5 London Galleries With Japanese Exhibitions You'll Want to Visit this Spring

With the Easter break on the horizon what better way to spend some of your time off over the Easter holidays than heading to a London gallery. From Yayoi Kusama's colourful pumpkin paintings to Daido Moriyama's distinctive black and white street photography there's something for everyone to enjoy this spring!

Barbican Art Gallery

  • Another Kind of Life: Photography on the Margins (featuring Daido Moriyama and Seiji Kurata)
  • 28 February - 27 May 2018

Another Kind of Life features the work of 20 separate photographers all of whom have spent time photographing subcultures and life on the fringes of society. Japanese photographers Daido Moriyama and Seiji Kurata showcase work shot on the streets of Tokyo - Moriyama presents his seminal 1968 work Japan Photo Theatre focusing on street performers whilst Kurata brings Flash Up, a series capturing gang culture in the Ikebukero and Shinjuku districts.

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  Even though there's no sign of any customers.... near Ikebukuro, Hikarimachi Ohashi, 1975. From the series Flash Up, 1975 -1979 ©Seiji Kurata. Collection of Mark Pearson, Zen Foto Gallery


Even though there's no sign of any customers.... near Ikebukuro, Hikarimachi Ohashi, 1975. From the series Flash Up, 1975 -1979 ©Seiji Kurata. Collection of Mark Pearson, Zen Foto Gallery

Michael Hoppen Gallery

  • Daido Moriyama
  • until 29 March 2018

This spring the Michael Hoppen Gallery presents a collection of Daido Moriyama’s rare vintage silver prints, to compliment his museum exhibition at the Barbican Art Gallery.

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 Provoke No.2, 1969 © Daido Moriyama Photo Foundation. Courtesy of Michael Hoppen Gallery

Provoke No.2, 1969 © Daido Moriyama Photo Foundation. Courtesy of Michael Hoppen Gallery

Omer Tiroche Gallery

  • Small Pumpkin Paintings, Yayoi Kusama
  • Until 1 June 2018

“I was enchanted by their charming and winsome form. What appealed to me most was the pumpkin’s generous unpretentiousness. That and its solid spiritual base” - Yayoi Kusama

Omer Tiroche Gallery showcases the colourful work of Yayoi Kusama this spring, with an exhibition featuring her most iconic of motifs - the pumpkin. Get up close and personal with a colourful array of her small-scale pumpkin paintings, a collection which has been brought together in one gallery space for the first time in the UK.

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 Yayoi Kasuma, Small Pumpkin Paintings © Omer Tiroche Gallery, Photography by Tom Carter. 

Yayoi Kasuma, Small Pumpkin Paintings © Omer Tiroche Gallery, Photography by Tom Carter. 

Sway Gallery

With a rolling programme of Japanese exhibitions and events and a concept store selling Japanese lifestyle products Sway Gallery is the place to go if you have an interest in Japan’s art and culture.

  • Tokyo 東京 Ordinary People in Tokyo Streets, Gerard Touren
  • Until 28 March 2018

In Tokyo 東京 Ordinary People in Tokyo Streets photographer Gerard Touren combines his technical skill and natural talent for capturing candid moments to present an intriguing series depicting an ‘outsider’s’ take on life on the streets of Tokyo.

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 Tokyo 東京 Ordinary People in Tokyo Streets © Gerard Touren. Courtesy of Sway Gallery

Tokyo 東京 Ordinary People in Tokyo Streets © Gerard Touren. Courtesy of Sway Gallery

  • Jiji and Kinako on Washi, Akiko Dupont
  • 12 - 25 April 2018

Akiko Dupont presents her documentary series portraying the love and warmth between 94 year old alzheimer’s sufferer Jiji and Kinako the cat, through a series of intimate photographs printed on traditional Japanese washi paper.  Part of the sales will be donated by Akiko to the Alzheimer’s Society.

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 Jiji and Kinako on Washi © Akiko Dupont. Courtesy of Sway Gallery

Jiji and Kinako on Washi © Akiko Dupont. Courtesy of Sway Gallery

Daiwa Foundation Japan House

  • Emergence of Order, Goro Murayama 
  • 21 March - 25 April 2018 
  • Artist Talk: Wednesday 18 April 2018, 6pm

Goro Murayama’s first UK exhibition presents a series of work prompted by his fascination with the fundamental theories of life systems; self creation in particular.  Created by a process of weaving, painting and drawing Emergence of Order expresses self-organising patterns and processes, incorporating the autonomous decisions provoked by the properties of the materials themselves.

Goro Murayama will be joined in conversation by Dr Francis Halsall  (Lecturer at the National College of Art and Design, Dublin) in an artist talk on Wednesday 18 April.

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 Self-organized painting [Excessively] © Goro Murayama. Courtesy of Daiwa Foundation

Self-organized painting [Excessively] © Goro Murayama. Courtesy of Daiwa Foundation