Iwate, Japan / 2021

Photographer Naoki Honjo is known for his characteristic style of photography that uses a large format camera with a tilt-shift lens to capture cities as if they were dioramas. Evoking the feeling of a miniature world, Honjo blurs the lines between the reality and fiction of the world around us.

This is the artist's first large-scale solo exhibition and will feature approximately 200 works, including previously unseen series, which together provide a comprehensive overview of his career to date. The show also highlights special new works that feature the host cities where his exhibitions are being held. Enjoy the wonders of our city as seen through the eyes and lens of Naoki Honjo.


○ news

Wednesday, November 24, 2021

The official catalogue of this exhibition is now also available for purchase at EC. For more information, please click here.

Monday, September 6, 2021

The exhibition opens at the Iwate Museum of Art on Saturday, October 16, 2021. Please click here for more information.

Monday, July 12, 2021

The exhibition opens at the Miyazaki Prefectural Art Museum on Saturday, July 31. Please click here for more information.

Friday, April 16, 2021

The exhibition opens at The Museum of Art, Kochi on Saturday, May 22. Please click here for more information.

Saturday, January 9, 2021

Due to the declaration of a state of emergency, the exhibition at the Ichihara Lakeside Museum has been canceled.
Please check the museum’s official website as well as the exhibition’s Twitter account for the latest information.

Wednesday, October 21, 2020

The exhibition opens at Ichihara Lakeside Museum on Saturday, November 7. Please click here for more information.

Wednesday, October 21, 2020

We are excited to announce the launch of the official website for Naoki Honjo’s (un)real utopia.


○ events

Saturday, October 16, 2021

Artist Talk by a photographer Naoki Honjo

Date & Time: Saturday, October 16, 11:00–12:00
Location: Hall, the Iwate Museum of Art
Capacity: 100 people (on a first-come basis)
*To join the artist talk, please come direct to the Hall on the day you visit the museum and show a ticket or ticket stub of the Naoki Honjo (un)real utopia exhibition at the reception.

Saturday, November 13, 2021

Opening commemorative lecture “Looking down on towns”

Lecturer: Naoki Honjo
Date & Time: Saturday, November 13, 14:00-15:30
Location: Hall, the Iwate Museum of Art
Capacity: 100 people (on a first-come basis)
*To join the artist talk, please come direct to the Hall on the day you visit the museum and show a ticket or ticket stub of the Naoki Honjo (un)real utopia exhibition at the reception.

Sunday, November 14, 2021

Workshop “A day shown in Naoki Honjo’s photographs”

1) 10:00-12:00
2) 14:00-16:00

Location: Studio of the Iwate Museum of Art, Chuo Park
Intended audience: elementary school students and older, adults
Capacity: 10 groups (up to two persons per group) for each session
*Advance reservation required. Please see the website of the workshop “A day shown in Naoki Honjo’s photographs” for details.

Fridays, October 22, November 5, November 19, 2021

Curator’s gallery talk

Dates & Time: October 22 (Fri), November 5 (Fri), November 19 (Fri), 14:00- (approx. 30 minutes)
Location: Hall, the Iwate Museum of Art
*To join the gallery talk, please come direct to the Hall on the day you visit the museum and show a ticket or ticket stub of the Naoki Honjo (un)real utopia exhibition at the reception.

*Events and programs are subject to cancellation or changes. Please check the official website or SNS account of the Iwate Museum of Art for the latest information.


○ features

1. First large-scale solo exhibition showcasing all series to date

Naoki Honjo's gaze has been drawn not only to cityscapes but also to schools, parks, industrial areas, forests, savannas, and many other places. This exhibition presents the experimental works leading up to his characteristic tilt-shift technique, including the “small planet” series, which won the 32nd Kimura Ihei Award in 2006, and a number of other series derived from these works that illustrate Naoki Honjo's work to date.

small planet / Tokyo, Japan / 2005

small planet / Nakayama Racecourse, Chiba, Japan / 2005

2. Debut of kenya, industry, and tohoku 311 series

kenya captures the African savanna, industry takes a rarely seen aerial look at industrial areas, and tohoku 311 is an impromptu series of images shot from a helicopter just three months after the 2011 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami. This is the first time that these series of works will be shown together in public.

industry / open pit mining, Fukuoka / 2008

kenya / giraffe / 2008

3. Photos of exhibition host cities

Honjo has long photographed cities and human activity. As part of a new experiment, he now creates a special work of art in which he photographs the cities for each of the participating museums. We hope that you enjoy Honjo’s approach of engaging with each city and its people to create a kind of portrait through his eyes.


○ profile

Naoki Honjo

Born in Tokyo in 1978.
Honjo graduated from the Media Art Course at Tokyo Polytechnic University Graduate School of Arts in 2004. He received the 32nd Kimura Ihei Award for his series small planet (Little More Co., Ltd., Japan, 2006). He continues to create artworks and is active across many fields, including writing articles for ANA’s in-flight magazine Tsubasa -GLOBAL WINGS-. His works are included in the permanent collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Houston Museum of Fine Arts.


○ outline

Iwate venue

Projects organized or co-organized by the Japan Cultural Expo 2021

Saturday, October 16, 2021 – Sunday, November 28, 2021

Temporary exhibition room, the Iwate Museum of Art

Opening hours:

9:30-18:00
(Last admission: 30 minutes before closing.)

Closed:

Mondays

Admission:

[Adults] Advance ticket 800 yen (day ticket 1,000 yen)
[High school students/students] Advance ticket 500 yen (day ticket 600 yen)
[Elementary/junior high school students] Advance ticket 300 yen (day ticket 400 yen)

*Day tickets are available only at the Iwate Museum of Art.

*The following discounts are applicable to day tickets:
  - Admission for a group of 20 persons or more is the same as that of the advance ticket.
  - Persons with a Rehabilitation Certificate, Physical Disability Certificate, Intellectual Disability Welfare Certificate as well as up to one caregiver are admitted at half price.

*Discount is available if you have Iwate prefecture’s children care support passport.

*Please show a student identification card or student notebook to purchase student tickets.

*Persons with a temporary exhibition ticket can also view the collection exhibition. (The collection exhibition is not available for viewing from Tuesday, October 19 to Friday, October 22 to change exhibits.)

Advance ticket sales office:

*Sales period: Saturday, August 14 – Friday, October 15, 2021   - The Iwate Museum of Art
  - The Iwate Prefectural Hall
  - Designated ticket agencies:
    Kawatoku, Annex Kawatoku, Fesan, Ito Yokado Hanamaki, Tosando Bookstore, Sawaya Bookstore Honten, Ezuriko Shopping Center PAL, Iwate Coop (excluding some stores), Iwate Prefecture Coop, Cyg art gallery, LAWSON (L cord: 22375), 7-ELEVEN (7 code: 090-252)

Organized by:
The Iwate Museum of Art
Iwate Menkoi Television Co., Ltd.
Naoki Honjo (un)real utopia exhibition planning committee
Iwate Cultural Promotion Agency
The Asahi Shimbun
Agency for Cultural Affairs
Japan Arts Council
Sponsored by:
SunM Color Co., Ltd.
Assisted by:
Frameman Co., Ltd.
nap gallery
Supported by:
Iwate Prefectural Art and Culture Association
The Iwate Nippo Co., Ltd
Iwate Nichinichi Shimbun
The Morioka Times
NHK Morioka Broadcasting Station
Iwate Broadcasting, Co., Ltd.
Television Iwate Corp.
Iwate Asahi TV Co., Ltd.
FM Iwate Broadcasting Company
Radio Morioka Corporation
Iwate Cable Television
Information Magazine Yuu Yuu published by Koseisya Co., Ltd

The exhibitions below have ended.

Chiba
Saturday, November 7, 2020 – Sunday, January 24, 2021 Ichihara Lakeside Museum

Kochi
Saturday, May 22, 2021 – Sunday, July 11, 2021 The Museum of Art, Kochi

Miyazaki
Saturday, July 31, 2021 – Sunday, September 5, 2021 Miyazaki Prefectural Art Museum


○ interview

How did Naoki Honjo's unique “miniature style” of photography come about? We will follow up Naoki Honjo's photographing closely, introduce his thoughts on creation and the message behind his works. Be sure to focus on the helicopter shot, which you cannot normally see.


○ catalogue

Exhibition Catalogue

The exhibition catalogue showcases all of Honjo’s works in the series to date, compiled in one convenient volume. Experience the world of Naoki Honjo as it expands to fill your field of vision with large-format 4×5 prints inside the catalogue.

Contributors:
Kotaro Iizawa (Photography critic)
Terunobu Fujimori (Architectural historian/architect)
Paul Smith (Fashion designer)
Atsuko Takeuchi (Curator, Tokyo Photographic Art Museum)

*Host city photos are not included in the catalogue.

Specification: A4 variant (293mm x 183mm)
Price: 3,300 yen

Click here to buy online.

Special Edition Catalogue

A special set consisting of the exhibition catalogue and original prints selected from the photographs of the host city. Limited edition box set

Original matte prints: 216mm x 165mm, 5 editions per design, signed by the artist

Price: ¥33,000


○ goods

Posters (2 types)

¥5,500 each
Size: 470mm x 420mm

Postcard Set (32 postcards)

¥3,520

32 postcards (4×5) + 4 host city postcards

¥165 each

Ticket Holder (4 types)

¥385 each

Plastic Folder (4 types)

¥440 each

Small Notepads (5 types)

¥330 each

T-shirt (White)

S、M、L、XL
¥4,950 each

T-shirt (Black)

S、M、L、XL
¥3,300 each

Tote Bags (2 types)
(Natural/Black)

¥2,200 each

*All prices include consumption tax.

*All images are for illustrative purposes only. Actual product colors and specifications may vary.


○ virtual gallery

Here we will introduce the special works created in various locations of the museum. We hope you will enjoy the scenery of each place as seen through the eyes of Naoki Honjo, including works not shown at the exhibition.