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Artistic Fusion and Cultural Legacy: Discover SCAI The Bathhouse in Yanesen



2023.07.06 (Thu)

By Dan Lewis, inbound tourism adviser and consultant, long-term Japan resident & outdoor activity enthusiast.

Yanesen, a charming neighborhood in downtown Tokyo, beckons visitors with a nostalgic mix of narrow alleys, traditional coffee shops, and retro Japanese restaurants and sweet shops. Short for Yanaka, Nezu, and Sendagi, Yanesen also boasts a vibrant contemporary art scene, with SCAI the Bathhouse at its center.

Located in the heart of Yanesen in Taito City, this exceptional art gallery is housed in a renovated 200-year-old public bathhouse and offers visitors an immersive and engaging artistic experience in contemporary art.

SCAI the Bathhouse, housed in the carefully renovated Kashiwa-yu, a 200-year-old public bathhouse, is an extraordinary testament to the fusion of historical heritage and artistic innovation. The exhibition space is characterized by white walls, a neutral color palette that acts as the perfect canvas - one that doesn't compete or interfere with the art. Instead, they create a serene and unobtrusive backdrop that allows the artwork to shine and captivate visitors. An abundance of soft, natural light floods in from the high ceiling, creating an immersive and inspiring environment for visitors.

Since its establishment in 1993, SCAI The Bathhouse has produced numerous exhibitions, commissioned projects, and public art. It has strengthened the reputations of many leading artists, and introduced the next generation of artists to the world. At the same time, SCAI THE BATHHOUSE has actively invited and supported outstanding overseas artists to create new works that draw on Japanese culture.

The current exhibition at SCAI The Bathhouse is "breath / behind shut eyes / tracing" by Toru Kamiya. It features 15 new works characterized by delicate color gradations and smooth surfaces created with acrylic paint. The centerpiece is a monumental painting titled "Joy" composed of 60 small modules. The exhibition explores color composition, reflects the artist's perspective influenced by the pandemic, and invites viewers to engage with the artist's consciousness. The exhibition also includes custom-made panels, elegant shadows, and gray walls that resemble Kamiya's studio. It highlights Kamiya's experimentation with materials and his artistic process.

Experience the enchanting fusion of contemporary art and historical ambiance at SCAI The Bathhouse during your visit to Yanesen and Taito City. Don't miss the opportunity to explore this unique art gallery and soak up the atmosphere of the vibrant art scene that awaits you!

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