PRESS - 2022.04.21

May sales @Hillside Forum, Daikanyama

SBI Art Auction is thrilled to present the "51st SBI Art Auction|Modern and Contemporary Art" sales on Friday, May 27 and Saturday, May 28, 2022 at Hillside Forum in Daikanyama, Tokyo.

Recent success of "Tokyo Contemporary: Redefined," a special auction which took place simultaneously ever with "Art Fair Tokyo" at Tokyo International Forum on March 12 brought excitement to the Japanese art market with 1.28 billion yen sales record.

We believe such excitement will be carried on at our May auction with an eye-catching lineup including works by artists that are celebrated in the contemporary art market in both Japan and overseas, and works exhibited for the first time at auction in Japan. The auction will be held at the conventional venue in Hillside Forum, Daikanyama.

■the 51st SBI Art Auction|Modern and Contemporary Art
【Auction Date】
Friday, May 27, 2022 3:00 PM (JST) –
Saturday, May 28, 2022 1:00 PM (JST) –
HILLSIDE FORUM (18-8 Sarugakucho Shibuya-ku, Tokyo, 150-0033, Japan)
Wednesday, May 25, 2022 11:00 AM – 7:00 PM (JST)
Thursday, May 26, 2022 11:00 AM – 7:00 PM (JST)
*On the day of the auction, Auctioneer will hold the auction at the venue.
*In addition to bidding at the venue, you can bid by phone, absentee, or online.
You can also watch the progress of the auction on YouTube.
Please check the website for details.

■Featured works for May auction
Highlights including world famous KUSAMA Yayoi, ROKKAKU Ayako's unique canvas, SORAYAMA Hajime's life-sized sexy robot which appears for the first time in Japan's auction house. Edition works by acclaimed Andy WARHOL, KAWS, Javier CALLEJA, NARA Yoshitomo, KUSAMA Yayoi. In addition to the familiar street lineup by KYNE, HANAI Yusuke, we will also have MURAKAMI Takashi's early work, TATEISHI Tiger's rare object work, as well as works by Ei-Q, TOYA Shigeo, OKAZAKI Kenjiro, KOMATSU Miwa and so on.

*Access to online catalogue:

■About our auction

SBI Art Auction holds public auctions arranged to present fine works of contemporary art created in and after the twentieth century, as well as modern art, photography, design, and crafts that can adorn and enrich the lives of a wide variety of clients.
The current auction participants include nationals of more than 50 countries*, and we are proud of being Japan's most international auction, since bids by overseas customers amount to about 30% of the title.
We are working to grow and expand the Japanese art market by actively introducing not only the works of artists who symbolize the Japanese art market, but also the works of overseas artists who are rarely exhibited in domestic auctions.
*As of April 2022

■How to participate in our auction
The auction is held by bidding for the sale price.
Customers who participate for the first time are requested to register in advance.
For more information on how to buy works at auction, please see the following page.
Details on how to participate and buy:

■About us
SBI Art Auction Co., Ltd. provides a wide variety of services corresponding to our clients' needs, including auctioning, brokering private sales, financing, and consulting. Our aim is to ensure that more people come to appreciate the pleasure, importance, and fun of owning artworks, while at the same time helping them to keep their artworks in good condition over the long term and pass them along to the next generation.
Company name: SBI Art Auction Co., Ltd.
Representative Director: MORITA Shumpei
Address: 7F, TFT Bldg East Wing, 3-6-11 Ariake, Koutou-ku, Tokyo
Established: April 1, 2011

For press inquiries
SBI Art Auction Co., Ltd.
7F, TFT Building East Wing, 3-6-11 Ariake, Koutou-ku, Tokyo, 135-0063 JAPAN
Tel: +81-3-3527-6692


PRESS - 2022.02.15

Auction x Art Fair: The first-ever SBI sale held simultaneously with Art Fair Tokyo Contemporary art auction in Yurakucho, Tokyo, on Saturday 12 March, 2022

SBI Art Auction is proud to present “Tokyo Contemporary: Redefined,” a special auction which will be held at Tokyo International Forum on Saturday 12 March 2022. This is the first time for SBI Art Auction to take place simultaneously ever with “Art Fair Tokyo,” one of the largest international art fair in Japan.
“Tokyo Contemporary: Redefined” auction is a well-curated sale with selected works only which represents the iconic and most recognizable artists in the modern and contemporary art world. We believe that it delivers exceptional opportunities to enjoy purchasing artworks, and hope that it helps the growth of the Japanese art market.
■ The 49th SBI Art Auction|Tokyo Contemporary: Redefined
【DATE】[Lots. 001-075] SATURDAY 12 MARCH 2022 3:00 PM (JST) –
【VENUE】Tokyo International Forum Hall D5 (5-1 Marunouchi 3-chome, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 100-0005, JAPAN)
【PREVIEW】Tokyo International Forum Hall D7
THURSDAY 10 MARCH 2022 11:00 AM - 7:00 PM (JST)
FRIDAY 11 MARCH 2022 11:00 AM - 7:00 PM (JST)
* Auction will be conducted by an auctioneer present in the salesroom.
* Customers unable to attend the venue in person may also place absentee/phone bids, or bid live online.
More details are available on the website below. Auction will be broadcasted live on YouTube.

Tokyo International Forum Hall D5
SATURDAY 12 MARCH 2022 1:00 - 2:00 PM (JST)
Talk Session "Japanese art market viewed from the financial market’s perspective"
Speaker: Kiichi Kitajima (Art Fair Tokyo Managing Director)
Speaker’s profile
<Managing director of Art Fair Tokyo>
Born in Tokyo in 1974, Kiichi Kitajima completed a Master of Computer Science in Graduate School of Keio in 1999, then he joined Nomura Securities Co., Ltd.
After having worked as a bond and interest rate trader over a decade at domestic and overseas Investment Bank in Tokyo and London, he has been acting as Managing director of Art Fair Tokyo since 2011 by acquiring a business of planning and operation of the fair.
Not only responsible for management, he is also in charge of direction of the gallery section at the fair.
He likes sail racing, mountain climbing, and marathon.

■ List of Artworks 
*For more information about the artworks please visit:

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PRESS - 2021.10.08

SBI Art Auction proudly presents “NFT in the History of Contemporary Art” NFT Art Auction in Japan

On October 30, 2021, SBI Art Auction holds the very first NFT art auction sale in Japan. We welcome Hiroki Yamamoto as our guest curator for the sale, a distinguished cultural theorist who will explore the future possibilities that NFT artworks provide for contemporary art.
Since the sale of an NFT by Beeple for more than $69 million dollar at an art auction in March 2021, the attention of the contemporary art world has been focused on reports about bidding prices and new endeavors by leading artists.

NFT technology has made it possible to guarantee the uniqueness of digital data, such as video files. Along with the growing adoption of NFTs in the field of modern art, the infrastructure for buying, selling and storing NFTs online is constantly being advanced.
We regard these current trends as historical events. With the art auction as a stage, we will shine a spotlight on various artists of diverse genres and, together with guest curator and cultural theorist Hiroki Yamamoto, explore the meaning and impact of NFTs in the historical context of contemporary art.
The NFTs sold in this sale are minted on Startrail by Startbahn, Inc., who specializes in issuing and managing blockchain certificates for artworks.

■ NFT in the History of Contemporary Art: a Curated Sale by Hiroki Yamamoto
【DATE】October 30, 2021 (Saturday), from 13:00 | as a part of the SBI Art Auction’s “Modern and Contemporary Art Vol.47”
【VENUE】Hillside Forum (Hillside Terrace 1F, 18-8 Sarugakucho, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo)
【PREVIEW】Wednesday, October 27 (12:00-19:00) and Thursday, October 28 (11:00–19:00)
※ Auction will be conducted by an auctioneer present in the salesroom.
※Customers unable to attend the venue in person may also submit bids in advance via phone or in writing, or participate live via video feed (available via smartphone & computer). More details are available on the website below.

■ Special contents:
※ Profiles of our contributors are provided at the end of this press release.
1. In Dialogue: Yuko Hasegawa and Hiroki Yamamoto on the Future of Art
2. Commentary: “What is NFT Art?” by Startbahn CEO Taihei Shii

■ List of artworks 
※ For more information about the artworks please visit :

Curator Hiroki Yamamoto
Hiroki Yamamoto was born in Chiba, Japan in 1986. He graduated in Social
Science at Hitotsubashi University in 2010 and received an MA in Fine Art from the Chelsea College of Arts, University of the Arts London (UAL) in 2013. From 2013 to 2018, Yamamoto worked at UAL’s Research Centre for Transnational Art, Identity and Nation (TrAIN) where he completed his PhD in 2018. He also served at TrAIN as a postgraduate research fellow. He was previously a research fellow at Asia Culture Center (ACC) in Gwangju, Korea, a postdoctoral fellow at the School of Design at Hong Kong Polytechnic University, and an assistant professor at Tokyo University of the Arts. He is currently a lecturer at Kanazawa College of Art. His publications include The History of Contemporary Art: Euro-America, Japan, and Transnational (Chūō Kōron Shinsha, 2019) and Media Culture in Transnational Asia: Convergence and Divergence (Rutgers University Press, 2020), Considering Racism (Kyōwakoku, 2021).

Special contributors
Yuko Hasegawa
Yuko Hasegawa is Director of the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, and Professor of Graduate School of Global Arts, Tokyo University of the Arts. She was Artistic Director of the Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo. She completed a BA in Law from Kyoto University and an MFA in Art History from Tokyo University of the Arts. She has been honored with the Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, France (2015), the Ordem de Rio Branco, Brazil (2017), and Japan Commissioner for Cultural Affairs Award, the Agency for Cultural Affairs, Japan (2020). She has curated on numerous biennale in Istanbul (2001), Shanghai (2002), São Paulo (2010), Sharjah (2013), Moscow (2017), and Thailand (2021).

Taihei Shii
Taihei Shii was born in Tokyo, Japan, in 1977 and spent his childhood in the US. In 2001, he graduated from Tama University. He also holds a Master of Science from University of Tokyo’s Graduate School of Interdisciplinary Information Studies and has taught as an adjunct professor at Tokyo University of the Arts. In his work as an artist, Shii engages the theme “Art in the Internet Age”. He initially presented his idea for Startbahn at a talk event in 2006, then acquired necessary patents in Japan and the US, and eventually established Startbahn, Inc. in 2014. Since 2021, he also acts as the CEO of Art Beat, Inc.

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