MAM Screen 008: Kondoh Akino

2018.4.25 [Wed] - 9.17 [Mon]

New York-based Kondoh Akino (b. 1980) has employed a diverse range of techniques including manga, animation, drawing, oil painting and essays to construct a highly original expressive realm. Kondoh’s take on the world feels dreamlike; a mixture of fact and fiction based on her own experiences, memories and sensations. Suffused with a kind of dubious allure that seems to expose the subconscious - primeval memories, physical changes unique to women, environments in which humans and nature join to form a harmonious whole, sensations that lie between curiosity and fear - her works have earned high acclaim both in Japan and further afield.

Already a published manga artist, while studying at Tama Art University Kondoh began producing animations with the idea of “making manga move.” The technique of combining music and motion expanded the range and scope of her art. This exhibition will present three of these animated films, plus short manga in a slideshow format for the first time. Don’t miss a new take on the manga experience differing from the usual sensation of turning pages.

Works Screened

Video Works
The Evening Traveling 2001-2002 3 min. 56 sec.
Ladybirds’ Requiem 2005-2006 5 min. 38 sec.
KiyaKiya 2010-2011 6 min. 39 sec.

Manga Works * Shown in a slideshow format
The Boy in the Cabinet 2005/2018 3 min. 7 sec.
Rendezvous 2005/2018 1 min. 58 sec.
The Bridge of Dreams 2015/2018 5 min. 40 sec.

Kondoh Akino
The Evening Traveling
Animation 3 min. 56 sec.
Music: Chiku Toshiaki
Courtesy: Mizuma Art Gallery
Kondoh Akino
Animation 6 min. 39 sec.
Music: John Zorn
Collection: Mori Art Museum
Kondoh Akino
Ladybirds’ Requiem
Animation 5 min. 38 sec.
Music: Chiku Toshiaki
Collection: Mori Art Museum
Kondoh Akino
The Bridge of Dreams
Ink on paper
Courtesy: Chuokoron-Shinsha, Inc.
Kondoh Akino
The Boy in the Cabinet
Ink on paper
Kondoh Akino
Ink on paper

Kondoh Akino

Born 1980 in Chiba. Graduated from Department of Graphic Design, Tama Art University in 2003. Kondoh has been living in New York since 2008. At the Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, she participated in “Go-Betweens: The World Seen Through Children” (2014). Her major solo exhibitions include “KiyaKiya” at Mizuma Art Gallery (2011), and her major publications include Usual Stories (Seirinkogeisha, 2008), Akino Kondoh 1998-2013 (Nanarokusha Publishing Inc., 2013), Thinking in New York #1 and #2 (Akishobo Inc., 2015/2018), A-ko’s Boyfriends #1-#4 (KADOKAWA, 2015-2017) among others.

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MAM Screen 008: Kondoh Akino

Notice about “MAM Screen 008”

The program is approximately 30 minutes long and is scheduled to start daily on the hour and at half past between 10:00 and 22:00 except for Tuesdays (between 10:00 and 17:00).

Due to some events and programs scheduled, the screening may be temporarily unavailable during the following time-frame:
* Please note that events will be added.

16:30- closing time
April 25 [Wed]
May 26 [Sat]
May 27 [Sun]
June 6 [Wed]
June 10 [Sun]
June 20 [Wed]
July 21 [Sat]
Opening time -14:00
July 22 [Sun]
Opening time -17:00
July 24 [Tue]
Opening time -17:00
July 25 [Wed]
August 6 [Mon]
Opening time -18:00
August 23 [Thu]
August 29 [Wed]
September 8 [Sat]

Notice Regarding Photography in the Galleries

At the exhibition “MAM Screen 008: Kondoh Akino,” you may take photographs under the following conditions.

When taking photographs:

  • Do NOT touch the artworks.
  • Do NOT interfere with other visitors’ enjoyment of the museum.
  • Do NOT use flash lighting.
  • Do NOT use tripods and selfie sticks.
  • Do NOT film the artworks.

When using photographs taken of the exhibition:

  • Photographs may be used for non-commercial purposes only. Photographs may NOT be used for commercial purposes.
  • Photographs may NOT be altered in any ways.
  • The conditions above are licensed under the Creative Commons License. When uploading photographs for blogs or any other photo-sharing services, please make sure to display the photograph along with such credits as below.


Artist’s name and work title: Kondoh Akino The Evening Traveling
This photograph is licensed under “Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivative Works 2.1 Japan.”

* For details about the Creative Commons License and marks, please see the Creative Commons Japan website: http://creativecommons.jp
* If photographs that include other museum visitors are made public, they may infringe on that person’s right of portrait.

About “MAM Screen”

The development of video art, which first appeared in the 1960s, has progressed in leaps and bounds alongside innovations in video technology. As the number of video installations combining multiple media also grows, under the “MAM Screen” program single-channel video works from around the world will be screened daily over the period of the relevant exhibition. This program enables visitors to view works on video in concentrated fashion, and at their leisure.

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