoku Shimbun Inc., Aomori Broadcasting Cooperation, Aomori Television Broadcasting Co., Ltd., Asahi Broadcasting Aomori Co., Ltd., & Towada City Board of Education

Ars Electronica Festival 2018
“Himatsubushi Trail – The Art of Time-Killing”

We will exhibit works at the Ars Electronica Festival 2018, the world’s largest media art festival held in Linz, Austria. The exhibition hall is close to Linz central station PostCity. Exhibitions and events will be held for seven days in the vast space of the former post office.
Last year, in addition to the “Balance Scale for Lightness” and “Nature’s Time Metronome” announced as a new work at the solo exhibition of The Hakone Open-Air Museum, the lineup of “Apple Kendama” and “Aerial Being” to “Himatsubushi Trail” I will expand it in. “Time Killing” is a keyword, an exhibition that approaches the time consciousness of modern people.
Please drop in when you come to the Ars Electronica Festival.

Ars Electronica Festival 2018
“Himatsubushi Trail – The Art of Time-Killing”

Date:
Thu Sep 6, 2018, 10:00 am – 7:30 pm
Fri Sep 7, 2018, 10:00 am – 7:30 pm
Sat Sep 8, 2018, 10:00 am – 7:30 pm
Sun Sep 9, 2018, 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Mon Sep 10, 2018, 10:00 am – 6:00 pm

Venue: POSTCITY

https://ars.electronica.art/error/en/himatsubushi/

Japan Cultural Envoy FY2017
Yasuhiro Suzuki’s Exhibition in Iceland

Yasuhiro Suzuki “Aerial Being” in Reykjavík

Venue: Grófin Culture House (The Reykjavik City Library) & Sundhöll Reykjavíkur
Date: Friday, March 9 to Sunday, March 18, 2018

・Grófin Culture House (The Reykjavik City Library)
Monday-Thursday 11:00-19:00
Friday 11:00-18:00
Saturday and Sunday 13:00-17:00
Participation: Free of charge
http://borgarbokasafn.is/en/söfn/grófin-culture-house

・Sundhöll Reykjavíkur
Monday- Friday 06:30-22:00
Saturday and Sunday 08:00-22:00
Participation: Free of charge (Normal entry fee applies for the swimming pool guests)
https://reykjavik.is/stadir/sundholl-reykjavikur

Please drop in when you happen to be in the neighborhood.

Japan Cultural Envoy FY2017
Yasuhiro Suzuki’s Exhibition&Workshop in Cambodia

Japan-Cambodia Kizuna Festival 2018, which is the combination of CJCC Festival and Japan Week Festival of Embassy of Japan, Cambodia-Japan Cooperation Center, and Japan Foundation Asia Center in the purpose to introduce Japanese traditional and modern culture in Cambodia and promote cultural exchange between the two nations.I will participate in this festival.

 

“Your world from another view” By Artist: Yasuhiro Suzuki

【Exhibition】
“Aerial Being”
【Workshop】
“Specimens of Mitate”
・A.M.session: Explain the concept of work
9:00-10:30(on 23 feb)
10:00-11:30(on 24 feb)
・P.M.session: Competition by A.M.session participants
16:00-17:00(23 & 24)

Venue: CJCC (Map: https://goo.gl/maps/lFWUR)
Date: February 22-25, 2018
Admission: Free (Everyone is Welcome!)
Official hashtag: #KizunaFestival2018

Co-organizers:
Embassy of Japan in Cambodia
Cambodia-Japan Cooperation Center (CJCC)
Japan Foundation Asia Center Liaison Office in Phnom Penh

artscape Japan

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Yasuhiro Suzuki’s “Spontaneous Garden” was posted on artscape Japan.

http://www.dnp.co.jp/artscape/eng/ht/1802.html
http://www.dnp.co.jp/artscape/eng/

Japan Cultural Envoy FY2017
Yasuhiro Suzuki’s Exhibition&Workshop in New York

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Japan Cultural Envoy FY2017
Yasuhiro Suzuki’s Art Project in New York
“A Journy Around the Neighborhood Globe”
Exhibition: “Aerial Being”
Workshop: “Drawing Lines of Sensations”

【Workshop Overview】
What kind of color comes to mind when you think of the word “New York?”
This workshop begins by asking participants to choose a single colored pencil. With the “color” recalled from the word “New York” as a key, the workshop serves to awaken your memories and leads you to reconsider the indescribable “sensations” that lie within you, inviting you to draw out “lines” of new sensations between you and others who have gathered. It is a simple workshop that welcomes everyone to take part.

Date: Wednesday, February 14 to Thursday, February 15, 2018 09:30 – 16:00
Venue: Japan Information Center Gallery, Consulate General of Japan in New York
299 Park Avenue, 18th Floor, New York, NY10171
*Please bring photo IDs
Participation: Free of charge

AXIS Magazine Series Final installment “A Journey Around the Neighbourhood Globe”

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AXIS Vol.184
2016 November – December
Feature An up-close look at materials
Cover Interview atelier oï
Series By Yasuhiro Suzuki
Blinking Memory  Final Installment “A Journey Around the Neighbourhood Globe”

This is the final installment of this AXIS Magazine series that started from the vol.146 issue(August 2010). We’d like to sincerely thank all our regards for their patronage to date.

http://www.axisinc.co.jp/english/magazine/vol/184.html

AXIS Magazine Series “London Design Biennale 2016”

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AXIS Vol.183
2016 September – October
Feature Japanese A counterattack of color!
Cover Interview Akira Minagawa
Series By Yasuhiro Suzuki
Blinking Memory   Installment 37 “London Design Biennale 2016”
http://www.axisinc.co.jp/english/magazine/vol/183.html

AXIS Magazine Series “Perspective of the Back View”

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AXIS Vol.182
2016 July – August
Feature Japanese Style
Cover Interview Shinichiro Ogata
Series By Yasuhiro Suzuki
Blinking Memory   Installment 36 “Perspective of the Back View”
http://www.axisinc.co.jp/english/magazine/vol/182.html

AXIS Magazine Series “Blinking Memory”

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AXIS Vol.181
2016 May – June
Feature Deep-rooted issues concerning locality and design, and their solutions
Cover Interview Neri & Hu
Series By Yasuhiro Suzuki
Blinking Memory   Installment 35 “Vessels for Cells”
http://www.axisinc.co.jp/english/magazine/vol/181.html

London Design Biennale 2016

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The first London Design Biennale will open this September at Somerset House with over 30 countries participating (7 – 27 September).I will be in charge of work display of Japan.
Nations from six continents will present newly commissioned works that explore the theme Utopia by Design.

 
Exhibition Overview
In works that approach existing things and familiar phenomena from a fresh perspective, Yasuhiro Suzuki raises questions about everyday life and our way of perceiving the world. Based on the idea of “looking at one thing as if it was another,” which has parallels with mitate, a traditional allusive method found in Japanese garden and tea ceremony, Suzuki connects “here and now” with “somewhere and sometime” in countless works and projects in which he discovers new relationships between things that would normally never encounter each other.
Widely hailed for his unprecedented work in the Japanese design world, Suzuki conceived of this installation for the London Design Biennale after reading about this year’s theme. He plans to create a spatial structure made up of objects of various sizes, drawings, and animation. Transcending dichotomies such as inside and outside, before and after, and part and whole, and systemic barriers such as the past, present, and future, the work suggests the importance of shifting our focus from our own place (everyday life) and considering the wider world.

 
Outline of the London Design Biennale 2016
Dates : Wednesday, September 7 – Tuesday, September 27, 2016
Venue : Somerset House
General Theme : Utopia by Design
Official Website : http://www.londondesignbiennale.com
Outline of Japan Official Participation
Organizer of Japan Official Participation : The Japan Foundation
Participating Artist : Yasuhiro Suzuki

Advisory Committee
Hiroshi Kashiwagi (Professor, Musashino Art University/Design Critic)
Motomi Kawakami (Designer)
Kozo Fujimoto (Corporate Advisor, JIN CO., LTD./Artistic Director)
Noriko Kawakami (Journalist、Associate Director of 21_21 DESIGN SIGHT)

“Compass of Japanese Islands” resumed sale

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A compass in the shape of the Japanese archipelago,
the silhouette of which was precisely etched out from a 0.15 mm metal plate, and subsequently magnetized.
When placing it carefully into a glass filled with water, one can immediately tell the orientation of the Japanese archipelago without relying on north-south-east-west information.
It feels as if one’s body sensation is scaled up from one’s position to the life-sized Japanese archipelago.Even though just a simple mechanism, it felt quite rewarding as a tool for connecting myself with the Japanese islands by way of the Earth’s own magnetic force.(Yasuhiro Suzuki “Neighborhood Globe”)

The “Compass of Japanese Islands” which became out of stock for a while resumed sale.
You can buy by a museum shop of Hara Museum of Contemporary Art and the online shop.
https://www.haramuseum.or.jp/shop_en/showGoodsList.php?CatId=1&GrpId=630

AXIS Magazine Series “Blinking Memory”

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AXIS Vol.180
2016 March – April
Feature  Learn from the Ultra-unorthodox
Cover Interview Yoichi Ochiai

Series By Yasuhiro Suzuki
Blinking Memory   Installment 34 “A tally counter that measures value”

Creation gallery G8 talk show “30 years 30 episodes”

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Recruit “creation gallery G8” greets opening 30 years.
Titled “30 years 30 episodes,” they hold 30 times of talking events with display to look back on 30 years of the gallery.
As for the talking event, 30 people with the connection nominate a talk partner for the gallery and are performed.

Because Michihiko Yanai invited me this time, I will talk with him.I meet him again in about 8 after in G8.I’m looking forward to what kind of talking being made of him and me.

DATE : Mon. February 1, 2016 7:00p.m.-8:30p.m.
VENUE : CREATION GALLERY G8
Recruit Ginza 8 Bldg., 1F
8-4-17 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo 104-8001
Speakers :  Michihiko Yanai ,Yasuhiko Suzuki
For More Information:http://rcc.recruit.co.jp/g8/related_post/event/20160121_18659.html

AXIS Magazine Series “Blinking Memory”

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AXIS Vol.179
2016 January – February
Feature Intelligent cars
Cover Interview Frank Gehry

Series By Yasuhiro Suzuki
Blinking Memory   Installment 33 “Drawing boundaries between impressions”

http://www.axisinc.co.jp/english/magazine/vol/179.html

AXIS Magazine Series “Blinking Memory”

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AXIS Vol.178
2015 November – December
Feature New Directions in Energy Production
Cover Interview Nao Tamura

Series By Yasuhiro Suzuki
Blinking Memory   Installment 32 “Soapy Being”

http://www.axisinc.co.jp/english/magazine/vol/178.html