Past Exhibitions

AKI INOMATA: Significant Otherness

Sep 14th, 2019 - Jan 13th, 2020


Internationally Renowned Artist AKI INOMATA’s
First Solo Museum Exhibition in Japan to be Held at the Towada Art Center

AKI INOMATA is an artist whose creative process is an artistic collaboration with living creatures. The Towada Art Center is proud to present her first solo exhibition in Japan from 14 September 2019 to 13 January 2020. She is renowned for projects like ​Why Not Hand Over a “Shelter” to Hermit Crabs?​, in which she uses a 3D printer to create city-like shells for hermit crabs. Through such inter-species collaborations, INOMATA uses humor to question the realities of life on earth.

The exhibition title, ​Significant Otherness,​ is a nod to science historian Donna Haraway and her proposal for a new form of human relationship with other species on earth. In addition to INOMATA’s signature hermit crab “shelter,” Significant Otherness will feature octopus- and ammonite-inspired works, works made from observing clams affected by the 2011 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami, and works that find bagworms wearing scraps of women’s clothing. These works all highlight non-human perspectives and give visitors a chance to reflect on the flow of time, the environment, and the ecosystems of earth.

The exhibition will also see the debut of a new artwork based on the Nanbu breed of horse that once inhabited the region where Towada is located.




AKI INOMATA: Significant Otherness


Sep 14th, 2019 - Jan 13th, 2020


Towada Art Center


9:00-17:00 (Last admission 30 minutes before closing)


except for National Holidays, in which case the museum is open on the holiday and closed the following Tuesday
*Closed December 28, 2019 through January 1, 2020 for year-end holidays


Towada Art Center


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

Organized by

Towada Art Center

Also Sponsored by

Shimadzu Corporation

Special Support From


In Cooperation With

AQUARIUM ASAMUSHI, TRNK exhibition preparation, Matsumoto Chaho, SOMARTA, VIVIENNE TAM, UN3D.

Endorsed by

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


Kodama Kanazawa

Assistant Curator

Sayaka Mitome

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