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Group Show of Contemporary Artists 2023

The artist group, Floating Artists, has been selected to hold their exhibition for the Group Show of Contemporary Artists 2023 at the Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum. The Group Show of Contemporary Artists is initiated by the Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum to support emerging art creators. The museum calls every year for groups of artists with their own exhibition that will be held in the gallery A, B, or C. Three groups were selected from among the proposals submitted during the open call period from April to July 2022, along with the interviews that were held in September 2022. The artist group, Floating Artists, consisting of Takeshi Kobayashi as curator and organizer, Saki Asayama as art manager, and Shinichiro Kano, Tomomi Morishima, and Wataru Murakami as artists, will participate in the Group Shows of Contemporary Artists 2023 with the exhibition Traces of Images: Between Memory and Reality.

Exhibition Description

Early 1980s, when the participating artists were born, was the time when disposable cameras and Nintendo video games was introduced. Photography became a common tool, and the use of the photographic documentation in the field of art began to grow. What are the characteristics of these artists who grew up in the age of information conveyed through images was beginning to be simplified? Although their works are based on motifs from their surrounding environment, their images contain a sense of depth for the viewer. Are their works impressive or insignificant, or neither of them? We invite you to experience their ambiguous yet serene works that cannot be decided with a black-and-white view.


Group Profile

Floating Artists is an artist group that consists of three artists, Shinichiro Kano, Tomomi Morishima, and Wataru Murakami, who met in Germany, the curator and the initiator of the group, Takeshi Kobayashi, who was fascinated by their works, and the art manager, Saki Asayama. Each artist has studied the fundamentals of Western art history and continues to create works using their own unique method. Through the exhibition, we hope to introduce some aspects of the artistic approaches of these internationally active artists, and to provide the audience with a new experience in viewing artworks.


Group Members

Left: KANO Shinichiro, Branch (Red, Silver), oil on canvas, 14.1 x 9.9 cm, 2016

middle: MORISHIMA Tomomi, The Bather, oil on canvas, 90 x 110 cm, 2021

right: MURAKAMI Wataru, Last Days in Karlsruhe, inkjet print, 75 x 60 cm, 2016

KANO Shinichiro (Artist)

Born in 1982, Tokyo, Japan. Lives and works in Tokyo. 2006 - 2007 Exchange student at Bauhaus University (Germany). 2007 Graduated from Nagoya University of Art and Design, Department of Fine Arts, Western painting course. 2009 Auditor of Daniel Roth class at Academy of Fine Arts, Karlsruhe (Germany). ◆ Awards: "The 25th Holbein Scholarship", 2010 ◆ Solo Exhibitions: 2010 "PLOT" LOOP HOLE, Tokyo. 2016 "measurement" Satoko Oe Contemporary, Tokyo. 2020 "logs" Satoko Oe Contemporary, Tokyo (Japan). ◆ Group exhibitions: 2013-14 "Mono No Aware. Beauty of Things. Japanese Contemporary Art" Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg (Russia). 2014 "Where is Painting" Opera City Art Gallery, Tokyo (Japan). 2018 Through the glasses - HikarieContemporary Art Eye vol.9", Shibuya Hikarie 8 /CUBE, Tokyo (Japan). 2019 "Frozen Window: Life and Art" CAGE GALLERY, Tokyo (Japan)

MORISHIMA Tomomi (Artist)

MURAKAMI Wataru (Artist)

KOBAYASHI Takeshi (Curator and Organizer)

ASAYAMA Saki (Art Manager)


Event during the exhibition

Event Title

Floating Artists - Artist Talk

Event Description

Talk on the exhibition by the curator and description of artworks by each artists.


June 11, 2023 (Sun) 14:00-15:30

*No advance reservation required


Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum Studio Reception Area, Gallery A


50 people


Exhibition Outline

Exhibition Title

Traces of Image: Between Memory and Reality


June 10 (Sat) - July 2 (Sun), 2023

Opening Hours

9:30 - 17:30

*June 16 (Fri.), 23 (Fri.), 30 (Fri.) 9:30 - 20:00

*Entry until 30 minutes before closing


Gallery A, Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum (8-36 Ueno Koen, Taito-ku, Tokyo 110-0007, Japan)

Closed Day

June 19 (Mon) , 2023




Floating Artists / Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum operated by the Tokyo Metropolitan Foundation for History and Culture


(in no particular order)

“Group Shows of Contemporary Artists 2023” Selection Committee

NOJI Koichiro (Director, Sen-oku Hakukokan Museum, Tokyo)

MITSUDA Yuri (Professor, Tama Art University)

YAMAMURA Hitoshi (Chief Curator, Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum)

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