友達と – "tomodachi to". With friends

Nakahara Masao
Gestell für schwere Gedanken, 2020
Photo: Christopher Nakahara

Some 8,400 Japanese people currently live in Düsseldorf—the largest Japanese community in Germany and the third-largest in Europe after London and Paris. In addition to numerous Japanese companies, institutions, businesses and initiatives, the Japanese influence is also evident in the city’s art scene: since the 1960s, more than three hundred artists of Japanese origin have completed their studies at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf.

The members of the Japanese community have established friendships with the people of Düsseldorf. In 2021, the Japanese-German friendship will also officially commemorate its 160th anniversary. In the context of this anniversary year, the Kunsthalle Düsseldorf thus aims to celebrate friendship and invites five of its friends of Japanese origin to a joint group exhibition.

Each of these artists associated with the Düsseldorf Art Academy is in turn asked to invite an artist friend of his or her own to the group show.

Artists: Takeoka Yūji, Nara Yoshitomo, Murase Kyōko, Andō Yukako, Kinoshita Ryō, Karin Sander, Nakahara Masao, Anca Muresan, Magdalena Jetelová und Arakawa Sōya

The exhibition is curated by Gregor Jansen and Alicia Holthausen.

Images

Andō Yukako, Playing cards-2 circles (unity), 2019American walnut, playing cards, 1.290 × 1.300 × 80 mmPhoto: Ruben Diaz

Andō Yukako, Playing cards-2 circles (unity), 2019
American walnut, playing cards, 1.290 × 1.300 × 80 mm
Photo: Ruben Diaz

Anca MuresanInstallation Bukarest (Detail), Fakultät der Pharmazie, 2020/21Photo: Anca Muresan

Anca Muresan
Installation Bukarest (Detail), Fakultät der Pharmazie, 2020/21
Photo: Anca Muresan

Kinoshita Ryō, Galaxy 8873, 2021Galerie Fons WeltersPhoto: Gert Jan van Rooij

Kinoshita Ryō, Galaxy 8873, 2021
Galerie Fons Welters
Photo: Gert Jan van Rooij

Karin SanderMap Icon, 2020Photo: Karin Sander © Karin Sander, VG Bild-Kunst Bonn, 2021

Karin Sander
Map Icon, 2020
Photo: Karin Sander © Karin Sander, VG Bild-Kunst Bonn, 2021

Arakawa SōyaProject Cicciolino, 2013Kunstakademie Düsseldorf, Germany & Kanazawa Bidai Art Gallery, Kanazawa, JapanPhoto: Arakawa Sōya

Arakawa Sōya
Project Cicciolino, 2013
Kunstakademie Düsseldorf, Germany & Kanazawa Bidai Art Gallery, Kanazawa, Japan
Photo: Arakawa Sōya

Murase KyōkoFlowery Planet, 2009© Murase Kyōko

Murase Kyōko
Flowery Planet, 2009
© Murase Kyōko

Magdalena JetelováOrtung, 2017150 × 200 × 5 cmPhoto: Magdalena Jetelová

Magdalena Jetelová
Ortung, 2017
150 × 200 × 5 cm
Photo: Magdalena Jetelová

Nara YoshitomoSprout the Ambassador, 2007© Nara Yoshitomo

Nara Yoshitomo
Sprout the Ambassador, 2007
© Nara Yoshitomo

Yūji TakeokaAbsperrung II, 2012Photo: Rüdiger Lubricht

Yūji Takeoka
Absperrung II, 2012
Photo: Rüdiger Lubricht

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