White Rainbow is pleased to announce the first UK solo show by Yuko Mohri (b.1980, Tokyo).
The focus of Mohri’s exhibition will be an installation of her project Moré Moré (Leaky), a long-term research project into the Tokyo metro. Mohri exhibited her first iteration of the project at the Nissan Art Award 2015, which she consequently won.
Moré Moré (Leaky) will run from 9th February until 11th of March 2017 with a preview on Wednesday 8th February from 6-8pm.
Posted on 21 December 2016
Wednesday 21st December – Saturday 7th January
Season’s Greetings from the White Rainbow team
Interview: Shigeo Anzai with Tate’s Lena Fritsch
Posted on 25 November 2016
Shigeo Anzaï discusses his personal experience of the 1970 Tokyo Biennale as well as the significant moment it represented in the development of contemporary Japanese art.
White Rainbow is pleased to announce the participation of Chim↑Pom and Chu Enoki in the Busan Biennale 2016: Project 1 an/other avant grade china-japan-korma.
Busan Biennale is one of the largest celebrations of contemporary art in Korea and brings together more than 100 artists from 22 countries in the port city of Busan. The theme of the 2016 edition is “Hybridizing Earth, Discussing Multitude,” highlighting East Asian experimental art trends and their historical significance. The biennial explores major contemporary art movements in Korea, China and Japan, influenced by 20th century historical events such as the Cultural Revolution and Tiananmen Square incident in China, the atomic bombing of Hiroshima in Japan and the democracy uprising in Korea. The show is curated and presented by a curatorial team that consists of Korean, Chinese and Japanese curators.
Busan Museum of Art, South Korea
3 September – 30 November 2016
Yuko Mohri at Kochi-Muziris Biennale 2016
Posted on 18 November 2016
Yuko Mohri will present a series of new site-specific installations as part of the Kochi-Muziris Biennale 2016
White Rainbow will close for the Summer holidays from Monday 1 August until Monday 28 August 2015. To view the current exhibition during this time, please contact the gallery to make an appointment.
We wish you a wonderful summer.
White Rainbow at Artissima 2016
Posted on 12 July 2016
White Rainbow at Artissima
4-6 November 2016
Oval Lingotto, Turin
White Rainbow is delighted to announce its participation in Artissima 2016, in the Main section of the fair. White Rainbow will present the work of Chim Pom, Chu Enoki and Shigeo Anzaï.
Shigeo Anzaï now on display at Tate Modern
Posted on 21 June 2016
White Rainbow is pleased to announce Tate Modern’s acquisition of 16 Shigeo Anzaī works.
Anzai’s photographs documenting the 1970 Tokyo Biennaleare now on view as part of the permanent collection display, ‘A View from Tokyo: Between Man and Matter’, (Boiler House Level 4 West, Tate Modern, Bankside).
Fitzrovia Lates | Ken Ikeda music performance
Posted on 31 March 2016
White Rainbow is pleased to announce a series of collaborative performances between Satoru Aoyama and Japanese musician Ken Ikeda to coincide with Satoru Aoyama | Division of Labour.
Ken Ikeda will perform a series of improvised musical pieces alongside a live video performance by Satoru Aoyama, featuring the artist’s embroidered maps, currently on display at the gallery.
Ken Ikeda is a composer born in Tokyo (1964) – currently living in New York. He has exhibited sound art and visual installations around the world. He often collaborates with artists, such as the painter Tadanoori Yokoo and artists Mariko Mori and Hiroshi Sugimoto. He has also composed and recorded for the filmmaker David Lynch.
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White Rainbow will close this Saturday for maintenance work. The gallery will reopen on Tuesday 22nd of March for the last days of “Kazuo Katase | mimesis u tsu su” which closes after Thursday 24th of March.
Gallery exhibition tours
Posted on 27 February 2016
White Rainbow is pleased to announce that we will be hosting tours of our current exhibition,
Kazuo Katase. mimesis: u tsu su.
Booking is not essential, but would be recommended if you are group of more than five people.
To book please contact: email@example.com.
Tours of the exhibition will take place every Saturday, at 3 pm and 4 pm.
27th February 2016
5th March 2016
12th March 2016
19th March 2016 (Final date)
We look forward to welcoming you at White Rainbow.
Posted on 16 November 2015
19 December 2015 will be the last day to visit White Rainbow this year before the annual winter closure. If you cannot see Index I in 2015: the gallery will reopen Tuesday 5 January 2016 and the exhibition will continue until 23 January 2016. White Rainbow wishes everybody a warm winter!
Chu Enoki | Back to the Future | Artissima
Posted on 30 October 2015
Back to the Future | Grey 12
6 to 8 November 2015
Oval Lingotto, Turin, Italy
White Rainbow is pleased to take part in Artissima, 6 to 8 November 2015, with a solo presentation of Chu Enoki.
Chu Enoki (b. 1964) is one of the seminal figures in postwar Japanese art and is recognised as an inspirational figure by many contemporary Japanese artists such as Keiji Uematsu (b. 1947), Takashi Murakami (b. 1962), Koki Tanaka (b. 1975) and the collective Chim↑Pom (founded 2005). Since 2000, Enoki has been the subject of several museum retrospectives in Japan. Despite this, Enoki remains to this day largely unknown internationally.
In spring 2015, White Rainbow presented Chu Enoki: Enoki Chu, a solo exhibition of the artist, which focused on his sculptural work since the turn of the century. Consisting mainly of cast iron sculptures based on military apparatus such as canons, Colts and Kalashnikov guns, these works comment on the ambiguities of foreign policy in postwar Japan. At Artissima, White Rainbow focuses on an earlier period in Enoki’s practice, when he mainly used his body as a tool to comment on developments in society. A range of works and documentation of landmark events are selected to highlight his conceptual engagements with the body and performance in the 1970s and 80s.
In 1977, on a visit to a friend in Hungary as well as to the first French retrospective of Marcel Duchamp in the newly opened Centre Pompidou in Paris, Enoki conceived a bodily intervention that playfully combined the different impulses behind his trip to Europe. He shaved off all the hair on one half of his body, leaving the other half untouched. The star shape that Duchamp shaved on his head upon his arrival in America – famously photographed by Man Ray – can be seen as the starting point for using the body as art. The Japanese phonetics for Hungary is a homophone with hangari, which literally means half-shaved, connecting the country with his bodily intervention. Going to Hungary with HANGARI documents his travels through Europe half-shaved; as well as a double portrait of the artist, including the mirroring intervention when the artist shaved the other half of his body in 1979.
Enoki’s alter ego Rose Chu found expression both in performative burlesque self-portraits as well as a bar hosted by Rose. For this, Enoki dressed up as a moustached woman, undermining strict gender categories. At Bar Rose Chu everybody was welcome, and Rose Chu served the house Whiskey with a specially designed label. With an allusion to Duchamp’s Rrose Sélavy pseudonym in its gender play, Bar Rose Chu is also an exploration of the happening and Enoki’s ideas about integrating art fully in daily life. Rose, or the colour pink, stands for the ‘forbidden land,’ a reference to the many bars reserved for American servicemen and foreigners, often decorated in pink. The bar only appeared for a few days, as if a lucid dream.
Society does not function as an isolated system, but is always influenced from external forces. With Dioxin and UFO, Enoki gives tangible form to both a microscopic and macroscopic threat. For Dioxin, the artist gave sculptural form to the toxicity that can take over society, and the human inability to contain its ungraspable spread. Furthermore, it raises questions about rapid economic development in Japan and the consequences of nuclear activities. UFO stages a fictional attack on Japan by an extraterrestrial power by manipulating photographs of Kobe’s major public institutions. Through this humorous extraterrestrial attack the artist playfully criticises Japan’s postwar modernisation, which happened mostly without consideration of its side effects on society.
Strongly convinced by his ideas about art and everyday life, much of Enoki’s artistic practice is immaterial or ephemeral. Using cast iron throughout his career, the artist nonetheless often remelted existing sculptures to produce new work. Hence, many of his performances and interventions exist predominantly through photographic documentation. White Rainbow will present portfolios of photographs that document and convey the initial ideas that went into Enoki’s project, as well a selection of drawings that illustrate the artist’s creative drive.
Chu Enoki, We Captured a Small UFO at Last!, 1974, set of nine manipulated black and white photographs, collage, white Holbein ink.
Courtesy the artist and White Rainbow, London.
Frieze week opening hours
Posted on 12 October 2015
During Frieze week White Rainbow will be exceptionally open Tuesday to Saturday from 11am until 6pm, as well as on appointment.
Late Openings of Kouichi Tabata | Scape | Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation
Usual opening hours: Monday to Friday, 9.30am to 5pm
Venue: Daiwa Foundation Japan House
13/14 Cornwall Terrace (Outer Circle)
London NW1 4QP
Chu Enoki | Back to the Future | Artissima
Posted on 24 July 2015
White Rainbow is pleased to announce that the gallery will present a body of works by Chu Enoki in the Back to the Future section of Artissima, November 2015. Back to the Future is a curated section that this year focuses on works of exceptional pertinence from the decade 1975 – 1985, with a focus on the documentation of ephemeral practices such as performance and happening. The curatorial selection committee consisted of Eva Fabbris, independent curator, Milan; João Fernandes, vice-director, Museo Nacional Centre de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid; Elena Filipovic, director, Kunsthalle Basel, Basel and Beatrix Ruf, director, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam.
For more information about Back to the Future, visit Artissima.
Posted on 16 July 2015
White Rainbow will close for the Summer holidays from Sunday 9th of August until Wednesday 23rd of September 2015. The gallery will reopen on Thursday 24th of September for the opening of the forthcoming show.
Posted on 28 March 2015
White Rainbow will close for the Easter holidays from Friday 3rd of April until Monday 6th of April 2015. The gallery will reopen on Tuesday 7th of April for the last week of “Chu Enoki: Enoki Chu,” which closes after Saturday 11th of April.
Posted on 27 February 2015
White Rainbow is pleased to announce its participation in ART15 at Olympia in London, May 2015. The gallery will present a duo-presentation of Youki Hirakawa and Takahiro Ueda.
Please come and visit us in the London First section of ART15 from 21 to 23 May 2015.
Youki Hirakawa “unseen/unscene” at Kunstverein Wolfenbüttel
Opening hours: Tue-Fri 16:00-18:00 / Sat and Sun 11:00-13:00
From the 18th of January until the 22nd of February 2015 the Kunstverein Wolfenbüttel will present a solo exhibition by Youki Hirakawa. Unseen/Unscene is the title the artist has chosen for this exhibition. Is the impossibility of seeing asperceiving the incentive of acting, or the desire not to be staged? The works are ambivalent, and keep their mystery. A two-channel video-installation and a videofilm examine the phenomenon of perception in moving images.
White Rainbow Gallery Opens
Posted on 18 September 2014
White Rainbow gallery opens on 7th October with its inaugural exhibition, Strata: Origins by Aiko Miyanaga