Group Exhibition “Past My Favorites: Toshio Hara Selects from the Permanent Collection” Hara Museum, Tokyo

「あぶく」”Bubbles” 2010 oil on canvas mounted on wood panel 60.4x 60.3 cm ©Masako Ando

Masako Ando, Mika Kato, Mika Ninagawa / Group Exhibition “Past My Favorites: Toshio Hara Selects from the Permanent Collection”
Part II: March 21 – June 3, 2018
Hara Museum, Tokyo

“a tomb for all of us”
2006 oil on canvas 117.5 x 90cm
©Mika Kato
“PLANT A TREE” 2011 C-print mounted on plexiglas, framed 48.5 x 72.8cm edition of 6 ©mika ninagawa

Artist Profile

Masako Ando

Masako Ando was born in the Aichi Prefecture in 1976. She graduated from the Graduate School of Fine Arts, Aichi University of the Arts in 2001. She currently lives and works in Seto city, and is an Associate Professor at Aichi University of the Arts.

Her major solo exhibitions include “Hara Documents 9: Masako-Ando – The Garden of Belly Button”(Hara Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo, 2012), “Masako Ando ’Songbook’ Commemorating the release of her first art book” (8/ ART GALLERY/ Tomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo, 2016). Working with motifs such as young children, woolen knitted items, animals, plants and flowers, Ando creates paintings with eloquently smooth surfaces that take advantage of the characteristics of oil paint, and are conceived through various pictorial elements such as detailed depiction and her composition of the picture plane that incorporates the presence of large blank spaces. In contrast, while engaging with the same subject matter, her pencil drawings distinct for their meticulously elaborate execution, illustrate a much harder and solid texture.
Since 2018, she is engaged in creating ceramic relief works, along with charcoal, pencil, and water color drawings that have developed a new frontier within her artistic practice.


Mika Kato

1975 Born in Mie, Japan
1999 B.F.A., Aichi Prefectual University of Arts and Music
2001 M.F.A., Aichi Prefectual University of Fine Art and Music
Most Promoising Young Talent Prize, Fine Art Division of Gotoh Memorial Cultural Award
2004 Roppongi Crossing International Advisory Board Prize

Mika Ninagawa

Photographer, Director
Mika Ninagawa has been awarded numerous photography awards, such as Kimura Ihei Award. She has directed a number of video works including the films “Sakuran” (2007), “Helter Skelter” (2012), “Diner”(2019) and “No Longer Human”(2019). Currently her original drama for Netflix, “Followers” is released in 190 countries worldwide. In 2008, her solo exhibition “Mika Ninagawa: Earthly Flowers, Heavenly Colors” toured several museums throughout Japan, attracting a total of 180,000 visitors. In 2010, Ninagawa published a monograph by Rizzoli N.Y. In 2012, Ninagawa won the Silver Prize at the Shindo Kaneto Awards with “Helter Skelter”. She held extensive solo exhibitions mainly in Asian cities such as Taipei and Shanghai where they gathered the greatest number of visitors in their history. Her solo exhibition “Into Fiction/Reality Mika Ninagawa” started its tour from Contemporary Art Museum Kumamoto in 2018 and will travel until 2021 throughout museums in Japan.

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