Ryu Itadani’s “Everyday Life “THERE”” exhibition will be held from Friday, August 9, 2024. It will be exhibited at two venues in collaboration with furniture brand arflex.

The Pola Museum Annex will hold an exhibition of Berlin-based Ryu Itadani's work, "Everyday Life "THERE"," from Friday, August 9th to Monday, September 23rd, 2024 (national holiday).

"Saint-Jean-de-Luz" 2024, Acrylic on Canvas, 100 x 120 x 6.5 cm

Ryu Itadani's work uses distinctive lines and colors to beautifully capture ordinary scenes from everyday life, such as cityscapes, plants, and favorite everyday items. Filled with freshness and bright sunlight, Itadani's scenes give us a fresh perspective on familiar landscapes and objects, and inspire us with an exciting feeling.

The exhibition, entitled "Everyday Life "HERE & THERE"," will be held at two venues in collaboration with furniture brand arflex*. At the Pola Museum Annex, about 30 of Itadani's works, centered on "THERE," that is, distant landscapes and bird's-eye views, will be exhibited. A space resembling an atelier will be set up within the venue, and for about 10 days from the first day of the exhibition, a public painting session will be held on arflex's iconic sofa, "MARENCO." You can see the lines and colors drawn freely and freely, and the works that are vividly born on that day and in that moment.

Come experience the world of Ryu Itadani depicted from two different perspectives at each of the venues: "THERE" at the Pola Museum Annex (Ginza) and "HERE" at the Alfrex Tokyo (Ebisu).

*The event will run at Alfrex Tokyo from Thursday, September 5th to Tuesday, September 24th.

■Exhibition Overview <br /> Exhibition title: Ryu Itadani "Everyday Life "THERE""
Period: Friday, August 9, 2024 to Monday, September 23, 2024 (National Holiday) Open throughout the period Opening hours: 11:00-19:00 (Entry until 18:30) *Closed at 18:00 on Thursday, August 29 only Admission fee: Free Venue: Pola Museum Annex (3F Pola Ginza Building, 1-7-7 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo 104-0061)
Access: Tokyo Metro Ginza 1-Chome Station, Exit 7 / 6-minute walk from Tokyo Metro Ginza Station, Exit A9 Organizer: Pola Orbis Holdings Inc.
URL: https://www.po-holdings.co.jp/m-annex/

"MARENCO TOKYO" (MADE IN BERLIN) 2024, Acrylic on MARENCO Cover, 66 x 110 x 97cm (Exhibited at Alfrex Tokyo)

■ Artist's comment
Everyday Life “HERE & THERE“

I ride my bike almost every day.
Moving from home to the studio.
Since you move forward under your own power, you can enjoy the scenery at your own pace.
When you catch up with something that seemed just "there," before you know it it's "here."
If you stop at traffic lights occasionally, the buildings, greenery, and faces of people walking will appear more vividly.
There are some discoveries you can make by stopping, but if you keep stopping you won't move forward.
When I arrived at the atelier by bicycle, "there" became "here."

To get there, we start from here.
Flying off to "there" to return to "here".

Going from Berlin to Tokyo, from Ginza to Ebisu.
It doesn't matter which is "here" or "there,"
I hope that I will encounter something along the way and at the destination I'm on.

Ryuichiro Itaya

■Profile <br /> Ryu Itadani
Born in Osaka in 1974, he has lived in Osaka, Toronto, Tokyo, and London, and currently resides in Berlin.
Scenery from the city you live in or places you travel to, the objects and flowers in your room.
The joy and beauty found in everyday life is captured with free-flowing lines and depicted in rich colors.
Official site: https://ryuitadani.com/
Instagram: @ryuitadani

"Weinsbergspark, Berlin" 2023, Acrylic on Canvas, 80 x 100 x 4.5cm

■Event details at Alfrex Tokyo
Exhibition title: Ryu Itadani "Everyday Life "HERE""
Dates: Thursday, September 5th, 2024 to Tuesday, September 24th, 2024
Opening hours: 11:00 – 18:00
Closed: Wednesdays Admission: Free Venue: Alfrex Tokyo (1F Ebisu Prime Square, 1-1-40 Hiroo, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 150-0012)
URL: https://www.arflex.co.jp/shop/tokyo.html

■About Alfrex <br /> The founder, who learned about the philosophy of modern furniture and the way of comfortable living in Italy, started a furniture brand in Japan in 1969. We propose a fulfilling lifestyle through high-quality furniture that is simple and sturdy, and the more you use it, the more you will grow to love it.
Official website: http://www.arflex.co.jp/
Instagram: @arflexjapan

■Public production <br /> Ryu Itadani will be creating works in public at each venue for approximately 10 days from the first day of each session.
Pola Museum Annex August 9th (Fri) – August 18th (Sun)
Arflex Tokyo September 6th (Friday) – September 15th (Sunday)
*Please see the website of each venue for details such as times.

"BEDUA" 2024, Acrylic on Canvas, 70 x 70 x 6.5cm

"DHL" 2022, Acrylic on Canvas, 20 x 20 x 5.5cm

[POLA Museum Annex] Press release

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