Ryuji Nakamura and Associates


This is the installation at the group exhibition "The 8th Tsubaki-kai - This New World" at Shiseido Gallery. "Tsubaki-kai" started in 1947, and multiple artists are selected to hold the group exhibitions with the same members for several years. Shiseido continues to collect the works exhibited at Tsubaki-kai. (Shiseido has Shiseido Gallery in Ginza and Shiseido Art House in Kakegawa city Shizuoka Prefecture). The 8th members are Hiroshi Sugito, Ryuji Nakamura, Nerhol, Futoshi Miyagi, Aiko Miyanaga, and Me [mé]. Although it is a characteristic of contemporary artists, it may be the characteristic of this time selection that they are artists who perform cross-genre expressions and activities and are difficult to classify such as paintings and sculptures. This members will exhibit for three years while being aware of  "This New World" after Corona. The theme of the first year is "Inspiration". At this Tsubaki-kai, a new attempt was made that has never been seen before. The members will select some works inspired by "This New World" from the collections of past Tsubaki-kai, present their responses in their own works and methods, and add a new perspective to the collections of the future.
I was interested in artists and their works that are conscious of "relationship" in the huge collections. And I chose the series "EBBA-No.4", "EBBA-No.9" and "Yotsume-no-ike I-IV" painting the women’s face by Mitsuko Miwa, and wood carving "Hito" by Rei Naito. Miwa Mitsuko draws the same face and furniture over and over again, changing the trimming little by little. Although they are oil paintings, they look editorial like photographs. And they look like each work that presupposes a single painting, and they also look like a collective work that presupposes set work. They are mysterious works. On the other hand, Rei Naito has created many small wood carving people so far. It is very small to be exhibited, and the material is weak, but it is a work that makes veiwers aware of the size and hardness of the place where it is placed by the smallness and weakness, and gives off power in relation to the space. In addition to exhibit the collections, we must also create and exhibit our own work, but if possible, I wanted to convey the charm of the collections without making my own work. Also, since I usually design spaces, I thought of an exhibition that would create a relationship with each other in the space. First, I exhibited Mitsuko Miwa's works on the large wall next to the reception. And I installed a 1.5m high wall 2.4m away from the works in front of the works to make a long approach from the reception to Gallery 1. I made it the same as the gallery wall as if it was originally there, making it inconspicuous. Finally, I placed Rei Naito's wood carving "Hito" on the top of the wall made in that way. After passing the reception, viewers walk through the place like a corridor separated by a low wall where you can see the exhibition of Gallery 1 faintly, while watching the works of Mitsuko Miwa and Rei Naito, and when they turn left at the end, Gallery 1 appears. Looking back at its wall from Gallery 1, Mitsuko Miwa's works of women’s faces are trimmed again by the wall, creating another work between the work and the viewer. The wall is also an exhibition stand that is too large for Rei Naito's small wood carving "Hito", but for example, it looks like a long cape where someone walk, encouraging viewers to make various imaginations and impressions. In addition, you can see two works with different scales at the same time through the wall, and you will want to find a relationship there as well. We usually tend to focus too much on a thing itself, but by shifting the focus a little and focusing on the relationship between multiple things, we may be able to think new. I think their works telling us so. Mitsuko Miwa's work, Rei Naito's work, and the wall are independent and unrelated, but when the viewer find various relationships between them, their own scenery and sensations stand up. I wanted to make an exhibition like so. I thought that the charm of their works would convey to viewers by that.
What was interesting about the exhibition as a whole was that a chain of inspiration was naturally born while keeping a certain distance from each other. For example, the wall in Gallery 2 was added by Hiroshi Sugito after he saw my wall, and Me[mé] exhibited performance exhibition using the wall by Sugito, and many motifs of stone appeared, and the height of each other's exhibits werer conscious. I think that the complex relationships that influence each other like ripples are unique to the Tsubaki-kai, which is rarely seen in other group exhibitions.

Title Relation
Completion 28 May 2021
Function  installation
Site SHISEIDO GALLERY, B1 Tokyo Ginza Sshiseido Building, 8-8-3, Chuo-ku, Tokyo, Japan
Exhibition title   The 8th Tsubaki-kai “This New World”
Exhibition period   5 June 2021 – 29 August 2021 
Organizer SHISEIDO
Members Hiroshi Sugito, Ryuji Nakamura, Nerhol, Futoshi Miyagi, Aiko Miyanaga, Me[mé]
Artists selected by other member   Genpei Akasegawa, Noe Aoki, Naoya Hatakeyama
Size W8140mm D300mm H1550mm
Materials wood、plywood、putty、paint etc.
Construction TOKYO STUDIO
Photography Ryuji Nakamura



資生堂ギャラリーでのグループ展「第八次椿会 この新しい世界」でのインスタレーション。「椿会」は1947年から始まり、複数のアーティストが選ばれ、同じメンバーで数年にわたりグループ展を行うというもので、資生堂はその展示作品を収蔵し続けている(銀座に資生堂ギャラリー、静岡県掛川に資生堂アートハウスを擁する)。第八次のメンバーは、杉戸洋、中村竜治、Nerhol、ミヤギフトシ、宮永愛子、目[mé]の6組である。現代作家の特徴とも言えるが、ジャンルを横断する表現や活動を行い、絵画や彫刻といったような今までの分類が困難な作家が多いのが今回の人選の特徴かもしれない。このメンバーで3年にわたり、コロナ後の「このあたらしい世界」を意識しながら展示を行っていく。1年目のテーマは「触発」である。今回は特に、メンバーが過去の椿会の収蔵作品から「あたらしい世界」を触発される作品を選び取り、それに対する応えを自身の作品や方法で提示し、収蔵作品に新たな視点を加えつつ未来へとつなげるという今までの椿会にはない試みがなされている。

名称 関係
完成 2021年5月28日
用途  インスタレーション
会場 東京都中央区銀座8-8-3 東京銀座資生堂ビル地下1階 資生堂ギャラリー
展覧会名 資生堂 第八次椿会 「このあたらしい世界」
会期 2021年6月5日〜8月29日
主催 資生堂
メンバー 杉戸洋、中村竜治、Nerhol、ミヤギフトシ、宮永愛子、目[mé]
セレクト作品 三輪美津子「EBBA-No.9」、「EBBA-No.4」、「四つ目の池I〜IV」、内藤礼「ひと」
他のメンバーのセレクト作家 赤瀬川原平、青木野枝、畠山直哉
壁寸法 高さ1550mm、長さ8140mm、厚さ300mm
壁素材 木材、合板、パテ、塗料等
施工 東京スタデオ
撮影 中村竜治

Ryuji Nakamura and Associates