Art Exhibitions Draw Saturday Crowds
With weekend visitors descending on the city on Saturday, the public art exhibitions that form a vital part of the Kyoto International Film and Arts Festival drew significant attention.
A car theme runs throughout the exhibitons this year, no better presented than at Kyoto City Hall Square, where a huge exhibit by Hideo Nagai titled “B-Project ‘Heso de Nageru’” depicts an actual life-size car being back-dropped in a suplex by a giant model wrestler. The creation is the brainchild of Hideo Nagai, and “represents with humor the mental strength of people as they try to be strong amidst the various challenges that they face throughout life.”
Through all four days of the festival this year “Kintoki” cars (shiny vehicles with neon lights) are touring the city. Selling baked sweet potatoes, the cars are the idea of Art Unit Yotta, previous winners of the Taro Okamoto Award for Contemporary Art.
The Kyoto Museum of Traditional Crafts held three events on Saturday. Live painters Boss Hiko and Sayoko Hirano teamed up with musicians and dancers for an event titled “Dawn.” Hosei Tsukitei presented the art of rakugo in tradtiional costume. And several workshops teaching the skills of local artisans were held throughout the day.
Elsewhere, the Former Rissei Elementary School hosts 11 exhibitions and events (see the Art section for details), including Yoshikazu Ebisu’s “Ebisu Realism,” a collection of works by the manga artist, and Minori Kanda’s “a Minori-Print with Ojichanz,” a photo booth where visitors can take photos with Minori Kanda.
At Nishi Hongan-ji temple, the monk training facility which is usually closed to the public, has been opened to hold seven exhibitions. Shinsuke Kawahara’s “Planet of Rabbits” is a series he created using cardboard boxes, folding screens, balloons and animated movies. French artist Jean-Luc Vilmouth’s “Dark Science” installation will be on show at the venue too. Set to Billie Holiday’s “Gloomy Sunday,” the installation features 20 light bulbs synchronized to increase in brightness as Holiday sings.