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. We are pleased to announce the opening of the exhibition “To The Dawn”. This group exhibition is curated by hpgrp GALLERY TOKYO which introduces a wide range of talented, emerging artists.
Since last year, days have gone by as if we were in the middle of a long winter. However, Artists continue to create despite this conflicting, and drawn-out struggle. We’re introducing artworks by ten artists who value their constant sensation through aesthetic senses and existence, while remaining resilient under the influence of changing times and surrounding realities.
We open our doors to high-quality artworks in various mediums and styles so that we may catch a glimpse of individual characteristics reflected throughout the passage of time and society.
* ‘ichiyoraifuku’ ( Japanese expression )
Good things come around after bad things. Return of spring.
Date: November 15 (Mon.), 2021 – May 15 (Sun.), 2022
Time: 11:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Place: Atrium (25F)
Fare: Admission Free
During this exhibition period, art works will be replaced irregularly.
[Curated by] hpgrp GALLERY TOKYO
[Designed by] Design Studio PHT
[Video Production] antymark annex
[Organizer] Park Hotel Tokyo
Main dish: Foie Gras, Gateau style
The creation “Relic.” An arresting, bewitching black lacquer with radiant gold. Tranquility and refinement emanate from this foie gras that is glaçaged with reduced Port wine gelée and adorned with gold leaf. Delight in the tart sweetness of Port wine gelée with the mellow, rich umami of foie gras.
Five Dessert Fruit Variation
A gathering of multicolored droplets inspired this creation of which they have become a part. With an array of colors and flavors, dappled with custom sauces, this dish is a work of art on the plate.
Inspire :Main: Vestige 15-03
Dessert: Moyu: Hydromancy
Reservation: Advance reservation up to 2:00 P.M. of the day before
Price: JPY 5,500 per person
* Dinner Only (From 5:30 P.M.)
Period: Until 15th May, Sunday, 2022
The vibrant colors of this creation form a visual delight that exudes the vitality of the season. From the newly budded plants to the peak razor clam, it represents the blossoming of spring. Savor the richness of seafood and the sharp taste of wild greens in a rich sea urchin sauce.
Inspire : Moyu: Hydromancy
Price: JPY 3,630-
Period: Until 30th April, Saturday, 2022
Everything in the world continues to change. Desired or undesired, their states transform.
All “things” have a beginning, but do they have an end? What feels like an end may be another new beginning. The origins of Japanese alcohol have been fused with the reuse of degraded alcohol to form a new cocktail.
Price: JPY 1,600
Period: Until 15th May, Sunday, 2022
Artwork Recommended by OMOTENASHI Concierge Asuka Shiraki
Artwork Recommended by Reception Elvira Kataranova
Artwork Recommended by OMOTENASHI Concierge Ieva Valuckaite
Artwork Recommended by OMOTENASHI Concierge Kenta Yamada
Artwork Recommended by OMOTENASHI Concierge Kanae Takasawa
Artwork Recommended by Reception Ikumi Mukouyama
Artwork Recommended by Reception Chinatsu Sekine
Began at Shiba Park Hotel in 1994. Starting with restaurant “Primula”, studied the essence of “Escoffier” at French restaurant “Four Seasons”. Assumed position as head chef of ART Lounge and The Society at Park Hotel Tokyo. Offers a diverse selection of cuisine centered on the “freedom of creation” that represents the atmosphere of Park Hotel Tokyo.
Born 1979 in Kanagawa Prefecture.
After graduating from the Tokyo Technical College for Cooking in 1999,
he studied Japanese cooking at “Hatsuhana” in a Hakone hotel, honed his skills at “Hanasansho” at the Park Hotel Tokyo, the Hyatt Regency Tokyo, and “Kappo Takumi” in Nishi-Azabu,
and was appointed as Head Chef at “Hanasansho”, Park Hotel Tokyo.
– Graduated from New York Bartending School.
– While studying at the university, he studied classical cocktails in New York and then he went to Europe to study mixology cocktails.
– Besides working at Park Hotel Tokyo as a bar manager, after winning awards in various competitions, he launched the Gastronomy Algorithm that creates new cocktails with companies, makes a collaboration of chef’s dish and his cocktails, opens seminar, produces bar tools, and more, and he is active all over the world.
– While keeping the traditional style in his mind, he uses the latest bar tools, unconventional materials, and cooking techniques to finish cocktails, and he has belief of taking lessons from history.
The zodiac is said to represent the cyclical process of life. The pandemic that is currently rattling the world is revolutionizing society, the economy, and our lives. feebee, the artist, commented that this revolution is depicted with the animals that do not belong to the zodiac. If you take a closer look at the cat that looks symmetric at first glance, the exquisitely drawn fur will have you mesmerized. The eyes that seem to draw you in have the sharpness of a legendary beast. Contrarily, somehow a delicate and fragile tenderness can also be felt. We invite you to experience the different sensations that arise through this artwork.
This artwork was created for the artist’s solo exhibition “Nothing Is Without Meaning” in April 2021. “living”, the title of the artwork, is a word by artist Ricardo Gonzalez that could be translated as “being alive”, “living”, or “life”. “living” is not only a phrase to describe himself but also his philosophy. His beautiful, simple typefaces have been used in a variety of forms, from large-scale murals, logos, and advertisements for global brands, to stickers found on the streets. In this new series of works, we see “Breathe,” “Walk,” “Think,” and other actions that are repeated over and over again in our lives. Just as our repeated moments of daily life eventually become our lives, the words repeated by the artist Ricardo Gonzalez are rich in expression and become a powerful message of presence in the present age.
“Nothing we do in our everyday life is without meaning, every gesture unknowingly has a purpose to communicate with others or ourselves. The simplicity of a small gesture can affect deeply the lives of others as well ours. The way we do everything defines us as human beings and our purpose in life. After all it’s a living.” by Ricardo Gonzalez.
The artist, Mr. Ukai is creating artworks with the purpose of leaving his trace combined with accidental and natural beauty. Most of his works are made of wood and urushi lacquer as main components. However, “Vestige 15-03” incorporates gold foil, making it very expressive. The artist carved the shape of wood along its natural swells and knots, finishing his work by applying lacquer. Highly transparent lacquer gives an effect of depth, and shapes created by using the lacquer-applying technique of Ryumon-nuri are truly fascinating features of this artwork.
When I saw “Vestige 15-03”, I thought it had power meant to encourage. Soft wood, carved and then consolidated with urushi lacquer, made me feel its strength as well as beauty inside it. In addition to that, the gold foil is visible through layers of urushi, making it look like light shining from inside. I see “Vestige 15-03” as an expression of an object which became beautifully strong after going through many experiences. I hope that this peculiarity will work as a good encouragement to the viewers of this artwork.
The artist Mr. Takeuchi mentioned, “It is often said that what is important is invisible to the eye, but is that really true?”. Do you have an experience where you were able to see something that you could not see at the beginning by taking your time to observe? I feel it is important to train the skills of “observing” and “waiting”, so I decided to observe and talk with this artwork during this exhibition.
If you enjoy taking your time to observe things, I recommend you talk with this artwork.
When you look at an artwork, do you check the title first? Or, do you check the title after looking at the artwork? This time I looked at this artwork before checking its title. It looked to me like a plant, crawling like a living thing out of a big round seed, sprouting towards the sky. However, the artist imagined “pain” from the sharp tip of the horn-shaped protrusion of this artwork, which seems to point to the sky, and gave it the title “index finger and pain point”.
Art is an interesting thing, and different viewers can have very different images of the art. A friend, family, colleague, or just someone you happen to meet here. Why don’t you talk about this artwork with someone? You may find the one who has a very different image you never thought of.
This wood carving bear which everyone may have seen is a folk craft. When you look at this work, you can see a wild brown bear holding a salmon along the river. Though people used to fix things and reuse them in the past, many products are made with the assumption of being thrown away immediately from the beginning, and many products are no longer used or needed in today’s consumer society. This wood carving bear is one of them. The color and shape of a wood change over time not only when it stands as a life, but even after being made into a material that people use for a product because of the warps or cracks due to the moisture. Unless it eventually decays and returns to the soil or is incinerated, no pieces of life are lost.
This wood carving bear, which could not live out as a product, is revived once again as a plant, sprouting new buds from the fragments of life that remain inside.
The theme of this artwork is Transformation. The artist, Mr. Tarutani hopes that you, who are looking at this now, will expand your imagination with a free perspective. He also hopes that this work will gently accompany you in your daily life, changing the way you look at it depending on your mood of the day, and creating a new story. Recently, I challenged myself to climb a mountain for the first time. This work reminded me of the scenery and atmosphere that I cannot usually see in the city and the power that comes from mountains. If you look closely at this work, which is part of the Grains series, you can see tiny grains. These grains are painstakingly pieced together, and each one of them represents the self and others that exist in this world.
What did you imagine as you are looking at this now?