The Popular Tokyo Art Event is Back! All About Roppongi Art Night 2019
Roppongi Art Night is a large-scale art event in which the popular Roppongi area in Tokyo is completely transformed into a night-time art museum. It's been gaining more and more traction with each year it's been held, and this year, it'll be held on May 25 (from 10:00 am) to May 26 (until 6:00 pm)!
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In addition to artwork displays, there's a variety of other activities including music, videos, and performances to enjoy. There are also several programs scheduled throughout the day, so it's an event packed full of fun from start to finish. Read on to learn more about Roppongi Art Night, and be sure to check out the Roppongi Art Night 2018 video as well!
Roppongi Art Night 2018
The video above is of Roppongi Art Night 2018.
The first exhibit that appears in the video is an installation called "hanging colors" by Japanese artist Kengo Kito. During the day, the sunlight passes through the cloths producing a beautiful scene, and at night, the display brightens up the street like a light. His other work, "broken flowers," involves approximately 5,000 mirrors spread out on the floor, reflecting an image of flowers onto the ceiling.
The next scene shows a giant walking puppet performance by DUNDU, a puppet theater company based in Germany.
The giant statue "Maman" is a piece by Louise Bourgeois. The wool knittings covering the spider statue were installed by Magda Sayeg. This statue is a popular meeting point and the symbol of the entrance to Roppongi Hills.
The entire Roppongi area is completely transfigured into an art space, with exhibits such as Daan Roosegaarde's "Marbles" which features mountain-shaped works with LED lights and smart sensors installed inside that change colors when touched, UJINO's "Dragonhead House" installation depicting a vehicle sandwiched in between city buildings, and Hiroyasu Shimo's "Trapped."
The last scene wraps up with Japan Philharmonic Orchestra x inVisible "Radio Taiso in Live Classical Music," which shows guests participating in radio exercises early in the morning.
Roppongi Art Night 2019 (May 25 - May 26)
For this year, Roppongi Art Night 2019 has collaborated with artist Akira Wakita, lighting specialist AIBA, and sound creator Katsuyuki Seto to produce an art exhibition that makes use of 10 lasers and a large LED display. The exhibit will appear on the stage of Sel Octagon Tokyo from 3:00 pm - 9:00 pm on May 25 and May 26.
There are also several artworks by top artists from all over the world who have gathered here for the event: "Fruit Tree," a colorful balloon sculpture by Korean artist Choi Jeong Hwa (from 6:00 pm on May 25, 11:00 am - 6:00 pm on May 26); "Entangled" by Hiroyasu Shimo, whose work garnered tremendous popularity in last year's event (from 10:00 am on May 25 to 6:00 pm on May 26); and "Shita (Under)" by Mexico City-based artist Yoshua Okón (from 10:00 am on May 25 to 6:00 pm on May 26). With these various art displays installed all around the area, Roppongi will undergo a dramatic transformation!
This event is only held once a year, so experience this special one-night only event for yourself!
The information in this article is accurate at the time of publication.