The Japanese scene

Curator: Anne-Laure Chamboissier

From February, 14th to May, 11th, 2019

LE 26BY – 26, Rue Saint Georges, 1050 Ixelles.

Yukio Fujimoto REVOLUTION & GRAVITY (A Flower & A Glass ball), 2017, mixed media.

Voices and Sound waves : the Japanese scene offers a first exhibition in Belgium, focusing on Japanese sound art.

The Felix Frachon Gallery gives a carte blanche, in its independent space, in the “26by”, to Anne-Laure Chamboissier, an art historian and a curator who has been conducting researches on sound art in Japan for the past4 years. This exhibition Voice and Sound Waves: the Japanese scene, gathers, from February 14 to May 11, 2019, the works of : Yukio Fujimoto, mamoru, Lyota Yagi, Atsushi Nishijima, the Softpad collective (Takuya Minami, Hajime Takeuchi, Ichiro Awazu, Hiroshi Toyama) and Tsuyoshi Hisakado.

While the impact of John Cage and the Fluxus movement in Japan has engaged generations of artists to address the issue of sound, contemporary Japanese artists play a major role in the interpretation of the sound experience. The exhibition will present the works of three generations of artists whose pratices are emblematic of the contribution of the Japanese art scene to this reflection, as well as the diversity of contemporary Japanese creation, which has yet to be shared with the European public. These artists share a real knowledge of sound and music that inspires different artistic practices: sculpture, installation, video, graphic design, performance. They question and present a fundamental practice : the experience of listening.

This exhibition takes place in two spaces of the “26by”. The works of Yukio Fujimoto, Atsushi Nishijima, Yagi Lyota and the Softpad collective are presented on the ground floor, on the first floor is presented a multichannel installation by mamoru.