SCAI The Bathhouse is a contemporary art gallery located in Yanaka, with a town ambience reminiscent of Old Tokyo. In walking proximity to Ueno, an area dense with museums and art schools, the gallery was converted from a venerable 200-year-old public bathhouse. Take a step inside, and you will find a white cube with soft natural light descending from the high ceiling.
Since its establishment in 1993, SCAI The Bathhouse has realized numerous exhibitions and commission projects. It has fostered the careers of leading artists, who has contributed to the development of post-war art in Japan as a pivotal figure of Mono-ha School, to Toshikatsu Endo and Mariko Mori, who have garnered international attention for their large-scale sculptures with compelling narratives. The gallery is also establishing the global presence of next-generation talent, such as Kohei Nawa and Reijiro Wada. In association with the gallery, artists such as Anish Kapoor, Darren Almond, Apichatpong Weerasethakul, and He Xiangyu have produced new bodies of work inspired by Japanese culture. Through a number of public art projects including iconic installations by Tatsuo Miyajima and Louise Bourgeois at Roppongi Hills, SCAI The Bathhouse has been introducing the cutting edge of art into landscapes of the city, expanding audiences for contemporary art in Japan.
SCAI The Bathhouse seeks to function as a meeting place of various currents of contemporary art, both in Japan and abroad, and to play a leading and responsible role in the art scene. Over the decades, SCAI has produced many exceptional artists, gallerists and art directors alike. In this same ethos, the gallery continues to realize visionary initiatives, and recently opened "Komagome Soko", an experimental project space for emerging talents and "SCAI PARK" which extends preservation and depot space to an exhibition site.