Process of the Sea – Words’ Atlas
Group Show of Contemporary Artists 2017

Period June 9 Friday – June 18 Sunday, 2017
Hours 9:30 – 17:30 (Last admission 17:00)
Fridays 9:30 – 20:00 (Last admission 19:30)
Venue Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum, Gallery B
Admission Free
Organized by Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum (Tokyo Metropolitan Foundation for History and Culture)
  Aesthetic Life + [Curation]
Jury Committee OTANI Shogo
Chief Curator, The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo

Associate professor, Daito Bunka University
NOJI Koichiro

Director, Sen-oku Hakuko Kan Museum, Tokyo

Director, Aichi Prefectural Museum of Art

Director of Curatorial Section, Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum
 Cooperation  Yukiko Koide Presents


A language is a tool that supports real-time activities, and it seems to be amplifying at an accelerating rate in everyday life. On the other hand, a word has a broad reference point both in the past and in the future, and it is an open world that diversifies our thinking. I leave my body in the chaotic daily life and think about the days with words. Even if the multilayered body and words, which could not bear even its own weight, eventually fall down here, it dreams of the formation of another world on the plain.

The exhibition Process of the Sea – Words’ Atlas is selected from the Group Show of Contemporary Artists 2017 by the Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum, a competition which is for introducing artists exploring new directions in contemporary art. In June 2017, we are honoured to be holding our exhibition here with a group of four artists, Hideo Nakane, Seiji Hirata, Junko Ikawa and Naoyo Fukuda.

This project has been planned by Hideo Nakane and Seiji Hirata who studied at art college in London in the mid-’90s. In 2009, Nakane and Hirata started an exhibition planning unit called Aesthetic Life in order to evoke a sense of “aesthetic” in our real lives. In 2015, the second major group show “Aesthetic Life -Automatic” was curated, based on a Poetry/ Drawing book created by two British artists, Amikam Toren and Peter Stickland.

For the exhibition Process of the Sea – Words’ Atlas, Junko Ikawa and Naoyo Fukuda are to participate with our unit as Aesthetic Life+. In this project, We, the four artists, will draw “Atlas” over the realm of “Words”: encouraging viewers’ multilayered experiences within this context.

Aesthetic Life+


All Days Are Nights, 2014
gelatin silver prints
© Junko Ikawa


Try to Remember, 2016
video installation (42 min.)  
© Hideo Nakane


Process of the Sea, 2003
glass fragments picked up from the beach, beach sand, wood  
© Seiji Hirata


End Credits, 2016-2017
Japanese paper, Indian ink
© Naoyo Fukuda, courtesy Yukiko Koide Presents