Monthly Archives: October 2013

OPEN HOUSE Pop-Up Shop by John Lewis @ N1 Shopping Centre, Islington

House by John Lewisという新しい家庭用品・家具ブランドの販促のために、大手デパートチェーンのジョン・ルイスが10月18日、イズリントンのN1 shopping centreに「Open House by John Lewis」というpop up shop(期間限定ショップ)をオープンさせた。

House by John Lewisは、最新のデザイン製品を手頃な価格で提供する、新しい自社ブランド。IKEAやHabitatと同じコンセプトで、見た目も似ている。IKEAは郊外に店舗があるから客の奪い合いにはならないかもしれないけれど、繁華街に店舗を持ち、既に経営危機にあるHabitatにとっては、強力なライバル出現だ。以前、色々お世話になったHabitatには同情するが、弱肉強食の社会、力と金があるものが勝つのが世の習いだから仕方ない。

11月10日まで、Open Houseは店内のコーヒー&ジュースバーと共に、毎日朝10時から営業している。店ではまた、映画上映(火曜日)、ストリートフード料理教室、カクテル等のドリンクがタダのOpen House Party(毎金曜日)など各種イベントが催され、全て無料。日曜日は、ボードゲームで遊ぶことも出来る。さすがイギリスが誇るジョン・ルイス。太っ腹だ。

On October 18th, Department store chain John Lewis opened a temporary pop up shop, ‘Open House by John Lewis’, in Islington’s N1 shopping centre, to promote its House by John Lewis homewares and furniture range.

House by John Lewis is a range of modern but affordable products for a contemporary home. Look exactly like IKEA or Habitat. IKEA shops in suburbia don’t have to go on a turf war with John Lewis, but already troubled Habitat stores on high street must see it as a new powerful competitor. As once a fun, I feel very sorry for Habitat, but this is life.

Open House, as well as a coffee and juice bar in the shop, is open from 10am every day until November 10. The shop also hosts free events regularly, such as Tuesday night film screening, a street food workshop, and Open House Party every Friday with free drinks. On Sundays shoppers can enjoy board games and Bloody Marys. How generous they are!


Film screening space downstairs. The deck chairs look a bit uncomfortable but it is free at the end and can’t demand too much.

House by John Lewis製品は、John Lewisのウェブサイトで購入可能。最寄りのジョン・ルイスや提携スーパー・Waitroseでの商品受け取りは送料無料。

House by John Lewis products are available on John Lewis’ website. Click & collect service from John Lewis and Waitrose supermarket is free.


Kara Walker Exhibition @ Camden Arts Centre

アフリカ系アメリカ人女性アーティスト・Kara Walker(カラ・ウォーカー)のイギリスで初めての個展が、Finchley Road駅近くにあるCamden Arts Centreで、10月11日から翌年1月5日まで開催されている。彼女の作品は正直好きではないのだが、Mが同じ学校卒、友人が彼女の元彼だった縁で多少彼女のことを知っているので、見に行ったのだ。





The first major UK show of African American artist Kara Walker is held at Camden Arts Centre near Finchley Road station, from Oct 11 to Jan 5, 2014. I knew her work is not my cup of tea, but we went see the show, solely because M went to the same school with her and knows her a little via his friend.

Each three rooms shows a different type of work — Walker’s best known folkloric cut-paper; drawings; and a video work featuring a puppet show. Her work is all about America’s gruesome history of slavery, and is full of violence and sex, filled with negative auras such as aggression, grudges, and grotesques. Does she wants to punish the viewers, predominantly white audience, to make them feel bad about what they did in the past??

What happened to the slaves at that time is unacceptable and unforgiven, and everybody should’t forget about it. But learning history is not what I expect from art, and I rather read a history book or to watch a documentary. I want positive energy from art, not disturbance. In fact I was moved much more by visiting Auschwitz than Walker’s work. I don’t understand the reason of her massive anger she expressed in her work. She hasn’t experienced slavery, but has lived middle-class life in liberal and academic atmosphere, and her work is not convincing but pretentious to me. She says how racist American south is, but her claim is a bit too subjective – does she say these things to meet an expectation of people with stereotype against the south?? Waker said, ‘I don’t want to do what’s expected of me as a black artist’ in Guardian’s interview, but to me, that’s exactly what she does.


British media often portray that racist is still strong in America, but I think UK is the same or even worse. Politically incorrectness is deeply imprinted in their mind, and never say anything face to face or in public just to avoid the trouble. You can even get arrested by making racial remarks here! America had slavery in the past, but British, Spanish, Portuguese, French and Dutch were the ones traded the slaves from Africa to the Americas, so they are equally guilty. Americans do talk about the slavery and learn from it, but British? I seldom see the documentaries and movies about the slave trades nor colonialism and exploitation, but much more about Nazis. I think It’s not fair.

St. Jude Storm Caused Chaos and Destruction

昨日夜から今朝にかけて、イギリス、フランス、ドイツ、北欧等北西ヨーロッパを襲った、熱帯外低気圧による強い暴風・St. Jude聖タダイに由来)により、イギリス南部では、死者4名、停電60万戸以上、通勤ラッシュ時の公共交通機関の遅れ、飛行機やフェリーのキャンセル等の被害が出た。イギリスに住んで10年の間で一番ひどい暴風だ。

→ 詳細: BBC News

家の前の運河沿いにはえていた木が倒れ、ご近所の家の前に置いてあったバーベキューセットも無惨にも水の中に沈んでいる。でも、こんな被害はまだ可愛いもの。視聴者が撮影した各地の被害の様子はこちら。→ BBC News

From the last night till this morning, the strong European windstorm, St. Jude storm hit Northwestern Europe including UK, France, Germany and Scandinavia, leading to four deaths, blackouts that affect 625,000 homes, major rush-hour disruption on public transport, and flight and ferry cancellations in Southern England. The worst I’ve seen in past 10 years.

→ more details: BBC News

Here is examples of the power of the storm. The tree in front of our flat fell down, and one of the resident’s BBQ set fell into the canal. Of course these are not the worst. → photos of damages: BBC News

Art under Attack: Histories of British Iconoclasm @ Tate Britain

テートブリテンのArt under Attack: Histories of British Iconoclasm展(10月2日〜2014年1月5日)は、16世紀に始まったイコノクラスム(宗教的聖像やシンボル、遺物等の破壊を伴う聖像破壊運動)から現代にかけて、イギリスにおける芸術への攻撃の歴史を紹介する展覧会。時系列に、宗教・政治・Aesthetics(美的観点)3つのセクションに分かれており、攻撃された絵画や彫刻、写真、書物等の展示を通じ、破壊に至った背景や理由を探求する。

宗教のセクションでは、ヘンリー8世の命により、16〜17世紀にかけて政府が強行したDissolution of the Monasteries修道院解散)に始まり、宗教改革、偶像崇拝を恐れる支配者や清教徒による宗教芸術への攻撃の様子が、頭部を切断されたキリスト像や砕かれたステンドグラス、キリストや聖人の顔がくりぬかれた時祷書などから見て取れる。私たちはイギリスのあちこちにある修道院の遺跡を見て回るのが好きなのだが、廃墟となった修道院には、こういった歴史的背景があったのだ。


芸術への攻撃は、作品や作品の表現内容への不満が動機となることがあるが、最後のセクションでは、メディアでの言論攻撃や個人による破壊行為にさらされたテート収蔵品3点の他、見る者に破壊の様子を体験させるAuto-destructive art オート・ディストラクティブ・アート)や、変容や解体、破壊を表現した作品など、既存のアートを否定するアーティスト側からのアプローチに焦点を当てている。


展覧会の様子(写真):Dow Jones Architects

Tate Britain’s Art under Attack: Histories of British Iconoclasm (Oct 2 – Jan 5, 2014) is an exhibition exploring the history of Iconoclasm (defined as deliberate destruction of icons, symbols or monuments) and attacks on art in Britain from the 16th century to now. The exhibition examines the movements and causes which have led to assaults on art through objects, paintings, sculpture and archival material in three chronological sections: Religion, Politics and Aesthetics.

The Religion sections presents from state-administered iconoclasm under Henry VIII including the Dissolution of the Monasteries during 16th and 17th centuries to attacks on religious art that began with the Reformation and by later rulers and Puritan reformers who feared idolatry. You can see destructive acts on religion and religious art such as statues of Christ decapitated, smashed stained glass, fragments of the rood screen and a defaced book of hours. Dissolution was a tragic incident to British religious communities, but I fascinated by monastery ruins I have seen throughout the countries.

Political iconoclasm encompasses the examples of attacks on symbols of authority during periods of political change, such as breaking statues and monuments, and attacks on paintings in museums and galleries by the militant Suffragettes (second photo below).

Attacks on art can be motivated by unhappiness with the artwork or the ideas it represents. Aesthetics section explores Tate works subjected to verbal attacks in the press and to physical attacks by individuals, as well as destruction on art by artists themselves, such as Auto-destructive art movement and transformational practices applied by artists.

Concept of the exhibition is unique and fascinating, but overall, the show itself seems a bit superficial to me and the issues are not examined in depth – probably because it consists of three different sections. Especially the last section focused on different perspective from the first two with which I enjoyed, and I felt like seeing two different shows. A bit out of focus.

More photos of exhibition : Dow Jones Architects


The missing figures in Canterbury’s stained glass


‘Surveillance Photograph of Militant Suffragettes’ by Criminal Record Office (National Portrait Gallery)

Chair 1969 by Allen Jones

1980年代に国際女性デーの日に攻撃にあった、テート所蔵品・Allen Jones作「Chair(1969)」

Allen Jones’s Chair 1969, damaged on International Women’s Day in the 1980s

Mira Schendel @ Tate Modern

テートモダンで開催中のMira Schendel展(9月25日〜2014年1月19日)は、20世紀のブラジルアート界における最も重要なアーティストの一人で、ヨーロッパのモダニズムをブラジルで再構築した、Mira Schendel(ミラ・シェンデル)の回顧展。1950年代の初期の作品から1987年の最期のシリーズ作品まで、250以上の絵画、ドローイング、彫刻作品が集められている。


シェンデルは多作で多面性を持つアーティストとして知られる。独学で、ジョルジョ・モランディジョルジョ・デ・キリコパウル・クレーなどの作品から静物画、非対称性、建築的構成を学び、彼女の作品には、レトリスムカラーフィールド・ペインティングミニマル・アートコンセプチュアル・アートの要素が見られ、ブラジルのアバンギャルドに衝撃を与えたConcrete art具体芸術)やNeo-concre art(新具体芸術)運動に貢献したが、特定のアートムーブメントには属さなかった。生涯、ブラジルやヨーロッパの詩人や哲学者、神学者たちと交流を続け、宗教や哲学の問題や、物質的・文化的・言語学的置換を作品の重要なテーマとした。また、東洋の宇宙観や中国の水墨画からも影響を受け、水墨画風の作品も制作している。


Mira Schendel exhibition at Tate Modern (Sep 25 – Jan 19, 2014) is a major retrospective of one of the most significant and influential Brazilian artists of the 20th century, Mira Schendel, who reinvented European Modernism in Brazil. The show features more than 250 paintings, drawings and sculptures, from her early paintings during the 1950s to her last series in 1987.

Schendel was born in Zurich in 1919 to parents of Jewish heritage, but grew up in Italy as a Catholic, and this experience contributed to her profoundly spiritual and philosophical approach to her art making. In 1938, she was stripped of her Italian nationality and forced to leave university when anti-Semitic laws were introduced in Italy. After fleeing to Yugosalvia and then Brazil in 1949, she began her career as an artist. She joined an intellectual circle and there explored ideas concerning aesthetics and philosophy. She also worked as a graphic designer, producing book covers, posters and illustrations to make a living at her early career.

Schendel was a prolific and complex artist. Largely self taught, she drew inspiration for her still-lifes, interiors and asymmetrical, architectonic compositions from artists such as Giorgio Morandi, Giorgio de Chirico and Paul Klee. Her works contain elements of Lettrism, Color Field paintingMinimalism and early Conceptual art, but she was never associated with a single movement while having contributed to the Concrete art and Neo-concre art movements that stormed the Brazilian avant-garde. In life, Schendel was an keen reader and continued correspondence with poets, philosophers and theologians throughout Brazil and Europe, and as a result, physical, cultural and linguistic displacement are key themes in her work, together with issues of religion and philosophy. She was also influenced by Far Eastern cosmovision and created works inspired by Chinese painting.

Schendel’s work, characterized by such as combining word and image, using spiral motifs which signify an image and an investigation of space and time, or applying on semi-transparent rice papers, and is rather quiet and delicate yet profound. It is surprising that she is little known outside Brazil!

言葉や詩を探求したシリーズ作品・Graphic Objects。1968年のヴェネツィア・ビエンナーレにお目見えした。

Graphic Objects, a collection that explores language and poetry, first shown at the 1968 Venice Biennale

Still Waves of Probability, 1969


Schendel’s graphic design work in 60s is still amazingly fashionable and modern in present time

Frieze Masters 2013 @ Regent’s Park

Frieze Londonと同時期に同じくリージェンツ・パーク内で開催されていたFrieze Mastersは、同じ主催者が企画した歴史的アートや古典芸術のアートフェアで、去年から始まった。130の参加ギャラリーのうち、106がメインセクションにブースを構え、残り24は、1つのギャラリーが1人の20世紀アーティストを扱うというコンセプトのSpotlightセクションに出展。古代や中世の作品、ブリューゲルやベラスケスといった巨匠の作品から、フランシス・ベーコン、アレクサンダー・カルダー、パブロ・ピカソ、ジャクソン・ポラック等、20世紀アートまで、幅広いタイプの作品が一堂に会した。

残念ながら閉館ギリギリに行ったので、じっくり観察する暇はなかったが、人が多くてごちゃごちゃした感のあるFrieze Londonに比べ、こちらの方が広々としていて落ち着いた雰囲気。終わる間際で人が少なかったせいもあるけれど、時に挑戦的・刺激的でもあるコンテンポラリーアートと比べ、古典芸術や宗教芸術など扱う作品の性質の違いもあるだろう。

Coinciding with and within walking distance of Frieze London, Frieze Masters is the fair for historical art organised by Frieze and started from last year. This year, 130 world’s leading galleries participated, 106 in the main section and 24 in the Spotlight section dedicated to solo presentations of artists of the 20th century. The fair brought different types of art, ranging from the ancient & medieval era and old masters such as Breughel and Velázquez through to art of the 20th century including works by Francis Bacon, Alexander Calder, Pablo Picasso and Jackson Pollock.

Unfortunately I went the pavillion just before the closing time and I didn’t have much time to observe carefully. But in general, in compare to busy and rather chaotic Frieze London, Frieze Masters was more tranquil and serene, not only because there were less people before closing but also due to its unprovoked nature of historical and religious art.

Work by Richard Long in the section of Spotlight, that is dedicated to solo presentations of artists working throughout he 20th century.

ロンドンで人気のポッシュなジャパニーズ・レストラン、UMUのダイニングスペース / London’s popular posh Japanese restaurant UMU had their dining space

Frieze Art Fair 2013 @ Regent’s Park

今年11回を迎える、 10月恒例のアートイベント・Frieze Art Fair(10月17日〜20日)に行ってきた(参考:2010年2011年)。今年は世界中から152のコンテンポラリーアート・ギャラリーが集結、2000人の有名・新進気鋭アーティストの作品が会場を彩った。

商業アートフェアであるから、気に入った作品があれば買う事は可能。値段は書かれていないが、新聞等の記事によれば、とても私たちの手の届く額ではないらしい。展示されている作品は、美術館に展示されていてもおかしくないクオリティだし、参加ギャラリーは、多くの時間と金を費やして、自慢のコレクションをわざわざロンドンにまで持ってくる訳だから、そりゃ安物は売らない。このアートフェアは金持ち、しかもただの金持ちじゃなく大金持ちをターゲットにしてるのだ。だから会場内には、大金を投資、または鑑賞用に作品を買おうというお金持ちがウロウロしている。もちろん、私を含め、クオリティの高いコンテンポラリーアートを見たいがために来る人もたくさんいる。フェアには、£32(Frieze Londonのみ)か£50(Frieze London + Frieze Masters)を払ってチケットを買えば、誰でも入場できる。経費をある程度チケット代で賄うと言う意味もあるけれど、金持ち相手の金儲けビジネスと批判されないために一般人も入れているという噂も。

I went to see the annual art event in October, 11th Frieze Art Fair (reference: 2010 / 2011). This year, the fair brings 152 renown contemporary galleries from 30 countries with work of 2,000 known and emerging artists.

It is a commercial fair and you can buy one of the works exhibited if you like, but there is no price tag and it is not cheap, as you can imagine. The fair obviously targets rich, not just rich but very rich. Works you see at the fair are museum-level quality, and galleries have spent a lot of money and efforts traveling to London with their collection of expensive artworks. In fact the fair is full of people looking for something to spend their fortunes for investment or just for fun, though there are also many people like me just there to appreciate vast number of contemporary artwork. The fair do accepts normal people with a ticket (£32 Frieze London only or £50 Frieze London + Frieze Masters) to pay off some expenses, and also probably because they believe that they wouldn’t be criticized that it is just for millionaires / billionaires.

Groovy Spiral by Dan Graham with a price tag of $600,000 (£375,000).

Cat on a clothes line (left) by Jeff Koons

Portrait of the Artist by Jennifer Rubell

Untitled (Endless war/You will live forever) by Barbara Kruger

Project Voyage and Le Monde en Miniature et la Mode en Miniature by Meschac Gaba

Gary Hume

奈良美智や村上隆作品も / Ceramic work by Yoshitomo Nara and pop art painting by Takashi Murakami (left)