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Space Un
Tokyo’s Newest Space for Showcasing African Contemporary Art
Ryan Edwards
April 3, 2024

A new art platform called Space Un is set to launch in Tokyo, with a focus on promoting contemporary African art. The initiative is the result of a collaboration between a discreet art collector associated with a luxury brand, a Japanese actor, and a Berlin-based entrepreneur, according to a report from Artnet.

Ceysson & Bénétière's new home in Tokyo. Photo Credit: Eaton Real Estate Corporation

Led by Edna Dumas, who is part of the Hermès-affiliated Dumas family, Space Un aims to facilitate cultural exchange between Japan and Africa while shining a spotlight on African artists. The platform is scheduled to open on April 20 in Tokyo's Aoyama district and will feature a mix of commercial gallery exhibitions, public engagement programs, and an artist residency.

The establishment of Space Un comes at a time when there is a growing interest in Tokyo's art scene, as indicated by the presence of international galleries such as Pace and Ceysson & Bénétière in the city. Designed by architect Go Hasegawa, the space will offer a range of events including artist talks, workshops, and music/film presentations to actively involve the public.

The debut exhibition at Space Un, titled "Anastomosis," will display works by Senegalese artist Aliou Diack, who created them during his residency at Yoshino Cedar House in Nara. Diack's pieces highlight the shared appreciation for nature between Senegal and Japan, emphasizing the mutual respect for the environment that both cultures hold.

Through Space Un, Dumas and her partners aim to deepen the understanding of African art and culture in Japan while providing a global platform for African artists to exhibit their work.

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