Exhibition by Yusaku Kubo “ultramarine zarathustra”

4th November, 2017 to 18th February, 2018
at Tsukiyo to Syonen

Admission:Spices and Coins (See Detail)



Deep blue color and a pigment which was originally made by grinding lapis lazuli into a powder. The name comes from the Latin ultramarinus, literally “beyond the sea”, because the pigment was imported into Europe from mines in Afghanistan by Italian traders during the 14th and 15th centuries.



Philosophical novel by German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche, composed in four parts between 1883 and 1885 and published between 1883 and 1891. The eternal recurrence, found elsewhere in Nietzsche’s writing, is also mentioned. “Eternal recurrence” is the possibility that all events in one’s life will happen again and again, infinitely.


-taken from Wikipedia



We will hold the solo exhibition “ultramarine zarathustra” from the painter Yusaku Kubo at Tsukiyo to Syonen.


Kubo’s works, drawn with strokes that are highly elaborated and possibly possessing madness, seem a little too expressive to be abstract. I never can take my eyes away from those black lines, as if I am making prayers. I have been following his works for more than a decade, and I am very happy to have this opportunity to present his works for the first time at Tsukiyo to Syonen.


One day, I heard from Kubo, who was making new works for this exhibition, saying that he encountered a new color.


The deep blue color “ultramarine” is said to have been brought, literally overseas, to Europe from Afghanistan in the 14 th century. In Nietzsche’s book “Thus Spoke Zarathustra”, Zarathustra, who has secluded himself in the mountain for ten years, tries to descend from the mountain to preach his ideas. I am very curious to see what kind of a blue story that “ultramarine zarathustra” is going to tell us.


*Exhibitions held in this space are not supposed to be widely open to public. We think the primary purpose of the space is for artists to have a conversation with their works away from their immediate making environment and for them to re-recognize meanings and inevitability of their creative activities. Thus, we invite up to two groups a day to see an exhibition. If anyone would like to see the exhibition, please contact us to make a reservation beforehand.

Stay with Art

You can stay at the exhibition room.
If you’re planning to visit Japan and love art, it would be nice choice.
Please check Air B&B site for the detail of Stay with Art programme.

Curation:Tsukiyo to Syonen (mumble-mumble.com)
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