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Rinko Kawauchi M/E On this sphere Endlessly interlinking

Period January 21 (Sat.) - March 26 (Sun.), 2023

展示風景 撮影:麥生田兵吾

展示風景 撮影:麥生田兵吾

展示風景 撮影:麥生田兵吾

展示風景 撮影:麥生田兵吾

川内倫子《無題》(シリーズ〈M/E〉より) 2020

川内倫子《無題》(シリーズ〈M/E〉より) 2019

川内倫子《無題》(シリーズ〈4%〉より) 2012

川内倫子《無題》(シリーズ〈4%〉より) 2011

川内倫子《無題》(シリーズ〈An interlinking〉より) 2012

川内倫子《無題》(シリーズ〈An interlinking〉より) 2014

川内倫子《無題》(シリーズ〈An interlinking〉より) 2015

川内倫子《無題》(シリーズ〈光と影〉より) 2011

川内倫子《無題》(シリーズ〈光と影〉より) 2011

川内倫子《無題》(シリーズ〈あめつち〉より) 2013

川内倫子《無題》(シリーズ〈あめつち〉より) 2012

川内倫子《無題》(シリーズ〈M/E〉より) 2019

川内倫子《無題》(シリーズ〈M/E〉より) 2020


Photographer Rinko Kawauchi (1972–), known for her expressive mastery of gentle color suffused with light, has revealed the mystery, radiance, frailty, and strength of life in all its forms since her earliest works. Her gaze falls equally on the fragile and delicate beings in her immediate vicinity, be they flora and fauna or family members, and the vast workings of the earth, such as volcanoes and glaciers formed over long eons. The unique sensibility underlying her photography reveals the connections between these subjects, which all shimmer with the same vital glow. This will be her first major exhibition in Japan in six years, showcasing the essence of Kawauchi’s oeuvre through work from the past decade combined with never-before-seen images from her archives.

M/E, the main subject of this exhibition and inspiration for its title, is a new series Kawauchi began shooting in 2019. The letters stand for “Mother” and “Earth,” combining to form both “Mother Earth” and “Me.” At a glance, the series’ images of Iceland’s volcanoes and ice floes and Hokkaido’s snowy landscapes may seem distant and unrelated to the everyday scenes from the COVID-19 pandemic that accompany them in the series. However, both types of image depict events now taking place on the planet we live on, and Kawauchi’s artistry alerts us to the connection between them. This exhibition invites the viewer to reconsider a range of questions about the workings of human life and our relationship with nature.


January 21 (Sat.) – March 26 (Sun.), 2023



Opening hours

9:30-17:00 (Last admission at 16:30)


Shiga Museum of Art, Gallery 3


Adults ‒ 1,300JPY (1,100JPY)
University & High School Students ‒ 900JPY(700JPY)
Elementary & junior high school students‒ 700JPY(500JPY)  
Under Elementary School Students: Free
Holders of a ID of physical disability, mental disability, or intellectual disability: Free
*Addmission Fees in ( ) are group rates for groups of 20 or more.
*Tickets for this exhibition can also be used to visit the museum’s collection exhibition.

Organized by

Shiga Museum of Art and The Asahi Shimbun



Supported by


Supported by

Agency for Cultural Affairs, Government of Japan, through the Japan Arts Council, Fiscal Year 2022

Graphic design by

Suyama Yuri

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