Akinori Tanaka Solo Exhibition@La Maison Franco-Japonaise
October 28 – November 9, 2013 10am – 6pm (closed Sunday)
Vernissage October 28, 2013 6:30pm – 8:30pm

Beginning with Les Cristallines in Tokyo’s Aoyama, owner and chef Akinori Tanaka
has opened French restaurants in the Shinjuku and Shibuya districts of Japan’s capital,
as well. Tanaka began painting with the idea of decorating his own restaurants.
The paintings feature fun uses of his knowledge from his career as a chef. Artworks
will be exhibited in the lobby of La Maison Franco-Japonaise located in Ebisu, Tokyo.

Art Salon Vol.2

art salon vol.2

Art Salon Vol.2
August 7 – August 12, 2013 11am – 7pm
Private Preview Opening August 7, 2013 6pm – 8pm
Evening Party August 8, 2013 6pm – 8pm

Giant Mango is pleased to announce “Art Salon Vol.2″ to be held at Azabujuban, Tokyo.
Artworks by 6 Japanese Contemporary Artists will be exhibited.
Private Preview Opening will be held on Wednesday, August 7, 2013 6pm to 8pm.

Artists: Tetsutaro Komago / Kiyomi Maruyama / Mayumi Mukaidaira /
Mika Noguchi / Yu Sora / Yoshito Taketani /


2013 Kaohsiung Design Festival SeeD Exhibition

Giant Mango will be participating in 2013 Kaohsiung Design Festival SeeD Exhibition, a leading
exhibition co-curated with 25TOGO Design which will be held in the The Pier-2 Art Center in the
city of Kaohsiung Taiwan from 5th July to 29th September. Our space titled “MY! GIANT MANGO!
will consist of an exhibition space, art & design shop, and workshop area.

Ai Morita / Mao Ooishi / Natsuko Tatsumi / Sato Ten / BlockingWood / Mayumi Tsuzuki /
Okada Mariko / Tamaho Togasaki / Ichitaro Suzuki / Naoshi / Ryohei Tanaka /

Young Art Taipei 2013

Giant Mango will be participating in Young Art Taipei (YAT), a hotel art fair which will be held in the
Sheraton Grande Taipei Hotel from 17th May to 19th May. YAT is the very first and the most distinctive
contemporary art fair in Asia that focuses on young artists under the age of 45. This year will be its
5th anniversary and YAT aims to create a delicate and elegant contemporary art platform for galleries,
curators, artists, collectors and visitor.

art salon hillside terrace

Art Salon Hillside Terrace
April 20, 2013 4pm – 9pm
April 21, 2013 10am – 7pm
Reception April 20, 2013 6pm – 8pm

A two-day Art Salon Exhibition held at C-Gallery located in Daikanyama Hillside Terrace.
A selection of new works by 7 Japanese and 1 International contemporary artists will be exhibited.
A reception will be held on Saturday, April 20 from 6pm to 8pm.

Artists: BlockingWood / Camomile Hixon / Chiaki Akada / Mariko Okada /
Mayumi Tsuzuki / Narimi Ochi / Tamaho Togasaki / Yoichi Kayama /


Jumping Out of the Pages, New Creations
March 12 – March 21, 2013 10am – 7:30pm

Many artists today work as illustrators for magazines, books, and the like. And via the pages of these
publications, while they take on the role of visual communicators, they are at the same time expressing
their unique worldview as artists. With this theme, we present to you an art exhibition featuring five
talented artists who have bright futures ahead of them.
The art here exhibits all sorts of styles, from pieces that while quaint and precious have within them
a certain maliciousness, creating a mysterious fusion; to fleeting landscapes painted in acryllic; to
three-dimensional sculpture made out of clay, going beyond just flat surfaces. They are all unique
productions with original approaches. And thanks to this freedom with which the artists create their
works, they are able to express their idiosyncratic individuality.
At this exhibition, we have included original works that have been featured in published work, two- and
three-dimensional art, collages, and so on, all available to view and purchase. We hope that you enjoy
the art on display here, and perhaps find pieces with which you personally connect. We hope that you will
have the time to visit and be a part of this exhibition, where you can share the time and space with these
creative works.


Akinori Tanaka Solo Exhibition
January 30 – February 5, 2013 10am – 8pm
Talk Show February 2, 2013 2pm – 2:30pm

A Taste of French Cuisine In Painting
Beginning with Les Cristallines in Tokyo’s Aoyama, owner and chef Akinori Tanaka has opened French
restaurants in the Shinjuku and Shibuya districts of Japan’s capital, as well. Tanaka began painting with
the idea of decorating his own restaurants. The paintings feature fun uses of his knowledge from his career
as a chef. For his second solo exhibition at Isetan, Tanaka has a new outlook on his work, and is now for
the first time showing paintings that feature restaurant cuisine and real cooking tools and utensils.

AAF Hong Kong 2013

Giant Mango will be participating in Affordable Art Fair Hong Kong. The fair will take place on the third level
of the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Center (HKCEC), a world famous architectural landmark which
also plays host to Art Basel. This will be the AAF first edition in Hong Kong running from 15-17 March 2013
(Private View opens on Thursday 14 March).

AAF New York Fall 2012

Giant Mango will be participating in Affordable Art Fair New York Fall to be held in The Tunnel Chelsea, NY
from October 4 through October 7. This will be our first time to introduce and promote contemporary artists
from Japan to the international market. Please stop by to meet and see the work of five visiting Japanese artists.

artandspaceJapan has seen many kinds of art events open in recent years. Galleries, both domestic and abroad, are
participating in art fairs to sell their work; artists from overseas are staying in Japan and making art through
residency programs; broad ranges of contemporary art from all over the world are being exhibited at the
Triennale in Tokyo, to name a few examples. And with businesses contributing as well, by sponsoring young
artists and holding competitions, it seems that the Japanese art market is finally starting to flourish.

Almost all of Japan’s prefectures now have art museums, and many people show interest in and appreciation
for art. However, people still visit art museums as no more than spectators, and do not generally consider
purchasing the art they see. This has become an especially noteworthy issue since the economic downturn
that began in September 2008. But it might also be due in part to the seemingly low interest in contemporary
art for those who visit art museums and art events.

Art in its essence, should be free from any justification or purpose. But contemporary art in Japan lacks that
freedom. That anyone may approach art freely, regardless of its price or popularity but entirely by the way it
makes them feel, is stillidealistic. That anyone may freely find artists they like and buy art in the same way they
buy food or clothing - as a normal, everyday pleasure – is, for now, a dream.

To address these issues, we held three different public art events.

One of these events was at Daikanyama Hillside Terrace in Tokyo. The building was designed by renowned
Japanese architect Fumihiko Maki to combine residences, shops, and office spaces. We also held an exhibition
at La Cittadella, a commercial establishment in Kawasaki designed by John Jerde, who has produced some of
the best architecture in the world. He modeled La Cittadella after an Italian hill town, and created commercial
spaces for movie theaters, shops, restaurants, and wedding halls. Our third location was Red Brick Park,
a neighborhood open space and park area in Yokohama Bay that in 2002 saw historical buildings from the 1900s
converted for use as cultural and commercial facilities.

Each artist’s display worked to create harmony between the art and the space where it was set up. Drawing,
painting, film, sculpture, mixed media, and other types of art were all exhibited. Not limiting the event to specific
genres, we wanted to showcase all forms of expression in contemporary art and overturn any preconceived ideas
about what it can or should be. At our exhibitions, attendees were able to get a sense of the artists’ feelings and
intentions as soon as they set foot on the exhibition floor.

Further, because art appreciation can be cultivated from childhood onward, we created workshops for participants
of all ages, and made a space for hands-on art activities. These workshops and activities aimed at raising the
standard for art culture in all facets. We think this will help lay the foundation for more artists and fans of art in the

We also made it easy to navigate the show floor and smoothly flow from one area to the next. The rooms were
quite spacious, so attendees could use checkpoints to guide themselves while enjoying the event. Attendees were
also able to vote for work that they liked the most, allowing artists to receive tangible feedback from their audience.
This voting system created a closer relationship between the artists, the art, and the audience; and a more open
forum for viewers and purchasers.

This project attempted to make an art event where guests did not just experience the art visually, but sensed the
physical space, as well. We used this approach to unlock the potential of the connection to the exhibition spaces,
and to show attendees “a new environment created by both art and architecture.”