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For 2018, trace the roots of ‘KINGYO (Goldfish)’ at 3 venues!
Returning this summer to its Nagoya venue
for the first time since 2014
4 years later, "The Serene World of ART AQUARIUM" is
better than ever!
Popular exhibits including “OoOku” & “Kimonorium”
make their first appearance in the Tokai region!!
July 21 [SAT] – September 16 [SUN]
This summer’s theme at the Matsuzakaya Art Museum, Nagoya venue is “Edo: The Grace of KINGYO”.
The Roots of KINGYO (goldfish) as an aspect of mass culture can be traced back to
Nihonbashi in the Edo period (1603-1868).
Now, “ART AQUARIUM” is reviving the cultural practice of viewing KINGYO (goldfish) while enjoying
the summer breeze for the modern day.
“OoOku”, a multifaceted work measuring approximately three meters wide that represents
the inner palace (itself a symbol of the Edo period, when the culture of admiring goldfish first blossomed) and
“Kimonorium”, a work that uses goldfish and 3D projection mapping to provide a representation of a pattern on
an exquisite ‘Kyo-yuzen’ (a form of dyeing that is one of the traditional crafts of Kyoto kimono)
embedded in a fish tank are just some of the hit ART AQUARIUM exhibits that will be appearing
in Nagoya for the first time.
four years later, we bring you the Serene World of “ART AQUARIUM” like you've never seen it before.
Flower Flower Aquarium
It is extremity of new gorgeous aquarium.
It is collaboration of flower vase and aquarium tank, aquarium display in the tank and flower arrangement sticking out from the tank.
The title of the artwork represents the synergy of elegant flower and kingyo.
Praise for Kingyo Painting (Kingyo Gasan) Nagoya 1st appearance
HANDEISHI Kawakita, November 6, 1878 – 1963.
A hanging scroll with a depiction of Kingyo (goldfish) by HANDEISHI Kawakita, who is respectfully also referred to as ROSANJIN of the East, HANDEISHI of the West, KOETSU of the Showa Period, etc.
This work dates to around 1955.
The characters read: yu suzumi, utsuru yanagi ni, akari no majiru
It is a huge Kingyo (goldfish) bowl where 1,000 kingyos swim.
This artwork represents “oiran” who is the symbolic figure during Edo period (1603-1868) in red-light district.
Like the females who spent their lives dreaming to become oiran, the highest class courtesan, the kingyos swimming in this artwork have no name.
However, by swimming inside this artwork to sublime to oiran, they become to reign as the top figure in this venue.
This is frame type ART AQUARIUM tank has expressed in real, the Kingyo (goldfish) often drawn in the Japanese painting.
This reminds you of a painting and you can enjoy the beautiful silhouette of yokomi Kingyo, the ones that looks more beautiful when seen from the side.
Bonborium Nagoya 1st appearance
Bonborium visualizes the aquariums as bonbori paper lanterns, with a single round kingyo swimming in each one, like the flame inside.
The appearance creates a sense just like the mystery and eanescence of shadow pictures.
It emphasizes the prettiness of the bonbori, which has been popular since the Edo era, and allows you to enjoy the collaboration between the dimly illuminated Kingyo (goldfish) and the slowly changing light.
A Show of Kingyo
Kingyo was originally looked at from above.
In the present, the main stream of aquarium tank is to be observed from the side but at kingyo fair, it is still judged by looking from above.
Because the circle shaped tank does not have air bubbles nor waves on water surface, it is most suitable for appreciation.
The water overflows evenly from the top to the side so you feel as though you are looking at kingyo which is in the scoop of water mass.
Kimonorium Nagoya 1st appearance
It is an artwork, fusion of projection and real kingyo, following the flow of Byoburium.
Burying Kyoto’s traditional crafts KyoYuzen, the highest class kimono, in the aquarium tank, expressed the pattern of kimono with the live kingyo and 3D projection mapping.
The live kingyo swimming up and down and the projection world of KyoYuzen, brings the beautiful completion moment.
It is the new challenge of “Prisrium” aquarium which brings prism effect by the transparent polyhedron.
During the Edo period (1603-1868), shining items like diamonds and glass were called “Giyaman” and that is where the title comes from.
Kirikorium Nagoya 1st appearance
This work consists of Kingyo (goldfish) bowls made using Edo Kiriko on top of acrylic aquariums etched in the style of Edo Kiriko, and can be described as a fusion of old and new art.
Under the vivid lighting, the mysterious appearance created by the different etching of the kiriko glass emits colors unique to the glass, creating a work that is impressive and breathtakingly beautiful.
The Paradoxrium makes use of a unique structure in which there are no perpendicular surfaces.
This ambitious piece takes the notion that tanks must be flat planes of glass and turns it on its head.
The combination of water and acrylic creates both a refracted and mirrored effect which, when seen from afar, presents the viewer with the opposite of what he expected, with numerous goldfish swimming throughout.
Traditional Japanese lanterns served as the inspiration for the large congeries of aquarium lighting.
The lace graphics installed on all sides of the Andonrium were not merely attached, but debossed into the layers of acrylic.
The goldfish swimming within created complex shadows and forms, making for a mesmerizing and fleeting dream world.
Reflectrium F.5 & F.8
It is a new artwork which put a concave lens, a convex lens, the double lens, and lens of the various vanity to an aquarium.
The fish swimming inside are sometimes seen big, seen small, seen double, seen deflected, bringing mysterious world.
The edgy structure beauty is also worthy of note.
A show of Kutani Kingyo Nagoya 1st appearance
These are ART AQUARIUMs made from the Japanese traditional pottery craft of Kutani-yaki.
They are painted with a Kingyo (gold fish) patterns using the three basic techniques of Kutanaki – blue aokutani, red aka-e, and pink hanazume – and have the equivalent kingyo swimming in them.
The kingyo are viewed from above, the correct format for a show competition, and these luxurious works allow you to enjoy the ornate world of Kutani-yaki painted with kingyo.
New Edo Kingyo Display
Thanks to advances in glass technology, the wooden-framed aquarium of the Edo period (1603-1868) that allowed visitors to enjoy views from the side has been reborn for modern times as a transparent polyhedral tank that produces a prism effect, a new shape that makes use of advanced acrylic technology.
It is a work that brings out an emotional response while also giving a sense of the future.
OoOku Nagoya 1st appearance
Epic huge goldfish-bowl series following the flow of Oiran
It is a complex artwork of 3 meters wide, expressing the OoOku#148;
which is the symbolic culture of Edo Period (1603-1868) when the kingyo culture flourished.
OoOku is the gorgeous world where many women competed their beauty.
Their life were shined by the beauty and elegance but on the other hand a vanity life similar to the life of kingyo.
Jacuzzirium Nagoya 1st appearance
It is a Jacuzzi where you surrender yourself in the water.
You will feel as though You are floating together with the colorful fish.
It is the extremity of relaxation.
* An exhibition work, the exhibition fish seed have a case to change without a notice.
Tokai Television Broadcasting 60th Anniversary
ART AQUARIUM EXHIBITION IN NAGOYA ~Nagoya, Elegance of Kingyo~
||July 21, 2018 (sat) – September 16 (sun) / Open throughout the period
||10:00 AM – 7:30 PM (last entrance 7:00 PM)
* Taking picture of the artworks is allowed, but please refrain from using flash, tripod, monopod, selfie-stick,
and taking video.
* Please be aware that, as part of the artistic production, the lights in the venue will be turned down, and it will become dark.
* At the time of congestion, there will be access control. Thank you for your understanding.
||Matsuzakaya Art Museum
(7F, Matsuzakaya Nagoya, 3-16-1, Sakae, Naka-ku, Nagoya, Aichi)
||Please click here
(jump to Matsuzakaya Art Museum “Access” page)
at the door
General: 1,000yen (13 years old and older)
Child: 800yen (12 years old and younger, 4 years old and older)
Under the age of 3: free of charge
* Child, 12 years old and younger, needs to be accompanied by a guardian.
||Tokai Television Broadcasting
||Hidetomo KIMURA (Art Aquarium Artist)
||Aquarium Creator’s Office
Tokai Television Broadcasting: 052-954-1107 * in Japanese only
[Open: Monday – Friday 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM]
Matsuzakaya Art Museum: 052-264-3611 * in Japanese only
[Open: 10:00 AM – 7:30 PM]
Contact by email from here
‘Admission Ticket’ now on sale!
||Early Bird Discount Ticket
(13 years old and older)
(12 years old and younger)
* Children under three get in free. / children younger than 12 years old must be accompanied by an adult.
* We will begin same-day Admission Ticket sales from 7/21 (sat).
Until the final day of the event, you can enter the venue after buying tickets at the venue ticket sales counters or other locations.
* Sales of Early Bird Admission Tickets ended on Tuesday, July 20th. These tickets may be used during this exhibition period.
* All the tickets are non-refundable.
* At the time of congestion, there will be entry control and we kindly ask you to wait in the waiting line for entry.
Thank you for your understanding.
* Tax incld.