MAM Collection 005: Recycle and Build

2017.7.5 [Wed] - 10.23 [Mon]

Participating Artists

Iwasaki Takahiro (b. 1975 in Hiroshima, Japan, lives and works in Hiroshima)
UJINO (b. 1964 in Tokyo, lives and works in Tokyo)
Miyamoto Ryuji (b. 1947 in Tokyo, lives and works in Tokyo)

Since the end of the Second World War, Japan has taken a “scrap-and-build” approach to development, demolishing aging buildings and infrastructure and replacing them with those employing the latest technologies. Behind this method, which alters the urban landscape in short, ten-year cycles, lie a “modern” reverence for technology, economics-first mentality, and desire for efficiency. But the validity of scrap-and-build is now being reexamined, with renewed interest in building renovation over the past two decades a manifestation of this.

The exhibition focuses on the relationship between cities and recycling, via the work of three Japanese artists of burgeoning reputation: Iwasaki Takahiro, who is representing Japan at this year’s Venice Biennale; UJINO, a participant in Yokohama Triennale 2017 scheduled for August this year; and Miyamoto Ryuji, awarded the Medal of Honor with Purple Ribbon in 2012.

From UJINO’s sound sculpture Vertical Plywood City (2011), which represents an imaginary city by combining plywood and old electrical appliances, to Iwasaki’s sculpture Out of Disorder (2007), consisting of miniature structures made from the threads of towels, clothes etc.; and “Cardboard Houses” (1994-1996), a series of photos by Miyamoto showing homeless dwellings made from collected cardboard boxes, constructions made by recycling mundane everyday items may be unstylish, unfashionable, and lacking in rationality, but they certainly don’t lack originality, and are certain to remind us of things often forgotten.

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Vertical Plywood City
Wood, household electrical appliance and mixed media
Dimensions variable
Installation view: ”MAM Collection 005: Recycle and Build” Mori Art Museum, 2017
Photo: Kioku Keizo
Iwasaki Takahiro
Out of Disorder
Bath towel
Dimensions variable
Installation view: ”MAM Collection 005: Recycle and Build” Mori Art Museum, 2017
Photo: Kioku Keizo
Miyamoto Ryuji
Cardboard Houses - Tokyo 1994
Gelatin silver print
51×61 cm
Miyamoto Ryuji
Cardboard Houses - Tokyo 1996
Gelatin silver print
51×61 cm

MAM Collection 005: Recycle and Build

Notice Regarding Photography in the Galleries

At the exhibition “MAM Collection 005: Recycle and Build,” photography is permitted for artworks by Iwasaki Takahiro and UJINO under the following conditions. Photography of Miyamoto Ryuji’s artworks is NOT permitted, however.

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.

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.


Artist’s name and work title: Iwasaki Takahiro Out of Disorder
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.

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 exhibitions 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.”

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