"Medicine and Art: Imagining a Future for Life and Love —Da Vinci, Okyo, Damien Hirst" Exhibition

Mori Art Museum

poster for "Medicine and Art:  Imagining a Future for Life and Love  —Da Vinci, Okyo, Damien Hirst" Exhibition

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Since time immemorial, people have sought to understand the mechanisms of the human body. On the basis of their discoveries in medicine and science, people have attempted to counter the effects of disease and injury and to resist death, seeking ultimately the secret of longevity. The history of medicine is the sum of all such scientific explorations into the nature of the human body. Likewise, attempts to create depictions of beauty have also been repeated in history. The human body, in fact, has always been held up as a place to embody the ideal form of beauty, and people have never tired of its depiction. In this way, the body can be seen as the meeting point, or the point of departure for journeys into the two very different worlds of medicine and art. The scientist/artist who obviously stood most prominently at this intersection was Leonardo da Vinci. He left us not only stunningly accurate anatomical drawings, but also the Mona Lisa. Developments in science and technology have been essential to the advancement of medicine in the past, and these days too, medicine is advancing with developments in molecular biology. We are now able to explain the mechanism of DNA and shed new light on the question of what a living organism is. This exhibition brings together roughly 150 important medical artifacts from the Wellcome Collection in London, historical art works as well as about 30 works of contemporary art. It is a unique attempt to reconsider the fundamental question of the meaning of life and death from the parallel, yet rarely compared perspectives of medicine and art, or science and beauty. Also, three anatomical drawings by Leonardo da Vinci from The Royal Collection will be on display for the first time.

[Image: Gilles Barbier "L'Hospice / The Nursing Home" (2002) wax figures, television, various elements dimension variable, Martin Z. Margulies, Miami, USA Courtesy: Galerie G.-P. & N. Vallois, Paris, France]

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From 2009-11-28 To 2010-02-28

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Yelena Gluzman tablog review

Problematizing the Discourse of Science

TABlog interviews Oron Catts, one of the artists behind the Tissue Culture and Art Project.

JINNO: (2009-12-06)

ヴァルター・シェルス「Life Before Death」。死を直前にした人間の穏やかな表情とまるで睡眠しているかのような、微かに生気を含んだような死後の表情。http://ameblo.jp/jinjin0116/entry-10400910360.html

k9k9: (2009-12-18)

purple_mars: (2010-01-31)

誰もが逃れることのできないテーマ「生と死」。
久々に考えさせられる作品に出会った。
Walter Schels 「Life Before Death」
http://marsattacker.jugem.jp/?eid=85

cbliddell: (2010-02-05)

A MIXED SHOW AT THE MORI UNLEASHES MORBID MUSING

by C.B.Liddell

Just in time for Xmas, the curators of Roppongi’s Mori Art Museum have decided to cheer us up. Their latest show, “Medicine and Art,” presents us with the following: a cross section of a real human being, sliced as thin as a piece of bacon and preserved between two plates of glass; a series of large photos showing people (including a baby) shortly before they died of terminal illnesses, and just after; and a real human skull grated into fine powder on seven meters of sandpaper-coated board.

Read more>> http://metropolis.co.jp/arts/art-reviews/medicine-and-art/

sprmario: (2010-02-15)

東洋医学と西洋医学における人間の身体と宇宙との関係性が異なっていることが伺える作品ばかりでしたが、創造力を働かせ、工場や家の構造をモチーフにした模型や解剖図は芸術的なエッセンスで溢れていました。(少々グロテスクでしたが)

http://d.hatena.ne.jp/separate-ks/20100215/1266243455

moriron: (2010-02-17)

展覧会前半は大量の解剖図や臓器を描いた絵画やオブジェやがいっぱい。
妊娠中の女性の子宮内の解剖図やフィギア、、、
このような美しくグロテスクな作品は裕福なコレクターたちの楽しみだったと。。。
後半は老いや死をテーマにした作品が集められていました。
ヴァルダーシェレス「Life Before Death」の18ヶ月の赤ちゃんのデスマスクに釘付け。
あまりにも美しく安らかな表情に涙しました。

http://moriron.exblog.jp/

TAB_linkr: (2010-02-22)

ART it 2/3
by 橋本一径(表象文化論)

かつては「生命」を表象していたはずのものが、今ではむしろ「死」に見えてしまう。結局のところそれは、「生命」も「死」も、時代によって移り変わる抽象的な概念でしかないからだろう。
http://www.art-it.asia/u/admin_exrev/Wj8nJGBxPrIOEDHydQRo/

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