Holding the Universe in the Hand: Leiko Ikemura + Chiharu Shiota

Leiko Ikemura, Chiharu Shiota, Hands Holding the Universe, 2021 © Leiko Ikemura, Chiharu Shiota, and VG Bildkunst, 2022. / Photo: Tetsuo Ito.
Holding the Universe in the Hand - Leiko Ikemura & Chiharu Shiota

An exhibition celebrating the publication of a new book of dialogues by Leiko Ikemura and Chiharu Shiota will be held from April 2 (Sat) to April 13 (Wed), 2022. In conjunction with the exhibition, we will be accepting entries for a special edition of the dialogue book with an edition print on a special page.



Berlin, Germany-based international contemporary artists Leiko Ikemura and Chiharu Shiota held a two-person exhibition in Nagoya in 2021, where their collaborative drawings were also exhibited and attracted much attention. During the lockdown period when their mobility was restricted, the two artists visited each other's homes and engaged in a series of dialogues about the exhibition and production of artworks.

In this exhibition, Ikemura and Shiota will show for the first time their respective works, drawings created together, and new collaborative works from their two-person exhibition "Holding the Universe in the Hand" (Kenji Taki Gallery, Nagoya, Japan) in 2021. In addition, a limited edition print of a photograph of Ikemura's own hand holding a stone, with red thread sewn over it by Shiota, will be available as a set with a dialogue book, and online entries will be accepted from April 1 (Fri.) at 10:00 a.m.

We invite you to view this rare collaboration that connects the dialogue of the mind to the universe, both in terms of the dialogue book and the artwork.


About the Special Edition

Dialogue Book In conjunction with the exhibition, a limited number of special edition dialogue books with edition print works will be available for sale.There will be two editions of 30 prints each, each with its own edition number and signed by the artist.

The book of dialogues will be the same for both the limited edition and the general sale.

The edition of the prints will be the same for both the limited special edition and the general sale.A collaboation print work, in which Shiota stitched red thread over a scanned photo of Ikemura's own hand holding a stone.


Planet in Hands (2 types ED30 each)

Size of work|27.7cm x 39.7cm / 19cm x 25.5cm
Scheduled for delivery in June 2022
*Delivery may be accelerated depending on the progress of production.
*Edition numbered, signed by the artist, and framed.
*There will be no sales of prints only. One print work will be accompanied by a book of dialogues.
*For details, please check the special website to be opened on April 1 (Fri.).


Summary of the dialogue book

Leiko Ikemura and Chiharu Shiota's two-person exhibition The Universe in Your Hands was held at Kenji Taki Gallery in Nagoya in the spring of 2021. The exhibition included collaborative drawings, a first attempt for both artists.

The two artists have been in a state of lockdown and have been regularly visiting each other's homes and studios in Berlin, Germany, where they are based, to engage in dialogue. This book contains the "Dialogue Collection," a compilation of those five dialogues, as well as the works exhibited in the two-person exhibition The Universe in Your Hands.

In the dialogues, the artists exchange opinions and chat with each other while looking at each other's works, and frankly discuss in a very relaxed atmosphere what they think about their work at the Corona Disaster, life as a female artist, the art scene after the fall of the Berlin Wall, putting art into words, family, art education in Japan and Germany, the thoughts of those who teach art and those who are taught, the future art market, and so on.


Bibliographic information

Holding the Universe in the Hand: A Collection of Dialogues between Leiko Ikemura and Chiharu Shiota
Author|Leiko Ikemura, Chiharu Shiota
Published by Culture Convenience Club Co.
Bijutsu Shuppansha
Price|3,300 yen (tax included)
Specifications|A5 flat size, three sides, cooter binding, boxed, 320 pp.
General release date|April 15, 2022
Ginza Tsutaya April 2, 2022


Limited Special Edition Online Entry Method

Online entry will begin at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, April 1 at OIL by Bijutsu Techo, an online marketplace for art.For details, please check the special page to be released on April 1 (Fri.) at 10:00.

Preliminary announcement page|oil.bijutsutecho.com/special/127

Special site URL|bijutsutecho.com/lp/ikemura-shiota2022 (The special website will go live on Friday, April 1 at 10:00 a.m.)

Online Entry Period|April 1 (Fri.) 10:00 - April 14 (Thu.) 17:00


Exhibition Details

Exhibition Commemorating Publication of Dialogue Book

Dates: April 2, 2022 (Sat) - April 13, 2022 (Wed) *Closing date is subject to change.
Time: 11:00-20:00 *Close at 18:00 on the last day only.
Venue: Ginza Tsutaya GINZA ATRIUM (event space)
Admission: Free
Organizer: Ginza Tsutaya
Studio Ikemura / Atelier Chiharu Shiota / Kenji Taki Gallery
Inquiries: 03-3575-7755 (during business hours) / info.ginza@remove.me @ccc.co.jp


Source: PR TIMES, Ginza Tsutaya


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