Daniel Arsham‘s “Relics of Kanto Through Time” exhibit officially opened on June 9 and set to go on until July 4. The NY-based artist’s hard work has come to fruition as his Pokémon project displays at NANZUKA Underground Gallery. Due to the ongoing pandemic, reservations must be made in advance — limiting 10 guests in the gallery at a time. Reservations can be made on the NANZUKA site.
American artist Daniel Arsham’s exhibition — “Relics of Kanto Through Time” — takes us through the world of Pokémon a thousand years into the future
Fan of Pokémon? If not, get the f**k out!
Nowadays, most will say you didn’t have a childhood if Pokémon wasn’t a part of your life … and we totally stand by that statement. Well, a famous art gallery in Japan agrees with us also cause it just announced that it will be hosting The Pokémon Company and uber-popular American artist Daniel Arsham for their launch of an exhibition titled “Relics of Kanto Through Time.”
Arsham, famously known for his partnership with fashion designer Kim Jones at Dior, actually collaborated with Pokemon last month. Daniel Arsham x Pokémon UT collection launched on April 24 through Japanese global apparel retailer UNIQLO. The line showcased his usual creative style of “fictional archaeology” — which pretty much translates to imagining contemporary objects 1,000 years in the future.
UT has a long history of collaborating with other modern-day giants — including Billie Eilish, Takashi Murakami, Hello Kitty, Mario, Dragon Ball, KAWS, Pixar and more. With Japanese designer and founder of BAPE, Nigo, running the show as UT’s Creative Director, you know these collaborations came out solid.
As for Arsham’s connection with Dior, he recently posted a video of him unboxing the unreleased Dior x Air Jordan 1 High OG as he thanked Jones. The highly-anticipated sneaker was originally set to release in Spring 2020, but has since been delayed due to the global COVID-19 pandemic. Regardless, you’ll want to keep an eye out, cause the pair is extremely exclusive with only 8,500 pairs available … but only if you can pay a whopping $2,000!
During the quarantine, the NY-based artist is keeping himself busy. Christie’s just announced it’s hosting an online auction dedicated to Daniel Arsham called “Daniel Arsham: Archaeology of the Future,” and it’s set up to raise money to aid art students affected by the global pandemic. Bidding will start next month on Christie’s website.
Despite Arsham’s worldwide success, people will be flocking over to NANZUKA Gallery due to Pokemon’s popularity … but if you do have the time and luxury to check this gallery out, make sure you hit up this link and make a reservation since businesses across the globe are adjusting to host events while practicing social distancing.