Special Exhibition: “PHOTO LOGIC - Yoshitomo Tanaka × IMT”

July 22, 2022


Type Exhibition
Intended for General public / Enrolled students / Applying students / International students / Alumni / Companies / Elementary school students / Junior high school students / High school students / University students / Academic and Administrative Staff
Date(s) July 26, 2022 — October 10, 2022
Location Other campuses/off-campus
Venue Intermediatheque [GREY CUBE+SPECOLA]
[Address] KITTE 2-3F, 2-7-2 Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, JAPAN
[Access] JR lines and Tokyo Metro Marunouchi line Tokyo Station. Direct access from the Marunouchi Underground Pathway.
Nijubashimae Station (Exit 4) on the Chiyoda Line (about 2 minutes on foot).
[Opening Hours] 11:00 - 18:00 (Open until 20:00 on Fridays and Saturdays) .
 *Opening hours may change.
[Closed on] Mondays (or the following Tuesday if Monday is a National Holiday) and Year-end holidays. May close irregularly.

The Intermediatheque (IMT) reopened on June 24. To prevent the further spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), please read the following guidelines before visiting the museum.
[1] Please wear a mask, cover your cough, wash your hands and use hand sanitizer when visiting IMT.
[2] Before entering the museum, we will check your body temperature. If your temperature is found to be over 37.5℃, we may refuse admission.
[3] If you have visited a country or region where the infection has continued to spread in the last 2 weeks, please refrain from visiting IMT.
[4] Please keep a safe distance of 2 meters from other visitors in the museum.
[5] Please do not speak in a loud voice in order to prevent an airborne infection.
[6] Please refrain from touching the exhibits, display cases, walls and any equipment bearing the sign “Do not use.”
[7] Entrance restrictions may apply depending on the number of visitors.
[8] Any group of 10 people or more may be refused admission.
Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.
Entrance Fee No charge
Registration Method No advance registration required
Contact +81-47-316-2772 / From Japan: 050-5541-8600 (NTT Hello Dial Service)
A photograph captures a moment in time. While it is simply information and a record, it can also hold precious memories for someone, so photographs are rare objects that allow us to objectively view the past and ourselves in a realistic way. Yoshitomo Tanaka's photographic activities over the past 40 years have been to "record" the unadorned expressions of his subjects, based on his creed of "capturing qualities". In his work to date, he has captured the natural appearance of a wide variety of people, from children to elders, craftsmen, actors, and artists, and has captured moments when he has glimpsed the essence of the person or a sliver of the human nature.
Photography has become a communication tool that allows anyone to easily take high-quality photographs and express themselves to people around the world by uploading them to websites and social networking services. From personal hobbies to professional work, the domain of photography has become vague, broad, and stored in virtual space. The emergence of digital cameras and technological innovations in information technology are behind the creation of the situation that exists today. In particular, the revolution brought about by digital cameras is that "anyone can release the shutter without hesitation". This ease of use has brought people closer to cameras and photography. It is precisely because we live in such an age that this exhibition will expand upon the photographic techniques and philosophies of what professional photography is and what makes it different.
The exhibition catalogue will consist of about 50 works and will feature approximately 30 works of Yoshitomo Tanaka, including photographs of people taken in the exhibition space of Intermediatheque as well as academic specimens, his own masterpiece "SUPER OLD", and other unpublished works. In addition, a "photography studio" with professional equipment will be set up in the exhibition room, where Yoshitomo Tanaka will hold several photography events, mainly for children.
Communication among people is finally showing signs of recovery in this world that feels entrapped. People are beginning to feel free from psychological and physical states where they have had to distance themselves not only from strangers, but also from their workplaces and acquaintances. This is also true in situations where we come into contact with artworks and objects at museums. Under these circumstances, we hope that the museum, a place where people can communicate with each other and with objects, will serve as a stage for revisiting affinity through the medium of photography.

[Organizer] The University Museum, the University of Tokyo (UMUT)

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