Masamichi Toyama serves as a representative of Smiles Co., Ltd., a company that develops all types of business projects, including Soup Stock Tokyo. He is also a contemporary art collector, with a belief that art and business have a constant relationship with each other that can never be cut. Since 2014, Smiles has participated in Ichihara Art Mix, Echigo Tsumari Art Triennale, and Setouchi Triennale. Smiles has received positive attention for the edible artwork created in collaboration with Denso, as well as “Lemon Hotel”, a work that allows visitors to stay overnight. As a social experiment, in 2018 Toyama collaborated with the creative agency PARTY to found “The Chain Museum” and build the platform “ArtSticker” through which people can support artists. For the Tokyo Biennale, Toyama himself has been asked to join as an artist. He will present an artwork that actualizes the essential relationship between society, art, and the individual.
For Tokyo Biennale, Masamichi Toyama will be commissioned as an artist to create an artwork in the observation floor of the San-ai Dream Center in Ginza 4-chome, which will be reborn as an art gallery in June 2021. Based on the theme of “time,” his project will take the form of an installation and AR work that incorporates the Wako Clock Tower and surrounding landscape.
Planning support: RICOH
Support: Seiko Holdings Corporation
Technical support: sforzando LLC.
(As of March 2021)
1: Spinout Hours 2 hours spun out, and some things there
2: OTM（On the Time Machine）
3: Ginza 4th Block’s Intersection photo by: YUKO CHIBA
Masamichi Toyama (Artist)
Born in Tokyo in 1962. Masamichi Toyama, artist and business leader, is a painter who has held domestic and international solo exhibitions, and the CEO of numerous companies he has founded in various industries such as Soup Stock Tokyo. He founded Smiles Co., Ltd. in 2000, which is active in art promotion. Notable exhibitions include “Lemon Hotel” at the 2016 Setouchi Triennale. The company also played a key part in the 2015 Echigo Tsumari Trienniale. Currently, Toyama is developing “The Chain Museum”, a new way of exhibiting artworks and supporting artists, as well as a new art application “Art Sticker”.
5-7-2 Ginza Chuo-ku Tokyo
・1 minute walk from “Ginza” Station Exit A1 on the Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line, Ginza Line.
・3 minutes walk from “Higashi ginza” Station on the Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line, Toei Asakusa Line.
・8 minutes walk from “Yurakucho” Station on the JR Yamanote Line, KeihinTohoku Line, Tokyo Metro Yurakucho Line.
(Tokyo Biennale Executive Office)