Art Exhibition

Takuma Kamine: Myо̄-о̄ in the Shell
Interpretations of Buddhist Sculpture


curated by Michael VanHartingsveldt and Ayako Yoshida


February 7, 2019 - March 9, 2019


Pre-Opening Event

Wednesday, February 6 @7pm

The Japan Foundation, Los Angeles
(5700 Wilshire Blvd., #100 Los Angeles, CA 90036)

Street parking is available near JFLA. Click here for parking info.

Admission Free

Exhibition Hours:
Monday-Friday 10am-7pm, Saturday 12-5pm
Closed on Sundays and February 18

Pre-Opening Event
Wednesday, February 6, 7pm
Artist Talk with Michael VanHartingsveldt (LACMA)
Light refreshment will be provided.
Admission Free, RSVP is not required but appreciated (Click here)

When Takuma Kamine first encountered the images of Buddhist guardian deities as a child, he was filled with awe and fear. As a working artist now, Kamine has crystallized those initial emotions into figures which borrow elements from Japanese animation and comics. They are not devotional pieces, nor are they facsimiles of extant Buddhist iconography; rather, Kamine’s exhaustive studies of Buddhist scriptures and fascination with robotic protectors, such as gundams, informed these deeply personal iterations.

The exhibition will feature five of Kamine’s sculptures depicting the Five Great Wisdom Kings (J: Godai Myо̄о̄) and eight of his drawings which include the Five and add three more to round out the Eight Great Wisdom Kings (J: Hachidai Myо̄о̄) grouping. Kamine’s artwork will be shown alongside five photographs of the 9th century Godai Myо̄о̄ sculptures at Kyoto’s Tо̄-ji to juxtapose the deities’ standardized form with Kamine’s interpretations.

- Michael VanHartingsveldt

This exhibition will be on view at the Japan Foundation, Los Angeles, from February 7 to March 9, 2019, with a pre-opening reception, an artist talk with the curator on February 6. This event is open to the public.

About Artist

Born in Osaka and now active in Tokyo, Takuma Kamine graduated with a BA of Fine Arts from the Painting Department at Tokyo Zokei University. He currently holds a position there as a part-time instructor of Fine Art.
Kamine has shown his art in solo exhibitions across Japan and in group exhibitions in Japan, Taiwan, and the United States. His art practices garnered him the Hirake Goma! Vol. 2 Birth Art Associate Award in 2004 and the 4th MOVE Art Management Jury Prize in 2006.




Pre-opening event is sponsored by Nanbu Bijin and Asahara Brewery