Exhibitions

MAM Research 006: Chronicle Kyoto 1990s
- Diamonds Are Forever, Art-Scape, And I Dance with Somebody

2018.10.6 [Sat] - 2019.1.20 [Sun]

In 1990s Kyoto, particularly Sakyo-ku, art, activism and club culture coexisted in an uninhibited outpouring of creative activity, courtesy of a large number of diverse communities that formed loosely around Dumb Type and other Kyoto City University of Arts alumni, from contemporary art to “DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER” drag parties; the APP (AIDS Poster Project) that carried out HIV/AIDS education, activities that questioned conventional notions of sexuality, and Art-Scape, which served as a base for a variety of activities. The catchphrase “And I Dance with Somebody” from the acronym AIDS was conceived by APP for the “X International AIDS Conference, 1994.” Today, as discussion of culture, religion, language, gender diversity, and human rights gathers momentum, this exhibition revisiting the Kyoto of quarter-century ago, an intensely magnetic place to so many, may offer ideas or tips to break through the sense of stagnation in today’s society.

“DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER”
METRO (Kyoto)
Early 1990s
“DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER”
METRO (Kyoto)
Early 1990s
“DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER”
METRO (Kyoto)
Early 1990s
“DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER”
METRO (Kyoto)
Early 1990s
“DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER”
METRO (Kyoto)
Early 1990s
“X International AIDS Conference, 1994”
PACIFICO Yokohama
August 1994
“DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER”
METRO (Kyoto)
Early 1990s
“X International AIDS Conference, 1994”
PACIFICO Yokohama
August 1994
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MAM Research 006: Chronicle Kyoto 1990s - Diamonds Are Forever, Art-Scape, And I Dance with Somebody


Notice Regarding Photography and Filming in the Galleries

Photography is not permitted in the gallery of “MAM Research 006: Chronicle Kyoto 1990s - Diamonds Are Forever, Art-scape And I Dance with Somebody” exhibition.


About “MAM Research”

Japanese and Asian contemporary art is one of the main focuses of the Mori Art Museum’s programs, yet “Asia” covers a broad territory, making it difficult to grasp an overall picture of it. The “MAM Research” series intends to examine the multi-layered social, political and economic backgrounds that have given rise to Asian contemporary art and sees to shed light on their historical contexts, while focusing on individual artists, curators, art movements and art institutions throughout Asia. Premised on collaborative projects with archives, research institutions and scholars, “MAM Research” does not limit exibited items to “artworks” but also presents such materials as videos, photographs, texts and historical records.

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