Mariko Kobayashi | CADAN Yurakucho

KOTARO NUKAGA is pleased to announce “All You Need to Bear is the Sun,” a solo exhibition by Mariko Kobayashi, from November 3 through 22 at CADAN Yurakucho. 
Utilizing a method of combining different materials using textile techniques such as weaving, dying, knitting, and stitching, Kobayashi renders different connections that exist in the world. “Circulation of life” is the central theme that runs through her artistic practice.
The exhibition title “All You Need to Bear is the Sun” was taken from the work that portrayed a donkey motif. It reminds viewers of donkey’s harsh life as a bearer of heavy loads, for the benefit of humans. Why are we making donkeys to carry burdens that we cannot carry ourselves? How far are we going to coerce them into carrying the burdens? The work engages viewers to reflect on how we live and what is truly important that we should value.
Kobayashi expresses the cycle of life and the multi-layered relationship between nature and humans not only through the works’ vivid color and materiality, but also by selecting and treating each material with care. Weaving together different elements by hand resembles the slow and gradual process of restoring the disconnected relationship. Please enjoy the fascinating charm that the works possess and the artist’s message through her handwork.


■Exhibition Outline

Title:  You Only Need to Bear the Sun

Artist: Mariko Kobayashi

Date: November 3 – 22, 2020
Open Hours:
Tues – Fri 11:00 – 19:00
Sat, Sun, Holidays 11:00 – 17:00 
*Closed on Mon and November 15, Closed on Tuesday if Monday is a holiday
Venue: CADAN Yurakucho  Yurakucho Bldg. 1F, 1-10-1 Yurakucho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
Artist Talk
Date: November 13, 2020
Time: 18:30 – 19:00
Venue: CADAN Yurakucho
Admission is free, reservation required (limited to 15 visitors) *Please visit Peatix to make a reservation. Reservation available in order of application
*We ask all the visitors to stand and keep a safe distance. Walk-in is welcome depending on space availability.
Image: Mariko Kobayashi, Heat and Water, 2018-2020