“This country’s ancient fountains are deep.
Drunk with the sound of the drum and the flute,
I immerse myself in ancient mystery.
I drop my plumb line to measure the depth of time,
and my own depth”.
(“Die tiefen Brunnen” by Thomas Immoos, English translation by Park Hotel Tokyo)
Among the works produced by artists, there may be some collective memories which have accumulated in the psyche since ancient times, whether the artists themselves noticed them or not. Sometimes, we become aware of ordinary human experiences oozing out from the depths of my consciousness, like when looking at the blinding sun through my fingers, staring vacantly at water pools in a sudden summer shower, or gazing fixedly at burning firewood in the night. Art gives us an opportunity to drink the water from the deep fountains from the past of this country called Japan, as in Thomas Immoos’ poems. Perhaps these excellent artworks with their raw appeal, and this season which is called the autumn of art, have the mysterious power to revive the ancient memories in ourselves.
In the 18th exhibition “Eternity – The Ancient Fountains, Nobuo Hashiba Exhibition” in the ART colours series which presents art in each of Japan’s four seasons, we feature works by the artist Nobuo Hashiba, as well as other works by modern artists displayed throughout the Atrium which evoke the atmosphere of ancient times. In the open ceiling space, while you look at the works, you can also enjoy special dessert and cocktail imaginatively crafted to complement them. We hope this exhibition, which is perfect for autumn, the harvest season with its famous mid-autumn moon, will please both your eyes and your palate.
Date: September 19 (Mon.) – December 4, 2016 (Sun.)
Time: 11:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Fare: Admission Free
[Cooperation] Shinobazu Gallery
[Video Production] antymark annex
[Produced by] creative unit moon
◆Tea time （14:30-17:30） 1,800yen
◆Dinner time（17:30-22:00） 1,200yen (tax and service charge included)
Price: 1,600yen (tax and service charge included)
* Served as on of desserts in Afternoon Tea with Wagashi
1950 Born in Tokyo
Studied at the Atelier Yankel of the École nationale supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris in 1978, and while there became friends with painter Robert Coutelas. Due to the impact of seeing the mural paintings at Lascaux Cave as a student such as “hand stencil mural paintings made by blowing pigment from the mouth over a hand held against the wall” and “picture of a cow where the shape of the cow was seen in the rock face”, he had abandoned representational oil painting, and started to produce works that pursue the “origin of painting”.
Like the unknown ancient artist who painted the murals of Lascaux Cave 15,000 years ago, Nobuo Hashiba’s sophisticated abstract pictorial art expands the image by painting out from a point or a line on the canvas and is sublimated with a modern perspective.
Assistant Professor at Toyama City Institute of Glass Art
Director of Toyama Glass Art Institute
Artworks from series “Space Egg”, created as prize for Koichi Tanaka, a Novel Prize winner from Toyama City, are displayed in this exhibition.
Glass objects which enclose air bubbles emerges space-like patterns, and are highly acclaimed internationally.
1993 Graduated Tsukuba University (B.F.A., Painting)
Currently, strives for a drawings and objects that is made by the action of the weather．
Objects which resonate with artworks by Nobuo Hashiba are displayed in this exhibition.
Chief Cocktail Designer
Graduated From New York International Bartenders’ School.
Studied the art of making cocktails at hotels and bars in Japan and overseas.
Introduced a new lifestyle through cocktails for both private individuals and companies in Cocktail Class, self-enlightenment seminars, and at the Takayuki Suzuki Bartender School which he supervises.
Authored the book, Perfect Martini. His whisky cocktails are regularly featured in the worldwide circulated Whisky Magazine.
Authored the book “Perfect Martini”.