David Shrigley The Artist, 2012, Animation
David Shrigley The Artist, 2012, Animation, 2 minutes 24 seconds, Courtesy of the artist and Stephen Friedman Gallery, London.
Saturday 14 October 2017 to Sunday 21 January 2018

Japan’s first large-scale solo exhibition of the work of acclaimed British artist David Shrigley, known for his darkly humorous take on everyday situations, opens at Contemporary Art Gallery, Art Tower Mito.

Known for his darkly humorous take on everyday situations, David Shrigley works in a wide range of media, including drawing, animation, sculpture and photography. He moves easily between the worlds of high art and popular culture, collaborating with high-profile musicians and fashion brands, whilst also producing political cartoons and public artworks.

Presented for the first time in Japan by Art Tower Mito in partnership with the British Council, the exhibition comprehensively introduces Shrigley’s diverse activities, including his drawings, animations, surreal sculptures and conceptual works that gently undermine the seriousness of art. The provocative title of the exhibition, Lose Your Mind, can be seen as an expression of a unique sense of wit that is present throughout Shrigley’s oeuvre. 

A new addition to the exhibition, created especially for Art Tower Mito, is the world premiere of a balloon replica of his public artwork Really Good, which has attracted global attention since it was unveiled at Trafalgar Square in London in autumn 2016. 

We invite you to enter the world of David Shrigley and to enjoy his uniquely dark humour. 


Title: David Shrigley: Lose Your Mind
Venue: Contemporary Art Gallery, Art Tower Mito
Saturday 14 October 2017 - Sunday 21 January 2018
Opening hours: 9.30-18.00 (last admission 17.30)
Closed: Mondays (except 8 January, public holiday), 9 January and New Year holidays (27 December 2017 - 3 January 2018)
Admission fees: 800 yen (600 yen for advance/group more than 20)
Free of charge for children under 9th grade, visitors over 65, disabled visitors and one accompanying visitor

Organised by: Mito Arts Foundation in partnership with the British Council
Grant: The Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation
Support: Asahi Group Holdings, Ltd., YUMIKO CHIBA ASSOCIATES
Curated by: Yuu Takehisa (Contemporary Art Center, Art Tower Mito) with Katrina Schwarz and Claire Feeley (British Council)

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