Nurturing the arts

The FOIL gallery draws much attention in the Kyoto art scene. Its representatives are involved in gallery management and art publishing while also producing exhibitions for artists. In the following interview, FOIL’s director Mr. Takei talks about its activities:

1. Moving from Tokyo to Kyoto
Many investors in Japanese art are not from Japan. In that case, why do we have to stay in Tokyo? Kyoto has a special spirit and ambiance, with few tall buildings and a feeling of serenity. There are many galleries that make use of Kyoto machiya (townhouses), although these buildings tend to place physical limitations on exhibitions. So, I look for Kyoto venues with high ceilings that allow showings of large artworks.

2. Exhibitions in Kennin-ji (temple)
As a curator, I’ve been in charge of exhibitions at Kennin-ji for the past three or four years during Golden Week (Japan’s holiday season in early May). Thus far, I’ve produced exhibitions for Yoshitomo Nara, Rinko Kawauchi, and Syoin Kajii (whose works were just on display at the FOIL gallery during this interview). Since temple facilities must be carefully protected to avoid damage, we have to use our ingenuity when exhibiting artworks, which becomes an enjoyable challenge.

3. About Syoin Kajii
Mr. Kajii applied for the FOIL award in 2004, and I chose him. Our collaboration has continued since then. I was intrigued that he takes photos while serving in his vocation as a priest at Sado Island. Now I am his business manager, too, and have helped him publish four photography books already.

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京都ギャラリー
Secrets of autumn colors
紅葉
New Kyoto-style umbrellas
新しい京和傘
Tea master
茶道家
Food model
食品模型
Soba (Japanese traditional noodles)
日本蕎麦
Shrine visit
参拝
Mt. Fuji
富士山
Gundam 1/1
ガンダム1/1
Gohtoku-ji
豪徳寺
Edo kiriko
江戸切子
Monja
もんじゃ
Steakhouse
ステーキハウス
Ryukyu Karate
琉球空手
Haarii
ハーリー
Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium
美ら海水族館
Japan
Kinnikuman
Japan
ANA
Japan
Hakuohki
Japan
VOCALOID
Introducing Japan’s latest arts to the world.
I want to become Hello Kitty, the icon of Japan.
“Twintail” — simple dream-come-true magic for change.
I want to create awesome kawaii nail art.
OSAMU TEZUKA
creator of Japan’s manga and anime cultures
AKIRA BIKE
enthusiasts create a dream machine from the world of Otomo’s AKIRA
3D LATTE ART
the ultimate shape of art to come — too cute to drink?
ANIME PILGRIMAGE
a quest to visit locations relating to stories and characters
Japanese sake
日本酒
Japanese knives
包丁
Nishikigoi
錦鯉
Kimono
着物
SUKIYAKI
すき焼き
WASABI
山葵
WHISKY
ウイスキー
TEMPURA
天婦羅
MANABU IKEDA
HISASHI TENMYOUYA
TAKU OBATA
TABAIMO
NIIHAMA TAIKO MATSURI
NACHI-NO-OGI MATSURI
MENBURYU
NEBUTA MATSURI
IAI
居合
SHODO
書道
KENDO
剣道
NOH
SENSHOKU-KA
染織家
KACCHU-SHI
甲冑師
SAMURAI AVATAR
侍アバター
SUKIYA-DAIKU
数寄屋大工