HK Drop

Jun, 2022

Project announcement

" HK Drop"

Presented by:
Sotheby's HongKong

Matsuyama Studio and KOTARO NUKAGA is pleased to announce that we will be partnering with one of the world’s leading auction houses Sotheby's Hong Kong and SK Lam’s global creative studio AllRightsReserved (ARR) to present “Tomokazu Matsuyama: HK Drop".This collaborative project will see New York-based Japanese artist Tomokazu Matsuyama take over Hong Kong, one of the cities at the heart of the art world. Starting off with a solo exhibition at Sotheby’s Hong Kong showcasing all new paintings alongside his first ever NFT artworks, Matsuyama’s impactful debut in the realm of the Metaverse will be followed up by the release of a special limited edition sculpture created in collaboration with ARR.

Matsuyama's solo exhibition "Harmless Charm" will be held at Sotheby's Hong Kong Gallery from June 14 to 21. Featuring 13 new paintings, the show also marks the artist’s first foray into NFTs with 9 new NFT digital artworks. Combining techniques and aesthetic principles from the East and West with motifs from contemporary consumer culture to depict the “global identity” of our current society, Matsuyama's works have been highly acclaimed and are coveted by many collectors around the world. This exhibition presents a comprehensive overview of Matsuyama's latest works, featuring works from 4 of his painting series, including "Fictional Landscape" and "Abstract”. Three of Matsuyama’s painting series- "Fictional Landscape," "Abstract," and "Equestrian”- have also been transformed into digital videos that will be presented as 3 unique and 6 limited edition NFT artworks. “Where did we come from, and where are we going?” This question is embodied by these works, which, for Matsuyama, are a portrayal of reality and a depiction of the ambiguity and elusiveness of contemporary society. This digital space, intentionally superficial and steeped in transience, immerses the viewer’s emotions. The artist’s first attempt at digital art showcases his uncompromising creativity in a variety of mediums.

On June 16, ARR will present Tomokazu Matsuyama's latest special limited edition sculpture. In this three-dimensional rendition of his signature "Equestrian” series, Matsuyama redefines the equestrian statue, historically depicted as imposing and dignified, in his characteristic color palette. The edition also features a unique round pedestal that sways back and forth, adding a whimsical element of movement to the piece. This release commemorates the very first collaboration between Matsuyama and ARR, which has collaborated with many world-class artists such as KAWS

"Tomokazu Matsuyama: HK Drop" is the artist's third major project in Hong Kong, following "Sky Is The Limit", the artist’s 2014 installation and exhibition of larger-than-life sculptures at Harbor City, and "Oh Magic Night", his 2017 solo exhibition at HOCA Foundation. In 2020-21, Matsuyama gained the attention of Chinese art fans as the first Japanese artist to hold a major traveling solo exhibition at The Long Museum in Shanghai and Chongqing. Although global issues like the pandemic and conflicts continue to threaten our lives, humanity continues to strive toward a new era, be it through technological innovation or through personal connections on a micro level. In this chaotic world, Matsuyama says, "I feel that many people are beginning to seek hope in art.” We invite you to be a part of Matsuyama’s newest artistic exploration, which he will showcase to the world from the place that he calls his second home, Hong Kong.

ARTSY Benefit Auction to Asian American Art Alliance

May 2022

Tomokazu Matsuyama, Another Believer, 2021

New York, NY, May 12, 2022 – Artsy, the leading global online art marketplace, announced today the launch of the auction “Tomokazu Matsuyama for the Asian American Arts Alliance.” Heldexclusively on Artsy from May 12th through 26th, the single-lot auction features a recently completedpainting by Tomokazu Matsuyama, Another Believer (2021), from his “Fictional Landscapes” series.

Proceeds from the auction will benefit the Asian American Arts Alliance (A4), which is dedicated to strengthening Asian American artists and cultural groups through resource sharing, promotion, and community building.

The artwork by Matsuyama takes inspiration from diverse cultures—including Pop art, Abstract Expressionism, and Japanese art from the Edo and Meiji eras—as well as consumer commodities and contemporary advertising. Another Believer is a preeminent example of the artist’s incorporation ofhistorical Eastern and Western art principles which echo his own bicultural background, as Matsuyamagrew up living between Japan and the United States. Another Believer is perhaps the most important painting by the artist to be presented at auction.

Commenting on the auction, artist Tomokazu Matsuyama said: “The art world is beginning to evolve but Asian art still needs a stronger voice. I want to amplify our voices through this benefit auction, and give back to an organization that’s dedicated to strengthening Asian American artists and cultural groups. ”

Gallerist Kotaro Nukaga commented: “We’re pleased to partner with Artsy on the auction of Tomokazu Matsuyama’s Another Believer. As the leading global online art marketplace, Artsy shares our core values of progressing, diversifying, and democratizing the art world.”

Artsy’s VP of Auctions, Shlomi Rabi, said: “At Artsy, we’re constantly working towards a more inclusive art world, and it’s our responsibility to further advocate for those incredibly talented artists who deserve our attention and are leading the way in the industry for their talent as much as their social activism. We’re honored to spotlight Tomokazu Matsuyama through this collaboration, and auction off his work to raise funds for the Asian American Arts Alliance.”

Lisa J. Gold, Executive Director of the Asian American Arts Alliance, commented: “A4 is honored to be selected as the recipient of proceeds from the auction of Tomokazu Matsuyama’s work. His support of other AAPI artists is such a lovely example of what our organization strives for—to create opportunities for AAPI artists and to strengthen our community by giving back.”

Coinciding with the auction, Artsy has also partnered with StandardVision on a digital outdoor billboard in downtown Los Angeles, featuring Matsuyama’s Another Believer, to further amplify the reach of this auction and support of the Asian American arts community.

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About Tomokazu Matsuyama

Tomokazu Matsuyama (1976, Born in Gifu, Based in New York) moved to the United States in 2002, after graduating from Sophia University. He received his MFA in Communications Design from the Pratt Institute, New York. Matsuyama’s works include painting, sculpture as well as public art installation and respond to his own bi-cultural experience of growing up between Japan and America by bringing together aspects of both Eastern and Western aesthetic systems and reflect the changing modern society in the informatization. Numerous exhibitions have been held in major cities in the United States such as New York, Washington DC, San Francisco, Los Angeles,Tokyo, Dubai, Shanghai,Hong Kong, Taipei, Luxemburg, and other galleries, museums, and university facilities around the world. His works are in the permanent collections of LACMA, Asian Art Museum in San Francisco, Long Museum in China, the Royal Family, Bank of Sharjah Collection, Dubai, UAE, Microsoft Collection and more.

About Kotaro Nukaga Gallery

Founded in Tokyo in 2018, KOTARO NUKAGA acknowledges that contemporary art best reflects present-day society and its future. Taking particular interest in the avant-garde forefront of global art, exhibitions at KOTARO NUKAGA explore radical ideas of both Japanese and international artists. Now with two spaces in Tokyo— Roppongi, a cultural hub bustling with new ideas, and Tennoz, a location that is currently gaining traction as Tokyo’s new center of contemporary art— KOTARO NUKAGA continues to establish its name through the expansion and development of its distinctive gallery program.

About Asian American Arts Alliance

The Asian American Arts Alliance is a nonprofit organization dedicated to ensuring greater representation, equity, and opportunities for Asian American artists and cultural organizations through resource sharing, promotion, and community building.

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The Pulse of Modernity Powerlong Museum Shanhai, China

May 2022

Tomokazu Matsuyama Studio is pleased to announce his presentation at the art exhibition in Shanghi, China from Sep 19th 2021 - May 18th, 2022 .


ARTISTS: Tomokazu Matsuyama, George Condo, Antony Gormley, Vincent Manansala, Takashi Murakami, and more.
Room: 8

Address: 3055 Caobao Road (near Xinzhen Road), Minhang District, Shanghai

Official Website
Email: service@powerlong.com



May 2022

Tomokazu Matsuyama Studio is pleased to announce his presentation at the art fair TEFAF 2022 with Almin Rech Gallery in New York from May 6th - May 10th. On the occasion of the TEFAF New York 2022, Almine Rech proposes a group exhibition featuring the gallery’s long- and newly-represented artists of different generations and multiple horizons, geographic as much as stylistic.


ARTISTS: Tomokazu Matsuyama, George Condo, Gunther Forg, Lucio Fontana, Jorge Galindo, Michael Hilsman, Minjung Kim, Pablo Picasso, Kenny Scharf, Claire Tabouret, De Wain Valentine, Ouattara Watts, Tom Wesselmann, Chloe Wise, Ji Xin and Zio Ziegler.
BOOTH: 322

VIP Preview
May 5, (Thu) 13:00-- 20:00 ( By invitation only)

Public Open
May 6, (Fri) 12:00-20:00
May 7, (Sat) 12:00-20:00
May 8, (Sun) 12:00-18:00
May 9, (Mon) 12:00-20:00
May 10, (Tue) 12:00-18:00

Park Avenue Armory
643 Park Avenue
New York NY 10065 USA
Official Website

Almin Rech Gallery

"Clocks Daylight Jump" EDITION RELEASE Avant Arte

March, 2022

Tomokazu Matsuyama Studio is pleased to announce the official release of Clocks Daylight Jump print edition in collaboration with Avant Arte. The edition of 100 is available via a random draw, which is now open. All prints are the original painting is one of Matsuyama's running series.
Clocks Daylight Jump
100 editions
Framed: 39.0in x 1.6in x 35.8in
Medium: Digital print with intricate screen print layers and hand-applied gold and silver leaf details on 505gsm Somerset Enhanced Satin paper – finished with high gloss varnish.

Draw: This random draw will close 14:00 GMT March 16th, 2022 and winner will be contracted by email shortly after.

Rebroadcasting DESIGN TALKS Plus "Public Art" NHK BS1

March, 16th, 2022

Tomokazu Matsuyama was interviewed for the TV broadcast, DESIGN TALKS PLUS from Japan's international broadcast channel, NHK WORLD. The DESIGN TALKS Plus explores Japanese world-renowned design traditions from various perspectives from around the world.
The upcoming program will feature the significance and potential of public art through an examination of Tomokazu Matsuyama's works.

▪️Broadcast Channel:NHK WORLD
▪️Program title: DESIGN TALKS PLUS "Public Art"

【How to Watch】
▪️On-demand Broadcast
You can watch the on-demand broadcast anytime from the official website's link below

Inauguration Group Show

March, 16th, 2022

Tomokazu Matsuyama Studio is pleased to announce the group show at Zidoun-Bossuyt Gallery in opening a new gallery in Dubai from March 8th -April 23rd, 2022. To celebrate the opening, Zidoun-Bossuyt Gallery is showing works by artists from different generations and cultures, reflecting its diverse program, such as Noel W. Anderson, Martine Feipel & Jean Bechameil, Louis Granet, Yashua Klos, John Madu, Jeff Sonhouse Summer Wheat and Tomokazu Matsuyama among others.The group show will feature Tomokazu Matsuyama's latest paintings, Instant Pleasure Hope (2022).

March 8th -April 23rd, 2022

796 Jumeirah St - Umm Suqeim - Jumeirah 3 - Dubai - United Arab Emirates


In conjunction, Tomokazu Matsuyama's The Test Pioneers Sky (2022) will be shown at the art fair, ART DUBAI 2022 at Zidoun-Bossuyt Gallery's booth C11 from March 9th to March 13th 2022. If you find yourself in DUBAI, please come to see his latest works at Zidoun-Bossuyt Gallery and ART DUBAI 2022.

Wednesday 9 March, 2 - 9 pm
Thursday 10 March, 2 - 9 pm

Friday 11 March, 2 - 9 pm
Saturday 12 March, 2 - 9 pm
Sunday 13 March, 12 - 6 pm

Madinat Jumeirah Conference & Events Centre



DVD RELEASE Sunday Art Museum Cluster 2020~Battle of NY artist Tomokazu Matsuyama NHK EDUCATIONAL



Sunday Art Museum
Cluster 2020~Battle of NY artist Tomokazu Matsuyama

Tomokazu Matsuyama Studio is pleased to announce his documentary DVD, CLUSTER 2020 will release on April 22th, 2022 from Japan's longest-running art tv program Nichiyo Bijutsukan (Sunday Art Museum) by NHK Educational. NHK Japan film crews followed Matsuyama for over 300 days during 2020 as he traveled internationally throughout the coronavirus pandemic undertaking various exhibitions and public art projects.

▪️Director: Toshimoto Uchida
▪️Narration: Yukiko Shibata
▪️Bonus footage: A special video gallery that covers Tomokazu Matsuyama’s paintings and sculptures.
▪️Broadcast channel: NHK EDUCATIONAL
▪️Program title: SUNDAY ART MUSEUM
▪️DVD pre-order is now open in the link below.

Artist Collaboration CD Cover Singer Duo: Yuzu PEOPLE


Tomokazu Matsuyama Studio is pleased to announce his collaboration with Japanese singer duo “Yuzu” for their 25th anniversary album cover.
From the streets becoming one of the most celebrated musicians in the Japanese music scene, Yuzu will release their new album "PEOPLE" on Wednesday March 23. (Japan time)

Yuzu had collaborated with various contemporary artists such as Takashi Murakami and Kohei Nawa in the past.
This year, which will be their 25th anniversary year, Yuzu will collaborate with Tomokazu Matsuyama.

The Best Part About Us

February 01, 2022

Tomokazu Matsuyama Studio is pleased to announce his solo exhibition, The Best Part About Us, which will present his new paintings and sculptures from February 5th to March 19th, 2022 at Kavi Gupta in Chicago.

The exhibition comes on the heels of the Matsuyama’s landmark solo exhibitions at two of China’s largest and most influential private museums, Long Museum Shanghai and Long Museum Chongqing.
As with those exhibitions, the visual language Matsuyama deploys in the works in "The Best Part About Us" reflects the experiences of today’s nomadic diaspora—a global, intercultural community of wandering people who seek to understand their place in a world full of contrasting visual and cultural dialects.

Solo Exhibition :The Best Part About Us
Chicago, USA

EXHIBITION PERIOD ( Appointment Only )
Saturday, Feb 5th - Saturday, March 19th, 2022

In consideration of ongoing COVID-19 restrictions, viewing of the solo exhibitions at 219 N Elizabeth St. will be open by Special Appointment Only, as we attempt to mitigate this newest outbreak. Masks and social distancing will be required, and temperatures will be taken prior to entry. Special Appointments must be email at info@kavigupta.com or call (312) 432-0708. Voice messages will be checked periodically.

219 N. Elizabeth St., Chicago, IL
Kavi Gupta

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