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【Discursive Platform】

Discursive Platform * In Japanese-language only

Today's contemporary art and the various circumstances surrounding it are the subject of debate around the country.
There will be some 10 opportunities to discuss these issues during the course of the exhibition.
An “opportunity for discussion” with no expectations that a conclusion will be reached.

Date & Time:

Saturday, November 9, 2013, 18:30-
Saturday, November 16, 10:00-22:00
Friday, November 22, 19:00-21:00
Saturday, November 23, 18:30-
Thursday, December 5, 18:30-
Saturday, December 14, 10:00-22:00
Saturday, December 14, 18:30-21:30
Saturday, December 21, 10:00-22:00
Sunday, December 22, 16:30-18:00
Monday & Holiday, December 23, 14:30-18:00
Saturday, December 28, 13:00-17:00
Saturday, December 28, 18:00-22:00, and more

* Programs are in Japanese-language only.
* Please see the Japanese website for details.
* About "Discursive Platform" here

Date & Time: Saturday, November 9, 2013 18:30-00:00


【General Programs】

Panel Discussion * Japanese-English simultaneous interpretation available

Curators and critics discuss the society the Japanese artists are facing
"Questioning the Current State of Japanese Contemporary Art"

How do today's Japanese artists confront the events and happenings taking place in the society around them? How does their perspective on those things affect their sense of actuality, and how is that in turn reflected in their artworks? For this panel discussion, the exhibition curators welcome two special guests: Hayashi Michio, an art critic deeply versed in Western art history, and Kuraya Mika, who's curated the Japan Pavilion at the 55th Venice Biennale this year.

Speakers:  Kuraya Mika (Chief Curator of the of the Department of Fine Arts, The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo), Hayashi Michio (Professor, Faculty of Liberal Arts, Sophia University), Reuben Keehan (Curator of Asian Contemporary Art, Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art / "Roppongi Crossing 2013" Co-curator), Gabriel Ritter (Assistant Curator, Dallas Museum of Art / "Roppongi Crossing 2013" Co-curator), Kataoka Mami (Chief Curator, Mori Art Museum / "Roppongi Crossing 2013" Co-curator)
Date & Time: Sunday, September 22, 2013 19:00-21:00 (Door open 18:30)

Venue: Academyhills (49F, Roppongi Hills Mori Tower)
Capacity: 300 (booking required)
Admission: General ¥1,000; MAMC members free
Organizers: Mori Art Museum, Academyhills
Bookings: * Booked Out

left: Kuraya Mika (Photo: Morimoto Naoko)<br />right: Hayashi Michio

left: Kuraya Mika (Photo: Morimoto Naoko)
right: Hayashi Michio


Artists' Relay Talk * Japanese-English simultaneous interpretation available

Expatriate Japanese artists talk about the artworks in their own words

Visiting artists will talk about their own artworks in the gallery.

Speakers: Akira Akira, Arakawa Ei and Minamikawa Shimon, Okumura Yuki, Takasaka Masato, Tajima Mika, Ryui Koji

Date & Time: Saturday, September 21, 2013 17:00-20:00 (Door open 16:30)

Venue: Mori Art Museum
Capacity: 80 (booking required)
Admission: Free (exhibition ticket required)
Bookings: * Booked Out


Special Event * In Japanese-language only

“Project FUKUSHIMA! 53F Bon-odori”

“E ja nai ka ondo,” the original bon festival dance held in Fukushima in the summer of 2013, comes to the Mori Art Museum!

Performers: Otomo Yoshihide, Nagami Jun, Strange Kinoko Dance Company, et al.

Date & Time: Friday, September 27, 2013 20:00-22:00

Venue: Mori Art Museum
* Those wishing to participate in the dancing are requested to purchase tickets to the exhibition and proceed to the gallery space.

Photo: Matsumoto Mieko

Photo: Matsumoto Mieko


Talk Series * In Japanese-language only

“How Have Artists Viewed the Age and Society in Which They Live?”

“Reportage painting” depicted in a documentary-like fashion the dramatically changing social conditions of Japan in the post-war recovery period. Drawing on his own experiences and artwork, artist Nakamura Hiroshi, who was involved in this movement, discusses such topics as the relationship between society and artistic expression at the time and the “Kanko Geijutsu Kenkyujo (Research Center for Art Tourism)” with which he was later involved.

Speakers: Nakamura Hiroshi, Kataoka Mami (Chief Curator, Mori Art Museum / “Roppongi Crossing 2013” Co-curator)

Date & Time: Sunday, October 6, 2013 15:00-16:30 (Door open 14:30)

Venue: Mori Art Museum
Capacity: 80 (booking required)
Admission: Free (exhibition ticket required)
Bookings: * Booked Out

Nakamura Hiroshi<br /><em>Island</em><br />1956<br />Collection: Hamamatsu Municipal Museum of Art

Nakamura Hiroshi
Collection: Hamamatsu Municipal Museum of Art


“What is ‘mono’?”

“Mono-ha” was a tendency in the Japanese sculptural world that was the focus of attention in the 1960s and 70s. Suga Kishio, a central figure in this movement, encouraged viewers to consider not just "mono" as matter but also the surrounding space. But what exactly is “mono”? The artist discusses this in the context of his own practice over the last 50 years.

Speakers: Suga Kishio, Kataoka Mami (Chief Curator, Mori Art Museum / “Roppongi Crossing 2013” Co-curator)

Date & Time: Saturday, October 12, 2013 14:00-15:30 (Door open 13:30)

Venue: Mori Art Museum
Capacity: 80 (booking required)
Admission: Free (exhibition ticket required)
Bookings: * Booked Out

Suga Kishio<br /><em>Linked Space</em><br />2010<br />Installation View: Gallery 604, Busan<br />Photo: Sato Tsuyoshi

Suga Kishio
Linked Space
Installation View: Gallery 604, Busan
Photo: Sato Tsuyoshi


“The Man Who Became a Camera – Photographer Nakahira Takuma” Screening + Talk

Coinciding with the launch of his career as a photographer in the mid 1960s, Nakahira Takuma began contributing incisive criticisms of photography and art. He has continued to take photographs even after losing much of his memory in 1977 due to health problems.
This program features a screening of Kohara Masashi's 2003 documentary following Nakahira's daily routine in around 2000-2003 and a related discussion of Nakahira's gaze.

Speakers:  Asada Akira (Critic), Kohara Masashi (Curator, IZU PHOTO MUSEUM), Kataoka Mami (Chief Curator, Mori Art Museum / “Roppongi Crossing 2013” Co-curator)
Date & Time: Friday, December 20, 2013 18:00-20:00 (Door open 17:30)

Venue: Mori Art Museum
Capacity: 80 (booking required)
Admission: Free (exhibition ticket required)
Bookings: * Booked Out

left: Asada Akira right: Kohara Masashi

left: Asada Akira right: Kohara Masashi


Gallery Talks * In Japanese-language only

Talks by participating artists and museum staff conducted in a gallery tour format.

Date & Time: Wednesday, October 16, 2013 14:00-15:00

Speakers: Kobayashi Fumiko, Tsubaki Reiko (Associate Curator, Mori Art Museum)

Date & Time: Wednesday, October 30, 2013 14:00-15:00
Speakers: Asakai Yoko, Kumakura Haruko (Assistant Curator, Mori Art Museum)

Date & Time: Wednesday, November 13, 2013 14:00-15:00
Speakers: Koizumi Meiro, Tsubaki Reiko

Date & Time: Wednesday, November 27, 2013 19:00-20:00
Speakers: Izumi Taro, Mori Chihiro, Tsubaki Reiko

Date & Time: Wednesday, December 11, 2013 19:00-20:00
Speakers: Niwa Yoshinori, Kumakura Haruko

Date & Time: Wednesday, Decembver 25, 2013 14:00-15:00
Speakers: Chiba Masaya, Shiraki Eise (Educator, Mori Art Museum)

Exhibition Highlight Tour

Date & Time: Wednesday, January 8, 2014 19:00-20:00
Guide: Shiraki Eise

Venue: Mori Art Museum (Please come to the entrance to the exhibition)
Capacity: 15 (first-come basis, bookings not required)
Admission: Free (exhibition ticket required)

Event Image: Gallery Talk<br />“Aida Makoto: Monument for Nothing”<br />2013<br />Photo: Mikuriya Shinichiro

Event Image: Gallery Talk
“Aida Makoto: Monument for Nothing”
Photo: Mikuriya Shinichiro


【Related Programs】

Related Programs at Academyhills * In Japanese-language only

1-day Intensive with “Roppongi Crossing 2013” Participating Artist, Along with Tanikawa Shuntaro, Mizuno Manabu, Agawa Sawako, Nawa Kohei and Others!
“Roppongi Art College - Brace Yourselves for an Interesting Future!”

“Roppongi Art College” always attracts a strong following with its popular, varied program featuring opinion leaders from various genres. This fall, creative guest speakers who make the world more interesting will gather together to present talks on the theme of "the future." In conjunction with “Roppongi Crossing 2013,” participating artists will also take to the rostrum.

Speakers:  Tanikawa Shuntaro (poet), Mizuno Manabu (creative director), Agawa Sawako (essayist), Nawa Kohei (artist), Manabe Daito (artist), Endo Ichiro (“Roppongi Crossing 2013” participating artist), Iwata Sohei × Prominority (“Roppongi Crossing 2013” participating artist group)
Date & Time: Sunday, November 24, 2013 10:00-18:30

Venue: Academyhills (49F, Roppongi Hills Mori Tower)
Capacity: 1,000 (booking required)
Total Number of Lectures: 20 (select the lectures of your choice)

Fee:  ¥4,000 (incl. tax)
* Lectures are in Japanese language only.

Organizer: Academyhills
Cooperation: Roppongi Art Triangle (The National Art Center, Tokyo; Suntory Museum of Art; Mori Art Museum)

Bookings/Inquiries: Academyhills website * Japanese only


【Member's Event】

MAMC Night

“Special Gallery Tour with Toyama Masamichi × Kataoka Mami”

MAMC Night is a special way for MAMC Members to enjoy exhibitions at the Mori Art Museum.

For the latest MAMC Night, we welcome Toyama Masamichi, a business man, and an art collector to be our guide along with Mori Art Museum Chief Curator, Kataoka Mami, at the Special Gallery Tour of “Roppongi Crossing 2013.”

We hope that you would enjoy the exhibition with these 2 special speakers.


Date & Time: Tuesday, October 8, 2013 18:30-22:00, (Door open 18:30 / Last admission 21:30)

Speakers: Toyama Masamichi, Kataoka Mami (Chief Curator, Mori Art Museum)

Venue: Mori Art Museum (53F, Roppongi Hills Mori Tower)
Registration: Mori Art Museum Information (3F, Roppongi Hills Mori Tower)

Attendance:  Open to all MAMC Members (Benefactor & Fellow)
Number of accompanied guests allowed:
  Benefactor: up to 2 guests
  Fellow: up to 1 guest
  * Please note that members and their guests are requested to enter at the same time.

Admission: Free for all participants (reservations not required)


18:30 Door open (Last admission 21:30)
19:00-20:00 Special Gallery Tour with Toyama Masamichi × Kataoka Mami
20:00-22:00 Private viewing
22:00 Museum closes

[Toyama Masamichi Profile]

Born in 1962. President of "Smiles." Toyama Masamichi established Soup Stock Tokyo, a well-known chain of soup kitchens, PASS THE BATON (recycled-goods shop), and giraffe (necktie brand).


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【Event Calendar】

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