Atsuhiko Misawa’s Animal House: House of Enigmas

Saturday, October 7, to Sunday, November 26, 2017

Atsuhiko Misawa, Katsura Funakoshi, Masato Kobayashi, Hiroshi Sugito, Masashi Asada with Animals / 2017 Photographs by Masashi Asada

Animal 2016-01/ Ikuhiro Watanabe photo

Animal 2004-04/Yoshitaka Uchida photo

Bird 2013-01/ Ken Kato photo

Animal 2006-08/Yoshitaka Uchida photo

Animal 2005-01/Yoshitaka Uchida photo

Cat 2010-05/ Masako Nagano photo/©Misawa Atsuhiko, Courtesy of Nishimura Gallery

Atsuhiko Misawa (1961—) is one of modern Japan’s leading sculptors. His life-sized “animals” are carved from logs of camphor wood using a chisel or sword according to a traditional woodcarving technique, and colored with oil paints. They exude a realistic sense of vitality, as if infused with actual souls (anima). The animals appear here and there throughout the Seiichi Shirai-designed distinctive architectural space of the Shoto Museum of Art, giving off a powerful presence that seems to make the very air around them vibrate as they freely strut around the building. This is “Animal House: House of Enigmas.” Be sure to also have a look at the settings for the creative activities of the “owner” of the house, the artist Atsuhiko Misawa, and episodes that have emerged from the close rapport and sympathy between him and his close friends, Katsura Funakoshi, Masato Kobayashi, Hiroshi Sugito, Masashi Asada, four noted creators.


Duration Saturday, October 7, to Sunday, November 26, 2017
AdmissionGeneral: 500 yen (400 yen); University Students: 400 yen (320 yen); High-School Students/Seniors 60 and Older: 250 yen (200 yen); Elementary/Junior-High-School Students: 100 yen (80 yen)
*Numbers inside parentheses ( ) are admission fees for groups of ten or more and for Shibuya residents.
*Elementary and junior-high-school students are admitted free of charge on Saturdays, Sundays, and national holidays.
*Shibuya residents are admitted free of charge on Fridays.
*Persons with disabilities and up to one attendant are admitted free of charge.
ClosedTuesday, October 10; Monday, October 16; Monday, October 23; Monday, October 30; Monday, November 6; Monday, November 13; Monday, November 20