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Rei Naito: come and live – go and live

  • Image of "Clay Tablet with a Child's Foot ImpressionImportant Cultural  PropertyFound at Uenoyama Site, NiigataJōmon period, 2000–1000 BCTokyo National MuseumPhoto: Naoya Hatakeyama"

    Clay Tablet with a Child's Foot Impression
    Important Cultural Property
    Found at Uenoyama Site, Niigata
    Jōmon period, 2000–1000 BC
    Tokyo National Museum
    Photo: Naoya Hatakeyama

    Upcoming

    Japanese Archaeology and Special Exhibition (Heiseikan) and Japanese Gallery (Honkan)
    June 25, 2024 (Tue) - September 23, 2024 (Mon)

    This exhibition was conceived when Rei Naito encountered the Tokyo National Museum’s collection and architecture. She discovered a human soul that resonates with her own creativity in the clay objects of the Jōmon period. This was something born out of prehistoric people’s awe and prayer of nature and life, in which Naito found “compassion permeating inside and outside of life.”
    The exhibition spaces, illuminated by natural light, will evoke the realms of life and death that once was with the sun as well as the intimate harmony that endured between humans and nature as well as humans and other living beings. Through this exhibition, we invite you to experience the spirituality and creative power that connect us with the people of ancient times.

    Advance tickets now on sale
    Advance tickets are available online until the 24th of June.

 

 
But who could they be Lives, once of this earth, and the mother in between And here was something spreading across the inside and outside of life Filled with all the voices that they let out So I believed, life that I was. Rei Naito
 

 

Light and shadows created by the sun; water and stones from the earth; wind and rain from the atmosphere. By embracing the elements of nature and the small things of everyday life, artist Rei Naito has gazed at the scenery existing in the overlooked corners of the world and at subtle, minute phenomena. She has created "primordial scenes of life" through this process. Her meticulously conceived works invite visitors to delve into their own states of contemplation.

This exhibition was conceived through Naito's encounter with the Tokyo National Museum, founded some 150 years ago, and its collection and architectural spaces. Transcending 10,000 years of history, Naito found a human spirit that resonates with her own work in the clay objects of the Jomon period. These objects were born out of awe and prayer directed at nature and human existence, in which Naito found "compassion permeating inside and outside of life." Each clay object, its creation prompted by the necessities of life, seems to convey the true nature of human beings. The exhibition spaces illuminated by natural light will evoke the realms of life and death that once existed together with the sun and the intimate harmony that endured between humans and nature as well as humans and other living beings.

Naito's work, which finds life in color, stories in landscapes, and prayer in light, reminds us of the creative endeavors that have filled our world since ancient times. In her work, one can see the pursuit of creation, a process repeatedly undertaken by humanity, and the desire for life, which has formed a connection with the present. The exhibition spaces, where interactions transcend space and time, are wider than space and deeper than time, providing an opportunity to feel the certainty of invisible existence and inaudible voices. Through this exhibition, we invite you to experience the spirituality and creative power that connects us with the people of ancient times.

 

Rei Naito

Naito was born in Hiroshima in 1961 and currently works in Tokyo. She has been creating works based on the question of, “Is our existence on the Earth a blessing in itself?” In her work, life and death are explored as something inseparable. She has been creating installations that find “scenes of our Earth-bound existence” through natural phenomena such as light, air, water, and gravity.

Her notable solo exhibitions include: One Place on the Earth (Sagacho Exhibit Space, Tokyo, 1991); One Place on the Earth (The Japan Pavilion, 47th Venice Biennale, 1997), Being Called (Karmeliterkloster, Frankfurt am Main, 1997); Tout animal est dans le monde comme de l’eau à l’intérieur de l’eau (The Museum of Modern Art, Kamakura, 2009), the emotion of belief (Tokyo Metropolitan Teien Art Museum, Tokyo, 2014); the emotion of belief (The Japan Cultural Institute in Paris, 2017; Two Lives (Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Tel Aviv, 2017); on the bright Earth I see you (Contemporary Art Center, Art Tower Mito, Ibaraki, 2018); Mirror Creation (21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa (2020); and breath (Staatliche Graphische Sammlung München, Munich, 2023). Naito’s permanent installations include: Being given (Kinza, Art House Project, Naoshima, Kagawa, 2001) and Matrix (Teshima Art Museum, Teshima, Kagawa, 2010).

She was recognized as one of the Promising Artists and Scholars of Contemporary Japanese Arts in the genre of installations (Japan Arts Foundation, 1994), and was awarded the First Asahi Beer Arts Award (Asahi Beer Arts Foundation, 2003), the 60th Mainichi Art Prize (2018), and the 69th Minister of Education Award for Fine Arts (2019).

 

Linked exhibition

Rei Naito: come and live - go and live is organized in collaboration with the Fondation d'entreprise Hermès. A solo exhibition with the same title will be held at GINZA MAISON HERMÈS Le Forum. The two exhibitions are planed to form one continuous story which flows from the Museum to the Forum, and then back to the Museum.

Rei Naito: come and live – go and live

September 7, 2024–January 13, 2025 at GINZA MAISON HERMÈS Le Forum

 

General Information

Period June 25–September 23, 2024
Venue Thematic Exhibition Room (Heiseikan) and Japanese Gallery (Honkan), Tokyo National Museum (Ueno Park)
Hours 9:30–17:00
(Last admission 30 minutes before closing)
Closed Mondays (Except July 15, August 12, September 16 and 23), July 16, August 13, September 17
Admission

Visitors can view this exhibition without making reservations. Tickets may also be purchased at the ticket counter, but you may be asked to wait if the exhibition is crowded.

Adults: ¥1,500 (¥1,400)
University students: ¥1,000 (¥800)
High school students, Junior high school students and under: Free

  • *Parentheses indicate discount prices for advance tickets.
  • *Persons with disabilities are admitted free with one accompanying person each (please present an ID at the ticket booth).
  • *A ticket to this exhibition includes free same-day admission to the regular exhibitions.
  • *Advance tickets are available for purchase online from April 11 to June 24, 2024.
    More information will become available on this site once details r egarding ticket sales have been finalized.

Students whose university belongs to the Campus Members Program may purchase a same-day ticket for ¥500 (¥500 discount off the regular price). Please show your student card when purchasing a ticket at the main gate.

Tickets

Advance tickets now on sale.

Advance tickets are available online until the 24th of June.
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Notes
  • *You may be asked to wait for admission if the venue is crowded.
  • *Some venues may be closed due to the weather.
  • *There are no rotations during this exhibition.
Access 10-minute walk from JR Ueno Station (Park exit) and Uguisudani Station
15-minute walk from Keisei Ueno Station, Tokyo Metro Ueno Station and Tokyo Metro Nezu Station
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