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About “MAM Collection”

The collection of Mori Art Museum which focuses on contemporary art from Japan and elsewhere in Asia currently comprises approximately 400 works. The “MAM Collection” is the series of diverse, theme-based exbitions to showcase the collection.
Enjoying contemporary art in a living space-like environment and a dynamic view - this program embodies the Mori Art Museum's motto of “Art + Life.”



MAM Collection 003: Sutee Kunavichayanont - Stereotyped Thailand



“MAM Collection 003” features Sutee Kunavichayanont (b. 1965), an internationally acclaimed Thai artist. His work, with a usage of a wide range of media, from three-dimensional works and installations to participatory art projects, deals humorously with themes of Thailand’s traditions and present-day reality, history and memory, and nationalism and national identity.
The “Stereotyped Thailand” series showcased in this exhibition was first shown at 100 Tonson Gallery in Bangkok in 2005. For this solo exhibition of his, the gallery is converted into a school classroom featuring sculptures, paintings, and three-dimensional artworks that explore stereotypes of Thailand. By presenting archetypes different to the familiar ones of the Thai people as always “cheerful” and “smiling,” the artist humorously questions what is the real image of the nation.
While his work was included in the “Show Me Thai” exhibition in 2007 at the Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo and he was commissioned by Fukuoka Asian Art Museum to create new artworks in Fukuoka in 2002, this is the first presentation of “Stereotyped Thailand” in Japan. It is also planned to invite the artist to Tokyo for a workshop on Saturday, April 16, with local residents, the record of which will then be exhibited.

Installation view: “Sutee Kunavichayanont: Stereotyped Thailand”
100 Tonson Gallery, Bangkok, 2005

Sutee Kunavichayanont

Born 1965 in Bangkok, currently based in Bangkok where he teaches at Silpakorn University. Received BA in Fine Arts (Graphic Arts) from Silpakorn University in 1989, and MA in Visual Arts from Sydney College of the Arts, the University of Sydney in 1992. His major recent solo exhibitions include “Longing for Siam, Inventing Thailand” (2010, Number 1 Gallery, Bangkok) and “The World without Politics” (2012, Valentine Willie Fine Art, Singapore). Major group exhibitions include the 2nd Fukuoka Asian Art Triennale (2002, Fukuoka Asian Art Museum) and the 5th Asia-Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art (2006, Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art) amongst others.

General Information

Period: Saturday, March 26 – Sunday, July 10, 2016
Organizer: Mori Art Museum
Curated by: Kondo Kenichi (Curator, Mori Art Museum)
Venue: Mori Art Museum

Open Hours: 10:00-22:00 (Tuesdays: 10:00-17:00)
* Tuesday of May 3 open until 22:00.
* Admission until 30 minutes before closing.
* Open everyday.

Admission: Adult: ¥1,800
University / Highschool student: ¥1,200
Child (Age 4 up to Junior highschool student): ¥600
Senior (Ages 65 & over): ¥1,500
* All prices include tax.
* Ticket also valid for “Roppongi Crossing 2016,” “MAM Screen,” “MAM Research.”
* Ticket also valid for Tokyo City View observation deck.
* Additional entrance fee to the Sky Deck is required.
Inquiries: +81-(0)3-5777-8600 (Hello Dial)

Original Goods

Postcard

Price: ¥162 (incl. tax)
Exhibition original postcard of exhibition installation photograph.

Totebag

Price: ¥1,512 (incl. tax)
Totebag designed with carvings from Sutee Kunavichayanon's exhibit.
Charming, right-sized gusseted bag!

Events

Workshop "Dreamflagtory" * Conducted in English

For this immersive workshop, participants join "MAM Collection 003" artist Sutee Kunavichayanont in a multi-faceted exploration of the images we as individuals have of particular countries, and the significance of symbols. Workshop participants are asked to envisage national flags for Thailand, Japan and their own home country (or another country), and make these three flags. How will the new flag designs differ from the actual flags?

Instructor: Sutee Kunavichayanont (Artist)

Date & Time: 14:00-17:00, Saturday, April 16, 2016 (Doors open 13:30)
Venue: Mori Art Museum (53F, Roppongi Hills Mori Tower)
For: Ages 6 and over, those able to participate in English
* Children of ages 6-8 should attend with a guardian.
Capacity: 10 groups/pairs (booking required, attendees chosen by lottery)
Admission: ¥500 (materialcost. Exhibition ticket required)
Deadline: Thursday, April, 7, 2016
Bookings: Booked out


Photo: Sutee Kunavichayanont

Notice Regarding Photography in the Gallery

At the exhibition “MAM Collection 003: Sutee Kunavichayanont - Stereotyped Thailand,” you can photograph the artworks under the following conditions.

When taking permitted photographs:

Do NOT touch the works of art.
Do NOT interfere with other visitors' enjoyment of the museum.
Do NOT use flash lighting.
Do NOT use tripods and selfie sticks.
Do NOT FILM the art works.

When using photographs taken of the exhibition:

  • Photographs may be used for non-commercial purposes only. Photographs may NOT be used for commercial purposes.
  • Photographs may NOT be altered in any ways.
  • The conditions above are licensed under the Creative Commons License. When uploading photographs for blogs or any other photo-sharing services, please make sure to display the below marks and phrases with the photograph.

Example:

Artist’s name and work title: Sutee Kunavichayanont Stereotyped Thailand / Black Board
This photograph is licensed under “Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-NoDerivative Works 2.1 Japan.”

* For details about the Creative Commons License and marks, please see the Creative Commons Japan website: http://creativecommons.jp
* If photographs that include other museum visitors are made public, they may infringe on that person’ s right of portrait.


[Next Exhibition]

MAM Collection 004: Imagining the Unknown Stories



“MAM Collection 004” will present works by three artists: Yoneda Tomoko, Shilpa Gupta, and Yee I-Lann. For all works on exhibit here, the artists researched legends and historical events they had not actually experienced in person, using their own imaginations to recreate these events and render them as artwork.
Yoneda Tomoko’s photograph series “Between Visible and Invisible” takes as its theme the historical relationship between that which can, and cannot, be seen. In one of them, Freud’s Glasses - Viewing a text by Jung II (1998), she employs spectacles actually used by Sigmund Freud to view text by Carl Jung who was his prodigy yet later parted ways. Exactly how Freud felt upon reading that text is left to our imagination.
In Shilpa Gupta’s sound installation Tryst with Destiny (Speech on the granting of Indian Independence) (2007-2008), the artist can be heard singing, through a microphone, the speech by the first Indian prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru given on the eve of the country’s independence, to her random tune. A microphone, which is usually used for giving speeches, has been turned into a speaker from which Nehru’s somber words pour out as a nostalgic song.
“Sulu Stories” (2005) is a photograph series by Yee I-Lann featuring legends and stories from the Sulu Archipelago (now part of the Philippines). Sulu Archipelago, adjacent to Malaysia and Indonesia, was independent as Sultanate of Sulu from the 15th to 19th century, yet has now become the base of anti-government forces and terrorist organizations and travel from outside is restricted. The artist was also unable to enter the central Sulu, and she completed the series by superimposing various images on the pictures taken from the surrounding sea based on research.
These slices of legends and history, recreated from the artists’ subjective viewpoints and rendered using approaches different from the usual documentary format, speak to the soul in subtle, unobtrusive ways.

Yoneda Tomoko
Freud’s Glasses - Viewing a text by Jung II
1998
Gelatin silver print
120x120 cm

Yee I-Lann
Sulu Stories - The Ch’i-lin of Calauit
2005
Digital print
61x61 cm

Shilpa Gupta
Tryst with Destiny (Speech on the granting of Indian Independence)
2007-2008
Microphone, microphone stand with built-in
speaker
145x30x30 cm (microphone), 9 min. (audio)
Installation view: “Chalo! India: A New Era of Indian Art,” 2008, Mori Art Museum, Tokyo
Photo: Kioku Keizo

General Information

Period: Saturday, February 4, 2017 - Sunday, June 11, 2017
Venue: Mori Art Museum
Organizer: Mori Art Museum
Curated by: Kondo Kenichi (Curator, Mori Art Museum)

Open Hours: 10:00-22:00 (Tuesdays: 10:00-17:00)
* Admission until 30 minutes before closing.
* Open everyday.

Admission: Adult: ¥1,800
University / Highschool student: ¥1,200
Child (Age 4 up to Junior highschool student): ¥600
Senior (Ages 65 & over): ¥1,500
* All prices include tax.
* Ticket also valid for “N. S. Harsha: Charming Journey,” “MAM Screen” and “MAM Project.”
* Ticket also valid for Tokyo City View observation deck (excludes Sky Deck).
* Admission to Mori Arts Center Gallery is not included.
* Additional entrance fee to the Sky Deck is required.
Inquiries: +81-(0)3-5777-8600 (Hello Dial)

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