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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嵐電
Cool terrace in Kyoto summer
納涼床
Stay at Machiya
京町家ステイ
New Kyoto-style umbrellas
新しい京和傘
Capsule hotel
カプセルホテル
Karaoke
カラオケ
Food model
食品模型
Chopsticks
Architecture Street
建築ストリート
Tokyo Tower
東京タワー
Tsukiji Market
築地市場
Gundam 1/1
ガンダム1/1
Mango
マンゴー
Public market
公設市場
Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium
美ら海水族館
Mangroves
マングローブ
Korea
Hakuohki / Adekan
Brazil
Final Fantasy VI
Japan
Kinnikuman
Denmark
Super Mario Bros.
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AKIRA BIKE
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OSAMU TEZUKA
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ラッピング
Elevator attendants
エレベーターアテンダント
SIRI SIRI
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SUKIYAKI
すき焼き
RAMEN
ラーメン
SUSHI
寿司
RICE CAKES
Nerhol
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KOHEI NAWA
TAKU OBATA
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AWA ODORI
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NACHI-NO-OGI MATSURI
JUDO
柔道
SADO
茶道
KARATEDO
空手
NIHONBUYO
日本舞踊
SAMURAI AVATAR
侍アバター
FOOD MODEL CRAFTSMAN
食品サンプル職人
SUMI-SHOKUNIN
墨職人
KACCHU-SHI
甲冑師
GAME CENTER
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SHOGI
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