"Art is for the Spirit: Works from the UBS Art Collection" Exhibition

Mori Art Museum

poster for "Art is for the Spirit: Works from the UBS Art Collection" Exhibition

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Warhol, Lichtenstein, Basquiat, Richter, Gursky, Araki, Morimura, Sugimoto, Miyamoto, Hatakeyama... Featuring around 140 works by 60 prominent international artists from The UBS Art Collection, the exhibition represents a new partnership between an art museum and a corporate collection, as well as a new perspective on the theme of
“Art and Life.”

A world-class collection of contemporary art assembled by UBS, a global financial services firm, focuses on American and European paintings since the 1950s and European photographs since the 1990s. In recent years, the Collection has expanded into a more global one by incorporating works from Asia and Latin America. Selected works from the 1,000 plus collection has been divided into three sections, “Body,” “Built World” and “Space,” exploring the connections between artists’ ideas and the world.

Symposiums and artists' talks are scheduled during the exhibition. Please see the museum's website for details.




donald_japantimes: (2008-02-08 at 12:02)

The individuals come together
UBS holds a meeting of art works at the Mori's office
By Ashley Rawlings
Special to The Japan Times

Whatever you make of the connections between works suggested, you cannot go wrong with the individual pieces, especially if all you have seen until now are reproductions. At the Mori, the dirty roughness of Lucien Freud's brushwork reveals itself; the vast scale of consumer excesses depicted in Andreas Gursky's "99 Cent" (1999) is vigorously apparent; and you can revel in the depths of Vija Celmins' enchanting graphite depictions of galaxies ...


seds: (2008-02-12 at 17:02)







donald_japantimes: (2008-02-28 at 16:02)

A corporate collection . . . for whom?
Japan Times: Inside art
By Edan Corkill

In Japan, the decidedly private nature of "corporate" collections meant they tended to undergo major ructions when their art-enamored sponsor resigned or passed away. Matsukata's collection was split and, in 1959, part of it became the core of the National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo. Ishibashi divested himself and his company of his treasures by creating in 1956 the independent and private Ishibashi Foundation ...


kusagauma: (2008-04-06 at 11:04)

Art as Bling

What on Earth was the point of this exhibition? All the works on display are of the kind that any museum of modern art in the world would be very proud to have in their collection. If this had in fact been a 常設展 from Mori Museum's own collection, I would have had no complaints, but instead it is just a display of somebody else's wealth. Taken individually, many of the works are very good, of course, but together they are all very familiar works by blue-chip artists, which ultimately makes for a rather bland show with no edge whatsoever. Very safe, nothing particularly adventurous, and certainly nothing disturbing or provocative. Nice pictures that make even nicer investments. Contemporary art as corporate bling.

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