cluster of art galleries in tokyo is an obscure address: somewhere in the kiyosumi area, close to the kiyosubasi bridge. if it has a proper name, i couldn’t find it!
we first visited mot, then spent a little while in kiyosumi gardens, passed through the public kiyosumi park, walked by the taxi company and found the industrial building. it is essential to find that lift that will take you up to the art galleries. it’s not very easy to find, but the internet will help you.
once you arrived, visit the galleries that are open. be patient, sometimes you need to ring a bell for the gallerist to come.
* taka ishii gallery had an araki show when we visited. it was called eroreal. and that was not shocking! what shocked me was the number of people working in the a seemingly small gallery: at least 7. but i am less surprised now that i know that the gallery has three locations in tokyo and one in paris.
* tomio koyama also has 3 locations: one in kiyosumi, one in shibuya and one in singapore. their former shows included david lynch, yoshitomo nara and lots of new japanese artists.
* ai kowada gallery had this show when we visited last year. i understand they also have a location in shanghai.
due to the confusing nature of japanese web design, i have little to say about the rest of the galleries. also, it is difficult for me to match the pictures i have to the galleries.
i managed to find all the websites though. click to read more!
this is the right place to go if you’re in the mood for some new art. the entry is free of charge and you are bound to see a wide selection of pieces. i’m sure i’ll go back when i’ll be in town!
photo credits: little aesthete