Known for his eye-catching work that takes a humorous and ironic slant on society, such as a grasshopper that suddenly appeared at the Yokohama Triennale, contemporary artist Noboru Tsubaki will make Buddha appear in an office building in Tokyo.
I believe that if there is a question, it is the intellectual activity of human beings to seek a solution, but I sometimes feel such a solution may not take the form of an answer but instead be found in phenomena that appear unintentionally as an extension of play. This may be the reason why I have continued to make objects such as insects and soft fetuses on a gigantic scale (which is key to their success) as commonplace icons. The fact that this idea came to fruition in “TOKYO BUDDHA” through an accidental collision with AR 3 Brothers led me to a sense of revisiting the incident of fighting a giant grasshopper at the Yokohama Triennale but with infinite possibilities. It’s okay to ignore the meaning of the site and create random phenomena. (Noboru Tsubaki)
(As of July 2021)
1: “TOKYO BUDDHA” Development：AR3Bros.
2: “We’ll meet again 2020” 2019, HOW TOKYO BIENNALE exhibition
3: “We’ll meet again 2020” Artwork Image
4: “Insect World -Locust-” 2014, grounds of former Tokyo Denki University
Noboru Tsubaki (Contemporary Artist)
Born 1953 in Kyoto. Tsubaki completed his degree in fine art at Kyoto City University of Arts.
In 1989, he presented the artwork “Fresh gasoline” in “Against Nature: Japanese Art in the Eighties”, which brought him wide acclaim. In 1993, he participated in “Aperto” of the Venice Biennale. Major solo exhibitions include “Insect World – Grasshopper” shown at the Yokohama Triennale (2001), as well as those held at Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego – La Jolla (1992), Art Tower Mito (2003), The National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto (2009), and Kirishima Open-Air Museum (2012). He has also directed and participated in many art festivals including the Setouchi Triennale “Hishio no sato + Sakateko Project – Relational Tourism” (2013), and AOMORI TRIENNALE 2017 and 2020. Tsubaki continues to serve as director of “ARTISTS’FAIR KYOTO”, which was launched in 2018.
1-12-1 Yurakucho Chiyoda-ku Tokyo
・Direct Acccess from “Yurakucho” Station on the Tokyo Metro Yurakucho Line.
・1 minute walk from “Yurakucho” Station on the JR Keihin-Tohoku Line, Yamanote Line.
(Tokyo Biennale Executive Office)