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Grand Front Osaka "ART SCRAMBLE" - Encounter new sensibilities in a "town" where art and people connect



Grand Front Osaka is one of the largest multipurpose complexes in western Japan, located in the Umeda area of Osaka. It is also a must-see art spot, with the "ART SCRAMBLE" art project being held on an ongoing basis. Enjoy dining and shopping, and experience the sensitivities of up-and-coming artists.





Teddy Bear sitting by the water in Umekita Plaza《Ted Hyber》


Grand Front Osaka has been developing under the concept of "a town where encounters with diverse people and emotions foster new ideas and innovations," and has been developing a variety of art projects.


In April 2018, "GRAND ART FES", an event commemorating the 5th anniversary of the opening of the town, was held. The event was well received, with exhibits including works by Keith Haring, a leading street art artist, and emerging artworks.


Since the event, the symbolic teddy bear work "Ted Hyber" has been on permanent display in the waterscape of Umekita Plaza. The artist is Fabrice Hyber, a leading French artist. Teddy bears are a favorite motif of Mr. Ibert's, and the green color represents the artist's ongoing efforts to propose a relationship between nature and mankind. The "Ted Hyber" is decorated according to the season and events, and is also a popular photo spot.








Up-and-coming artists gather! ART SCRAMBLE" where you can encounter new sensibilities!

In March 2021, Grand Front Osaka launched a project called "ART SCRAMBLE" to support artists who are expanding their activities from Grand Front Osaka to the rest of the country and the world under the concept of "a town connected by art". Many public artworks by artists active mainly in the Kansai region have been installed in the facility and have become one of the highlights of Grand Front Osaka.


ART SCRAMBLE is an ongoing art project with TSUBAKI Noboru as project director and YANOBE Kenji and Mon Koutaro Ooyama as curators, all of whom are contemporary artists from the Kansai region. Here we introduce some of the featured artists.




BAKIBAKI


BAKIBAKI is a street artist who has attracted attention for his collaborations with "Yodo Wall" and "Study: Osaka Kansai International Art Festival" and is one of the leaders of street art from Osaka to the world. Using his signature "BAKI pattern," he presented "PANGOMIC," a mural artwork inspired by the Corona disaster, in the second "ART SCRAMBLE”.

※The exhibit is currently closed.





R E M A


R E M A is an artist who has produced a body of work that examines social roles and gender through a flamboyant and excessive self-image, crossing a variety of media. For the fifth installment of "ART SCRAMBLE," she presented "FOREIGIN MATTER: 'Sand in woman' (Foreign body: 'Sand in woman')," a giant sculpture made from a collection of sand particles less than 1 mm in diameter.

In addition, "ART SCRAMBLE" also offers workshops by R E M A for children, conveying the joy of art and expression.






MASAGON


Popular for his trademark "PIKAPIKA," MASAGON is a street artist representing Osaka with his flashy colors and pop style.In the 5th "ART SCRAMBLE", "Hello again.", which was produced in collaboration with 38 children who joined the workshop, is presented.It was displayed on the grand staircase of Umekita Plaza.




"ART SCRAMBLE" also features a wide variety of other artists. The exhibits are changed several times a year, making it an art spot that always has something new to offer. We will continue to pay attention to the art projects of Grand Front Osaka, which will continue to transmit the next culture from Osaka to Japan and to the world.




Basic Information

Address

  • Ted Hyber 4-1 Ohuka-cho, Kita-ku, Osaka City, Osaka

  • ART SCRAMBLE (South Building) 4-20 Ohuka-cho, Kita-ku, Osaka City, Osaka Prefecture, (North Building) 3-1 Ohuka-cho, Kita-ku, Osaka City, Osaka Prefecture

Access from the nearest station

  • 5 minutes walk from "Osaka" station on JR Tokaido Main Line

  • 5 minutes on foot from "Umeda" station on the Midosuji Line of Osaka Metro

  • 5 minutes on foot from Osaka Umeda Station on the Hanshin Main Line

  • Approximately 6 minutes on foot from Osaka Umeda Station on the Hankyu Kobe Line

Notes

  • Ted Hyber: In the Umekita Plaza waterscape

  • ART SCRAMBLE: South Building, Seseragi Terrace, North Building, wall surfaces along Seseragi no Michi, various locations throughout the building

  • Paid parking available (service tickets available)

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