Echigo-Tsumari MonET Exhibition Series Vol.4 Tanaka Ai "Reverse String"


Museum on Echigo-Tsumari (MonET) will hold a series of special exhibitions as a new initiative starting this fiscal year. 2023 will feature four exhibitions with four guest curators.

– Outline of the Exhibition Series 2023 –

Vol.1  July 1 (Sat) – August 27 (Sun)
Shop KATAKISHI in Tokamachi Branch & Dormant Data GP 2022-2023 Archive Exhibition
Guest Curator: Sawaragi Noi(Art Critic)

Vol.2  September 9 (Sat) – November 5 (Sun)
Graphcast Shiftpast
Artist: Matsumoto Haruka
Guest Curator: Hosaka Kenjiro (Director, Shiga Museum of Art)

Vol.3  November 18 (Sat) – December 24(Sun)
The Sequel: Twin Boat Songs – Verdigris Vessel
Artist: Takezaki Kazuyuki+Nishimura Yu
Guest Curator: Tsukamoto Mari (Chief Curator, The Museum of Art, Kochi)

Vol.4  January 13 (Sat) – Sunday, March 10(Sun), 2024
Reverse String

Artist: Tanaka Ai
Guest Curator: Hiyama Maaru (Curator / Recruit Art Center)

Prologue to the Exhibition Series

The Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennale has been working to revitalize local communities through art. In order to make the Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennale even more community-based, we will explore new possibilities for the region and art, meet the artists who will lead the future, and create new collaborations. The Museum on Echigo-Tsumari (MonET) plans to organize and hold a series of long-term exhibitions starting in 2023.

Kitagawa Fram  (General Director of Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennale)

Echigo-Tsumari MonET Exhibition Series Vol.4

Tanaka Ai "Reverse String"

Tanaka Ai “The Walking Edge.” 2023
63.0×52.0cm,mineral pigments on paper
photo Adachi Ryo

The rough texture, the roughness, and the quietness. The reflection of light sparkling in the midst of it. The loneliness and dimness are locked up, but still emit color and light. We are pleased to present a solo exhibition of Tanaka Ai, a painter from Aichi Prefecture who paints using such painting materials.
By striking a dot, she draws a line, which before long becomes a surface. Her paintings, which freely move back and forth between illustration and drawing, overlap with her attitude toward her theme, in which she pursues with wonder the cycles that occur on the earth and in the universe in which we live, and the laws by which they are formed.
The title “Reverse String” is derived from an essay by Nishiwaki Junzaburo, a poet from Niigata Prefecture, who described buckwheat noodles as “wildly hardened string. When paint is applied to form a shape and become a painting, it is the sparkle of the particles that attracts attention in reverse.
This exhibition is set in Tokamachi in the middle of winter, when snow is falling in a heavy, sometimes pounding, downpour, and is composed of new works by artists who attempt to create a world that can be recomposed in a circle by painting from line to circle all at once.


Guest Curator: Hiyama Maayu (Curator / Recruit Art Center)

Exhibition Period: January 13 (Sat) – March 10 (Sun), closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays 10:00 – 17:00 (last admission 16:30)

Admission Fee: Individual tickets (¥1,200 for adults / ¥600 for elementary and junior high school students)

「Running Around」2022
Rock paints on paper, glass beads

Rock paint and pencil on paper
photo Adachi Ryo

「Two rows of trees」2020
mineral pigments on paper
Photo by Takeshi Hirabayashi

Related event: Meet with Artists

"Let's make snow paintings with our bodies."

Painting before you know it by moving your body? This is a workshop to create paintings with snow with artists Tanaka Ai, who is also an exhibiting artist at this exhibition. Let’s experience the sensation of creating something big before you know it, by using snow as a painting medium and using your whole body!

Date: February 24 13:00,~
Venue: Museum on Echigo-Tsumari, MonET

Artist Profile

Tanaka Ai

Born 1992 in Aichi, Japan, he completed his Master’s degree in Oil Painting and Printmaking at Aichi University of the Arts in 2016. Recent exhibitions include “VOCA 2023: Vision of Contemporary Art – New Flat Artists”, The Ueno Royal Museum, Tokyo, Japan; “Drawing Circles with Burnham”, COCOTO by COCO Gallery, Kyoto, Japan; solo exhibition “Got a Light”, SANTOKO GALLERY, Nagano, Japan in 2022.  “Life”, awai art center, Nagano, Japan in Nagano, etc.

Guest Curator Profile

Hiyama Maaru (Curator / Recruit Art Center)

Born in Osaka in 1994. Major curatorial projects include “Tanihara Natsuko’s Kitakagaya Kitan” (CCO Creative Center, and others) in 2023, “Fallout Families” in 2022, and “Occult Yo Soi” (Decameron) in 2021. Major lectures and workshops include “I Like to Lie: On Curatorial Bluff and Realism” (PARA) in 2023 and “Shuffle Distributive Editorial Writing W” (Aichi University of the Arts) in 2022. This year’s goal has been revised upward to “Guerrilla Nature Adventure”.

photo Oku Yuji


Date and time 【period】Jan 13 - Mar q0, 2023 / Closed on Tue & Wed except holidays
【time】10:00~17:00(30 minutes before last entry)

Museum on Echigo-Tsumari, MonET
(6-1,71-2 Honcho, Tokamachi-city, Niigata, Japan)

Admission Adult JPY 1,200, Child age under 15 JPY 600 (※ ticket includes admission to see the permanent collections as well as to Experience traditional village events.
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