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Ai Sano x Mori Pearl: The Pearl Goddess "Toyotamahime" Exhibition

An event themed on Toyotomihime, the pearl goddess who appears in Japanese mythology, will be held from Monday, June 10th to Sunday, June 16th, 2024.
Since 2019, Mori Pearl has been collaborating with artists such as Nagai Tsutomu, Gaku Igarashi, and Tsukino Kaeru on the theme of "Pearl & Art."
This time we will be presenting a three-dimensional sculpture made from marble by Ai Sano.

I want to make the pearl goddess, Toyodahime, as popular as the god of time, Chronos, and the god of wine, Bacchus.
We planned this exhibition with the belief that the god of pearls, a precious stone of which Japan is proud, should be a Japanese god after all.

I met Sano Ai through X (formerly Twitter).
From an artistic perspective, you can experience a variety of artworks and be captivated by the beauty of Dali stone.
Initially, I was thinking of focusing on a collaboration between pearls and Dali stone, known as the "white beauty," but after repeated meetings with an artist who specializes in mythical creatures and reptiles, I arrived at the idea of ​​a pearl god in the form of a dragon.

The venue will also feature the new work "Toyodahime" and original jewelry featuring the stone carving.
In addition, many of Sano Ai's archived works will be on display.
Enjoy the fusion of pearls and art.

Princess Toyotama

A dragon-shaped god of pearls who appears in Japanese mythology.
Toyotomihime, who lived in Ryugujo Castle as the daughter of the sea god Watatsumi, visited her and married the fire god Hiose no Mikoto, and she became pregnant.
There is a story that when giving birth on earth, the baby is seen in its original form (a dragon), and unable to bear the shame and sadness, it returns to the dragon palace.
Princess Toyotomi is also said to be the model for the little princess in the fairy tale "Urashima Taro."
The story has been passed down in the Kyushu region and Mie Prefecture.
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[Sano Ai Profile]

Born in Tokyo in 1989
In 2016, he graduated from the Graduate School of Fine Arts, Tokyo University of the Arts, majoring in sculpture, and his stone sculpture work "Sakura Wolf" was added to the collection of the Tokyo University of the Arts Museum.
Using the texture and mass of the marble, he brings to life invisible things such as dragons, mythical beasts, illusions, and the spiritual world that humans share.
In addition, the Python series continues to pursue primitive beauty, playing thoroughly with the color, pattern, and texture of marble, which are all potential elements.

[Sano Ai x Mori Pearl Collaboration Exhibition]

Title: "Toyohime"

Date and time: June 10th (Mon) - 16th (Sun), 2024 12:00-19:00
*Closed on June 12th
*Closed at 6pm on the last day

Location: Mori Pearl Shop & Gallery, 1-12-11 Muromachi, Nihonbashi, Chuo-ku, Tokyo

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