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July 4, 2022
Bureau of Citizens, Culture and Sports
Tokyo Metropolitan Foundation for History and Culture

Art Brut 2022 Touring Exhibition “Form, Fluid and Flexible”

The Tokyo Metropolitan Government and the Tokyo Metropolitan Foundation for History and Culture will hold Art Brut (Note) 2022 Touring Exhibition “Form, Fluid and Flexible.”
This project will feature exhibitions touring three venues in Tokyo and an event at Hachijo-machi to highlight ten artists now expanding their fields of activity in Japan and overseas. The exhibition will present diverse forms of expressions using familiar everyday materials through works in different forms ranging from paintings to three-dimensional artworks, examining the fundamental creative charm of their expressions.
(Note) Art Brut is a term introduced by French artist Jean Dubuffet. Today it has a wider definition as art by people who have not had specialized art education but have unique ideas and ways of expression.

Photo of work 1
Sasaki Sanae, no title, c. 2008- 2012 Collection of the artist, Courtesy of Lumbini Art Museum

Photo of work 2
Aoki Takeru “Reppas” c. 1997-2004 Courtesy of Hajimari Art Center

Photo of work 3
Hagio Toshio “Untitled” 2021 Collection of the artist, Photo: Tada (Yukai)

1. Exhibitions

(1) Tokyo Shibuya Koen-dori Gallery

1-19-8, Jinnan, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
July 16 (Sat.) to September 25 (Sun.) (excluding days when the gallery is closed) 11:00 - 19:00

(2) Nerima Art Museum Civic Art Gallery

1-36-16, Nukui, Nerima-ku, Tokyo
October 27 (Thurs.) to November 2 (Wed.) (closed on Oct. 31) 10:00 -18:00

(3) Fuchu Art Museum Citizens’ Gallery

3, 1-chome, Sengen-cho, Fuchu-shi, Tokyo
November 25 (Fri.) to December 4 (Sun.) (closed on Nov. 28) 10:00 - 17:00

2. Off-site events

(Real-time online touring exhibition connecting Hachijo Island and the venue at Shibuya, etc.)

Hachijo-machi Multi-purpose Hall “Ojare”

2551-2, Okago, Hachijo-machi, Hachijo-jima, Tokyo, to be held in August

3. Organizer

Tokyo Metropolitan Government, Tokyo Metropolitan Foundation for History and Culture

4. Support/Cooperation

Nerima Ward (support), Fuchu City, Hajchijo Town (cooperation)

5. Admission


*Programs are subject to change depending on the status of coronavirus infections.
*For details of the preventive measures against coronavirus infection, please see the website of Tokyo Shibuya Koen-dori Gallery.

Outline of the exhibition

1. Exhibition of works

The Japanese word katachi (form) can mean appearance, shape, or design, or even the state of things. Katachi has many meanings. This exhibition presents artworks that differ in form giving different impressions, reflecting the many ways that katachi differs in meaning. The artists display their own unique approach in their handling of motifs with the simple yet powerful repetition of shapes and delicately lined drawings. Their works, in every case, are highly original. Works using colored pencils, color pens, fabric, threads, leaflets, etc. show us the diversity of expressions possible beyond the merely technical and remind us that creation and the routine of the everyday are inseparable.
We hope the freedom of expression in this exhibition will help you experience a different perspective and that it will provide an opportunity to think of a society where every one of us can create and foster a life rich in spirit.


Aoki Takeru, Igarashi Tomoyuki, Inada Moeko, Inoue Masaru, Sasaki Sanae, Hagio Toshio, Hamanaka Toru, Honda Masaharu, Yoshikawa Hideaki, Watanabe Aya (in the order of the Japanese syllabary)

Audio Guide Navigator

An audio guide will be provided free of charge at Tokyo Shibuya Koen-dori Gallery.

Photo of audio guide

Koseki Yuta (actor)
Koseki Yuta was born in Tokyo. In recent years he has appeared regularly in the TV program “King’s Brunch” (TBS) besides many other roles in TV dramas, films, and theaters. His main appearances include the movie DIVOC-12 “Life of Yumemi,” and TV drama “Love! Delinquent boy and a girl with a white cane” (NTV), etc.

2. Related events

A series of viewing events, gallery talks, and other events related to the exhibition will be held at Tokyo Shibuya Koen-dori Gallery during the exhibition period.

3. Other

For details of the exhibitions and related events, please visit the website of Tokyo Shibuya Koen-dori Gallery (Japanese(External link)/English(External link)).

This project is part of the Future Tokyo: Tokyo’s Long-Term Strategy.
Strategy 15: Culture/Entertainment City Strategy “Project for the Improvement of Wellbeing through Arts and Culture”

*Please click here to see mass media releases in multiple languages. (日本語 / 中文 / 한국어)

Inquiries (Assistance Japanese only)

Cultural Events Section, Culture Promotion Division, Bureau of Citizens, Culture and Sports
Phone: 03-5320-4232
Cultural Inclusion Section, Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo, Tokyo Metropolitan Foundation for History and Culture
Phone: 03-5422-3151
Website (Japanese(External link)/English(External link))

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