Exploring Art in Tokyo vol.2
Oct 01 2015
Don't give up appreciating art in Tokyo however tight your budget is. Let's explore Tokyo to find places where you can check the best art exhibitions for free!
Following our last trip, Exploring Art in Tokyo vol.1 - Ginza, part 1 - today we are taking you again to Ginza to visit "ggg (ginza graphic gallery)" and "G8."
ggg (ginza graphic gallery)
The gallery, specialised in graphic art works, has been operated by DNP (DAI NIPPON PRINTING CO., LTD.), one of the leading printing firms in Japan. It was established in 1986 at the company's birthplace, conveniently located within five minutes' walk from the Ginza 4-chome crossing, right in front of Barneys New York Ginza store.
The gallery, known familiarly as "Three G (ggg)" for its capital letters, organises exhibitions and lectures related to graphic art throughout the year, which are supervised by an acclaimed graphic designer/ art director Kazumasa Nagai whose masterpieces include the 1972 Sapporo Winter Olympics' emblem.
Don't fail to drop by at "MMM (Musées du Monde)" behind the gallery. There is a library in the basement where you can browse art books and exhibition catalogues from museums around the world. They also have a variety of souvenir items selected from domestic and international museums.
Creation Gallery G8
The gallery is on the first floor of glassy Recruit Ginza 8 Bldg. standing at an intersection right next to the elevated Tokyo Metropolitan Expressway which is about three minutes' walk from Shimbashi Station (Tokyo Metro Ginza Line/ JR) toward Yurakucho Station.
Operated by Recruit Holdings Co., Ltd., a provider of information services, the gallery has introduced the works by a wide array of Japanese artists with "visual communication" as its theme since its inception in 1985. The gallery was formerly called "G7" for it was originally established in the Ginza 7-chome district. The name "G8" was gained in 1989 when it was moved to the current location in Ginza 8-chome.
Recruit has another gallery in Ginza called "Guardian Garden" (about three minutes' walk from G8 toward Yurakucho). The gallery was founded in 1990 to make the stage for up-and-coming new talents.
Isn't it interesting to visit both G8 and Guardian Garden to see the works by already established artists and rising stars on the same day!?
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