This gallery near Tokyo Tower doesn’t just promote established names; it also sees itself as an incubator of emerging artists. Back during its launch in 2008, the gallery inaugurated its walls with a show by then-emerging artist Misaki Kawai, who created ‘Kimagure Float’, a whimsical installation that featured drawings, free-standing sculptures and on-wall papier-mâché. The show was considered bold when it was organised during the hard-hitting 2008 recession as art was seen as an obscene excess in a time of great economic difficulty.
Over the years, Take Ninagawa has produced well-curated exhibitions such as the Japanese premiere of ‘Time Memory’ (2010~) by Shinro Ohtake, which featured a series of collages comprising letters, pamphlets and other packaging materials that the artist collected over the years. Don’t miss the ‘Optional Art Activity’ series when it’s on – instead of featuring artworks, the exhibition explores the artists’ identities through their belongings.