"All about Laughter: Humor in Contemporary Art" Exhibition

Mori Art Museum

poster for "All about Laughter: Humor in Contemporary Art" Exhibition

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Contemporary artists often look at the world from slanted perspectives in order either to highlight or counteract the conservatism of social norms, systems and thought. In doing this they imply alternative systems and approaches. A similar role can be attributed to humor, the source of laughter, which may include jokes, parody, comedy, irony, satire and nonsense.

The exhibition is arranged into four parts. The first, "Anti-Art and Avant-Garde Laughter," covers the postwar counterculture active at the end of the 1950s and through the 1960s. The second part of the exhibition, "Everyday Laughter," shows contemporary art from the 1990s, and particularly concentrates on art that builds on 1960s attempts to fuse art with the everyday. In the early 1990s, when Cold War ideologies had failed, many artists became interested in elements of everyday life.The third part of the show, "The Flip Side of Laughter," presents works from the 1990s onwards that highlight in a humorous and ironical way the impact of multiculturalism. The fourth and last part of the show, "Deviant Laughter," brings together a number of artists who use their imagination to deviate from the laws and practices of the real world.

[Image: The Blue Noses "A Revolution Goes On", 2005, C-print. 75×100cm, Courtesy: Galerie Volker Diehl, Berlin, and Guerman Gallery, Moscow]



From 2007-01-27 To 2007-05-06
Museum hours extended to 22:00 on March 20th (Tue) and May 1st (Tue)



pbyjp: (2007-01-28 at 19:01)

Review of the show in English by Roger McDonald:

donald_japantimes: (2007-02-08 at 17:02)

Funny and dark, the Mori laughs
By Lucy Birmingham Fujii
Special to The Japan Times

"I tend to like works that make me laugh," says Senior Curator Mami Kataoka. "Laughter distorts conceptions of normal. I thought laughter could be a good way to provide a bridge between the art world and the public ..."


donald_japantimes: (2007-02-08 at 17:02)

Rejecting kawaii culture
Interview: New York-based Momoyo Torimitsu refuses to lump herself in with artists inspired by anime
Special to The Japan Times

"When I meet European dealers, they say they want to visit my studio. When they show up, they are obviously disappointed because my work is not what they expected. This has happened a few times. There are certain expectations for a female Japanese artist ..."


sakuragirl: (2007-02-20 at 09:02)




justkissme: (2007-02-22 at 22:02)

An awesome exhibit and interestingly curated. It's filled with interesting, memorable contemporary artists, and I especially liked the exhibit on the smile in Japanese ancient art. One scroll was all about... a farting competition.

pandalab: (2007-03-30 at 10:03)



andreas: (2007-04-02 at 03:04)

A couple of interesting artworks, but to be honest, I didn't quite get the "all about laughter" part. If this exhibition is considered to be about humor and irony, then it's a sad world we're living in...

inostill: (2007-05-02 at 22:05)


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