Cooperative ExhibitionFREE

Group Show of Contemporary Artists 2014
Unfolding of the WORDS

December 9 (Tue) – December 20 (Sat), 2014

Group Show of Contemporary Artists 2014 Unfolding of the WORDS poster
An exhibition of group shows selected through public invitation for “Group Show of Contemporary Artists 2014.”

Exhibition Introduction by the Group
Taking a brush, we draw lines, shape characters, and weave language. As we move our hand and body, a work appears as a visible trace of our movements.
We are trying to have viewers feel the expression of the work and share the emotion and the excitement with us, not only by passively watching but also by “actively reading” the work. How can we make this happen? We think calligraphy (書:writing in Chinese character) is in need of a paradigm shift, as in “manga,” which evolved from a picture to a story.
Calligraphy that you need to move your body to enjoy, calligraphy which consists of images moving like scenery from a car window and so on. In these works, we are using many methods to explore the next step in Japanese calligraphy.
Participating Artists * representative
Takato Kaneko, Tomonori Kobayashi*, Kentaro Shima, Shou U Tanaka, Mami Harada, Soucho Miura, Hisato Yamada
Group Profile
Our group consists of calligraphers and video artists, investigating the question how language takes form as calligraphy. To do so, we produce works using methods outside conventional calligraphy. Our works are based on the “reading” experience. By bringing video artists in, we are seeking expressive approaches unattainable by using purely analog methods only.

Major works

Major works
  • Tomonori Kobayashi, T-shirts

    Tomonori Kobayashi, T-shirts, 2014

  • Takato Kaneko Advertisement, Lamp!

    Takato Kaneko, Advertisement Lamp!, 2014



December 9 (Tue) – December 20 (Sat), 2014
Gallery B
December 15 (Mon)
9:30 – 17:30 (Last admission 17:00)
※From 9:30 – 13:30 on final day, December 20 (Sat)
Days of Extended Hours
Fridays, December 13 (Sat) and 14 (Sun) 9:30 – 20:00 (Last admission 19:30)
Organized by
Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum (Tokyo Metropolitan Foundation for History and Culture)