Cat Olympics: in memory of Torajiro: Nobuaki Takekawa


For its inaugural exhibition, Ota Fine Arts Shanghai will feature a solo presentation by Japanese artist, Nobuaki Takekawa, titled "Cat Olympics: in memory of Torajiro".

Cat Olympics: in memory of Torajiro is inspired by the 2020 Olympics to be hosted by Tokyo, Japan. On a more personal level, the exhibition is in memory of the artist's beloved cat, Torajiro, who died a year ago in a traffic incident.

The exhibition marks Takekawa's first solo presentation in China and will feature several large installations including an opening ceremony stadium, a football field, an aquatic center and a gymnasium. Numerous ceramic cats will populate the installations, with each individual cat engaged in a sporting activity. Additionally, Takekawa will present ten of his signature woodblock prints and a series of cat sculptures.

By creating a celebratory atmosphere that mimics the World Olympics, Takekawa allows his viewers to reflect on the complex societal issues that are prevalent in the world. Consequentially, this may cause one to think further about the overall effect of the Olympics on mankind.