Otemachi Park Building

Location

1-1-1 Otemachi Chiyoda-ku Tokyo

Access

・1 minute walk from “Otemachi” Station on the Tokyo Metro Tozai Line, Marunouchi Line, Chiyoda Line. Hanzomon Line, Toei Mita Line.
・9 minutes walk from “Tokyo” Station on the JR Line.

Bunkyo Civic Center

Location

1-16-21 Kasuga Bunkyo-ku Tokyo

Access

・1 minute walk from “Korakuen” Station on the Tokyo Metro Korakuen station Marunouchi Line.
・1 minutes walk from “Kasuga” Station on the Toei Mita line and Oedo Line.
・9 minutes walk from “Suidobashi” Station on the JR Sobu Line.

Others

Inquiries
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(Tokyo Biennale Executive Office)

OTEMACHI 1st SQUARE

Location

1-5-1 Otemachi Chiyoda-ku Tokyo

Access

・Direct access from “Otemachi” Station on the Tokyo Metro Tozai Line, Marunouchi Line, Chiyoda Line. Hanzomon Line, Toei Mita Line.
・5 minutes walk from “Tokyo” Station on the JR Line.

Anything is better than the truth!

What has technological innovation, as exemplified by the Internet, brought about and what has been lost as a result? Such an awareness of these issues is at the root of Ida’s work. Ida has visualized the physicality of the post-Internet world, the changes in industry, and the world as perceived through smartphones and other devices, through sculptures made from the multitudinous images uploaded on the Internet, and video works in which she uses a large roll of paper as a tricycle wheel and rides around the city while throwing the paper out onto the ground. For the Tokyo Biennale, AR will be applied to specific letters and symbols found throughout Tokyo, resulting in an “exhibition” of works all over the city. You can take them home with you, or print them at home. You may see one just by pointing your phone at an Olympic symbol, or you may not see others until a few years later.

(As of June 2021)

1: ”Photo Sculpture”, 2018, 3331 Arts Chiyoda
2: ”Never thought I could create something better than the 5pocket”, 2018, Fujinoyama Biennale
3: ”Photo Sculpture”, 2020, “Public Device – The Symbolism and Permanence of Sculpture”, Tokyo University of the Arts

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Center of Manseibashi

Location

1-1 Sotokanda Chiyoda Chiyoda-ku Tokyo

Access

・3 minutes walk from “Awajicho” Station on the Tokyo Metro Marunouchi Line.
・3 minutes walk from “Ogawamachi” Station on the Toei Shinjuku Line.
・6 minutes walk from “Akihabara” Station on the JR Line.

Others

Inquiries
tb2020.jp/en/contact-en
(Tokyo Biennale Executive Office)

Ida Daisuke

Born 1987 in Tottori. Ida completed his Masters degree at Tokyo University of the Arts in 2015 and completed the MAD Artist Practice course at AIT in 2016. Selected solo exhibitions include “Photo Sculpture” (2018, 3331 Arts Chiyoda, Tokyo), “Honey, it is my home” (2016, Tokyo Wonder Site Shibuya, Tokyo), and “NOWHERE” (2015, Yonago City Museum of Art, Tottori). Lives and works in Tokyo, Japan.
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Pictures and Eyes


After seeing the same image in various locations, in various sizes, and various mediums, opportunities will be created for the viewer to ask, “What exactly did I see?” The Japanese proverb, “The ghost, when examined closely, is withered silver grass” and the haiku by Natsume Soseki, “A little violet, I wish I were born like you”, etc. It is not always true that things are clearly seen when large in size, nor are things necessarily overlooked because they are small. We must always be wary of encountering something, somewhere, at any time.
O JUN

This project will involve the three-painting configuration “Pictures and Eyes” exhibited in two different ways: enlarged and assembled on a single wall, and as a display of three framed paintings in various locations. The former corresponds to the wall of a building in Yurakucho, while the latter corresponds to an exhibition of framed originals. Through viewing the works, you may gain a repeated sense of familiarity, mistaken appearance, or overlooking what is there. While experiencing vision, memory, and the separation and realignment of forms in the city, the question of what constitutes the “original” will simultaneously emerge.

1: “The Beautiful Nature” 2019
2: “untitled” 2016
3: “Still life” 2019

photography by MIYAJIMA Kei
©︎O JUN / Courtesy of Mizuma Art Gallery

O JUN

Born in Tokyo in 1956. Painter. He depicts daily life in oil, watercolor, crayon and other materials. He also performs in live drawing events that involve the use of tin and lead cast pencils. Recent exhibitions include “O JUN — KAKUCO” (Fuchu Art Museum, 2013), “MANMANCHAN AN” (Aomori Contemporary Art Centre, 2016), “A dove flying away, I am surprised” (Mizuma Art Gallery, 2016), and “SEMEGU O JUN×TANADA Koji” (Itami City Museum of Art, 2017). He was professor at Tokyo University of the Arts from 2010 to 2021.

Photo by Shinya Kigure

https://mizuma-art.co.jp/en/artists/o-jun/

Yubido Restoration Project—Nikui Hodo Yasashi

After the war, the picture frame shop Yubido opened in the burnt-out ruins of Kanda with a sign depicting Mt. Fuji. Today, Kanda is undergoing a great wave of redevelopment. Individually owned stores are no longer viable in an area that has transformed into a town for corporations and economic growth. Artist Masato Nakamura will work with the public to renovate the closed and abandoned “Yubido”, developing and managing a project that will involve the planning and production of exhibitions. For the Tokyo Biennale, the “Yubido” building itself will be turned into a work of art and exhibited in its current state. The name of the project, “Nikui Hodo Yasashi” (“kind to the point of being detestable”), is derived from the wordplay used for the telephone phone number of “Yubido”.

Support: Window Research Institute, Chiyoda-ku Urban Development Support

(As of April 2021)

1: More than 30 voluntters joined the cleanup, 2020
2: More than 3,000 picture flames coming from Yubido, 2020
3: Yubido soon after the war’s end Picture provided: Yoshihito Misawa, 2020

Masato Nakamura

Born in Odate City (Akita, Japan) in 1963. Professor at Tokyo University of the Arts (Department of Painting). A socially conscious artist who actively develops art projects with focus on “art x community x industry”. In the early 1990’s, he set up guerilla art projects such as“THE GINBURART” in Ginza and “Shinjuku Shonen Art” in Shinjuku’s Kabukicho district (1993). From 1996 on, the artist caught global attention by transforming corporate identities into artworks, one major example being the McDonald’s golden arches. In 1997, he formed an alternative artist initiative called “Command N”. Activities of this group include the international video installation “Akihabara TV” held in 1999 and 2000. His work was displayed in the 49th Venice Biennale (2001) Japan Pavilion “First & Slow” exhibition. He is the founder of numerous art projects including “himming” in Himi (Toyama Pref.) and “ZERODATE” in Odate (Akita Pref.). In 2010, he also founded 3331 Arts Chiyoda as an independent and sustainable art center. Through Command N and 3331, Nakamura has initiated 10 art bases and held 740 art projects, in addition to overseeing close to 3,100 events involving the collaboration of 2,000 artists, 180 core staff members, and 1,350 supporting staff/volunteers. With an extensive background in a variety of expressive activities, starting in summer 2020 he is taking on the challenge of developing the Tokyo Biennale, an art festival that will harness the cultural and artistic resources underlying the city of Tokyo.