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To regain the irreparable.-Hope-, Toshiya Kobayashi, 2013, 810 x 650 mm, Canvas on Oil and Acrylic

The solo exhibition “To regain the irreparable.” by the artist, Toshiya Kobayashi will be held at Cross Hotel Sapporo from March 22nd to May 31st, 2014. He was born in Hokkaido and is vigorously active in mainly Tokyo, Germany and Switzerland. “To regain the irreparable” will be Kobayashi’s latest solo exhibition in Hokkaido after his participation in ARTE PIAZZA BIBAI 2010, and 11 years after his last solo exhibition in Sapporo in 2003.

Since its opening in 2007, Cross Hotel Sapporo has been giving a series of art exhibitions of the “ART X (cross)”. The ART X started collaborating with SHIFT from 2011 in introducing Hokkaido based artists from Sapporo to the world. The exhibition is one of the Machinaka Art Project, and will be the eleventh edition of “ART X” curated by SHIFT. The Machinaka Art is the project of Sapporo which is aiming to fill the city with art and to create friendly environment for people to familiarize themselves with the art. It creates the daily life with art by galleries, artists and shops as one through cooperation.

Toshiya Kobayashi has been creating paintings with the motif of the plant for many years. After the Great East Japan Earthquake in 2011, he started to create the series “To regain the irreparable.” in order to commemorate the accident at the Fukushima nuclear power plant. This series is also the title of this exhibition. It showcased his 25 artworks including mainly his latest works, along with some works created before 2011 and small works.

After three years from the earthquake, the reconstruction of the disaster area has not been finished yet and the resolution of the energy problem in the future has not been decided either. With the hope for the future, “To regain the irreparable” also deliver the artist’s message to us who live in the present.

Toshiya Kobayashi “To regain the irreparable.”
Date: March 22nd – May 31st, 2014
Opening reception: March 21st, 19:00 – 21:00
Place: Cross Hotel Sapporo
Address: North 2 West 2, Chuo-ku, Sapporo
Organized by Cross Hotel Sapporo (Planning department 011-272-0051)
Curated by Clark Gallery + SHIFT
Collaboration: Machinaka Art, Shobunsya

Text: Satsuki Miyanishi

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