ITOCHU Announces “Art of the Rough Diamonds” Exhibition, a New Project for ITOCHU AOYAMA ART SQUARE

March 10, 2017

ITOCHU Corporation (headquartered in Minato-ku, Tokyo; Masahiro Okafuji, President & CEO; hereinafter “ITOCHU”) opened ITOCHU AOYAMA ART SQUARE in CI Plaza, a commercial facility situated next to ITOCHU’s Tokyo Headquarters, in October 2012, aspiring to encourage the next generation, contribute to the community and promote art and culture in Japan and abroad as part of its social contribution activities. A number of exhibitions have since been held in the space.

The “Art of the Rough Diamonds” Exhibition is not a general exhibition for people with intellectual disabilities and mental illness. The exhibition is intended to display a significant array of their works that are worth appreciating as works of art, focus purely on their talents and introduce them as the individual creators. The exhibition is based on the idea of seeking evaluations of their artistic attributes from a wider range of people and providing them with the opportunity to enjoy the works.

Rotary Club of Tokyo Atago will select about sixty works, conduct display sales during the period of the event, and give back returns to both the welfare facilities to which the artists with disabilities belong and the individual creators themselves in the hope of providing an opportunity to give pride and tangible benefits to persons with disabilities. This year’s exhibition will be the second one after last year’s event, and ITOCHU anticipates selling all the exhibited works, just like at the last event.


Sponsor Rotary Club of Tokyo Atago
Supporters The Minato City government and Diet members group to support disables to be independent by earning fair income
Cooperation ITOCHU Corporation, Behind The Museum Cafe Portland and ZACCESS Consulting corporation
Period Saturday, April 15 to Sunday, April 23, 2017
11 a.m. - 7 p.m. (open every day during the event period)
< Saturday, April 15 and Sunday, April 16, 2017 from 3 p.m.: workshop with creators>
Admission: Free; prior applications are required.
“Off The Wall” session: Let’s enjoy drawing paintings together “by yourself, here and now” regardless of age, gender, nationality or disability!! The event will provide the opportunity to draw paintings with international school children regardless of nationality, age, gender or disability. The winner of the top prize will be exhibited abroad.
Admission Free
CI Plaza B1, 2-3-1 Kita-Aoyama, Minato-ku, Tokyo
TEL: 03-5772-2913

The Second “Art of the Rough Diamonds” Exhibition Website