Events

Roppongi Art Night 2019

Genre:
  • Theater / Dance ,
  • Art Project ,
  • Exhibition / Screening

With this year’s theme of “Night Journey, Daydream”
Roppongi Art Night 2019: An art festival staged across Roppongi

Contemporary art, performances, video works, music and various kinds of art can be found scattered around the streets of Roppongi. So why not set out on a one-night journey through art? The artworks adorn the city, creating a timeless, out-of-this-world experience. What dreams await you at the end of this journey? There are, a red ball popping up in the district, a giant balloon, a glowing bird, and a floating stone ? a total of some 80 installations and performances from around the world, together comprising the experience that is “Night Journey, Daydream”.

Roppongi Art Night is an one-night art extravaganza staged in the district of Roppongi. The event proposes a pioneering model for urban development as well as a life style that celebrates the enjoyment of art in our everyday lives. Presenting contemporary art, design, music, film, and performances, Roppongi Art Night offers an extraordinary experience. Launched in March 2009, the event is growing every year.


MAIN PROGRAM & ARTIST: Choi Jeong Hwa

  • 《Fruit Tree》
    Dense with mature fruits and vegetables, Choi Jeong Hwa’s colossal inflatable sculpture Fruit Tree sprouts over Roppongi Hills Arena like a colorful bouquet.
    With dozen of fruitage scattered on the ground around the blooming tree, the installation transforms the arena into a magical garden. Made of synthetic vinyl, the work expresses the beauty found in both natural and artificial worlds.
    ・5/25 (Sat) 17:30 – 5/26 (Sun) 6:00, 11: 00 – 18:00
    ・Venues:Roppongi Hills Arena
    ・Admission: Free
  • 《Artist Talk: Choi Jeong Hwa x Fumio Nanjo》
    Choi Jeong Hwa talks about his art work with Fumio Nanjo, the chair of the Executive Committee of Roppongi Art Night and director of Mori Art Museum.
    ・5/25 (Sat) 21:00 – 21:30
    ・Venues: Roppongi Hills Arena
    ・Admission: Free
  • 《Life, life》
    In Life, life, approximately ten thousand of curving balloons form an enormous mass of vibrant colors that seems to have exploded out of thin air. Drawing inspiration from pop art, Choi uses abundance of mundane objects with jubilant colors for his works, which celebrate life and prosperity while revealing our lifestyle that is sustained by overconsumption. This work brings to mind such joyful memories, but also allude to the excess of goods that fill the world.
    ・5/25 (Sat) 10:00 – 5/26 (Sun) 18:00
    ・Venues: Tokyo Midtown Canopy Square
    ・Admission: Free
  • 《Gather Together》
    Finding beauty in plastic mass-produced products and kitchenware, Choi acts as an alchemist who transforms humble materials into enchanting works of art. Gather Together is a community-based art project that invites participants to donate plastic baskets, colanders, and containers from home, stacking them up into columns that appear like abstract sculptures or pillars of a temple. The work’s vivid colors and charming presence will adorn the entrance of the National Art Center, Tokyo and BLUE BOTTLE COFFEE.
    ・5/25 (Sat) 10:00 – 5/26 (Sun) 18:00
    ・Venues:The National Art Center, Tokyo and BLUE BOTTLE COFFEE on Ryudocho Bijutsukan-dori
    ・Admission: Free

RedBall Project
Moving from one site to another everyday, a giant red ball sets out on a week long journey throughout the city of Roppongi. Realized in 32 cities around the world, RedBall Project is a traveling public art by an American artist Kurt Perschke. Defying immobility and permanence of common public art works, the ball ’s constant movement playfully redraws the map of Roppongi. The project humorously opens up our perception of urban space and revitalizes our relationship with everyday surroundings
・5/20 (Mon) – 5/26 (Sun) *Please visit festival’s official website for details.
・Venues: RedBall Project is scheduled to emerge in different locations in Roppongi.
・Admission: Free

FUROSHIKI TOKYO Exhibition
In the fall of 2018, Tokyo Metropolitan Government presented a huge furoshiki-wrapped object to the Hotel de Ville, Paris, where it was displayed at the plaza in front of the building. The appeal of furoshiki (a traditional Japanese wrapping cloth) was conveyed to the world through the display of furoshiki and related installations as well as through workshops. At Roppongi Art Night 2019, original furoshiki designed by artists, which were exhibited inside the karakusa (arabesque)-pattern furoshiki pavilion in Paris, will be presented for the first time in Japan together with the exhibition “FUROSHIKI PARIS,” thus communicating the charm of furoshiki through installations.
Participating Artists: Takeshi Kitano, Yayoi Kusama, Constance Guisset, Jean-Paul Gaultier, Nicolas Buffe, Mika Ninagawa, Morihiro Hosokawa, and others. (In order of Japanese syllabary/honorifics omitted)
・5/25 (Sat) 10:00 – 5/26 (Sun) 18:00
・Venues: Roppongi Hills Mohri Gard en on the side of the Hillside (next to Roppongi Hills Arena)
・Admission: Free

  • “FUROSHIKI PARIS” Tandem Paris-Tokyo 2018
    FUROSHIKI PARIS was held last year as part of Tandem Paris?Tokyo 2018, a cultural exchange program between Tokyo Metropolitan Government and the city of Paris. Inviting Tsuyoshi Tane as an art director, the project installed a pavilion resembling a huge furoshiki-wrapped object with the karakusa pattern in front of Hotel de Ville, Paris, along with an exhibition of original furoshiki designed by both Japanese and French artists as well as other furoshiki-related installations. Moreover, stone sculptures of historical figures on the city hall’s facade became part of an installation in which they were made to look as if they were carrying furoshiki bags. Through these events, which were held concurrently with an exhibition and workshops at Maison de la Culture du Japon a Paris, the Japanese tradition and art of furoshiki as well as the ecological wisdom it embodies as arguably the world’s first eco-bag, was conveyed to the world.

Please see the official website for more information on other programs.

Admission

Free (however, fee is required for certain programs and museum events)

Contact

TEL: 03-5777-8600 (Hello Dial; Available only in Japanese)
*7 days a week(8:00-22:00)

Venues

Roppongi Hills; Mori Art Museum; Tokyo Midtown; Suntory Museum of Art; 21_21 DESIGN SIGHT; The National Art Center, Tokyo; Roppongi Shopping District; other cooperating facilities and public spaces in the Roppongi area

Credit

Organized by
Tokyo Metropolitan Government, Arts Council Tokyo (Tokyo Metropolitan Foundation for History and Culture),Minato City, Roppongi Art Night Executive Committee [The National Art Center, Tokyo; Suntory Museum of Art; Tokyo Midtown; 21_21 DESIGN SIGHT; Mori Art Museum; Mori Building; Roppongi Shopping District Association]
Supported by
The Agency for Cultural Affairs, Government of Japan in the fiscal 2019