New room completed: “Artist Room Queen Japanese Angel”
As the 29th in the “Artist in Hotel” project, new Artist Room Japanese Angel is now completed by artist Yuki Ninagawa.
[ Message from Artist ]
Japanese angels are wearing a thin costume called a hagoromo. A beautiful Japanese angel danced on the earth where roses bloom. In Japan, from the time of the Manyoshu (the earliest existing anthology of Tanka poems, regarded as the starting point of Japanese culture and literature), there was a kind of rose called “ibara” or “ubara“. It is slightly different from the Western rose, quiet and quaint. There is also a haiku (a very short form of Japanese poetry) by Yosano Buson which goes: “Prey to melancholy, I climbed the hill and found briar roses in bloom”.
I hope you spend a pleasant, comfortable time in this room where Japanese angels danced. Everywhere you look, there is a character named Barababy and a unicorn named Baraluna. Please try to discover how many of them there are in the Artist Room Japanese Angel.
[ Artist’s Profile ]
Yuki Ninagawa made her debut as an actress in 1978 as she was chosen out of 3000 candidates to play the heroine in Kohei Tsuka’s Rock Opera “Salome”. She received The Best New Actress Award in 1981 for her performance in “Kurutta Kajitsu”. She established her screen actress career by playing leading roles in many movies. Ninagawa challenged theatre works, such as “Kanadehon Chushingura”, “Nigori -E” etc. and her steady performance was highly acclaimed by many theatre critics. In 2004, she wrote, directed and played her first film “BARAMERABA”, based on a short story by Seijun Suzuki.
In 2008 her graphic art exhibition titled “BARAMEKUTOKI” was held at Tokyu Bunkamura Gallery, which brought her Art of The Year Award from JICS (Japan Information Culturology Society). And then after that, held numbers of large private exhibitions such as “Yuki Ninagawa Drawing Exhibition: BARAMANDARA” (2010), “BARATOSHI” (2012), “BARAMEIKYU” (2013), and more. Her attractive drawings, using natural mineral pigments “IWA ENOGU” have become popular among Japanese.
Ms. Ninagawa is contributed to many art activities of this country, such as a member of Japan Inter Design Forum, art council board member of CATA (Regional Culture Tax Accountants Fund), board member of Special Award selection committee at Innovative Technologies, and advisor at Aomori Museum of Art. In 2016, became a guest professor at Taisho University.