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IKEDA Manabu’s

Sublime worlds have been unveiled by the meticulously fine point of a pen. Rebirth, a gigantic masterpiece completed over three years, now comes to the palm of your hand as an app.

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アプリについてAbout App


Artist IKEDA Manabu has garnered more attention in the modern art scene than any other artist today. Ikeda's works express dynamic worlds founded in ideas from natural scenery and cityscapes to modern motifs that surpass the generation. Extremely fine line strokes ingeniously drawn with mapping pens often used for Japanese comic books bring these worlds to life in a way that mystifies the viewer.
Rebirth, which was announced in 2016 as the latest print from IKEDA Manabu, gained notoriety both in and outside of Japan as a piece inspired by the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake. As if lead by fate to America, IKEDA Manabu confronted a gigantic 3 × 4 meter canvas over three years -- the most time he has ever spent on a single piece -- at the Chazen Museum of Art in Madison, Wisconsin. Every stroke of the pen bares all of the artist's suffering in self reflection, his emotionally powerful daily journey through each stage of life and his many discovers as he underwent the task of brining his vision to fruition.
This app takes advantage of ultra-high definition digital archiving data of this work obtained through a large ortho scanner developed by Toppan Printing that is dedicated to cultural assets. This technology has realized a way for audiences to see every single minute pen stroke engraved in this gigantic canvas of paper from right in the palm of their hand.


「誕生」についてAbout Rebirth

2013-2016|Pen, acrylic ink and transparent watercolor on paper, mounted on board|300×400cm|Collection of Saga Prefectural Art Museum|©IKEDA Manabu, Courtesy Mizuma Art Gallery Tokyo/Singapore|Photography: TOPPAN PRINTING CO., LTD.

At three metres tall and four metres wide, Ikeda's largest ever work to date, Rebirth took two years to conceive and three years and three months to execute, and was entirely created during a residency Ikeda undertook in Madison, Wisconsin, U. S. A.
Looking at the work in its entirety, at its centre stands a massive tree with a profusion of flowers in full bloom, which bears an overwhelming sense of presence. However, focusing on individual parts of the work we gradually become aware of a great variety of different landscapes and stories unfolding within it. Part of the impetus for creating this work originated in the Great East Japan Earthquake disaster, and Rebirth throughout uses free and light imaginative and expressive capabilities to depict in juxtaposition the continuously recurring existence of disaster throughout the world, and the relationship between disasters and humanity. For Ikeda, who was living and working abroad at the time of the earthquake disaster, encounters with new landscapes and peoples in different countries have breathed new life into his work.
Confronted with a large disaster, humanity cannot help but feel a sense of powerlessness, and yet perhaps precisely because the idea of continuing to live on, without losing hope, is so sincerely expressed within Ikeda's work, this gives it its power to move the hearts of viewers.

Photography: Crayton Adams
Photography: Crayton Adams

IKEDA Manabu

Artist IKEDA Manabu (1973–) depicts a monumental world using a super-fine pen point. Working slowly—he can complete only a fist-sized area in a single day— Ikeda manifests a surreal alien world, employing minute delineation and a flair for grand composition. His massive pictures have won him acclaim around the globe.
• 1973 Born in Taku city, Saga, Japan
• 1998 Graduated from department of design, Tokyo University of the Arts
• 2000 Completed the course of MA, Tokyo University of the Arts
• 2010 Agency for Cultural Affairs, Japan, Emerging Artist Overseas Study Grant recipient (Vancouver, Canada)
• 2013- Lives and Works in Madison, WI, USA

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    Foretoken|2008|Pen, acrylic ink on paper, mounted on board|190×340cm|Collection of Kagura Salon|Photography by KUGE Yasuhide|©IKEDA Manabu, Courtesy Mizuma Art Gallery
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    History of Rise and Fall|2006|Pen, acrylic ink on paper, mounted on board|200×200cm|Takahashi Collection|Photography by MIYAJIMA Kei|©IKEDA Manabu, Courtesy Mizuma Art Gallery


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