Current Exhibition

The group exhibition selected by Jay Chung & Q Takeki Maeda

“Surface and Custom
Jay Chung & Q Takeki Maeda, Sara Deraedt, Pierre Leguillon, Klara Lidén, Carissa Rodriguez,Yuji Takeoka

Duration: 18 October (Fri) to 22 December (Sun), 2019

In commemoration of its 100th anniversary, Shiseido Gallery invites Berlin-based duo Jay Chung & Q Takeki Maeda for an exhibition alongside artists of their selection.

Shiseido was established in 1872 in Ginza, Tokyo. The company’s founder, Arinobu Fukuhara, was the first to open a Western-style dispensing pharmacy in Japan during the country’s modernization. Arinobu’s third son, Shinzo Fukuhara, later travelled to the United States to study pharmacology in 1908. He then moved to Europe, where he was introduced to many artists in Paris, such as Léonard Tsuguharu Foujita, by Riichiro Kawashima, a painter friend from his time in the United States. The new understanding of art that Fukuhara acquired in the West would go on to have a significant impact on the aesthetics of Shiseido.

Shiseido Gallery, established by Shinzo Fukuhara in 1919, is said to be the oldest art gallery still operating in Japan. From its founding, the gallery has supported emerging artists by providing a venue in which to present their work. Its first exhibition was of works by Riichiro Kawashima. Kawashima returned to Paris the following year, and the information and various articles he sent back formed a valuable source of Western culture in Japan at that time. Such information was published as “Correspondence from Paris” alongside illustrations in Shiseido Geppo (“Shiseido Monthly,” a company paper for consumers) in 1924. Shiseido Geppo was succeeded by Shiseido Graph in 1933, followed by Hanatsubaki in 1937, with each incarnation providing information on the latest Western trends, fashions, and beauty, as well as serving as cultural reading material.

Since coming together as a duo in 2002, Jay Chung & Q Takeki Maeda have exhibited mainly in Europe and America. The artists, whose work references art history and criticism, garnered attention at exhibitions including Travelers: Stepping into the Unknown in 2018 (commemorating the 40th anniversary of the opening of the National Museum of Art, Osaka), and the Yebisu International Festival for Art & Alternative Visions 2018: “Mapping the Invisible.” They showed Moulting, a slideshow reconfiguring images taken from Shiseido’s printed materials, at their exhibition The Auratic Narrative held at the Kölnischer Kunstverein (Germany) in April this year. In this work, Chung and Maeda—having developed an interest in the role Western aesthetics played in Japan’s modernization—home in on Shiseido’s pioneering efforts of actively embracing Western modern art. The work draws images from Shiseido’s archive of advertisements and the above mentioned publications, focusing on themes such as modern art, fashion, display systems, urban lifestyles, social ideologies, and consumer culture, weaving together a kind of visual poetry.

Surface and Custom is based on the themes taken up by Moulting, comprising works from the following five artists selected by Jay Chung & Q Takeki Maeda: Sara Deraedt, Pierre Leguillon, Klara Lidén, Carissa Rodriguez, and Yuji Takeoka. We hope that you will enjoy this exhibition featuring contemporary artists who reexamine the trajectory of Shiseido’s imagery (as it constructed a unique identity by fusing Western culture with Japanese aesthetics), as well as history and preconceived ideas, and sublimate it into their own art.

Sara Deraedt is concerned with the immediate exhibition situation and intends for the viewer to encounter the piece as it exists in itself. In this exhibition, Deraedt will show a new work.

Pierre Leguillon is the founder and operator of The Museum of Mistakes. His work asks us to reconsider the system by which art is accepted in society. Leguillon frequently uses cloth in his work, and he owns a large collection of Japanese kasuri (fabric woven from dyed thread to create patterns). Leguillon will be showing Mérida (Painting for Sale, by the Meter), paintings created in collaboration with kasuri master Kyozo Shimokawa from the city of Yame in Fukuoka Prefecture, and selling this work during the exhibition.

Klara Lidén employs as her tool of choice the infrastructure and social fabric of the city, using her own body and presence to engage in action within this framework. For her sculptural objects, installations, and spontaneous performative interventions, the artist draws on various resources the city has to offer, such as public garbage cans, ATMs, signs, and fences. Lidén will present a new work for this exhibition, the outcome of a residency in Tokyo.

Carissa Rodriguez, having arrived at art from other places, defines herself as a trespasser in the world of art. Recognizing artistic activity as an occupation, she sees each of her projects as the consolidation of its own internal, external, conscious and unconscious conditions. In doing so, she is ready to move on to the next world at any time. For this exhibition, Rodriguez will be presenting The Maid, a video work premiered at SculptureCenter in New York last year.

Yuji Takeoka began his study of objects as phenomena in the 1970s. Through a process of trial and error he arrived at his “pedestal sculptures,” an artistic form in which pedestals are themselves presented as artworks. Takeoka’s practice continues to depend upon concepts that focus on the space that co-exists with the artwork, such as “spatial presentation” and “spatial disposition.” This exhibition features drawings presented at Takeoka’s first solo exhibition at the Konrad Fischer Galerie in Düsseldorf in 1986.

Artist profiles

Jay Chung & Q Takeki Maeda

■ Jay Chung was born in 1976 in Madison, WI, USA. Q Takeki Maeda was born in 1977 in Nagoya, Japan. They both live in Berlin.
Recent exhibitions include The Auratic Narrative (Kölnischer Kunstverein, Cologne; 2019), New Images (House of Gaga, Mexico City; 2018), Jay Chung and Q Takeki Maeda (statements, Tokyo; 2017), Jay Chung and Q Takeki Maeda (Essex Street, New York; 2016), and Dull and Bathos (Galerie Francesca Pia, Zürich; 2015).

■ Sara Deraedt

Born in 1984 in Liedekerke, Belgium, Deraedt now lives in Brussels.
Her solo exhibition Sara Deraedt—Ruttenberg Contemporary Photography Series is currently on show at the Art Institute of Chicago. Group exhibitions include The Photographic I—Other Pictures (S.M.A.K., Ghent; 2017), Foreign Places (Wiels, Brussels; 2016), A wavy line is drawn across the middle of the original plans (Kölnischer Kunstverein, Cologne; 2012), Attachments & Assignations (Cubitt, London; 2014), Bulletin Board Blvd. (Pro Choice, Vienna; 2009).

■ Pierre Leguillon

Born in 1969 in Nogent-sur-Marne, France, Leguillon now lives in Brussels.
He established The Museum of Mistakes in Brussels in 2013. Recent solo exhibitions include 見習う Parler aux yeux / Learning from Looking (Fondation d’entreprise Ricard, Paris; 2019), The Museum of Mistakes: Contemporary Art and Class Struggle (Wiels, Brussels; 2015), and Danse libre (Mamco, Geneva; 2015). Group exhibitions include the Taipei Biennial (2017). He has also presented the performance lecture La Promesse de l’écra (Kamoshika Book Store, Oita; 2018).

■ Klara Lidén

Born in 1979 in Stockholm, Lidén now lives in Berlin.
Recent solo exhibitions include Now Two Three (Weiss Falk, Basel; 2019), Auf jeden Fall (Secession, Vienna; 2019), Grounding (Reena Spaulings Fine Art, New York; 2018), Warm-up (Piece Unique, Cologne; 2018), and LAVORO (Indipendenza, Rome; 2017) presented with Karl Holmqvist. Group exhibitions include Strange Days: Memories of the Future (The Store X, London; 2018), and Germany is not an island (Bundeskunsthalle, Bonn; 2018).

■ Carissa Rodriguez

Born in 1970 in New York, where she currently lives.
A solo exhibition at the Art Institute of Chicago is scheduled for 2020. Her solo exhibition The Maid is on view from 2018 to 2020 (SculptureCenter, New York, MIT List Visual Arts Center, Cambridge, Massachusetts, and Walker Art Center, Minneapolis). Group exhibitions include the Whitney Biennial (Whitney Museum, New York; 2014 and 2019).

■ Yuji Takeoka

Born in 1946 in Kyoto, Takeoka now lives in Düsseldorf.
Recent solo exhibitions include Yuji Takeoka: From a Pedestal into Space (The National Museum of Art, Osaka, The Museum of Modern Art, Saitama, Toyama Memorial Museum; 2016), Yuji Takeoka: Museo (Josef Albers Museum, Bottrop; 2011), and Yuji Takeoka: Ein leeres Dazwischen (Kunstverein für die Rheinlande und Westfalen, Düsseldorf, 2000). Group exhibitions include Ruhe vor dem Sturm: Postminimalistische Kunst aus dem Rheinland (Museum Morsbroich, Leverkusen; 2015), Minimal Maximal: Minimal Art and Its Influence on International Art of the 1990s (Chiba City Museum of Art, The National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto, and Fukuoka Art Museum; 2001), and Documenta IX (Kassel; 1992).

“Surface and Custom
Jay Chung & Q Takeki Maeda, Sara Deraedt, Pierre Leguillon, Klara Lidén, Carissa Rodriguez,Yuji Takeoka” Exhibition details

Organizer: Shiseido Co., Ltd.
Duration: 18 October (Fri) to 22 December (Sun), 2019
Venue: Shiseido Gallery
Tokyo Ginza Shiseido Building B1F
8-8-3, Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo 104-0061
Tel: 03-3572-3901; Fax: 03-3572-3951
Weekdays: 11:00 AM—7:00 PM
Sundays and national holidays: 11:00 AM—6:00 PM
Closed: Mondays (including national holidays falling on Monday)
Free admission

Related events

■ Gallery talk

Jay Chung & Q Takeki Maeda and participating artists will speak about the exhibition and their work.

Date and Time: 20 October (Sun), 2019, 2:00 PM–4:00 PM
Venue: SHISEIDO THE TABLES (SHISEIDO THE STORE, 4F)
Admission: Free (capacity: 30)

■ The Shiseido Karakusa: Original Designs & Drawings

The karakusa arabesque patterns designed for Shiseido’s products and advertisements saw the creation of many block copies by printmaker Marehide Susuki. This exhibition will showcase the process through which the Shiseido arabesques were created, with a focus on these original prints.

Duration: 15 October (Tue) to 13 December (Fri), 2019
11:00 AM–7:00 PM (closed Sun, Mon, and national holidays)
Venue: GINZA COMMUNICATION SPACE
Shiseido Ginza Building, 2F

■ DESIGNART TOKYO 2019

Shiseido Gallery will be participating in DESIGNART TOKYO 2019, which transmits and shares the significance of creations and concepts that traverse design and art.

http://designart.jp/en/

Duration: 18 October (Fri) to 27 October (Sun), 2019

■ Ginza Creation Stamp Rally

Visitors collecting stamps at each of four galleries in Ginza will receive original merchandise based on the number of stamps that they have collected.

https://www.facebook.com/ginzacreation

Duration: 23 October (Wed) to 26 December (Sun), 2019
Venues: Shiseido Gallery, Ginza Graphic Gallery (ggg), Creation Gallery G8, and Guardian Garden

Reference images

Jay Chung & Q Takeki Maeda Image from Moulting, 2019 Shiseido wrapping paper by Sue Yabe, 1924
Jay Chung & Q Takeki Maeda
Image from Moulting, 2019
Shiseido wrapping paper by Sue Yabe, 1924
Jay Chung & Q Takeki Maeda Image from Moulting, 2019 Cover of Hanatsubaki, 1957 Original art: Rythme Coloré by Sonia Delauney (1956)
Jay Chung & Q Takeki Maeda
Image from Moulting, 2019
Cover of Hanatsubaki, 1957
Original art: Rythme Coloré
by Sonia Delauney (1956)
Sara Deraedt AEG, 2018 Courtesy of the artist and Essex Street, New York *Please do not crop the image
Sara Deraedt
AEG, 2018
Courtesy of the artist and Essex Street,
New York
*Please do not crop the image
Carissa Rodriguez The Maid, 2018 Video still, 4K video with sound, 12:22 inutes Courtesy of the artist
Carissa Rodriguez
The Maid, 2018
Video still, 4K video with sound,
12:22 minutes
Courtesy of the artist
Pierre Leguillon Mérida, 2018 Photo by Aurélien Mole Courtesy of Fondation d’entreprise Ricard, Paris
Pierre Leguillon
Mérida, 2018
Photo by Aurélien Mole
Courtesy of Fondation d’entreprise Ricard, Paris
Yuji Takeoka Seven Pedestals, 2011 Size variable, 52 x 52 x 16cm Gilded brass Achim Kukuklies, Düsseldorf
Yuji Takeoka
Seven Pedestals, 2011
Size variable, 52 x 52 x 16cm
Gilded brass
Achim Kukuklies, Düsseldorf
Klara Lidén Untitled (jug chandelier), 2018
Klara Lidén
Untitled (jug chandelier), 2018