Past Exhibition

Art Tells the Times, Works by Women Artists
Shiseido Gallery 90th Anniversary Exhibition August 25th through October 18th, 2009

The Shiseido Gallery was founded in 1919 by Shiseido's first president, Shinzo Fukuhara. It has operated more or less continuously for ninety years, closing only occasionally due to earthquakes, war, and other vicissitudes. Throughout this time it has been dedicated to Shiseido's founding corporate ideal of "discovering and creating new value."

The Shiseido Gallery opened with an exhibition of the works of painter Riichiro Kawashima, and since that time has expanded to embrace exhibitions of aesthetic expression from a variety of fields including fine art, photography, design, crafts, archtecture, and others. It has also always taken a special interest in exhibitions that highlight not only women artists, but also the various aspects of female culture that have always colored the times through fashion, makeup, personal accoutrements, and the activities of women in general.
As early as 1920 the Shiseido Gallery sponsored two programs, "Fans & Paper Strips for Poetry," led by a group of women poets, and "Display of Bags Designed by Celebrated Japanese Ladies", and by the mid-1920s it was hosting exhibitions of the works of cutting-edge women artists like painters Yoshie Nakata, Marjorie Nishiwaki and Setsuko Migishi, textile artist Michiko Yamawaki, and dyer Fukumi Shimura.

The activities of women artists truly came into prominence on the world art scene in the 1990s, just around the time that the Shiseido Gallery shifted its focus to contemporary art. The current exhibition features one new or latest work each from eleven of the women artists the Shiseido Gallery has introduced since the 1990s, offering glimpses of past exhibitions and introducing artists who are currently at the core of the art scene.

Noe Aoki,Ruri Iwata,Ai Kitahara,Kimsooja,Sam Taylor-wood,Toeko Tatsuno,
Minako Nishiyama,Pipilotti Rist,Mariko Mori,Tomoko Yoneda,Laura Owens  
(Listed by surname in alphabetical order)
Participating Artists & Their Past Exhibitions at the Shiseido Gallery

  • Noe Aoki
  • Particles in the Sky 2009-11 2009
  • COR-TEN steel 158×104×165cm
  • Photo: Tadasu Yamamoto
  • Sam Taylor-Wood
  • Escape Artist (Primary Colour and Green)
  • 2008 C-print 109.2×134.6cm
  • Courtesy of White Cube

An additional area of this show will be used to highlight the Shiseido Gallery's history and women-related exhibitions through a display of photographs and other materials from some of the important exhibitions in the past. Further, a display of magazines featuring critical articles and reviews will offer insights into how the exhibitions at the Shiseido Gallery were received at the time.

  • Pipilotti Rist
  • Enlight My Space
  • <Erleuchte(und kläre)meinen Raum>
  • 2008 Video installation 40×130×35cm
  • Courtesy the artist and Hauser & Wirth
  • Photo: A. Burger, Zürich
  • Toeko Tatsuno
  • Twins 2008-2009
  • Oil on canvas 291×218cm
  • Photo: Takemi Art Photos

Exhibition Details for Art Tells the Times, Works by Women Artists
Shiseido Gallery 90th Anniversary Exhibition

Organized by: SHISEIDO CO., LTD.
Dates: August 25 (Tue) - October 18 (Sun), 2009
Location: Shiseido Gallery
Tokyo Ginza Shiseido Building, B1
8-8-3 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo 104-0061
Tel: 03-3572-3901 Fax: 03-3572-3951
Hours: Weekdays 11:00 - 19:00
Sundays & Holidays 11:00 - 18:00
Closed on Mondays
Admission: Free

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