When I saw this exhibition for Hideyuki Tanaka get announced today, I took a look at the sample photos and immediately thought to myself, “this art looks strikingly familiar.” So I did some research on Hideyuki Tanaka and found out that he did the art for one of my favorite games growing up. Bust a Groove 2 (Bust a Move 2: Dance Tengoku MIX in Japan) and Dance Summit 2001 on PlayStation 2 as well as the art for Oh! Super Milk Chan. I was dumbfounded. After all of these years, his art style hasn’t changed and is still the pop-infused edgy art that I loved almost 20 years ago.
The exhibition will be taking place from October 10th until October 25th at the Shibuya-san tourist & information center in Shibuya, Tokyo between the hours of 11 am and 8 pm. Furthermore, there will be a live talk session happening on the 15th which is limited to 15 people which have been predetermined but fret not as the talk session will be livestreamed on YouTube for your viewing pleasure if you’re interested.
Hideyuki Takana’s exhibition will feature a number of his works across the years from 1998 until 2020 including works that have been released to the public, but even more interesting is the works that will be shown that have not been publicly displayed before.
If you’re in the Tokyo area and want to check the exhibition out, the entry is free, however, the venue requests that all visitors wear a mask at all times during the exhibition and they have also announced that entrance into the exhibition will be controlled to prevent the spread of Coronavirus. But these two things are to be expected considering the situation that the world is in right now.
I really like Hideyuki Tanaka’s art and live fairly close to Shibuya, so I think that I will try to make some time to venture over to the exhibition to check it out. Who knows if and when I’ll have the opportunity to see something like this again.