Exhibition Archives

Group Show | Domani – The Art of Tomorrow | Japan

Megumi Matsubara will participate in the 21st “DOMANI: The Art of Tomorrow” exhibition showcasing nine artists selected from the past laureates of the Agency for Cultural Affairs Program of Overseas Study for Upcoming Artists.

DOMANI – The Art of Tomorrow

The National Art Center, Tokyo
Exhibition period: Wed 23 January – Sun 3 March, 2019
Opening hours: 10:00-18:00, Closed on Tuesdays

Curated by Yoko Hayashi
Organized by Agency for Cultural Affairs & The National Art Center, Tokyo
In cooperation with the Japan Airlines
Production by Art Venture Office Shou


Tsubasa KATO   (2015・America)
Yoi KAWAKUBO   (2016・England)
Noriyuki KIMURA   (2016・Germany)
Nobuhiro SHIMURA   (2015・France)
Asako SHIROKI   (2015・Germany)
Masahiro HASUNUMA   (2016・Germany)
Megumi MATSUBARA   (2013・Morocco)
Goro MURAYAMA   (2015・Austria)
Akira WADA   (2007・France)

Natsunosuke MISE   (Guest artist)

Group Show | Poétique du geste | France


à la Graineterie Centre d’art municipal

exposition du 20 janvier au 10 mars 2018
entrée libre
15h-18h mardi, jeudi, vendredi
10h-13h / 15h-18h mercredi, samedi


Ninar Esber
Megumi Matsubara
Najia Mehadji
Myriam Mihindou
Mari Minato
Julie Nioche – A.I.M.E.
Selma et Sofiane Ouissi
Golnâz Pâyâni
Natalia Villanueva Linares

Sonia Recasens et Maud Cosson

samedi 20 janvier de 17h à 20h
en présence des artistes

Attachée à l’expérience, cette exposition réunit des artistes internationaux à une ré exion sensible autour du geste qu’il soit quotidien, rituel, individuel ou collectif… Leurs propositions transdisciplinaires ont en commun de placer l’œuvre dans le geste et de mettre le geste à l’œuvre pour sonder ses liens avec la trace, l’objet, le signe, le langage, le temps ou l’Autre. Ici, la peinture se confronte au rituel, la photographie à la sculpture,
le dessin à la performance, la danse à l’artisanat… Du dialogue des pratiques de chacun naît une invitation à tisser des liens, à partager et à échanger.

En collaboration avec les galeries Eric Dupont, Maïa Muller et Dohyang Lee à Paris, le Collège des Bernardins à Paris, TRAM Réseau art contemporain Paris / Ile de France.
En partenariat avec l’Institut Français qui accueille Megumi Matsubara – lauréate du programme de résidences à la Cité internationale des arts, la Villa du Parc à Annemasse en lien avec l’exposition de Sonia Recasens « Ailleurs est ce rêve proche » (13 janvier-17 mars 2018).

In Residence | l’Institut français – Cité internationale des arts | France

Megumi Matsubara is in residence at Cité internationale des arts, Paris, France through three months, upon invitation by Institut Français, and in partnership with La Graineterie Centre d’art municipal de la Ville de Houilles.

> About Institut français programme of residence 2018

Performance | Fossil of Contact | Aichi Triennale

Megumi Matsubara & Sergio Diaz Performance (2)

Fossil of Contact

Megumi Matsubara and Sergio Diaz will be present at Aichi Triennale 2016 within Megumi Matsubara’s installation Fossil of Contact.

Date: Sat 15th & Sun 16th October 2016
Time: 11:10 – 11:25 / 12:10 – 12:25 (twice each day)
Plac: Aichi Prefectural Museum of Art / Aichi Arts Center, 10th floor, Teizo Kimura Collection Room
*Open to everyone.
*Photo/Video documentation is prohibited.


*About Sergio Diaz
Dancer/Performer/Choreographer based in Tel Aviv, Israel. Born in the United States, Diaz started his dancing career in France with Ballet Preljocaj directed by choreographer Angelin Preljocaj. After 16 years in the company he becomes Preljocaj’s creative assistant, and restages his works around the world. To further expand as an artist, Diaz has now moved his base to Tel Aviv to learn from Ohad Naharin, choreographer and art director of Batsheva Dance Company who created the dance language known as Gaga. Exploring and deepening his field of dance, Diaz practices as an independent dancer/performer/choreographer in collaboration with various contemporary choreographers internationally.

*About Megumi Matsubara’s Fossil of Contact

Thank you for imagining how it was, it is, it will be, to be with—
The work remains faithful to you all.

Performance by Megumi Matsubara & Sergio Diaz
Sound (Acoustic Braille) by Clovis Lemée

Aichi Triennale 2016: Interview with Megumi Matsubara & Sergio Diaz

Aichi Triennale 2016

Megumi Matsubara participates in Aichi Triennale 2016 – Homo Faber: A Rainbow Caravan, presenting a new series of ceramic works produced with support of Aichi Prefectural Ceramic Museum, Nagoya School for the Blind, Okazaki School for the Blind.

Aichi Triennale 2016

Artistic Director: Chihiro Minato
Curators [Visual Art]: Masahiko Haito (Chief Curator), Daniela Castro, Hiroyuki Hattori, Tadashi Kanai, Zeynep Öz


Aichi Arts Center
Nagoya City Art Museum
Nagoya city (Chojamachi, Sakae, and Nagoya Station Sites)
Toyohashi city (PLAT, Buildings on the Water, and Toyohashi Station Main Street Sites)
Okazaki city (Higashi-Okazaki Station, Kosei and Rokku Sites)

According to artistic director Chihiro Minato, the Aichi Triennale is “a rare international art festival in that it aims to showcase, in the most integrated manner possible, the artistic activities of our times, including but not limited to visual art, moving images, music, performing arts, and opera.” Inspired by the more measured insights that might be gleaned from taking the long, historical view, Aichi hopes to draw the frazzled, restless attention of the contemporary audience towards a slower, more thoughtful consideration of the connections “between art and the natural world,” and “interactions mediated by intellect and sensitivity.”

Poetic yet conceptually rigorous, Minato’s theme, “Homo Faber: A Rainbow Caravan,” is centered on the timeless idea of a creative journey propelled by human curiosity, and an “expedition caravan that travels across all sorts of borders in search of the next resonances and shapes.”
The Aichi Triennale 2016 runs August 11 through October 23, 2016.

*Text by Darryl Wee

3-person Show | SLOW DIALOGUES: Time, Space, and Scale | San Francisco


Megumi Matsubara participates in SLOW DIALOGUES: Time, Space, and Scale: three persons show at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (YBCA) in San Francisco, U.S.A., presenting a new site-specific installation It Is a Garden interacting intimately with YBCA’s architecture designed by Japanese architect Fumihiko Maki:

‘SLOW DIALOGUES: Time, Space, and Scale’
Works by Jorge Otero-Pailos, Megumi Matsubara, Maria Blaisse
Guest curated by Slow Research Lab
Organized and produced by Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (YBCA)

22 Apr 2016, 18:00-
Megumi Matsubara will be present at the opening reception and the following artist talk.

SLOW DIALOGUES: Time, Space, and Scale
invites holistic, reflective and critical understandings of both our immediate surroundings and our greater environment. Exploring the themes time, space, and scale, three international artists bring their diverse creative perspectives and approaches into site-specific dialogue with social, cultural, and environmental conditions of the Bay Area.

Artist and architectural preservationist Jorge Otero-Pailos continues his ongoing series The Ethics of Dust, exploring what he considers to be humanity’s most prolific, and neglected, cultural product: pollution. Exploring the theme of time, Otero-Pailos was commissioned to create a latex cast of more than one-hundred years of accumulated pollution on the two chimneys of the Old United States Mint. This otherwise invisible and often overlooked material is transferred onto translucent sheets of latex, preserving the material realities of the site, and local histories of labor, resource extraction, industrialization, global capitalism, and urban redevelopment.

Megumi Matsubara’s It is a Garden (2016) engages with YBCA’s building through a site-specific installation of prints, photographs, glass, film, and mirrors. Inspired by the site’s close proximity to the Yerba Buena Gardens, Matsubara asks through her work “What are the invisible elements that define a garden’s presence? The constant effort of watering, caring, acting? The climate? The soil underneath?” Matsubara’s investigation of space through both visible and intangible layers of the site invites visitors to discover new sensorial and mental landscapes as part of a larger, multifaceted ecology of place.

In Traveling Geometry (2008-16), designer Maria Blaisse exhibits a dynamic array of sculptural bamboo forms, demonstrating her vision for the near-future: a humanity-built environment that is flexible and closer to nature. Two woven structures are displayed alongside film and photographs in which dancers engage them in graceful interplay. Another collection of simple bamboo lines suspended from the Grand Lobby ceiling activate the upper registers of the building, and will occasionally be lowered down to the lobby floor and engaged by live performers during the exhibition; a work exploring different scales.

Slow Dialogues is curated by Slow Research Lab, a Netherlands-based multidisciplinary research and curatorial platform that seeks to explore an expanded field of human awareness and activity through research residencies, workshops, exhibitions, reading groups, immersive study experiences, and dialogues.

NOT NEW NOW: Marrakech Biennale

Megumi Matsubara participates in Not New Now, the 6th edition of the Marrakech Biennale, taking place on February 24 to May 8, 2016 in Marrakech, Morocco.

Curated by Reem Fadda
Assistant curator Ilaria Conti

Exhibition period: 24 February – 8 May, 2016
Press preview: 23 February
Opening week: 24–28 February

Main venues: Palais Bahia, Palais El Badii

Participating artists: Talal Afifi, Haig Aivazian, El Anatsui, Tarek Atoui, Kader Attia, Dana Awartani, Yto Barrada, Isak Berbic, Dineo Seshee Bopape, Farid Belkahia, Ahmed Bouanani, Touda Bouanani, Mohamed Chebaa, Manthia Diawara, Melvin Edwards, Ali Essafi, Khalil El Ghrib, Sam Gilliam, David Hammons, Mohssin Harraki, Mona Hatoum, Sandi Hilal and Alessandro Petti, Saba Innab, Bouchra Khalili, Radhika Khimji, Rachid Koraichi, Al Loving, Khaled Malas, Djibril Diop Mambety, Jumana Manna, Ahmed Mater, Megumi Matsubara, Mohammed Melehi, Naeem Mohaiemen, Mohamed Mourabiti, Radouan Mriziga, Oscar Murillo, Sara Ouhaddou, Khalil Rabah, SUPERFLEX, Rayyane Tabet, The Otolith Group, Eric Van Hove, Adrián Villar Rojas, Fatiha Zemmouri


Performance | Toi, un coquelicot— / Un coquelicot, moi aussi. | Marrakech Biennale

Toi, un coquelicot— / Un coquelicot, moi aussi.

Toi, un coquelicot—
Un coquelicot, moi aussi.

Performance by Megumi Matsubara & Marine Chesnais
Sound by Clovis Lemée

Presented at Marrakech Biennale 6 curated by Reem Fadda
Palais El Badii – Cave

23rd Feb – please request the time at the press office
25th Feb – 16:00 / 17:30
26th Feb – 16:00 / 16:45 / 17:30
27th Feb – 16:00 / 16:45 / 17:30

*Late arrival will not be accepted.
*Each performance will start on time and its duration is 20 minutes.
*Limited capacity of 12 persons maximum for each performance during 25th-27th.
*Photo/Video documentation is strictly prohibited.


Toi, un coquelicot—
Un coquelicot, moi aussi.

A coquelicot, you are—
A coquelicot, me too.

When will our bodies coincide?
A vanishing point will be explored.
Two performers will be present for one another i n the peculiar environment of Palais El Badii’s underground cave . Toi, un coquelicot— / Un coquelicot, moi aussi. (performance, 2016) is fabricated upon Megumi Matsubara’s installation of A proposal for a textbook to learn Braille, English, and other languages (bronze, 2012-2015) , La Japonaise (scent , 2015) and Undress (text, 2015). The performance which will have been once presented will leave a series of afterimages unfolding the works’ varied states within the space.
The installation will remain on view through the closing of the biennale, 8th May 2016.