WHAT CAFE, Warehouse TERRADA’s Art Gallery Cafe, to Hold WHAT CAFE EXHIBITION -GIFT-

WHAT CAFE, an art gallery cafe operated by Warehouse TERRADA will have an exhibition WHAT CAFE EXHIBITION -GIFT- from November 20th, 2021 (Sat) to December 19th (Sun).

WHAT CAFE is a space for promoting art and culture that aims to support up-and-coming artists in the industry. This art space is a combination of a gallery and a cafe, boasting a floor space of 800 square meters (or around 8,611 square feet). Visitors can enjoy meals and drinks while appreciating and purchasing artworks by up-and-coming artists proactive in the Japanese art industry.

Entitled GIFT as its subtitle, around 100 artworks by 14 artists will be exhibited with the concept of bringing enjoyment and happiness as if opening a gift box, featuring artists’ sheer talents and sensibilities. In this exhibition visitors can encounter a diverse range of artworks from vividly-colored acrylic paintings and oil paintings to unique three-dimensional works and kimekomi works (a type of Japanese style quilt). Live painting, performance, workshops and other art events are also planned.

Mainly focusing on the storage of artworks, we have been developing a wide range of art related businesses including artwork restoration, packing, transportation, and exhibitions to pass on the passion of artists and the intrinsic value of art to future generations. Through running facilities that promote art and culture, such as the collectors’ museum of contemporary art WHAT MUSEUM, the art materials lab PIGMENT TOKYO and TERRADA ART COMPLEX, Japan’s largest gallery complex, Warehouse TERRADA has been working to turn Tennoz into a major center for the arts. Going forward, our goal is to create exhibition spaces that not only serve the main stakeholders of contemporary art such as artists, collectors and galleries, but that also open up contemporary artworks to broader fan bases and help revitalize the market for art in Japan.

[Exhibition Overview]

Subtitle : GIFT
Exhibition dates : Session 1 :November 20th, 2021 (Sat) – November 23rd (Tue)
Session 2 : November 27th, 2021 (Sat) – December 19th (Sun)
Open hours : 11:00 AM – 6:00 PM (Close at 5 PM on the final day)
* The facility will close on November 24th (Wed), and open as a cafe on November 25th (Thu) and 26th (Fri).
* The exhibit may close during the dates above. Please see the WHAT CAFE website for the latest information.
Exhibiting artists: Gaku Igarashi*, Asako Iwamizu, Kiyoo Ota*, Mio Ohashi, Ochiro*, Yuya Saito*, Miku Shimohama, Maho Takahashi, Mitsuki Naka*, Asami Nenoki, Taiichiro Hibiya*, Yurika Horikawa, Masato Yamaguchi, and U-ku
* These artist will only exhibit in Session 2
Number of exhibits: Session 1 – about 40 / Session 2 – about 100 (including the works exhibited during Session 1)

by Masato Yamaguchi

by Yurika Horikawa

by Miku Shimohama

by Taiichiro Hibiya


WHAT CAFE is an art spot that regularly displays dozens of contemporary art pieces created by artists who represent the future of Japan’s art industry. By replacing all art pieces at the end of each event, we offer many artists the opportunity to display and sell their artworks, and provide visitors the opportunity to regularly encounter new art. To give as many artists as possible the opportunity to establish themselves, we will also be calling for submissions via our official website, with selected submissions being exhibited. We also hold workshops and events related to the works displayed, and meet-and-greets for art fans. The cafe offers visitors a unique way to experience art with all five senses. And, of course, everyone can enjoy food and drinks sold in the cafe space while surrounded by art.

Facility name : WHAT CAFE
Business : Exhibition and sales of contemporary art, cafe
Address : 2-1-11 Higashi-Shinagawa, Shinagawa-ku, Tokyo 140-0002
Access : a 4-minute walk from Rinkai Line “Tennoz Isle Station” B Exit, or a 5-minute walk from Tokyo Monorail “Tennoz Isle Station” Central Exit
Opening hours: 11:00 AM – 6:00 PM year-round
Entry fee : Free
Instagram: @whatcafe_terrada
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