\n\nSince its establishment in 1993, SCAI has supported the ongoing activities of each of the generati... more >> SCAI The Bathhouse has a unique perspective gained from representing artists who embody the whole development of Japan's contemporary art from the 1960s to the present. From established artists who contributed to the creation of Tokyo's postwar art scene, through mid-career to younger artists who provide glimpses of a new generation, SCAI consistently provides the overall perspective as it exhibits and contextualises each generation, and in doing so has created a market for their art.
\n\nSince its establishment in 1993, SCAI has supported the ongoing activities of each of the generations of artists it has presented: from Lee Ufan, a lead figure of Mono-ha school at the genesis of contemporary art in Japan, to Toshikatsu Endo and Mariko Mori, whose large-scale sculptures evoke unfolding narratives and garner international attention. SCAI is also establishing a global presence for the next-generation talent, such as sculptors Kohei Nawa and Nobuko Tsuchiy. Through their association with SCAI, artists such as Anish Kapoor, Bosco Sodi, Apichatpong Weerasethakul, and He Xiangyu have produced new series of works inspired by Japanese culture. Its approach is based on the belief that the art requires contextualisation in a broader historical and geographical scheme, while constantly projecting a new vision for the future.\n\nSCAI's missions extend beyond conventional gallery activities. Maintaining a continual dialogue with representing artists and local organisations, it has installed numerous pieces of publicly commissioned works including the permanent installation by Anish Kapoor at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa; and Louise Bourgeois’s iconic sculpture at Roppongi Hills, Tokyo; as well as supporting the foundation of new museums such as Lee Ufan Museum in Naoshima Island. SCAI supports artists’ commitments to public spaces, changing Japanese landscapes irrevocably, and continues to generate new audiences