"Roppongi Crossing 2007: Future Beats in Japanese Contemporary Art" Exhibition

Mori Art Museum

poster for "Roppongi Crossing 2007: Future Beats in Japanese Contemporary Art" Exhibition

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“Roppongi Crossing” is a series of exhibitions produced by the Mori Art Museum to introduce Japanese creative talent working in a wide range of genres. The first in the series was held in 2004 – and is to this day used as a reference point for contemporary Japanese visual culture. For “Roppongi Crossing 2007” four curators focused on the idea of 'intersection,' selecting 36 artists whose work has an energy and sphere of influence that spreads beyond the confines of conventional artistic categories.

Their art takes a variety of forms, including painting, sculpture, photography, design, video, manga, games, and even unlikely genres such as dollmaking and bathhouse mural painting. In addition to artists who are emerging on the scene right now, the list also includes others who drove the scene in its formative period in the 1960s and 1970s, and whose feverish output continues unabated today. Surprising juxtapositions provide an opportunity to discover unexpected similarities and also to trace some of the unseen webs of influence and homage that connect the artists of the last three decades.

Delicate handwork, carefully thought-out concepts and a tendency for interactive mechanisms are just some of the other characteristics that unite the works in the exhibition, many of which are new works produced especially for the show.

Surveying this interlocking web of art, linking genres and generations in the present, a faint but common beat can be detected – a beat like a pulse that reverberates throughout the Japanese contemporary art scene and provides a clue as to where it is headed in the future.

- Panel Discussion “Cross Talk 2007”
Japanese-English and Japanese sign language simultaneous interpretation
Amano Kazuo (Art Critic; Professor, Kyoto University of Art and Design)
Araki Natsumi (Curator, Mori Art Museum)
Sato Naoki (Art Director, ASYL)
Sawaragi Noi (Art Critic)
Date: October 14th (Sun), 14:00 - 16:00
Venue: Academyhills 49, Auditorium, Mori Tower 49F
Organizers: Mori Art Museum, Academyhills
Capacity: 150 (bookings required)
Admission: Adult ¥1000; Student & MAMC Member ¥500

Please check the museum's website for more details and other information on related events.




Gary McLeod tablog review

Crossings on the 52nd Floor

The second installment of the Mori Art Museum’s survey of Japanese contemporary art consists of 36 artists that you apparently must see now.

donald_japantimes: (2007-10-18 at 19:10)

Design meets art at 'Roppongi Crossing'
By Donald Eubank
Japan Times Arts Editor

As if to reinforce the meeting of design and art here, the next day there was a commercial on TV for the newspaper Sankei Express that seemed to directly mimic parts of the excellent installation by Iichiro Tanaka, who works for the Dentsu advertising agency. Does all this diminish the works in "Roppongi Crossing 2007"? No. What it revealed, actually, was that what the Mori has put together in a museum space are the inspirations for Japan's popular culture ...


wakame: (2007-10-21 at 23:10)

nakaj1: (2007-10-25 at 21:10)




chipple: (2007-11-04 at 01:11)

My highlights:
UKAWA Naohiro, UCHIYAMA Hideaki, ENOKI Chū, TANAKA Iichirō, d.v.d., YOSHIMURA Yoshio


hasegawahiroshi: (2007-11-09 at 19:11)

boiboi: (2007-11-12 at 00:11)




p04107si: (2007-11-25 at 17:11)






yourboringandpatheticart: (2007-12-23 at 11:12)

It was yet another weak show encapsulated by the one talented guy who drew the chicken-wire mural. He in his surprising eloquence summed up the entire exhibition as being about the surface and not the Ideas in the works.
How innovative is putting smiley faces on fingerprints? Or more to the point what does it mean? The marble sculptures where the poor craftsmanship shows up and the ideas are related (PREDICTABLY) to sex.... Basically it was a piss-poor attempt to gain curatorial fame but they left out the art. The show was a bust, I keep leaving the Mori "Museum" in worse shape than when I go in. I need to stop wasting my time and money.

voidchicken: (2008-01-06 at 23:01)


vicente: (2008-01-07 at 12:01)

A follow up to the 2004 version, the 36 artists featured in Roppongi Crossing were selected by a team of four curators to introduce new emergent talent from Japan while juxtaposing such work alongside influential Japanese artists from the formative decades of the 1960s and 1970s. With both group's work spanning the spectrum of painting,
sculpture, design, video, photography, manga as well as a side of traditional craftwork [with the deliberate exception of architecture and fashion], this exhibit is meant to take the pulse of the Japanese contemporary art scene.

That this team of curators brought them together for this exhibit raises a question- What unites these artists? Is there a kind of Japanese-ness that acts as a gravity? Roppongi Crossing is another high-profile exhibit grouping Japanese artists in recent months which leads me to believe it is curators who have been more focused on asserting a unifying sense of Japanese-ness in the contemporary scene
rather than the artists themselves. Meanwhile, younger artists have found themselves confronted with a choice to perceive this Japanese-ness as a unifying theme or as a departure point for themselves.......


kiminiaitainaa: (2008-01-14 at 12:01)

I came in with no expectations, yet out with "seen it, been there, done it" impression. Little to zero new ideas. If not arts, perhaps design or crafts --whatever their definitions are--? Thru either glasses, I still see the same troubling big picture: "Labourous but fruitless," "Much ado about nothing," and "I want my money back!"

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