IN’EI is a gallery specialising in Japanese art and design – as well as that of China, and Korea – with its prime objective creating an open dialogue between different cultures, and aspiring to become a reference point for lovers of these worlds.

“We will immerse ourselves in the darkness and there discover its own particular beauty”*

Tanizaki Jun’ichiro

The line chosen is determined by the ideas found in the work In Praise of Shadows, by Tanizaki Jun’ichiro, and the encouragement we gathered during our travels in Japan, which also contributed to the choice of name, IN’EI, meaning ‘shadow’. Working over long periods with a few selected names, IN’EI commissions original Japanese art and design projects from artists and architects in Europe, investing in the production of their collections, and producing solo exhibitions which give sculptural expression to the specific vision of the gallery, conveying to visitors the passion and knowledge which inspire our choices.

*Tanizaki, Jun’ichiro, In Praise of Shadows, translated by Thomas J. Harper and Edward G. Seidensticker, Sedgwick, ME: Leete’s Island Books, 1977.

Japanese Design & Eastern Asia Art Gallery