Art & Culture
A site-specific art exhibition
the play: space drawing
By Paramodel

A Japanese duo plays with toys,
toys with an imaginative paradise.

[Opening] 5:00 pm Saturday 26 November 2016
[Duration] Saturday 26 November - Sunday 25 December 2016
[Venue] Thong Lor Art Space
[Organized by] The Japan Foundation, Bangkok
Thong Lor Art Space
paramodelic-grafitti (2012)
Tokyo Station Gallery, Tokyo, Japan

A paradoxical paradise in a parallel world

The Japan Foundation, Bangkok and Thonglor Art Space proudly present a site-specific art exhibition “the play: space drawing” by the renowned Japanese artist collective; Paramodel.

Paramodel is an art collective run by Yasuhiko Hayashi (b. 1971) and Yusuke Nakano (b. 1976) since 2001. Their title is essentially a manifesto in sum – fusing the words Paradise, Paradox and Model. In addition, it plays upon the Japanese word Puramoderu (toy plastic dioramas). They produce photography, sculpture, painting and video, much of which is born out of large-scale installations that engage with different kinds of spaces and deal with the various polarities that exist in everyday life. The artists often use familiar toys like blue plastic rails, miniature cars and plastic models as materials, as well as motifs, in order to create blueprints of paradise whilst underscoring life’s paradoxes, which can be seen in parallel as three-dimensional graffiti, diorama, drawing, mural or landscape.

This time, one of the Paramodel members, Yasuhiko Hayashi, will stay in Bangkok for one month to draw the three-dimensional spaces of Thonglor Art Space with gigantic numbers of ready-made industrial pipes and "plarails" [blue plastic rails]. Their signature materials – pipes and plarails – will bring you a magnificent visual impact, which also invites you toward rejoice of imagination. It might look like a construction-site, but also paradoxically like a paradise, or like a visualization of multi-layered network society. To find a special decoration for Christmas will be another amusement for the viewers in the Bangkok’s version.

Paramodel has been widely shown in Japan, Korea, China, Taiwan, Singapore, Indonesia, Vietnam, Australia, the US, France, Switzerland and Lithuania, but first time to be shown in Thailand.

There might be additional workshops and talks during the artist’s stay in Bangkok. For the updates, stay tune at our facebook page of the Japan Foundation, Bangkok.

Artist profile


An art unit formed in 2001 by Yasuhiko Hayashi (Fine Arts Graduate from the Kyoto City University of Arts) and Yusuke Nakano (a Nihonga [Japanese-style painting] graduate from the same university). They work and live in Osaka/Kyoto, Japan.

2008      Sakuya Konohana Award, Osaka, Japan
Selected solo exhibitions
2016 paramodule, CUPSULE, Tokyo, Japan
2015 paramodulætion, Nizayama Forest Art Museum, Toyama, Japan
2014 Paramodel, University of Michigan of Art, Michigan, the US
2013 para-modeling / Chimerical Scheme of Paramodellia, Maison Hermés 8F, Tokyo, Japan
2012 The plastic model of paramodel is paramodel,
The Japan Foundation Center for Cultural Exchange in Vietnam,
Hanoi, Vietnam
2011 Tommyca world of Paramodel, Mitsubishi-chisho ARTIUM, Fukuoka, Japan
2010 Paralelplan, the art gallery Kanazawa College of Art, Ishikawa, Japan
2010 The world according to P, mori yu gallery, Kyoto, Japan
Selected group exhibitions
2016 THE ECHO, Takasaki City Gallery, Gunma, Japan
2016 Japan Media Arts Festival in Aomori, Aomori Museum of Art, Aomori, Japan
2015 Kyoto Contemporary Art Network Exhibition 2015,
The Terminal Kyoto, Kyoto, Japan
2014 Perth International Arts Festival 2014, John Curtin Gallery, Perth, Australia
2014 MOT ANNUAL 2014 Fragments Incomplete Beginning,
Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan
2013 16th Japan Medial Art Festival: Art Division – Jury Selections,
The National Art Center, Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan
2012 7th Asia Pacific Triennial (APT7), Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA),
Queensland, Australia
2011 Art Garden, Singapore Art Museum, Singapore
2009 Big in JAPAN, Contemporary Art Centre, Vilnius, Lithuania
2008 KITA!!: Japanese Artists Meet Indonesia,
Bandung Center for New Media Art, Indonesia
2007 Beautiful New World: Contemporary Visual Culture from Japan,
Long March & Guangdong Museum of Art, Beijing & Guangdong, China

Photos for reference
If you would like to obtain the high-quality of the photos for your media, please kindly contact the staffs in charge mentioned below. Thank you.

paramodelic-grafitti (2012), Tokyo Station Gallery, Tokyo, Japan ©Paramodel
How to make a paramodel. (2012), APT7
Queensland Art Gallery / Gallery of Modern Art Brisbane, Australia © Paramodel

Exhibition Summary
Saturday 26 November 2016
Registration                           4:30 pm
Artist talk and exhibition tour    5:00 pm

Saturday 26 November – Sunday 25 December 2016
2pm - 9pm, closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays
Free admission

Thonglor Art Space (1F Studio)
33/2 Soi Sukhumvit 57, Khlong Tan Nuea, Watthana, Bangkok 10110
(BTS Thonglor Station)


Ms. Siree Riewpaiboon ( / Ms. Kazue Suzuki (
The Japan Foundation, Bangkok
10th Fl. Serm-Mit Tower, 159 Asoke-Montori Road, Bangkok 10110
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