Exhibitions

MAM Collection 009: Ken + Julia Yonetani

2019.2.9 [Sat] - 5.26 [Sun]

“MAM Collection 009” will present What the Birds Knew (2012), a sculpture in the form of a glowing green ant made using uranium glass and UV lighting, by Japanese/Australian artist unit Ken + Julia Yonetani (b. 1971 and b. 1972 in Tokyo, respectively).
This work was created following research by the artist duo on the “Green Ant Dreaming” legend which can also be viewed as an Aboriginal warning to the future. Taking its title from the 1955 Kurosawa film I Live in Fear [Ikimono no kiroku] (also known as What the Birds Knew) which depicts a man terrified of the prospects of nuclear attack, the artists are raising issues concerning nuclear radiation.

Works

Ken + Julia Yonetani What the Birds Knew (detail)
Ken + Julia Yonetani
What the Birds Knew (detail)
2012
Uranium glass, wire, UV light
3 x 3 x 5.2 m
Installation view: “What the Birds Knew: Ken + Julia Yonetani,” 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art, Sydney, 2012
Photo: Zan Wimberley
Ken + Julia Yonetani What the Birds Knew
Ken + Julia Yonetani
What the Birds Knew
2012
Uranium glass, wire, UV light
3 x 3 x 5.2 m
Installation view: “What the Birds Knew: Ken + Julia Yonetani,” 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art, Sydney, 2012
Photo: Zan Wimberley
Ken + Julia Yonetani What the Birds Knew (detail)
Ken + Julia Yonetani
What the Birds Knew (detail)
2012
  Uranium glass, wire, UV light
3 x 3 x 5.2 m
Installation view: “What the Birds Knew: Ken + Julia Yonetani,” 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art, Sydney, 2012
Photo: Zan Wimberley
Ken + Julia Yonetani What the Birds Knew
Ken + Julia Yonetani
What the Birds Knew
2012
Uranium glass, wire, UV light
3 x 3 x 5.2 m
Installation view: “What the Birds Knew: Ken + Julia Yonetani,” 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art, Sydney, 2012
Photo: Zan Wimberley
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Notice Regarding Photography and Filming in the Galleries

At the exhibition “MAM Collection 009: Ken + Julia Yonetani,” you may take photographs/film the artworks under the following conditions.

When taking photographs/filming:

  • 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.
  • Filming must be limited to 1 minute maximum.

When using photographs/videos taken of the exhibition:

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

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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 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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