TOKYO STATION GALLERY

Current Exhibitions

“Listen, I'll tell you the truth…
the actural center of the world is where you are creating something unique.”

(c) Miharu Habu / Maha Harada
Voices of 20 Contemporary Artists at Idem Paris, a Lithography Studio in Montparnasse

JR, Portrait of Pablo Picasso in Paris France before ‘Man Leaning against the Table’ (1915-1916), 2013 (©JR-ART.NET)

JR, Self-portrait in front og"Man Learning on a table",1915-1916,Pablo,Paris,France, 2013 (©JR-ART.NET)

FUJIMORI Shizuo, Eternity, 1914, The Museum of Modern Art, Wakayama

David Lynch, I Fix My Head,2010(courtesy of the artist/courtery Item éditions, Paris)

Carole Benzaken, Magnolia, 2015 (Courtesy Item éditions, Paris)

Carole Benzaken, Magnolia, 2015 (Courtesy Item éditions, Paris)

Damien Deroubaix, Astralis, 2011 (Courtesy Item éditions, Paris)

Damien Deroubaix, Astralis, 2011 (Courtesy Item éditions, Paris)

Jean-Michel Alberola, Great Contradictions II: Brainstorming Together, 2012 (Courtesy Item éditions, Paris)

Jean-Michel Alberola, Great Contradictions II: Giving Ideas as a Group, 2012 (Courtesy Item éditions, Paris)

Pierre la Police, Your Repulsive Fluorescent Stickers, 2007 (Courtesy Item éditions, Paris)

Pierre la Police, Your Monstrous Sticker which Grows in the Night , 2007 (Courtesy Item éditions, Paris)

Barthélémy Toguo, Waiting for Tomorrow, 2010 (Courtesy Item éditions, Paris)

Barthélémy Toguo, Waiting for Tomorrow, 2010 (Courtesy Item éditions, Paris)

Miwa Yanagi, Untitled II, 2015 (©Miwa Yanagi 2015 / Courtesy Item éditions, Paris)

Miwa Yanagi, Untitled II, 2015 (©Miwa Yanagi 2015 / Courtesy Item éditions, Paris)

【Date】
December 5, 2015―February 7, 2016
【Closed Days】
Mondays(except Mon.,Jan.11,2016) ,Dec.28,2015-Jan.1,2016 / Jan,12,2016
【Opening Hours】
10:00 a.m. to 6:00p.m.
*Fridays: until 8:00p.m.
*Last admission 30 minutes before closing
【Admission fee】
Adults: 1,000 yen / High school and university students: 800 yen /
Junior high school students and younger: Free
◇Groups of 20 or more people and those with a disability certificate or similar are eligible for a 100 yen discount from the regular admission fee.
◇Those escorting someone with a disability certificate are eligible for free admission (one person).
【Organized by】
Tokyo Station Gallery(East Japan Railway Culture Foundation)
The Sankei Shimbun
【Planning】
Maha Harada, Idem Paris, Item éditions, Paris and Tokyo Station Gallery
【Support】
The Embassy of France / Institut français du Japon
【Sponsorship】
Shiseido
【Cooperation】
Shogakukan

Lithography is a technique that blossomed in France from the 19th century to the early 20th century. Later, this technique once again came into the limelight from the mid-1940s to the 1970s when artists such as Picasso, Matisse and Chagall produced a countless number of masterpieces. It is the lithography studio “Idem Paris” that has inherited this technique and the tradition of creation in Montparnasse and continued to proactively collaborate with artists since the 1990s in the tradition of more than one hundred year history of lithography.

In recent years, French artists such as JR, Jean-Michel Alberola and Carole Benzaken, as well as the American film director David Lynch, have been attracted to the magnetism of this studio. In addition, Miwa Yanagi also produced lithographs for the first time there this year. This exhibition consists of about 130 lithographs produced by these 20 contemporary artists in Idem Paris.

This exhibition will be linked to the latest novel Romancier (meaning “novelist” in French) by Maha Harada. In this novel, the protagonist who has come to Paris from Japan encounters various people through Idem Paris. This ends up with the scene of the fictional exhibition in Japan with the works that have been produced at Idem. The novel presents a unique idea thatmakes it possible for readers to experience the actual exhibition that jumps out from the book.

Please enjoy this new sense of “fiction × real” brought about by the crossing of novel and exhibition, and the new possibilities of lithography in which the artists had found.

【Exhibiting artists】

Jean-Michel Alberola / Carole Benzaken / Philippe Cognee / Damien Deroubaix JR / William Kentridge / Pierre La Police / Lee Ufan / David Lynch / Paul McCarthy / Shimon Minamikawa /Daido Moriyama/ Prune Nourry / Masao Okabe / Françoise Ptrovitch / Raymond Pettibon / Toeko Tatsuno / Barthélémy Toguo / Xavier Veilhan / Miwa Yanagi