Astrologer Kagami Ryuji introduces his own astrologically concluded characteristics of the signs. This will lead to a rather profound viewing experience that may reveal some unexpected personal connections to certain works. For visitors who don’t have time to catch all displays at the festival, or those looking for a rather “transcendental” viewing experience, this will be an opportunity for letting the stars be their guide. Available at the YEBIZO MEETS corner on the first floor of the TOP Museum.
Venue: “YEBIZO MEETS” counter, Tokyo Photographic Art Museum 1F
Astrology: Kagami Ryuji
Aries | March 21 – April 19
Aries takes the lead among the twelve signs. Its keyword is “I am.” The Aries is a courageous person that can intuitively grasp and stake on future possibilities beyond the here and now. Regardless of loss or gain, its honest mind inspires the Aries to consistently aim for the “right thing,” with a challenger’s spirit that keeps cutting paths through uncharted territories. If you are an Aries, you will find “possibilities” and “challenges” also in the realm of art, and I imagine your heart strongly resonates with the spirit of pioneering creators.
Taurus | April 20 – May 20
When spring is at its height, Taurus takes over. According to the keyword “I taste,” Taurus is the most sensuous and sensual sign. Taurus persons evaluate things for what they can feel, rather than what they can understand. Unimpressed by titles, the Taurus possesses the magnificent ability to instinctively know the genuine from the fake. Patiently striving for the “real thing” is one quality that applies very strongly also to art, as the Taurus is moved by art that expresses the reality of the world and the things that exist in it.
Gemini | May 21 – June 21
The early summer is the season of Gemini. Its keyword is “I communicate.” The eye of the curious and well-informed Gemini is keen as a cat’s eye, always on the lookout for interesting things. Once you have discovered something, you share your findings with everyone around, and that curiosity is what leads you to success. In the field of art, you feel attracted by things like enigmatic puzzles, reflecting the fact that, deep inside, you are aware that this world is not as simple as it seems.
Cancer | June 22 – July 22
Cancer is the sign of the humid season, when the sun tends to hide behind the clouds. The keyword of this moist sign is “I feel.” Emotional and delicate, the Cancer needs no verbal descriptions to sense people’s feelings. Rather than a gorgeous look, it is attracted to things that go straight to the heart, valuing a shared feeling rather than a shared reason. The Cancer recognizes the workings of the human soul beyond logic, and in terms of art, it is moved by manifestations of innate gentleness.
Leo | July 23 – August 22
Leo is the sign of summer and sun. The keyword of the forceful Leo is “I create.” Just like the sun itself, it overflows with energy, and with its light and cheerful character, it makes people gather around it quite naturally. With great pride in a positive sense, you don’t abandon yourself to others, but value especially the things that only you possess, and that only you can do. Artworks that communicate the light, the brightness and the power of this world, will charge you with additional energy.
Virgo | August 23 – September 22
The month of Virgo is a season in which the lingering summer heat makes way for the first signs of fall. The keyword for this sign is “I analyze.” Equipped with vibrant sensitivity and a sense of reality, Virgo observes things with a keen and analytical eye, and translates them into actualities. The Virgo person is one that demands perfection, down to the smallest detail. Works created with artisanship and attention to little things that most people don’t even notice, will catch your eye and encourage you.
Libra | September 23 – October 23
Libra is the sign that marks the beginning of the beautiful fall season. In accordance with the keyword “I balance,” Libra possesses extraordinary senses of balance and beauty. Generally assuming an objective point of view, it will never fall into self-satisfaction, but judge things with an exquisite sensibility that stems from its natural appreciation of harmony between people, and between things. You will be moved by well-balanced works of art that stimulate your aesthetic sense, as superior art is where you draw your own mental strength from.
Scorpio | October 24 – November 22
The month of Scorpio marks the transition from fall to winter. Keyword is “I desire.” Scorpio is absolutely true to what it desires from the bottom of its heart. Not satisfied with pretty appearance, it probes down to the core of things, to connect on a deeper level to people’s “true faces” – physically and mentally. The Scorpio isn’t easily deceived. Works that hit home with the Scorpio are those that project the truth beyond superficial qualities, and those that reflect the hopes and fears that people harbor deep inside.
Sagittarius | November 23 – December 21
The month of Sagittarius marks the season when the stars hang high in the winter sky. According to the keyword, “I explore,” the Sagittarius travels far and wide in pursuit of things it doesn’t have here and now. Far-reaching in both physical and mental terms, it doesn’t like to be locked up in narrow spaces in its pursuit of ideals, whereas its easygoing, freewheeling spirit keeps bringing good luck. Coming across a piece of art that illustrates the vastness of this world, or the potentials of the human mind, is always greatly encouraging for the Sagittarius.
Capricorn | December 22 – January 19
Things are very much alive even in the freezing cold of the season of Capricorn. Accordingly, the keyword is “I endure.” The Capricorn is a true-born hard worker. Conversely, it sees no value in accomplishing things too easily. Being the ambitious person that it is, the Capricorn will tenaciously continue to make the greatest effort as soon as it spots a goal that is worth aiming for. In exquisite artworks that have been refined while braving the elements, you will find friends that keep encouraging you for a lifetime.
Aquarius | January 20 – February 18
In the season of Aquarius, the air is clear and crisp. And so is the intellect of the Aquarius, as reflected in the keyword, “I know.” Unimpressed by well-worn common sense, and with a sensibility that always puts you half a step ahead of your time, you face the things to come. You have no use for fluffy status, but instead value the fruits of your diverse exchange with human individuals. Artworks that turn a blind eye to preconceived ideas and pre-established values, are your bringers of good luck.
Pisces | February 19 – March 20
When the last remaining snow melts, the month of Pisces brings the first signs of spring. The keyword for the Pisces is “I dream.” Knowing very well that a human cannot live on bread alone, you treasure things that are invisible, and things painted on the canvas of your imagination. The number of those cheered up by your warm and thoughtful gentleness is too large to count, while you get your own soul food from artworks that offer glimpses of other worlds, sceneries one cannot grasp from a real-world perspective.