– The Grain of Strands from Some Moments

An Exhibition of Kinetic Sculptures by Masato Tanaka

The Japan Foundation, Kuala Lumpur and GALERI PETRONAS proudly present “TOKITSUMUGI – The Grain of Strands from Some Moments” an exhibition of kinetic sculptures by Masato Tanaka from 10 April – 13 May 2007.

Showing for the 1st time ever in Malaysia from 10 April to 13 May 2007, the exhibition presents a unique display of 12 moving sculptures which combine art and technology to create free movement, dubbed a ‘scenic movement presentation’. GALERI PETRONAS and the Japan Foundation present this unique exhibition to the public in celebration of Malaysia’s 50th Year of Independence and 50 years of diplomatic relations between Malaysia and Japan.

Masato Tanaka’s kinetic sculptures are made of materials such as steel and motor.

In conjunction with this exciting exhibition, several interesting public programmes have been lined-up for visitors to the exhibition, such as a special Artist Talk on Saturday, 14 April 2007 from 2pm – 3:30pm and a ‘hands-on’ workshop to make kinetic sculptures on 12 May 2007, from 10am – 12:30pm. Both programmes will be held at GALERI PETRONAS and are presented free of charge.

This is definitely an eye-opening exhibition for Malaysians and should not be missed.

Duration: 10 (Tue) April ~ 13 (Sun) May 2007
Venue: GALERI PETRONAS, Level 3, Suria KLCC
Time: 10am – 8pm (Open daily except Mondays)
Admission: FREE

For further enquiries, please contact The Japan Foundation, Kuala Lumpur at 03-2161 2104, email to or GALERI PETRONAS at 03-2051 9150.

The Japan Foundation, Kuala Lumpur together with GALERI PETRONAS is pleased to bring you a fresh and exciting blend of visual and performance artistry in the form of improvisational dances that features the TOKITSUMGI exhibition on display currently at the Bustle Gallery.This unique improvisation dance performance is a collaboration of local dancers, Lee Swee Keong and Ooi Huei Si together with prominent Japanese dancer Mao Arata. They will incorporate the works of Masato Tanaka in their performance in a truly mesmerizing spectacle of movement.


The first performance held on 9 May 2007, Wednesday will begin at 6:00pm and include three improv sessions by the trio of dancers.

Mao Arata will be giving a solo performance on 11 May 2007, Friday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm.

Masato Tanaka
kinetic artist / 3-4 dimensional space designer)

Masato Tanaka was born in 1961 in Yokohama, Japan. Graduated from Tokyo National University of Fine Arts & Music ( B.A. in Design 1985, M.A. 1987) Masato set out in various ways of arts (exhibition, commercial display, stage art, etc.) without distinction between design and any arts. Masato creates kinetic installation art that are composed by using some elements of mechanics and the fluctuation rhythm of nature through his own unique style and technique. He has had solo exhibitions in Hong Kong, Shan Zhen, Macao and Singapore as well as in Japan. His artworks were also used in various theatre performances including “Spring Day” performed by Pappa Tarahumara at Istana Budaya in 2001.


Combining art with technological knowledge, Masato has focused on the creation of a series of “Kinetic Sculptures”that demonstrate that technology not only brings the acceleration of modern life but also contains sense of hidden natural beauty. Although electricity, motors magnets are important components in Masato’s works, what creates the major kinetic energy for free movement is nature itself, such as the focus of wind or gravity. The main theme of Masato’s work is direction of some artistic atmosphere that prompts relaxation & comfort with calling the native latent curiosity of human beings. Masato seeks to promote a concept he calls “playground of one’s eyes”, using inorganic materials and forms to search for peaceful expression on which the eyes can rest idly for a while, glancing out from the corners of daily life. He always aims at the activities of crossing the fixed form of each expression genre.

106 Tokitsumugi The Grain of Strands from Some Moments 10 Apr 2007


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