matchbaco is very pleased to annouce “Necessarius” -matchbaco collection-, to be held from March 28. It’s a retrospective on one year of matchbaco. One piece by each artist. We are looking forward to seeing you.

◆Details Title: “Necessarius” -matchbaco collection-

Period: 2015 March 28 (Sat) - April 10 (Fri)

Vernissage: March 28 (Sat) 19:00-0:00

Hours: 2pm - 10pm *Open until midnight on Fridays & Saturdays

Genre: Painting, Photography, Sculpture

Participating Artist:

Takayuki Nomura

Christine Gast

Erik Swars

Amanda Mehl



Sabrina Horak

Mariko Matsushita

Venue: matchbaco 5F No.2 Shinjuku Bldg., 3-1-32, Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo

Closed: Mondays

Exhibiting Artists

Erik Swars

Erik Swars studied in the department for picture, room, object with focus on painting at Kunsthochschule Burg Giebichenstein Halle, Germany. Where he was working with Jochen Plogsties for his master's degree in 2016. He studied painting at Tokyo National University of the Arts with O JUN in 2014 and came back one year later in program of the JASSO scholarship. Swars is working in Leipzig, at the Baumwollspinnerei since 2015. Represented in several collections like Steffen Hildebrand.

Kuta Takashima


Born 1988 in Yamanashi prefecture. Lives and works in Tokyo.

2011 B.F.A. in Art Management at University of Yamanashi.

Takashima received an Honorable Mention Award in Canon New Cosmos of Photography in 2012, and in 2016 at the same award he got an Excellence Award (Selected by Hiraki Sawa).

Kiyosato Museum of Photographic Arts has selected Takashima’s works as part of its “Young Portfolio” in 2014 and in 2016.


  • "Zawatsuki" published by matchbaco, 2014


Mariko Matsushita


Born 1980, in Osaka.

B.F.A in oil painting from Kyoto City University of the Arts in 2004. Lives in Tokyo.

Her solo show has been held four times at KEN NAKAHASHI, “MARIKO” in Oct. 2015, “IDO” in Oct. 2016, and “RAW”, "Silent Resistance to Oblivion" in 2018.

Matsushita received Grand Prize for the "2nd CAFAA" Award in 2016, organized by the Contemporary Art Foundation.

Selected work


  • July - September, 2017: Delfina Foundation, London


  • "MARIKO" published by matchbaco, 2015
  • "until the hug" self-published, 2018


  • pays des fees, 2017
  • Acha Tyumu, 2017


Sabrina Horak

Sabrina Horak, who grew up in between the cultures of Japan and Austria, creates mandala-like partially three dimensional compositions, through which she explores the relationship between the man-made “utopia” that arise from urban life, and the people who live within these artificial constructs.

Separated human limbs are reconstructed into an unfamiliar form, in which Horak carefully cuts out from wood. In addition, She applies luminescent colours that make the overall form look as if it is a floating organ.

Born 1983 in Austria. Lives and works in Tokyo.

2007 MFA Painting class w/ Hubert Schmalix and Amelie von Wulffen, Academy of fine arts Vienna.

2014- Doctoral Course Oil Painting at Tokyo University of Arts.

Takayuki Nomura

Born 1987, in Yamaguchi. Lives and works in Tokyo.

Graduated Oita University in 2010.

Tsuyoshi Hirano

Born in 1968. Works in Tokyo, Paris and New York.

Hirano grew up under the influence French culture – Jean Cocteau, “Le Petit Prince”

At his age 24 he moved into France, and then in 1995 his drawings were featured in Le Monde. Since then he started to work with LANCÔME, Cartier, CELINE, BADOIT, LE MONDE, FIGARO, VOGUE in France, and with Shiseido, shu uemura, ISSEY MIYAKE in Japan. His works and designs were featured on the product packages.

Since 2007 he has been based in Tokyo. Since the Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami of March11, 2011, he has been focusing on “Visualizing imaginary things between dreams and imagination, a new human morality and reality”