Photo: Ippei Shinzawa

Photo: Ippei Shinzawa

“ASAKUSA” located in the center of Taito-ku, Asakusa is a 40-square-meter reconstructed exhibition venue for contemporary art programs. Gallery curators manage it and advance curatorial collaborations.台東区浅草の中心部に位置する「アサクサ」は、40平方メートルの一般住宅を改築したプロジェクト・スペース。ギャラリー・キュレーターが運営し、キュレーター間のコラボレーションを推進している。





Text: Ayumi Yakura
It is part of a small residential property built in 1965, which repeated house repairs because of remnants and the haphazard extensions and reconstructions of houses. The renovation project took place in collaboration with architect Kosaku Matsumoto (Blue Architects, Zurich) and Koichiro Osaka, a former curator of SCAI The Bathhouse, Tokyo. during their three months of an onsite residency and was completed in 2015.

They focused rather on each existing element of architecture and curating than the embodiment of designs. By attaching importance to the process of conversations which exchanges opinions and makes a decision, the house responds to a context of when it’s constructed and thus holds the founders’ ideas.

They achieved many exhibitions in collaboration with researchers and art galleries, such as the archival exhibition of early Japanese avant-garde art before Taisho and MAVO in cooperation with Professor Toshiharu Omuka, The University of Tsukuba, the Mexican artist Yoshua Okón exhibition in collaboration with SCAI The Bathhouse, the exhibition of Thomas Hirschhorn and Santiago Sierra which emphasized a political message, and the two-person exhibition of Yoko Ono and Rirkrit Tiravanija which focused on the formation of microtopia.

Address: 1-6-16 Nishi-Asakusa, Taito-ku, Tokyo
Opening hours: Thursday 19:00 – 22:00 / Saturday and Sunday 12:00 – 19:00
Tel: 050-5532-3237

Text: Ayumi Yakura
Translation: Hanae Kawai


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