Exhibition of tupera tupera's Picture Book World for You, Me & Everyone

Thu. 02 Jan. 2020 - Sun. 08 Mar. 2020

2nd January 2020 (Thu) - 8th March 2020 (Sun)

9:00 to 17:00 (last entry at 16:30)

Exhibition Rooms 2 and 3 (The Museum of Art, Kochi)

Admission Fee:
adults (advanced tickets): JPY 880
adults: JPY 1,100 (JPY 880)
university students: JPY 800 (JPY 640)
high school students and below: Free
*Discounted prices in parenthesis apply to groups of 20 members or more. *Free admission available for yearly pass holders. *Free admission is also available for holders of the following along with one companion: physical disability certificates, rehabilitation certificates, mental disability certificates, wounded veteran certificates, or atomic bomb survivor certificates, and Kochi Prefectural or Kochi City senior citizen passes.

The Museum of Art, Kochi; The Mainichi Newspapers Co.; TV Kochi Broadcasting

Live Art Books Inc.

Yasuda Photo Studio; YanaseTakashi Memorial Anpanman Museum Promotion Foundation; Kochi Children's Library

Kochi Prefectural Board of Education; Kochi City Board of Education; Kochi Cable Broadcast; FM Kochi Broadcasting; Kochi City FM


tupera tupera is an artist duo consisting of Kameyama Tatsuya and Nakagawa Atsuko. They are active in a wide range of artistic endeavors including picture books, illustrations, animation, workshops, stage designs, accessories, and spatial designs.

tupera tupera started in 2002 with the production of fabric accessories. They expanded their activities into the field of picture books in 2004, with their first being “Kigazurari”, a decorative accordion picture book. They have produced many unique and much-discussed books, such as “Polar Bear’s Underwear,” in 2012 and “Panda Sento,” in 2013, well known for their new ideas and humor. In addition, in 2019, they received the grand prize in the 1st Yanase Takashi Cultural Award; an award recognizing the creation of exceptional picture books and songwriting for children, based on Takashi Yanase’s will.

This is the first large-scale exhibition that traces tupera tupera's craftsmanship, rooted in creating picture books, and characterized by the phrase "Hito to tsunagaru koto de atarashii mono ga umareru” (Connecting with people gives birth to new things). Approximately 300 works will be exhibited, with the highlight of the exhibit being the originals of picture booksmade from cut paper pasted on a baserepresentative of tupera tupera. Other exhibited works include three-dimensional works, illustrations, and video productions. Enjoy the unique and diverse world of tupera tupera through the exhibit “You, Me & Everyone”.

Artist Profile

tupera tupera was formed in 2002, creating picture books and illustrations. They then proceeded to spread their talents across a wide variety of fields, including crafts, workshops, set designs, animation, merchandise, and spatial designs. They produced many written works such as picture books. Their works have been translated and sold overseas. They are in charge of the art direction for NHK’s E Tele’s program “Noojii no Hirameki Koubou” (Noji's studio of inspiration). They are visiting professors of the Department of Art and Child Studies of Kyoto University of Art & Design.

Kameyama Tatsuya: Born in 1976, Mie Prefecture. Graduate of Musashino Art University in Printmaking.

Nakagawa Atsuko: Born in 1978, Kyoto Prefecture. Graduate of Tama Art University in Textile Design.

Related Events

〇 “Ping Pong” Performance *This event has ended

Let’s go on a trip with lots of ping pong balls!

Date and Times: 30th November 2019 (Sat) 11:00 and 14:00 (60 minutes per session)

*Doors open 30 minutes before

Venue: Hall, Museum of Art, Kochi

Entry Ticket (Free Seating, Tax Inclu.): Advanced Tickets ¥1,500 (Same-Day Tickets ¥2,000), Advanced Tickets for children between age 4 to elementary sixth-graders ¥500 (Same-Day Tickets ¥1,000)

For more details, click here

〇 Picture Book - Live Event *This event has ended

Book reading session by tupera tupera

Date and Time: 23rd February 2020 (Sun) 13:30-14:30

*Doors open 30 minutes before

Venue: Exhibition Room 4 (1st Floor)

Target Audience: All are welcome! (Elementary students and under must have a guardian with them)

Capacity: Approx. 200 people

〇 tupera tupera autograph session *This event has ended

Date and Time: 23rd February 2020 (Sun) 15:00

Venue: Exhibition Room 4 (1st Floor)

Target Audience: For those who have purchased the exhibition guide book or any of tupera tupera's books from the museum shop

〇 Artist Talk *This event has ended

Talk by tupera tupera on their creative process and works

Date and Time: 24th February 2020 (Mon - Holiday) 10:30-12:00

*Doors open 30 minutes before

Venue: Exhibition Room 4 (1st Floor)

Target Audience: For elementary students and above who are able to listen quietly to the artists’ talk

Capacity: Approx. 80 people

◆ To register to attend the following: Picture Book - Live Event, tupera tupera autograph session, Artist Talk session

Send a postcard containing the following details:

Event name, representative’s contact details (postal code, address, telephone number), names of all participants, age of participating children.

For the autograph session, only one book per postcard will be signed. In the case of a large number of entries, a drawing of lots will be held.

Application Deadline: 10th February (Mon) *postcard should arrive by this date


Person-In-Charge of the tupera tupera event

The Museum of Art, Kochi

353-2 Takasu, Kochi City, 〒781-8123

〇 Curator’s Gallery Talk

Dates and Times: 5th Jan, 26th Jan, 2nd Feb, 16th Feb, 1st Mar (all Sundays) at 14:00

Sign Language interpretation available on 26th January

(provided by Kochi Prefecture Association for the Deaf)

English interpretation available on 16th February’s

(provided by Umaji Village’s Coordinator for International Relations)

Assembly Point: Entrance to Exhibition Room 2 (2nd Floor)

*Admission ticket required

〇 tupera tupera stamp rally

A stamp rally organized in collaboration with Kami City’s “1st Yanase Takashi Cultural Award” and our exhibition. Collect at least two stamps to take part in a lucky draw to win a prize!

〇 tupera tupera special menu
Our museum cafe, Marc, has prepared a special menu. Do try it!!

Free Childminding Service

This is a service provided by babysitters with ACSA-recognized babysitting licenses or nursing licenses. Feel free to leave your child with the staff while you enjoy the exhibition.
Dates and Times: 21st Feb (Fri) to 24th Feb (Mon - Holiday)
Twice a day (10:00-12:00 and 13:30-15:30)
Capacity: 10 children per sessi
Application: Pre-application by phone, followed by submission of an application form by 13th Feb (Thu).
Sitters provided by: NPO Mutter Schule

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