Aug 27, 21Event
Kenichi Takanaka “Takanaka Kaiju Encyclopedia”

*Please note that visitors with appointments will be be given priority. Details on how to make reservations are provided below.

Kenichi Takanaka, who produces various works as a acknowledged painter, calligrapher, and potter, will hold a special exhibition at HIN / Arts & Science in Kyoto and OVER THE COUNTER in Tokyo.

This special project with Takanaka is an annual event at Arts & Science. This year, in addition to pottery and paintings, books published independently by the artist all under the theme “Takanaka Kaiju Encyclopedia,” will be unveiled for the first time. We invite you to discover the world of Kenichi Takanaka, who immerses himself in studying and pondering classical Oriental literature amidst the harsh but rich environment of the mountains, and who continues to devote himself more and more freely to his creative work, following his passion.

I am fond of kaiju - monsters. I also like monsters that fight other monsters. And I like monster figures, but only those produced by Marusan and Bullmark in 1966, the year I was born, and the following few years. I don’t find the ones produced after that period to be interesting. When I was a child, I used to play pretend and hold battles among my monster figures in the sandbox in the yard and during bath time, making sounds like “Gao” (“Roar”) and “Dokan” (“Boom”) by myself... When I think about it now, that was everything. The me of fifty years ago, irreplaceable, is this me.  ―Kenichi Takanaka

【How to make your reservation】
Visitors with appointments will be given priority. Please send your request through our general contact form by the following dates:

Kyoto・HIN / Arts & Science 
【Deadline】 Sept. 9th (Sat) 19:00

【Deadline】 Sept. 25th (Sat) 19:00

Kenichi Takanaka “Takanaka Kaiju Encyclopedia”
HIN / Arts & Science, Nijodori Kyoto
2021.9.3 (Fri.) – 9.12 (Sun.)/12:00 – 19:00
Artist will be present: 9.3 (Fri.)
*Tuesday is a weekly holiday
2021.9.17 (Fri.) – 9.26 (Sun.)/12:00 – 19:00
Artist will be present: 9.17 (Fri.)
*Tuesday is a weekly holiday
Kenichi Takanaka is a chirographer, painter, and potter. He was born in Toride-shi, Ibaraki in 1966. Beginning his education at Gakushuin University, Takanaka later left in order to teach himself the techniques of calligraphy, painting, and pottery. In 1993 he set up his kiln and studio in Otaki, Chiba, where he devotes himself to his artistic activities while leading a semi self-sufficient life with livestock. His unique and humorous works are influenced by old Chinese and Japanese scriptures and are exhibited in various art galleries in Japan.
We will close the shops early at 17:00 on the day before the event, in order to prepare for the exhibition.
HIN / Arts & Science: 9.2 (Thurs.)
OVER THE COUNTER: 9.16 (Thurs.)
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