Established back in 2006, LagoArt is my private Contemporary Japanese Art Collection, located in Hamburg, Germany. Works include photography, sound installations, paintings, mixed media and sculptures.
I found my interest in art when experiencing the up-spring of the first Chinese Contemporary Galleries in Shanghai in the Mid 90s. But as often in younger age there were no financial means to start collecting and I had to wait another decade to purchase the first real art work to be owned by myself.
Often asked why to concentrate (almost exclusively) on Japanese artists only I made this decision for a reason. For me Japanese artists come from a rich cultural background which is so different from the Western world and which allows a fascinating different approach of expression. Japanese art has a long history and has always used different techniques and materials. Additionally the almost obsessive strive for perfection which can be seen in many parts of Japanese life does not stop with artists.
PRIVATE CONTEMPORARY JAPANESE ART COLLECTION
Artists within the Collection include:
If you’re interested in a specific artist or would like to know more about Japanese Contemporary Art or Galleries, please don't hesitate to get in touch.
Selected Artists are provided an atelier space and a fully furnished living apartment plus the necessary material. Next to flight costs to / from Germany a daily allowance will be provided as well. The length of the residence is flexible and stays between two weeks and a maximum of eight weeks are possible. With regards to the specifictime of the year the program is also flexible and will be mutually agreed.
English or German language capabilities are not required as a prerequisite but can certainly be helpful.
APPLICATIONS & SELECTION PROCESS
Each year a theme will be provided and any interested applicant is invited to provide a proposal for a specific art work relating to the set theme.
The theme and the program for the current year will be announced on this website
and additionally published in different forms.
Applications will be reviewed and the final selection of artist for the resident program will be performed by the sponsor and an expert Committee - including Ms. Maho Kubota (Maho Kubota Gallery, Tokyo) and
Ms. Reiko Tsubaki (Curator, Mori Art Museum, Tokyo)
COLLECTION & ARTIST IN RESIDENCE PROGRAM IN HAMBURG, GERMANY
Since the start of the program in 2016, each year one or more Japanese artists have got the opportunity to work in Hamburg, Germany and collect experience working in foreign country.
Artists in residence are invited to create an artwork during the stay which will evolve to be part of the LagoArt collection.