Inside the Mind of Ryôji Arai

Ryôji Arai. Photo: Stefan Tell

Ryôji Arai. Photo: Stefan Tell

That´s actually the title of an ongoing exhibition at the Ginza Graphic Gallery in Tokyo, featuring works of 2005 ALMA laureate Ryôji Arai. The exhibition includes original drawings created from Ryôji’s latest picture book Inochi da mon (approx. That’s Life, Foil 2014), which is a story that takes readers on a journey noticing of the important things that can easily go overlooked in everyday life. The exhibition also includes other new works and imaginary book covers created in homage to books he likes. The GGG also arranges a Gallery talk between Ryôji Arai and author Shinji Ishii, who has written a series of short stories about Ryôji and his traveling door (!!). A volume dedicated to “gggBooks-113 Ryoji Arai” will also be published.

Inside the Mind of Ryôji Arai durates until December 25th.

Poster of ggg

Poster of ggg

During the autumn, Ryôji Arai has had several engagements, among other things being appointed Artistic Director of the Michinoku Arts Festival, the Yamagata Biennale 2014. He has also created various art pieces for public art and created the opening illustrations for a popular drama series on the Japanese National Television, NHK.

Cover of Inochi da mon (Foil 2014),

Cover of Inochi da mon (Foil 2014)

A Primitive Boy, by Ryôji Arai. Yamagata Biennale 2014

A Primitive Boy, by Ryôji Arai. Yamagata Biennale 2014

At Oita Prefecture, Gate Breathing In the Sun by Ryôji Arai.

At Oita Prefecture, Gate Breathing In the Sun by Ryôji Arai.

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