Tatsuo Miyajima 「Counter Skin」


4/7 - 6/11/2017
Gallery hours:11:00-19:00
Closed on Monday,Tuesday and 5.1-5.5

This exhibition features stills taken from the video piece “Counter Skin Colors” that was unveiled at last year’s “Life and Death – Light of Life” exhibition (at Kirishima Open-Air Museum).
In these body-paintings on six males and females of different skin colors, the artist reflects on ways of overcoming differences.

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Born 1957, Tokyo. Lives and works Ibaraki, Japan.
Three guiding principles represent the foundation of Miyajima’s art, which he outlines as keep changing, connect with everything, and continue forever. ‘A constant is the fact that we are always changing’, he observes. ‘In Western thought, permanency refers to a sense of constancy, without change. In Eastern and Buddhist philosophy, change is natural and consistently happening’. Explaining the importance of connection, he expands: ‘As humans and living beings, we cannot and do not exist independently. We are only able to live within relationships in this world.’ The third principle – expressed through the perpetual cycle of birth, death and regeneration – refers back to the first two, for ‘that is the structure of life and of truth’.



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Divided into three chapters, this book contains next to explanatory notes about Miyajima's philosophy and the concepts of his works also recent "quotes" that were carefully picked from tweets and contributions to newspapers and other publications. In addition, it contains numerous drawings that are published for the first time in a book.

Connect with Everything

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The catalogue for the large-scale retrospective exhibition "Tatsuo Miyajima - Connect with everything" that was held from 2016 until March 2017 at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney, Australia, is an elaborately made book with a photograph of the artist's installation on the reverse side of the front cover.

Time Train

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This art book was published at the occasion of the "Time Train" one-man exhibition at Kunsthalle Recklinghausen, Germany. In addition to the exhibition's centerpiece "Time Train", an installation for which the artist fitted a model of a train that actually operated in Germany between 1932 and 1945 with blinking blue LEDs, the book also features the works "Counter Skin", "Counter Void" and "HOTO".

MEGA DEATH shout! shout! count!

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Featured in this catalogue for an exhibition at Tokyo Opera City Art Gallery in 2000 are early performances, works using LED, and "Counter Voice" among others.
The cover is worn, bleached and slightly torn.

Whole Relativity Of The Cosmos:133651 | CCA Artists’ Book Series

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One item in the artist book series of the Center for Contemporary Art Kitakyushu (CCA), this book features one particular work in the “133651 series” that Miyajima started back in 1990.
The outer box has worn with age, but otherwise the book is in a very good condition.