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Masato Nakamura's first solo show in 10 years.

Masato Nakamura hit the ground running in the early '90s after studying abroad in Korea, beginning with the “Nakamura and Murakami Exhibition” and going on to develop guerilla art projects the stuff of legend, including street-seizing exhibitions “The Ginburart” and “Shinjuku Shonen Art”. Nakamura would go further, paving the way for a new take on the relation between art and society through numerous art projects, such as an installation appropriating McDonald's golden arches or “Akihabara TV”, which hijacked nearly 1000 television motors in Akihabara Electric Town. However, after exhibiting at the Venice Biennale in 2001, Nakamura shifted his practice towards alternative art with the mandate to “create a place for ourselves, by ourselves”, developing sustainable initiatives within communities that could never be expressed in the commercial art scene. Following the establishment of project space KANDADA, these activities cumulated as 3331 Arts Chiyoda, announced in 2010 as a novel art center accessible to its community. It can be said that this, too, is a completely new artwork, extending the expressive domain of art under the concept of “art x industry x community”.
This upcoming exhibition will feature nearly 700 photos shot by Nakamura before and after his debut, between the Korea and Japan of 1989-94. In addition, two new series of installation artwork will be revealed. In reference to the title, Nakamura has described “Luminous Despair” as, “to be in touch with all that exists, and the power to have each deviate from its binding causality.” Just what is he intending to convey to our chaotic society? From guerrilla artistry to “TRANS ARTS TOKYO”, what kind of potential could arise from these consistent, expressive actions? Answers await in Nakamura's long-awaited exhibition, held at 3331 Arts Chiyoda.

Photos: Nakamura & Murakami Exhibiton / 1992 Photo by Kazuo Fukunaga|Akihabara TV / 1999–2002|QSC+mV/V.V / 2001 ®McDonald's Corporation|
3331 Arts Chiyoda / 2010–

[Notice of misprint on flyer and poster]
We would like to apologize for a misprint on the flyers and posters of the Masato Nakamura Exhibition "Luminous Despair".
● "Street light and bird spikes" Credit on poster and last page of flyer | [Mistake] 1999 → [Correction] 1992
● Photography credit on inner pages of flyer | [Mistake] Hideki Nakazaw → [Correction] Hideki Nakazawa
As we make this correction, we wish to extend our apologies for any inconvenience to all of parties involved, and to our patrons.
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Photographic work

From nearly 40 thousand treasured photographs, all shot on film by Masato Nakamura, a careful selection of 700 photographic works focusing on the Seoul and Tokyo of 1989-94 will be on exhibit. From the artists and curators who would together unfold legendary art projects like “Nakamura and Murakami Exhibition” or “The Ginburart”, to quietly nested scenes amongst everyday cityscape, the diverse circumstances of that world are captured by what can only be the keen eye of an artist.

1. Soondae Canteen / 1991 / Seoul|2. Shinjuku Shonen Art / Satoshi Okuda《Antonio.inokin / Proliferate》1994 / Tokyo|3. Hideki Nakazawa / 1992 / Tokyo|
4. Lee Bul, Choi Jeong Hwa / 1991 / Seoul|5. Car and blow-up toys / 1990 / Seoul|6. No Parking / Steel drum and concrete / 1991 / Seoul|
7. Disposable chopsticks / 1991 / Seoul|8. Tomio Koyama and Jiro Yoshihara artwork / 1992 / Tokyo|9. Korea and Japan / 1993 / Tokyo|
10. THE GINBURART / Performance by Small Village Center / 1993 / Tokyo
All photos by Masato Nakamura

New Installation artwork

Two new series of installation artwork will be presented, each rooted in a critical spirit that questions the relation between art and society. The first is a series of sculptural works: life-sized versions of folk art (figurines) displayed in Nakamura's family home, replicated using the same fabrication techniques as their originals. The second: a series of pictorial works created with technology used in producing the body of a car. Both series are realizations of plans originally conceived in the '90s, and are suggestive of “purity × earnestness × deviation” - concepts of value towards art often referred to by Nakamura in recent years.

Drawing for CP / 2015 / Acrylic and pencil on paper / 1091mm×790mm

「Artist Talk」 October 10 (Sat) 13:00-15:00
Masato Nakamura will be in the gallery to discuss his activities until now and new artwork on exhibit.

Exhibition related talk session
〈 Serial Investigation - Nakamura's Viewpoint No.1 〉

An investigative panel discussion of the Japanese art scene between 1989-94 with those who lived it.
In addition to a survey of the art scene of the early '90s, this talk series aims to question the current and future role of art. Artists, critics, gallerists and other diverse creatives active alongside Nakamura during the '90s are scheduled to join as guest speakers.

October 10 (Sat) 15:00-17:00

The beginning of the beginning - Eyewitness testimony of new movements in the late '80s
Makoto Murata (Art Critic)×
Masato Nakamura (Artist)
moderator: Hideki Nakazawa (Artist)




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October 12 (Mon) 16:00-18:00

This is how it went: The late '90s discussed by artist ally Nishihara Min
Min Nishihara (Psychotherapist)
moderator: Hisako Hara (Art Producer)



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October 12 (Mon) 19:00-21:00

Nakamura and Murakami Exhibition/The Ginburart/Shinjuku Shonen Art Archive video screening & party
Takashi Shinkawa (Art Critic)×
Parco Kinoshita (Artist)
footage provided by: Kazuhiko Hachiya (Media Artist)




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October 18 (Sun) 15:00-17:00

Retrospect: Tokyo art scene before/after the '90s. What was happening at the time?
Hitoshi Dehara (curator, Hyogo Prefectural Museum of Art)×
Shin Kurosawa (Director of Kanazawa Yuwaku Sousaku no Mori Center for Crafts and Culture)×
Tomio Koyama (Gallerist)
moderator: Ren Fukuzumi (Art Critic)





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November 15 (Sun) 15:00-17:00

The Ginburart, Shinjuku Shonen Art ... Onto the streets: The boys who shattered the notion of "exhibiting" behind closed doors
Makoto Aida (Artist)×
Muneteru Ujino (Artist)×
Tsuyoshi Ozawa (Artist)
moderator: Kiyoshi Kusumi (Art critic/Editor)





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November 23 (Mon) 16:00-18:00

Final: From lengend to history - what we whitnessed at that time
Noi Sawaragi (Art Critic, Professor of Tama Art University)×
Hideki Nakazawa (Artist)
moderator: Hisako Hara (Art Producer)




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Exhibition related talk session
〈 Serial Investigation - Nakamura's Viewpoint No.2 〉

The "art x industry x community" of today and the future, fixed on the year 2020 and beyond.
The interrelated concepts of art, industry and community. Nakamura proposes that here lay the keys to the foundation, expansion and reformation of the art world. With this fundamental concept, key persons of diverse scenes will be invited for a discussion in regards to the Japan of 2020 and beyond.

October 24 (Sat) 16:00-18:00

Post 2020: The era of artists beyond their domain
Naohiro Ukawa ("contemporary"artist/Representative, DOMMUNE)×
Naoki Sato (Asyl Art Director, SOBO Co-Represetative)×
Masato Nakamura (Artist)
moderator: Junko Gosho (Literary Professional)





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November 2 (Mon) 18:00-20:00

What will the increasing number of regional art festivals bring us?
Fram Kitagawa (Art Director, General Director for Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennial, General Director for SetouchiTriennale)×
Masato Nakamura (Artist)
moderator: Mitsuhiro Yoshimoto (Director of Center for Arts and Culture, NLI Research Institute)




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November 17 (Tue) 19:00-21:00

Japan's culutral policies under the Olympic Cultural Program: Challenges and possibilities
Masanori Aoyagi (Commissioner, Agency for Cultural Affairs)×
Masato Nakamura (Artist)
moderator: Yoshiyuki Oshita (Chief Director, Principal Consultant Center for Arts Policy & Management, Mitsubishi UFJ Research and Consulting)




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[Talk Event Ticket] *Must be purchased separately from exhibition ticket
General: 1200yen (Student 800yen)
October 12 "Screening & Party" only General: 1800yen (Student 1200yen)
Reservations can be made through the exhibition website (
*Entry to the talk event includes one free drink. Seating is limited.

[Talk Series Discount Ticket]
A discount is available for tickets to multiple talk events.
Full entry ticket (9 events): Entry to all 9 sessions including the "Archival Video Screening & Party"
General 5000 yen (Student 4500 yen)
3 event ticket: Allows you to select up to three talk events.
*Does not include entry to the "Archival Video Screening & Party" on October 12.
General 2400 yen (Student 1600 yen)
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Masato Nakamura

Born in 1963 in Akita. Artist and Associate Professor at Tokyo University of the Arts. Promotes a variety of art projects based on the theme of “art and society” and “art and education”. Founded the artist-led, alternative art center “3331 Arts Chiyoda” (Chiyoda-ward, Tokyo / Akihabara) in June 2010. Awarded the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology's Art Encouragement Prize in 2010. In 2011, launched the earthquake reconstruction support project “WAWA project”. In 2012, started Kanda Community Art Center Project “TRANS ARTS TOKYO” which elevates the creativity of the city by building a relationship with the local community in Kanda, Tokyo.


Title Masato Nakamura “Luminous Despair”
Nakamura and Murakami Exhibition / The Ginburart / Shinjuku Shonen Art / Akihabara TV / KANDADA /
3331 Arts Chiyoda / TRANS ARTS TOKYO

PeriodOctober 10 (Sat) - November 23 (Mon), 2015
Hours11:00-20:00 *Last entry 19:30
CloseOpen daily
Venue3331 Arts Chiyoda 1F Main Gallery
6-11-14 Sotokanda Chiyoda-Ku Tokyo 101-0021 (access »)
AdmissionGeneral: 800yen / Senior (Ages 65&over) / Student: 700yen / Pair ticket: 1,300yen
*100yen discount for groups of over 10 people
*Free for Chiyoda ward residents, high students or younger and those with disability

Organized by3331 Arts Chiyoda
Cooperation withGeneral Non-Profit Incorporated Artistic Organization Command N
Assisted byChiyoda City, Chiyoda City Tourism Association


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