ECO EDO Nihonbashi Art Aquarium 2018
6 July – 24 September 2018
Nihonbashi Mitsui Hall
The “Art Aquarium” produced by a Japanese artist Hidetomo Kimura (read related article) is a delightful exhibition blending art, traditional crafts, design and entertainment. The brilliant show with installations using goldfish in illuminated aquariums has drawn millions of paying visitors over the years.
For the 12th year, the exhibition will be held not only at Nihonbashi in Tokyo, but also in Nagoya and, for the first time, Shanghai in China.
New installations with Nishiki-goi
In Edo (premodern Tokyo), goldfish became popular among town dwellers as a symbol of summer. It felt like cooling off in the heat to look at goldfish swimming in a fish bowl.
The coming exhibition will revive the old tradition in contemporary times, in a most amazing artistic setting. In 2018, with “a genuine Japan” as the theme, some 8,000 goldfish and Nishiki-goi or brocaded carp will swirl about in tanks of different shapes, sizes and materials exquisitely designed in the Japanese taste.
Highlights of the Tokyo exhibition
“Super Oiran”, the largest piece of art ever in the history of “Art Aquarium”, with some 3,000 goldfish swirling in it
”Earth Aquarium Japonism”, a globe-shaped tank of 1.5 m in diameter with finest Nishiki-goi carp
“Tenjo Kingyo (Kingyo in the Sky)” (or the goldfish in the ceiling – tentative title) to look up the ceiling fitted with goldfish tanks, an inspiration from the episode of a rich merchant living in the Edo period
“Grand Folding Screen Painting” (tentative title, new installation), a tank with a width of about 5.4 m to project the Japanese art history on to it
“Byoburium”, an installation from past exhibitions for reference. A new installation will be on display at the Tokyo exhibition.
In the evening after 7 pm, the glittering place transforms into a night lounge with DJs, live music and special shows, which include Japanese traditional performing arts such as Noh Theater, Kyogen, and dance by Geiko (details on the event website).
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