Garden of Unearthly Delights: Works by Ikeda, Tenmyouya & teamLab

Garden of Unearthly Delights: Works by Ikeda, Tenmyouya & teamLab

Friday, October 10, 2014 — Sunday, January 11, 2015

teamLab (est. 2001), United, Fragmented, Repeated, and Impermanent World (detail), 2013. Interactive digital work, 8 screens; endless, 9:16; sound by Hideaki Takahashi. Courtesy of the artist and Pace Gallery.

A monster tsunami uproots a city. Modern tough guys lock samurai-style in battle. Candy-colored streams of animals and flowers hyperpixilate. These dramatic visual moments are among many to be encountered this fall in our new exhibition Garden of Unearthly Delights. The featured artists Manabu Ikeda (b. 1973, Saga Prefecture), Hisashi Tenmyouya (b. 1966, Tokyo) and the art and technology collective teamLab (est. 2001) are today's takumi, or master artisans, taking pride in the execution of dense and precisely detailed works requiring time and contemplation to grasp. Their creative imaginations travel through time, finding inspiration in a range of styles; from medieval Buddhist paintings to contemporary anime and manga. Come stroll through their fantastical visions.

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For more information, including artist interviews, extensive biographies, and blog posts (coming soon), please visit the official Garden of Unearthly Delights site.

Garden of Unearthly Delights: Works by Ikeda,Tenmyouya, & teamLab is co-curated by Miwako Tezuka and Laura J. Mueller.

The exhibition is generously supported by Chris A. Wachenheim, The W.L.S. Spencer Foundation, ISE Cultural Foundation, Mitsubishi Corporation (Americas), the New York State Council on the Arts with support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

Transportation assistance is provided by Japan Airlines.

Exhibition artists’ stay in New York City is made possible by The Globus Family, with the assistance of Tea-Whisk.

Exhibitions at Japan Society are made possible in part by the Lila Wallace-Reader’s Digest Endowment Fund, Director’s Circle members and Friends of the Gallery.
Exhibition-related programming for Garden of Unearthly Delights is assisted by the American Chai Trust, Cindy and Howard Rachofsky, and David Teiger.

Arts & Culture Lecture Programs are made possible by funding from the Lila Wallace-Reader’s Digest Endowment Fund.

Additional support is provided by Chris A. Wachenheim, and the Sandy Heck Lecture Fund.

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