Keisuke KONDO・Motohiro TOMII [Plain and simple painting and sculpture that continues like an enigma in the background]
- 2023-03-09 [Thu] - 2023-03-26 [Sun]
- OPEN TIME
- 11:00-19:00［wed-sat］ 12:00-18:00［sun］
- CLOSE DAY
- Mon, Tue, National holidays
LOKO GALLERY will exhibit the physical works of Keisuke Kondo and Motohiro Tomii from March 9th to March 26th. This show is derived from the online exhibition of the Kawasaki Civic Museum which will open on their official website from March 1st.
The collaborative work of the two artists, Easy Painting, Clear Sculpture, which was collected by the Kawasaki Civic Museum, was one of the many works damaged by the flooding in the basement storage of the museum during Typhoon Hagbis on October 2019.
In response to the disaster and the restored seven damaged artworks which consist of Easy Painting, Clear Sculpture, Kondo and Tomii have created a new work Plain and simple painting and sculpture that continues like an enigma in the background. This exhibition showcases a total of 11 works, the new and the damaged works, in hopes to offer an opportunity to show the enthusiasm of the museum staff who are involved in the ongoing restoration process.
“Plain and simple painting and sculpture that continues like an enigma in the background”
The exhibition “Plain and simple painting and sculpture that continues like an enigma in the background” traces the history of the work Plain and simple painting and sculpture created by the two artists Keisuke Kondo and Motohiro Tomii in 2010.
The work consists of seven pieces: three two-dimensional paintings by Kondo based on Tomii’s work, and four three-dimensional sculptures by Tomii based on works that Kondo had already shown at his solo exhibition from 2009, which were exhibited in the “Series Kawasaki no Bijutsu: Art that Resonates,” a collection of works by artists who lent their support to workshops at the Kawasaki City Museum in 2013, and which was donated to the museum in 2016.
On the evening of October 12, 2019, the basement storage room of the Kawasaki City Museum was flooded, and many pieces in the museum’s collection were damaged by Typhoon Hagibis, which hit the Tokyo metropolitan area in 2019. With the support of museums, art galleries, and restorers from across Japan, the work of removing the collection from the basement was completed, and the works are now being cleaned and dried so that they can be stored safely.
All seven pieces in Plain and simple painting and sculpture are included in this collection that was damaged by Typhoon Hagibis. While these works were naturally also directly damaged by the flooding, they also suffered tremendous damage from mold caused by the hot and humid environment before they were rescued.