Teppei Kaneuji

Cubed Liquid, Metallic Memory

Inspired by Rimpa, this “stage” where everything is created evolves into a place for Gesamtkunstwerk

Teppei Kaneuji is a Kyoto-based artist who has shown his work in Japanese museums as well as in overseas exhibitions such as “Melting City / Empty Forest” (Yokohama Museum of Art, 2009), a solo show in Beijing, a group show in the Hermitage Museum and more. Recently, Kaneuji has been working in stage design and by combining and reshaping everyday items such as plastic goods, dolls, magazine cut-outs, stickers etc., he invites us to a world that feels somewhat familiar even though we have never seen it before. In this work, the artist boldly explores to seek a node between performing arts and Rimpa, one of the major historical schools of Japanese painting, exhibiting new work from his “Model of Unknown Stage” series at Kyoto Art Center’s North Gallery and hosting four different events with other artists, musicians and actors at the South Gallery. “A place where things and people that were not supposed to encounter each other do encounter each other as they are,” says Kaneuji. An unexpected encounter may take us to the world of the unknown and liberate us.

Live Painting: “Specter of Trace”
Kenji Itagaki + Chihiro Mori + Yuichi
Yokoyama (+Teppei Kaneuji)
Date: 10.4 (Sat)
Venue: Kyoto Art Center South Gallery

Live Music: “Ghost of Music”
OORUTAICHI + Teppei Kaneuji
+ Bunsho Nishikawa
Date: 10.11 (Sat)
Venue: Kyoto Art Center South Gallery

Performance: “Phantom of Lecture”
Izumi Aoyagi + Teppei Kaneuji + Shimpei Yamada
Date: 10.18 (Sat)
Venue: Kyoto Art Center South Gallery
Sound: Shuta Hasunuma
Lighting: Yukiko Yoshimoto
Costume: Kyoko Fujitani
Recorded lecture: Kazuo Amano

Closing Party: “Mirage of Party”
Guest: Nikka
Date: 11.3 (Mon)
Venue: Kyoto Art Center South Gallery

North and South Gallery, Kyoto Art Center
Kyoto, Japan
Part of The Celebration of 400 Years of The Rimpa School of Japanese Painting program
Exhibition lightingMasayoshi Takada (RYU)
In cooperation withTomeido
Presented byKyoto Experiment


  • Teppei Kaneuji, tower (THEATER), 2017, ROHM Theatre Kyoto. Photo by Yuki Moriya

    Teppei Kaneuji

    tower (THEATER)