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

Oct 10, 2014–Jan 11, 2015


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.

Gallery Admission:
$12; students & seniors $10; Japan Society members and children under 16 free.
Admission is free to all on Friday nights, 6 PM–9 PM.
While supplies last, visitors will receive a complimentary Japan Society magnifying glass to help take in all the details of the incredible works on display!

Docent Tours
Docent-led tours are offered in English at 2:30 Tuesdays through Sundays and on Fridays at 7 pm, and in Japanese on Fridays at 6 pm. No advance registration is required, and all tours are free with admission. If you’re interested in group tours, call 212-715-1223 for information about availability and pricing; two weeks advance notice is recommended. 

Exhibition-Related Programming


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

Audio Tour

Japan Society Gallery Associate Cory Campbell takes listeners on a guided tour of our fall exhibition Garden of Unearthly Delights: Works by Ikeda, Tenmyouya & teamLab. Using highlights from each section, this audio tour provides more context for the works on display.

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Video Tour


Manabu Ikeda (b. 1973) is originally from Saga Prefecture and is now based in Tokyo. He draws with a Tachikawa Comic Nib Fountain Pen, a finely tipped pen favored by manga artists, and considers the legendary animator Hayao Miyazaki, co-founder of the famed Studio Ghibli, his inspiration. The value of coexistence is something that Ikeda inherits subconsciously from the epic manga and anime works of Miyazaki. Ikeda is now participating in the residency at Chazen Museum of Art in Madison, Wisconsin, creating a large work that will require three years to complete.

Hisashi Tenmyouya

Hisashi Tenmyouya (b. 1966) began his career as an art director of a record company. As a self-trained artist, he mastered various techniques of Nihonga (Japanese-style painting) that mainly utilizes paper and mineral pigments. Tenmyouya updates the classicism of Nihonga by incorporating contemporary motifs and issues as well as elements of street culture, the result of which he proclaims as a new genre of art, that is, Neo Nihonga. In this new genre, East and West merge, and the works espouse critical thinking of society and contemporary world affairs. Tenmyouya believes in the continuation of an alternative aesthetic vein throughout Japanese history that celebrates extreme flamboyance and rebellious attitude.


TeamLab (est. 2001) is an influential collaborative established 13 years ago in Tokyo, now comprising some 300 individuals from the areas of art, design, computer engineering, mathematics and beyond. Toshiyuki Inoko, considered “Japan’s Steve Jobs,” is the charismatic founder and creative director of teamLab, which collectively realizes his vision of unlimited creative potential via digital media. Teamlab’s large-scale digital projection mappings and installations are notable for drawing inspiration from traditional Japanese art.

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.

Sony 4K monitors are provided courtesy of Sony Electronics Inc.

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.

Images: Hisashi Tenmyouya, (b. 1966), Rhyme (detail), 2012. Acrylic paint, gold leaf on wood; inkjet print on paper mounted on wood; Pair of paintings: 50 x 118 in. each, installation dimensions variable. Chazen Museum of Art, University of Wisconsin–Madison, Colonel Rex W. & Maxine Schuster Radsch Endowment Fund purchase, 2013.23.1-.2a-b; Manabu Ikeda, (b. 1973), Foretoken (detail), 2008. Pen, acrylic ink on paper, mounted on boards; 72 x 132 in. Collection of Sustainable Investor Co. Ltd. © Manabu Ikeda, courtesy Mizuma Art Gallery; teamLab (est. 2001), United, Fragmented, Repeated, and Impermanent World (detail), 2013. Interactive digital work; sound by Hideaki Takahashi. 8 screens, 9:16. Courtesy of the artist and Pace Gallery.

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