37th Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo Symposium

Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo

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Symposium: "The art of today seen from the past"
Location: Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo, 2nd Floor Basement Lecture Hall.
Capacity: 200 people (first come, first served)
Reservation not required.

General Chairwoman: Yuko Hasegawa (Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo)

The Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo has been collecting works of post-war art from within Japan and abroad. As of now, the museum will strive to focus on artists who have been active since the 1990s. It is difficult to judge contemporary art as it is being produced, so it is important to observe it in relation to the art that has preceded it. Taking place in two sessions, this seminar will discuss the art of today while shedding light on the art of the past.

•Session 1 (Doors open 10:30) 11:00-12:30
Theme: "The Destruction of 'creation'" - A message from Nam June Paik.
Guest: Shuya Abe (Collaborator with Nam June Paik).
Panelists: Yoshitomo Morioka (critic, history of media art), Ryota Kuwakubo (Artist) & Keitetsu Murai (Artist).

The grandfather of Media Art, Nam June Paik, made use of television and video to destroy preexisting concepts and give expression to new possibilities. This session welcomes as its guest Shuta Abe, who worked with Paik as a technician from 1963 to 1972 and with him the panelists will think about Paik's art and related issues. There will be a slideshow of works featured in Nam June Paik's exhibition held at the Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo in 1984.

•Session 2 (Doors open 13:30) 14:00-15:30
Theme: "Putting the everyday into practice - 1970s Art and post-2000 Art".
Panelist: Midori Matsui (Art critic), Yasuyuki Nakai (National Museum of Art, Osaka) & Jun Aoki (Architect).
Moderator: Fumihiko Sumitomo (Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo).

The 1970s was a time when artists searched for what made them distinctive in an age of rapid economic growth, but also, like now, was a period which saw the tendency for systematizing the management of information and capital. This session looks at the art of the 1970s, particularly the Mono-ha group, and considers the art that has emerged since 2000. The panelists will also discuss the artists who, during the 1990s trend for relational art that deals with "every day life", experimented with expressions that directly confront issues of the body and the unconscious.

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