About the Exhibition

Light, color, sound, language, concept and communication: Contemporary art is much more than just a visual medium. For this exhibition, the Mori Art Museum joins with Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary (T-B A21), a Vienna-based foundation, drawing on their renowned collection to present a selection of art, including dynamic installation, that stimulates the senses in myriad ways.
The artists represented in the exhibition have a unique and original take on human perception and consciousness. Enveloped in their worlds, viewers are made to feel that their very facilities of perception are being questioned, and that everything they have taken for granted is suddenly thrown into doubt. How do we decide what is real? What is this world we inhabit? Contemporary art presents a kaleidoscope of answers to these most fundamental of questions. Come and experience for yourself what those answers may be.

[Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary Collection]

Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary founded in 2002 by Francesca von Habsburg, daughter of the Baron Hans Heinrich Thyssen-Bornemisza (the founder of the Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza in Madrid), is committed to supporting the production of contemporary art, actively commissioning and collecting unconventional projects that defy traditional disciplinary boundaries. The more than 450 pieces in its collection include paintings, photographs, installations, and video works. Support is given to the production of art in a variety of formats, including projects that are architectural, site-specific, or performative, keeping the collection firmly in touch with the ever-diversifying languages of contemporary art.

Participating Artist

John M Armleder Guo Fengyi
Janet Cardiff Florian Hecker
Olafur Eliasson Carsten Höller
Tracey Emin Jeppe Hein
Haris Epaminonda Jim Lambie
Cerith Wyn Evans Los Carpinteros
Sarah Lucas Ritu Sarin / Tenzing Sonam
Sarah Morris Suh Do-Ho
Carsten Nicolai Peter Tscherkassky
Paul Pfeiffer Klaus Weber
Matthew Ritchie Heimo Zobernig
Hans Schabus  

Short interviews of visiting artists

View messages by artists who visited "The Kaleidoscopic Eye" opening.
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MAM SCREEN each month presents a video work related to an exhibition currently on at the Mori Art Museum. The works are shown on several screens throughout Roppongi Hills, including the 500 inch outdoor screen at the Metro Hat and PDP monitors in West Walk. Screenings are on the half hour from 9:30 to 23:30 everyday.

A Work by artists participating in the "The Kaleidoscopic Eye" exhibition is presented from May to June 2009 in relation to the exhibition.

Ritu Sarin / Tenzing Sonam
Some Questions on the Nature of Your Existence (excerpts, part 1)

Ritu Sarin / Tenzing Sonam
Some Questions on the Nature of Your Existence (excerpts, part 2)

Photo: Courtesy of the artists/T-B A21

Carsten Höller
960 lightbulbs, aluminium, wood, mirrors
Installation view: Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary. Collection as Aleph, Kunsthaus Graz, 2008
Photo: Jen Fong Photography / T-B A21, 2008

Los Carpinteros
Frio Estudio del Disastre
Cinder blocks, concrete, fishing nylon
Courtesy: Sean Kelly Gallery, New York

Olafur Eliasson
Your welcome reflected
Red and blue glass, steel cables, motors, spotlight, tripod
Installation view: Futuresystems: Rare Momente, Lentos Kunstmuseum, Linz, 2007
Photo: machekS / Lentos Kunstmuseum, Linz, 2007