CADAN Yurakucho is a contemporary art gallery that slightly differs from conventional galleries. Its most prominent feature is the management model, under which more than 40 galleries take turns holding exhibitions.
According to CADAN Representative Director Tomio Koyama, who is also the owner of Tomio Koyama Gallery, “Opening a gallery on the ground floor of a building that faces such a busy urban street is an entirely novel approach for a contemporary art gallery.”
CADAN is a non-profit organization composed of numerous contemporary art galleries. At CADAN Yurakucho, the member galleries take turns holding exhibitions for approximately three weeks each.
Behind the birth of an art gallery at such a prime location is Micro STARs Dev., a project to reconstruct Yurakucho implemented by Mitsubishi Estate Company, Limited. This project was launched as part of a larger plan for reconstruction of the districts of Otemachi, Marunouchi, and Yurakucho. We spoke with Yoriyuki Arimitsu, Vice Manager of the Yurakucho Development Planning Office at Mitsubishi Estate.
“Yurakucho is home to theaters and art museums. The district offers deep insight into art and culture. Against this backdrop, we approached Culture Vision Japan (CVJ) with the idea to engage in art in earnest.”
CVJ is an organization that promotes cross-sector partnership between creators, government, industry and academia with the objective of building a comprehensive cultural platform. One of the projects that CVJ proposed after being approached by Mitsubishi Estate was to attract art galleries to the area. The concept behind this project was to invite not one but multiple contemporary art galleries that will share a venue and take turns holding exhibitions. This is how a unique art space was born in the heart of the business district Yurakucho.
Yurakucho is also a fashion area and home of a variety of designer stores and specialty boutiques. In recent years, however, the fashion industry is undergoing transformations caused by the expansion of online shopping. Perhaps the day is not far off when Yurakucho will be reborn as a new art district.