Art Fair Tokyo 2012 expands its venue, taking up all of the Tokyo International Forum Exhibition Hall
TOKYO.- For the seventh edition in this year, the fair will have an expanded venue, taking up the whole area of the Tokyo International Forum Exhibition Hall. As a result, the special section for young contemporary art galleries, “PROJECTS,” which was located in the Lobby Gallery until last year, will be set up within the Exhibition Hall, and several new programs will be conducted.
Launched in 2011 as an experimental exhibition for contemporary art, Artistic Practices will be expanded in 2012 to introduce an even wider range of creative works mainly focusing on art to present high-quality works of Japanese art and projects. Its theme will be “artistic practices exist in all times and all genres”.
Curated by Yuji YAMASHITA (Professor, Meiji Gakuin University), “Shuffle” took place at the Shirokane Art Complex as a collaborative program of ART FAIR TOKYO 2011. This year, welcoming YAMASHITA as a Curatorial Advisor, “ShuffleⅡ” will be held at ART FAIR TOKYO 2012, and special exhibits will include high-quality works from all genres ranging from antiques to contemporary art.
• In Cooperation with: Shouun Oriental Art, NANZUKA, Hagurodo, Gallery Hirota Fine Art, HOUMANDO, Mizuma Art Gallery, London Gallery, YOKOI FINE ART
2) Collaboration Booths with Other Creative Industries
• Sponsored by Mercedes-Benz Japan, the Mercedes-Benz SLK with the exterior designed by the artist Tetsuya NAKAMURA will be exhibited at the ART FAIR TOKYO venue. (Supported by: GALLERY KOYANAGI)
• In collaboration with Japan Fashion Week Organization, a special booth will be set up for works of “SOMARTA,” by Tamae HIROKAWA.
3) Other Special Booths
• Works of “REBIRTH PROJECTS”, an organization led by Yusuke ISEYA, will be presented at a special booth.
• A special booth will be set up for works of an ultra technologists group, “TEAMLAB” (President: Toshiyuki INOKO).
Aiming to achieve higher international standards and further improvements in the quality of the fair, Discover Asia welcomes Fumio NANJO (Director, Mori Art Museum) having our international vision of “Tokyo as a city within Asia”. In this section, prominent galleries from Asian major cities, such as Seoul, Taipei, and Beijing, will participate at ART FAIR TOKYO 2012 along with museums and Japanese galleries that have been receiving an international acclaim.
• Participating Galleries: ARARIO GALLERY (Cheonan/Beijing/Seoul), Chi-Wen Gallery (Taipei), ONE AND J. GALLERY (Seoul), PKM GALLERY (Seoul), Gallery Skape (Seoul), TKG+ (Taipei/Beijing)
• In Cooperation with: Ullens Center for Contemporary Art , Mori Art Museum,
Vitamin Creative Space (Guangzhou/Beijing), Eslite Gallery (Taipei)
Project in Projects
This is a new section set up for exhibiting large-scale artworks and performances that cannot be shown within the confines of a regular booth. Artworks will be selected from galleries in the “PROJECTS” section.
• Participating Artists: Chin↑Pom (Project Fulfill Art Space In Cooperation with: Mujin-to Production), Fuyuki YAMAKAWA (SNOW Contemporary), Heath FRANCO (Tristian Koenig), Yodogawa-Technique (YUKARI ART), and more
Collaboration with Other Creative Industries
Since the launch in 2011 of “CREATIVE TOKYO” as a Cool Japan promotion program operated by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, the ART FAIR TOKYO Committee has been taking an active role in supporting them in their aim to firmly establish Tokyo as a creative hub in Asia, and ART FAIR TOKYO 2012 will be participating in “CREATIVE TOKYO”’s “TOKYO SPRING”, a platform promoting creative events in Tokyo. As a part of these efforts, ART FAIR TOKYO will launch the “TOKYO PREMIUM PROJECT” (TPP) in collaboration with Japan Restaurant Week Committee and Japan Fashion Week Organization. TPP will aim to link the best that Tokyo has to offer in terms of “Art”, “Food”, and “Fashion”.