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sagacho archives
Written by KALONSNET Editor   
Published: May 17 2011

Photo by Ryota Atarashi, copyright© sagacho archives

The “Saga-cho Exhibit Space” in Saga-cho, Tokyo was the first alternative space in Japan that presented current progressive art between 1983 and 2000. It was neither a museum nor a gallery but “another” type of art space: the “Super-potato” group, led by that Takashi Sugimoto, renovated the former market space in the Shokuryo Building (built in 1927) as a space with a ceiling height of five metres and with an arch type window. This was “another” type of art space in that it was a museum but was not a gallery. It was known as a legendary space from which a number of artists were born including Yasumasa Morimura, Rei Naito, Shinro Ohtake, Hiroshi Sugimoto, and Fumio Tachibana.

It was also well-known abroad as well as bilingual information was also provided there and many tourists visited it. However its activity ended in 2000 because the building was sold off due the burst of the Japanese economic bubble.

The “Saga-cho archives” were established as an attempt to ascertain the activities, the material, and the work collections of their seventeen years of activity, as well as exhibiting them. The Saga-cho Exhibit Space existed during a period in which there were not so many contemporary art galleries and exhibitions to introduce emerging young artists. Retelling the activities of this space to the public from now on will the best use of this space’s history and experience for the present art scene.

Address: 3331 Arts Chiyoda B110,6-11-14, Soto-kanda, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
Open: 13:00 - 19:00, closed from Monday to Thursday
Website: http://www.sagacho.jp

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