Exihibition Outline

Born in 1967, Tokujin YOSHIOKA is one of the most influential artists in the world, highly acclaimed for his unrestrained concepts and experimental creativity in a wide range of fields, including art, design, and architecture, which have won him high acclaim both at home and abroad. It explores the extraordinary fascination of his oeuvre.

As new works of this exhibition, the crystallized painting drawn by the vibration of music, "Swan Lake", a sculpture of a crystallized flower, "Rose", a chair constructed of seven strings, "Spider's thread" and "Rainbow Church" built of crystal prisms and other pieces that have never been exhibited including his major works. This exhibition will be a vital opportunity to consider the relationship between nature and human-beings, and to share the scene that he "crystallizes (= gives a form to)" it as his creation for the next generation.

Artist Profile

Tokujin Yoshioka
Born in Saga, Japan in 1967. Worked under Shiro Kuramata in 1987 and Issey Miyake since 1988 and established his own studio, TOKUJIN YOSHIOKA INC. in 2000. He has done many projects with Issey Miyake for nearly 20 years such as space design and installation for ISSEY MIYAKE. Also, he has collaborated with various companies in and outside Japan such as CARTIER, HERMÈS, LEXUS, TOYOTA, SWAROVSKI, and other noted ones. Since the paper chair "Honey-pop"(2001) has attracted a great deal of public attention, Tokujin produced Driade's "Tokyo-pop", Yamagiwa's lighting "TōFU", cell phone "MEDIA SKIN" for au design project, chandelier "STARDUST" , stool "Eternal" and "Stellar "for SWAROVSKI Crystal Palace, the chair made by baking fiber structure "PANE Chair - Baking A Bread Chair". "Water Block", a representative work of optical glass projects started since 2002, is permanently exhibited in Musee d'Orsay, Paris. Some of his most important works are exhibited as a part of permanent collections in the world's well-known museums such as Museum of Modern Art(MoMA) in New York, Centre National d' Art et de Culture Georges Pompidou, Victoria and Albert Museum, Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum and Vitra Design Museum.


Mainichi design Award, 2001
Cultural Affairs Section of Government of Japan, Encourage Prize, 2006
BVLGARI Brilliant Dreams Award, 2007
Good Design Award, 2007
Design Miami, Designer of the Year, 2007
Wallpaper Design Awards, 2008
Design for Asia Award(DFA Award), 2008
Elle Deco International Design Awards(EDIDA), Designer of the Year, 2009
TOKYO Design & Art ENVIRONMENTAL AWARDS, Artist of the Year, 2010
A&W Architektur & Wohnen, Designer of the Year, 2011


"TOKUJIN DESIGN" (Gap Publication), 2001
"Tokujin Yoshioka Design" (Phaidon Press), 2006
"Invisible Forms" (Access Publishing), 2009
"TOKUJIN YOSHIOKA" (Rizzoli International Publications ), 2010

Exhibition Information

Period: October 3 [Thu], 2013 - January 19 [Sun], 2014
Closed on: Mondays (except for Oct.14, Nov.4, Dec.23, and Jan.13),Oct.15, Nov.5, Dec.24, Dec.28 - Jan.1, and Jan.14
Opening Hours: 10:00 - 18:00 (*Last admission to the gallery floor is at 17:30)
Venue: Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo (MOT)
Organized by: Tokyo Metropolitan Foundation for History and Culture,Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo / Nikkei Inc.
In collaboration with TOKUJIN YOSHIOKA INC.
Supported by: Hitachi Systems, Ltd. / MIYAKE DESIGN STUDIO / ISSEY MIYAKE INC. / Santen Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd. / TOYO KITCHEN & LIVING Co., Ltd. / SEIKO NEXTAGE CO., LTD. / Yamagiwa Corporation / etc
In cooperation of MAXRAY INC. / Yamaha Corporation / Yamaha Music Japan Co., Ltd / ASAHI GLASS CO., LTD. / Spiber Inc. / TOLI Corporation / Nippon Electric Glass Co., Ltd. / amana salto inc. / NIPPURA Co., Ltd. / Seibu & Sogo / NEC Display Solutions, Ltd. / Pi Photonics, Inc. / S.C.ALLIANCE Inc. Media Entertainment Co. / Mitsubishi Kakoki Kaisha, Ltd. / KDDI CORPORATION / ASAHI-SHUZO SAKE BREWING CO.,LTD. etc.
Notice Regarding Photography in the exhibition

Photographs are strictly forbidden inside the museum except the artwork "Water Block", "RainbowChurch" in the "TOKUJIN YOSHIOKA_Crystallaize" exhibition, under the follow ing conditions.
(It is limited taking photographs by your mobile phone camera only.) Please observe the following rules inorder not to inconvenience other visitors.

● When taking photographs

Please do not fi lm the works, also do not touch the works of art.
Please do not use fl ash lighting / cameras except mobile phone camera / tripods.
Photographs may not be altered in any way.
Please do not photograph other visitors to the museum, as this may infringe onb their rights of portrait.
Do not interfere with other visitors' enjoyment of the museum.

● When using photographs taken of the works of art

Photographs taken for commercial purposes / used on the printed matter for publishing are strictly forbidden.
It may be used for non-commercial purposes only.
Use of the photographs is the responsibility of the user.
The museum will not take any responsibility.

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