Roppongi Hills


Photo: Takuji Shimmura

5/25(Sat) 10:00〜5/26(Sun) 18:00
Roppongi Hills Mohri Garden on the side of the Hillside (next to Roppongi Hills Arena)
[Participation fee]
In the fall of 2018, Tokyo Metropolitan Government presented a huge furoshiki-wrapped object to the Hôtel de Ville, Paris, where it was displayed
at the plaza in front of the building. The appeal of furoshiki (a traditional Japanese wrapping cloth) was conveyed to France through the display of furoshiki and related installations as well as through workshops. At Roppongi Art Night 2019, original furoshiki designed by artists, which were exhibited inside the karakusa (arabesque)-pattern furoshiki pavilion in Paris, will be presented for the first time in Japan together with the exhibition “FUROSHIKI PARIS,” thus communicating the charm of furoshiki through installations.

“FUROSHIKI PARIS” Tandem Paris—Tokyo 2018
“FUROSHIKI PARIS” was held last year as part of Tandem Paris—Tokyo 2018, a cultural exchange program between Tokyo Metropolitan Government and the city of Paris. Inviting Tsuyoshi Tane as an art director, the project installed a pavilion resembling a huge furoshiki-wrapped object with the karakusa pattern in front of Hôtel de Ville, Paris, along with an exhibition of original furoshiki designed by both Japanese and French artists as well as other furoshiki-related installations. Moreover, stone sculptures of historical figures on the city hall’s facade became part of an installation in which they were made to look as if they were carrying furoshiki bags. Through these events, which were held concurrently with an exhibition and workshops at Maison de la Culture du Japon à Paris, the Japanese tradition and art of furoshiki as well as the ecological wisdom it embodies as arguably the world’s first eco-bag, was conveyed to the world.