- A Visitor from Afar in Autumn -

Daisuke Kagawa Art Exhibition

At the Park Hotel Tokyo, we welcome our guests with hospitality in the form of “arrangement”, one of Japan’s aesthetic values, expressed through the medium of art. As part of this initiative, we hold series of art exhibition, “ART colours”, representing the four seasons of Japan. In this 30th exhibition, we will use the work of Daisuke Kagawa to express “autumn,” representing a condensation of the views of nature held by ancient people in Japan.

Twice a year, once each in spring and autumn, there is a period when the sun rises from true east and sets in true west.

These seasons mark the shortest distance to the Pure Land paradise of the Amitabha buddha, and have long been familiar in Japan as the equinoctial weeks. During this time in autumn, people give thanks for the blessings of nature while venerating ancestors. It is a time for worshiping the sun, with prayers for the coming year’s harvest.

According to Japanese literary scholar Shinobu Orikuchi, the “Visitor from Afar” in the title is a term that refers to natural phenomena or things (i.e., the gods) that exceed human knowledge, coming from an eternal and faraway world. It is said that this became folk tradition, and that the people of Japan have welcomed visitors with reverence, cultivating methods of warm hospitality.

Daisuke Kagawa is a painter who, from an old folk house near Nikko Tosho-gu Shrine, draws on his own sensibilities and knowledge, without formal art education, to create works that express the workings of “Visitor from Afar.” This is a serious task, yet a courageous one as well, in which the artist considers relationships with nature based on research into ancient faiths, drawing on an interest in everything around people, especially crafts and old tools made by human hands; and, through his life experiences and connections with colleagues in Okunikko, restates these things into his own unique art that lives in the present. In the Park Hotel Tokyo’s Artist in Hotel project in 2017, Kagawa drew attention with the production of an Artist Room called “Jomon”.

The Daisuke Kagawa Art Exhibition, taking place on the 25F Lobby of the hotel and throughout the 31F Artist Floor, will deepen this Kagawa-style Jomon world. Here, “Visitors from Afar” await guests at the exhibit.

Enjoy a tranquil and rich autumn, with its balanced days of equal daytime and night, together with works of art that summon a deep-seated awareness of nature, at Park Hotel Tokyo.

 

Exhibiting Artist: Daisuke Kagawa

Vol. 30 2019 Autumn Exhibition

Date: September 2 (Mon.) – December 1 (Sun.), 2019
Time: 11:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Place: 25F / 31F
Fare: Addmission Free

[Exhibiting Artist] Daisuke Kagawa
[Curated by] creative unit moon by KON-KON
[Graphic Designer] Namiko Kanbe (creative unit moon)
[Video Production] antymark annex
[Organizer] Park Hotel Tokyo



Art Works

Far from
Begonian, Gohun, Sumi, Acrylic, paint, Gold paint
Far from
Visitor from Afar Mask: Sun
Pigment on unglazed pottery
Visitor from Afar Mask: Sun
Messenger from Day
Tangerine, Butterbur, Gohun on Kissho hemp paper, Sumi, Pigment
Messenger from Day
The story
Bamboo, Branch, Cloth, Ceramic, Gohun, Sumi, Acrylic paint, Gold paint, Pigment 
The story
tools A
Carmellia, Gohun on Kissho hemp paper, sumi, Acrylic paint, Pigment
tools A
Small Guest
Sumi on Kissho hemp paper, Acrylic paint, Gold paint
Small Guest
Messenger from Night
Camellia, Mugwort, Gohun on Kissho hemp paper, sumi, Acrylic paint, Gold paint, Pigment
Messenger from Night
Small Mask: Visitor from Afar A
Sumi on unglazed pottery, Pigment, Acrylic paint
Small Mask: Visitor from Afar A
Swirling Waterfall
Mugwort, Gohun on Kissho hemp paper, sumi, Acrylic paint, Pigment
Swirling Waterfall
tools C
Butterbur, Gohun on Kissho hemp paper, sumi, Acrylic paint, Pigment
tools C
Heavy Black Iron
Yew, Gohun on Kissho hemp paper, sumi
Heavy Black Iron
Song of Swirling Forest
Azalea, Pine, Gohun on Kissho hemp paper, sumi, Acrylic paint, Pigment
Song of Swirling Forest
Mountain Bird
Butterbur, Gohun on Kissho hemp paper, sumi, Acrylic paint, Pigment
Mountain Bird
Visitor from Afar Mask: Life
Pigment on unglazed pottery
Visitor from Afar Mask: Life
Traveler of Mountain
Mugwort, Gohun on Kissho hemp paper, sumi
Traveler of Mountain

Autumn is in the air

by Head Chef Takeshi Kojima

Price: 1,500 JPY(2:30-10:00 p.m.)
* Tax and service charge included


Profile of Artist

A Visitor from Afar in Autumn

by Cocktail Designer Kenji Ishida

Price: 1,600 JPY
* Tax and service charge included


Profile of Artist

Autumn Swirling

by Japanese Wagashi Artist Shiho Sakamoto

* Served as on of desserts in Afternoon Tea with Wagashi

“Infinite Time and Space Amid Cognizant Japanese Beauty”

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