MAM Collection 014: Gravity and Inversion, Microcosmos and Macrocosmos - Tateishi Tiger, Yin Xiuzhen, Iwasaki Takahiro and Kaneuji Teppei

2022.2.18 [Fri] - 5.29 [Sun]

Participating Artists

  • Tateishi Tiger
  • Yin Xiuzhen
  • Iwasaki Takahiro
  • Kaneuji Teppei

There can be no doubt that recent scientific advances in knowledge and technology are transforming our spatial awareness and view of the world. News reports tell how time and space in the universe, starting with the gravity masses that are black holes, are not fixed as they are on earth; how there may be more than one universe; and how life may exist on the many planets discovered outside our own solar system. This also means that from a cosmic point of view, the things we refer to using the terms micro and macro are so only from a viewpoint that complements our own scale. And perhaps the proliferation of online meetings due to the pandemic has also altered our perceptions around “being in the same space, here and now.”

This exhibition will present a group of works that express perspectives freed from these earthly constraints of gravity, time, space and scale. Tateishi Tiger’s FUJI HI-WAY, in which a highway scene with gravity seemingly turned on its head appears with Mt. Fuji and a piece of outer space in the background, and Micro Fuji, with its mix of micro and macrocosmic worlds; Iwasaki Takahiro’s Reflection Model featuring the Kinkakuji Temple flipped in the direction of gravity and made vertically symmetrical; Kaneuji Teppei’s mysterious Tower bursting with a plethora of objects; and Yin Xiuzhen’s Portable City - Tokyo, a mini-version of the capital in a suitcase, all seem to demonstrate that our world is not horizontal but composed of multiple different scales and dimensions, and that the microcosmic and macrocosmic are connected.

Tateishi Tiger FUJI HI-WAY
Tateishi Tiger
Oil on canvas
194 x 194 cm
Tateishi Tiger Micro Fuji
Tateishi Tiger
Micro Fuji
Oil on canvas
162 x 112 cm
Yin Xiuzhen Portable City – Tokyo
Yin Xiuzhen
Portable City - Tokyo
Mixed media
82 x 144 x 30 cm
Installation view: Follow Me!: Chinese Art at the Threshold of the New Millennium, Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, 2005
Photo: Sakurai Tadahisa
Iwasaki Takahiro Reflection Model
Iwasaki Takahiro
Reflection Model
Japanese cypress, wire
115 x 90 x 60 cm
Installation view: Roppongi Crossing 2007: Future Beats in Japanese Contemporary Art, Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, 2017
Photo: Kioku Keizo
Kaneuji Teppei Tower
Kaneuji Teppei
30 min. (loop)
Drawing: Kaneuji Teppei, Mori Chihiro, Itagaki Kenji
Video: Kaneuji Teppei
Editing: Itagaki Kenji
Music: Kaneuji Teppei, Yagi Lyota
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MAM Collection 014: Gravity and Inversion, Microcosmos and Macrocosmos - Tateishi Tiger, Yin Xiuzhen, Iwasaki Takahiro and Kaneuji Teppei

Notice Regarding Photography and Filming in the Galleries

At the exhibition MAM Collection 014: Gravity and Inversion, Microcosmos and Macrocosmos - Tateishi Tiger, Yin Xiuzhen, Iwasaki Takahiro and Kaneuji Teppei, you may take photographs/film of 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 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 along with such credits as below.


Artist’s name and work title: Tateishi Tiger FUJI HI-WAY
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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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