MAM Collection 001: Two Asian Maps - Ozawa Tsuyoshi + Shitamichi Motoyuki

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About "MAM Collection"

Since the summer of 2005, Mori Art Museum has been building its collection with an emphasis on new works commissioned for its exhibitions. This collection, which focuses on contemporary art from Japan and elsewhere in Asia, currently comprises nearly 400 works. Collecting and presenting artworks to the public is one of the fundamental activities of any art museum, and upon our reopening after renovations the "MAM Collection" series was launched in gallery of its own, where we sequentially introduce the Collection in accordance with various themes.
Enjoying contemporary art in a living space-like environment with a dynamic view - this program embodies the Mori Art Museum's motto of "Art + Life."

MAM Collection 001: Two Asian Maps - Ozawa Tsuyoshi + Shitamichi Motoyuki

In "MAM Collection 001," we introduce Asia as seen by two artists from different generations, Ozawa Tsuyoshi (born 1965) and Shitamichi Motoyuki (born 1978), under the title "Two Asian Maps." Since the late 1980s, Ozawa has traveled the world photographing scenes with a statue of Jizo, the guardian deity of travelers and children, symbolizing traditional Japanese scenery. At this exhibition, we present works from this "Jizoing" series shot around Asia. From 2006 through 2012, Shitamichi Motoyuki photographed torii that still remain standing outside Japanese as relics of the Pacific War. From Taiwan and Korea, which were ruled by Japan from the Meiji period until the end of the war, to Sakhalin and Saipan, the history and present of these now shrine-less torii are calmly revealed. From the paths these artists traced through Asia, audiences will gain insights not only into political and social changes in the region, but also into the cumulated activities of the people who live there.

Ozawa Tsuyoshi
Jizoing: Ueno Station [Tokyo]
Lambda print

Shitamichi Motoyuki
torii - Sakhalinskaja, Russia
Type C-print

General Information

Period: Saturday, April 25 - Sunday, July 5, 2015
Organizer: Mori Art Museum
Curated by: Kataoka Mami (Chief Curator, Mori Art Museum)
Venue: Mori Art Museum

Open Hours: 10:00-22:00 (Tuesdays: 10:00-17:00)
* Saturday, April 25 open until 6:00 the following morning due to "Roppongi Art Night 2015."
* Tuesday of May 5 open until 22:00
* Admission until 30 minutes before closing.
* Open everyday.

Admission: Adult: ¥1,800
University / Highschool student: ¥1,200
Child (Age 4 up to Junior highschool student): ¥600
Senior (Age 65 & over): ¥1,500
* All prices include tax.
* Ticket also valid for "Simple forms," "MAM Screen," "MAM Research."
* Ticket also valid for Tokyo City View observation deck from April 29.
* Additional entrance fee to the Sky Deck is required.
Inquiries: +81-(0)3-5777-8600 (Hello Dial)


Artists' Talk * In Japanese-language only

The participating artists will talk about their practices with a focus on the works in the exhibition.

Speakers: Ozawa Tsuyoshi, Shitamichi Motoyuki

Date & Time: Friday, July 3, 2015, 19:00-20:30 (Doors open 18:30)
Venue: Auditorium, Mori Art Museum(53F, Roppongi Hills Mori Tower)
Capacity: 80 (advance booking required)
Admission: Free (exhibition ticket required)
Booking: * Booked Out

Notice Regarding Photography in the Gallery

At the exhibitions "MAM Collection 001: Two Asian Maps – Ozawa Tsuyoshi + Shitamichi Motoyuki," you can photograph the artworks, however, please note the following.

When taking permitted photographs:

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.
Do not film the art works.

When using photographs taken of the exhibition:

  • Photographs may be used for non-commercial purposes only. Photographs may NOT be used for commercial purposes.
  • Photographs may NOT be altered in any way.
  • The conditions above are licensed under the Creative Commons License. When uploading photographs for blogs or any other photo-sharing services, please make sure to display the below marks and phrases with the photograph.


Artist’s name/work title: Ozawa Tsuyoshi Jizoing: Ueno Station [Tokyo]
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* If photographs that include other museum visitors are made public, they may infringe on that person's right of portrait.