資生堂ギャラリーShiseido Gallery

Lee Mingwei "Visible, Elusive" exhibition view. Photo: Ken Kato

Lee Mingwei "Visible, Elusive" exhibition view. Photo: Ken Kato

Shiseido, one of Japan’s leading cosmetic makers, has contributed to various kinds of art patronage with the goal of ‘the discovery of new, deep value and creation of beautiful culture’. As a part of this, the Shiseido Gallery日本を代表する化粧品メーカーである資生堂は、「新しく深みのある価値を発見し、美しい生活文化を創造する」という企業理念を具現化する活動として、様々なメセナ活動を展開している。その一環として、次代を担う新進芸術家の支援という目的のもと1919年(大正8年)に開廊した資生堂ギャラリーは、改装や戦争、幾度かの移転による中断をはさみながら存続し続け、現存するなかでは日本で最古の画廊となっている。




住所:東京都中央区銀座8-8-3 東京銀座資生堂ビル地下1階

Text: Miki Matsumoto
was opened in 1919 to support emerging leading artists. It has been suspended a few times because of renovation, war and transfer, and it now is the oldest existing gallery in Japan.

The gallery is located in the central avenue of Ginza in the basement of the Tokyo Ginza Shiseido Building. Ricardo Bofill, a Spanish architect, designed the building, characterized by its stucco and red brick wall. The basement consists of a open space with a five meter high ceiling, providing for a wide range of exhibition content from installations, motion graphics, fine arts such as paintings, sculptures, architecture, industrial arts and fashion.

To access the gallery it is possible to enter the basement using the dedicated staircase beside the building or through the main entrance using the elevator. Sometimes there are artworks on the mezzanine floor on the way down, so one needs to pay extra attention during their visit. From this mezzanine floor, it is possible to view the whole exhibition space.

This building also consists of distinguished restaurants and cafes including the Shiseido Parlour. It is an ideal place to pop in during your Ginza gallery visit and to be immersed in art discussion.

Shiseido Gallery
Address: B1F, Tokyo Ginza Shiseido Bld., 8-8-3 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo
Opening Hours: 11:00 – 19:00 (Sunday, Public holiday 11:00 – 18:00)
Closed on Mondays, Summer Holidays, New Years Holidays, exhibition change period
Entrance: Free
Tel: 03-3572-3901

Text: Miki Matsumoto
Translation: Akio Usui

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