URAGAMI COLLECTION Naoki Honjo (un)real utopia

Sat. 22 May. 2021 - Sun. 11 Jul. 2021

Admission Fee:
Adults: JPY 1,200 (JPY 960)
University Students: JPY 850 (JPY 680)
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, atomic bomb survivor certificates, and Kochi Prefectural or Kochi City senior citizen passes.*No advanced tickets available.

Organizers: The Museum of Art Kochi, The Asahi Shimbun Company, Kochi Sun Sun Broadcasting

Supporters: Kochi Prefectural Board of Education, Kochi City Board of Education, The Kochi Shimbun, Kochi Cable Broadcast, FM Kochi Broadcasting, Kochi City FM

Sponsors: SunM Color

Collaborators: Frameman Co., Ltd.; nap gallery


Photographer Naoki Honjo is known for his characteristic style of photography, capturing cities as if they were dioramas through use of a tilt-shift lens.

Evoking the feeling of a miniature world, the works make us question the reality and fiction of the world around us. At the same time through the works focused on townscape and people, we can feel Honjo’s warm gaze on the everyday activities of human beings.

This exhibition presents about 200 works, including the “small planet” series which won the 32nd Kimura Ihei Award in 2006; the “kenya” series, exhibited for the first time and showcasing the African Savanah from the air; and “LIGHT HOUSE,” which was shot using long-exposure in the back alleys of residential areas. This exhibition is Naoki Honjo's first large-scale solo exhibition and will showcase his works to date.

In addition, this exhibit features new works showcasing Kochi Prefecture, specially shot for this exhibition. We hope you will enjoy the mysterious wonder of Kochi’s "townscape" as seen through the eyes of photographer Naoki Honjo.

Related Events

○Opening Commemorative Talk

Naoki Honjo will speak the feelings, thoughts, and processes behind his art. (Japanese only)

Date and Time: May 22 (Sat) 14:00-15:30 *Doors open at 13:30

Venue: Hall, The Museum of Art, Kochi

Reservation Method: Call 088-866-8000 (9:00-17:00) by May 14th (Fri)

Teachers’ Week (reservation required)

For a week indicated below, we would like to invite teachers (including non-art teachers) in Kochi Prefecture to view both the main exhibition as well as the collection exhibition for free. Please apply in advance by calling 088-866-8000 by 11th August (Tue). For those interested in bringing their students to the museum, please call to discuss.

Dates: May 24th (Mon)-30th (Sun)

Reservation Method: Call 088-866-8000 (9:00-17:00) by May 23rd (Sun)

*There may be changes made to the information stated above, due to COVID-19 countermeasures. Updates regarding changes will be published on our website.

Artist Profile

Naoki Honjo

Born in Tokyo, Japan in 1978.Graduated Tokyo Polytechnic University Graduate School of Arts, Media Art Course in 2004.Received the 32nd Kimura Ihei Award for his publication “small planet” (Little More Co., Ltd., Japan, 2006). He continues to create artworks and is active across many fields, including writing articles for ANA’s in-flight magazine Tsubasa Global Wings. His works are housed in the permanent collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Houston Museum of Fine Arts.

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small planet / Tokyo, Japan /2005

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small planet / Tokyo, Japan / 2002

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small planet / Nakayama Racecourse, Chiba, Japan / 2005


kenya / giraffe / 2008


LIGHT HOUSE / Taito-ku, Tokyo / 2011

(c) Naoki Honjo

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