Last weekend I was lucky enough to catch the final day of the most exciting exhibition I’ve seen in a long while. Titled BCTION, over 70 young artists came together to fill nine floors of an old office building in Kojimachi (麹町), scheduled for demolition, with a dizzying array of art installations.
In preparation for the 2020 Olympics, large swathes of Tokyo are being redeveloped, and colourful takeovers of the “dead space of the city”, spearheaded by artist Kotaro Oyama and photographer Joji Shimamoto, have attracted much attention on Tokyo’s creative scene.
Here’s what you missed…
On the ground floor paint was provided for anyone to add their touch to the adjacent walls.
Installations by COLORgung, Kenta Kaido and Kamizato Mami among others.
The entire 5th floor was covered in a surreal installation by imaone.
Vivid paintings cover the walls, including a large mural by art group WHOLE9.
The 7th floor had a cool cityscape model by RtypeL and paintings by Hideyuki Katsumata among others.
There were even a few surprises in the dimly lit basement!