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NAGASAKA MAGO – Still A “BLACK” STAR Supported by なんぼや

NAGASAKA MAGO – Still A “BLACK” STAR Supported by なんぼや

Nagasaka Mago, an artist like no other who works by making art out of waste materials from an extremely poor Ghanaian neighborhood holds his first solo exhibition at a museum! Nagasaka Mago became a street painter after his own company went bankrupt in 2009. In June 2017, he visited Agbogbloshie, an extremely poor district known as ‘the world’s largest graveyard of electronics.’ There, he meets young people living on a daily stipend of only about 500 yen a day, while desperately burning electronic equipment thrown out by developed countries, including Japan. He also witnessed many people having to breath in a lot of toxic fumes due to the high level of pollution in the area such as gas. Therefore, Nagasaka decided to use the power of art to convey to the developed world the truth of the situation. After returning to Japan, he created works of art using scrap materials. He visited Ghana again in November 2017. In doing so, he delivered gas masks to protect them from the presiding threat. In addition, a total of more than 1,000 gas masks have been delivered so far, using a portion of the proceeds. At a solo exhibition held in March 2018, one of the pieces was purchased at a high price. Since then, Nagasaka has been advocating ‘Sustainable Capitalism.’ He continues to transform waste materials accumulated in slums into his own works of art, with the proceeds of which he returns to the local people. His creative activities aimed at a sustainable society are currently attracting attention from various sectors. To raise funds and build a recycling plant on site by 2030, creating new industries and jobs. His ultimate goal from all of this, is to reach a state where art can no longer be made from garbage. This exhibition will be the first solo one of the artist at a museum. Along with his footsteps toward a sustainable world through art, the exhibition will feature a variety of works made from E-waste, as well as those that express his wish for world peace.

Alice: Curiouser and Curiouser

Alice: Curiouser and Curiouser

Be immersed in the exciting world of ‘Alice’ this summer. Special Exhibition ‘Alice: Curiouser and Curiouser’ will be held. The first major exhibition tracing back the cultural phenomenon of ‘Alice’ over 160 years from her hometown in the UK. Originally published in 1865 by Charles Lutwidge Dodgson under the pen name of Lewis Carroll, ‘Alice's Adventures in Wonderland’ has been translated into more than 170 languages to date. The story transcends the boundaries of children's literature and are shared by people around the world as an inspiration for all imaginations. No matter how you first encountered Alice's adventures (whether it was with the original story, a bedtime story, or a Disney movie), the character continues to captivate people across time and space as new generations step into ‘Wonderland’ one after another. Being a cultural icon, her influence will be presented for the first time in a comprehensive and new way in Japan this summer. This is the world touring exhibition of ‘Alice: Curiouser and Curiouser’ which was held at the Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A) in London in 2021. With the exhibition also specially tailored for Japan, visitors will be transported to the ‘Curiouser and Curiouser’ world. This exhibition will introduce approximately 300 pieces ranging from the origins of the story, including Lewis Carroll's conception, as well as drawings by John Tenniel, who worked on the illustration. Also, its influence on various fields beyond literature, including film, theater, fashion, art, music, and photography will be presented. Lewis Carroll's wondrous world of the story, as well as his unique characters and motifs, have led to the creation of numerous new interpretations, and have inspired leading artists, designers, film directors, writers, and scientists. They include Salvador Dali, Yayoi Kusama, The Beatles, and Vivienne Westwood. The ‘Curiouser and Curiouser’ world of ‘Alice,’ is the source of inspiration for various fields and new creations. It will all be presented in a playful and immersive way through the exhibition. Children and adults alike can enjoy a great ‘Alice's Adventures in Wonderland’ experience.

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Exclusive Interview

Kentaro Sakaguchi & Anne

From “GUARDIAN OF THE MARKET”
Kentaro Sakaguchi & Anne

The Exclusive Interview with Kentaro Sakaguchi & Anne from Fuji Television’s Monday night drama GUARDIAN OF THE MARKET.

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