Wednesday, April 7, 2010

AN 10

Every year from 1999, the Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo has had an annual exhibition featuring young artists' work on a theme that relates to the world and society we live in today. This year's theme is "Neo-Ornamentalism", reflecting on the meaning of decoration and ornamentation. According to the official site, ornamentation "are not simply expressions of what people held to be beautiful in different ages: they embody a particular world view that questions the nature of time, space, and even individual human existence". I think decorating is something that can be found a lot in Japan, there are tons of girls who put crystals everywhere from their nails to their cell phones, for example.

This is the official pamphlet for the exhibit. Isn't it stunning? They had four different covers featuring four different artists.

Inside the pamphlet...
Left: Eyes of the Forest by Kiyoshi Kuroda
This was a huge mural that was the first artwork on display.
Center: Predictive dream IX, Predictive dream VII, MANIERA I, MANIERA II by Katsuyo Aoki
The cover of the pamphlet is also by this artist.
Right: Labyrinth by Motoi Yamamoto
Can you believe this is all made of salt? I heard that the artist would come to the museum and work on it a bit each day. It covered the floors of a big room. I would never be patient enough to do this.

The exhibition ends on April 11 so if you have time I strongly recommend you go! The photos do not do the beautiful artworks justice.
Also the Hussein Chalayan exhibit (the poster on the very right) has already started so you could catch both exhibits at once! I haven't been to the Hussein Chalayan exhibit yet but I'm so excited to go.

Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo
4-1-1 Miyoshi, Koto-ku, Tokyo
TEL: 03-5245-4111
Hours: 10:00-18:00
Exhibit: ~4/11

TEL: 03-5245-4111


Martwa Marta said...

great photos! again, i am regretting that i cannot be there... besides, i am onsidering to make a post about polish designers - i found young incredible personalities. hoping i will manage to do that in the following two days - my diploma preoccupied me to its utmost!

Amie said...

The exhibit must be very beautiful! Wish I could go.

CCWai said...

Looks like a very interesting exhibition. I've been studying architecture and they've been explaining quite a lot about the meanings of ornaments. Lovely post!

heart charlie said...

So amazing! You always find such interesting exhibitions and artwork to post! I love it!

chaoskontrolowany said...

Great photos and post!:)

Clare said...

Oh wow, this looks amazing! Thanks for the sweet comment on my blog.

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SabinePsynopsis said...

The exhibition looks really interesting... Very disappointing that Tokyo is so far away.