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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 exbitions 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.”

MAM Collection 004: Imagining the Unknown Stories

Participating Artists

Yoneda Tomoko (b. 1965 in Hyogo, Japan, lives and works in London)
Shilpa Gupta (b. 1976 in Mumbai, lives and works in Mumbai)
Yee I-Lann (b. 1971 in Sabah, Malaysia, lives and works in Kuala Lumpur)

“MAM Collection 004” will present works by three artists: Yoneda Tomoko, Shilpa Gupta, and Yee I-Lann. For all works on exhibit here, the artists researched legends and historical events they had not actually experienced in person, using their own imaginations to recreate these events and render them as artwork.

Yoneda Tomoko’s photograph series “Between Visible and Invisible” takes as its theme the historical relationship between that which can, and cannot, be seen. In one of them, Freud’s Glasses - Viewing a text by Jung II (1998), she employs spectacles actually used by Sigmund Freud to view text by Carl Jung who was his prodigy yet later parted ways. Exactly how Freud felt upon reading that text is left to our imagination.

In Shilpa Gupta’s sound installation Tryst with Destiny - Speech on the granting of Indian Independence, August 14th, 1947, Jawaharlal Nehru (1889-1964) (2007-08), the artist can be heard singing, through a microphone, the speech by the first Indian prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru given on the eve of the country’s independence, to her random tune. A microphone, which is usually used for giving speeches, has been turned into a speaker from which Nehru’s somber words pour out as a nostalgic song.

“Sulu Stories” (2005) is a photograph series by Yee I-Lann featuring legends and stories from the Sulu Archipelago (now part of the Philippines). Sulu Archipelago, adjacent to Malaysia and Indonesia, was independent as Sultanate of Sulu from the 15th to 19th century, yet has now become the base of anti-government forces and terrorist organizations and travel from outside is restricted. The artist was also unable to enter the central Sulu, and she completed the series by superimposing various images on the pictures taken from the surrounding sea based on research.

These slices of legends and history, recreated from the artists’ subjective viewpoints and rendered using approaches different from the usual documentary format, speak to the soul in subtle, unobtrusive ways.

Yoneda Tomoko
Freud’s Glasses - Viewing a text by Jung II
Gelatin silver print
120 x 120 cm

Yee I-Lann
Sulu Stories - The Ch’i-lin of Calauit
Digital print
61 x 61 cm

Shilpa Gupta
Tryst with Destiny- Speech on the granting of Indian Independence, August 14th, 1947, Jawaharlal Nehru (1889-1964)
Microphone, microphone stand with built-in speaker, amplifier
145 x 30 x 30 cm (microphone), 9 min. (audio)
Installation view: “Chalo! India: A New Era of Indian Art,” 2008, Mori Art Museum, Tokyo
Photo: Kioku Keizo

General Information

Period: Saturday, February 4, 2017 - Sunday, June 11, 2017
Venue: Mori Art Museum
Organizer: Mori Art Museum
Curated by: Kondo Kenichi (Curator, Mori Art Museum)

Open Hours: 10:00-22:00 (Tuesdays: 10:00-17:00)
* 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 (Ages 65 & over): ¥1,500
* All prices include tax.
* Ticket also valid for “N. S. Harsha: Charming Journey,” “MAM Screen 005” and “MAM Project 023.”
* Ticket also valid for Tokyo City View observation deck (excludes Sky Deck).
* Admission to Mori Arts Center Gallery is not included.
* Additional entrance fee to the Sky Deck is required.
Inquiries: +81-(0)3-5777-8600 (Hello Dial)

Notice Regarding Photography in the Galleries

At the exhibition “MAM Collection 004: Imagining the Unknown Stories,” you may photograph the artworks under the following conditions.

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 and selfie sticks.

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 ways.
  • 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 and work title: Yoneda Tomoko Freud’s Glasses - Viewing a text by Jung II
This photograph is licensed under “Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-NoDerivative Works 2.1 Japan.”

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