Hiroshi Morinaga Illustration Exhibition “The Age of Masks 2020
Just as Hokusai recorded the customs of Edo in his "Hokusai Manga," only painting can realistically record the unprecedented society that is now covered in masks. That is why he went out on the town, to Mt. Koya and to a remote island far to the south, and drew 1,000 mask paintings. 1000 paintings at once are now on view. Astonishment at a glance. If there is no artistic surprise, it is not art! (Hiroshi Morinaga)
From morning till night, we pass by only masked faces. We have become accustomed to seeing masked people in our daily lives due to the spread of the new coronavirus, but if you look closely, you will see that they are also wearing masks of various kinds. Hiroshi Morinaga, 70, a writer and editor, draws masked people every day, saying, "I want to leave them as a record of customs and manners in 2020. His goal was to create 1,000 masked people in 1,000 different styles. The exhibition will be held as a fitting conclusion to the year 2020, with the paintings filling the entire exhibition hall. 2F of THE STORIES will concurrently host another series of Morinaga's paintings, "Senju-ga Exhibition". A total of 2,000 works will be on display, making for a powerful exhibition. Naoki Tachikawa will participate in the music selection for the background music at the venue.
Born in 1950, became an editor in 1970. He launched "For Life Magazine" with Keiichi Tanaami as AD, and "Monthly Novel King" with Hiroshi Aramata's "Teito Monogatari" as serial.
He made his debut as a writer in 1986 with "Harajuku Gold Rush. Since then, he has published Island Trip Notebook and trilogy "Dropout no Erai Hito", his autobiography "What I Dreamed of When I Wandered Down That Alley Has Almost Come True", and "Stranger Than Illusion", co-authored with Keiichi Tanaami, and many other books. Currently, he is the personality of FM COCOLO's "Radio Shangri-La" with Naoki Tachikawa. His latest work is "Yamazaki Masayuki Gyokuon Houdan Tenjo Tenge Tenge Yada Dokuro" (Yamazaki Masayuki Gyokuon Houdan: Tenjo Tenge Yada Dokuro).
Hiroshi Morinaga Illustration Exhibition
「The Age of Masks 2020」
December 18 (Fri.) - 27 (Sun.), 2020, Friday, Saturday and Sunday each week, 13:00 - 19:00
Venue: THE STORIES, Nakazaki-cho, 1-7-13 Nakazakinishi, Kita-ku, Osaka 530-0015, Japan
Friday, December 18, Hiroshi Morinaga will paint you in a mask during his presence at the gallery.
Request to all visitors.
Please be sure to wear a mask when visiting.
We ask for your cooperation in hand sanitizing at the entrance.
We will take your temperature at the entrance.
If a fever of 37.5 degrees Celsius or higher is observed, admission will be denied.
Admission may be restricted to prevent congestion.
Please follow the instructions of the staff.