All tagged contemporary art

Shiota Chiharu: The Soul Trembles

Red strings, boats, large-scale. This artist’s work is immediately recognizable to those who have seen even one of her larger installations. But these short descriptions of her artwork are reductive and can’t adequately convey the experience of standing in her stunning installations. If you are in Tokyo, you will be lucky enough to see the largest solo exhibition of her work, which spans 25 years of her career. In addition to several large installations, there are sculptures, videos, photographs, drawings and more.

teamLab Borderless

If you’re in Japan and on any social media, it’s hard not to know something about teamLab. The imminently Instagrammable digital art museum is designed for selfies to share. There are rooms filled with projections of flowers, strings of beautifully flashing lights, small lanterns of changing colors, and a room that’s great for moving around, especially with kids, called the Athletics Forest.

The Nature Rules: Dreaming of Earth Project

This exhibition highlights the Dreaming of Earth Project, a concept launched by Jae-Eun Choi. The project centers around the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) on the 38th parallel of the Korean peninsula. Because the land contains an estimated three million landmines, the land itself is human-free and is inhabited by over 5000 species of animals. To preserve this ecosystem, the project proposes different components, such as a vault for seeds, a floating garden and more. The exhibition includes work by several artists.

Roppongi Galleries

Galleries can be tough -- they’re not always welcoming spaces and sometimes the art can be challenging. But if you want to see newer art, the type of stuff that isn’t always on view in museums, galleries can be a great way to see lots of different types of art. And see it for free.