Last chance to see ‘Buddha Blues’ by Kazuma Koike at Tezukayama Gallery @tezukayama_g


Buddha and Palm Leaves ©Kazuma Koike

Buddha and Palm Leaves ©Kazuma Koike


Last chance to see the ‘Buddha Blues’ exhibition by artist Kazuma Koike at the Tezukayama Gallery. Last day on Friday the 28th of April.

This exhibition presents new paintings and sculptures which explore the artists interest in everyday life and Japanese philosophy. Koike combines these influences into a personal style of artwork which has a “a unique sense of “quietness” and “floatingness” like a mixture of multiple timelines.”

Koike was born in 1980 in the Kanagawa prefecture in Japan, moved at a young age to Buenos Aires where he lived from 1986 to 1995, he then spent time in Barcelona from 1995 to 1998. He returned to Japan in order to attend university and in 2003 graduated from the Nihon University College of Art. Kazuma Koike currently lives and works in Osaka.

In this exhibition, we will present his latest paintings and also ceramic sculptures, which he started working on recently. Koike says he is interested in   *“Shinbutsu Syu-go”, a Japanese philosophy that strives to attain  “the state where different elements coexist in harmony” or “the processing that changes the purpose and meaning of things”. Koike’s work might show us that value and meaning are not robust, however, acknowledgment is always dependent on different viewpoints and time changes.

*Shinbutsu Syugo (litterally means syncretism of Kami and Buddhas) is a religious phenomenon in which Japanese indigenous beliefs of Shintosim (Shinto) and Buddhist beliefs are combined and reformed as a new religion. It is also called “Shinbutsu Konko”(literally means contamination of Kami and Buddhas).


Tezukayama Gallery

Yamazaki Bldg. 2F,
1-19-27 Minami-Horie,
550-0015 JAPAN


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