Threshold by Mihoko Ogaki
2017-03-31 – 2017-05-06


Vernissage 2017-03-31   1800 – 2100


Through to May 6th (Sat).

Mihoko Ogaki’s first solo exhibit at KEN NAKAHASHI, “Threshold”, will be held from March 31st to May 6th.

Mihoko Ogaki was born 1973 in Toyama Prefecture. She graduated Aichi Prefectural University with a major in oil painting in 1995, and moved to Germany the next year, to study at German National Kunstakademie Düsseldorf. Her works have been exhibited several times in Düsseldorf, New York, Tokyo, Kyoto, and in many occasions internationally.

In 2003, she received the audience award at the 57th Bergische Kunstausstellung at Museum Baden in Nordrhein Westfalen. Her works are owned by many individual collectors worldwide.

Having overcome cerebral hemorrhage, Ogaki plunges deeper into her approach to the sense of life, by confronting death through each artworks’ process she undergoes and ruminates, in sought of living life, for the sake of life’s virtue itself. Ogaki has produced pieces that have embodied the fear and venerance towards age and death, through sculptures, installations, drawings, moving images, and performances.

The “Milky Way” series is created so that light shines through numerous holes drilled through a sculpture in the shape of an elderly person. Dismantling a Mercedes-Benz and decorating the parts with countless beads, “before the beginning - after the end” is displayed in a way in which the viewer lays down as a “corpse” in a palace-type hearse once used in Japan. In “Star Tale”, a series drawing innumerable dots to cover the screen, Ogaki uses her own body as a motif to reconfirm the feeling of being alive and the thoughtof death.

These works, having extracted the psychological essence from Ogaki’s physicality, drifts upon to reach spatial extensity, as a vortex of countless collective consciousnesses in multi-dimensional bounds.

“Although I begin molding the cast with clay and use the plaster to shape FRP or paper based sculptures, it gradually deforms into something different. The distortion starts to look as if it wouldn’t have appeared if it weren’t for age, like wrinkles on an elderly person’s skin. The erratic deformations turn out to seem much more realistic t han what I would have ever intended to make,” Ogaki explains.

In her previous “Milky Way” series, the motif was in a crunching or lying down posture, whereas in her latest piece, the motif is a standing figure in which she is trying to stand up and walk forward, despite her bent back. As with the renewed title, Threshold, death lies before to be looked beyond a new frontier.

The uncountable hollows on the surface of the FRP sculpture act as metaphors of the various emotions we have, hence making the gallery become a galaxy of stars, lit by the sculpture itself, much alike a planetarium. The pursuit on life, death and age is sure to be an incited dialogue in this illuminated space.

Artist Profile Mihoko Ogaki

  • 1973 Born in Toyama Prefecture.
  • 1995 Graduated Aichi Prefectural University of the Arts with a degree in Oil Painting.
  • 2004 Graduated German National Kunstakademie Düsseldorf.

Solo Exhibitions


  • “Threshold” KEN NAKAHASHI (Tokyo)


  • “Eternal Moment” Galerie 44er Haus (Leonding)
  • “Milky Way - Hands” MORI YU GALLERY (Kyoto)


  • “project N 54” Tokyo Opera City Art Gallery (Tokyo)


  • “Star Tales” Galerie Voss (Düsseldorf)
  • “Milky Way -breathing” Art Osaka (Osaka)
  • “Milky Way -drawings” MORI YU GALLERY TOKYO (Tokyo)


  • “Milky Ways” Galerie Voss (Düsseldorf)


  • “Quality Street” Solo Show at fine art fair frankfurt (Frankfurt)


  • “vor dem anfang - nach dem ende” Galerie Voss (Düsseldorf)

Group Exhibitions


  • “Star Tale” KEN NAKAHASHI (Tokyo)


  • “Orbital Explorer” Kulturform Alte Post - städtische Galerie Neuss (Neuss)


  • “3rd Shinbi-Kai Exhibition” Kanazawa 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art (Kanazawa) “Vision Of Sensory Space” Galerie Voss (Düsseldorf)


  • “Ankoku / Matileres Noires” Galerie Da-End (Paris)
  • “WHO - YONDEMILL” Tsukuba Hoshiya Building (Tsukuba)
  • “NIPPON NOW” E.ON (Düsseldorf)


  • “Salon des Indomptables” Bateaux-Mouches (Paris)


  • “Theatre of life” Centre of Contemporary Art(CoCA) in Torun (Toruń)
  • “2.46 and Thereafter” Edison Place Gallery (Washington)


  • “Dusseldorfer Perspektiven” Gallery llka Klose (Würzburg)
  • “Hierher Dorthin” Germany Culture Center Goethe Institute Japan (Tokyo)
  • “14th TARO Modern Art Award” Taro Museum (Kanagawa)
  • “The Lounge” Ginza BVLGARI (Tokyo)


  • “No Man’s Land” French Embassy (Tokyo)
  • “Real Presence 2010” Italian Cultural Institute in Serbia (Beograd)


  • “ACAW 09 Asian Contemporary Art Week 2009” (New York)
  • “A Midsummer Dream” Four Seasons Hotel Tsubaki-Sou (Tokyo)
  • “The Crisis of the Genre” 16th International Sculpture Triennale / Poznan 2009 (Poznan)


  • “Who’s next” Museum at Tamada Projects (Tokyo)
  • “Celeste Art Award 2008” Celeste e.V. (Berlin)


  • “Summer ‘07” Galerie Voss (Düsseldorf)


  • “Ich und Ich” Schauspielhaus NRW (Düsseldorf)
  • “Merry go down” tanzhaus NRW (Düsseldorf)
  • “10.internationale Kunstausstellung” Foundation of Arts and Culture (Magdeburg)


  • “Japanimprove: The Ramyun Soup Connection” Belgie Kunstzentrum (Hasselt) “Haunted Folklore” Recyclart (Brussel)


  • “Beautiful Dreamer” tanzhaus NRW (Düsseldorf)
  • “Groβe Kunstausstellung NRW” Museum Kunstpalast (Düsseldorf)
  • “AAP / Asian Art power” Galerie Revolver (Düsseldorf)
  • “57. Bergische Kunstausstellung” Museum Baden (Solingen)
  • “Internationales Bochumer Video Festival 13th” (Bochum)
  • “Trailershow” Galerie Schoen (Bochum)


  • Real Presence/Generation 2001” Museum 25th May (Beograd)
  • “The Light into the Light” perfomance, Museum of Contemporary Art (Beograd)


  • 2008 “Art bank Award” Tamada Projects (Tokyo)
  • 2005 Scholarship “Hearse project” by prime minister of North Rhine Westphalia Scholarship “Merry go down” by the department of culture (Düsseldorf)
  • 2003 “57. Bergische Kunstausstellung” Audience Award, Museum Baden (Solingen)

Exhibition Information

Title: Threshold
Period: March 31st, 2017(Fri.) until May 6th, 2017(Sat.)
Hours: 13:00 - 21:00
Holidays: Sundays and Mondays
Venue: KEN NAKAHASHI (5F, No.2 Shinjuku Bldg., 3-1-32, Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo 160-0022) Contact: info@kennakahashi.net +81 (0)3-4405-9552

The Artist

Mihoko Ogaki


Born 1973 in Toyama prefecture. 

1995 Graduated Aichi Prefectural University of the Arts with a major in oil painting. 2004 Graduated from the German National Kunstakademie Dusselfdorf. 

Sculptures, installations, and drawings on the themes of “life” and “death” have been shown both in Japan and abroad. Ogaki’s works show dynamic and magnificent expressions with concepts of death and age.

The Milky Way series is created so that light shines through holes drilled in the shape of an elderly person. Dismantling a Mercedes-Benz and decorating the parts with countless beads, before the beginning - after the end is displayed in a way in which the viewer lays down as a “corpse” in a palace-type hearse once used in Japan.


  • "Mihoko Ogaki WHO" Published/Edited/Designed by Shuji Sugihara, 2013