Light of

Light of 2015 C-print mounted on plexiglas, frame 97.0 × 145.6 cm ©mika ninagawa

Tomio Koyama Gallery will move from Kitasando to Roppongi, Tokyo, and open a new space in gallery building “Complex 665” in which it will reside together with ShugoArts and Taka Ishii Gallery. Our first exhibition in Roppongi will be Mika Ninagawa’s Light of.

  • I reach out towards a path of light
    The sky was so deep, so blue and so far away that I felt almost afraid
    At the very moment we pray for help, we live in happiness

– Mika Ninagawa

The exhibition features the series of Light of, the eloquence of which captures overflowing lights sparkling in darkness at fireworks or outdoor music festivals, as well as the exuberance and desires of people present there at those moments. On the other hand, fireworks look like a form of hope risen up in the air, and the hands reaching out for the heavens look as if they seek salvage within the lights.

When the lights are bright, the colors glow. When the lights are strong, the shadows are deep. Ninagawa’s work resonates susceptibly with a darkness that adjoins the world of light. A sense of visual flamboyance that celebrates the opening of the gallery space in the Complex 665 Building; an urge to crystallize moments of beauty; and the artist’s eyes reaching our out for something eternal are all impressed upon the viewers strongly. The exhibition inaugurates the gallery’s new chapter in Roppongi.

It is hoped that by joining the various museums such as the Mori Art Museum; The National Art Center, Tokyo; the Suntory Museum; and 21_21 DESIGN SIGHT, as well as Roppongi Hills and the galleries located in the Piramide building, that these three galleries will be further stimulus to activate a new art district within Roppongi.


*The gallery’s new address from October 21, 2016 is below.
complex 665 2F, 6-5-24, Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo, Japan
Tel: +81-3-6434-7225
Fax: +81-3-6434-7226



Artist Profile

Mika Ninagawa

Born in Tokyo, Mika Ninagawa is a photographer and a director. She has been awarded numerous prizes including the Grand Prize at 7th Photography Hitotsuboten, the Excellence Award at 13th New Cosmos of Photography by Canon, the Encouragement Award at the 9th Konica Award, the 26th Kimura Ihei Photography Award, and the Ohara Museum Award at VOCA 2006. She has published almost 90 photography books to date. Her large retrospective exhibition “Mika Ninagawa: Earthly Flowers, Heavenly Colors” opened at Tokyo Opera City Art Gallery in November 2008 and toured four major museums in Japan, recording as many as 180,000 visitors. She directed the film Sakuran (2007), which was highly acclaimed internationally and screened at the 57th Berlin International Film Festival and the 31st Hong Kong International Film Festival. In 2012, she directed her second film Helter Skelter, and received the Silver Prize at The Kaneto Shindo Award. In 2014 she was appointed as an executive board member of the Tokyo Organizing Committee for the Olympic and Paralympic Games of 2020, by virtue of her experiences and insights in arts and culture. Ninagawa’s solo exhibition at Taipei MOCA from March 19 – May 8, 2016, earned great popularity and marked a new record with approximately 130,000 visitors.

For more information on the artist, please see the following URL.

  • Light of 2015 C-print mounted on plexiglas, frame 68.6 x 103.0 cm ©mika ninagawa
  • Light of 2015 C-print mounted on Plexiglas, frame  97.0 × 145.6 cm ©mika ninagawa