Events

Talk Session

“A Journey through Knowledge and Cosmologies” * Japanese-English simultaneous interpretation available

In an age when the mainstream view of the universe was a geocentric one, and telescopes had yet to be invented, the Codex Atlanticus on display in “The Universe and Art” exhibition tells us that Leonardo da Vinci already had a strong interest in astronomy. As well as hearing about the history of the Codex Atlanticus from Alberto Rocca, Director of Milan’s Veneranda Biblioteca Ambrosiana, where it is housed, the Museum will welcome Chiku Kakugyo, Director of the Kanazawa Institute of Technology Library Center, which collects and studies precious first editions of scientific books, to discuss how human beings viewed the cosmos prior to modern advances in space science.

  • Speakers: Alberto Rocca (Director, Veneranda Biblioteca Ambrosiana) | Chiku Kakugyo (Director, Kanazawa Institute of Technology Library Center)
  • Moderator: Nanjo Fumio (Director, Mori Art Museum)
  • Date & Time: 14:00-16:00, Saturday, July 30, 2016 (Doors open: 13:30)
  • Venue: Auditorium, Mori Art Museum
  • Capacity: 80 (booking required)
  • Admission: Free (exhibition ticket required)
  • Booking: * Booked Out
Left: Alberto Rocca, Right: Chiku Kakugyo

Artists’ Talk

Artists’ Talk * Japanese-English consecutive interpretation available

Artists in the exhibition discuss the connections between their works and the universe in front of their respective artworks in the gallery.

  • Speakers: Björn Dahlem | Conrad Shawcross | Semiconductor | Jia Aili | Patricia Piccinini | Maria Gruzdeva
  • Date & Time: 18:00-20:00, Saturday, July 30, 2016 (Doors open: 17:45)
  • Venue: Mori Art Museum
  • Capacity: 30 (booking required)
  • Admission: Free (exhibition ticket required)
  • Booking: * Booked Out

* Please note that the venue and the number of capacity for this program have changed from as originally announced.

From upper left: Semiconductor, Björn Dahlem, Conrad Shawcross, Jia Aili, Patricia Piccinini Photo: Alli Oughtred, Maria Gruzdeva

Artist Talk & Film Screening * Japanese-English simultaneous interpretation available

The worldly artist Tom Sachs, whose work The Crawler is used as the main visual of “The Universe and Art” exhibition is to travel to Japan and hold an Artist Talk & Film Screening. He will talk about his works on view and relationship between his activities and the space, followed by the screening of his long film, A Space Program (2014).

  • Speaker: Tom Sachs (Artist)
  • Date & Time: 20:00-22:00, Friday, October 21, 2016 (Doors open: 19:30)
  • Venue: Auditorium, Mori Art Museum
  • Capacity: 80 (booking required)
  • Admission: Free (exhibition ticket required)
  • Booking: * Booked Out

[Timetable]

20:00-20:45 :Artist Talk
20:50-22:00 A Space Program (2014, approx. 70 min.)
22:00 :Close
Tom Sachs
Tom Sachs

Symposium

“Deciphering ‘The Universe and Art’ Exhibition with Scientists” * Japanese-English simultaneous interpretation available

Today’s headlong rush into space is accompanied by enormous changes in the relationship between human beings and the universe that will also demand new perspectives on the questions of what is the universe, and what is art? How will people’s understanding of the world be transformed, and how will art? Join experts in space engineering and astronomy, plus artists, as they unravel the exhibition from their individual perspectives.

  • Speakers: Matogawa Yasunori (Professor Emeritus, Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency [JAXA]) | Watanabe Junichi (Vice-Director General Professor, National Astronomical Observatory of Japan) | Nomura Hitoshi (Artist) | Inoko Toshiyuki (Founder of teamLab)
  • Moderator: Nanjo Fumio (Director, Mori Art Museum)
  • Date & Time: 14:00-16:00, Saturday, August 20, 2016 (Doors open: 13:30)
  • Venue: Academyhills (49F, Roppongi Hills Mori Tower)
  • Capacity: 300 (booking required)
  • Admission: General 3,500 yen / MAMC members free
    * Program participant will receive an exhibition ticket (of “The Universe and Art”) on site.
  • Organizers: Mori Art Museum, Academyhills
  • Booking: * Booked Out
From left: Matogawa Yasunori, Watanabe Junichi, Nomura Hitoshi (Photo courtesy: JAXA), Inoko Toshiyuki

Talk Session

“Cosmology in Art” * Conducted in Japanese

Mandalas depicting the Buddhist worldview are also said to represent the truth of the cosmos. For this Talk Session, Izumi Takeo, expert in the history of Buddhist painting, and Shinohara Motoaki, whose extensive knowledge ranges from the monk Kukai to contemporary art, will be joined by Mwkaiyama Kisho, whose minimalist works are reminiscent of mandalas for modern times, and Maeda Yukinori, who draws on personal experience to express ideas from mystic philosophy, to discuss the cosmologies and art dwelling in the human heart throughout the ages.

  • Speakers: Izumi Takeo (Professor, Graduate School / Faculty of Arts and Letters, Tohoku University) | Shinohara Motoaki (Director, Takamatsu Art Museum / Professor Emeritus, Kyoto University) | Mwkaiyama Kisho (Artist) | Maeda Yukinori (Artist)
  • Moderator: Tsubaki Reiko (Associate Curator, Mori Art Museum)
  • Date & Time: 19:00-21:00, Tuesday, October 4, 2016 (Doors open: 18:30)
  • Venue: Auditorium, Mori Art Museum
  • Capacity: 80 (booking required)
  • Admission: Free (exhibition ticket required)
  • Booking: * Booked Out
    * Mori Art Museum will close at 17:00 and reopen at 18:30 only for those with bookings.
From left: Izumi Takeo, Shinohara Motoaki, Mwkaiyama Kisho, Maeda Yukinori
Photo: Homma Takashi

Summer Night Events for Elementary and Middle School Students Presented by Mori Art Museum X Roppongi Tenmon Club

Summer-Night Museum
“Viewing ‘The Universe and Art’ and ‘Starry Sky’! ” * Conducted in Japanese

Join Museum staff as we take over the nighttime Mori Art Museum for an exclusive viewing of “The Universe and Art,” then after a talk by an expert on the stars, observe the starry sky from the Sky Deck on the roof of the Mori Tower. Turn your imagination to the wonders of the cosmos and art at this special nighttime event.

  • Lecturer: Takanashi Naohiro (Project Associate Professor, The University of Tokyo Executive Management Program / Director of “tenpla,” Project to Popularize Astronomy)
  • Date: 18:00-21:00, Tuesday, August 9, 2016 (Doors open: 17:30)
  • Venue: Auditorium, Mori Art Museum / Sky Deck, Tokyo City View
  • For: Elementary / Middle school students
  • Capacity: 40 (booking required, attendees chosen by lottery)
  • Admission: Free (exhibition ticket as well as Sky Deck admission fee required)
    * Stargazing session(s) may be canceled due to weather. If so, admission fee to the Sky Deck (adult: 500 yen, child: 300 yen) will be unnecessary.
    * These two programs are nighttime programs. Participating children should be accompanied by a guardian.
  • Booking: * Booked Out
    * Booking Period: Tuesday, July 5 - Tuesday, July 19, 2016
    * Result of the lottery will be sent to each person by email during the following period: Wednesday, July 20 - Friday, July 22, 2016.
Event Image: “Children's Caption Project”“Go-Betweens” 2014
Photo: Mikuriya Shinichiro

A Space Talk and Workshop “Making an Astronomical Telescope” * Conducted in Japanese

Take a look around “The Universe and Art” exhibition, then build a genuine astronomical telescope that will even let you see craters on the moon, and Saturn’s rings. An astronomy expert will explain in child-fr iendly terms everything participants need to know, from how to assemble and use the telescope , to what to look out for in the sky.

  • Date & Time: 17:00-20:00, Friday, August 26, 2016 (Doors open: 16:30)
  • Venue: Auditorium, Mori Art Museum / Sky Deck, Tokyo City View
  • For: Elementary / Middle school students
  • Capacity: 40 (booking required, attendees chosen by lottery)
  • Admission: 3,000 yen (material cost. In addition, exhibition ticket as well as Sky Deck admission fee required)
    * Stargazing session(s) may be canceled due to weather. If so, admission fee to the Sky Deck (adult: 500 yen, child: 300 yen) will be unnecessary.
    * These two programs are nighttime programs. Participating children should be accompanied by a guardian.
  • Supervised by: “tenpla,” Project to Popularize Astronomy
  • Booking: * Booked Out
    * Booking Period: Wednesday, July 20 - Tuesday, August 2, 2016
    * Result of the lottery will be sent to each person by email during the following period: Wednesday, August 3 - Friday, August 5, 2016.

JAXA Town Meeting in Mori Art Museum

“On the Frontline of Space Exploration - The Latest Developments in Our Perennially Fascinating Universe” * Conducted in Japanese

Throughout history, people have been seduced and fascinated by the cosmos. The influence of space extends far from the obvious scientific advances and into the realms of art and religion. The heavens that human beings once gazed upon mesmerized are now accessible. At this Town Meeting, the speakers focus on what is happening in the universe right now - why humans set their sights on space and continue to expand the frontiers of space exploration - combined with an introduction to “The Universe and Art” exhibition.

  • Speakers: Kawaguchi Junichiro (Senior Fellow, Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency [JAXA], Professor at the Department of Space Flight Systems, Institute of Space and Astronautical Science [ISAS]), Tsubaki Reiko (Associate Curator, Mori Art Museum)
  • MC: Shoji Yoshikazu (Director, Public Affairs Department, Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency [JAXA])
  • Date & Time: 19:00-20:30, Tuesday, November 8, 2016 (Doors open: 18:30)
  • Venue: Mori Art Museum
  • For: Highschool students and older
  • Capacity: 80(booking required)
  • Admission: Free
  • Organizers: Mori Art Museum, Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA)
  • Booking: * Booked Out
    * Mori Art Museum will close at 17:00 and reopen at 18:30 only for those with bookings.
    * Members of the audience will have exclusive access to the exhibition from the end of the Meeting at 20:30, to 22:00. For those wishing to view the exhibition, usual charges will apply (Adult: 1,600 yen / University/higihschool student: 1,100 yen / Child [age 4 up to junior highschool student] 600 yen)
    * Please note that as a speaker of the program Kawaguchi Junichiro will replace Kuninaka Hitoshi (Professor at the Department of Space Flight Systems, Institute of Space and Astronautical Science [ISAS] / Director, Space Exploration Innovation Hub Center, Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency [JAXA]) as originally scheduled. Thank you for your understanding.
  • Click here to read the report of the event.
Kawaguchi Junichiro
Kawaguchi Junichiro
  • About JAXA Town Meetings
    The JAXA Town Meetings are forums for Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) to discuss its aerospace research and development endeavors with the public. Audience members have the opportunity to freely express their opinions while JAXA also offers its views. To date, JAXA has to date run over 120 of these meetings in the hope that over time, such sharing of views will lead to new ideas and directions for future space exploration, astronautical science, and the development of aerospace technology.
    For details: here (Japanese language only)

Presented by Mori Art Museum × Japan Philharmonic Orchestra Music Workshop Series EYES & EARS

Vol. 1 “Space-Time and Sound” * Japanese-English consecutive interpretation available

Join us at the nighttime Museum, turning your thoughts to the works in the exhibition and to space, on a journey of art and music. Space exploration was the very core of contemporary classical music composer Yuasa Joji’ s experimental music endeavors - enjoy the opportunity to play instruments, and experience the unknown, in an unconventional approach that explores the connections between image, sound and space.

  • Instructors: Michael Spencer (Communication Director, Japan Philharmonic Orchestra), Japan Philharmonic Orchestra Facilitators
  • Date & Time: 18:30-21:30, Tuesday, November 22, 2016 (Doors Open: 18:00)
  • Venue: Mori Art Museum
  • For: Highschool students and older
  • Capacity: 40 (booking required, attendees chosen by lottery)
  • Admission: 2,000 yen, MAMC / Japan Philharmonic Orchestra Subscription members free
  • Organizers: Mori Art Museum, Japan Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Booking: * Booked Out
  • Booking Period: Tuesday, October 25, 2016.
    * Results of the lottery will be notified via e-mail sometime between 26 and 28, October, 2016.
  • * Mori Art Museum will close at 17:00 and reopen at 18:00 only for those with bookings.
    * This event will be run in association with the 686th regular Tokyo concert performance, “Autumn” (Friday and Saturday, December 9 and 10, 2016) by the Japan Philharmonic Orchestra. For details: here (Japanese language only)
Michael Spencer
Michael Spencer

Gallery Talks

Gallery Talks by the Exhibition Curator * Conducted in Japanese

Talks by the exhibition curator, conducted in a gallery-tour format.

  • Mori Mariko Appears in Gallery Talk on September 21!
    Mori Mariko, “The Universe and Art” participating artist, and also known as an artist who has unveiled the new artwork Ring: One with Nature at the Rio Olympic' Culture Program, will appear in the Gallery Talk on September 21!
  • Speaker: Tsubaki Reiko (Associate Curator, Mori Art Museum)
  • Special Guest: Mori Mariko (Appearance on September 21 only)
  • Date & Time: [1] 19:00-20:00, Wednesday, August 10, 2016
    [2] 19:00-20:00, Wednesday, September 21, 2016
    [3] 20:00-21:00, Saturday, October 22, 2016
  • Venue: Mori Art Museum
  • Capacity: 30 (each)
  • Admission: Free (exhibition ticket required)
    Booking: NOT required (first-come basis; please come to the entrance hall of the exhibition directly)

Gallery Talks (Japanese) * Conducted in Japanese

Talks by museum staff conducted in a gallery-tour format.

  • Date & Time: [1] 14:00-15:00, Wednesday, August 31, 2016
    [2] 19:00-20:00, Wednesday, November 2, 2016
    [3] 14:00-15:00, Wednesday, November 30, 2016
    [4] 19:00-20:00, Wednesday, December 14, 2016
  • Venue: Mori Art Museum
  • Capacity: 15 (each)
  • Admission: Free (exhibition ticket required)
    Booking: NOT required (first-come basis; please come to the entrance hall of the exhibition directly)

Gallery Talks (English) * Conducted in English

Talks by museum staff conducted in a gallery-tour format in English.

  • Date & Time: 19:00-20:00, Wednesday, October 12, 2016
  • Venue: Mori Art Museum
  • Capacity: 15
  • Admission: Free (exhibition ticket required)
    Booking: NOT required (first-come basis; please come to the entrance hall of the exhibition directly)
Event Image: Gallery Talk "Dinh Q. Lê" 2015
Photo: Mikuriya Shinichiro

Family Program

Family Hour * Conducted in Japanese

Visit the Mori Art Museum with your little ones aged up to six years, and join other families to view the Museum at your leisure before the official opening time. Pregnant women also welcome. A great opportunity to take in “The Universe and Art” exhibition while enjoying some weekend relaxation with family, time with your children, and the chance to swap childrearing hints with other visitors.

  • #1
  • Date & Time: 9:30-10:30, Saturday, October 1, 2016
  • Venue: Mori Art Museum
  • For: Pre-school children (ages 0 to 6) and their guardians, pregnant women and their families
  • Capacity: 80 pairs (booking required)
  • Admission: Free (exhibition ticket required)
  • Booking: * Booked Out
  • #2
  • Date & Time: 9:30-10:30, Saturday, November 26, 2016
  • Venue: Mori Art Museum
  • For: Pre-school children (ages 0 to 6) and their guardians, pregnant women and their families
  • Capacity: 80 pairs (booking required)
  • Admission: Free (exhibition ticket required)
  • Booking: * Booked Out

* Babies in prams and frontpacks welcome.
* Starting at 9:35 and 9:55 Museum staff will provide talks on a number of the works on display. Please come to the entrance hall of the exhibition directly if interested.
* Please note that the Museum will be open to the general public from 10:00.

Access Program

Verbal Imaging Tour * Conducted in Japanese

A tour in which the visually impaired can explore the exhibition through dialogue with museum staff in essence, but open to general public.

  • Date & Time: 10:30-12:00, Saturday, December 3, 2016
  • Venue: Mori Art Museum
  • For: General public
  • Capacity: 10 (booking required)
  • Admission: Free (exhibition ticket required)
  • Booking: here

Sign Language Tours * Conducted in Japanese

A tour for enjoying the exhibition using the Japanese sign language and words. Open to those who don't use sign language, too.

  • #1
  • Date & Time: 19:00-20:00, Friday, September 9, 2016
  • Venue: Mori Art Museum
  • For: General public
  • Capacity: 10 (booking required)
  • Admission: Free (exhibition ticket required)
  • Booking: * Booked Out
  • #2
  • Date & Time: 15:00-16:00, Saturday, December 3, 2016
  • Venue: Mori Art Museum
  • For: General public
  • Capacity: 10 (booking required)
  • Admission: Free (exhibition ticket required)
  • Booking: * Booked Out

Event Image: “Sign Language Tours”
“Go-Betweens” 2014
Photo: Mikuriya Shinichiro

School Program

School-Museum Program * Conducted in Japanese

As they introduce the exhibition, members of the museum staff engage in discussion with the schoolteachers on the subject of children and art. What kind of new insights would be gained from this exhibition which showcases a diverse selection of works from historic astronomical material to the contemporary art? Teachers from all disciplines - not only arts and crafts - welcome.

  • Date & Time: 19:00-21:30, Wednesday, September 21, 2016
  • [Timetable]
    19:00-20:00 Gallery talk by the exhibition curator
    20:00-21:30 Discussion
  • Venue: Mori Art Museum
  • For: Preschool, elementary, middle and high school teachers, and college/university instructors
  • Capacity: 15 (booking required)
  • Admission: Free
  • Booking: * Booked Out

Event Image: “School-Museum Program”
“Dinh Q. Lê” 2015
Photo: Mikuriya Shinichiro

MAMC members' event * Japanese-English simultaneous interpretation

Gallery Tour & Talk Event
“The Universe and Art” MAMC NIGHT to be held on Tuesday, September 27!

We are happy to announce MAMC NIGHT of “The Universe and Art” to be held on Tuesday, September 27! This time, not only will we arrange gallery tour by curator of “The Universe and Art” exhibition, but also hold a talk event by Inoko Toshiyuki, founder of teamLab, artist unit participating in the exhibition.

  • [Details] * Japanese-English simultaneous interpretation
  • Date & Time: 19:00-22:00, Tuesday, September 27, 2016
     (18:45 Doors open / 21:30 Last admission)
  • Venue: Mori Art Museum (53F, Roppongi Hills Mori Tower)
  • Registration: Mori Art Museum Information (3F, Roppongi Hills Mori Tower)
  • For: Open to all MAMC members (Benefactor & Fellow)
  • Number of accompanied guests allowed: up to 2 guests for Benefactor, and up to 1 guest for Fellow
    * Please note that members and their accompanying guests are requested to enter at the same time.
    * Members, please be sure to attend the event if you have guest(s).
  • Capacity: 80 (bookings required)
  • Admission: Free for all participants
  • Booking Deadline: Sunday, September 11, 2016
    * Please note that bookings may close once the number of bookings reaches the capacity.
    * Please refrain from cancelling after the booking deadline.
  • [Timetable]
  • 18:45Doors open (21:30 Last admission)
    19:00-20:00Gallery Tour
    20:00-21:00Talk Event
    21:00-22:00Free Viewing
  • * Please note that there might be changes to the above schedule.
  • [Booking]
  • Booking for MAMC members: * Booked Out
    To be a MAMC member, details here
    *If you are not a member yet, please see here.
Inoko Toshiyuki
  • [ Profile of Inoko Toshiyuki (Founder of teamLab) ]
    Toshiyuki Inoko, Founder of teamLab, was born in Tokushima City in 1977. He graduated from the University of Tokyo in 2001, from the Department of Mathematical Engineering and Information Physics. He attended the University of Tokyo Graduate School of Interdisciplinary Information Studies before leaving in 2004. teamLab Art collective formed in 2001. teamLab is a collective, interdisciplinary creative group that brings together professionals from various fields of practice in the digital society: artists, programmers, engineers, CG animators, mathematicians, architects, web and print graphic designers and editors. Referring to themselves as “Ultra-technologists,” their aim is to achieve a balance between art, science, technology and creativity. Exhibitions in 2016 include; “teamLab: Living Digital Space and Future Parks” (Silicon Valley), “Borusan Contemporary” (Istanbul), “Central World” (Bangkok), and a permanent exhibition “FUTURE WORLD: WHERE ART MEETS SCIENCE” (Singapore). Other projects include Japanese pavilion at “EXPO Milano 2015”, Saatchi Gallery (London) and “Maison & Objet” (Paris).
    http://www.team-lab.net/
  • [About Cloak]
    Please note that there is no cloak at the Mori Art Museum (53F, Roppongi Hills Mori Tower). Please use the automatic lockers nearby the information desk (52F, Roppongi Hills Mori Tower) if necessary, your 100 yen coin will be returned when you reopen the locker.
  • [What is "MAMC NIGHT"?]
    MAMC NIGHT is a special private viewing day for only MAMC Members.
    MAMC members can enjoy exhibition(s) in a private setting, and attend gallery tours by curators, and artist talks.
  • [Event Report]
    Please note that reports on MAMC events, which may include photographs taken at the events, will appear from time to time on the Mori Art Museum website.
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MAMC is a Membership program designed to provide a more in-depth experience of the Mori Art Museum (MAM) and Contemporary art (C). In addition to free admission to exhibitions, MAMC Members enjoy a range of benefits including exclusive events. Applications for individual or corporate membership are welcomed at any time.

* Please note that speakers are subject to change without prior notice.

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