Art & Design

To Look at the Fire by Toshiaki Hicosaka

31 May - 10 July 2017, London

The first London solo exhibition of the artist Toshiaki Hicosaka invites us to reflect on the world through fire: the driver of evolution, life, comfort and violence. From ocean to fire, his immersive installations of painting have embraced elements of the everyday. He perceives them as a medium that unravels our changing perception on the lived temporalities of the past and present.


Fire has mesmerised scientists, artists, and philosophers who sought to understand our relationship to the world. In France, 1826, the glaring sunlight was the catalyst for the inventor Nicéphore Niépce’s creation of photography, driven by his desire to draw without using his own hands. In Japan, 1872, people were impressed by the brightness of imported British gas lamps, exclaiming “This is civilization..!” Nowadays, digital imagery of fire adorns the fireplaces of households, supplementing the warmth felt in our imagination. These instances show how our understanding of this universal natural phenomenon has shifted with our comprehension of the phisycal world throughout the human history.


Here, fire reveals itself to viewers as a medium of perceptual relations. Through this new body of work by the artist, viewers are invited to reflect on the social and cultural environment that they live within.


The exhibition is curated by Eiko Honda.

With thanks to the Zabludowicz Collection for the equipment support.


Private view

30 May 2017, Event time: 6:00pm – 8:00pm


Artist Talk: Toshiaki Hicosaka, To Look at the Fire

4 July 2017, Event time: 600pm - 8.00pm

Admission Free but booking is essential at:


30 May - 10 July 2017

Daiwa Foundation Japan House, 13/14 Cornwall Terrace, London NW1 4QP UK

Tel:020 7486 4348

Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation