Main Program

Tomoko Konoike
Storytelling Table Runner
Main Program

2014 ~
30 x 45cm each
Fabric, embroidery, cotton, mixed media

May 10 (Wed) – 28 (Sun), 10:00-18:00
*Part of the early viewing exhibition program
*Open from 10:00-20:00 on Fridays, Saturdays
*Closed on Tuesdays
May 27 (Sat) 10:00-22:00, 28 (Sun) 10:00-18:00
The National Art Center, Tokyo
[Participation fee]
Konoike has questioned the systems surrounding art and museums. One of them is her focus on the immature and destructive power of handicrafts, which tend to be subordinated to arts and crafts. Storytelling Table Runner is a project centered on handicrafts that has been developed in Japan and overseas since 2014. Konoike, who listened to individual stories while traveling, draws sketches, which the narrators make into luncheon mats. From pleasant stories to sad stories, from commonplace to extraordinary strange stories, a variety of personal stories pass between various people as they tell, listen, draw, sew, and see. When it is finally connected as Storytelling Table Runner, a big and powerful story emerges like a collective memory with indigenousness.


Tomoko Konoike

Tomoko Konoike continues to question the fundamentals of art through a variety of media including painting, sculpture, and performance, as well as site-specific expressions realized through travel.
Recent solo exhibitions include Fundamental Violence (2016), Kanagawa Prefectural Hall, The Museum of Modern Art, Gunma / Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology Art Encouragement Prize; Fur Story (2018), Leeds Arts University; Hunter Gatherer (2018), Akita Museum of Modern Art, Japan; Chukagari (2020), Artizon Museum / Mainichi Art Prize; Birth of Miru (2022), Takamatsu City Museum of Art.
Group exhibitions include Temporal Turn (2016), Spencer Museum of Art / University of Kansas Museum of Natural History; Japan-Spirits of Nature (2017), Nordic Akbar Museum of Art; ECHOES FROM THE PAST (2018), Sinka Art Museum; Story-makers (2022), Japanese Cultural Centre Sydney. Her publications include Animal Words and picture books (Hatori Shoten).