En/trance is a series of year-long art projects aimed at bringing visual art and interactive experiences into the institution's public spaces. Installations are free to view while the Japan Society building is open. Please visit this page for the most up-to-date visiting hours.

Yoshitomo Nara

Through 2020


To launch our En/trance series, artist Yoshitomo Nara has created new works for Japan Society’s atrium garden: Miss Forest, a 16 ½ foot snow-white coated bronze sculpture, and ten petite ceramic works made in Shigaraki, one of the oldest places in Japan for pottery.

Yoshitomo Nara (b. 1959, Hirosaki, Aomori, Japan) graduated from Aichi University of the Arts with a master’s degree in 1987, completing further studies at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf. He resided in Cologne until 2000, when he returned to Japan. Since the mid-1990s, Nara has exhibited internationally around the world. Nara’s approach to art is dependent on his sense of connection with its making. His paintings are expressions of color that breathe life into his bold images, and his drawings capture the spontaneity of his daily thoughts. He has also exhibited his photographic works, which depict his life and travels. Nara’s sculptures bear traces of his fingers that have shaped their forms. He has made ceramic works since 2007.

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