Life Face on Gold


9/15 - 12/23/2023
GALLERY HOURS | Tue.–Sat. 11:00–19:00 (Sat. 13:00–14:00 CLOSED)
CLOSED | Sun-Mon., National Holidays

*The gallery will close at 5:00 p.m. on Friday, December 8.

Akio Nagasawa Gallery Ginza is pleased to present Life Face on Gold, a solo exhibition by Tatsuo Miyajima.

Tatsuo Miyajima is a contemporary artist who creates works based on three concepts: "Keep Changing," "Connect with Everything," and "Continue Forever." This exhibition, titled Life Face on Gold, will feature his new works including paintings embossed with gold leaves and drawings as traces of his performance. Miyajima's work is mostly well known as objects that utilize flashing digital counters, but in recent years he has been passionately producing paintings and drawings that are heavily engaged with the act of making process as an element of his work.
It is probably related to the fact that he started his career as a performance artist. Working with digital counter gadgets as performing objects on behalf of the artist, Miyajima is also creating pieces by doing performances himself.
This exhibition may offer a glimpse of another side of Tatsuo Miyajima that has not been recognized until now. We look forward to your visit.


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’.