Yoshitomo Nara features in the group show 'Revalue Nippon Project', organised by former Japanese soccer player Hidetoshi Nakata. Since retiring Nakata has initiated opportunities such as this for the general public to rediscover the value, potential, and delight of KOGEI (Japanese craft arts) - as well as the traditional Japanese cultures and techniques associated with them - that have been practiced for centuries. By creating this reconnection, Nakata hopes to ensure that these traditions not only survive, but that they can be developed even further.
Every year, the project selects one medium - from ceramics to washi paper, bamboo, katagami stencils, and urushi lacquerware - with which to produce a series of works. An advisory board made up of art critics and other experts handpicks artisans who work in that medium and places them on a team with artists and other collaborators. The project features 'UFO Pot' (2010), made collaboratively by Kasumi Ueba, Hidetoshi Nakata and Yoshitomo Nara.
The exhibition runs from 9 April until 5 June 2016.
Yoshitomo Nara at Panasonic Shidome Museum