MIKA NINAGAWA

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.
〒106-0032
complex 665 2F, 6-5-24, Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo, Japan
Tel: +81-3-6434-7225
Fax: +81-3-6434-7226

 

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Artist Profile

Mika Ninagawa

Born in Tokyo, Mika Ninagawa is a photographer and a director. Mika Ninagawa has been awarded numerous photography awards, such as the most prestigious Kimura Ihei Award. She has also directed a number of video works including the film “Sakuran” (2007) and “Helter Skelter” (2012),“Diner”(2019), “No Longer Human”(2019). In 2008, the traveling solo exhibition “Mika Ninagawa: Earthly Flowers, Heavenly Colors” attracted a total of 180,000 visitors in several museums throughout the country. Rizzoli N.Y. published her monograph MIKA NINAGAWA in 2010 which drew a great attention around the world. In 2016, her extensive solo exhibition in MOCA Taipei gathered by far the greatest number of visitors in the history of the museum and solo exhibition “Mika Ninagawa” in Shanghai, 2017 earned favorable reputation. She is one of the executive board members of the 2020 Tokyo Organizing Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games.

For more information on the artist, please see the following URL.
https://mikaninagawa.com

  • Installation view from "Light of" at Tomio Koyama Gallery, 2016 ©mika ninagawa photo by Kenji Takahashi
  • Installation view from "Light of" at Tomio Koyama Gallery, 2016 ©mika ninagawa photo by Kenji Takahashi
  • Installation view from "Light of" at Tomio Koyama Gallery, 2016 ©mika ninagawa photo by Kenji Takahashi
  • Installation view from "Light of" at Tomio Koyama Gallery, 2016 ©mika ninagawa photo by Kenji Takahashi
  • Installation view from "Light of" at Tomio Koyama Gallery, 2016 ©mika ninagawa photo by Kenji Takahashi
  • Installation view from "Light of" at Tomio Koyama Gallery, 2016 ©mika ninagawa photo by Kenji Takahashi
  • Installation view from "Light of" at Tomio Koyama Gallery, 2016 ©mika ninagawa photo by Kenji Takahashi
  • Installation view from "Light of" at Tomio Koyama Gallery, 2016 ©mika ninagawa photo by Kenji Takahashi
  • Installation view from "Light of" at Tomio Koyama Gallery, 2016 ©mika ninagawa photo by Kenji Takahashi
  • 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