“Pola Museum Annex Exhibition 2023” will be held from February 10 (Friday)

Group exhibition by 6 young artists

At the Pola Museum Annex (Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo), the “Pola Museum Annex Exhibition 2023” will be held from February 10 (Friday) to April 16 (Sunday), 2023, divided into the first half and second half.

Since 1996, the POLA Art Foundation has been subsidizing the overseas training of young artists with the aim of improving their expertise in the field of Japanese art. In this exhibition, we will exhibit the works of six people selected from recent trainees. This event is held every year with the aim of providing an opportunity for many people to see the results of the training and to make use of it in their future artistic activities.

This time, the 21st, we will introduce the first and second half under the supervision of Shunsuke Kijima, the director of the Pola Museum of Art, under the title of "Independence and Integration."

《Exhibition Outline》
Pola Museum Annex Exhibition 2023 ―Independence and Integration―

[early period]
February 10th (Friday) – March 12th (Sunday), 2023 [31 days] * Open all year round Artists: Hiromi Kunikawa, Kaoru Hoshino, Sho Yoshihama

March 17th (Friday) – April 16th (Sunday), 2023 [31 days] * Open all year round Artists: Mizuki Akiyama, Yukie Sato, Rie Nagai

Venue: Pola Museum Annex (Pola Ginza Building 3F, 1-7-7 Ginza, Chuo-ku, 104-0061)
URL: https://www.po-holdings.co.jp/m-annex/
Organizer: Pola Art Foundation https://www.pola-art-foundation.jp/
Opening hours: 11:00 – 19:00 (entrance until 18:30)
Admission fee: Free *Contents are subject to change due to various circumstances. Please check the latest information on the gallery website before visiting.

| Editor's Profile |
Shunsuke Kijima: Director of the Pola Museum of Art. Born in Tottori Prefecture in 1939. Graduated from Keio University Faculty of Letters, majoring in aesthetics and art history. Studied at the University of Florence, Graduate School of New York University, and Institute of Art History. He has served as the director of the Museum of Modern Art, Gunma, the director of the Tatebayashi Museum of Art, Gunma, and as a professor at Kyoritsu Women's University. Major publications include "The Beautiful World of the Book of Hours" (Chuokoronsha), "25 Contemporary American Artists" (Shueisha), "Picasso Changed by Women" (Chuko Bunko), "Women Loved by Masterpieces". A Story of a Painter and a Model” (Shueisha), “Klimt and Wien” (Rikuyosha), “European Decorative Art in 3 Volumes” (Chuokoron Shinsha), etc.

《Overview of the activities of the Pola Art Foundation》
The POLA Art Foundation is a public interest incorporated foundation that provides assistance to young artists in the field of fine arts and other art specialists. Research activity themes mainly in the art field are solicited from the general public, selected and subsidized by a selection committee composed of experts, and the following activities are carried out with the aim of contributing to the improvement and development of Japanese culture.

[Reference material: FY2020 grant selection details]

number of adoptions Subsidy amount
(1) Subsidy for overseas training of young artists 13 cases 41.95 million yen
(2) Grants for research by museum staff 12 cases 18.24 million yen
(3) Grants for international exchange related to art 8 cases 16 million yen

an author profile

[early period]
Hiromi Kunikawa

Hiromi Kunikawa "Special Day" 2018 Tago stone h680×w800×d700mm

1988 Born in Tokyo
2013 Graduated from Department of Sculpture, Faculty of Fine Arts, Tokyo University of the Arts
2015 Completed master's course at Tokyo University of the Arts, Graduate School of Fine Arts, Department of Sculpture
2019 Pola Art Foundation Overseas Trainee (Italy)
2021 Yoshino Gypsum Art Promotion Foundation Overseas Trainee (Italy)

[Main Exhibition]
2023 "Yumi Kunikawa Exhibition -paradiso-" Nihonbashi Takashimaya Art Gallery X
2021 "RISING TRIANGLE ~Exploration of three sculptors~" Shinjuku Takashimaya
2019 "Animal Park 2019" Nihonbashi Mitsukoshi Main Store
2018 "Sculpture // New Era Series Ⅱ vol.5 Hiromi Kunikawa Exhibition ~Small Forest~" Nihonbashi Takashimaya Art Gallery X
2017 "21C//Shape now vol.5 The shape of life//The shape of material" Shinjuku Takashimaya
2016 “Summer Art Festival: Exhibition of Young Artists who Will Lead the Next Generation” Nihombashi Mitsukoshi Main Store “Taipei-Tokyo Stone Road in Taipei” Red Grain Art (Taipei)
2013 "SOTTEN 3" Daikanyama Hillside Terrace (Tokyo)
"The 8th Descendant or Future of the Atelier" Former Hirakushi Denchu ​​House ~'15
"Animal Art Collaboration Exhibition 2013" Yokohama City Kanazawa Zoo ~'15, '17

2015 Mayor of Toride Award, Governor of Tokyo Award, Completion Work Purchase Award
2013 Governor of Tokyo Award
2011 Keiichiro Kume Award

Kaoru Hoshino

Kaoru Hoshino “Yesterday Once More” 2021 Expanded polystyrene foam, putty, lacquer

1990 Born in Saitama Prefecture
2012 Graduated from Department of Painting, Tama Art University
2015 Completed master's course at Tama Art University
2018 Entered Hamburg Art University
2021 Pola Art Foundation Overseas Trainee (Germany)
2022 Yoshino Gypsum Art Promotion Foundation Overseas Trainee (Germany)

[Main Exhibition]
2020 "Der River" Baumwollspinnerei (Leipzig/Germany)
2019 "Chronicle" Kunstraum Bethanien (Berlin/Germany)
2015 "Higashi Omiya Art Festival" Ochahigashino (Saitama)
2014 "SPVI" Turner Gallery, Tokyo
2012 "My Protective Gods" ROCKET Gallery, Tokyo

Syo Yoshihama

Sho Yoshihama "Voice of the Sea" 2012 Video sound installation Multi-sided display ©Tokyo Wonder Site Photographed by Masahiro Nagata

1985 Born in Okinawa Prefecture
2010 Graduated from Okinawa Prefectural University of Arts
2012 Tokyo Wonder Site 2012 Bilateral Exchange Project Stay at HANGAR (Barcelona/Spain)
2017 Pola Art Foundation Overseas Trainee (UK)

[Main Exhibition]
2018 "Yanbaru Art Festival 2018-2019" Ogimi Village Former Shioya Elementary School (Okinawa)
"Local Prospects 4 – This Gap" Mitsubishi Estate Altium (Fukuoka)
2014 "Koganecho Bazaar 2014 – Virtual Community Asia" Koganecho Area Management Center (Kanagawa)
2013 "TOKYO EXPERIMENTAL FESTIVAL VOL.8" Tokyo Wonder Site Hongo (Tokyo)
2012 "VOCA2012" The Ueno Royal Museum (Tokyo)

Mitsuki Akiyama

Mizuki Akiyama "What makes us Nature" 2022 Wood, colophonium, epoxy resin, gravel Installation

1992 Born in Rome, Italy
2016 Graduated from University of the Ryukyus, Faculty of Education, Art Education
2018 Graduated from Hiroshima City University, Graduate School of Art and Design, Major in Sculpture
2019 Enrolled in Rome Accademia Art Academy Sculpture Major Italian Government Scholarship 2021 Pola Art Foundation Overseas Trainee (Italy)

[Main Exhibition]
2016 "Graduation/Final Exhibition" Urasoe Museum of Art (Okinawa)
2017 “Ichihanari Art Project 2017” Miyagijima (Okinawa)
2019 "Sculpture Network 2019" Eddie Europa Gallery (Rome/Italy)
"On Feeling" Marble Museum (Tinos Island/Greece)
2021 "Hanami" Sapienza University Botanical Garden (Rome/Italy)
"Seminarte" Monza Royal Gardens (Monza/Italy)
"Japanese October" Civic Gallery of Faenza (Faenza/Italy)
"EU4Art Short term workshop exhibition" Hungarian Academy of Fine Arts (Hungary)
2022 "Metamorfosi della Natura" Palazzo Ciconia (Busto Arsizio/Italy)
"Transitioning" Dresden University of Fine Arts, (Octagon/Germany)

Yukie Satoh

Yukie Sato "Remains" 2020 Glass, Jomon pottery, stainless steel, wood, metal parts h190x w80x d60mm

1986 Born in Fukushima Prefecture
2009 Graduated from Tsukuba University, Department of Art, Crafts, Glass
2011 Graduated from Toyama Institute of Glass Art
2012 Artist in Residence Art Glass Solutions (Singapore)
2018 Pola Art Foundation Overseas Trainee (Portugal)

[Main Exhibition]
2022 Solo Exhibition “Things Left Behind” Galeria punto (Hyogo)
“Tenten” Can Space (Taipei/Taiwan)
"Treasure for gift" BIOME (Hyogo)
2021 3331 ART FAIR (Tokyo)
Solo Exhibition "COMPLEXION" Arts & Crafts Gallery Kasue (Shanghai/China)
2020 "Three Glass Exhibition" Yukomori (Nagano)
“Momohana Sakuya Festival” Art Connect Yokohama (Kanagawa)
2019 "NEW GLASS IDEAS #2" A-corns Gallery (Tokyo)
2018 "NEW GLASS IDEAS #1" Toyama Glass Art Museum (Toyama)
2016 Solo exhibition “Translucent Traces” Gallery Shop Mizudoboku (Tokyo)
2014 Selected for the 9th Daikokuya Contemporary Art Exhibition (Nasushiobara/Tochigi)
Solo exhibition "Ancient Women's Exhibition" Antique Shop Sundries (Tokyo)
2013 Solo exhibition “Yuktokoro Sono Kiiro” Gallery Fukuka (Tokyo)

Rie Nagai

Rie Nagai “Night (52°3039.9”N, 13°2634.5”E, c.2X20)” 2020 Paper, Pigment h2650 x w6650mm

1990 Born in Gunma Prefecture
2012 Graduated from Tohoku University of Art and Design, Department of Fine Arts, Japanese Painting Course
2014 Completed master's course in Japanese painting at Tohoku University of Art and Design
2019 Pola Art Foundation Overseas Trainee (Germany)

[Main Exhibition]
2022 "Idemitsu Art Award Artist Selection 2022" The National Art Center, Tokyo
Solo exhibition "Before Dawn" Gallery Suiraku (Gunma)
"4 + 3 = 1" SAVVY Contemporary (Berlin/Germany)
2021 Solo exhibition "Nacht" Gallery Suiraku (Gunma)
2020 solo exhibition "Night" Künstlerhaus Bethanien (Berlin/Germany)
2017 "The rising generation: What you see in the box" Shibukawa City Museum of Art (Gunma)
Solo exhibition "Area" Gallery Suiraku (Gunma)
2016 Selected for “Shell Art Award Exhibition 2016”, The National Art Center, Tokyo
2015 "The rising generation13 Rie Nagai, Yuki Yanagisawa" Shibukawa City Museum of Art (Gunma)
"Nakanojo Biennale 2015" Nakanojo Town (Gunma)

Caption of the opening image:
Left: Rie Nagai “Night (52°30'44.0”N, 13°25'32.2”E, c.2X20)” 2020 Paper, Pigment h1000 x w700mm
Middle: Yukie Sato "Kiiro" 2022 Glass, brass, cork, metal parts, wood h140xw450xd50mm
Right: Hiromi Kunikawa "porta" 2022 Limestone h240×w170×d120mm

[Pola Museum Annex] From the press release

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