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Tokyo Graphic Passport

September 23, 2010 / 

Tokyo Graphic Passport has finally come upon us. With a packed program of exhibitions, talk events and conferences with participants from all over Japan and overseas, this is a chance to engage with cutting edge design not to be missed.


Attached to Renewal - Akibatamabi21

September 11, 2010 / Exhibition

Another fascinating show from Akibatambi this time involving a collaboration between graduates of Tama Art University and philosophers. Again the space is transformed this time into clincal white in which curious works co-exist with each other. Please come along and see for yourselves.

"3331 Gallery" - another new art space at 3331

September 9, 2010 / Exhibition


3331 is launching another new space within its vast centre, a space in which to get closer to the latest contemporary art and even have the chance to buy it!

The space is launched this Saturday 11th September and its inaugural exhibition presents a range of works by artist Anna Fryer in a solo exhibition titled "FRICTION". The works here form sporadic clusters of constallations throughout the gallery space moving from the microscopic to the macroscopic through the use of motifs from the everyday environment.

Please take this chance to come and view and even acquire the work.

3331 Independents - place your votes now!

September 8, 2010 / Review


3331 Arts Chiyoda is an open space which anyone can join, bringing together people of all ages, experiences, backgrounds and interests. In a reflection of this open nature "3331 Independents" is an exhibition which anyone could submit their work to, without any selection process or heirachy, and as a result we now have a gallery filled with the works of over 330 artists! With a vibrant collision of colours and forms the show expounds a unique energy which is bound to inspire each visitor.
Furthermore in the pursuit of democratic processes and greater audience participation 3331 is asking all visitors to the exhibition to vote for their favourite work. The most appraised artist according to visitors and special reciew panel will be awarded a special scholarship, with a solo exhibition next year! So come and practice your democratic right and cast your votes now!

"Why Do People Draw Pictures?" Katsuhiko Hibino

September 5, 2010 / 

The prolific artist, Katsuhiko Hibino, is always on the move, never resting in one spot for long, he incessantly travels from one place to another and absorbs the unique character of each region. Not only has he been travelling throughout Japan to realize a wide range of collaborative community workshops and projects, but his artistic engagement and spirit of inquiry has led him all over the globe. The notion of travel features heavily in his works, which always engage a form of journey, encountering different places and different people and returning this to the self, as demonstrated in the Home and Away System, presented at the 21st Century Art Museum, Kanazawa. Last year he also undertook a major project as part of the celebrations to mark the 150th year of the opening of Yokohama port, under the title "FUNE project" in which local people joined in collaboration to create 150 model boats based upon historical ships which had entered the port during its history. The port itself being an appropriate image which may lie behind many of Hibino's works, a place of import and export, a place of exchange.

The importance of cultural transactions is central to Hibino's activities, and is highlighted poignantly in the "Asatte Asagao Project", initiated in 2003 as part of the Eichigo-Tsumari Triennial. A pinnacle of his engagement with local communities and his attempt to reveal the special qualities of the local area, "Asatte Asagao Project" creates a new system of communication between distant places through the simple exchange of morning glory seeds. Local communities join together in the nurturing of morning glory plants, their care and attention leading to the blooming of richly coloured flowers. Then their seeds are harvested, and these treasures filled with the character of the local community are then passed on to a different region, a different community to nurture and attend to, the next blossoming carrying with it the message from another land. This project has gone on to develop over a 7 year period to engage people in regions all over Japan and to create a unique connection between all participants. 3331 Arts Chiyoda is also proud to be a participant in this project, the fruit of which can be seen trailing up towards the rooftop from the front entrance wood deck.

The journey always brings new encounters, which Hibino has pursued with rigour, whether it be art and the city, art and soccer, Hibino attempts to bring different worlds together and to realize that they were not necessarily separate from the start. Projects such as "MATCHFLAG" and "Hibino Cup" show the creative possibilities of sports and everyday activities around us.

This exhibition will provide an overview of the journey Hibino has taken over his 30 year career. The exhibition will present a wide range of Hibino's unique projects from his famous cardboard works dating from his student years, to his very latest works, which will create the main feature of the show, a large series of drawings which Hibino has produced during his travels to far off places around the world. As Hibino travels from place to place he finds that his hands can also not stay still and has the constant urge to draw the new experiences, the environments that he encounters. Where does this urge spring from? Is it something innate within human beings? "Why do people draw pictures? ", puts this question to the audience and asks them to tread their own journey in pursuit of the answer. From simple sketches to huge billboard size paintings the exhibition will present, what is perhaps our inherent desire, to take a line for a walk.

Dates: 30th October(Saturday)-13th December(Monday) 2010 Closed on: Tuesdays (Where Tuesday is a National Holiday the gallery will open and will close on the following Wednesday instead)
Venue: 1F Gallery Space
Admission: 500yen, High School/University Studen...ts 300yen, free for children of Junior High School age or younger.
Admission is free of charge for those with disabilities and 1 attendant.
Organizers: 3331 Arts Chiyoda

Next month Katsuhiko Hibino "Why do people draw pictures?"

September 3, 2010 / 

Dates: 30th October(Saturday)-13th December(Monday) 2010 Closed on: Tuesdays (Where Tuesday is a National Holiday the gallery will open and will close on the following Wednesday instead)
Venue: 1F Gallery Space
Admission: 500yen, High School/University Studen...ts 300yen, free for children of Junior High School age or younger.
Admission is free of charge for those with disabilities and 1 attendant.
Organizers: 3331 Arts Chiyoda

3331 Arts Chiyoda is proud to present the solo exhibition of Katsuhiko Hibino, who is a specially commissioned artist of the art centre. As part of the pre-open celebrations of 3331 in March he presented a series of his sketches created during his travels "What happens when moving from H to A". In addition to this the workshop "MATCH FLAG PROJECT in 3331", proposed a new relation between football and art. Furthermore Hibino has instigated his "Asatte Asagao Project" at 3331, the morning glory plants of which can be seen growing from the wood deck up to the rooftop and continue to blossom each day.
This will be his first such exhibition in Tokyo in 8 years and will present a range of work from over 30 years of his creative career, as well as recent sketches created during his travels in South Africa and Laos. During the exhibition a whole range of events including live painting, "Hibino Cup" (a competition of mini soccer with goal posts made from cardboard and uniform made from your old t-shirts) and guest talk shows are also being planned.

We welcome you to join this exhibition and engage in Hibino's questioning of "Why do people draw pictures?".

Katsuhiko Hibino
Born in Gifu city. During the 1980's he pursued an inter-disciplinary approach to the arts in a style which reflected the era. In addition to creating physical works he also engaged in performance, using his body as a medium of expression and examining the possibilities of the self. He went on to represent Japan in major arts events including the 1986 Sydney Biennial and 1995 Venice Biennale.
Highly acclaimed solo exhibitions include "HIBINO EXPO" at Art Tower Mito, 2005, "Home→and←Away Format" at the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, 2007 and Contemporary Art Museum Kumamoto "HIGO BY_ HIBINO". The 2008 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa "Home→and←Away Format" meets NODA[But-a-I] and the 2009 [But-a-I] at the Tokyo Metropolitan Art Space constructed performative spaces, experimentally traversing between the gallery, the theatre and the local area. In the 2009 "Grand Exposition for Yokohama's 150th Year" he supervised the "Yokohama FUNE project" and in conjunction with the 2010 World Cup he sent "MATCH FLAG's", created by the collaboration of various participants, to South Africa and created a unique movement in the stadium. Furthermore as part of Setouchi International Art Festival Hibino has been realizing a long term project examining the seabed.

Hibino's well known "Asatte Asagao Project" is a project which has now been running for 8 years now and has energetically spread throughout the country, with participants from different regions around Japan joining in a collaborative work which also points towards the important function of art in society.
Hibino is also currently professor at Tokyo University of the Arts.

A Message from Katsuhiko Hibino
You can see on the wood deck of 3331 the morning glory plants in full health, climbing towards the rooftop. This is part of the Asatte Asagao Project which has developed throughout the country and has now been initiated at 3331 arts chiyoda as well. The seeds of the morning glory plants will come to fruition in Autumn, and at this time I will hold my solo exhibition here. It has been 8 years since I have held a solo exhibition in Tokyo. In this exhibition I am also planning to present some of my earliest works including the card board series from the 1980's. I am also hoping to present the series of drawings I have been making during my travels.
When I think about what motivates me to draw a picture, while travelling sometimes I think I shall probably never visit this place again, and I feel the urge to save this memory, outputting it from my body through drawing, it is a kind of impatience that I feel. Even if I go to a very remote place I now always carry my drawing materials with me. In this exhibition I will present the pictures I have drawn on my travels, including works I plan to draw during my trip across Laos and South East Asia in September. Also recently I have thought about the large scale live painting of the past and now I want to try that too.
With all of this planned as well as talk shows, "Hibino Cup" and many different events I hope you will look forward to the exhibition with anticipation.

pacman - 80s to 10s Game & Culture

September 3, 2010 / 

Pacman is coming to 3331!
Dates: 2nd October (Saturday)-11th October(Monday/National Holiday)
Times:12:00-19:00 (open until 20:00 on Fridays and Saturdays)
Venue: 3331 Arts Chiyoda 1F Gallery
The video game of the 80's "Pacman" is this year 30 years old. Released in 1980, Pacman was not only a game but also gave birth to a culture, design and art expression which have been highly appraised and even today continue to appeal to people of all generations. In this exhibition in addition to the game software, workshops, talk events and exhibits of young artists' work will be presented, throwing a light upon the many faces of pacman.

more photos from Tokyo DIY Gardening

September 3, 2010 / Review

The Tokyo DIY Gardening workshop took place on 21st August with great success. Here are some photos from the great map which all the participants created.


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