2023 Exhibition [Spring / Summer]OHMAKI Shinji – Before and After the Horizon

2023.4.15(SAT) ― 10.9(MON)
  • OHMAKI Shinji, Liminal Air Space-Time: Event Horizon, 2023Photo: Keizo Kioku

    OHMAKI Shinji, Liminal Air Space-Time: Event Horizon, 2023
    Photo: Keizo Kioku

  • OHMAKI Shinji, Echoes Infinity -trail-, 2023Photo: Keizo Kioku

    OHMAKI Shinji, Echoes Infinity -trail-, 2023
    Photo: Keizo Kioku

  • OHMAKI Shinji, Oak Leaf -the Given-(Right), 2023Photo: Keizo Kioku

    OHMAKI Shinji, Oak Leaf -the Given-(Right), 2023
    Photo: Keizo Kioku

  • OHMAKI Shinji, Echoes Crystallization: Horizon, 2023Photo: Keizo Kioku

    OHMAKI Shinji, Echoes Crystallization: Horizon, 2023
    Photo: Keizo Kioku

  • Installation View Photo: Keizo Kioku

    Installation View
    Photo: Keizo Kioku

In a first for the Tohoku region, the Hirosaki Museum of Contemporary Art is delighted to present for spring/summer 2023 an exhibition by Ohmaki Shinji (b. 1971).

Ohmaki is the creator of myriad, magical installations and works of public art that transform entire spaces in dynamic fashion. He has also presented numerous works across Asia, Europe and elsewhere that reflect the climate and culture, and the memories, of the location.

Undertaking some research around Aomori ahead of the exhibition, in the Onizawa district of Hirosaki, Ohmaki came across an old kashiwa oak tree where legend has it a demon once sat. He went on to employ kashiwa leaves to symbolic effect in works bookending the exhibition. This involved taking the appearance of kashiwa leaves, which do not fall until new leaves have appeared in spring, and creating works that superimpose that form on the business of human life and death, in which one generation passes to the next.

A ball of light silently falling, a forest echoing with the sound of a woodpecker, an ocean of huge rolling waves, a space enveloped in the light and colors of spring seemingly springing from the white of snow… thus will visitors journey through the individual realms crafted by Ohmaki in a wealth of works that start with a single oak leaf.

This exhibition offers us the chance to physically experience the fluctuating spatial and temporal boundaries and invisible force of gravity that usually elude our senses, and turn our thoughts to different strata of time.
Story after story of rebirth and creation spun by Ohmaki in a museum where the cumulative memories of Hirosaki and its people have been reborn as exhibition space, are sure to open up new vistas in the hearts and minds of viewers.


  • OHMAKI Shinji
    Photo: paul barbera / where they create

    OHMAKI Shinji

    Born 1971 in Gifu; lives and works in Kanagawa. In a practice that addresses the nature of existence, Ohmaki Shinji explores relationships between the outer world of other people and the environment, the inner world of memory and consciousness, and the body as boundary between them, creating works of corporeal time and space that close in on the ambiguous, elusive presence oscillating between the three. His major solo exhibitions include Rustle of Existence at the Kuandu Museum of Fine Arts (Taipei, Taiwan; 2020), Where the Gaze Falls at the Chihiro Art Museum (Tokyo, 2018), and Proof of Existence at the Hakone Open Air Museum (Kanagawa, 2012). He has also participated in many international exhibitions including the Aichi Triennale (Aichi, 2016), the Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennale (Niigata, 2014), the Asia-Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art (Brisbane, Australia; 2014), and the Yokohama Triennale (Kanagawa, 2008).

”OHMAKI Shinji-Before and After the Horizon" Booklet

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  • Date: 2023.4.15 (SAT) ―10.9 (MON)
    Closed: Tuesdays (except on Apr. 25, May 2 and Aug. 1, 2023)
    Opening hours: 9:00-17:00 (Last admission 30 minutes before closing)

  • Organizer: Hirosaki Museum of Contemporary Art

    Special sponsor and Cooperation: SEINAN Corporation

    Special Sponsor: Starts Corporation Inc.


    Cooperation: Luxonus Inc., YAMAHA MUSIC JAPAN CO., LTD., Kayodo, TSUNEKAWA INDUSTRIAL FELT CORPORATION, TAJIMA ROOFING INC., Amaike LLC, Eipurafuto Co., Ltd., A-TEC Co., Ltd., Heiwa Gokin Co., Ltd., SELECT D INC., DAIKO ELECTRIC CO.,LTD., ART FRONT GALLERY Co., Ltd., Mind Set Art Center,

    Under the patronage of: The To-o Nippo Press, THE DAILY TOHOKU SHIMBUN, THE MUTSU SHIMPO Press, Aomori Broadcasting Corporation, Aomori Television Broadcasting Co., Ltd., Asahi Broadcasting Aomori Co., Ltd., Aomori Fm Broadcasting, FM APPLE WAVE, Hirosaki City Board of Education

    Curator: NAMBA Sachiko
    Co-Curator: WATANABE Shinya
  • Admission (tax included):
    Adults 1,300yen (1,200yen)
    University & College Students 1,000yen (900yen)
    *() Price for a group over 20 people *Free of charge for high school students and under; inter­national students in Hirosaki city; citizens of Hirosaki over 65; the disabled and one accompanying attendant

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