Exhibition|Tangite me : Reconsidering Conservation during the Pandemic

Tangite me (Touch me)” ― perhaps an artwork in need of conservation tells us in this way. Normally, we are expected to keep our distance from artworks, to appreciate them without touching. But the conservation of artworks is not possible without getting up close and touching them directly. When an artwork says, “Touch me”, and we are permitted to do so, what is the appropriate response?

Keio University has long been involved in the conservation and restoration of the artworks in its collections. These works are diverse in medium and in their style of installation. They include a large marble statue that suffered damage along with the library in the Great Tokyo Air Raid, a mural that still adorns the Mita campus cafeteria after being relocated, and a 12-meter-long work made of blueprint-photosensitive paper.

In this exhibition, we will focus on the various methods for conserving each artwork according to its characteristics, and aim to exchange ideas about restoration with you through a symposium and workshops.

We hope that this exhibition will provide an opportunity to encounter artworks from the perspective of “touch” during the Pandemic, when opportunities for direct contact are diminishing.

  • Date

    Mon., October 18, 2021 – Fri., December 03, 2021

    11:00—18:00 (Last admission at 17:30)

    [Closed Saturdays, Sundays, and Public Holidays]

  • Venue

    Venue 1: Keio University Art Space (South Annex 1st Floor, Keio University Mita Campus)

    Venue 2: Keio Museum Commons (East Annex 3rd Floor and other space, Keio University Mita Campus)

  • Audience

    Open to anyone

    *Click here to book Same day bookings are also possible.

  • Cost

    Admission Free

  • Enquiries and

    Keio University Art Center

    Tel 03-5427-1621 Fax 03-5427-1620

    Keio Museum Commons

    Tel. 03-5427-2021 Fax. 03-5427-2022



Organisers: Keio University Art Center, Keio Museum Commons, Keio Art Committee

Cooperation: Art Restoration Studio 21, Bronze Studio


Press release

※Click here for brochure


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