Government of Canada
Symbol of the Government of Canada

Government of Canada


  1. Home
  2. >
  3. Our Offices
  4. >
  5. Prince Takamado Gallery

Threshold: Ryoji Ikeda & Walter Jule Print Exhibit

November 7, 2013 – January 8, 2014
Embassy of Canada Prince Takamado Gallery

October 3, 2013

Ryoji Ikeda, Reflection of Foggy Ocean, 2013
Ryoji Ikeda,
Reflection of Foggy Ocean, 2013

Exhibition Announcement

The Embassy of Canada will present an exhibition in its Prince Takamado Gallery of artworks created by Ryoji Ikeda and Walter Jule from 1988 to 2013. The exhibition offers a unique cross-cultural view of the long careers of the two artists demonstrating how their work has progressed with their personal and mutual development. This will be their first joint exhibition.

Ryoji Ikeda is a professor of Printmaking at Musashino Art University. His dark, mysterious etchings address themes of time and memory. By utilizing boundaries in various shades and patterns, he attempts to reproduce infinite space. For Ikeda, the theme of 'non-existence and time' is quite observable in the Japanese tradition, and one's 'non-existence' is inseparable from darkness and death. He considers one's life is only described by his past history and the time flowing around it.

Both Ikeda and Jule are seen as pioneers in the field of printmaking and strong advocates for the integration of photography and photomechanical processes with traditional techniques. They also share many mutual conceptual concerns that can be seen in their artwork including the notions of time, light, being and non-being (life and death). They have known each other since 1985 and have collaborated on several major exhibition projects. They have also visited each other's schools for lectures and workshops.

Walter Jule, Turning the Wheel, 2011
Walter Jule,
Turning the Wheel, 2011

Ikeda's works are among collections at The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo and art galleries around the world. He was awarded the Purple Ribbon Medal (Shijuhoushou) by the Government of Japan in 2009 in recognition of his achievement as an international artist. He has visited the University of Alberta several times, as a visiting professor, a guest professor, and as an adjunct professor.

Walter Jule is a Professor Emeritus at the University of Alberta and has been inducted into the City of Edmonton Arts and Culture Hall of Fame. His work draws inspiration from Asian philosophy and deals with notions of transience, unseen forces and the universal law of cause and effect. His works are in the collection of the National Gallery of Canada and public collections around the world.


Date: November 7, 2013 – January 8, 2014

  • Weekdays 10:00-17:30
  • Wednesdays 10:00-20:00
  • Closed on weekends, November 11, December 25, December 31 to January 3

Place: Embassy of Canada Prince Takamado Gallery
(7-3-38 Akasaka, Minato-ku, Tokyo)

Admission: Free

Embassy of Canada, Public Affairs Section
Tel: 03-5412-6257

Media contact: Tel: 03-5412-6444

In cooperation with:
University of Alberta, Government of Alberta, Alberta Foundation for the Arts

Supported by: Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan




Date Modified: