Apr 03, 2017 | By Karen Chiang
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Hara Museum of Contemporary Art is showcasing acclaimed Japanese photographer Mika Ninagawa’s series of works dating from 2010 until January 2015. Mika Ninagawa is famous for her joyful, hyper-colourful depictions of flowers, fish and teen idols, all given her signature treatment dubbed ‘Ninagawa colour’ by art critics. This hometown exhibition, while for the most part still in Ninagawa colour, consists of personal work that exposes a darker and more contemplative side to her art, as well as her fashion-heavy roster of commissions including Tsumori Chisato, Shu Uemura, Elle and Vogue, as well as film and sound. Spread over 5 galleries, visitors first find an installation created by Ninagawa in collaboration with composer Keiichiro Shibuya and sound artist evala in Gallery 1. “Ninagawa colour” which is best presented in her series “Noir” takes over Gallery 2, while Gallery 3 and 5 showcase her deeply personal works, differing greatly in style from Ninagawa’s commercial commissions. Lastly, Gallery 4 takes visitors on a journey of admiration for one of Japan’s most emblematic pleasures – cherry blossoms – which intend to keep visitors lingering for longer over the flow of fallen flowers captured in her pictures. –Darren Gore
4-7-25 Kitashinagawa, Shinagawa-ku, Tokyo / 81 (0)3 3445 0651
Open though May 10 2015
Images courtesy of Hara Museum of Contemporary Art
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