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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Artisans’ Row
あじき路地
Live music events at Machiya
京町家の音楽
Shohekiga
障壁画
I am your Yuzen
友禅の色
Food model
食品模型
Jinrikisha(Rickshaw)
人力車
Mt. Fuji
富士山
Idol
アイドル
Tokyo Station
東京駅
Tsukiji Market
築地市場
Architecture Street
建築ストリート
Edo kiriko
江戸切子
Okinawa soba
沖縄そば
Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium
美ら海水族館
Mango
マンゴー
Utaki
御嶽
Spain
Negima! Magester Negi Magi
Japan
Lupin III
United Kingdom
Sailor Moon
United Kingdom
Eternal Sonata
Introducing Japan’s latest arts to the world.
Harajuku fashion is a way to express myself.
I want to create awesome kawaii nail art.
Toybox kawaii shop shows people power.
KOBE TETSUJIN 28-GO
mega-size robot who saves the peace in Kobe city
3D LATTE ART
the ultimate shape of art to come — too cute to drink?
TOTTORI YOKAI ROAD
where yokais and humans live together
OTAKU CAMERA
the app that makes anyone a manga character
Wrapping
ラッピング
Cosmetics
化粧品
SIRI SIRI
SIRISIRI
Picks
楊枝
TEMPURA
天婦羅
KAISEKI
懐石
RAMEN
ラーメン
URUSHI
漆芸
Nerhol
YAYOI KUSAMA
KOHEI NAWA
MANABU IKEDA
MENBURYU
NACHI-NO-OGI MATSURI
AWA ODORI
NIIHAMA TAIKO MATSURI
KARATEDO
空手
KENDO
剣道
NIHONBUYO
日本舞踊
SADO
茶道