Exhibitions

Mori Art Museum 15th Anniversary ExhibitionRoppongi Crossing 2019: Connexions

Japanese Contemporary Art Here and Now!

2019.2.9 [Sat] - 5.26 [Sun]

The Roppongi Crossing series of exhibitions, launched in 2004 by the Mori Art Museum, provide an overall snapshot of the state of the Japanese contemporary art scene every three years. This sixth edition of the series, the first to be jointly curated by three curators of the Museum’s own alone, will showcase the work of around 25 artists and collectives, primarily practitioners born in the 1970-80s.

Roppongi Crossing 2019: Connexions will take a close-up look at “connexions” revealed via contemporary artistic expression. An era such as ours, characterized by the fast-paced development of information, communication and myriad other technologies at an accelerating pace, also brings with it new problems. Though there is greater recognition of diverse values, “divisions” of various sorts are also becoming increasingly apparent - as seen in the problem of the internet, or more particularly in the realm of social media - which by rights ought to foster openness, conversely reinforcing opinions and perceptions of a similar nature; conflict sparked by political bias; and ever-growing economic disparity.

Amid this, artists offer us many types of connection through their works: by joining polar opposites, by fusing the heterogeneous, by giving visual expression to connections that already exist. Their efforts also serve as critiques of today’s society, as ways of turning ideas upside down, and perhaps even as clues for addressing divisions. It is our hope that the new connections born out of this exhibition will offer meaningful opportunities to engage with Japan as it is right now.

Iikawa Takehiro Decoratorcrab - Mr. Kobayashi the Pink Cat -
Iikawa Takehiro
Decoratorcrab - Mr. Kobayashi, The Pink Cat -
2017
Wood, fluorescent paint
400 x 540 cm
Installation view: Open Call for Art Project Ideas 2017, Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art
Mé Elemental Detection

Drawing for Contact
2019
Iikawa Takehiro Decoratorcrab - Mr. Kobayashi the Pink Cat -
Iikawa Takehiro
Decoratorcrab - Mr. Kobayashi the Pink Cat -
2017
Wood, fluorescent paint
400 x 540 cm
Installation view: “Open Call for Art Project Ideas 2017,” Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art
Mé Elemental Detection

Drawing for Contact
2019
About the Exhibition

Notice Regarding Photography and Filming in the Galleries

At the exhibition Roppongi Crossing 2019: Connexions, you may take photographs/film some of the artworks/areas under the following conditions.

Photography of works with marks is STRICTLY PROHIBITED. Details: here

Photography of works with marks is STRICTLY PROHIBITED. Details: here

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, where allowed, 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.

Example:

Artist’s name and work title: Iikawa Takehiro Decoratorcrab - Mr. Kobayashi, The Pink Cat -
This photograph/video is licensed under “Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-NoDerivative Works 4.0 International.”

* For details about the Creative Commons License and marks, please see the Creative Commons Japan website: http://creativecommons.jp
* If photographs/videos that include other museum visitors are made public, they may infringe on that person’s right of portrait.

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