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I visited seven cities in Germany, the U.K and France in three weeks this September. My tour started from this station, Frankfurt (Main) Hauptbahnhof.
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At the beginning, I showed performance with musicians in three cities in Germany.
The first one was in Kaiserslautern.
16. September at Stiftskirche
piano: Holger Mantey
bamboo flute: Tony Clark
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This is the second one in Archen.
18. September at Suermondt-Ludwig-Museum
piano: Holger Mantey
bamboo flute: Tony Clark
Photo: Werner Möhler 
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The last one is in Germersheim.
21. September at Konzertsaal des Kulturzentrums “Hufeisen”
piano: Holger Mantey
bamboo flute: Tony Clark 
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After the performance in Germany, I flied from Frankfurt to London.
Last year I’ve got an offer to film me from Mr. Martin Cooper in London. He is an editor of documentaries. The films he has edited have won RTS Awards and been nominated for Emmy Awards. Now he is making a documentary of calligraphers. For this film, he features twelve calligraphers from around the world, including me. It will be presented in film festivals and broadcasted in a program on the BBC.
This is a meeting place with Mr. Cooper in Regent’s Park in London.
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In the week end I could make a time to visit Royal Academy of Arts with Mr. Cooper. We were so lucky that it was a fine day and just an opening day of the exhibition “Abstract Expressionism” on Saturday 24th.
POLLOCK, KLINE, DE KOONING, ROTHCO, NEWMAN, SAM FRANCIS, MARK TOBEY …….
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After London I went to Paris by Eurostar.
The first day in Paris, I visited Fine Art Cube in a suburb area of Paris. It’s a studio of a photographer Mr.Gérard Rancinan and a writer Ms. Caroline Gaudriault. Mr. Gérard Rancinan is taking portraits in parallel with his very popular works.
He features artists and iconic people of the XX and XIXst centuries. For example, Fidel Castro, Yasser Arafat, the Pope, Dalai Lama, Roy Lichtenstein, Paul McCarthy, Damien Hirst, Yan Pei Ming, Opalka, Pierre&Gilles etc. His first portrait was Antoni Tàpies in 1978 as a photo shows. Then he is continuing to make portraits since Tàpies.
To make a next portrait, he will come to my studio in Japan to shoot me in this winter.
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Photo: Antoni Tàpies in 1978 by Gérard Rancinan
Photo: with a photographer Mr.Gérard Rancinan and a writer Ms. Caroline Gaudriault

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Next day, I had a one-day trip from Paris to Marseille to visit a gallery who contacted to me the other day. Blue sky and green sea was shining in the beautiful sunlight.
I’m glad that the gallery holds my exhibition for three weeks in October 2017.
”GALERIE PATRICK BARTOLI”
81, rue Sainte 13007 Marseille, France

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On September 30th, I went to Frankfurt to fly to Japan. Then I came back to Japan on November 2nd with a lot of sweet memories.

I thank all of my friends for your kindness to me during my stay in Europe. I was moved by your sincere friendship.
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DIVERSITY of ‘LIFE’
All of the characters are the same, ‘LIFE’. 
 
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Acrylic on canvas(Italy)
 
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Chinese ink on paper(China)
 
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Coffee on paper(Zambia)
 
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Chinese ink on canvas(France)
 
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Chinese ink, paste on paper(Germany)
 
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Paper(Thailand)
 
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Chinese ink on paper(China)
 
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Chinese ink on paper(Japan)
 
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Acrylic on paper(U.S.)
 
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Chinese ink on paper(China)
 
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Pastel on paper(U.K.)
 
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Acrylic on paper(Finland)
 
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Chinese ink on paper(Korea)
 
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Chinese ink and dye on paper(China)
 
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Paper(Nepal)
 
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Paper(India)
 
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I’m now thinking about the exhibition ‘LIFE’ ten days after the end. 
 
Many people came to see the show and told me various impressions. Most of them were thinking of their own life in front of ‘LIFE’ pieces on a wall. In other words, they seemed to take my message as a private matter, rather than a social matter. It’s OK however viewers have their own impression, but I can’t help thinking about a peculiarity in Japan. I’m worried that they might become inward-looking and indifferent to society. I hope now these worries are unfounded and groundless. And I’m looking forward to hold ‘LIFE’ exhibition in Europe.
Nakajima Hiroyuki
 
Photo: Takashi Hayasaka
 
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I am glad to inform about my new book, published in June.
 
NAKAJIMA HIROYUKI WORKS 1999-2015
 

10.2 x 8.3 x 0.3 inches, 104 pages, written in English and Japanese
Publisher: LIVRE Publishing, Inc.
Price: 2,000 yen
ISBN-10: 4863381441
ISBN-13: 978-4863381445
 

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This book is a collection of my representative works (45works and messages) from 1999 to 2015. It has released on June 13th, 2016 in Amazon.
Please search it on “nakajima hiroyuki works” in
”AMAZON”
 
Thank you.
Nakajima Hiroyuki
 


The Exhibition ‘LIFE’ closed yesterday.
Thank you for your visit.
 
‘Our society consists of various people.’
This was my motivation for this exhibition and a power to make a lot of variation. I’m glad that Many people came to see the show and had various impression.
 
“It reminds me the faces and figures of my friends.
365 ‘LIFE’ pieces on papers suggested me the importance of my daily life.
I was sitting in front of pieces for a long time, then encouraged very much.
I could find the piece which represents the past, the present and the future of my life.”
 
It’s my pleasure that this exhibition could be a chance to think about our ‘LIFE’.
I’m looking forward to seeing you again in the next exhibition.
Thank you.
 
Nakajima Hiroyuki
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The exhibition “生/LIFE” is being held now.
I’m looking forward to your visit.
June 7th-13th, 10:00-19:30 (Last day 10:00-17:00)
Bunkamura Box Gallery
2-24-1 Shibuya-ku Dogenzaka Tokyo, 150-8507
 
There is no end to the number of people who die due to war and starvation. There is no end to suicides and solitary death. The gap between the rich and poor is widening and a society of the unknown dead is deepening. Intolerance of diversity is spreading in our world.
In times like these, I hope this exhibition will be a chance to think about our ‘LIFE’.
 
Nakajima Hiroyuki
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Performance in Stadtmuseum in Siegburg Germany on June 3rd.
My performance with with Holger Mantey (piano)
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Dear YU-ICHI,
Finally I have come here,
since I met your work at the first time in Kyoto in 1989.
 
Left: Flower 2011 Chinese ink on paper 171×69
Right: Moon 2011 Chinese ink on paper 171×69
Back: Moon by YU-ICHI Inoue 141×180
Photo: Yurika Toyama
 
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Exhibition “HOMAGE to YU-ICHI by THE 7th TEN-SAKU-KAI”
 

Yu-ichi Inoue (1916-1985) is a famed calligrapher representing the 20th century. This Exhibition is held by artists who are deeply influenced by Yu-ichi Inoue, exploring to make new history of calligraphy after him. It is held once in two year and I participate in the 7th Ex. at the first time. The fact that I encountered Yu-ichi’s works in Kyoto in my thirties made me to be a calligrapher.
 
July 1st — July 5th, 2015
AM11:00-PM6:00 (The first day PM2:00-8:00, The last day AM11:00-PM5:00)
Mitaka City Arts Center
6-12-14 Kamirenjaku Mitaka-shi Tokyo, 181-0012 Japan
-Symposium-
“exchange questions and answers about calligraphy”
From 17:00 on July 4th
Chairmanship: Unagami Masaomi
 
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This is the third performance in the tour in Germany 2015.
with Holger Mantey (piano)
on June 7th at Die Käs in Frankfurt an Main
This is programed in the Japanese movie festival the 15th “Nippon Connection”.
 
 
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Performance in Siegburg/Germany
This is the second performance in the tour in Germany 2015.
“Sun and Moon”
with Holger MANTEY (Piano)
on June 3rd, 2015 at Stadtmuseum
 
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Performance in Karlsruhe/Germany
This is the first performance in the tour in Germany 2015.
with Seimo YAMAGUCHI (Shakuhachi) and Yuta TOSHIHIRO (Taiko)
on May 31st, 2015 at Karlsburg Durlach
 
Video by Seimo YAMAGUCHI
“Shakuhachi×Taiko×Calligraphy performanced
in Schloss,Karlsruhe,Durlach 30.05.2015”
 

 
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