"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.
From 2008-02-02 To 2008-04-06
Darren Almond, Thomas Flechtner, Yasumasa Morimura, Nobuyoshi Araki, Günther Förg, Sarah Morris, Richard Artschwager, Mark Francis, Óscar Muñoz, John Baldessari, Lucian Freud, Walter Niedermayr, Stephan Balkenhol, Andreas Gursky, Julian Opie, Olivo Barbieri, Philip Guston, Qin Ga, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Doug Hall, Gerhard Richter, Alighiero e Boetti, Richard Hamilton, Susan Rothenberg, Jonathan Borofsky, Naoya Hatakeyama, Thomas Ruff, Cao Fei, Damien Hirst, Edward Ruscha, Vija Celmins, Candida Höfer, Sean Scully, Chen Chieh-Jen, Gary Hume, Cindy Sherman, Sandor Chia, Alfred Jensen, Kiki Smith, Francesco Clemente, Alex Katz, Thomas Struth, Chuck Close, Ellsworth Kelly, Hiroshi Sugimoto, Tony Cragg, Guillermo Kuitca, Fred Tomaselli, Michael Craig-Martin, Lee Bul, Massimo Vitali, John Curring, Roy Lichtenstein, Andy Warhol, Olafur Elliasson, Brice Marden, Fischili/Weiss, Ryuji Miyamoto
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 ...
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 ...
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.