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SPECIAL EXHIBITIONS

Commemorating 140 Years of Kyoto City University of Arts & 10 Years of Kyoto City University of Arts Art Gallery @KCUA

University Art Museum, Kyoto City University of Arts Collection Exhibition & Kentaro Yokouchi: Something for Everyone

NOTICE: For administrative reasons, Gallery @KCUA will be temporarily closed from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM,  September 25. We apologize for any inconvenience, and thank you for your cooperation.

 

Several months have now passed since our abilities to move around and have face-to-face communication became immensely restricted by the coronavirus pandemic. People all over the world have spent this time looking back on what they previously took for granted while also contemplating what is to come. Planned during the national state of emergency, this pair of exhibitions is an attempt to discover things about communication and contact with different cultures, and what that communication and contact bring us, in works from the collection of the University Art Museum, Kyoto City University of Arts, and in the current practices and ideas of Kentaro Yokouchi, who completed the doctoral program at the Kyoto City University of Arts Graduate School of Arts.

The University Art Museum features a collection of work by alumni from the Meiji period (1868–1912) to the present. Tracing these artworks in chronological order reveals insights about how artistic expression has shifted with the times. Of particular note among the works in the early period of the collection, we can detect that animals became a common choice of subject following the opening of what is now Kyoto City Zoo in 1903, and the distinct influence of Western-style painting learned from Seiho Takeuchi and other teachers at the university at the time that they had acquired from trips to Europe. The exhibition considers what these “encounters” provided for the artists as well as how they were received in the graduation works of three painters: Hako Irie (1887–1948), Yohei Watanabe (1889–1912), and Kagaku Murakami (1888–1939).

The second floor of the venue features another exhibition, “Kentaro Yokouchi: Something for Everyone.” With a focus on what he calls “cultural grafting,” Yokouchi copies over images from various cultural and historical contexts onto the surface of the painting, and then uses a staining technique soaking paint into the untreated canvas to produce paintings where those images are reconnected. A parallel can be drawn with the way that the Meiji-period artists in the other exhibition were also searching for their forms of expression, which started with learning by copying.

After completing the doctoral program at the Kyoto City University of Arts Graduate School of Arts in 2007, Kentaro Yokouchi worked as an artist for several years in Japan, before moving to Indonesia in 2014. Alongside his research and activities, he opened his home as an art space called Artist Support Project, where he runs projects exploring culture and exchange in a different way than his own painting practice. Wishing to take on the fresh challenges that have emerged from this, he then moved to the Netherlands in spring 2020. This exhibition features work he has created in the various locations of his practice as well as an archive of the Artist Support Project’s activities, presenting a comprehensive view of the ideas behind how Yokouchi has, as an artist, interacted with people and connected with images of products belonging to other cultures.

Our current predicament where we are unable to move around or have face-to-face communication, relying instead almost entirely on online means, is set to continue. The people or world we encounter through the headphones and computer screen in front of us are near and yet far, frequently leaving us more introspective than captivated. It is perhaps precisely because we cannot move around to receive external stimuli, but remain at a standstill, that we turn to examine the things now visible, the things now heard, forming a period of saving up ideas for what is to come. This exhibition hopes to serve as one means of bringing about encounters to store for the future during these times through which we are living.

Artists
Kentaro YokouchiYohei WatanabeHako IrieKagaku MurakamiSeiho Takeuchi
Venue
Kyoto City University of Arts Art Gallery @KCUA
Rooms
@KCUA 1, 2, Gallery A, B, C
Dates
2020.9.12 Sat.2020.10.25 Sun.
Open on Sep. 21, 22, closed on Sep. 23 instead
Open until 10 PM on Oct. 3 as part of Nuit Blanche Kyoto 2020

*Due to the ongoing situation with the coronavirus pandemic, please be aware that the exhibitions may be postponed or canceled.
Hours
11:0019:00
Closed on
Mondays
Admission
Free admission
Curated by
Kyoto City University of Arts Art Gallery @KCUA
Planned with the cooperation of
Aki Nagasaka (University Art Museum, Kyoto City University of Arts Collection Exhibition)
Organized by
Kyoto City University of Arts
With the cooperation of
Kenji Taki Gallery
Contact

Kyoto City University of Arts Art Gallery @KCUA
Phone: +81-(0)75-253-1509
Please send your inquiry from the form.

Artist Profiles

Kentaro Yokouchi
Since 2005, he has been painting with color dye and satin cloth. In 2007 he received Ph.D (painting) Doctoral dissertation "Painting as Transformation", and also in 2008 received VOCA (vision of contemporary of art) award in Japan. Since 2011, he has been researching and producing the history of painting with criticism based on the concept of "cultural grafting". In 2014, he has been abroad in Yogyakarta and Indonesia with a grant from the POLA Art Foundation. After that, he launched the Artist Support Project (ASP) in 2015, and is currently engaged in making art work, exhibition planning and management, and international exchange activities.


1979 Born in Chiba, Japan
Lives and works in Yogyakarta, Indonesia

2020 Grants for Overseas Study, Cultural Ministry Japan, 2020/21 (Netherlands)
2015 Established Artist Support Project, Yogyakarta, Indonesia
2014 Grants for Overseas Study, POLA Art Foundation Japan, 2014/15 (Indonesia)
2008 Grand Prize at VOCA2008, The Ueno Royal Museum, Tokyo, Japan

[Education]
2014 Audit students, Indonesia Institute of Arts (ISI) Yogyakarta, Indonesia, 2014/18
2007 Ph.D.in Painting, Graduate School of Art , Kyoto City University of Arts, Japan
2004 M.A.in Painting, Graduate School of Art , Kyoto City University of Arts, Japan
2002 B.A.in Painting, College of Art and Design, Musashino Art University, Japan

[Selected Solo Exhibitions]
2020 “Contact,” Aichi Prefectural Museum of Art, Aichi, Japan
2018 “Fallen Blue Leaves,” KENJI TAKI GALLERY, Tokyo, Japan
2016  Art Fair Tokyo, POLA Art Foundation, Tokyo International Forum, Tokyo, Japan
2014 “Between the Lines,” KENJI TAKI GALLERY, Aichi, Japan
2012 “Theatre Play,” KENJI TAKI GALLERY, Tokyo, Japan
2011 “On Cultural Grafting,” KENJI TAKI GALLERY, Tokyo, Japan
2010 "G-Tokyo2010 (KENJI TAKI GALLERY)," Mori Arts Center Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
2009 “Imprintinroom,” KENJI TAKI GALLERY, Aichi, Japan
2008 “Last night,” KENJI TAKI GALLERY, Tokyo, Japan
2007 “Silence / Volume,” KENJI TAKI GALLERY, Aichi, Tokyo, Japan
2005  INAX GALLERY 2, Tokyo, Japan
2003  Studio J, Osaka, Japan

[Selected Group Exhibitions]
2019 "Small Infinity," MA2 Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
    "Lintas House / ASP from Yogyakarta, Indonesia," Basara House, Beppu, Japan
    "Collective Storytelling," Setouchi Triennale, Former Ibuki Elementary School, Kagawa, Japan
    "Collective Storytelling -Contemporary Art from Yogyakarta, Indonesia," Synesthesia, Brooklyn, NY
2016 “Explorasi,” Banyu Bening Gallery, Magelang, Indonesia
    “Berseri-seri,” Bentara Budaya Yogyakarta, Yogyakarta, Indonesia
2015 "membekas - trace - 跡" ASP(Artist Suport Project), Yogyakarta, Indonesia
    “Sulih Suara,”Gallery Katamsi ISI, Yogyakarta, Indonesia
2013 "re: framing," Kyoto Art Center, Kyoto, Japan
2012 "New Phases in Contemporary Painting: A Curator’s Message 2012," Hyogo Prefectural Museum of Art, Hyogo, Japan
    "New Contemporaries," Kyoto City University of Arts Gallery @kcua, Kyoto, Japan
    "Seals of Eastern light," Art Lab Aichi, Aichi, Japan
2011 "Trans-Cool Tokyo: Contemporary Japanese Art from MOT Collection," Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Taipei, Taiwan
    "VIVA, The Peach Blossom Spring!" Okazaki City Museum, Aichi, Japan
    "Art in an Office," Toyota Municipal Museum of Art, Aichi, Japan
2010 "Trans-Cool Tokyo: Contemporary Japanese Art from MOT Collection," Singapore Art Museum, Singapore
    "Flat Land," Kyoto City University of Arts Gallery @kcua, Kyoto, Japan
    "MOT Annual 2010: Neo–Ornamentalism from Japanese Contemporary Art," Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo, Japan
    "Trans-Cool Tokyo: Contemporary Japanese Art from MOT Collection," Bangkok Art and Culture Centre, Bangkok, Thailand
2009 "The 1st Tokorozawa Biennale of Contemporary Art SIDING RAILROAD," Seibu Railway old Tokorozawa vehicle factory, Saitama, Japan
2008 "The 4th Fuchu Biennial TRUE COLORS," Fuchu Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan
    "VOCA2008: The Vision of Contemporary Art," The Ueno Royal Museum, Tokyo, Japan
    "Art in Time and Style Midtown Vol.3 Drawing," TIME&STYLE MIDTOWN, Tokyo, Japan
2007 "Paradise of Illusion," MA2 Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
    "Painting as Forest: Artist as Thinker," Okazaki City Museum, Aichi, Japan
2006 "March-Ⅱ,” KENJI TAKI GALLERY, Aichi, Japan
2004 "New Language," YEBISU ART LABO Gallery, Aichi, Japan

[Commission Work]
2014 The Ritz-Carlton Kyoto, Kyoto, Japan

[Public Collection]
 Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan
 Okazaki City Museum, Aichi, Japan
 Takamatsu City Museum of Art, Kagawa, Japan
 Toyota Municipal Museum of Art, Aichi, Japan
 Toyota Motor Corporation, Aichi, Japan
 The Dai-ichi Life Insurance Company, Tokyo, Japan

[Links]
Kentaro Yokouchi

Artist Support Project

Artworks/Photos

  • Hako Irie, Spring Rain, 1905
  • Kagaku Murakami, Brown Bear, 1907
Yohei Watanabe, Foxes, 1906
Kentaro Yokouchi, Human behavior, 2019
  • Kentaro Yokouchi, adapting form - rik, 2016
  • Kentaro Yokouchi, cultural grafting - study rh, 2016