Japanese Artist Hideyuki Tanaka Holds Exhibition at Marc Jacobs Bookstore BOOKMARC

26.April.2021 | FASHION

Japanese artist Hideyuki Tanaka, who has penned work for street fashion, video games, the music scene and more since the late 90’s, has announced his own exhibition which will take place at New York-based fashion brand Marc Jacobs’ bookstore BOOKMARC in Shibuya from April 30 to May 12.

The exhibition is centred on the work Tanaka did for Marc Jacobs’ new line Heaven. There will also be a special limited-edition artbook on sale of the anime character Super Milk-chan designed by Tanaka.

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    Twelve Months of Tokyo: Evening Glow at Yanaka – Hasui Kawase. 1921. 

     

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    Sailing Boats in the Morning: Inland Sea – Hiroshi Yoshida. 1926.

     

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    Before the Mirror. Ito Shinsui. 1916. 

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    Fashions of the Modern World: Tipsy – Kiyoshi Kobayakawa. 1930.

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    Combing the Hair. Goyo Hashiguchi. 1920. 

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    Inside the Exhibit

    Inside the Exhibit

     

     

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    VOLVO teamLab: A Forest where Gods Live

     

     

    Works that change with the seasons 

     

    Forest and Spiral of Resonating Lamps in the Forest – One Stroke, Autumn Mountain, teamLab, 2018.

     

     

     

    Flowers Bloom in an Infinite Universe inside a Teacup, teamLab, 2016.

     

     

     

    Newly Opened Works

     

    Light Sculpture of Flames, teamLab, 2016.

     

    The Mifuneyama Rakuen Park was built on a 500,000 square metre site that has been surrounded by nature for over three million years. This year marks the seventh year of the ‘VOLVO teamLab: A Forest where Gods Live” outdoor exhibition, which opens every summer and autumn. The exhibition combines nature and art on a grand scale, even featuring in CNN’s list of “Outdoor art exhibitions to see around the world.”

     

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    The interactive light sculpture forms a 3D flame using multiple light points and will be shown in a collaboration space with VOLVO, the exhibits main partner.

     

     

    Why not immerse yourself in the nature of Autumn with teamLab?

  • MOUSSY Announces Third Installment of Art and Fashion Venture PROJECT U

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    PROJECT U was created to bring MOUSSY together with a variety of talented creators and artists, and to see what possibilities could open up from different collaborations. MOUSSY has fused fashion and culture together countless times in the past along with popular characters from Disney and other brands. PROJECT U focuses exclusively on art!

     

     

    The third installment of PROJECT U will feature plenty of apparel, from T-shirts and hoodies to tote bags and skateboards. JUN INAGAWA helped design these limited-edition items, with some featuring imagery from his ‘Otaku x Street’ collection, as well as a theme he works with often: destruction and rebirth. Apparel will be available in two unisex sizes.

     

    The SHEL’TTER TOKYO and MOUSSY FLAGSHIP SHOP will also be holding JUN INAGAWA’s solo exhibition and accompanying workshop. For more info on the apparel or exhibition, head to the PROJECT U special site!

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