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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Inspiration of Buddha Statues
仏像
Viewing Japanese gardens in Kyoto
日本庭園
Small Torii
小さな鳥居
Kyoto Proverbs
Ramen (Japanese soup noodles)
ラーメン
Mt. Fuji
富士山
Idol
アイドル
Itsukushima Shrine
厳島神社
Gohtoku-ji
豪徳寺
Novels of Haruki Murakami
村上春樹の小説
Ramen Museum
ラーメン博物館
Ooedo Onsen Monogatari
大江戸温泉物語
Utaki
御嶽
International Avenue
国際通り
Lunch “A”
Aランチ
Haarii
ハーリー
Singapore
Hakuohki
Japan
Lupin III
Japan
Saint Seiya
Hong Kong
BRAVE10/ TIGER&BUUNY
Harajuku fashion is a way to express myself.
I want to create awesome kawaii nail art.
“Twintail” — simple dream-come-true magic for change.
Toybox kawaii shop shows people power.
GAME BAR
a gathering spot for grownups where old games are available
NEXT GENERATION
TOYOTA x STUDIO4°C collaboration begins a new PES Project called “Next Generation”
3D LATTE ART
the ultimate shape of art to come — too cute to drink?
AKIRA BIKE
enthusiasts create a dream machine from the world of Otomo’s AKIRA
Cosmetics
化粧品
Daruma
達磨
Nishikigoi
錦鯉
Hasamiyaki ceramics
波佐見焼
WHISKY
ウイスキー
KATSUOBUSHI
鰹節
RICE CAKES
SOBA
蕎麦
YAYOI KUSAMA
TAKU OBATA
TABAIMO
HISASHI TENMYOUYA
NEBUTA MATSURI
MENBURYU
NACHI-NO-OGI MATSURI
AWA ODORI
JUDO
柔道
IAI
居合
SHODO
書道
KENDO
剣道
SUKIYA-DAIKU
数寄屋大工
SAMURAI AVATAR
侍アバター
FOOD MODEL CRAFTSMAN
食品サンプル職人
KATANA-KAJI
刀鍛冶
SHOGI
SHOGI
PLAY STATION
PlayStation
SPACE INVADERS
SPACE INVADERS
e-Sports
e-Sports