2023.04.01(Sat) – 2023.04.06(Thu)

YUGEN Gallery will hold EDO and YUMEKA's solo exhibition "NUDAVERITAS" from Saturday, April 1st to Thursday, April 6th, 2023.

Series inspired by Klimt's works

EDO that puts hard lines and introspective words on the screen of pure colors drawn by YUMEKA. The unit EDO and YUMEKA are impressive for their cool and tense works.

The title of this exhibition is taken from Gustav Klimt's work "NUDA VERITAS" at the end of the 19th century. Twenty-one new works inspired by Friedrich von Schiller's words in the same work, "I will pursue beauty without compromise for those who understand the truth, even if they are few." In addition, two bags made in collaboration with the bag brand <SUSIESVELT> will also be exhibited.

The light of life seen in paintings

EDO was born in Aichi Prefecture in 1978. Since his father was a painter, he was literally surrounded by art from an early age, such as interacting with painters and dancers, and painting materials and tools. However, when he was in his teens, he distanced himself from the arts "because of his rebellion against his parents." He pursued the design path and distinguished himself in the fields of graphics and fashion.

YUMEKA was born in Aichi Prefecture in 1977. I grew up in a family where my grandmother was a kimono tailor, my mother was good at dressmaking and handicrafts, and my father was fond of painting as a hobby. In 1998, he won an award at a public exhibition, and in 2009 he held his first solo exhibition at the Okazaki City Museum of Art. Meet EDO here.

It is said that the two were at the bottom of their lives when they met. EDO is at a dead end in his work, and his physical condition deteriorates, making his life difficult. YUMEKA, who had the wonderful opportunity of her first solo exhibition, was also suffering from an illness at the time, and her mother suggested that the first solo exhibition in her life would encourage her to live.

Looking back on those days, EDO was so disappointed that YUMEKA said, "My eyes were matte black." It is said that his life was saved. At that time, I happened to visit YUMEKA's solo exhibition.

YUMEKA's first solo exhibition in her life attracted about 2,000 people in less than a week. He learned that "the paintings he used to draw only for himself could bring happiness, hope, and enrichment to other people", and he began to push forward with painting.

YUMEKA said, “I was wandering down the dark road of life, and the light came through” (YUMEKA). The death drive that was inseparably attached to the back. "Eros and Thanatos. Hope in between" drives them towards pictorial expression.

At this time, the two exchanged no more than a few words, and their contact was almost like a point of contact. However, the two, who were not sure about the actual situation of life, encountered each other many times in the places they visited within the next month. The unit's creative activities begin with an encounter that seems inevitable by chance.

“In my creation, I value the coincidence and inevitability of ‘I saw this today.’ That is the beginning of everything.” (EDO)

As seen in YUMEKA's drawing style, in which colors are added without sketching, it can be said that the style that reflects the act of chance and unconsciousness was decided at the time the two met.

Painting as a Primordial Act

As the title of NUDAVERITAS indicates, the theme of this exhibition is the essence of things. The intention can be seen in the fact that the layering of colors is less than in conventional works, based on soft colors such as beige and pink.

A piece randomly drawn with sexy legs wearing high heels peeking out from the skirt of a dress, high heels that look like sharp knives, and lipstick. In these figurative paintings, we can sense the inherent beauty of human beings in the danger of transforming fear into beauty.

EDO has often drawn high heels for a long time. When he was a child, he remembers the scene where his mother asked a shoe peddler to let him wear high heels at home. Also, the dance of Ushio Amagatsu of Sankai Juku that I saw with my father. These fears were engraved in his memory, and he says that he had the experience of "turning them into beauty".

Drawn to evoke posters from the 1950s, it shows that fear and beauty, the inseparability of Eros and Thanatos, are hidden in everyday life.

On the other hand, abstract paintings, which are the complete opposite of figurative paintings and give a sense of vast depth with black brushstrokes like avant-garde calligraphy, are human beings who “paint”, “draw”, and “write”. You can clearly see the traces of the fundamental act of

“Influenced by my father, I like fishing. I feel energy from the casual changes in everyday life, such as coming in contact with life in the natural world, the flow of trees and clouds, and colors.

"Yumeka's energy is so strong that I feel like I'm creating a vessel to hold her emotions. However, sometimes I wonder if I'm narrowing her view of the world with knowledge and information." (EDO)

Klimt produced many of his earliest works depicting allegorical women. Although they are a tribute to the beauty of women, they are depicted as eternal and mysterious beings that men cannot approach, and they are said to clearly demonstrate the beauty of fear.

EDO confesses the conflict of expression when giving narrative and order to YUMEKA's paintings, which captures the modest beauty of everyday life with pure sensibility. It may be the fear of her partner, YUMEKA, and there is a premonition of beauty there. For EDO, Nuda Veritas is YUMEKA, and we know that purity and conflict harbor artistry and vitality.

To a world where everyone is beautiful

The Susie Svelte bag, which we collaborated with this time, has an original painting and quotes a passage from Baudelaire's poem "L'invitation au voyage". We have completed the bag as an art piece.

This poem is a love poem that invites the woman you love to travel, imagining a world of beauty that is enveloped in sensual and gentle light. It can be read as an invitation to the world of beauty.

We are living in a time of uncertainty where all values ​​are in a landslide. People with anxiety and fear live their daily lives and create things. Conflicting values ​​such as good and evil, virtue and vice, are inseparable, and that is why beauty resides. Anyone can reach the world of beauty. EDO and YUMEKA's paintings are drawn as this naked true wish.

Works on display

*Some of the works on display are subject to change. please note that.

About the reception party

A reception party will be held at bajra DAIKANYAMA from 20:00 on Saturday, April 1, the first day of the exhibition.

At the reception party, we will serve Italian sparkling wine from the global sparkling wine brand BOTTEGA.

In addition, this reception party is not an invitation system, so anyone can participate.

We look forward to your participation.

Details of bajra DAIKANYAMA

Address: Seda Stone Villa 2F, 15-5 Hachiyama-cho, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
HP: https://bajra-online.com/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/bajra_daikanyama/

About work sales

At the same time as the exhibition is held, it will be possible to view and purchase the works on the YUGEN Gallery official online store.

Information on visitor benefits

An original art book will be presented free of charge only to those who have answered the questionnaire form at the time of visit.
This is an original art book only for this exhibition, in which the exhibited works and the exhibition statement are compiled in one volume.

EDO and YUMEKA Solo Exhibition "​​​​NUDAVERITAS" Art Book
Recording artist: EDO and YUMEKA
B4 variant / List price 1,650 yen (tax included)

*Please note that the design of the art book is subject to change.



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Susie Svelt / Founded in 1998.
A leather workshop based in Nagoya that handles Bisvoque such as bags and wallets. The supreme technology is introduced to details such as hand stitching, lining, etc. Because of its high quality, it has been permanently installed at Mitsukoshi, Daimaru Matsuzakaya, and Isetan for 10 years.

“This collaboration is something that spontaneously occurred in synchronism with the timing when we were starting to develop an inline concept for a new work.” The leather used is undyed "baby calf" leather from calves within 3 months of age. By using the finest materials with a fine texture and soft touch in a state close to nature, in other words, naked leather, it overlaps with the theme of this exhibition.

《Coquille 45》
Coquille 45 / A club bag with a semicircular structure that protrudes like a spine inspired by a vintage tent.
The craftsmanship that pursues beauty down to the smallest detail, such as the carefully polished zippers that emit a beautiful shine, is in sync with the theme of this exhibition.
W45×H32×D23cm (not including handle)


Ed and Yumeka / An art unit consisting of EDO and painter YUMEKA, who have been involved in live painting and jewelry design for underground culture. In 2009, the two started working together from a solo exhibition at Starbucks. Since 2014, he has collaborated with ceramic artists, lacquer craftsmen, jewelry, shoes, and bags. He is engaged in a wide range of activities such as the space production of tea ceremony that mixes street culture and traditional crafts.

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exhibition period

2023.04.01 (Sat) - 2023.04.06 (Thu)


YUGEN Gallery


Token International Building 3F, 2-12-19 Shibuya, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo

Opening hours

Mon-Fri 14:00-19:00
Sat/Sun/Holidays 13:00-19:00
*Ends at 17:00 on the last day only

closing day


days in the gallery

Saturday, April 1, 13:00-18:00
April 2 (Sun) 13:00-15:00

Admission fee



*Please note that the exhibition period and opening hours may change without notice depending on the situation.