Shiseido Gallery
Tokyo Ginza Shiseido Building B1F, 8-8-3 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo
Tel. 81-(0)3-3572-3901
Shiseido Gallery, which opened its doors in 1919, is said to be the oldest art gallery still operating in Japan. In the years since its founding, it has pursued its non-profit activities nearly continuously, closing only occasionally due to earthquakes, war, renovations, and other vicissitudes, always dedicated to the idea of "discovering and creating new value." To date, Shiseido Gallery has hosted over 3,100 exhibitions, many of which served as the public debut for burgeoning artists who would later make major contributions to the development of art in Japan.

In the 1990s, the gallery shifted its emphasis to contemporary art and began a dynamic program aimed at introducing the expression of the era, which was noted for combining vanguard contemporaneity with a sense of simple purity. In 2001, the gallery relocated to the underground level of the Tokyo Ginza Shiseido Building. This space includes a room with a 16.4-foot-tall ceiling that makes it the tallest exhibition hall in the Ginza district, a feature which has caught the attention of both Japanese and international artists for the expressive possibilities it opens up.

Installation view of Tsubaki-kai 8’s exhibition “Tsubaki-kai 8: This New World –“Quest”-,” Shiseido Gallery, Tokyo, 2022
Photo by Ken Kato
Exhibition Information
Tsubaki-kai 8
This New World –“Quest”-
August 27–December 18
“Tsubaki-kai” is a recurring, multi-year, group exhibition format that launched in 1947 with the reopening of Shiseido Gallery following the wartime suspension of its activities. The members of the eighth Tsubaki-kai, which started last year, are Hiroshi Sugito, Ryuji Nakamura, Nerhol, Aiko Miyanaga, and mé. Together with these artists, whose practices transcend genres, the gallery is spending three years (2021–2023) thinking about the "new world" after Covid-19. Last year, following the theme of “Impetus,” the artists selected pieces from the Shiseido art collection made by previous Tsubaki-kai exhibitors—pieces that, to them, spark ideas about this “new world.” This year, the artists have worked with each other and/or engaged with experts from other fields in a “Quest” to explore the questions and awareness that resulted from the project’s first year. The artists will present works made in response to these interactions.
Installation view of Tsubaki-kai 8’s exhibition “Tsubaki-kai 8: This New World –“Quest”-,” Shiseido Gallery, Tokyo, 2022
Photo by Ken Kato