Inter+Play #001: Arts Towada 10th Anniversary Exhibition
Performance by Behaviour Problem Trio: Summer Night Festival

The Towada Art Center is proud to announce a special performance by exhibiting artists Behaviour Problem Trio as part of the Arts Towada 10th Anniversary Exhibition Inter+Play. For two nights in a row, the trio will interact with both the exhibition space and the artwork, using dance and music to reveal the invisible on a journey through the Towada Art Center. Please join us as Behaviour Problem Trio leads us on a museum experience that is anything but ordinary.

Schedule
Sun, Aug 8 & Mon, Aug 9, 2021
19:00 Doors Open
19:30 – 20:30 Performance (scheduled for 1 hour)

*Event attendance requires the purchase of an exhibition ticket.
Please purchase your ticket before the museum closes at 17:00, or after doors open at 19:00.
Tickets purchased after the museum has closed can be used for one day only, from the day following the event until the end of Inter+Play Season 1 on August 29.

On Tuesday, June 22, the Towada Art Center celebrated its 50,000th visitor to Inter+Play Season 1: Arts Towada 10th Anniversary Exhibition, which first open last year on Thursday, July 23, 2020.
The center has welcomed many visitors from both in and outside of the prefecture while taking measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19. These measures include a new online ticketing system that was introduced in April as well as advance notifications to guests when crowding is expected via the center’s website.

The 50,000th visitors to the exhibition were actually a three-person family from Hachinohe City in Aomori.

To commemorate the occasion, center director WASHIDA Meruro presented the family with a copy of the Inter+Play Season 1 catalog as well as a pair of complimentary tickets to the Towada Art Center, a voucher for a limited-time exhibition dessert available at the Cube Café & Shop, and a Towada Art Center eco-friendly tote bag. The daughter told us, “I was surprised to be the 50,000th visitor since this is my first time coming to a museum. The exhibition was pretty and amazing.”

Thank you to everyone who has visited the Towada Art Center during the exhibition.

Inter+Play Season 1: Arts Towada 10th Anniversary Exhibition is on display until Sunday, August 29, 2021.

Inter+Play Season 2 is set to open on Saturday, September 18, 2021.

Free Admission to the Towada Art Center’s Permanent Collection for Local Residents

On the 10th of every month, local residents of Towada can visit the permanent exhibition free of charge.
If the 10th is a holiday, the day before will be the free day.

Please present your My Number Card, driver’s license, insurance card, or other proof of address at reception.

To commemorate the opening of the online virtual tour of the Towada Art Center’s permanent collection, we will hold an online talk between architectural historian and professor Igarashi Taro and Washida Meruro, Director of the Towada Art Center, on Saturday, January 23, 2021, from 14:00 to 15:00. In this talk, they will discuss the possibilities and significance of virtual reality (VR) in both art and architecture.

*The online talk is also available at the URL below.
https://youtu.be/fseNz8dqQ4w

*Click here for more information about the online virtual tour.

*Top image: Cause and Effect by Suh Do Ho as seen in the virtual tour

The Towada Art Center celebrated its 30,000th visitor to Inter+Play Season 1: Arts Towada 10th Anniversary Exhibition on Wednesday, December 9. After welcoming the exhibition’s 10,000th visitor on Tuesday, September 8, the center welcomed 20,000 more visitors in just three months.

Inter+Play is a three-part exhibition that celebrates the tenth anniversary of Arts Towada, the city-wide initiative that promotes art throughout the city of Towada and along its main thoroughfare of Kanchogai Avenue. The first season of the exhibition features the works of SUZUKI Yasuhiro, 目 [mé], TSUDA Michiko, evala, and MATSUBARA Megumi, which are on display not only inside the center but also throughout the city.

The 30,000th visitors to the exhibition were a couple from Kuroishi City in Aomori. To commemorate the occasion, center director WASHIDA Meruro presented the couple with a copy of the Inter+Play Season 01 catalog, as well as a pair of complimentary tickets to the Towada Art Center, a voucher for a limited-time exhibition dessert available at the Cube Café & Shop, and a Towada Art Center eco-friendly tote bag.

The couple said they came to the center after seeing posters and TV commercials for the exhibition, adding, “Nothing like this has ever happened to us before. We can’t believe that we were the 30,000th visitors.”

Thank you to everyone who has visited the Towada Art Center. Inter+Play Season 1: Arts Towada 10th Anniversary Exhibition is on display until Sunday, August 29, 2021.

Students studying to become curators are invited to give gallery tours of the Towada Art Center’s permanent collection as part of their museum curatorial internship.
Please come to reception with your permanent exhibition ticket at the scheduled time. No reservation required.

Documentary Video

*Sentences and the performance are in Japanese.

Details
Held inside the exhibition space of TSUDA Michiko’s installation, this performance will visualize the invisible: distance, gravity, time, Earth’s interior, and more.
*Performance scheduled for one hour.

In order to attend this event, you will be asked to Help Prevent the Spread of COVID-19.

*Photo: TSUDA Michiko, You would come back there to see me again the following day
MATSUBARA Megumi, Truth/Freedom, Inter+Play: Arts Towada 10th Anniversary Exhibition (Towada Art Center, Aomori, 2020) photo: OYAMADA Kuniya

The Towada Art Center celebrated its 10,000th visitor to Inter+Play Season 1: Arts Towada 10th Anniversary Exhibition on Tuesday, September 23. Inter+Play is a three-part exhibition that celebrates the tenth anniversary of Arts Towada, the city-wide initiative that promotes art throughout the city of Towada and along its main thoroughfare of Kanchogai Avenue.

The first season of the exhibition features the works of SUZUKI Yasuhiro, 目 [mé], TSUDA Michiko, evala, and MATSUBARA Megumi, which are on display not only inside the museum but also throughout the city. The 10,000th visitors to the exhibition were a couple from Akita City in Akita Prefecture.

To commemorate the occasion, museum director WASHIDA Meruro presented the couple with a copy of the Inter+Play Season 01 catalog, as well as a pair of complimentary tickets to the Towada Art Center, a voucher for a limited-time exhibition dessert available at the Cube Café & Shop, and a Towada Art Center eco bag.

The couple shared their thoughts on exhibiting artist MATSUBARA Megumi’s installation, saying that they were intrigued by the work’s concept of red and how it changes over time. They also commented that they were thrilled to be lucky enough to be the 10,000th visitors to the exhibition, as it marks one of their first outings since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Thank you to everyone who has visited the Towada Art Center. Inter+Play Season 1: Arts Towada 10th Anniversary Exhibition is on display until Sunday, August 29, 2021.

The Towada Art Center will be presenting a live stream of a lecture and performance by Inter+Play exhibiting artist MATSUBARA Megumi, followed by her conversation with exhibition curator KANAZAWA Kodama.(Language: Japanese)

Details will be made available soon.

*This event will be streamed live on the Towada Art Center’s YouTube channel.
Please note that this is an online event. The exhibition space will not be open to the public.

Photo image:MATSUBARA Megumi, Truth / Freedom, 2020, “Inter + Play #001: Arts Towada 10th Anniversary Exhibition”, Towada Art Center, Aomori, Japan
Photo: OYAMADA Kuniya

The Towada Art Center celebrated its 10,000th visitor to AKI INOMATA: Significant Otherness on Sunday, October 27. The 10,000th visitor to the exhibition was actually a three-person family from Hirosaki City in Aomori.

To commemorate the occasion, the museum congratulated the family together with children who were dressed up in bagworm-themed costumes that they made at the ARTois workshop held earlier that day. The lucky family received an exhibition catalog as well as a pair of complimentary tickets to the Towada Art Center and a voucher for a limited-time exhibition dessert available at the Cube Café & Shop.

The family told the museum that they were surprised to see how the bagworms moved around and that they enjoyed the hermit crabs and the beaver artworks.

Thank you to everyone who has visited the Towada Art Center during AKI INOMATA: Significant Otherness, which is on display until January 13, 2020.

Following a film screening, guest curator Nobuaki Doi will speak with exhibiting artists Ryo Hirano, nuQ, and Saigo no Shudan about illustration and their creative process.

Above image designed by Saigo no Shudan, illustrations by Ryo Hirano, nuQ, and Saigo no Shudan

Illustrations by Aomori artist NOZ

*Learn more at the artist’s website:
https://2nb-y.jimdo.com

Open Music Square invites Towada locals to bring their music to the Towada Art Center once a month.

On the afternoon of Saturday, February 15, the Towada Art Center welcomes first- and second-year students from Prof. Nakashima’s research group in the Department of Early Childhood Education at Hachinohe Gakuin Junior College.

The group will perform hymns, classical works, and Japanese songs as well as Studio Ghibli and Disney numbers on hand-crafted Schulmerich handbells.

About the Group
The group aims to elicit deep emotional responses using the tones of the English handbell, performing at kindergartens, nursery schools, and various all-ages events with the aim of spreading the joy of handbell music and improving students’ performance techniques. They organize Christmas tree lighting ceremonies and perform every year at the Lapia shopping center in Hachinohe.

Open Music Square invites Towada locals to bring their music to the Towada Art Center once a month.

Day 2 welcomes a jazz band made up of second year students from Kitasato University.

From the classics to the latest pop sounds, the band has a flavor of jazz for everyone!

The band features the standard jazz sounds of saxophone, piano, upright bass, and drums, but they also invite the occasional guest to come up and jam. (Past guests have sat in on trumpet, clarinet, and violin.)

Each member has their own background outside of jazz, which include symphonies, brass bands, and pop music bands, but as second year veterinary students they have come together to form this band!

Open Music Square invites Towada locals to bring their music to the Towada Art Center once a month.

On the morning of Saturday, November 16, we welcome the members of the group Bremen.

Group Profile
We are a jazz band made up of current students and alumni from the Hirosaki University Jazz Society and Kitasato University Jazz Society. Our band performs to convey the fun and appeal of jazz. We hope that we can satisfy your musical appetite, like that contented feeling you have after a big meal!

Members
Yuka Hirao (Piano)
Hinata Tanaka (Guitar)
Chiaki Wada (Trumpet)
Kazuki Watanabe (Saxophone)
Kensuke Sudo (Drums)
Yumiko Uchiyama (Bass)

Open Music Square invites Towada locals to bring their music to the Towada Art Center once a month. On the afternoon of Saturday, November 16, the Towada Art Center welcomes the Kitasato University Guitar Club for the fourth installment of Open Music Square.

Performance Details
An acoustic show of singers and guitarists

About the Kitasato University Guitar Club
Members of the Kitasato University Guitar Club enjoy their favorite music on their own terms. The club welcomes guitarists of all skill levels, from beginner to expert, and we also enjoy playing other instruments as well.

Open Music Square invites Towada locals to bring their music to the Towada Art Center once a month.

Day 1 welcomes the Ushigoya Music Group.
The groups holds their own biannual concert series in a gorgeously renovated farmhouse and also performs at nursing homes, community events, cultural festivals, and senior social events.
They say that they “plan to always keep playing to make the elderly feel better ♥️ .”

This year’s Open Music Square performance will be guitar-based and feature folk songs and other popular tunes.

Open Music Square invites Towada locals to bring their music to the Towada Art Center once a month.

On the afternoon of Saturday, December 21, the Towada Art Center welcomes Bremen, who combine erhu and synthesizer to perform a range of fan favorites, from world-famous hits to film soundtracks and even the genre of Japanese enka.

They hope that their music can be used in daily life as a source of relaxation for both themselves and for others.

About Bremen
The group studies erhu under Mr. Zhang, who plays frequently around the Kanto area since moving to Yokohama ten years ago, and learns piano from Hachinohe jazz pianist Ms. Yumiko Hebiguchi.

Open Music Square invites Towada locals to bring their music to the Towada Art Center once a month.
On the afternoon of Saturday, January 18, the Towada Art Center welcomes ea-Z’s, the classical guitar duo of Hiroshi Itoh and Tomoyuki Kawamura.
At last year’s Open Music Square, the duo performed a selection of songs from film.
This year, they will perform well-known, seasonal classical pieces, including works by Handel, Bach, Chopin, and more.

About ea-Z’s
One of the area’s only classical guitar duos.
2019-08-29 — Performance at the Towada Sanbongi Elementary School Auditorium
2019-06-09 — Performance in Setagaya, Tokyo at the Towada Barayaki Tokyo First Anniversary Event
2019-06-02 — Performance at Towada City Plaza
2019-01-19 — Performance at the Towada Art Center
2018-10-21 — Performance at the Misawa Hospital Heartful Concert

Open Music Square invites Towada locals to bring their music to the Towada Art Center once a month.

On the morning of Saturday, February 15, the Towada Art Center welcomes Nanohana, who perform classical compositions in addition to pop music and movie soundtracks on flute, violin, and keyboard.

About Nanohana
A three-piece, all-female violin, flute, and piano group from Towada, Nanohana occasionally holds live performances for the Oirase Roman Park Beer House, at hospitals around Towada, and events by the Towada City Council of Social Welfare.

Open Music Square invites Towada locals to bring their music to the Towada Art Center once a month.

On the morning of Saturday, March 21, the Towada Art Center welcomes a vocal performance by Chikako Goto & Friends.

Please come and enjoy these beautiful singing voices as they brighten up the museum.

Exhibiting artist AKI INOMATA sits down with writer Yuju Wen to talk about her work and creative process. More details to follow.

Photo by Kenshu Shitsubo

A live reading will take place in the exhibition room, collaboratively performed by writer Yuju Wen, musician Yutaka Ito, and exhibiting artist AKI INOMATA.

*Photo:Why Not Hand Over a “Shelter” to Hermit Crabs? -White Chapel-, 2014-2015 *Reference image
©︎AKI INOMATA / Courtesy of MAHO KUBOTA GALLERY

A talk event with AKI INOMATA and exhibition curator Kodama Kanazawa will take place to commemorate the publication of INOMATA’s artist catalogue that features the works presented in the exhibition.

AKI INOMATA Artist Catalogue
“AKI INOMATA: Significant Otherness” (tentative title)
Scheduled for publication by Bijustu Shuppan-sha in late-October 2019
*The catalogue will be available to purchase at Towada Art Center, select book stores, and online.

Open Music Square is back for another season of music at the museum.

Open Music Square invites local musicians and groups to bring their music to the Towada Art Center once a month, and we are looking to invite local performers who will help brighten up the museum with the sounds of Towada.

To any and all musicians and groups in Towada, please do not hesitate to apply, and we look forward to seeing you all for another season of Open Music Square.

Open Music Square PDF (Japanese)

This week’s ARTois workshop is their fifth collaboration with the Towada Art Center.

Taking inspiration from Takashi Kuribayashi’s Sumpf Land, which is part of the museum’s permanent collection, participants will draw pictures on large sheets of white paper to create their own worlds that straddle some kind of ‘boundary.’

We hope you will join us.

Towada Art Center is happy to announce the next performance by the group Irone.

Doors open at 18:40 and music starts at 19:00.

*Seating is limited and available on a first-come first-served basis. Please note that you may be turned away once we have reached capacity.

Performers
Reiko Yoshikawa (Erhu, Koto & 17-String Koto)
Chizuko Mukaiyachi (Ocarina)
Yukiko Ueda (Flute & Piano)

Program
1. Natsu no omoide (Erhu, Ocarina & Piano)
2. Furusato (Flute Solo)
3. Bashofu (Erhu & Piano)
4. Shizumeru hitomi (seventeen strings solo)
5. Tsugaru no furusato (Ocarina & Piano)
6. Ikkojin (Erhu & Piano)
7. Mesuyagi no odori (Flute Solo)
8. Kaze ni kike, Part II (Flute Solo)

Starting this April, the Towada Art Center will be offering workshops in collaboration with contemporary art class ARTois. The first of these workshops is based on Shin Morikita’s Flying Man and Hunter from the museum’s permanent collection, with participants creating their own alter egos out of black corriboard cut to fit the size of their bodies. Participants can enjoy exhibiting their unique black shapes against the stark white walls of the museum, which is sure to make for some interesting “alter egos.”

*Photo above is from the second day of ARTois children’s workshop Let’s Make an Air Dome in the Clouds, held on March 24, 2019.

The novel Takeshi Shima is a project of the exhibition Stranger Than Fiction, held at the Towada Art Center from Saturday 13 April to Sunday 1 September 2019. 39,000 of the Japanese novel’s 45,000 characters—all but the final chapter—have been published online for free in seven installments. The final chapter is available to read at the exhibition, and the entire book will be published and made available for purchase at a later date.

Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 Part 4

Part 5 Part 6 Part 7 Part 8

Update (2019-04-12)
Due to overwhelming demand, we’ve made the final chapter of Takeshi Shima available online. Reading the novel will bring a whole new meaning to the artworks, documents, and videos on display at the museum, so be sure to visit the exhibition once you’ve finished reading.

This year Towada Art Center celebrates its tenth anniversary. Every year the museum is visited by children from nurseries and grade schools around Towada. Over the years, the museum has received many wonderful thank you letters from those children, who have written about their experiences here. Their unique perspectives and honest commentary are so heartwarming that we have compiled them in an online gallery where we can share them with the world.

View the Letters Here (Japanese)

As a cultural center of the city, the Towada Art Center is constantly creating community-centered projects and programs. Starting April 2019, we have begun Regional Exchange & Professional Development Training Through Art, a project formed in conjunction with the exhibition Stranger Than Fiction. This will be a hands-on program where participants actively engage in the management of an artist-led project that will expand beyond museum and into the community. To lead the project, we welcome artist Jun Kitazawa, who is currently based in Indonesia and has conducted experimental projects that involve the community in places both across Japan and abroad. The project will span five months and center on the operation of the project LOST TERMINAL, where the museum will serve as the terminal for a number of exotic vehicles Kitazawa has brought from Indonesia. The project will include experience-enhancing lectures for participants, who will have the opportunity to further develop the project independently through group work. If you’re interested in art or community outreach, we hope you will join us as we learn together and help bring this project to life.

LOST TERMINAL Orientation
Friday, April 5, 2019 18:00–

Artist Jun Kitazawa gives a presentation on his work and introduces LOST TERMINAL. We hope you will join us in exploring, together with the artist, the future relationships between art and the community and the forms of expression they may bring.

Training Day 1 — Planning LOST TERMINAL with the Community
Saturday, April 6, 2019 15:00–

LOST TERMINAL is not only the work of the artist but of all the people involved in its implementation. What kind of artwork will it become, and how will it develop and interact with the city? We hope you will join artist Jun Kitazawa in thinking about how to build a new future for Towada through art.

Training Day 2 — Making LOST TERMINAL Function within the Community
Sunday, April 7, 2019 15:00–

Beyond art, what does it mean to make an original idea “function” within the community? What will it take to make LOST TERMINAL work? Would you like to be a part of setting this project into motion? We hope you will join us in thinking about how to build a new future for Towada.

Training Day 3 — Letting LOST TERMINAL Develop in the Community
Sunday, April 14, 2019 15:00–

On Day 3, we will split into groups and try to actually develop something in the community. As each group works independently they will feed into each other, creating a feedback loop that will amplify the results of the activity.

Activities from May Onward
A variety of activities are planned, including talk events and twice-monthly group work and management training.
・ Group Work: Twice a month, mainly on weekends (Schedule will be decided upon together with participants during April meetings)
LOST TERMINAL Management Training to be planned around participants’ schedules.
・ Participants will be given priority access to Stranger Than Fiction talk events. (Please refer to the events page for details)

Exotic Vehicles from Afar Come to Towada

At the Towada Art Center, preparations are currently underway for Lost Terminal, the latest project by Jun Kitazawa, one of the artists featured in our Spring 2019 exhibition, scheduled to run April 13 through September 1, 2019.

Lost Terminal finds Kitazawa bringing the knowledge gleaned from his many travels across Asia to his research on the city of Towada. In this project, Kitazawa will commission local artisans in Indonesia to create custom versions of the rickshaw bicycles often found on the streets there. These creations will then be brought to Towada and actually driven across the city for museum visitors and local people ride and enjoy. This is Kitazawa’s way of transcending space and time to rewrite the fading and forgotten ways of life of these two disparate lands—Indonesia with its ever-changing streetscapes and Towada with it’s history of horse breeding, as well as the rickshaw as a symbol that harkens back to an earlier time in Japan’s history.

‘Ads’ Drawn onto Cycle Rickshaws by Indonesian Artisans Will Complete the Artwork

For this project, we are looking for individuals, groups, and organizations to participate indirectly as “advertisers” in collaboration with local artisans and Kitazawa, who is currently based in Indonesia. The plan to engage advertisers comes from the fact that the advertisements on the sides these cycle rickshaws, known as becak, are individually hand-painted. Local artisans will paint your “advertisement” onto the Lost Terminal becaks in order to complete the project. By advertising in Jun Kitazawa’s latest project—through collaborative art with a diverse range of people across countries and regions—you will be helping to manifest a new kind of society. We hope you will join us!

VR! VR! VR! The Towada Art Center transformed into a virtual space through a collaborative effort to make artwork using VR technology! Break through the barriers of reality with this new, experiential attraction that goes far beyond anyone’s imagination!

Members Wanted!
Join us, Nadegata Instant Party, in creating this VR project!

Eligibility
Anyone who is interested in making art or art projects. No prior experience required.

We’re looking for people who
1. Want to act
2. Want to make VR props, large and small
3. Want to try shooting with a professional camera
4. Want to make meals
5. Want to help set up the exhibition
There are always more ways for people to get involved!

The Towada Art Center is planning a new collaborative community project by Nadegata Instant Party, to last April 13 – September 1 (dates tentative), as part of its 2019 Spring/Summer Exhibition. Work on the project will commence following initial information sessions. Works created during the project will be on display during the 2019 Spring/Summer Exhibition.

*Toru Nakazaki conducted the first session in person on December 26, 2018.
*The second session is at 15:00 on Sunday, January 27, 2019.

*For more information, see the flyerhere.

VR! VR! VR! Break through the barriers of reality with this new, experiential attraction that goes far beyond anyone’s imagination and transform the Towada Art Center into a virtual space through a collaborative effort to make artwork using VR technology!

Members Wanted!
Join us, Nadegata Instant Party, in creating this VR project!

Eligibility
Anyone who is interested in making art or art projects. No prior experience required.

We’re looking for people who
1. Want to act
2. Want to make VR props, large and small
3. Want to try shooting with a professional camera
4. Want to make meals
5. Want to help set up the exhibition
There are always more ways for people to get involved!

The Towada Art Center is planning a new collaborative community project by Nadegata Instant Party, to last April 13 – September 1 (dates tentative), as part of its 2019 Spring/Summer Exhibition. Work on the project will commence following initial information sessions. Works created during the project will be on display during the 2019 Spring/Summer Exhibition.

*The first session was held at 17:00 on Wednesday, December 26, 2018.

*For more information, see the flyerhere.

Please join us for a special tea ceremony to celebrate the coming of spring.
There no better way to wind down after the holidays than with a cup of tea in the museum’s relaxing atmosphere. We look forward to seeing you.

*Wagashi sweets are limited and will be offered on a first-come first-served basis.
*Above image is for reference purposes only.

Please join us for a special tea ceremony to celebrate the coming of spring.
There no better way to wind down after the holidays than with a cup of tea in the museum’s relaxing atmosphere. We look forward to seeing you.

*Wagashi sweets are limited and will be offered on a first-come first-served basis.
*Above image is for reference purposes only.

Open Music Square invites Towada locals to bring their music to the Towada Art Center once a month.

Day 5 will include both a morning and afternoon section. The morning section will feature an erhu performance by Reiko Yoshikawa of the group Irone. Five years ago Yoshikawa started Irone to share the diverse sounds of the erhu and koto, and the group has been performing regularly since then. Please join us to enjoy the beautiful sounds of the erhu as they reflect across the museum.

[Program]
Shiretoko Love Song
Tookue Ikitai
Nada Sōsō
Edelweiss
and more

Read more about the Irone Ehru & Niko Concert on June 30, 2018 (Japanese)

Open Music Square invites Towada locals to bring their music to the Towada Art Center once a month.

Day 2 welcomes the members of the Kitasato University Guitar Club.
The club is a place where students can get together and practice, jam, and share their favorite music—though they sometimes set the guitars aside in favor of Jenga or a game of cards. The club performs regularly throughout the year at school events and during local Towada festivals.

At the Towada Art Center, the club has prepared a group of songs that will show off the range of the guitar.

<Program>
・Still(Hill song)
・One(DEPAPEPE)
・Sparkle(Radwimps)
・Amazing Grace

Open Music Square invites Towada locals to bring their music to the Towada Art Center once a month.

Day 5 will include both a morning and afternoon section. The afternoon section will feature a performance by musical group Blend Tea, which is composed of vocalist Eiji and keyboardist Atsuko. The two started the unit in order to perform and share their favorite music. From familiar standards to obscure deep cuts, the group will share a blend of different sounds and genres.

[Program]
Celery
ESCAPE
and 6 other pieces

Open Music Square invites Towada locals to bring their music to the Towada Art Center once a month.

Day 8 welcomes Towada’s very own Junior Orchestra, who have been spreading their love of music throughout Towada. The orchestra is comprised of students of all ages—from kindergarten through high school—and regularly holds concerts throughout the year. Their Open Music Square concert will be a string section performance featuring the violin and cello.

Program
・ Fritz Kreisler’s Liebesleid (Love’s Sorrow)
・ Fritz Kreisler’s Liebesfreud (Love’s Joy)
・ Mozart’s Twelve Variations on “Ah vous dirai-je, Maman” (Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star)
… and more

About the Junior Orchestra
Founded in 2001, the orchestra has held annual concerts since 2003. In 2018, they held their 16th annual concert in addition to private concerts and performances at Komakko Land and the Towada City Cultural Festival.

Open Music Square invites Towada locals to bring their music to the Towada Art Center once a month.

Day 7 welcomes the classical guitar duo ea-Z’s. Guitarists Hiroshi Itoh and Tomoyuki Kawamura will perform a selection of songs from film, which is sure to be a trip down memory lane and will pique the interest of those who have an ear for movie soundtracks.

We hope you’ll join us for another morning of music at the Towada Art Center.

Open Music Square invites Towada locals to bring their music to the Towada Art Center once a month.

Day 4 welcomes a collaboration between two groups, Hen-ne Bu and Ooodoru Bu.
The two groups, of Strange Sounds and Dance, respectively, were created during the Super Liberal Art School exhibition held at the Towada Art Center in 2013. Please join us at the museum to be transported to another world through music that focuses on the strange sounds of everyday objects and a special dance performance by the Ooodoru Bu.

A new project that reconsiders the scope of chiiki art kicks off in Towada with a two-day panel discussion.

The term chiiki art (community art) was used in a 2014 discourse by literary critic Naoya Fujita to describe the large number of art festivals in recent years that were named after the region where they were held. Many different remarks were made in response to the term as well as problems related to it, creating the singular phenomenon of chiiki art. But the term has been talked about by a wide range of people, from all manner of perspectives, both pro and con.

Furthermore, the term chiiki means something different to everyone and can include local residents, communities, governments, and business entities. All of those things and more are wrapped up in the concept that people call chiiki art. Activities referred to as chiiki art can take on many forms, all of which are distinct in nature yet also overlap with each other. These can include international art festivals, regional art festivals, art projects, regional art museum projects, socially-engaged art, support activities, and local revitalization. The aim of this project is to drive a wedge into current conceptions and generalizations by carefully looking at the range of chiiki art that has evolved independently and by understanding their significance and successes, as well as future possibilities and potential risks.

What has chiiki art communicated to us? And should it even be called chiiki art? In this event, speakers will revisit and reexamine this term, and this talk, as well as future writings and exhibitions, are set to be compiled in a catalog that will be published next year.

On the first day of the panel, three experts will share their work and explain what the term chiiki art means to them, after which a moderator-led discussion will explore the scope of what chiiki art can, and should, be.

A new project that reconsiders the scope of chiiki art kicks off in Towada with a two-day panel discussion.

The term chiiki art (community art) was used in a 2014 discourse by literary critic Naoya Fujita to describe the large number of art festivals in recent years that were named after the region where they were held. Many different remarks were made in response to the term as well as problems related to it, creating the singular phenomenon of chiiki art. But the term has been talked about by a wide range of people, from all manner of perspectives, both pro and con.

Furthermore, the term chiiki means something different to everyone and can include local residents, communities, governments, and business entities. All of those things and more are wrapped up in the concept that people call chiiki art. Activities referred to as chiiki art can take on many forms, all of which are distinct in nature yet also overlap with each other. These can include international art festivals, regional art festivals, art projects, regional art museum projects, socially-engaged art, support activities, and local revitalization. The aim of this project is to drive a wedge into current conceptions and generalizations by carefully looking at the range of chiiki art that has evolved independently and by understanding their significance and successes, as well as future possibilities and potential risks.

What has chiiki art communicated to us? And should it even be called chiiki art? In this event, speakers will revisit and reexamine this term, and this talk, as well as future writings and exhibitions, are set to be compiled in a catalog that will be published next year.

On the second day of the panel, we invite artists to share their observations on their creative process as it relates to geography, society, and people and engage a moderated dialog that delves into the significance of their work.

The exhibition artist Yuko Mohri will talk about her works in the exhibition space.

Photo by Naoko Maeda

The Towada Art Center welcomes musician Seiichi Yamamoto for a one-night-only concert.

Photo image:Scenes from 2018 exhibition Childhood, Palais de Tokyo (Paris)
Photo courtesy Palais de Tokyo
(Reference image)

A talk will be held to commemorate the launch and release of the exhibition catalogue.

Photo image:Scenes from 2018 exhibition Childhood, Palais de Tokyo (Paris)
Photo courtesy Palais de Tokyo
(Reference image)

Towada’a cutest marché brings local vegetables, cute crafts, aromatherapy and more, along with a wide range of food vendors using the best local ingredients. Stop by the museum then join the marché for some fun in the sun!

The Towada Art Center celebrated its 10,000th visitor to the Towada Art Center 10th Anniversary Exhibition Do Ho Suh: Passage/s on Wednesday, August 1.

The 10,000th visitor to the museum was actually a 4-person family from Tochigi enjoying their summer vacation in Aomori. They told the museum that this would be a highlight of their trip and one they would never forget.

To commemorate the occasion, Towada Art Center Director Kazuko Koike congratulated the family and gave them an exhibition catalog as well as complimentary tickets to visit the Towada Art Center again in the future.

The Towada Art Center celebrated its 10,000th visitor to the Towada Art Center 10th Anniversary Exhibition Do Ho Suh: Passage/s on Wednesday, August 1.

The 10,000th visitor to the museum was actually a 4-person family from Tochigi enjoying their summer vacation in Aomori. They told the museum that this would be a highlight of their trip and one they would never forget.

To commemorate the occasion, Towada Art Center Director Kazuko Koike congratulated the family and gave them an exhibition catalog as well as complimentary tickets to visit the Towada Art Center again in the future.

The Towada Art Center celebrated its 30,000th visitor to the Towada Art Center 10th Anniversary Exhibition Do Ho Suh: Passage/s on Wednesday, August 1.

The lucky visitors were welcomed by Komamatsu-kun and Kozakura-chan, two Towada City mascot characters who came to the museum to celebrate the occasion.

The 30,000th visitor was actually a couple from Saitama Prefecture who said they were traveling across the Tohoku region to visit Aomori, Iwate, and Miyagi, and that the museum was their first stop. They said that it felt like fate, finally getting to visit the Towada Art Center only to be the 30,000th visitors.

To commemorate the occasion, the museum congratulated the couple with a brandy cake as well as an exhibition catalog and complimentary tickets to visit the Towada Art Center again in the future.

The Towada Art Center would like to express its gratitude to everyone who has visited the museum throughout Do Ho Suh: Passage/s.

A special instructor from the Hanayagi Hanasuzu-kai will come to the Towada Art Center to teach the bon odori dance in preparation for the Bon Festival Sanbongi Night that will take place on August 25th.

Beginners are welcome and reservations are not required!

Sanbongi Kouta Night is back after a four year hiatus.
Please come and join us to celebrate summer and dance the night away!

The Arts Towada Marché will also take place at the Art Square in the afternoon directly preceding the evening festivities.

*More details forthcoming.

Open Music Square invites Towada locals to bring their music to the Towada Art Center once a month.

Day 3 welcomes the Suzuki Method Violin School Aomori.
In addition to Towada, the school has classrooms in Misawa, Oirase, Aomori City, and Noheji, and conducts classical violin performances across the southern part of Aomori Prefecture.

Please join us to celebrate this beautiful music as it echoes throughout the museum.

<Performers>
【Students】
Wakana Ikezawa (池沢 和奏)
Arisa Kato (加藤 有彩)
Yurie Sakamoto (坂本 悠俐穂)
Chisato Shimatani (島谷 知里)
Suimei Shimatani (島谷 粋明)
Yuki Chida (千田 由樹)
【Instructor】
Nobutake Ami (網 信岳)

<Song Selections>
【Student Performances】
Shinichi Suzuki’s Allegretto
Shinichi Suzuki’s Andantino
Shinichi Suzuki’s Perpetual Motion
Shinichi Suzuki’s Allegro
Bayly’s Long, Long Ago
Alle Vögel sind schon da (German Folk Song)
Christmas Song (Folk Song)
Go Tell Aunt Rhody (American Folk Song)
Fuchs, Du Hast Die Gans Gestohlen (German Folk Song)
Hänschen klein (German Folk Song)
Shinichi Suzuki’s Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star Variations

【Instructor Performance】
Elgar’s Salut d’Amour
Bach’s Air on G String

Open Music Square invites Towada locals to bring their music to the Towada Art Center once a month.

Night 1 welcomes the Ushigoya Music Group.
The Ushigoya Music Group holds a biannual concert series in a gorgeously renovated farmhouse.
More than a hundred people crowd into the farmhouse to watch the musicians hone their craft.

Performances by Akabushi Tamasudare and the Ushigoya Band

Video Intro to Ushigoya Music Group
Produced by the city of Towada
http://towada-iju.com/interview/006.php

Open Music Square invites Towada locals to bring their music to the Towada Art Center once a month.

Day 2 welcomes the dancers of Tomo Uwano’s Hiragi Dance & Ballet studio.
In addition to their many performances, Hiragi Dance & Ballet holds lessons across Towada, Misawa, Oirase, and Shichinohe that cover contemporary and modern dance, as well as ballet and butoh.

Please join us to celebrate these dancers in their wide range of bodily expression that moves across and beyond all kinds of dance.

What better way to make great summer vacation memories than through arts and crafts!
Bring the whole family and let everyone explore their inner artist.

Main Activities:
· Kokeshi-style brooch painting workshop
· Frame decorating workshop
· Perler bead workshop
· Tissue paper ‘rose window’ workshop

*Reservations not required.
*More details forthcoming.

Bring Your Music To The Museum

Open Music Square invites Towada locals to bring their music to the Towada Art Center once a month. We are looking to invite local performers who will help brighten up the museum with the sounds of Towada.
Please check out the information below, and we look forward to receiving your application!

Open Music Square PDF (Japanese)

Open Music Square Day 1 (7/21) — Ushigoya Music Group

Open Music Square Night 2 (7/21) — Hiragi Dance & Ballet

The exhibition artist Do Ho Suh talks about his works.

※Photo by Daniel Dorsa
Courtesy the Artist and Victoria Miro, London and Venice

On Friday, December 8, the Towada Art Center welcomed the 10,000th visitor to Ever Present Figures—The Paintings and Sculptures of Shin Morikita.

The 10,000th visitor was actually a couple who had traveled all the way from Kanagawa Prefecture. They visited the museum while on vacation in Aomori. The couple was pleasantly surprised by their good timing and said it made their visit extra special.

As a small token of appreciation, the couple received a voucher for the soon-to-be-published exhibition catalog, a pair of tickets to the museum, and a locally made brandy cake.

Thank you to everyone who was has visited the Towada Art Center. Ever Present Figures—The Paintings and Sculptures of Shin Morikita is on display until January 28, 2018.

Exhibiting artist Rafaël Rozendaal sits down with curator Kodama Kanazawa to talk about his work and creative process. More details to follow.

*Image: Much Better Than This, Times Square Midnight Moment, New York, 2015  Photography by Michael Wells

Participants will express their impressions of the exhibition through haiku. Haiku to be exhibited at 14-54 in downtown Towada. Details to follow.

Image: Much Better Than This, Times Square Midnight Moment, New York, 2015  Photography by Michael Wells

The Towada Art Center will recreate an interview with Rafaël Rozendaal where he talks at length about his artwork. The original interview was recorded for Everything, Always, Everywhere, which was first published by Valiz in 2017. Exhibition curator Kodama Kanazawa will play the part of Rafaël while assistant curator Sayaka Mitome will reenact the part of the interviewer Marvin Jordan. The event will conclude with commentary on the exhibition in Towada.

*Main photo image: Much Better Than This, Times Square Midnight Moment, New York, 2015  Photography by Michael Wells

Shoyo Elementary School will transform into an art museum for a limited time only.

For this exhibition, photographer Masanori Ikeda held workshops to help sixth graders at Shoyo Elementary transform their favorite places at school into works of art. Try to spot the student art as you stroll through the school.

Ikeda will be showing his own video work The Things I Like as well as a photographic record of daily life at the school.

See Ikeda’s opening video for the exhibition below!

Come listen to a talk between exhibiting artist Tadanori Yokoo and Towada Art Center Director Kazuko Koike. The discussion will range from the current exhibition to unique stories that developed during the longstanding friendship between Yokoo and Koike.

*Doors open at 12:30

At Special Night at the Museum, visitors followed a museum curator on a one-night-only special tour of the Towada Art Center’s permanent collection and current Tadanori Yokoo Towada Roman Exhibition: Pop It All exhibition. After the inside tour, visitors ordered a complimentary drink from the Cube Cafe before taking the tour outside. This special tour allowed visitors to enjoy the artwork in a new light after sunset. Thank you to the many participants who came out and joined us!

Shin Morikita, whose Flying Man and Hunter is part of the Towada Art Center permanent collection, will sit down with exhibition curator and Vice-Director Yayoi Kojima to talk about his work and his creative process.

Create a house together with artist Shin Morikita. Completed houses will be displayed in the Towada Art Center Cube.

We invite visitors to join us on an art walk around Towada accompanied by a Towada Art Center guide. The Genbi Supporters, a volunteer group for the Towada Art Center, will explain art in the community over the course of Tadanori Yokoo Towada Roman Exhibition: Pop It All as well as introduce shops where visitors can experience art outside the museum and great places for lunch and dinner.

*No reservations required. Please meet in the Towada Art Center Cube (near the cafe) by around 9:50 AM. Tours conducted in Japanese.

We invite visitors to join us on an art walk around Towada accompanied by a Towada Art Center guide. The Genbi Supporters, a volunteer group for the Towada Art Center, will explain art in the community over the course of Tadanori Yokoo Towada Roman Exhibition: Pop It All as well as introduce shops where visitors can experience art outside the museum and great places for lunch and dinner.

*No reservations required. Please meet in the Towada Art Center Cube (near the cafe) by around 9:50 AM. Tours conducted in Japanese.

We invite visitors to join us on an art walk around Towada accompanied by a Towada Art Center guide. The Genbi Supporters, a volunteer group for the Towada Art Center, will explain art in the community over the course of Tadanori Yokoo Towada Roman Exhibition: Pop It All as well as introduce shops where visitors can experience art outside the museum and great places for lunch and dinner.

*No reservations required. Please meet in the Towada Art Center Cube (near the cafe) by around 9:50 AM. Tours conducted in Japanese.

The Towada Art Center Reading Room has opened at 14-54, a community space open to the public. The museum will invite librarians as guests to hold a workshop to organize the books in its collection, which primarily contains books on art and design, so people in the community can better utilize this space. Come learn more about how libraries are run and organized and help us build this new community library.

Oirase Gorge is said to be the roots of his trademark Taki series, all based on waterfall themes. This exhibition in Towada may be a coming home for Tadanori Yokoo and his artworks.

Tadanori Yokoo, who shifted from graphic design to painting in 1981, first presented his Taki (Waterfall) series at the alternative Sagacho Exhibit Space started by Kazuko Koike. Both Yokoo and Koike are two individuals who have continued to invent and reinvent the modern Japanese art scene in pursuit of creativity.

This talk between Towada Art Center Director Kazuko Koike and independent curator and exhibition co-curator Kodama Kanazawa will reveal more information about Tadanori Yokoo and his artwork, focusing on the early 1980s when the Taki series was first presented to the world.

Make your own collage of magazine clippings and photos on A4-size paper! A variety of pens and paints available to customize your original creation.

*Artworks made at this workshop will be on display at 14-54 for the duration of the exhibition.

*Doors open at 12:50.

Make your own collage of magazine clippings and photos on A4-size paper! A variety of pens and paints available to customize your original creation.

*Artworks made at this workshop will be on display at 14-54 for the duration of the exhibition.

*Doors open at 12:50.

Posters and stickers from Tadanori Yokoo’s exhibition will color one kilometer of the storefronts that line the main street in central Towada, about a 5-minute walk from the museum. Stores along the street will also use limited edition wrapping paper based on the exhibition’s poster design. As part of the Arts Towada Project, the Towada Art Center works to fill the city center with art, and this project will connect the museum and local businesses in a way that only the Towada Art Center can. Please enjoy the dynamic world of Tadanori Yokoo as it jumps out of the museum and seeps into the landscape of main street Towada.

Tadanori Yokoo performed a live painting from 10:00 AM on Saturday, June 17, in the exhibition space at the Towada Art Center to celebrate the opening of Tadanori Yokoo Towada Roman Exhibition: Pop It All. He painted a picture of his late beloved cat Tama, adding this new painting to two other paintings of Tama he created while visiting Towada. Visitors can see these new artworks on display in the exhibition.

Art In The City will be open for a limited time in central Towada.
While in Towada, artist Ari Okubo will write short stories and create a space using photos, videos, and objects based on those stories.
Step out of Towada and into a space where expectations are upturned and the invisible becomes visible.

Art in the City Flyer (Japanese)

Give your imagination free rein to express the unique world inside you with miniature houses, wood, stone, and other miniature models and materials. Make your own world, one beyond description.

Join us for a deeper look into ceramics and the art of Towada. Museum curators will take participants through the exhibition, point out highlights, and discuss what makes ceramics exciting.
The tour will then move to central Towada to look at art located around the city and talk with local shop owners.

Join us for a deeper look into ceramics and the art of Towada. Museum curators will take participants through the exhibition, point out highlights, and discuss what makes ceramics exciting.
The tour will then move to central Towada to look at art located around the city and talk with local shop owners.

Join us for a deeper look into ceramics and the art of Towada. Museum curators will take participants through the exhibition, point out highlights, and discuss what makes ceramics exciting.
The tour will then move to central Towada to look at art located around the city and talk with local shop owners.

Join us for a deeper look into ceramics and the art of Towada. Museum curators will take participants through the exhibition, point out highlights, and discuss what makes ceramics exciting.
The tour will then move to central Towada to look at art located around the city and talk with local shop owners.

Takashi Murakami and exhibiting artist Yoshitomo Nara will hold a special talk on the topics of ceramics, sculpture, and art in relation to the Towada Art Center’s current exhibition, Takashi Murakami’s Superflat Consideration on Contemporary Ceramics.

Renowned artist, major collector, curator, and gallerist Takashi Murakami has taken an interest in contemporary ceramics in recent years and will sit down with prolific contemporary artist Yoshitomo Nara, who continues to delight audiences both in Japan and abroad with his wide range of paintings, drawings, sculptures, and other artworks.

The Towada Art Center invites you to come listen to the story behind Nara’s ceramic works and Murakami’s reconsideration of the history of ceramics, the value of art, and the current state of aesthetics.

Enjoy sculpting with clay and wood alongside exhibiting artist Otani Workshop.
*Older clothing or clothes that can get dirty are recommended.

Enjoy sculpting with clay and wood alongside exhibiting artist Otani Workshop.
*Older clothing or clothes that can get dirty are recommended.

The Towada Art Center will hold an opening talk to commemorate the kick-off of the exhibition. Moderator and internationally acclaimed artist Takashi Murakami invites exhibiting artists such as Masanobu Ando as well as Towada Art Center Director Kazuko Koike to discuss their ideas behind the exhibition and contemporary ceramics with questions that question the essence of art. We invite you to come hear this historic three-part talk.

*Talks in Japanese only.

Creators affiliated with the Japan Graphic Designers Association (JAGDA) will publicly review the 2016 works of graphic designers from the Aomori Chapter of JAGDA, and Towada Art Center Director Kazuko Koike will deliver a commemorative lecture.

A Year of Graphic Design Facebook (Japanese)

What is design?
Join us for a simple silkscreen workshop where participants will print their own original drawing. What you draw is up to you!
Bring anything you’d like to print on (like a t-shirt), or buy something at the workshop (300–500 yen per item).

※Learn more at the Facebook event page (Japanese)

A Year of Graphic Design Facebook Event Page (Japanese)

Kazuko Koike, a contemporary of Ikko Tanaka, will give a lecture entitled “Ikko Tanaka and an Era of Design—Personal Observations of a Contemporary Compatriot” to commemorate the exhibition.

A Year of Graphic Design Facebook (Japanese)

Members of JAGDA Aomori (Japan Graphic Designers Association) will display works they produced during 2016.

Public reviews and lectures are also planned. We hope start a conversation about the development of the design industry within Aomori.

Exhibition Flyer  (PDF)  (Japanese)

Facebook Event Page  (Japanese)

Workshop participants made candles using old-fashioned natural beeswax. A wide range of adults and children tried their hands at two different techniques, “fast” and “slow”. The “slow” technique produced candles with unique, expressive shapes. Jonetsu Engine host Toru Watanabe also participated, making for a lively workshop.

Ahead of the Choi Jeong Hwa Ok! exhibition, Choi Jeon Hwa spoke on his past exhibitions and works. We also toured the exhibition space in the midst of preparation.

Participants made original polka dot t-shirts using a mixture of paints, buttons, and patchwork. They then donned their t-shirts and performed with the Polka Dot Band using handbells, and paraded through the Art Square while blowing bubbles.

The shirts were on display in the museum’s Collaborative Space through August 6.

Singing in Towada Concert vol. 2 welcomed BARTALK with ayumi for an evening of bossa nova. 170 people gathered amongst the artwork and enjoyed the vocals and soft guitar tones.

Singing in Towada Concert vol. 1 welcomed Hitomi Kaga (mezzo-soprano), Hitomi Nishio (soprano), and Asako Nishijima (piano), who performed a beautiful set of operatic and Japanese songs. More than 200 people gathered and enjoyed the beautiful voices as they reverberated amongst the artwork.

First Set: 14:00–14:30
Second Set: 18:00–19:00

Starting at the museum cafe, volunteer guides lead a walking tour of the museum’s Street Furniture, Art Square, and Kusama Yayoi exhibition.

May 1 (Sat), 2 (Sun), 4 (Tue), 5 (Wed), 16 (Sun), 23 (Sun), 30 (Sun)
June 6 (Sun), 13 (Sun), 23 (Sun)
July 4 (Sun), 11 (Sun), 18 (Sun), 25 (Sun)
August 8 (Sun), 15 (Sun), 29 (Sun)

April 24, 2010, saw the grand opening of Arts Towada, a city-wide initiative aimed at rejuvenating Towada through art. A press conference, reception, and exhibition party were held on the April 23, with the opening ceremony taking place the following day.

Grand Opening Schedule

Friday, April 23
Exhibition Party: 15:00 – 18:00
Press Conference: 17:00 – 17:30 at Towada Art Center Cube Lobby
Reception: 18:00 – 19:30 at Towada Art Center Cube

Saturday, April 24
Ceremony: 10:00 at Towada Art Center Art Square

We would like to express our heartfelt thanks to the many people who came from near and far for the two days of opening events.
In addition to Art Square artist Yayoi Kusama and Street Furniture artists Jianhua Liu, MOUNT FUJI ARCHITECTS STUDIO, and R&Sie(n), we welcomed people from far and wide, including many friends of the museum, to the opening events.

The reception included a performance of Dancing in Towada: Koma-Inu-Illutsky by Makoto Enda and Maki Morishita of Makoto Club, as well was a recitation by Yayoi Kusama of a poem she herself had written while in Towada. The following day saw beautiful weather, and the ceremony was held outdoors beneath the blooming cherry blossoms.

After a special collaborative performance between Makoto Enda and Maki Morishita of Makoto Club and local festival taiko and guitar players, artists and guests chatted as children ran about, showing that the Art Square is already off to a great start.

The exhibition YAYOI KUSAMA Singing in Towada has also been a great success, which together with the permanent collection saw more than 20,000 visitors over the Golden Week holidays.

Related Events

Talk Session by Participating Artists
13:00 – 15:30 at Towada Art Center Cube

A wedding ceremony was held at Bridge of Light for one lucky couple selected from among applicants. The ceremony was grand and well attended, with guests including the mayor of Towada and the director of the Towada Art Center.

We held a guided gallery tour after the museum closed for the day. Guests lit candles and enjoyed a museum in the Towada Art Center Cube.

Workshop participants made their own candles, and other guests received candles made by staff. The candles illuminated the snow in a fantastic scene that was greeted with applause. Guests then took in a warm concert back in the Cube.

Participants enjoyed the beautiful guitar performance.

Art school students from Tokyo and Towada held a summit to discuss what kind of creative things can be done in Towada. The students plan to hold an event based on their discussions in Towada in March 2010.

Street Tour: 13:45 – 16:00
Student Summit: 18:00 – 21:00

Our annual summer career counseling for junior and senior high school art and design students. Many children and parents participated this year.

Dates: July 25, August 1, and August 8, 2009

Kyota Takahashi’s Fragments of Color Cubes was presented together with music on a breezy evening, with participants enjoyed the collaboration of the light art with bossa nova and other relaxed rhythms.

Number of Participants: 87

A large standing crowd was eager to listen to Choi’s candid talk about his colorful and dynamic works.

He shared some of the production secrets he’d used in Towada, and it was a memorable, laughter-filled moment for Choi and the people of Towada.

Participants made Christmas and New Year cards using everyday objects like paper, leaves, cloth, and tape, without needing any special woodblock carving tools.

Number of participants: 33
(Also doubled as the 7th Saturday at the Musem)

Just before Christmas, we held a guided gallery tour after the museum closed for the day. Illuminated works took on a different look than during the daytime, and guests enjoyed warm drinks at the outdoor cafe while watching Kyota Takahashi’s Fragments of Color Cubes light up the exterior of the museum. A mini concert was also held.

Number of participants: 51

Join director Kazuko Koike for a special look at On the Beach—Jurgen Lehl’s Messages from the Sea. Koike was a close friend of Lehl and will share unique insights into the messages embodied in the works he spent his life creating. After viewing the exhibition, the conversation will continue in the Towada Art Center Cube over tea and sweets.

Event Flyer (PDF) (Japanese)

We will visit KENPOKU ART 2016 in Ibaraki Prefecture, as well as Mashiko pottery sites and kominka cafes, for a perfect blend of the modern and the traditional. Towada Art Center director Kazuko Koike will also join for part of the tour, and KENPOKU ART staff will provide special descriptions of the works on display.

2016 TAPS Tour Flyer (Japanese)

We invite participants to use photos of Yakeyama’s mountainous landscape to print stencils onto T-shirts and tote bags for participants using the shapes of leaves and branches found in the area.

We invite participants to use photos of Yakeyama’s mountainous landscape to print stencils onto T-shirts and tote bags for participants using the shapes of leaves and branches found in the area.

Actress Mayu Tsuruta will hold a special talk to commemorate On the Beach—Jurgen Lehl’s Messages from the Sea.

About Mayu Tsuruta
A prolific actress with roles that span film, television, commercial advertisements, and theater, Mayu Tsuruta is also known for her roles as narrator on travel shows and documentaries. Won Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role at the 1996 Japanese Academy Awards for her role in Listen to the Voices of the Sea—Last Friends (Kike wadatsumi no koe Last Friends). In recent years she has starred in TV series such as Marumo no Okite, Yoidore Kotoji, and Stock Price Collapse (Kabuka Boraku) and films such as The Ravine of Goodbye (Sayonara Keikoku) (2013), Au revoir l’ été (Hotori no Sakuko) (2014), and 64: Part I (2016). She is also the author of a collection of travel essays based on the Kojiki, titled Nippon Sayuki: Kojiki-hen (Tokyo: Gentosha).

We have reached full capacity for this event and are no longer accepting reservations.

We will hold a special talk by photographer Yuriko Takagi, a close friend and colleague of Jurgen Lehl.

 

The Towada Art Center invites Hideaki Matsuura of Jurgen Lehl Co., Ltd. to talk about the life and work of his colleague Jurgen Lehl. Kazuko Koike, Director of the Towada Art Center and peer of Lehl, will moderate using slides and photos that document in vivid detail some of his aesthetic, environmental, and creative visions.

Renowned Tsugaru shamisen instrumentalist Yutaka Oyama will perform live at Towada Art Center!

Oyama plays the shamisen to traditional and modern compositions to illustrate its versatility and relevance in a contemporary context. His take on the shamisen is not limited to any one genre, and through it, he is able to generate entirely new sounds. We invite you to come listen to Oyama and Junichi Saito, who will accompany him on guitar.

Doors open at 16:15.

Ellie Omiya completes another round of live paintings to the accompaniment of friend and musician Kou Shibasaki. Come watch and join in a pleasantly refreshing environment where art and music coalesce in new and dynamic artworks.

Doors open: 16:15 | Start: 17:00

Ellie Omiya completes another round of live paintings to the accompaniment of friend and musician Ikuko Harada. Come watch and join in a pleasantly refreshing environment where art and music coalesce in new and dynamic artworks.

Doors open: 17:30 | Performance: 18:00–

Ellie Omiya gives a quick lesson on how to convey one’s thoughts and feelings in written form in this 90-minute workshop. Children ages 12 and under are invited to participate with their guardians to tell each other things that can sometimes be hard to say out loud.

Dear everyone,

Come write a letter with me
over a little tea and coffee.

I’ll teach you how to write a letter
and let you in on the secret
to expressing how you feel
simply, easily, and painlessly.

Sincerely,

Ellie

Artist Federico Herrero comes to Towada Art Center to give a talk on his artworks, both past and present.

Cafe de Monk is a group of Buddhist priests and clergymen who attentively listen to people living in temporary houses in the areas severely hit by the natural calamity. With the aim of healing their saddened hearts in mind, the group has so far organized a pop-up cafe for their listening activities over 150 times, from Yamada town in Iwate prefecture to Minamisoma city in Fukushima prefecture. We will invite Taiou Kaneta for a talk session. He is the proposer for Cafe de Monk as well as Chief Priest of Tsuudaiji in Kurihara city, Miyagi prefecture.

International dancer Masaharu Imazu will give a dance performance. He has organized a workshop for adults and children under the concept of “dancing with the museum.”

International dancer Masaharu Imazu will give a dance performance. He has organized a workshop for adults and children under the concept of “dancing with the museum.”

International dancer Masaharu Imazu will give a dance performance. He has organized a workshop for adults and children under the concept of “dancing with the museum.”

Towada Art Center will become a concert venue for one day only. Making full use of the museum’s acoustics, which were designed by Ryue Nishizawa, Yoshihide Otomo will invite the audience into his world of music.

Known for “The Little Concert in The Blue Woods”, musician Yoshihide Otomo will be invited to a talk session with Ryue Nishizawa. They will talk about the expanding realm of contemporary art from their respective points of views as an architect and a musician, drawing upon slides and films.

The speakers will talk about the way they think during the design process and introduce their works. After the session, we will hold an opening reception for the exhibition.

Ellie Omiya will hold an introductory talk on her artwork in the exhibition space. Omiya is celebrated not only as an artist, but also as a screenwriter, performer, and author. She shares the thoughts behind her creative process in this exclusive talk behind the art.

The Tewaza Kobo (lit. Handicraft Factory) will hold handicraft events and workshops on a variety of themes throughout the exhibition period.

Designer unit JitoZu brings their project and exhibition to the Towada Art Center Cube. Send a message to someone you love with JitoZu’s special mailbox.

Following the success of the summer’s Go Koyashiki Presents “smooth delight”, the Towada Art Center again welcomes lounge DJ Go Koyashiki for a one-day-only event.

It has been six years since the Towada Art Center started connecting with “Sanbongikouta,” a traditional Bon Festival dance in the region. This year, we will invite Yoshihide Otomo and hold a large-scale festival where both the participating artists and the audience mingle together to play an arranged “Sanbogikouta.” We are also scheduled to play “Amachan-ondo.” Furthermore, we will set up a music club headed by Yoshihide Otomo. This club is free to join and is open to anyone, from children to the elderly. Let’s learn to dance and play music, enjoying the festival to the full!

Music club activity (tentative): June 21 (Sat), August 20 (Wed), August 21 (Thu), September 22 (Mon)

*Participating artists include: Yoshitomo Nara, Tohru Nakazaki, Hiroshi Fuji, and more.

Art & Breakfast is an attempt to spark communication in daily lives more naturally through art. This project begins with artist Midori Mitamura making breakfast which will then be eaten with the visitors. We will provide a breakfast table and we hope that the participants will have a good time communicating and eating together.

Create new waza for judo and kendo with artist Takayuki Yamamoto. Let’s have fun trying out these unique waza!

The Towada Art Center invites artists participating in JUMP to talk about their artwork and creative process.

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Ellie Omiya completes another round of live paintings to the accompaniment of friend and musician Yuichi Ohata. Come watch and join in a pleasantly refreshing environment where art and music coalesce in new and dynamic artworks.

Doors open: 17:30 | Performance: 18:00–

Yuichi Ohata
Singer-songwriter and guitarist born in 1975 in Ibaraki Prefecture. Debuted in 2004 and has thirteen albums to date: seven original in addition to multiple cover and instrumental albums. His best known work, Odayaka na Kurashi (Peaceful Life), has been covered by numerous artists.

Ohata has contributed music to other artists (including Shione Yukawa and Miyuki Hatakeyama) and has participated in making over 100 albums. His work extends over multiple genres that include film, advertisement, and narration. Current groups include a trio with Yasuhiro Yoshigaki (drums) and Wataru Iga (bass); Oame, with Miu Sakamoto; and Kumoyuki, with chatmonchy member Akiko Fukuoka.

His latest original album Yoru no Uta ga Kikoeru (Hear the Night Sing) was released in 2015.

www.yuichiohata.com

The arcade shutter paintings and Rainbow Arcade in Central Towada are on display indefinitely and can be viewed at any time.

Join us in commemorating the completion of Ellie Omiya’s Rainbow Arcade. After a brief ceremony, we will take a tour of the rainbow. Omiya will then use the arcade shutters as her canvas in a live painting performance, claiming flower power is the reincarnation of energy needed to breathe new life into the city center. Omiya invites the children of Towada to paint together in her performance, which is accompanied on guitar by close friend and singer-songwriter Yuichi Ohata. We invite you to see the city come alive and transform through art.

Ellie Omiya presents a slideshow and talk based on What I’ve Learned from Things Unseen, her first collection of photos. Its pages are filled with landscapes that “totally cleanse the heart and mind,” taken on Kudaka Island in Okinawa and at Uluru in Australia. We invite you to listen as Omiya talks about the thoughts behind each of her photos and gives a brief introduction to her concurrent exhibitions at the Towada Art Center—Sincerely Yours, Ellie Omiya and Shopping Street Museum by Ellie Omiya.

Time: 14:00–15:30

Ellie Omiya completes another round of live paintings to the accompaniment of guitar and harp duo tico moon. Come watch and join in a pleasantly refreshing environment where art and music coalesce in new and dynamic artworks.

tico moon
tico moon is a musical duo formed in July 2001 by harpist Yuka Yoshino and guitarist Toshihiko Kageyama. They continue to captivate audiences of cafés and galleries across the country with the warm, airy sounds of their harp-guitar performance.
tico moon’s website:

http://www.ticomoon.com


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